Archives for March 2016

5 Must Have Tools for the DIY’er

5 Must Have Tools for the DIY’er

Your time is valuable - sometimes a tool will save you time and a whole lot of frustration. Here are my 5 must have tools or products that I'm never without: #1. Zinsser Spray Primer - once I discovered this, I started buying it by the case! Oh how I love thee, Zinsser! Not only does it do a fast job of priming but it is great at covering up stains that want to bleed through your paint. I should have used it on this NIGHTSTAND - it would have saved me so much time!   #2. 3M Sanding Sponges - yes please! These are versatile - you can buy them in different grits and they are so very handy for sanding in between coats of paint or around oddly shaped table legs and decor you want to distress, prep or just smooth out. I have a dozen of them in my painting supplies. It really came in handly when we had to redo my DD's ANTIQUE Continue reading

It’s Not About the Stuff – My Philosophy Behind DIY

It’s Not About the Stuff – My Philosophy Behind DIY

Years ago I thought it was my obligation to deny myself the things I needed and wanted.   "Make do," I said. "Don't be materialistic," I said. "Save money," I said.   I thought my only options were to buy what I wanted or do without - the world of DIY really hadn't opened up to me yet. I don't remember when I started reinventing and refurbishing furnture, decor and just about anything that didn't move. I think I'd just had it with doing without and decided it was OK to make my home look and feel the way that I wanted.   Do you long for your very own happy place?   Back when the kids were small and we had a full house, I guess I didn't think my desires mattered. Getting through the day, taking care of my kids, meeting others' needs, being Continue reading

Keep Your Lettuce Sweet – It’s all in the timing

Keep Your Lettuce Sweet – It’s all in the timing

  Keep It Sweet – Lettuce   Last year's lettuce was fabulous. My mom had told me a couple of years ago that I shouldn't plant my own lettuce because it becomes bitter. Her experience left a bitter taste in her mouth (pun intended) So, as always, I wanted to find out why and did a little research and experimenting.   This is what I discovered: If you are having problems with your lettuce tasting bitter, pick it in the morning, wash and dry it and put it in the fridge for a day. It should sweeten up. The hot sun of the day can dry it out and make it bitter. It usually recoups over night in the dew. Be sure to water the lettuce in the morning - the water helps the lettuce survive the hot sun later in the day that can strip it of its sweetness. We also added 2 year compost with ground up Continue reading