A quilt a month: May

Here it is, like I promised! My May Quilt!

So this quilt is one that I entered into the fair. I was hoping for 4th or 5th (that would have been great) but to my absolute shock….

It won GRAND CHAMPION!

I sold it the next day at the fair auction and “suuuuueeeeeee!” It was awesome :)

This quilt was 7 months in the making and I finished it 2 days before the fair.

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Unfortunately I never got a really good shot of it, but the back is green polka dots and the quilting pattern is chains of flowers. I call it: “Log Cabin in the Spring”

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How to olden a frame

hmm… is olden even a word?

oh well, it is now

boring to awesomeness

I can’t believe it turned out this great! It was more of a: “hope for the best” kind of project and I think it came out the best!

The frame I started with was just a regular old slick black (I think fake wood) frame. Not much to it. But with a little spray paint, stain, and sanding, it turned into an old looking frame. “olden-a-fied”

PS: It took less than a day

First thing is first: spray that fella (the frame not your brother) with about two coats of spray paint. I used an olden looking color in a very olden can of spray paint. I was going to use white spray paint but I used all of that up a few hours earlier. After you spray, it will look basically like a spray painted frame.

Now to olden it up a bit. Take 80 grit sandpaper and scuff it up. As you can see in the first picture, the black areas is where I sanded. I did this randomly, as should you, don’t get too caught up with making everything perfect symmetry. (Quick question: Why isn’t the word symmetry, symmetrical? WHAA!?!?? Mind Blowing!

Now while you are trying to solve the world crisis of symmetry, take an olden rag and dip it in a little bit of dark walnut stain. If you are going to prom, to Target, somewhere nice, or graduation *ahem* you might want to wear gloves. Lemme just say it takes a lot of frantic scrubbing to get this junk off your hands!

Wipe it on the frame, taking off excess stain in some areas and blotting it darker in some. It takes a little practice, but since this frame is supposed to look old[en] and beat up, it is okay if you mess up in spots.

Now comes the fun part While it is still sticky, SMASH IT WITH A HAMMER! This is my favorite part of this movie :D But seriously, take a hammer and beat it! Not REALLY hard, just hard enough to make a mark. Do this sparingly and randomly. I also turned my hammer over to the pronged side and hit the frame a few times with that end.

Let dry completely (2-3 days) and if you want, add a little extra awesomeness by gluing bunting to the top!

Enjoy Everyone!

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Question: What should be my next post? And do you have another spelling for symmetry??!

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A Discussion of City & Country on This Wednesday

by: Caroline Williams

All pictures and thoughts are my own

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From city to county to city again, a lot of y’all know me personally and can say for sure that “yepperz…she was country all the way.” I was. Chickens, a well, galoshes, a red barn, eating watermelon and playing outside constantly, even a country fence! I mean, how much more country can you get, other than owning a cow?

Then, in 2013 we moved back to the city. We’re talking pools, close people in other houses, (people call these people neighbors). And boy we have them. :) Golf courses, home owner associations, giant Cadillac cars driving around, the works!

An essay prompt by BlazeWifi has asked the question: “What do you prefer, city life or country life?” I am here to answer that question: “Country life.” it’s my favorite style of living, and thanks to BlazeWifi, I have the opportunity to tell you why I prefer the country, and the perks and downfalls of both City life and Country living.

Because I have lived both the City and country lifestyle, I would love 5 minutes of your Wonderful tome to tell you the benefits and drawbacks of each. All of the experiences you are about to Read are 100% true. Here we go:

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City: I do admit, the city has its perks. You can spend countless hours with the neighborhood kids playing freeze tag, having block parties, and just having good quality time with the people who are literally closest to you.

In the city, you have the convenience of nearby hospitals, stores, workplaces, restaurants, and more. However, the city does have its downfalls, and I believe they slightly outweigh the perks of living in a city. Although there is more opportunity for jobs, these jobs are being competed for by hundreds of others. The cost of living is usually higher and depending on where you live, some have to pay for amenities they don’t even use, for example, golf courses, pool maintenance, home owner associations, etc. While these areas can be a fun part of owning a home in the city, prices will always be higher than in the country. Because I have lived in the city for most of my life, I can say that people are the biggest drawback of city life. Don’t get me wrong, people are great, I love y’all, it is just that once you move to the country for a while and then come back to the concrete jungle, people seem to be everywhere. There is constant traffic, road construction, honking, wrecks, crime, the list can go on. It is always a struggle to get to school with all the road closers and to watch as the trees slowly disappear to make room for more homes is disheartening. All of the people and cars cause pollution, and pollution is the major disadvantage to urban life.

