Thursday, October 30, 2014

It's the Little things that make a Blog and give me a monster Headache.

So this is not your average DIY post, but it (kind of) is if you happen to write a blog or thinking about starting one.
For most of you, this post is just to announce that I now, finally, after two years have a new Pinterest Pin button.  Just hover over a picture like the one below, and a P (for pinterest) will magically appear!

By the way, this is my fall mantel, not complete but in progress.  Everything you see came from the Dollar Store, except for the split peas of course.

I've been working on another website for the past three days, which just encouraged me all the more to look at my own little blog.  I haven't liked my pinterest button that once occupied the bottom right side of each post, but that little button was added on two years ago.

old pin button is now gone!
To make a long story short, html coding has to be changed, deleted or added to have any fancy little bells and whistles on a blog. It takes a while for me to figure out what code needs to be changed and exactly where that code is.  I have nearly 3000 lines of code. 

So for those of you who blog, this DIY post is for you.  I learned three valuable lessons in the last 48 hours. That's about how long it took me to take code out and put the pinterest hover code in. Blah! If I never see my htlm code again, I'll be just fine with that!

Lesson 1- I now know how to find htlm code fast
Instead of scrolling down line by line, blogger users can do this.
                1. Log in
                2. go to template
                3. click on edit html
                4. expand the code by selecting widget next
                5. Now all your blog code will pop up. Hold Ctrl  and select the F key.
                6. A small box will show up on the top right corner of you html code box. Now enter in the exact code you're looking for.  I put in <div style="float"....>. You have to put in the exact code.
                7. Hit enter and it will take you to the location of the code. LIFE SAVER for me.

That's what I learned to get rid of my old pinterest button.

Lesson 2. Pinterest has changed and you now have to verify your pins in order for them to get seen on your main page. Again, you have to add a "meta <tag>" which means playing around in the htlm code area. They provide a code but you have to know where to put it in the body. That's where lesson 1 helps again.

Lesson 3. Sometimes, you're just not going to figure everything out. I had to search in Pinterest for an easy code to add so that hover button can be added to my pictures.  I tried, really tried, to figure out what pinterest was talking about on their tools page, but their code explanation was beyond me. So I found someone who found someone who has an easy code to follow, and they tell you exactly where to put it. This is where I found the easy hover Pinterest code.

Now, those little things on my blog are complete and the monster headache is gone!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tips and Tricks Tuesday

Well, Hello, hello!
I must say that fall has finally fallen in a big way around here.  Our yard is covered in leaves, leaves, and more leaves. We've raked, gathered, swept, and filled bags, but it still looks like we haven't touched a thing. This is a job ... for the kids!

So today's Tips and Tricks Tuesday is a little different. I loved last weeks Halloween alternatives. If you missed it, go HERE. That post inspired me to create those candy labels. So that's just what I did this weekend.

Here's the label.

You can download the pdf file and print them on sticky labels of your own. Stick the labels on your candy, and pass them out as usual. There are 30 labels per page.
Just a note when printing. Make sure your printer is set to labels! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I seriously don't like this DIY project!

This is the project I have been dreading!  For a year now, I've been putting this off simply because I HATE stripping paint.  Some bloggers talk about stripping paint like it's the best thing in the world. No, not a bit. I've done it a few times and each time I tell myself, "I'm never going to do this again."
But here's my problem.  I have a solid wood table that I actually like. I painted it about a year ago and did it ALL wrong!

About a month after I first finished my table, I realized my major mistake. I used the wrong kind of paint.  ARRHGG!

So, finally, I'm fixing my awful, annoying mistake! Here's what the table originally looked like.

But for the last year (and a half?) it was looking bad. Really bad.  In fact, I kept a table cloth on it all the time because it looked so bad.

Here's what I'm talking about, and the paint brush strokes didn't help either.

So I finally decided to get this project done before the snow comes.  I've procrastinated long enough.  It's time. Plunge!

This is what I used.

 I've used a few different strippers and Citristrip I think works great.  My problem is that I never put enough of the gel on the table.  The picture below is an example of NOT ENOUGH stripping gel.

The paint should wrinkle all over, not just a little bit like below.

So, after my first failed attempt and hours of scraping, I had to reapply the gel LIBERALLY.

After two days of scraping and sanding paint, this is what the table looked like. I actually found my paint scraper tool in my purse this last weekend. Have no idea how it ended up there, but I was dreaming paint removal night after night.
I used steel wool to get in the grooves of the legs and 100 grit sand paper on the surface.  This is the part I don't like.  It takes days, and, yes, I thought about just buying a new one.

But once I got to this point, I knew I was close to the end.

I'm going back to a white color for this table so I'm starting the project with a good stain blocking primer.  The spray primer is for the legs of the table. I brushed on primer for the rest.

I don't worry about what the primer looks like.  It's splotchy and ugly, but that's the nature of primer.  Here's what the table looked like after the first coat.

Then I took  220 grit sand paper and sanded the table, trying to get raised brush strokes to sand down.

Finally, the second coat was applied.

And I spray primered the legs.  She's coming along, but the weather suddenly changed on me, and I had to stop.  I checked that weather report twice, too!

I'll finish my next step this weekend.  This is where I really messed up last time! It will take a few days to cure and protect, but she'll be ready for a family meal soon!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tips and Tricks Tuesday

Oh how I love fall.  The leaves are turning yellow and red, the weather is crisp but blue skies still abound. Pretty soon we'll be cozying up with hot chocolate and hot soup by the fireplace.
For us, fall is all about Thanksgiving and harvest.  We don't decorate for Halloween and we're not even home to pass out candy.  We go to our Harvest Celebration at church where the kids can play games, rock climb, run through an inflated obstacle course, etc. It's our alternative to trick or treating since we don't celebrate Halloween as Christians.
 For those of you who are looking to redeem the day for Christ, who are some great ideas how we can let His light shine!
 Love these two ideas.  If you pass out candy, share Jesus with them!

 Another poem to bring pumpkins and the saving work of Jesus together.
 Pumpkin parable printables are great for a class setting.
 Here's a great way to carve a pumpkin while explaining the Gospel to your kids.


Hope you found some helpful ideas!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

2014 Fall Wreath

So for the past couple of years, I've ventured into the DIY realm of all things home.  It really started because I had never (ever) decorated my home except for Christmas, and things were looking lived in and loved, but mucho plain and boring. My biggest reason for DIYing was to save money, or in my case, not spend money I didn't have anyway.  That's how all this began.  I "discovered" other DIYers on the internet and a creative force within me was sparked! Plus there was that, "You don't have to spend a lot of money to make your d├ęcor mark on your home." Bonus.

This is now my 3rd fall wreath that I've made.  Let's not talk about my first two.  It's this one that I'm most proud of, and not just because of how it came out.  I used up my fall items from last year, so this wreath didn't cost me a thing!  Yeah!

I had dollar store items, burlap and some hot glue to make the Lewisville fall wreath. I cut a strip of burlap and gathered it by pulling a "string" lengthwise down the middle.

Pinecones came from a walk on a nearby path and those acorns were from Target last year.

The pumpkin, fall leaves and wreath came from the Dollar Tree. Those red berries came from Hobby Lobby, but you can find them everywhere.   Those are my favorite part about this wreath by the way.

Now I just need to add a few more fall touches.  Step 1 is done!
 Love it!

More fall touches to come.