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Month: September 2016

Small Decor Changes Make a BIG Difference

Want A Decor Change Without Breaking The Bank?

When looking to spice up a room or take it to ‘another level’ you don’t have to spend a fortune.  I’m going to tell you how I made small decor changes that made a big difference in my beauty room.  I recently used a room in my house and changed it into a beauty room.  I started with sanding and varnishing the wood floor then I started painting the wall.  I purchased my paint from Home Depot and the paint department was very helpful.  If you’re like me, and you go into the paint department, walk the aisle and all you see are paint cans, then do what I did, just tell the associate what you need & they’ll choose the right can for your purpose.  So I chose to go with the colors gray, silver and turquoise.   Check out my blog entitled Sparkling Painted Glitter Walls to see the finished product.

So with the walls and floor completed, I needed to add small touches to give the room decor a ‘POP’.  I’ve been working on my beauty room for some time now. I feel like it’ll never get done, but I am making progress.  First I customized a Billy Bookcase from IKEA by attaching molding to the top and it totally looks like a new bookshelf.  I also painted the back wall to match my Silver Chevron wall img_4749paint pattern (img_4747without the glitter). That little upgrade was harder to do than the molding (the bending over was taxing on my back).  In order to paint the back wall I had to lay the bookcase down on the floor.  Your other option is taking the back off to do this step (but I didn’t want to destroy the holes where the nails are).  I used the same stencil that I used for the wall and I painted the Chevron pattern with the same design color as the wall.  My room is small in dimension and does not have a ceiling light so I placed the IKEA Jansjo LED work lamp on top and used two which is more than enough lighting for that space.

Wall Art

One thing I wanted to add but didn’t want to spend a lot of money on is, Wall Art.  So, I went to a local thrift store and thumbed through what seemed like a thousand picture frames. As I looked through the selection, I knew I wanted a wood frame, but the color was not important at this point because I knew I could spray paint it to whatever color I wanted.  So, fortunately, I found a white 8X10 wood picture frame. Parts of it had turned yellow, but no worries. Besides it only cost me .50 cent.  I had already found an image to put in the frame, but the image was only 5X7 so I needed a photo mat to complete the look.  I went to Michael’s and purchased a white photo mat for about $3, but didn’t really like it at that stage.  So I thought, what if I glittered the Chevron pattern onto the photo mat?  It came out nicely but my advice to you if you decide this, don’t use the painter’s tape for your guide, it’s still too strong and will peel off some of the paper and glitter.  But I patched it up and it looks great.

For the image, all I did was search google for a turquoise beauty sign and I had a plethora of choices. You can achieve the smallest decor change without breaking the bank.  

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D.I.Y. Project Adhesive Reviews

Seems every time I look up, a new invention of a product that makes our lives easier is for sale. Not all products are created equally.  Before I start any project that requires mending, I stumble on which adhesive do I use.  In my search for adhesives for each project, I’ve purchased an accumulated different types.  Today I will talk about five products that are/can be used as adhesives for any of your decor products.  As an affiliate of Amazon, you can easily purchase any of these adhesives by clicking on the amazon links below.

ModPodge – The package states it’s a Waterbased Sealer, Glue & Finish. Use On All Surfaces. Mod Podge dries clear in approximately 15-20 minutes and can be sanded to a smooth finish. Apply with brush or sponge applicator. Close container after each use. Clean up with water while wet. Once dry, Mod Podge cannot be removed. Use as a puzzle saver, a sealer glue, a quick finish, a textured finish,or a build-up finish.” Non-toxic.

Acrylic Gesso – The package states Surface Preparation Primer.  Surface preparation for acrylics and oils. Surface Prep Mediums are used to seal prime and add tooth (for color adhesion) to all surfaces such as canvas wood paper and metal. This same preparation is used for both acrylic and oil paint. Our professional gessoes usually take just one coat, and adding Liquitex Soft Body color to any gesso creates customized tints and primers. Liquitex Clear Gesso Surface Prep Medium is an ideal high tooth for pastel oil pastel graphite and charcoal. Excellent ground for acrylic and oil paint. Mix with acrylic color to have a tinted ground. Dries clear to translucent depending on thickness. Excellent base coat primer for many applications, including murals. Can be applied to any material or surface that will accept traditional acrylic media, such as canvas, paper, wood, etc. Liquitex Surface Prep Mediums are lightweight, non-toxic, and dry to a water-resistant, non-yellowing surface.

