Saturday, September 29, 2018

Distressing The Cross

Hello Darlings,

I hope this early warm and breezes Saturday morning finds you either all shopped out from last night, or ready to grab up today's specials.

As for me I am relaxing today, but I wanted to share with you my completed makeover of the box crosses I found early this week while browsing one of our local thrift shops. Since they appear to have been molded with some type of acrylic and painted to look like wood carvings, I decided against re-staining and went with distressing instead.


To distress the box crosses I used the same color scheme of the lamps I repaired earlier this year, which is black and copper. I began by covering a portion of the inner frame, the leaves and the crosses with painter's tape.  Once that was done, I sprayed everything with a black satin paint and let them dry for a day.

After the black paint was dried, I removed the painter's tape, and hand painted the leaves, the inner frame, and the crosses with the metallic copper paint. Once the copper paint had dried about eight hours, I added a thin layer of the black paint, and let them set a half an hour. I then gently wiped away some of the black paint with paper towels to expose the copper paint beneath giving the frames their distressed look. 


Again, I let the paint dry for a day, then brushed on some fast drying clear satin polyurethane to finish and set them aside for 18 hours.  Below is the finish project all nicely hung.

Although the satin finish looks more glossier than I intended, still I like the result. 

Until next time,

Chow, Darlings

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

They're A Go Again!

Hello Darlings,

Update:  Remember these chairs that I started to remake over. 

Well, I stopped, Actually I stopped working on all my projects. I knew that we would be moving, so I waited until after we had a bigger place with a backyard because I needed the space to work. Now that I have that space my chairs will get the remake over I want for them. The chair on the right is going to go through a major stripping job to remove the bad stain. Then it with its three companions with be stained in the same hue as my folding table.

Until next time,

Bye, bye Darlings

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Designing With Branches

Hello Darlings,

Today I am posting my newest DIY project. I have become very fascinated with working with branches for wall hangings.  The photo below are of the simple wall hanging I made with a single branch, some colorful beads and feathers.

This project took me less than a week to complete including the time used to gather the supplies.

As you can see I like it so well that I surrounded it with four inexpensive religious prints on a west wall in the living room. I think the effect is very dramatic and striking when you walk in the front door and see it.

The photos below are of a larger wall hanging that is in progress.  The branch is 6 foot long, and it is made with macramé cords. Being in this beginning stage it looks a little ill designed. However, l am working on it in stages and will keep you up to date on its progress. 

When finished it will hang on the south side wall in the living room. I also like making dreamweavers and once this one is completed it will be the third one to hang in the house.

Finally, the photos below are that of a couple of antique looking religious wall carvings that I intend to restore and bring into this 21st century.  What I actually decide to do will be interesting. However, they look as if they were painted and then distressed. I am not sure this is something I want to do. What I actually decide to do will be interesting.

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Until next time, good night and sleep tight,


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Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Amazing Chocolate Cake In A Mug!

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Hello darlings,

Today, I found the most delicious and easy to bake chocolate cake that be for one, two or more people if you like.  It is safinabakes1231, " Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake", it is the most amazing recipe for a dessert I have seen all year.

Does the recipe work? Well, I had to find out. And, WOW! After 1 minute and 45 seconds in the microwave it was done, and ready to eat after a brief cool down.

This recipe is easily a ✯✯✯✯✯ must have dessert for anyone at any time. It is just so easy that your children will enjoy making it also.  

So give it a try! The recipe is below or you can print it from Allrecipes Daily Dish - Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake.

For those of us that are trying watch our waistlines expand,…  oh no, no, I mean count our calories, this recipe is not only delicious but rich with a whooping 603 calories. Therefore, when planning your weekly diet menu excluding some of your breads and starchy foods will probably allow you to include this treat once a month or so. 

Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a large microwave-safe mug; stir in milk, canola oil, water, and vanilla extract.
  2. Cook in microwave until cake is done in the middle, about 1 minute 45 seconds.

Chow, darlings!