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Kitchen Counter Redo by arteesvida
April 27, 2008, 5:54 pm
Filed under: Home and Garden

My kitchen counters were the original early-80s beige, complete with stains and burn marks.  Not bad.  But not good either.  You saw the before and afters when we painted the cabinets last summer (NEVER. AGAIN.)  Here’s the new countertops!

This is a before of the right side.  Ned had pulled up the left side so EVERYTHING was piled on this side for the day, including the dirty dishes.

Half a side done, half a side to go.  No stove.  Did I mention I had no stove for 2 days?

One side down, one to go.  That’s my cat’s butt in the background.  If I ever invite you to dinner at my house you may wanna decline.

After screwing up a cut on the left side, Ned finally agreed to have this side cut professionally.  For 29 bucks the sink hole was cut and the sides were cut to fit.  Gah, should have done that in the first place.

So pretty though, isn’t it?  All in all, cost a little over 200 bucks.



Happy Birthday Molly! by arteesvida
April 27, 2008, 5:24 pm
Filed under: Beading

Molly saw this necklace at Jeep Collins a few months ago.  She fell in love with it.  But at 170.00 it was too spendy for my budget.  I made her my own version of it for her birthday this year, although hers has a decidedly more Choctaw flair.  I used feathers instead of leaves (mainly because I couldn’t find the leaf drop beads in sterling locally) and used jasper instead of obsidian (ditto on finding the obsidian).  In total, it cost me about 45 dollars to make, because I bought the beads at full price (gasp!) from Nomadic Notions instead of online or at a craftstore.  It is sterling sivler, two kinds of jasper, and turquoise.  The clasp is a sterling magnetic clasp.  The feathers had eyes that were parallel to the feather itself but I twisted them with my pliers to make them perpendicular.

Doesn’t it look fabulous with her bathing suit and San Antonio Zoo zebra tshirt?



Some ideas by arteesvida
April 27, 2008, 5:15 pm
Filed under: Linky Goodness

Ok, I’m posting these as much for me to find again later as for y’all.  Lovely ideas, all of them.

A gorgeous outdoor sink.

Recipes for green cleaning products.

Robin Brown’s Bandera, TX home.