Saturday, January 15, 2022

3 DIY Chalk Paint Recipes ~ 4 Crafts & 3 Furniture Makeover Using DIY Chalk Paint

The other day I was looking to buy some chalk paint and boy oh boy that stuff is so expensive. Chalk paint is an awesome product and it get it's name because it covers furniture and crafts projects with a soft, chalky patina that gives your furniture an incredible antique look and your craft projects a gorgeous Farmhouse look.

With some basic ingredients you can make your own so I went on an internet search and I found tons of recipes and basically there are three types. They are: 1. Plaster of Paris 2. Baking soda 3. Unsanded Grout (the three chalk paint recipes are below).

The one reason chalk paint is so awesome is because it requires no prepping or sanding. And you can paint outside or inside. It dries quickly provides a beautiful patina and your distressed projects come out looking wonderful with little effort.

Chalk paint applies smoothly and it dries quickly and it can be easily sanded down to make your piece have that farmhouse or distressed look.

How To Make One Cup Of Chalk Paint

There are two simple steps:
1..Mix the Plaster of Paris or baking soda, or unsanded grout and water together enough to remove all the lumps.
2..Pour the plaster of Paris for baking soda or unsanded grout mixture into the paint. Stir until all of the mixture is dissolved and there are no lumps.

Plaster of Paris chalk paint recipe
1 cup latex paint
1-1/2 tablespoons water
2-1/2 tablespoons Plaster of Paris

Baking soda chalk paint recipe
1 cup latex paint
3 tablespoons cool water
1/2 cup baking soda

Unsanded grout chalk paint recipe
1 cup latex paint
1 tablespoon cool water
2 tablespoons unsanded grout

I just love crafting with diy chalk paint because you can buy brand new stuff from the Dollar Tree or Dollarama and use diy chalk paint that you made yourself and change it into something else or make it better. You can make your own expensive designer store candlesticks by using your diy chalk paint and going to the Dollar Tree or Dollarama and buying dollar candlesticks. But by far my favourite crafts with diy chalk paint is using it with mason jars. Below is an example of four crafts using diy chalk paint and mason jars. I hope you enjoy them.

4 Crafts Using Mason Jars And DIY Chalk Paint 

Mason Drinking Jars
Labelled Spice Mason Jars

When you don't have a lot of money or you're frugal or you want to save the planet, it doesn't matter which one you are or if you're all above or none of the above refurbishing furniture with chalk paint is one of the most satisfying and awesome makeovers you can do. When you have an end table, coffee table or shelf that has great bones but it's ugly all you need is chalk paint. You can even paint chairs and couches. that's right you can paint material if you prep it right and add fabric medium to the chalk paint. I have chosen 3 makeovers below and one includes painting an ugly armchair. I hope you liked the selections and I know you're going to enjoy them.
3 Furniture Makeovers Using DIY Chalk Paint

Saturday, January 1, 2022

I Hope Everyone Has A Safe And Happy New Years :)