Liquitex Glazing Medium –  Creates clear, Brilliant glazes, Adds Transparency. Liquitex offers the broadest range of acrylic mediums to inspire creativity at every stage of the painting process. Liquitex Fluid Mediums perform much in the way that their name implies, they are fluid in nature and reduce viscosity of heavier paints and gels. They tend to self-level and do not retain brushstrokes. Liquitex Fluid Mediums modify acrylic paints in a variety of ways and contain acrylic resins to maintain or enhance adhesion and durability. Liquitex Glazing Medium Fluid Painting Medium is ideal for creating brilliant, jewel-like glazes with acrylic artist colors. Excellent brushing and leveling qualities. Dries quickly for rapid layering. Mix with any amount of acrylic color; small quantities of color provide the most transparency. Works best with transparent or translucent colors. Formulated for maximum flexibility and adhesion, will not chip or crack on canvas. Can be applied to any material or surface that will accept traditional acrylic media, such as canvas, paper, wood, etc. Liquitex Texture Gels are lightweight, non-toxic, and dry to a water-resistant, non-yellowing surface.

JudiKins Diamond Glaze Dimensional Adhesive – Use directly over artwork for a raised glass-like finish or as a dimensional glue for glitter and beads

Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents – This is an acid-free, 3-D, clear gloss medium. Use to brighten, add dimensions, and magnify. Place under embellishments to make them stick. You can also place on top of embellishments to protect and add a glossy overlay.

Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents Precision Tip, 2-Ounce


An acid free, 3-D, clear gloss medium. Use to brighten, add dimensions, and magnify. Place under embellishments to make them stick. Also place on top of embellishments to protect and add a glossy overlay. This package contains 2 ounces in a bottle with a precision tip. Made in USA.
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Judikins Diamond Glaze, 8-Ounce


JUDIKINS-Use directly over artwork for a raised glass-like finish or as a dimensional glue for glitter and beads. Directions: Do not shake. Cut applicator lower to increase flow. Tip can be cleaned with a straight pin. Keep tightly caped. 8 fluid ounces. Conforms to ASTM D 4236.
List Price: $16.29 USD
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Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11202 Gloss Finish


Gloss Finish Mod Podge in a 16 ounce plastic bottle.

Mod Podge dries clear in approximately 15-20 minutes and can be sanded to a smooth finish. Apply with brush or sponge applicator. Close container after each use. Clean up with water while wet. Once dry, Mod Podge cannot be removed. Use as a puzzle saver, a sealer glue, a quick finish, a textured finish,or a build-up finish.” Non-toxic.

Uses:

  •  as a glue for paper, fabric, and other porous materials
  • as a sealer for wood, paper, and prints
  • as a finish for printed material, decoupage, and fabric.
  • Also functions as a painting medium for water-based paint.

The water-based sealer, glue, and finish for all surfaces! 

  • Non-toxic
  • non-flammable
  • Conforms to ASTM D 4236
  • Store at room temperature.

Contents: 

  • One 16 oz. plastic bottle of GLOSS

Made in the USA.

List Price: $6.97 USD
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Liquitex Professional Glazing Fluid Medium, 8-oz


Liquitex offers the broadest range of acrylic mediums to inspire creativity at every stage of the painting process. Liquitex Fluid Mediums perform much in the way that their name implies, they are fluid in nature and reduce viscosity of heavier paints and gels. They tend to self-level and do not retain brushstrokes. Liquitex Fluid Mediums modify acrylic paints in a variety of ways and contain acrylic resins to maintain or enhance adhesion and durability. Liquitex Glazing Medium Fluid Painting Medium is ideal for creating brilliant, jewel-like glazes with acrylic artist colors. Excellent brushing and leveling qualities.  Dries quickly for rapid layering.  Mix with any amount of acrylic color; small quantities of color provide the most transparency.   Works best with transparent or translucent colors. Formulated for maximum flexibility and adhesion, will not chip or crack on canvas.  Can be applied to any material or surface that will accept traditional acrylic media, such as canvas, paper, wood, etc.  Liquitex Texture Gels are lightweight, non-toxic, and dry to a water-resistant, non-yellowing surface. APPLICATION: Apply to dry, painted areas to change coloration without losing established detail. Under layer must be thoroughly dry before applying the next coat. May be dried with a hair dryer to speed drying.   Mix in a small amount of color with the medium. Mix thoroughly and color will lighten. Color will darken and go back to a thin transparent version of the original color, as the medium dries and becomes transparent. Visit our Liquitex Amazon Storefront for full product assortment.
List Price: $13.49 USD
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Liquitex Professional Clear Gesso Surface Prep Medium, 4-oz


