Friday, February 6, 2015

I'm back and with a glaze tutorial

It's been awhile since I've posted on the blog, life gets in the way between keeping my booth stocked, my own home projects, working full time, and maintaing my Facebook page;

My birthday is Sunday and I recently received my gift from my aunt in the mail, along with a few other goodies was this journal....

The interesting part is, my aunt did not know that I have a blog, or that the name is "Peddlin' Through Life." I took it as a sign....

The blog has come in handy lately, when people ask for one of my recipes, I can often just send a link to it here which has the ingredients, pictures, and all, much more convenient than writing it down each time :)

I decided to write up a short post about General Finishes Glaze Effect's, if you haven't already checked out "Chrissie's collections," I highly suggest you add her on Facebook, she creates AMAZING pieces and is the source for a lot of my inspiration.  She also has a booth at University Picker's in the back of the store, which is conveniently where you can buy the full line of General Finishes products.

I did this project using Maison Blanche's chalk paint in "Sugar Cane" and GF glaze effects in Burnt Umber.

I found this cute frame at a thrift store, it's finish wasn't too bad but kind of looked cheap, and it had the perfect crevices to practice with the glaze, since it was my first time, I didn't want to mess up a more expensive piece.

First I painted one very light coat of the chalk paint, this will allow the second coat to adhere nice and smooth. Let dry, then applied a second coat.

 I then applied the glaze effects with a paint brush, applying heavily in the corners, I forgot to take a picture of this step, but it looked like I poured chocolate milk over the frame.  Then I used damp paper towels, which is recommended for water based finishes, and wiped off the excess, leaving the glaze mainly in the crevices. 

I lightly sanded the frame to allow some of the original gold to show through, and that was it! I will seal this with GF high performance polyurethane. 

Just love that aged antiqued look :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mural wall's and mail sorter's

After searching month's for a rug, then finding this one, and changing the end tables, my living room was still missing something.  My vision of "homey" is probably everyone else's vision of cluttered, my Grandma says I have entirely too much "stuff" especially on my walls, but the wall above my couch BOTHERED ME, like a lot, and every time I looked at it I saw the lonely window.  

I had been debating between a gallery wall or a few items to each side of the window.  But I love gallery walls and I like lots of stuff so the decision was made.  I started collecting frames and some of my favorite things around the house and gathering them into a pile on my kitchen table- I would walk by and rearrange the laid out arrangement until I was satisfied. 

Then I made paper cut outs of each item and taped it so I knew where it would go on the wall.

I made the wooden shelf with some scrap furring strips and stained it.  The main white frame in the middle is a yard sale find that was  originally gold.  The feather was my favorite find at this year's "World's longest yard sale."

The large white frame's quote states "There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy."

The smaller white frame says "Let nothing dim the light that shines from within."

The small frame on top of the white shelf, "Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy."

I finished the mural wall Sunday morning and then browed Craigslist as I do at least once a week and saw THIS.....

I fell in LOVE, I HAD to have it, I immediately sent a text to the seller asking if it was still available and giving them my offer, he accepted and told me I could pick it up that night!

The seller stated the piece is an antique mail sorter and from the late 1800's to early 1900's.

Even I admit that the living room is now slightly cluttered, but I love everything in it and can't part with any of my things.  I have thought about moving the mail sorter to the wall by the window and moving the blue chair more centered with the window.  I will live with this arrangement awhile and see how I feel.

When I look at this picture, I feel completely content and a huge sense of "home," I think that's when you know your doing something right.  It's you that is living in your home, no one else, so don't try to copy a magazine or go with some trendy pattern, simply buy things you love and things that have meaning to you.  


Friday, August 22, 2014

Living Room Progression

Home decor...One of my ohhh so favorite things!

However, I can browse through Pinterest for HOURS and pin lots of gorgeous rooms that I'm in love with, but when it comes to my own home, I have such a hard time making up my mind! I love neutrals, and I'm drawn to rooms with lots of whites, such as this gorgeous room... (courtesy of Liz Marie's blog) 

But my personality just requires more color, I have decided I just simply cannot have a room comprised of only whites and creams. 

The first step of my Living room re-do was to find a new rug.  I LOVED my garage sale find rug, but after living with it for a year, it was time for a change, I needed something more neutral, something where I could change the pillows and seasonal decor without having to worry about matching. 