  • New Year’s is a time when millions of people will celebrate with food, new resolutions or a even kiss as the clock strikes 12. But how much do you know about the holiday? Here are 10 fun facts about New Year’s.
  • The first New Year’s celebration dates back 4,000 years. Julius Caesar, the emperor of Rome, was the first to declare Jan. 1 a national holiday. He named the month after Janus, the Roman god of doors and gates. Janus had two faces, one looking forward and one looking back. Caesar felt that a month named after this god would be fitting.
  • Forty-five percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The top resolutions are: to lose weight, get organized, to spend less and save more, to stay fit and healthy, and to quit smoking. While nearly half of all Americans make resolutions, 25 percent of them give up on their resolutions by the second week of January.
  • Be sure to eat leafy greens on New Year’s. Tradition says that the more leafy greens a person eats, the more prosperity he or she will experience (what an incentive for staying healthy!). Tradition also says that legumes bring prosperity because beans and peas look like coins. No wonder why so many people eat black eyed peas on Jan. 1.
  • Many people ring in New Year’s by popping open a bottle of champagne. Americans drink close to 360 million glasses of sparkling wine during this time. The bubbly stuff dates back to the 17th century, when the cork was invented.
  • About 1 million people gather in New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop. The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop came about because of a ban on fireworks. The first ball in 1907 was 700 pounds and was lit with 100 25-watt lights. The current ball puts the old one to shame (thanks to technology). Today, it is covered in 2,688 crystals, is lit by 32,000 LED lights, weighs 11,875 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter.
  • Remember the last scene in When Harry Met Sally, when Harry references a song after he and Sally kiss? It wasAuld Lang Syne, a song traditionally sung at the end of New Year’s parties. Poet Robert Burns wrote it in 1788. Though most people do not know the words to Auld Lang Syne, the overall message is that people have to remember their loved ones, dead or alive, and keep them close in their hearts.
  • If Santa is the most common symbol associated with Christmas, then Baby New Year is the symbol most commonly associated with….you guessed it, New Year’s! Baby New Year is often seen in a diaper, black top hat, and a sash showing the numbers of the new year. Myth states that he matures into an old man during the year.
  • Make sure to be surrounded by family or loved ones on New Year’s Eve. The first person you come across in the new year could set the tone for the next 12 months. This applies to couples, as well. If a couple celebrating New Year’s together does not kiss, the future of the relationship might be splitsville, so be sure to lay one on your significant other.
  • At the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, 10,000 participants step through City Hall and perform in unique costumes. The parade dates back to mid-17th-century, incorporating elements from Irish, German, English, Swedish and other European heritages. The parade itself is divided into five divisions: a comic division, wench brigades, fancy division, string bands, and fancy bridges. If you are in the area for New Year’s, be sure to check out this event.
  • According to statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day more than any other holiday. Don’t think your old car is safe, either. In 2011, the 1994 Honda Accord was the most stolen car. To discourage car theft, make sure your car is in a populated area and always take your keys.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Crafts, Repurposing, Smiles, Dollar Tree Hacks, Valentine's Day Crafts, Recipes The Kids Will Love :)

Friday, December 24, 2021

I Hope Everyone Has A Safe And Merry Christmas :)

I Hope Everyone Has A Safe And Merry Christmas 

All Things Santa And His Reindeers :)

  • Vintage Photographs From A Santa Claus School In 1961 Reveals Some Of The Secrets Of Being A Good Santa
  • So you thought you’d be a great Santa, didn’t you? Well, think again. It’s actually pretty tough work. You have to know how to squint your eyes into a Santa twinkle, how to talk to kids and even how to put on a little act. Such was the fate of those who, for years, chose to take instruction at Charles Howard’s Santa Claus School in the upstate New York town of Albion, not far from Rochester. In fact, the school still exists today, it was founded by Howard in 1937; since the mid-1960s, it has operated out of Midland, Mich., and remains the world’s oldest Santa school. In 1961, LIFE’s Alfred Eisenstaedt visited Howard’s school for would-be Santas, and made a series of photos chronicling the evidently quite fun process of learning to be all the Santa Claus one can be. 

  • Santa Claus Sugar Cookies
  • I've used this recipe for almost 40 years and love it because it's a little different than most. My mom always made Santa cookies, and we'd put them into little clear bags tied with ribbon to hang on the tree.
  • Nutrition Facts:
  • 1 cookie: 186 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

  • Santa Craft For Kids
  • With Christmas just around the corner, this easy Santa craft is the perfect Christmas craft to do with kids! Not only will kids have fun making their Santa Claus, but you can also turn it into a card that can be given as a Christmas gift. Kids will love putting this cute Santa together. This craft is made even easier with a free printable template! We love how easy and simple this handmade Santa craft is to make! Even if you’re not crafty, we promise you can make this. You just need to grab a few supplies for this craft. And your kids will love making these fluffy Santa cards for Christmas!

