Monday, August 3, 2015

Louie's Bathroom Cabinet Re-Do

A couple of weeks ago Louie found this cute cabinet at an estate sale and bought it for me to re-do.


We both liked the shape of it but neither of us cared for the colors..


I specifically remember him saying "I want to get it and have you re-do it."


We brought it home and it sat in the garage for less than 24 hours.  He walked into the house and said he decided he wanted to re-do the cabinet.   Ok.  So he went to the store and got some paint, came home, locked  himself in the garage and when he came out, this is what he had done....


 It's really a pale blue color - I don't know why it looks like lavender to me.  What color are you seeing?


I had a box of vintage hot and cold faucet handles sitting in my office.  He came in and swiped a few to attach to the finished cabinet....


I like the way he did the two tone color.  He put it up for sale on Craig's List.   I hope it sells.  He would be thrilled.  I would be thrilled too.  It would give him the incentive to go out and buy more stuff to re-do.  I think it would be a good thing for him and heaven knows I love to go junking to look for more stuff.



Saturday, August 1, 2015

Customized Cuff Bracelets

I've been making customized aluminum cuff bracelets and selling them thru my Etsy shop.   I really enjoy making them and they have been selling pretty good.  Let me show you some of the ones I've done.

A big favorite seems to be bracelets with blogger names on them.  I didn't take pictures of some of the earlier ones (kicking myself in the head) but here's some shots of the ones I did capture....

Distressed Donna Down Home


The Shell Lady....

The Shell King....

....and his queen.....

And of course I had to make one for myself....


I also make bracelets customized to what the customer wants....

Nicknames....

Children's names....



Occupation......

Ham radio call numbers....


Favorite places.....


Popular sayings - I seem to do a lot of beach themed bracelets....






Each bracelet is custom made for you and each bracelet is one of a kind.  I can usually get them made and shipped within 3 days.



This cuff is perfect for sensitive skin because it's made from pure hypoallergenic aluminum. It is silver in color & doesn't leave skin discoloration. Made from pure lightweight silver tone aluminum, these cuff bracelets are often preferred among those with sensitivities to silver. The lightweight aluminum makes it extremely wearable. I have found that with cuffs the best way to put them on is by sliding the opening over the narrowest part of your wrist and then gently turning into the cuff. This helps avoid overworking the metal so that you have a beautiful and lasting treasure.




I have 6 design stamps so far - a peace sign, a heart, a star...


A smiley face, a flower and a square squiggly.....


I also have some copper that I've been experimenting with....


They look cute stacked up too....



I've sold more of the thinner bracelets, which are 1/4" wide.  They sell for $ 22.00.  They make great gifts, either for yourself or for someone you love.

The wider 1/2" ones are $ 25.00 for one line in the larger block font and $ 27.00 for 2 lines in the smaller font.  I haven't listed any in the copper yet, so if you're interested, shoot me an email.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Geocaching in Merrillville Indiana

Last weekend we took a road trip to Merrillville, Indiana to go geocaching.  My mom had heard about a cool geocache on one of the geocaching FB pages, so I looked it up and planned the day around that geocache.  Mom and dad joined us and we took off at 7:00am.   First things first, so we stopped at Cracker Barrel and dad bought us a hearty breakfast.  Thanks Dad!

I'm not going to give out the cache names because I want to show some of the cute and creative caches we did.  The first cache was near a wind turbine.  This was the first time I've gotten up close and personal with one.




We always enjoy caches that take us near war memorials....



Can you spot the cache?



How's that for a big banana??



This was one of my favorite caches of the day - it was very well built....




R2D2?


This cache was named after Gilbert Gottfried....



Another cute bird house cache by the same people who did the other birdhouse cache...


Mr. Potato Head takes on a whole new meaning....


Pigeon with a cache....

Along the way we stopped at Albanese Candy Factory.   I've driven past this place before but never stopped so we made a detour so we could each grab a bag of candy....






We spent quite a bit of time here looking at all the goodies....






And finally my favorite cache of the day - a really nicely done cache at Chicagoland Popcorn.


This was the cache my mom had heard about and it was an immediate favorite for us....


Afterwards we went inside to check out the huge variety of popcorn flavors.  You could sample any flavors that you wanted....



I picked caramel sea salt popcorn and Louie got the cheese popcorn.  We brought a bag of chocolate covered popcorn back for Chablis.


We ended up getting 20 geocaches in about 5 hours, as well as stopping at the candy store and the popcorn place.  I'd say it was a pretty good day!
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