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Country: In the country, I feel as though you have more opportunity as a youth. There is livestock 4H, the opportunity to raise animals and show them, something you would not be able to do in the city. There is also not as much pollution, and the entire atmosphere is much more peaceful. In the country there is peace and tranquility, low crime-rates, open space and clean air, the ability to grow your own food, raise animals, and the people are usually friendlier. This was actually a major shock the first time driving down our little (but loooooong) country road. We were driving along and WHOA! Was that someone’s hand that just made a flapping motion in the other vehicle? Somebody had waved! And there goes another, the absolute shock of friendly people was flabbergasting. As years went by, we got used to the friendliness of folks and their willingness to help for nothing in return.

As a youth, I felt that living in the country was probably the best thing for us. We three kids had the ability to do lots of things we wouldn’t be able to do in the city with homeowner associations watching our every move. Raising chickens was probably my favorite, coming in every morning with dozens of eggs, being able to experience firsthand a fresh (and I’m talking still soft) egg, the hatching of chicks, and how even hens can come to like a person, as they would always follow me around the whole yard.

Country living is by far my favorite method of lifestyle because of all these reasons. However, there are some disadvantages to this great life. One word, Pests. Mosquitoes, snakes, field mice, stray animals, and flies, OH THE FLIES! These were the most bothersome factor by living in the country. Weather and drive time were also a major disadvantage, but once you get out amongst the trees and the peaceful clean air, these paltry things (hee hee sounds like poultry) don’t seem so bad.

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I know what you’re thinking: “Why did you move back to the city?” Really only one reason, the house was too small. :) It was time for an upgrade and with our budget and time, we couldn’t find a house fast enough with land, so the city it was. It isn’t too bad considering our large yard, but we do all miss the chickens.

So as you house search, just keep in mind that both the city and country have their advantages and problems. I find the city to have more problems, hence my love of the country, but your choice depends on your personality. Are you willing to get dirty or do you prefer the convenience of shopping centers? If you don’t know the answer, a few months in the country will definitely bring it out.

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Do you prefer the city or country? Tell me in the comment section below!

Have a wonderful Wednesday Y’all

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DIY Vintage mason jars

simple…

DIY vintage mason jar tutorial

You’ve seen these jars all over Pinterest right? Vintage blue. Gorgeous darling!

Here is how to make them:

You need paint, sandpaper, and brushes

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Paint the outside of the jars. It will need about 3 coats, so paint and then let dry….paint and then let dry.

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When it is fully dry, take a little piece of sandpaper (I had 80 grit on hand) and scuff all of that hard work back off lol

Just in certain areas though, mostly where there is raised wording or pictures. FYI: When you sand an area, you want to be able to see the inside of the jar just a wee bit. This gives that dark affect you see below:

Ta da!

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What do you think? Let me know in the comments below! Did you do a different color, I would love to see!

@DIYCaroline

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My Life on this Wednesday

Hey folks! 🙋

1. Welp, its my first Wednesday as a graduated person. Feels pretty normal except for the fact that I don’t have any school today. :)

It was such an exciting experience that I owe all to my wonderful parents! I will have a few DIY blog posts because of it, including: Graduation cap decorating and some different things on my display table.

2. I gave my pups a bath today and fitted them with brand new bandanas. They smelled so nice (as nice as a dog can) and right when I let them go…yeah you guessed it ha ha… They both went & rolled in the dirt! 😄 But I got a quick picture after I rubbed most of the dirt off, so all is well.

3. Has anybody ever donated their hair to a place such as “Locks of Love” or other organization? I’m thinking about doing it any day now. It’s always so scary cutting off 8″ of your hair, but I’ve always had the thought that as long as the LORD blesses me with hair that grew, I would donate it to others less fortunate, and this will be my third time ♥

I totally encourage anyone to do it (Guys or Gals!) I will be donating mine to Pantene Beautiful Lengths and recommend them completely. All you need is 8″, which might sound like a lot, but it is actually less than most other organizations need. :)

When I was pondering cutting mine off, I thought: “I wonder what the Bible says about hair?” So to BlueLetterBible.org I went, and typed in “hair.”

These were some of my faves:

Psalm 128:4 “Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD.” I know this doesn’t have anything to do with the word HAIR, but I still like it, so I threw it in :)

2 Samuel 14:26 “Whenever he cut the hair of his head–he used to cut his hair once a year because it became too heavy for him–he would weigh it, and its weight was two hundred shekels by the royal standard.” Alright, so this one I found kinda humorous. It is talking about a man in the Bible named Absalmon. His hair was so heavy it weighed about 5 pounds when he cut it! Is that not crazy?! I thought mine was thick & heavy until I read that. lol

1 Corinthians 11:15 “But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.” So this verse……The part that stood out to me was “her hair is GIVEN to her.” God is the one who gives all. Nothing is done in our own earthly power, but God provides all, even every hair on your head. Amazing, isn’t it?

OXOXO

Have a lovely Wednesday Y’all

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