Let’s Talk Shop

Ok so your thinking “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?” Well, it’s a very easy or many days not so easy answer!  As a mom you are torn thirty direction every twenty minutes of every day.  How do I achieve mom of the day status when I am trying to start a small business with my mom and your husband has a large small business that takes him from home up to 9 hours a day 7 days a week…Oh ya and it’s summer break!  Let’s not forget I really want to sit down and share with you all we have going on!  Well, the struggle is real!  LOL!  I am obsessed with this saying on so many levels and my family and I use it often via all conversation types!  So as you know my mom and I refinish furniture whenever time allows.  Well it’s recently gotten real as we now have clients coming to us with requests for specific pieces we currently have on hand or something they are looking for and want us to refinish.  This is fantastic I agree but then there are the days were you’ve been focusing on pieces  as you have a deadline for three days straight literally coffee in hand sander or brush in other hand or mouth!  Another problem only two hands; darn I need a third most days!  Anyway, I have a four and five year old that have requests, demands, passions of their own they need me to help nourish.  Well, it’s been a juggling act I’m very lucky to have two kids so close in age that adore one another at least 98% of each day!  Daily has been a breakfast of substance pancakes, oatmeal, fruit.  Then the day begins in the shop and when I say shop I mean my garage that is stacked with shit or as I prefer to tell people it is mom and I’s place of controlled chaos!  Country radio is turned on which mom isn’t a fan as I learned just today but she hums to herself most of the time so says it doesn’t bother her😩  This week we turned latex colors of mud puddle and wandering creek into chalk paint!  We also got some Rustoleum Country Grey!  Now what are we about to tackle?  Seems a common question or look we give each other most shop mornings!  The kids hit the legos for a bit!  This week we had a few pieces that we needed to get started as clients had ordered!  Currently we are booked two weeks out to start anything new.  When I say this I have to also say mom and I suffer from the real struggle of staying focused and when we can’t feel a pieces we start or work on another happy place piece.  These are pieces that aren’t ordered or sold but pieces that make our heart happy and allow us to re-group/re-focus so we can get back to the task at hand!  This to us is SO important because if you aren’t feeling a piece it will show in your work.  Crap work results in Crabby clients and that is not ok.  Honestly, we haven’t had this happen and I’m not being pompus but we have always been this way.  If you remember my mom and I had a bakery at one point together and in baking you learn the hard way!  YIKES when your cake crumbles because your were in the wrong mindset so you have to re-do!  Another thing I’m learning as I’m typically the one that deals with booking of the biz is keeping your clients in the know!  I love and so do they love receiving text message updates on their piece and including pictures so they too can see the transformation!  Before and after’s are a must.  With that being said sometimes I get sooo excited to do a piece I start and an hour later say “oh shit” I forgot a before picture!  Well, the pieces we had this week were a dining room table, a living room cabinet, living room dresser turned focal pieces, a patio set, and my fun piece was two wrought iron chairs and table-I had a vision and mom’s was two side tables-she always has visions!  So, below I am sharing where we are as of today!  The dining room table you will have to wait until it is set up in the homeowners house to see with the legs for transporting purposes but you get the idea.  The cabinet it an old piece that had side shelves that slid out but we added a new top on the original laminate top so these will no longer open this still has to be distressed.  Living Room dresser turned living room focal piece was done in Rustoleum aged grey and waverly elephant and our made white chalk paint.  The patio furniture set we have had and threw many ideas around about but always had our version of Annie Sloan’s Arles latex turned Chalk Paint for the color.  The cushions I had and they fit perfect for the table/foot rest we wrapped the foot rests in burlap and added a hole to the table to add an umbrella!  The wrought iron chairs were vomit yellow with black wrought iron in rough shape.  The table was just 80’s this piece still has to have a bit more paint but I have to share!  Mom’s tables while be layered and have a bit of beach feel when completed!  They were done in latex wandering creek which we turned to chalk!  Now your saying and the kids are where when you did all this?!  They bounced around playing school, building zip lines throughout my living room with yarn for their lego guys to go on, to agility training for our two shepherds which they said were amazing at rope jumping!  Dinner each night we had as a family so we could talk about our days and then head to the trampoline to jump before bedtime!

 

DIY…It’s All the Craze!

Here I am under mounds of fabric in a variety of textures from burlap to cloth to corduroy!  As well as a variety of chalk paint, spray paint, and home paint!  I have the DIY itch and I’m loving it!

