Wednesday, 9 November 2011

New Addition.

Meet Twinkles!! 

The newest addition to our little family!

We adopted her from our local animal shelter. She is eight weeks old and we are smitten!! 

How could you not love that cute little face?!

Friday, 4 November 2011

I am not up to the Challenge.

The Pinterest Challenge is over, and I failed to meet the deadline. I'm sorry, forgive me and let me explain.   

I had my heart set on a round star/sunburst mirror as my challenge project, but I couldn't find a round mirror; apparently, small town = no round mirrors. I decided to give it a go with the oval mirror that was in our bedroom.

I picked out my favourite tutorial; it uses shims (wooden wedges) and, again: small town= no shims. They had never even heard of them.

What are we up to now? Plan C? Ok, plan C was bamboo skewers and while shopping for bamboo skewers, I found bamboo chopsticks. 

They are thicker and sturdier than the skewers, so I thought they would work pretty well, and they did; until I ran out. I don't have any pictures of the gluing process because I only have two hands! But, basically I just used a hot glue gun to stick the on the back of the frame. I got this far before I ran out.

I wish I had taken the amount of chopsticks I had into consideration and spaced them accordingly. I hopped in the car and went to grab another pack. There weren't any. When they get some more in, I will finish it. 

I decided I might as well paint what I had.
I used spray paint in a silver hammered metal finish. I wanted bronze, but they didn't have any. Anyone see a pattern emerging??

Anyhoo, this is what I have so far. It looks very silver in this picture but in real life it looks a little more pewter-y. I like it, maybe I'm even glad they didn't have bronze!

I may have failed miserably at my first Pinterest Challenge, but I think I'll have an o.k. looking mirror in the near future!  

Moral of the story: If you live in a small town, always go shopping BEFORE you commit yourself to a certain project!

Oh and stop by and visit the Pinterest Challenge hosts; Young House LoveBower PowerAna White and House of Ernest, there are a tonne of great projects from other challengees!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Challenge Update.

It took me a while to make a decision on what I wanted to do for the Pinterest Challenge, and I finally made up my mind to have a go at a starburst mirror.

It's not exactly been smooth sailing; but more on that tomorrow!

I couldn't give up the idea of doing something fun with the kids for the challenge, so we did a few little projects on the weekend; I didn't get any photos of us in action, but we did these;

Ice Eggs

Bubble snakes

Shaving Cream Paint

We had a tonne of fun; it was a great way to spend the afternoon! Thanks Pinterest and everyone who shares and pins their great ideas!

I'll be back tomorrow with my finished mirror. Hopefully!!