Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to Build your own Pallet end table with Freezer Paper Graphic Transfer




Good Morning my Beauties!
While we have been UBER busy with everything going on at our home
(you can read all about that HERE)
I thought I would show you a fun and easy way to make a FREE pallet art End table.

This right here is  free pallet wood and other scraps  from
out of my neighbors garage. They were happy to have me haul it away.
I knew just what I wanted to do with it.

Like I have said before...free stuff and power tools make my day...
I think my hubby was a little miffed at me because he wanted to build
the table. I usually give him some of these kinds of projects, but that's when he is pestering me to clean out the garage or something..It will usually get him off my case for a couple days...:)

So with a couple of cuts I started making my table.
I had watched my husband make our beautiful farm table for our fire pit last summer
so I knew kind of what I needed to do. You can see that table HERE.

First I made my apron and attached the sides together.

Then I added my legs.

Then I added the boards to the top.

then I just stained the top. I am painting the legs.

Now for the fun part.. freezer paper transfers.
First let me say how much  I LOVE the GRAPHICS FAIRY since she supplies such amazing free graphics.
 I went on her website there and got a nice FRENCHY one.

I printed my graphic out on my freezer paper in reverse. I have glued my freezer paper to card stock to make it easier to feed through the printer. Shiny side up so that you can transfer the ink.
 

Now the fun part...again..:)  Here is where I lay down my graphic and start burnishing it
with the back of a spoon. Now don't get frustrated with this. I hear from quite a few people that
they haven't had any luck, but practice makes perfect. 

You can see here the ink transferring to the table. I had to lay it back down a couple times
to make sure it came through enough; you just have to be careful not to move the paper
or it WILL smudge.

VOILA!!! A beautiful FREE FRENCH table.


I painted the legs with some paint I had. It was a mix of some  blue and cream color, to make a nice dusty blue.


I just love how it turned out; and the best part...FREE!!!

I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial and find ways to make fun free stuff
for your home too.

Until next time, go make someones day BEAUTIFUL.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Twirl and Take a Bow LINK party and FEATURES

Happy Tuesday and welcome to another great week of Twirl & Take a Bow!  We are so glad that you're here!  For those of you that may not know me yet, my name is Brooke and I blog over at DesignedByBH.com.  I'd love for you to stop by and visit me! DesignedByBH.com - Twirl & Take a Bow Features Can you guys believe that it's almost time for school to start back already?  I don't have any kids of my own, but I have a large number of teacher friends...and they're not ready yet!  I also have a lot of friends with kids and they can't wait for the new school year!  What do you think?  Hasn't the summer just flown by? Kids or no kids, I'm personally not ready to say sayonara to summer yet, which is why this week's features all revolve around a Nautical/Coastal theme.  Let's squeeze in a little more time on the water, shall we?
I absolutely LOVE this Nautical Chair Makeover from The Charming Farmer
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Take a look at this DIY Coastal Wall Art from An Extraordinary Day. I love the sea glass and shells on the table!
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Old Things New used some of my favorite colors for this Summer Lake House Decor.
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This Baking Soda Sea Art from My Pinterventures is super creative!
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How absolutely adorable are these DIY Anchor Pillow Cases from Sew Sweet Vintage?  I want some!
You guys never cease to amaze me with your level of talent and creativity!  You make having this party so much fun!  Without further ado, let's get on with this week's edition of Twirl & Take a Bow!
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Update on the Art is Beauty House


