Monday, July 29, 2013

Pretty Pretty Pyrex

I went thrift store shopping and could not resist these pretty Pyrex casserole dishes.  
They are yellow and orange with daisy lids.  As far as I'm concerned, they are perfect for three seasons.  Spring, Summer, and even Fall suppers will be suitable for these pretty little dishes.  
I paid more for them than I usually like to spend, but I could sell them for double what I paid.

They stack away nicely. 
The same weekend, I also purchased a beautiful white Pyrex mixing bowl and 1 cup Pyrex measuring cup.  These are the first pieces of Pyrex I've ever bought or owned.  
I know people love the blue, pink, and turquoise pieces, and so do I,but these are great too.  They are just so jolly! 
I think they will get plenty of use in the Cary house.
Pyrex is not an easy thrift store find.  I will buy any piece I ever find, and if it is not my taste, I'll sell it for a profit online.  So if you see any Pyrex at thrift stores or yard sales, snatch it up!  You won't regret it.  Just look at the sales on Etsy or eBay.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

As Good As It Gets

The gate is as good as it gets.  I worked on it from Wednesday to Saturday, and then waited through numerous summer showers to get it painted.  I like it, but I loved our old gate. It was a home for moss, ivy, and loads of colorful lizards.  
Like this little guy.

 All the beautiful ivy and moss.

 Whatever small but mighty beast formed that gossamer web.

 But as much as we loved the old gate it just didn't function.  We tried repairing it many times.  In the in we were resorting to zip ties and plastic nuts fabricated for old coffee containers to keep it together.  So, it had to be replaced to keep our sweet Maggie Mae safe!  
It was a lot of work, and I'm glade it's over. 
Digging 2 feet holes through a multitude of roots.
 Getting the post set.
 Hinging the gates was a two person job, and I needed to go to confession after all the flowered language I used in the process.
The finishing touches....Hardware!
 "Now it just needs paint," say the little supervisor in the window.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Blisters Abound

I spent my day building a gate.  It's a double gate and I only completed one side. 
Looks easy right?

It took forever-mainly because of the comer kit I purchased. 
 Never buy this!

 It came with the cheapest screws!  Every single one stripped out.  I tried using the drill and hand driving, and I pre-drilled every hole.  Still, the screws stripped!  Hand driving worked better but also caused blisters upon blisters which busted and leaked before I had even finished the first corner.  So, I think I will rest tomorrow and build the second gate Friday or maybe even never!  
Second gate lumber... aka fire wood!

Because of my insatiable need to be constructive and creative, I keep making the same stupid mistake over and over!  What's the lesson I should learn but never do; PAY SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT!  Geesh

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Shady Craft

So, like many, I'm am addicted to Pinterest.  I saw this great project for organizing sunglasses, and since I had all the supplies on hand, I decided to give it a try.  
Two canvases, some fabric fat square, ribbon and a staple gun.
It's as easy as it looks, and works like a charm to organize your sun glasses.
Now I need to hang them on the wall or, I could just lean the on my entry table.
It too, a total of 5 minutes.  I like easy, functional crafting :)

Hut, Hut!

A while back I watched Paul Elkins video about building a hut out of corolplast and decided to try it myself here is the result. Most of you have probably seen it on Facebook already, but here it is again :)

I started with 5 sheets of 4x8 corolplast.

I creased and folded a piece for the floor, and arched the roof/walls. 
 The I added the end panels, cut the door, and zip tied it all together.  See the video for a more finished version.  
Less than a days work and under $100.