Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Working with Antiquing Creams

Hi all,
I've been so busy,lol. On my last few days off work I made a trip to Norwich and went to Hobbycraft to finally get the much needed Ultra matte varnish I needed to be able to work with my DecoArt Antiquing Creams. And what fun it is to experiment with those !
I started on a couple of small items first to see how they turn out and then moved on to the larger bits. I'm still not finished with all the items I want to do, but I thought I post a quick update here.
These used to be plain wood and cardboard surfaces until the transformation started.
First a base coat of acrylic paint. Then some stamping and embossing powder to create texture.
After that it was time to apply the first rub with Antiquing Cream and after drying remove and create the wanted effect with a damp cloth.

Loving the old grungy look !
Next was the drawer storage box and lid of another box . You apply the cream with your fingers , it's a little messy,lol

And the finished result is so worth the work and waiting time in between several coats of cream and varnish .
I have a few more items to do and will show the end result of all when I'm done. Apart from that  I have started a little garden area behind our house. Will take some pics soon.
Until then
Hugs Snowy ;)

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Second part of Lavender Rose kit

Hi , I managed to get the elements for the Lavender Rose kit done today. Happy how it turned out...I haven't lost all my design skills yet,lol.

Also , the doily which I started is done as well. I'm currently working on a second one.
Fits perfectly under that wooden butterfly (I love the quote on it as well)
It says "Find happiness in the little things" . I wanted a kind of ruffle effect for my doily instead of it just plain flat. The second one will match this, but will be more oval in shape.
I also found a canvas to go on the wall , but have not hung that up yet.

Currently I'm on night shifts so I'm relaxing with some coloring.I got these 2 books from Dawn Nicole to keep me occupied.

I'm waiting on an order of antiquing paints. It will be fun to experiment with those. And I need a matte varnish to seal them, Glossy just wouldn't look right with an old shabby look . I have a wooden tray, a small shelf with hooks and a couple of other items I want to pretty up ;)
 But here is the freebie, Lavender Rose elements. I had to make 3 folders of them because the mats and lace in png format are quite large files.



And that's it for now again. I have to get ready for work and fuel up with another coffee before ;)

Hugs Snowy

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Success ! ...and a freebie

Yaih ! Fitbit definitely works for me.  The little device makes it easy to track what you're eating and drinking and watches that you don't get over the recommended amount. The challenges with others make it fun ,lol. Yeah , I won the weekend challenge .

And I lost 8 pounds in these 2 weeks since I had the Fitbit...yup, I call that success ! :)
Apart from that I'm trying my hand at doily making. I wanted something for my white furniture , to protect the surface from scratches. And I couldn't find a nice doily like I wanted , so I'm just making it myself. Ordered myself some very fine crotched hooks and some yarn and just started.
Love this set...lots of sizes. I found it on Amazon.
I have never used such fine yarn before, but it's getting larger slowly.
Today I finally found the time to wrap up some papers as freebie. Hopefully I manage to get the matching elements ready for next post.
Here is the first part of "Lavender Rose"
Enjoy :)

Till next time
Snowy :)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Rain... Arctic Winds and maybe Snow? Winter outside, but Spring inside

Daily life.... trying to catch up while working.  And it's bloody freezing here ! For the past days we had rain , hail, ice cold winds and frosty nights. It's nearly May and I still have to wear winter coats and boots ...bah !

I'm way behind with challenges , but hey ... I just do what I can. I'm hoping to catch up next days off work and create a little freebie as well. 

Regarding the comments .... I still get all of the comments on the blog here. Not sure why blogger comes up with funny messages. Maybe because I have not used the g-mail account for so long? 
I will leave you a message with my main addie, but I'm definitely getting all the all comments on the blog here. 

My fitbit arrived and I'm loving it. I started off with 8000 steps daily and wanted to see how much I get together on average without doing anything extra. I have already noticed it has problems with the sleep stats during my night shifts and it told me off for not sleeping,lol.
I like the calorie counter showing how much I burn off by moving around. It's easy to keep track of not overeating and putting in more than your body needs. Most days I have more burned than I eat ,which is great :) 
I'm not getting all the goals done while working nights , but that's fine. I didn't expect to be able to with sleeping during the day.
For week 2 I have raised the step goal to 10 000 each day and it definitely makes you realize how much you have sat on your lazy ass before ;)
The Challenges and badges you can earn are kind of fun as well. I already have a little collection together ,lol.
Verdict : Worth the money , shows  Blood pressure and alerts when it gets too high or low , makes you more aware of food , drink and moving . A good thing which I'm sure my body and health will be grateful for :)  .

As for moving around-I did plenty of that renovating my hallway and putting furniture together.
From dark and small looking with darker colors to a light "shabby chic" kind of look.
I chose duck egg colored paint for the walls.

  This used to be offices before they were converted into flats , but they left a window in the wall , which I never liked. So I decided to make it look nicer by wallpapering over the glass.Plus it was time to build up those new white furniture for my hallway.
A few finishing touches and the end result looks like this. ( I had to put boxes and other things on the edges of the rug to stop the edges rolling in over night )

The curtain on the wall is there to cover an old ugly fire door and my step ladder hanging behind. With limited space you have to be imaginative and find storage solutions which look good but don't break the bank ;) I love how it turned out !