  • Did You Know Santa Claus Is Based On A Real Person
  • We best know Santa as the character who delivers presents every Christmas Eve, but it turns out his origins are far from fiction. Santa’s story dates back to 280 A.D. in what today would be Turkey. Saint Nicholas was a monk who traveled the countryside to assist the poor and sick. One story claims he even used his wealth to provide a dowry for three impoverished sisters, saving them from being sold by their father. He became known as a protector of children and sailors, and by the Renaissance, he was among the most popular saints in Europe.making these fluffy Santa cards for Christmas! When people from the Netherlands migrated to New World colonies, they brought with them the legend of Sinterklaas, which is Dutch for Saint Nicholas. By the late 1700s, the story of the generous Sinterklaas reached American pop culture as Dutch families gathered to honor the death of the saint, and, over time, the name evolved to Santa Claus. In early America, Christmas wasn’t the festive holiday we know and love today. It was shunned in New England, lacked a cheerful figure who brought gifts and was celebrated outdoors with alcohol. A string of poems and stories in the early 19th century redefined the holiday by giving St. Nick a makeover and focusing on the themes of family and togetherness. 

  • How Did Eggnog Become Santa's Favorite Drink?
  • Everyone knows that Santa’s favorite way to wash down his plate of cookies is with a big glass of eggnog. This tradition has been around for decades, but have you ever asked yourself why? When did drinking this egg and milk concoction become a holiday tradition? It all started on a cold, snowy night on December 24th, 1920 in the North Pole. Santa was busy packing up his sleigh with all of the gifts his elves had worked so hard to make. Meanwhile, Ms. Clause, worrying about all of the weight Santa had lost in the prior months of Christmas preparation, wanted to provide him with a hearty snack to take with him on his long night journey. Opening up the fridge, she grabbed a few eggs for protein, milk for calcium and some cream for a few extra calories. She then went to the pantry and grabbed some sugar – because as we all know, Santa has a quite the sweet tooth. After blending them all together in a pot over the stove until smooth, she let it cool, took a sip, and the rest is history. Sounds believable, right? Well, as it turns out, this story is not completely true. The real story of the creation of eggnog has been debated through the years. Some historians believe that it originated from the early medieval Britain “posset,” a hot, milky, ale-like drink. Milk, eggs, and sherry were foods of the wealthy, so eggnog was often used in toasts to prosperity and good health. The “nog” part of its name may stem from the word noggin, a Middle English term for a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcohol. The drink crossed the Atlantic to the English colonies during the 18th century and soon became a favorite due to its’ rich dairy content paired with rum, an inexpensive liquor at the time. These days, eggnog is still often spiked with a bit of rum or bourbon during holiday festivities but is just as good without, not to mention kid friendly! 

  • The Names Of  Santa's Reindeer And Some Reindeer Facts
  • Dasher – one of Santa’s fastest reindeer 
  • Prancer – is known for caring the most about how he looks 
  • Vixen – likes to play tricks on the other reindeers and is bit of a show off 
  • Comet – loves to play ball games and likes to inspire children 
  • Cupid – he is the most affectionate reindeer and has a very sweet tooth. He much prefers a mince pie over a carrot 
  • Donner – he is named after thunder and has a very deep voice (he is Blitzen’s twin) 
  • Blitzen – he is named after lightening and is very fast and very playful. 
  • Rudolph – he is a shy reindeer and was embarrassed of his red nose initially. But once Santa realized his nose was a special gift he made him his lead reindeer and now has the love and respect of the other reindeers.
  • In North America they are called caribou Both genders grow antlers Reindeers noses warm the air before it gets into their chest. Their hooves are bigger when the weather is warmer and shrink when it is cold Their knees click when they walk so they can hear each other in a blizzard. Reindeers are VERY good at swimming. They have no internal body clock which is really helps their sleep cycles as they can adapt to living anywhere. The average life span is 15 years old (except for Santa’s magical reindeer of course).

  • Rare Albino Reindeer Spotted Near A  Road In Sweden
  • A teacher on vacation in Sweden recently saw a very rare sight in the wild: an albino reindeer, standing right next to the road. The image was captured by Siv Poijo, who was returning to her cottage when she saw a pack of reindeer, with the all-white creature standing among them, according to Caters News Agency. "For the Sami people, the white reindeer have special significance – I think they bring luck and are considered holy," Poijo told the Daily Mail. These rare creatures, which are the result of a genetic mutation, are found in Norway, Sweden and Finland, the Daily Mail also said. Earlier in the year, three albino deer were seen in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, according to; they are so rare that it's illegal to shoot white deer. 

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