 
 Good Morning my Beauties.
I figured this would be the best way to update you guys
for those who follow on my Facebook page on what has happened since the
whole Electrical fire incident.
First off let me say we are "SAFE" and that is all that matters.
For those who don't know the story I will sum it up for you.
After a long day of working on painting the house and every other thing we have going on 
here this summer (you can read that post HERE)
We had finally sat down for the night. 
We had taken the kids out for a break for us and for them and had been home maybe a few hours.
We were all getting settled; the twins were in bed, the girls were winding down one upstairs and one down, and Russ and I were on the couch.
FINALLY....we were sitting..:)
All of the sudden Russ asked "whats that noise"
The TV was making a horrific noise, and I thought maybe it was something at the station
and they were having technical difficulties.
But then everything started to POP. The two light bulbs in the living room blew up.
The TV was still making that noise so we quick turned it off...but it continued to make popping sounds.
We ran into the kitchen and the outlets were all making what we call AUGER noises.
Like someone was turning on a gas auger in our house.
All the kids came running from where they were yelling that their lights, their bulbs, 
their outlets were all screaming.
Maddie came running up from the basement and yelled that one of the rooms down stairs had smoke 
coming out of it.
Russ quick ran downstairs while I grabbed the phone.
Now let me just say this...THE kids were smarter than us.
They were adamant we get out of the house.
Us being adults were over thinking and thinking we will "figure this out"
Luckily Russ saw that a TV was smoking in that back room and quick grabbed the plug and pulled it from the screaming socket.
I THEN called 911
The dispatcher calmly asked what was happening and I told her..
She said "GET OUT OF YOUR HOUSE"
The kids were already outside.
I will tell you, my foot was barely on the threshold of my front porch before I could hear 
the whole battalion of firefights sirens SCREAMING 
flying to my house.
It was at that moment when I realized NOTHING ELSE MATTERS.
I always had imagined if we ever had a fire if I would have been one of THOSE people that tries 
to run back in to get STUFF.
But I didn't...There were no flames shooting out of the house
But the only things I cared about were crying on my front lawn.
I prayed in my head thanking that whatever happened
my family was safe.
Moments later about 30 firefighters were gearing up and moving into my home.
Halligans ready (pick axes)
My heart waited...I kept expecting FLAMES to start shooting out the top of my roof.
about 15 minutes later they came back out.
They had NOT had to destroy anything.
SO far so good.
They then went to the garage.
The main breaker to the house is in there.
They went to shut down all the electricity.
NOPE...The power surge that had happened had fried the main power.
So we had to wait...and wait...and wait..
The firefighters would NOT be going back in. 
When they had been inside, they said the house was still making the same noises and
our circuit breaker in the basement was popping and crackling.
They would not risk their safety till the power company came and cut the main line.
at Midnight he got there and cut the line.
It had been a ground neutral in their line that had frayed and touched the two other wires
sending massive amounts of electricity to our home.
This....was our meter box. TORCHED....all our circuit boxes TORCHED...
NO power but also NO flames in the house.
Luckily, the power was shut off before it started to burn.
The scariest thing was the fire chief telling us. 
Had we been sleeping...
Had we been GONE....
Our house would have burned.
Russ pulling the plug, stalled the fire.
We had just got back from vacation....
we had just got home that night from taking the kids out.
WE WERE SO LUCKY!
Thank GOD we were safe!
Everyone kept asking how I was doing (and by everyone, I mean our ENTIRE neighborhood block)
It was like a street party. But then no one was gonna be sleeping with 6 fire trucks lights flashing and screaming sirens. 
But I was fine...I really was....I was kind of NUMB and it was surreal, but I was actually strangely 
calm and fine.
The kids were safely now at grandma and grandpas and Russ and I were just WAITING..
waiting for the firefighters....waiting for the power company...just waiting..
When he finally cut the power the firefighters went through to make sure the house was safe.
We could go back in...
The whole house smelled like burnt plastic.
at 2am the power company told us he couldn't hook us back up cause it was fried.
We would need to call an electrician in the morning.
I honestly barely remember going to sleep that night..
We both slept here in the living room.
We were safe and we were exhausted.
But we wanted to be here so that first thing in the morning we could make the calls.
We called an electrician and he was out in mere hours...
He and his Boss worked tirelessly in the Heat and Humidity 
to get us hooked up with all new Electrical...
They did it in a DAY...seriously...I was in disbelief.
So if you ever need and electrician.
KOOLE Electric is your people.
I am overwhelmed with how amazing they were.
Just a local small business guy, younger than us.
Bustin his tail to get us back to normal.
They got us hooked back up and the power company came back and put in a new meter and
got us up and running so we could see what fried.
Believe or not SURGE protectors really DO work..
I always wondered...
the TV that was POPPING...still works...
our Stove and Refrigerator... still work..
OUR BOSCH dishwasher...RESUMED washing when the power went back on...LOL
It had been running when the Electrical power surge happened.
I am FOREVER sold on Bosch.
The microwave however...Bit the dust as well as the Keurig coffee maker..
The hot water heater transformer blew..but the electricians came the next morning and fixed it.
(I told you they were awesome)
There were many other small electronics and air conditioning units that didn't make it
but we are seriously considering ourselves so LUCKY..
We have our Life, we have our Home.. We can still sit in our home
and be a family.
So that is where we stand so far....
Blessed, Lucky, Thankful and so much more.
I just wanted to write it all down, so that I can thank you all 
so much for your care and support.
Again and Again, life teaches me the genuine goodness of people.
So many people have reached out and offered so many things.
I won't name names of some blog business buddies 
but you know who you are.
Thank you so much for your generous offers.
I am thankful that I didn't have to take you up on it.

So there you go.
So far...So Good!
Now you guys go out and make someones day BEAUTIFUL
mine already is! 
Until next time.
Karin


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TWIRL and TAKE a BOW! LINK Party and FEATURES

 Good Morning my BEAUTIES!!
Guess what time it is?

Its time to Twirl and Take a Bow!~
I am Karin from ART IS BEAUTY
and I am lucky enough to get to pick the features for this weeks party.
I think you will all agree that this weeks Features
are once again FABULOUS!
Here are this weeks FEATURES for 
 TWIRL and TAKE a BOW!

