THE FERAL TURTLE

THE FERAL TURTLE

Friday, February 28, 2014

First Dormer Gets a Coat of Paint. Part 14

I swear our house was moved here from the movie,
  The Amityville Horror!!
 (remember the fly room??)
  Nice underwear dude!

Sorry no underwear shots here.  Just a few flies.....


Amityville Horror house compared to the Feral Turtle residence.  See the resemblance? 

 Our plan is to phase out the flies and take back our space. 
 Dormer number one is starting to take shape. 
You can start our journey here
 or you can go back to the last dormer post here.



A coat or two of paint.
We used Veil in the dormer Snowfield  in the rest of the room.  It was a CIL paint chip 6R17




And still waiting for a ceiling!
I did phone the United States Post Office and was on hold for this long...


I am such a sucker.  This was the second call.  The first call,
 I was on hold for 22 minutes and then suddenly got disconnected???
 I used my time wisely though.  I was able think about what I
 wanted Mr. FT to make for supper!

My parcel is in customs and has been there since Feb.14th  according to the nice lady on the other end!!    The upside is, we poured some floor leveling compound yesterday which means we will be laying the sub floor today!  But that's for another post!
You can see the next step where we lay the subfloor here.
Cheers.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Wine Labeling Made Easy




I am well on my way to becoming one of those systematic gurus, that even Martha would envy! Now I can find my wine bottles more quickly!


I built a wine cellar in the cold storage room a while back.
  You can click here to see it.

I was quite happy with it

UNTIL
I found this while cleaning out my office
I bought this paper about a year ago for the Cricut, but hadn't used it.  It was 5o% off the markdown price!  Good score.  The only problem was it really didn't stick well and kept coming off.
 My solution was to use contact cement.


Hubby took up the art of beer brewing from grains, which I must say,
 is much more intense than making raspberry wine. 
 He has been filling the wine storage with beer.
   Most of the Grolsch bottles were from our daughter
 and son-in-law as a birthday gift a few years ago.
They were able to collect them from recycle depots!
New gaskets are available from most wine and beer supply stores. 
 They are the  perfect bottles, as you don't
 need to fuss with capping equipment.

Back to the art of drinking....I mean organizing.
I used my label maker to make labels for each batch, which was great, but when I came across the above mentioned chalkboard paper, I knew I could make it even better!

See how hard it is to read the words on the picture?  Well that's what it was like trying to find the perfect wine.


This is what I did......
Chalkboard paper was cut into strips using the handy grid on the back.

A cardboard jig cut out to the size of the chalkboard paper.

Jig is laid over the area to be sprayed and the over spray stays contained!

Adhesive is sprayed to chalkboard paper too.  I used a contact cement aerosol.  Both surfaces are sprayed, left to dry and then adhered to one another for an excellent bond. 

Then the unthinkable happened.  I ran out of chalkboard paper.    Luckily sister number two had the same stash and rescued me! Thank you Sister Number Two.!!!!
  I owe you a bottle.  Take your pick!

As you can see below, I took a lot of pictures!
A lot!!






Luckily there is always room for more!
Cheers.
I party at

Pursuit of Functional Home

http://www.feralturtle.com/2014/03/picture-perfect-easter-egg-holder.html

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dormer Drywall Part Thirteen


A break from hearts and monsters for
 a quick peek at dormer #1.




We went shopping yesterday and found some sweet curtains for the (man cave) room.  A little premature considering we have yet to complete the trim work and paint.  But as you can see from the picture above, there are no icicles hanging from the eaves.  If you would have seen this same picture a year ago, it would have looked something like a three year olds nose,
 suffering from a nasty nasal virus.  
  It means we are no longer losing heat from that side
 of the roof or money from the inside of our wallets!
RITVA Curtains with tie-backs, 1 pair IKEA
source

Looking forward to a speedy delivery of the ceiling tiles.
 One week has passed so maybe one more week and they will be at the post office!
Decorative Ceiling Tiles, Inc. Store - Evergreen - Styrofoam Ceiling Tile - 20x20 -
source
The faux tin tiles will be glued right to the ceiling.

