Monday, October 31, 2016

Antique Scale Redo

Happy Halloween 🎃 
Looks like the weather might be nice tonight for the kiddos in the neighborhood to go Trick or Treating.

I was under the weather for a couple of days at the end of last week.  Luckily I was able to fight off a cold and now I am back on my feet.

And to make things worse we had a water pipe in the main bathroom spring a leak.  So Friday was spent with a plumber at the house cutting a huge hole in the wall to fix the leak.  Oh what fun.  Now the water is fixed but the wall will need patching. But that will be another project.

We have been having another wonderful rain storm and it is supposed to last for another couple of days.  It is so nice to think that maybe our drought has eased some. Although the temperatures in the mountains is still way too warm for this time of year.  Only time will tell.

Today's project is to redo an old time scale.  It really needed a fresh coat of paint.  I have had this out in the garage in storage for several years.

Time to make it look good again.

As you can see in the picture below this scale was manufactured in 1907.

I used the aqua chalk paint to match my kitchen.

Here is the first coat. 

I gave it 2 coats and then I refreshed the gold around the dial.

I used a fine point brush and Martha Stewart's gold leaf paint to add the gold line detail on the top and sides.

It is so pretty and fresh now I need to find the perfect spot in my kitchen to show off it's new look.

Happy Decorating!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Week in Review


Drive to the Mountains  Day 1


Drive to the Mountains  Day 2


Let it Snow Sign



Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Let it Snow Sign

While on our little trip to the mountains I found this piece of rusty metal near the road while looking for pinecones and immediately thought it would make an interesting rusty metal sign.

This is the piece as I started.

And since I found it in the mountains what could be better than a snow sign.

I printed out the words "let it snow" sized to fit on my sign.  I rubbed the backside of the paper with chalk and traced the words onto the metal and began to paint the words with white acrylic paint and a fine point brush.

Next I drew random snowflakes across the sign.

Then added faux snow around the edges and blue highlights on the letters and snowflakes.

There were already 2 holes in the metal I used to put the hanging wire through and circled the wire on the frontside to keep it from pulling through.

And lastly I added some white fibers and red berries.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Drive to the Mountains Day 2

On day 2 we spent time enjoying the beautiful fall colors.

Two weeks ago the leaves were green. Now was the perfect time to see the trees looking as though they where on fire were the sun lit the leaves.

We stopped at Apple Hill on our way back down the mountain to check out the apples and craft vendors at a few of the farms.

It was a weekday but still their were huge crowds.

Loved the large metal sculptures at this farm.

A few light clouds made an appearance but the temperatures stayed in the mid 70's.

At High Hill Ranch we parked amid the super tall pines.

 I decided to take a couple of pictures looking those tall trees.

And I always stop at my friends booth, Tahoe Fire,  to see what Molly and her husband have created for the new season.

I bought this beautiful green set.  Isn't this a yummy green color?  They always have the most beautiful glass and wire wrapped pieces.  I love the way she makes her glass elements.

Happy Travels!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Drive to the Mountains Day 1

We took off a couple of days and drove up to Lake Tahoe.  Funny thing is we never even stopped to see the lake.  We where focused on the changing colors of Fall and the remnants of last weeks storm.

There where still patches of snow in the high country.

There air was so clean, the lakes so blue and the days where warm.  It was a beautiful trip.

Couldn't get enough of these gorgeous vistas.

We stopped at this rest stop and walked around in the little bit of snow.

This tree was growing right out of a rock.

And this one had a unusual shape.  All twisted and gnarled.

Here I tried out the panorama setting on my phone to include this whole beautiful lake in my picture.

We pulled off on a little road to look for pinecones for the holidays and came across a deserted ski resort called Iron Mountain.  Not much left, most of the buildings are burned down.  Just a few remnants are left of the resort that last operated in the 1990's.  Kind of spooky up there.  But I did find some pretty pinecones so the detour was worth our time.

That night we spent a Lakeside Inn in Tahoe.  We had a great offer, spend the night and receive to prime rib and lobster dinners.  They turned out to be a very nice treat.

Dinner started with a nice salad and bread.  I choose the lemon vinaigrette, it was very tasty.

Next came the prime rib and lobster.  It was enough food I had leftovers for the next day.

And the carrots were so good.  I think this is the first time I have had glazed carrots in a restaurant.  My mother used to make those for special dinners.  Yummy.

After dinner we walked back to our room and shared a nice piece of chocolate cake.

I have been staying at this Inn for many many years and always they have had really good chefs cooking delicious food.

Here was a lonely widow maker standing on a hill.  Widow makers are dead trees that are known to break in high winds, hitting people on the ground and injuring them.  Thus the name window maker.

Happy Travels!