And as cold as it is out there, the plants by my window are doing well.
My mini cucumber and tomatoes are flowering. Also the Sage and Rosemary upstairs by the window.
I'm hoping for Spring to return soon and I'm ready for Summer weather, but it seems that will take a while yet. In the meantime .... let's be creative and stay fit ,lol.

Till next post
Hugs Snowy 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Spring pictures

So much for getting creative on my days off,lol. But the weather was just to nice to stay indoors today. Still cold and windy , but in the sun it was lovely ! I took some pictures on my walk, and let me tell you ...I was pooped. I was out walking 3 hours and winter has made me soft. Not being able to get out and walk much in some horrible stormy and rainy, cold weather and my fitness level has gone down a notch.
Never mind being on the bike and cycling each day to and from work .... the muscles used for cycling are different ones you use for walking. So after 3 hours walking my legs felt tired and after sitting down when I was home kind of like rubber and started aching a little ;)
Well, I treated myself to some motivation gear. I just ordered the fitbit charge.
You can set coals, track calories burned , count steps...and so on . With summer coming I definitely want to be out and about more on my days off.
But here some pics from the walk today.
This one was watching me shoot pictures, so I figured he wanted to be in one as well ;)
The Bluebells are appearing....
...and Primroses....
...and together with the Daffodils...
...it's one amazing colorful spring carpet.
Picturesque, huh?
And these beauties are in bloom as well.

Gotta love Spring time !
But there's rain on forecast for tomorrow again, so I'm glad I got out today.
And that's all for now...as I said, I'm pooped ,lol....it's bedtime and I know I'll sleep well  after that walk ;)
I'm off to Dreamland ....
Hugs Snowy

Friday, April 08, 2016

Freebie kit

Well, it's been a while since the last kit...but I finally got one done. I was too tired last night to do much and playing in my design programs seemed just the right thing to do after my night shifts and not having much energy.
I still need to catch up with my art challenges but first I'm getting this kit uploaded right now .
I forgot how long it takes,lol. Glad it's only a small kit and not one of those mega large ones I used to do ;)
This is what I have been up to during work breaks and to chill out. This is a coloring page from Dawn Nicole.
And one I created myself ....but not colored in yet.
Guess I show you what you're getting as well ...I love how this quickpage turned out. Only 1 background and 2 elements ...simple is good,lol.
Here is the download link for the QP
A layout I made (I changed the color of the flower on the frame for this one)

And this is the full kit
It's one zip file with background papers and 2 zips with elements.

Enjoy !
As for my days off, I have some decorating in my hallway to do .But first I have to break up and take this old wardrobe apart. I'll be getting a new one around the 19th ;)
Yeah, it's white,lol. Not Gothic black ...told ya I have change a bit ;)
Hugs Snowy

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Freebie printable time

Hi all again,
It's night shift recovery day . I'm functioning on 3 hours sleep and plenty of coffee,lol.
We had Hurricane Katie here the past 2 days (Sunday and Monday) and it did cause some damage in the area. Uprooted trees, some fallen onto cars , bridges had to be closed, over 80.000 without power , flooding etc. Further north they even had snow. The only problem for me was trying to get some sleep with the wind howling around the buildingand roof tiles rattling. I don't know how often I woke up from the noise but I finally managed to get a few more hours sleep late afternoon when the wind finally calmed down. Now it's "my weekend" and I plan to chill out a bit. Well.... in the moment I'm having a coffee break from sorting out my wardrobe before the new one gets delivered on Thursday.
I'm trying to "downsize" but holy crap !!! .... I managed just fine to get rid of jeans, skirts and other stuff. Just with the tops I seem to struggle,lol. I'm trying to be brutal , but some items from years ago are hard to get rid of, even though I have not worn them a long time. But the thought of "maybe I will wear it again " is still in the back of my head ;) "Just put them into the Charity/recycling bag , Snowy!" ...and then the other thought " You'll regret it " comes up again...ughhhh....I'll get through eventually,lol Maybe this helps ;) 

I'm also re-doing the upper hallway. A new coat rack is planned to be ordered next pay day. Now I have to get rid of the old one (still from 1996 ) and paint the wall behind it . It was never moved since we moved into this place in 1998 and still has the original paint behind it. It's definitely "out with the old, in with the new" year. I won't be traveling much this year as the housing association is planning to renew our kitchens and bathrooms this year. They also want to get onto the attic to renew insulation . We've not been given exact dates yet , but been told they would start from April onward. So the money I would normally save for my travels will go to home improvement this year.
Anyway, enough told,lol. Time to show some pictures. I did another picture with the same quote I showed in my last post. I wanted one I could frame and hang in my hallway when it's redone. So I picked a photograph I took in 2014 and wrote the quote onto that. Take off over North Carolina, above the clouds. Love how it turned out. Now I just have to find a nice frame.
The second one to go on my wall I created in Paint Shop Pro with floral watercolor images.
Yup, lol...not very gothic or dark. Told ya I have changed a bit in that regard ;)
You have the choice of 2 versions, one without lettering and one with the faded quote , so you can go over with any color you like and do your own writing.
Page with quote download link

Without lettering

Enjoy :)

And I will be going back to sorting out clothing now .... let me be strong ,lol ;)