In my blog I plan to chat about nature, crafts, baking, gardening, beekeeping, and anything else that happens to pop into my head. Sit back, relax for five minutes of a day, and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I love to see Before and After projects!

You might have noticed this bakers rack in a few pictures...
 
or maybe you didn't!  It actually came from a neighbor's trash a couple of years go.  My Shug 'picked' it and I cleaned it and used it to hold fabric in my craft room.  Well, I started rearranging my craft room and was going to throw this out, when I realized it fit snuggly in a corner of Coral Belle. It ended up being a catch all for awhile, when she was being refurbished.

 Before, minus the shelves because I never took a pic of her before painting.
 AFTER! 
I got the ice bucket at a yard sale this past weekend for $1.00!
And here it is, all snuggled in her little nook.
 The next update I decided to do,
 was the legs to the table.  I know, simple,
but huge difference.
I feel like I've had a lot of irons in the fire lately.  And one thing on my list was to do something so my "bird girl", that my parents bought for my birthday, would be safe outside in our Indiana winters. One time, when I was an active Master Gardener, we had a class on antiquing cement statuary.  I decided to give it a try again.
 The first thing I did was put an etching liquid on her, then I painted her with this concrete stain.  I used two coats of Earth Brown.  And I painted a small area on her back side to make sure I was going to like it before painting the whole thing.  The first time I painted a small spot I didn't like it at all.  It was terra cotta color.  I told my Shug they mixed it wrong.  They did!  He took it back and they said Terra Cotta is one number off from Earth Brown.  So always check the color in a small area first.
We had to buy an entire gallon of this stain, and of course, I only used about a cup for the statuary.  So we are going to use the rest of it on our breezeway floor.  I think I can do it.
After I stained her, I put a concrete sealant on her.
 She will weather over time, but I really like the way she turned out.  I think it made her facial expression pop!  I like it so much I got more statuary out and stained it too!
 
Have you done any before and after projects lately?
If so, post them on your blog and tell us where to look in the comments.  I love looking at before and after projects!

Cindy Bee

Monday, October 27, 2014

Moving Coral Belle

As you know, I've been fixing up Coral Belle for the last few weeks, a little bit here and there.  Well, Saturday was moving day.  I was so excited. 
We've been trying to figure out where to put her.  I thought I had the perfect spot picked out, but we've noticed that the ground slopes a bit there, and it's wetter than other areas.  Then My Shug asked what I thought of putting it on the inside edge of the woods!!!  Of course, we had to clear a spot.  A couple of crooked trees lost their life as they knew it.  They are now campfire wood, so they didn't get totally wasted.
After spending two or three hours clearing the area, it was time to move the camper. 
Dave borrowed a hitch from the neighbor for our tractor (I don't think I've mentioned he has wrecked his truck to the point of no return.  He was not hurt. Another story for another time...maybe.)
 Here he comes...
and there he goes!  I thought he was going to pull it in, and obviously he thought this through way more than I did.  If you pulled it in, the door would be facing the woods, and not the path. 
So he backed it up across the entire ex-bee yard, now pole-barn yard?  (who knows what we'll call it now.)  Anyway, a long way to back up.
And here it goes, into the woods.....
And after a couple of times pulling in and out, not bad really....
and a bit of back and forth and back and forth maneuvering....

and getting off and on the tractor to see what I was talking about when I said, "a foot back, and a little bit more forward..."
She was finally just right!

 
This is the view from the old campsite...
 
And this is the view from the bee/barn yard!

Now...about the "old campsite"....I sort of camped there one time. In a tent.  I am not a tent camper.  

But we used to use it a lot.  See herehere
or really see here for the best pictures. But when we cleaned out my potting shed at the house we lived in before here, we dumped anything that would hold up outside, in the campsite.  Then weeds grew up around it.  We haven't used it since, which has been a year or two.
I've decided since I have a camper in the area, I'm cleaning up the campsite.  I have a list a mile long, and I'm going to get 'er done today!  It's going to get up to 80 degrees on this fall day peeps! And this is one of the last warm days.  So....See ya later!

Cindy Bee

Friday, October 24, 2014

Coral Belle's floor and wall update

 So last week a friend called and asked what I was doing today.  Painting Coral Belle's floor.

 She popped by as she was out running errands and we were discussing the paneling wall.  She gave me several options, and she does a lot of this kind of work, and she finally said, "I could dry brush that for you and it wouldn't take me long at all."
 So she did! 
 Then we both started in on the floor.  I decided to use the same paint/stain that we used on our porches since we had some left.  Of course, we didn't have enough left....
 So after a trip to town for more stain/paint and a latte', we came back and finished the floor.  I didn't think I was going to like it at first,
 and you know what?  I don't like it....
I LOVE IT!
So does Dixie Doodle!
Cindy Bee