I really like the look of the natural jute rugs, but my adjoining dining room has one and I think two side by side would be too much. I also like big patterns but knew I would grow tired of one, these were contenders...

Loved the colors but the strips would go vertical in the living room which I wasn't a fan of. 

I am still drawn to chevron even though it is everywhere, but knew I would grow tired of this one.

Very neutral but needed to step away from "oriental."

None screamed "take me home!" until I saw this...

I was instantly attracted to it, it was neutral, it would match my natural jute rug in the dining room.  Only problem was it was an 7'6 by 9'6- after living with a 9 by 12 I was afraid it would be too small, and at first it was,

The former rug went well under the couch and allowed both nightstands to sit fully on the rug.

At this point I had decided it wasn't going to work and that it was going back to the store in the morning but my boyfriend convinced me  that I would grow to like it if I waited a bit- the next morning (and with natural light) I realized I did indeed like it, but that the cream end tables had to go.  Luckily I am just short of a hoarder and had plenty of options in my garage to choose from.  I bought in a nightstand and decided it was perfect. 

It's slowly coming together. Still looking for a side table for the right side so I can put my other lamp back and trying to decide what to put above the couch, thinking of another gallery wall but smaller in size than the one in my kitchen. 

But I am happy with the changes so far :)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Shrimp scampi

This is one of my favorite recipes, it's simple, with minimal ingredients, and just so fresh tasting!

(I doubled this recipe because I like to take leftovers and to work, and I always get seconds at dinner....)

Round it up;
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 tablespoon large raw shrimp
  • 1/2 cup white wine (I used this boxed chardonnay, the rooster caught my attention..)
  • 2 whole lemons squeezed
  • salt, pepper, tony's seasoning- just a few dashes of each
  • 1 box of angel hair pasta
  • fresh basil
  • fresh grated parmesan cheese

Mince your garlic and squeeze those lemons,

Heat the olive oil and butter in a skillet until melted, add garlic and cook for a few minutes, this is when your whole house begins to smell wonderful!

Add shrimp and cook until pink and done

Squeeze in the lemon juice, add wine, butter, and seasonings and reduce heat to low.

Add your fresh basil and parmesan, isn't that gorgeous!?

Serve over a bed of angel hair :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pallet art

I built a couple of "canvases" out of wood- I had seen these floating around etsy and Pinterest and loved the way they looked! After making some cuts with my miter saw and using wood glue and a nail gun to put these together, I stained them with a dark stain. Next I choose some fun sayings, "love one another" was done with a stencil and "hope anchors the soul" I freehanded as well as the anchor. I cut circles from some scrap fabric and using fabric glue, folded the circle around a piece of twine then stapled the twine to the backside of the board. 

Can't wait to make a few more of these, they are a good use for my fabric hoarding problem...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New woodworking projects

What started with a pile of wood became this...not bad for one afternoon

Then I stained a few of the pieces, 

Then for colors! It takes me awhile to commit to what color I'm going to paint something- but it's one of my favorite parts.

Some scrap pieces of wood became some mantle or shelf decor :) 

The arrows had some bright colors added and some distressing,

The crate shelf can be a tray on the counter or coffee table or hung on the wall like a shelf, 

And the divider box got paint, numbers, and distressing- perfect size for mail :) 

Still deciding on colors for the two boxes and the large coffee table tray.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Homemade picture ledges

My bedroom was one of the first rooms I decorated after moving into my home, but there was always this large blank wall that I wasn't sure what to do with.  I thought about an additional dresser but I didn't want it to be too crowded.  I also thought about a small console and TV on this wall but I prefer to keep TV's out of the bedroom.  I was looking through Shanty 2 chic's projects and came across these picture ledges,

They were perfect! and super easy to construct.  My original plans were to paint the shelves white but all my furniture is dark and after the first coat of dark stain I really liked the way they were looking and decided to leave them.  I staggered them opposed to stacking to take up more of the wall space.  I love that I can change the items on the shelf such as pictures when I choose and don't have to worry about holes in the wall.  I used dry wall anchors and screwed these directly into the wall. 

One of these days I will invest in a nice camera, but for now it's the trusty ol' iPhone.

I'm not sold on the decor items, I just went around the house and grabbed things, but the Antlers are definitely staying :)