Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It's a Dog's Life!

Dog lovers are pretty easy nuts to crack when it comes to Christmas.
Anything for their furbaby and they are over the moon.
  I was cruising the internet looking for inspiration
and saw this cute idea on Hometalk.

pallet wood signs, crafts, home decor, painting, pallet, woodworking projects, This was made for our local city pet benefit auction might make one for myself though
An adorable sign
and so true too!

I created an assembly line and went to work.

I bought some 1x8 boards and cut them into
12' lengths. 

Painted each board with brown acrylic craft paint and let dry.

 I put a coat of white craft glue on each piece and when it was tacky to the touch......

 put a quick coat of white craft paint over top.  As it drys, it will crack for an aged look.

With Microsoft word I printed the lettering using the comic sans font and added a couple of hand drawn dog paws on the bottom.  The words were traced onto the frame and then handpainted with some black acrylic paint.

I ripped a 1x8 board into 1 1/8' wide strips to use for the frame 
 The sides were cut first measuring the exact length of the board.
The top and bottom were cut to overlap the sides.
 The frame pieces were pre-painted and air nailed and glued around the perimeter of each sign

  An eye screw and wire were attached to the back for hanging.

That means Cheers in dog talk.

Being in the midst of this crazy renovation, I probably won't be back until February.

To all my Bloggy friends:
 I wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Holidays
 and  most of all World Peace!! 
 All the best in 2016!!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Twas The Night Before Linky Party (A Gift Exchange)

Twas the night before Linky Party
And all through the Blog
Feral Turtle was typing
strung out on egg nog

Dreaming of packages
Tied up with strings
Turtle drank spirits 
Spying wonderful things.

When what to my rum laden eyes should appear
But a beautiful post card
with musical cheer.
With letters of joy and a shiny red D
A wish bone of plenty to wipe up spilt tea  (liquor)

Now cards and tags and a beautiful bag
On birds with cones that don't even sag
To the top of the tree with a bottle of rum
A new friend on the blogs has already begun!

Thanks to Kimberley for all of my beautiful new treasures
 and thanks to Vicky for all of her hard work!

 You can read all about Kimberley:

and check out Vicky at her blog:

P.S.  No booze was consumed in the making of this post...I swear, not a drop!


Linking up with Vicky and friends at
The Linky Party

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Special Birthday Gift

My crazy talented blog buddy created an amazing work of art for Mr. FT's birthday.
Being a "special" birthday, I wanted something that
would be unique and memorable.
to the rescue. 
I ran a few personalized ideas by her and she did the rest...EVERYTHING, PERFECTLY!

This is what Mr. FT calls his home brewery.  He's a craft beer maker!

This is the pillow Heather created for me!!

She had the pillow crafted two months early! 
 I think it took her two weeks to complete and send.

Me on the other hand, took three months to get this post written up.
So here we are, five months later!

But in my defense, to write this post, I had to do a temporary fix on my
 never ending project, the ghetto bedroom.

I know what you are thinking,

A quick paint job for Mr. FT'S bedside table. 
 A bit of white glue and flat latex paint over the original brown paint.

More Excuses.

 An aged finish using white glue and flat latex paint.
No fancy crackle paint used and
Sorry Annie Sloan, no chalk paint used here either.
The headboard.

 One last excuse, this nasty wall.
This is a picture from a previous post which you can read all about here
Had to add a bit of paint for a temporary fix.

Our matching pillows...priceless!

Check her out!!! and thank you Heather!!!

He loved it.  I think I even spotted a tear.
BTW what does special birthday mean? Old or young?
I guess it's from which end of the age spectrum you're looking from.

 For the finale.....go and check out my nieces latest creation.
  She built this fantastic loft bed for her daughter!

 It only cost her $52.00 Canadian dollars.
 I think that's about 63 cents U.S. 

 It's amazing.
You can find the link here:

Shhhh.  Don't tell her i showed you but here's a sneak peak of the start of the bed.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Halloween Paint Tips

Painting tips 101

Sidewalks make a nice pit stop to clean the excess paint from your brush

 With the rough surface of a concrete sidewalk, stroke your brush up and down and side to side.
This will ensure that most of the paint is removed from your brush prior to hitting the sink.

Sometimes accidents happen.  
You will need to wipe your hands on the hard concrete, taking advantage of that rough surface again.
Bleach and water won't work and remember, those UV lights can get right into the sewers.
Weather is your best friend.  Acid rain will wash away all the evidence  anything. 

Continue until most of the "paint" is off your hand
Sometimes the sides of the blocks are a little rougher, kinda like a pumice stone.  It will leave your hands feeling baby soft.

And that my friends, is how you clean up after a messy "painting" session!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Grape Chili Jelly

Welcome to our Zone 3 Vineyard where we are world renowned for our
 famous wines and jellies!

Come tour all THREE of our grapevines!
That's 3.

This looks all good and dandy but I have to confess that this contraption, which works great for tomatoes, sucks for grapes.  It clogged up so badly that  I ended up throwing the whole works in a pot,

 shoved my foot in there and stomped

 I got out my stick mixer and just blended it all up, hung the mess in cheesecloth and strained.

If you like heat, you might like this jelly.
I followed the pectin grape jelly recipe from the box, except I wrapped some chili's from my garden in cheesecloth

 and boiled the bejeebers out of it.

  When that wasn't hot enough, I put in a pinch of chili powder...
and by a pinch, I mean a teaspoon.

4 cups grape juice
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 box pectin
1 tsp citric acid
1 tsp chili powder
Boil pectin and grape juice for 1 minute
add sugar, chili powder and citric acid and boil hard for one more minute.
Pour into sterilized jars.

I processed them in a water bath for ten minutes 

And if the jelly wasn't hot enough, I foolishly ate a pepper......YIKES!
Feel sorry for me tomorrow. 


Linking up with
Katherine's Corner