Something I have been DIY’ng for almost a year now is our laundry soap!  I am in love with the recipe I found via pinterest which works in our HE machine it also is gentle on our skin which in this house all of us have very sensitive skin.  I have made this now three times.  Yes, I have only made it three times and the third batch I just made Saturday.  So I have spent $50 on detergent in the past 10 1/2 months.  I love the fact that I never have to remember to buy soap at the store and I also know all the products that are going on our clothes.  A few things I want to share as the link for the recipe I use I am including.  I have made this with both zote and fels naphtha and I do love the smell of the zote pink bar and it comes in the larger size so you only have to buy two but it is pretty time-consuming to shred.  I have done the explode the bar in the microwave which works but I always burn my fingers as I’m trying to get done quick and am not patient to wait to pull to pieces.  The fels comes in the smaller bar so I think it comes to a bit more than 5 bars you need to do but…I cut these bars put in microwave for one minute and then throw in my baby size electric chopper for a quick second.  It went so much faster than with the zote.  So my only suggestion is to use the fels for at least your first time to avoid finger burning and allowing you to do it quick so you can move on to another fun DIY project!

http://www.howdoesshe.com/cheaper-and-better-diy-laundry-detergent/

Moving on my mom came over and shared her DIY hand scrub recipe she made with my sister recently as a wedding shower favor.  It’s great I have it in my shower and I used it on my hands and then use on my heels with my pumice stone!  The only negative of this scrub as it smells like lemon poppy-seed muffins which are my absolute favorite so every day I’m craving these muffins!  We stored our scrubs in small ball jars.

Continuing with scrubs and such…It was our last day at summer camp on Thursday so for two of the three teachers I put together a gift bag with a few well-being items.  I made a Brown Sugar and Coconut Scrub, Peppermint Lip Scrub, and Oatmeal and Cinnamon Bath Soak!  Below are the ingredients for each for you!  I also included a small candle.  For K’s teacher which he was with a bit longer than S’s I made a bag for her and filled it with a bunch of back to school goodies!  As the bag I thought was cute and for her but she was always so great with sharing with the kids that I thought giving her a fun stuff for the start of her new year she would enjoy or she could bring home and use with her grandkids on their next visit!  I will say I am a very new sewer and this project I found to be pretty simple and super cute!

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My other fun project has been painting!  I have enjoyed spray painting, chalk painting and using home paint on many different surfaces from a metal bistro table and two chairs, to end tables, popasan chairs and frames!  I have 100% completed two end tables and the bistro table and chairs.  The other items have a few final touches left before I can share!  I am very new to using chalk paint and so far I’m learning a lot with each piece I do.  I started using a brand from Wal-Mart which seemed to be great but I have come across a few things with this brand.  The main being that my tables that I used the clear wax to seal them with doesn’t do the job quite as well as I hoped.  The one table had gotten cup rings on it which was a big disappointment.  The dark wax is not quite the same consistency as other brands so I am excited to try my new one out on my frames!  In the meantime here are a few pictures of what I have completed so far!  The bistro table is painted in Mermaids Song.  The chairs are spray painted in creamy white Rustoleum satin finish spray paint.  The larger table I spray painted with the same color spray paint and did the center with Waverly chalk paint color Agave .  The second table I did the base paint with Waverly chalk paint color Agave.  I used Waverly Antique Wax to give some dimension to the piece.  Finishing it with Folk Art clear wax.  As I mentioned I have purchased some new chalk paint by Annie Sloan which I’m excited to see how these pieces turn out with this product and I look forward to sharing this with you!

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I also had a request for a unique wedding cake to be made for this past weekend!  My client LOVES Starbucks coffee.  As in she drinks it once if not twice a day!  So for her wedding day she wanted a Starbucks mug cake.  I am happy to say I think I accomplished this task.  We are always our worst critics so I know exactly what is not perfect but she and her guests loved it and it went great with her groom’s donut hole cake!  I did a caramel macchiato cake with fresh whipped cream frosting.  Fondant for the shell!

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My in works sewing project is pajama pants for the kids as this is one item I dread buying they are so expensive and you go through so fast so my first pair cut out ready for sewing are for S in Monster High theme!  Look forward to sharing them in a few days!

Other than these few things I’ve completed and the multiple things I have started and am working to finish I encourage everyone to get out there and give the DIY craze a shot it is a lot of fun!  Plus who knows you may end up turning a piece of furniture you were ready to throw away in to a new-found focal point in your home!

Until next time be well!

Oatmeal & Cinnamon Bath Soak

1 1/2 cups powdered milk

3/4 cup baking soda

3/4 cup oatmeal (finely grind it first)

3 TBS cornstarch

2 tsp cream of tartar

2 tsp cinnamon

Peppermint Lip Scrub

1:1 ratio of Coconut Oil and Granulated Sugar

4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

Brown Sugar & Coconut Body Scrub

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup Coconut Oil

1 tsp of Pure Vanilla Extract