A layer of Styrofoam was used to cover the ceiling and all exterior walls which were built back in the caveman days. (pre-insulation)   This helped seal up drafts and cold that was entering into the 110 year old home through uninsulated surfaces.  Drywall was attached right over the Styrofoam.  This made for an unbelievably rigid wall!





This afternoon, a coat of paint.
  Next up, a new floor.
  She needs some work.... a lot of work! 
 Probably weeks of work as we are the Feral Turtles.

A crappy picture but meet the newest addition!   I haven't named her yet...


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Monster Spray/ Room Spray

   Ever been woken up from a dead sleep, to feel an unearthly chill clinging to your spine with glowing monster eyes peering at you from the darkness of your closet?  Then, without warning, a growling monster jumps from the shadows and chases you to your mommy's bed?
  Well it happened to me the other night so I thought I would whip up a batch of Monster Spray 
 Tried and tested with two thumbs up, by me and many children, all over the world!




Personalized Monster sprays for Christmas gifts!
  Homemade labels and dollar store stickers help dress up the containers!

H20 is a must no matter what recipe you use.
  I prefer distilled as there are no deposits to clog your pump..
You can just spray water from a bottle and try
 to trick those nasty critters
 but I find adding a scent works much better.  You can also
 add other ingredients to make your spray mix more refined!
 Recipes below.

 Sticker paper and Microsoft Word to create my labels.

The label gets covered in clear packing tape to keep it waterproof.



You can make an the adult version.
  We call it Room Spray. 
 It supposedly keeps crabby teenagers away!

Monster Spray Recipe #1
2 cups distilled water
30-35 drops of fragrance oil or essential oil
mix well and pour into a spray bottle. 
Shake well before each use!

Monster Spray Recipe #2
2 cups distilled water
30-35 drops fragrance oil or essential oil
30-35 drops polysorbate 80
Mix well and pour into spray bottle
The essential oil and polysorbate 80 should be of the same measure.
  You can use more or less of each, pending on how strong you want your spray.
If you would like a toxicity rating for polysorbate 80, click here.
I use this rating system to see if there is risk to humans,  animals, and the environment, when making any types of perfumes or soaps.

Monster Spray Recipe #3
1-3/4 cups distilled water
1/4 cup vodka
30-35 drops of fragrance oil or essential oil
Mix well and pour into spray bottle.
Toxicity rating for ethanol (vodka) found here.

The polysorbate 80,  ensures the water and oil mix.  It's called an emulsifier or surfactant.  The vodka also helps emulsify the oil and water.  These chemicals will keep your water from turning cloudy too, although I don't think the little ones would notice. 
  You may choose to keep your monster spray chemical free. 
 The choice is yours!
Good luck with those creepers!
  I finally got rid of mine with 12 drops cinnamon,
  8 drops of orange and 5 drops
 ylang ylang oil in my Monster Spray!!

  Took a whole bottle at Christmas but we are safe and everybody thinks I am a superhero and a great baker!
P.S. 
 I have to thank Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl
 for doing a Room Spray post on her blog. 
 She steered me to the awesome
 metal sprayers from the dollar tree.  I usually use the plastic ones
but love the look of the metal.  They make awesome gifts.
  You can check out her recipes here!  She has some lovely combinations of scents!

Cheers!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine Beer for my Honey



Beer...the fastest way to my mans heart!
A Christmas basket, previous home to poinsettias, is the perfect beer basket!


Nothing says I love you more than beer bling!
 It really says, "Why did you double that batch of salt dough?"
 You can see how they are made at my previous post,
 Valentine Air Freshener

Blinged out with some tissue paper, candy hearts and a fashionable barrette for a bow ( HOW TO HERE!),
 I would say this is one sexy man basket!
Heck, a brown paper bag with beer would have made Mr. FT happy.



Cheers to some fine Canadian craft beers (and the American Gnomegang)
 and
 Happy Valentines Day Mr. FT.
XOXOXO



More Valentine Ideas

Scented Valentines Garland














Cheers!