Sunday, December 21, 2014

I have more than one PhDs



I am the queen of starting an awesome project or getting all the supplies for a project and then never finishing it or sometimes starting it.

I never want to list them on my blog because they are usually gifts but at this point I do not want to purge my craft room and get rid of stuff before I finish the projects I already planned.

Then there are some projects that I never finished because I am not in love with the project anymore. So those things will be subject to the purge.

What projects are on my list before the purge? Check them out below... in no specific order::


1. Emergency Chocolate Craft on 30 Minute Crafts -



2. Julie 2 how to 2 What Julie Did...  Decorations, plates and don't forget cakes! - 



3. Homemade vicks shower disks  - 



4. Some People are worth Melting for Christmas Ornament
(Here's where this project is mid stream)

This is a project where I mashed several other projects I found to make it my own. I hope for it to have a tutorial but it will most likely be after Christmas :-/

5. Witty Hand Painted Coir Welcome Mat - hi. - Choose Your Color.  - 



6. DIY Painted Kitchen Towels | Addicted 2 DIY Add some humor to your kitchen with these stenciled towels -


I fell like there are so many more than these but most of those are sewing related and I just know I don't have the time for those right now and realistically something like a quilt isn't expected to be knocked out super fast.

So what do you think a good deadline for these projects are? Remember I already have all the supplies for all of these LOL. I think if I set aside a weekend of even just a Saturday of crafting I could get a good amount of these done.

The house would have to be clean first and all the supplies already gathered.

I think that will be my next step is gathering all the materials for each project and putting them together so when I'm ready it will all be there.

Current completion deadline for all of these. End of Jan 2015.

Wish me luck!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

I'm a horrible housekeeper and a craft dabbler

Someone invites themselves over or asks about 'swinging by' and that sudden panic of my messy house happens.

How is my house NEVER clean? How did I become the hermit that doesn't have people over when I own a billion games and enough party recipe books to cater??

My friend and I were talking this out because they have known me a good long while. They even knew me during my short 15 month apartment stay.

When I lived in the apartment it was clean. Almost always. People stopped over. I invited people over. I had wii game nights. I cooked dinners. It was pretty awesome.

You would think when I moved into my house {cough 6ish years ago} that trend would have continued with more area for activities.

So why has this never happened?
I have thought it over and determined the top reason is I have become lazy. Ouch. I know it is a hard one to admit. While there are a few other valid reasons... most go back to this reason.
The house I bought was not 'hosting parties ready'. It needed some love and work and paint and living in the house while working on it is practical but hindsight being its normal 20/20 self says "hey lady don't start all these damn craft and sewing projects until you finish the house".

Damn hindsight. So that means I have some house projects done. Most started but not finished. And then on top of that I have a now giant accumulation of dabbled crafts.

Now what is a dabbled crafts. It means I was sure I would love working with mosaic tiles. So I have some beautiful glass tiles I bought online. They have been used in half of one projects that is still unfinished.
I also have wood blocks that I cut and sanded because I wanted to make building blocks for my godson before he was born. I'm pretty sure he is turning four this upcoming Feb and the blocks are still in a drawer in the craft room.

Unfortunately the list of dabbled crafts is too long to continue while keeping my sanity.

So I have decided it is purge time.  The problem is obviously all these dabbled crafts had money invested into them. But they are drowning my potential awesome home life.

So do I try to plan an epic garage sale for the spring and make back pennies and dimes to my dollars spent and put all that effort in? try to sell randomness that is really more garage sale worthy online through one of those Buy Sell Trade facebook pages or do I just donate it all to my favorite resale shop?

This is the decision that I feel always cripples my progress. Craft dabbling is expensive and what if after I purge and then I have room to turn a dabble into a full grown craft I have gotten rid of critical supplies and I am buying them again.

Admission. I have duplicates of supplies because craft dabbling takes up so much space I cannot always find everything.

So buying something again because it is now for a full grown craft shouldn't be a problem right??


What do you do? Do you craft dabble? How do you decide what becomes a full grown craft?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MMM Monday Hot Chocolate

On Monday it was Hot Chocolate day on the BOB facebook page.