Liquitex offers the broadest range of acrylic mediums to inspire creativity at every stage of the painting process. Surface Prep Mediums are used to seal prime and add tooth (for color adhesion) to all surfaces such as canvas wood paper and metal. This same preparation is used for both acrylic and oil paint. Our professional gessoes usually take just one coat, and adding Liquitex Soft Body color to any gesso creates customized tints and primers. Liquitex Clear Gesso Surface Prep Medium is an ideal high tooth for pastel oil pastel graphite and charcoal.  Excellent ground for acrylic and oil paint.  Mix with acrylic color to have a tinted ground.  Dries clear to translucent depending on thickness.  Excellent base coat primer for many applications, including murals. Can be applied to any material or surface that will accept traditional acrylic media, such as canvas, paper, wood, etc.  Liquitex Surface Prep Mediums are lightweight, non-toxic, and dry to a water-resistant, non-yellowing surface. APPLICATION: For canvas, paper, wood, or any clean porous non-oily surface. Sizes and primes while maintaining the original appearance of the surface. Provides paper with good tooth for chalk and oil pastel techniques. Mix with a very small amount of transparent or translucent acrylic color to tint the ground, while maintaining transparency. Visit our Liquitex Amazon Storefront for full product assortment.
List Price: $9.39 USD
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Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

HOW TO PREPARE CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS

Items Needed:
1-2 packages of Pretzel Rods or Twists (approximately 40 per bag)
1-3 Packages of Chocolate Melts (Colors of your choice)
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Before you get started, purchase extra bags of pretzel rods because you don’t want to use the broken rods. Presentation is EVERYTHING!  For your finished product, it is more beautiful to see uniformity, so save the short pretzel rods for snack time.

Microwave 1 C of chocolate melts and 1 Tsp of shortening into a microwaveable bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until chocolate melts are soft (but not completely melted). Stir until chocolate is thin like pudding.
You’ll need a tall container (cup/glass, etc) or a dipping disposable tube (found below) that is tall as or taller than the pretzel rods. Fill the container with the melted chocolate. Dip each pretzel rod so that 3/4 of rod is covered with chocolate. Place rod on a sheet of parchment paper (wax paper). When sheet is full, place in refrigerator until chocolate is stiff.
To decorate pretzels, line chocolate covered pretzels closely on parchment paper. Fill a Ziploc bag with melted chocolate (preferably a sandwich size bag). Cut a small hole at the bottom corner of the bag so you can drizzle chocolate across the pretzels until decorated to your liking. Place in refrigerator until stiff.  Once stiff after decorating, place each pretzel in a pretzel party bag and use a coordinating color as a tie if you choose.beecham90cecilr5

Display suggestion: Place pretzels that are designed with same colors together on your table (it makes it easier for your guests to find what they’re looking for).

Gourmet Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies

Gourmet Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies

How to Make Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies

Researchers and scientists have said for decades that chocolate is an aphrodisiac.  So I think its appropriate to offer guests to a wedding shower or a wedding reception the ultimate treat, CHOCOLATE wrapped in chocolate.

Supplies Needed:

1-2 pkgs of Original Oreo Cookies (36 cookies per pack, you may want to save the broken cookies for later)

1-3 Bags of Chocolate Candy Melts (Color of your choice)

Crisco Shortening

Microwaveable bowl

Spatula

Plain Cookie Chocolate Mold (purchase on Amazon)

Instructions:

Place approximately 1 C of Candy Melts and 1 tsp of shortening into a microwaveable bowl.  until almost all melted.  Microwave in 30 second increments (stirring in between).  Only microwave til candy melts are soft, then stir till chocolate is smooth.  Chocolate should be thin as pudding.  To prevent the chocolate from over cooking, only heat ingredients so that you can manually stir to assist the chocolate in the melting process.

Pour chocolate to cover the bottom of the cookie mold, then place cookie in the center of mold.  Pour chocolate to cover the cookie.  Fill the rest of the mold with chocolate & repeat for the other 5 molds. Be sure to push the cookie down slightly to avoid air bubbles.  Once the mold is full, place in freezer until stiff. After chocolate has set, remove cookie from mold.  If temperature in home is warm, place chocolate covered cookies back into refrigerator until ready to decorate.  At this stage you can leave them as is, or prepare them for decorating.

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If you are choosing to decorate the cookie, use the same chocolate melting procedure as above.  The decorative chocolate should be a coordinating color.  Pour the chocolate in plastic Ziploc sandwich bag.  To decorate cookies, line cookies up closely on a sheet of parchment paper (wax paper) like an assembly line.   Cut a small bottom corner of the sandwich bag, but hold the bag so that it doesn’t leak until you’re ready to decorate.  Quickly drip chocolate from left to right across the cookie until decorated to your liking.  Let the chocolate drizzle across in lines or a  Zig-Zag pattern.

Place cookies back into the refrigerator to set, then sit out to serve as they become room temperature

I’m an Affiliate from Amazon, so you can easily purchase Your Supplies from Amazon, see the listings below.

 

Wilton 1911-1300 Candy Melts, Bright White


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Wilton Light Cocoa Candy Melts


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Handy Gourmet Cool Touch Microwave Bowl


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