I have picked out some fun SUMMER features for you!
All things I wish I had time to try this summer.
CHECK THEM OUT!
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Check out this fun string art by Cassie at KENT HEARTSTRINGS

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This awesome FAMILY chalkboard from
Christine at LITTLE BRAGS

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Oh summer food...how I love you....
Look what JEN from Driftwood Gardens made.
Chili Lime Corn on the cob
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and for DESSERT!!!!
This amazing dessert from Heather over at STRINGTOWN HOME
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Take a moment and visit all six hosts for the Twirl & Take a Bow Party...

House on the Way, Déjà Vue Designs, All Things Heart and Home, Designed by BH, Art is Beauty and A Few Miner Adjustments.


You'll be glad you did!

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*We would love for you to follow us! *You must link directly to your post. *In order to be featured, you must link back to one of the host blogs using a link or my button found on their sidebar. *Only home decor & design related crafts, DIY, how-to’s, decorating tips, recipes, etc. You get the idea! *Visit one other party link. Share the love and the inspiration!*No links to shops, Etsy or giveaways. *By linking up your post, you are giving House on the Way, A Few Miner Adjustments, All Things Heart and Home, Deja Vue Designs, Designed by BH and Art is Beauty permission to use a picture as a feature on their blog and other social media outlets.
Each week we will also be featuring a few outstanding inspirations from the week before.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Morning MAHEM!

Good Morning my Beauties!
I have NOTHING new to show you today..
Its not that I haven't been doing anything...
Its that we have been doing EVERYTHING.
I can show you all the stuff I have been working on.
But I have no EDITED pictures to show you.
This will be instead a snap shot into the life of a Mom/Artist/DIY'r/Blogger/??????
I am sure there are more but my brain is clapping the last remaining brain cells together, trying to create a spark....but I think they are SHOT...:) LOL
So Instead I will show you what we have been up to the last few weeks here at the ART IS BEAUTY
Home.
But Before I begin let you remind you of WHY we are so busy right now..
Remember this LONG COLD UNENDING WINTER we had in Michigan..
oh you don't????
Let me remind you....




This...This is why we CRAM so much into our too small summer...
Remember we were pretty much frozen from here to Wisconsin...
If someone really wanted we could have walked
from Michigan across the lake to Wisconsin...
So once the snow melts...we have to become MACHINES..
Getting as many Outdoor projects done as is humanly possible..
before this comes rearing its ugly head back around.

As soon as the snow melts and its warm enough to work outside;
ITS GO TIME!!!!!
So basically since the end of the school year we have been busting our bottoms
to get our projects done.
From my usual Booth stuff.
Of which we opened an addition to the store so I moved my booth
 This was the new space I moved into a couple weeks ago..
 Then we had to re roof the shed...
Of course we picked the hottest week to work on it..
 We snuck in a much needed awesome wonderful amazing vacation to Colorado
with lots of family time and lots of hiking..
cause you know; who wants to relax on vacation....???
 BUT with any vacation you must pay the piper..
as soon as we got home (driving 18 hours straight through from Colorado to Michigan)
It was back in the saddle again.
 Day one back and I was working like mad to play CATCH UP for the booths..painting and filling.
 Trying to get as much done as possible before the BIG HUGE
LOOMING project started......
DUN DUN DUN......................... can you hear the impending horror music.
It was time to PAINT THE WHOLE house.


 This is hubby..up on the roof...
we have aluminum siding....
we had to powerwash...TSP and rinse the whole thing before we could even start..
That alone took 3 days....
 Then FINALLY I could start painting...
and that is when I pretty much MOVED into Lowes...
Picking paint...then picking door paint...then...oh not gonna buy new shutters..
just gonna paint the old ones.....BACK TO LOWES...
 And here is close to where we stand right now..
I managed to paint the bottom front of the house in one day...
the back and sides will take much longer..
and then all the doors and shutters....
So NOW you know
what we have been up to.
If you see me lying face down in the grass...please don't wake me..
It means either I fell of the ladder and I am taking and unexpected nap..
or I am playing dead so I don't have to paint anymore...:)
 I know it will be worth it...
I at least keep telling myself that..;
that and the fact that the hubby and I have both agreed we will NEVER
do this again...so apparently our neighbors better like the color of our house
cause they are gonna be looking at it for the next 30 years or so...

I hope you enjoyed this snap shot into our lives of lately..
(crazy is pretty much the norm around here anyway, so its not that far off from our 
usual level of insanity)
And I hope you will come back and see the results of all our hard work.
I promise to be back with furniture makeovers crafts and artwork,
but it may be a bit.
So until next time;
go make someones day BEAUTIFUL!