Below you will find the links that were shared in case you missed them.

White Hot Chocolate: therecipecritic.com This is absolutely amazing! A delicious change to milk chocolate! -


Frozen Hot Chocolate Serendipity Style: pickypalate.com



Whip up these cute DIY Snowflake Marshmallows as an extra special treat!  -



Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe- It even has pudding it in!



Dairy-free Paleo Hot Chocolate! A warm and delicious treat for the winter months! -



If you're looking for more deliciousness::

25 Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes - perfect for cooler weather -



Do you have a favorite Hot Chocolate recipe? Do you make your own marshmallows?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Kids Visiting Santa 2014

Visiting Santa is intended to be a magically visit where a child gets to express how good they've been and how they deserve a gift or two.

For some kids though it is stressful and horrible. And it is these moments that we laugh at when they are captured.













These pictures were taken with an awesome Santa provided by:


West 7th in Fort Worth set everything up to make the Santa pictures possible.



Have you had a horrible Santa experience? Hop over to my BOB facebook page and share a picture!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tips for painted stained wood trim

Trim... Baseboards. Whatever you'd like to call it.
My house was built in '86. And while stained wood accents are nice in certain decor when living outside the woods more than anything it just dates the home. 

So a few years ago I decided I would paint it all white. I did lots of research and started in my guestroom. 

Well. My guestroom got almost done. I havent see the trim in there for a while but I know it isnt done. I think it got primed and the project came to a halt. Why? Because cleaning stuff up was a pain in my butt.

When I did my master closet remodel I did all the trim and shelving in there and what a difference it made. The bedroom made the flip to white baseboards and trim too.

I did the bathroom next. The bathroom is when my painting genuis came out. Not really due to genuis but more laziness.

I hated cleaning the brushes when I was only going to paint for a hour or so. In the bathroom I have three... yup... three door frames. That is a lot of trim work!! I spread the project over two weekends and did it when I had the inspiration (or wanted to avoid laundry). 


These containers from the 99cent store came to the rescue. They come two to a purchase. They screw shut so the paint stays fresh and they are easy to hold. (I also bought my brushes and rollovers at 99CS)

When I saw the paint stays fresh I am for serious. It was a few weeks between the bathroom and when I did the hallway and at least a month (cough or two) between the hallway and when I finally started the living room.

 

To cover the stained wood I've found oil base primer to work the best and I don't like cleaning it up. So I buy cheap and throw it away when the project is done.

To keep the brushes fresh between coats and projects I wrap them in foil. I have found this keeps them plenty fresh for a project that spans a few weeks.
I only started using the foil during the lving room project so I am not sure how long exactly it will stay fresh, I previously kept the brushes and rollers in the fridge overed in plastic. That worked well for while but my shredded cheese tasted like paint. So that is a no go.

Since both primer and paint are white I use tape to tell them apart. A piece of tape goes on the paint can lid, the container and it's lid, paint brush handle and roller handle. The primer is the one I tape bc in my mind taping is first... Primer is first. 

Having brushes all ready and paint in small manageable containers made all the difference. This is a huuuuge time saver! Not cleaning a brush every time means I can fit in painting into a 30 minute window or less if needed. 

I've found two coats of primer and paint are both needed to cover the stained wood well.

Last weekend I knocked out the last two walls in the living room of baseboards and trim and then I painted those walls and like I mentioned before I painted the walls in the hallway too!!

Here's a sneak peak of the living room in process.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Some picture links are broken

In my new effort to be more bloggy I was looking over themost popular posts and I noticed that the pictures for several posts are not loading.

All the content and links are there but the pictures are all dead.

Sorry!!!

There are about 50 posts effected unfortunatly. I'm going to start with the most popular ones and then work it out from there. I will let you know when it is all fixed.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

2014 Christmas Tree

My Christmas tree is up!

I found these adorable disco ball ornaments at Big Lots. I found them due to someone in my IG feed posting them. I love them.


Before I put my tree up I also tore through my living room and got all the baseboards painted white and I got the walls painted from dirty white to a nice neutral color.

You might recall I was painting the baseboards in the hallway a while ago. That got done a while ago. I actually painted the walls in the hallway this weekend too. Still need to paint the closet and that will be a beast. But the hardest part of any project is just starting!

When I did the living room I did it two walls at a time. So I pulled all the furniture to the middle of the room. Swept. Cleaned off the baseboards. Taped. Then primed twice and then painted two coats. On the first two walls I had I also had three large windows so those windowsills got done.

I'll share some painting tips for a big project like this. Since I am doing it piece by piece it was important to just fit it in when I could.

Sorry for the long Absence

Happy long time no blogging!

I bought myself a tablet and it came with a keyboard so it is a lot like having a little lap top with me all the time.

I am hoping this will make blogging more convenient since I will be able to do it from anywhere.

Did anyone else do any black Friday shopping? I bought myself a new tv also. Something else I'm pretty excited by.

Things I am wanting to share with you soon...

An awesome pot pie recipe I found.
My Christmas tree for 2014.
A DIY Oreo Costume.

Thats what comes to the mind at the moment.

There have also been a lot of Byrd House Renovations going on. You can see those pictures at any time via Instagram #byrdhouserenovations

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Diy Weekend | finished bathroom trim

Yup. That's right. I finished the bathroom trim!

It's all white and pretty now. I also decided to paint my hinges silver. 
See how pretty the white looks. And the silver looks good too!

I haven't decided what to do about the door knobs. I've read up on it and they say it lasts and holds up well. 

I've been painting the doors too. And omg. I didn't even realize my doors were so far from being white. 

See what I mean? Isn't that crazy. The house would have looked all fresh and clean if I would have done is painted the doors. Lol

Oh well started the trim project a long time ago in the guestroom. 
I'm going to give some trim tips when going from stained wood to bright white late this week. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Diy Weekend | Bathroom Trim

All the baseboards and door frames and trim in my house is stained wood. 

I mentioned that before and how it makes the house look dark. My master bedroom has already gone white. The guestroom is half done {that room seems never ending} but I decided to work on the bathroom next. 

It is the most concentrated amount of trim work because there are three doors in that room. 

I built the saw horses and then spent a lazy afternoon doing not much else. Then I kicked it into high gear and got all this done:

I tapped the baseboards off. I removed two doors. I taped off the hardware spots. Then I put wood filler in all the gouges. I also caulked the baseboards against the wall. 

Let all this dry overnight. Sanded and painted the next day. 

Well I had to prime first. I prime with an oil base primer I find it to work amazingly to cover the stained wood. 

I got two coats of primer on almost all the trim except one spot where I missed the need of wood filler. I also got two coats of primer on one of the doors. 


See what a big difference it makes and that's still just the primer!

Diy Weekend | Saw Horses

I have been painting the trim in my house bright white room by room. It was a stained wood originally and it makes everything feel dark. 
Well I noticed once the trim was white the doors looked very dingy. They are a beige color. Ugh. 

So the doors need painting too. So I did some googling and found instructions and made these!

I'm very happy with them. It only cost me about $14 because I already had the nails and screws. 
I also made all my 2x4s 30in in length and used the 7.5ft boards instead of 16ft boards. 
I did the math and it was cheaper that way. Go figure. I needed 5 boards at about $1.60ea. 
My only tip is hammer the top nails on the leg in a bit to get then started and then place the board and finish hammering. 

Here's the pin to the full instructions:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Byrd is back

Well... we will see how back.

 

I have had about six months off and I miss blogging but I do not miss editing pictures. Isn't it silly that something that seems so small can become so big.

So my posts might not have pictures for a while. Or there might be less pictures. Or I might not watermark them the same way to make it easier.

 

I excited to be working on a few new things for my blog design and ultra excited about helping with my nieces Disney Frozen birthday party!

I'm going to be making her a special birthday shirt and some invites and simple decorations since the party is actually going to be a chuck e cheese.

 

Look forward to more blogging fun!