Monday, July 21, 2014

Picking Paint Colors

Today I get to be a kid in a candy store, aka, I am going to pick new paint colors.  

I love color, love paint, love looking at hundreds (maybe even thousands) of paint chips.
I often get asked, "What color did you use?"  I find that question strange.  To me paint is personal.  Not a secret, but a personal, I took time to think about it and reflect choice.  I will hold,examine and compare two swatches until I "feel" it.

What speaks to me may not speak to you. How I see the color, you may not.  Hubby is very color blind--I know he doesn't see color like I do.
I love bright colors...obviously.  as a kid I had a rainbow room--rainbow painted on the wall, rainbow bedding, bright yellow furniture.
Sometimes, okay maybe often times I decide the color isn't quite what I wanted and then I mix and stir different cans together until I get the right one.  This is a good thing to do with oops colors you can buy at a discount.

Today I will be looking for some more muted tones like these shared by City Farmhouse
It might be the overcast day, but I am feeling beachy and these colors speak beach to me.  I usually buy interior latex in an eggshell or velvet finish.  I most often buy the medium grade paint, except when buying red--I get the more expensive brand.

HERE is my paint tutorial on using all of these fun colors.
What colors are you loving and "feeling" right now?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Christmas in July

Christmas in July?  Have you heard of it?  

The first time I ever heard that such an event existed was almost 30 years ago wen I was working in Glacier Park.  The employees celebrated with a Christmas tree in the lodge (probably illegally cut down in the Park), gift exchanges, and a party--we pretty much found any reason to get together and celebrate.
This is Lake McDonald Lodge
Christmas Ideas

A little history for you: Christmas in July's beginnings are not clear, but most likely started in Europe as a way to "beat the heat" in the summer.  

Another possibility says it was started by a group of Irish tourists in 1980.  Story is, they were so overjoyed at seeing snow while on vacation that they decided to celebrate by holding a "Yulefest".

At any rate, we picked up on it here and the US and the tradition seems alive and well in blogland.  If you are a planner and love to get ahead, NOW is the time to get a jump start on the holidays.  
Christmas Ideas
I thought it would be a fun time to share 12  past, favorite Christmas projects.  Click on the links to the original posts to see the details:

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Merry Christmas in July to you!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Under $100 Link Party

Ah, I just got off the river from a lovely day of floating!  I mean, a perfect, relaxing day.  Ain't summer grand?!  And now, we can enjoy these most wonderful links from last week and share your own!!
The best mud pie station ever from Bliss Ranch!!
Christmas in July with the cutest spring tree from Organized Clutter
Industrial Spring Christmas Tree Tutorial
Gorgeous table from My Love 2 Create
Repurposed for Life shared the greatest sideboard--wow on the color!

Under $100 Link Guidelines:
1. Please link to the specific post, not your blog!
2. Please only post home decor ideas that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you share the cost of your project, but not necessary.  Only share current projects, i.e. from the last 3 months.
3. Link up YOUR OWN IDEAS--not a roundup of other people's ideas.
4. Grab my blog button on the sidebar and include it in your post or a link to Beyond The Picket Fence so people can find you and more great ideas.
5. Please check and make sure your link works. If it doesn't you can delete it and try again.
6. Please no direct links to sales sites, i.e. ETSY or just a plain ol' commercial site, we are looking for inexpensive ideas we can recreate--YOUR ideas, NOT roundups of other's work!
7.  Please do NOT link up the same thing week after week--keep it fresh
8.  PLEASE visit the link and repin from the blog. not here--thanks!

Monday, July 14, 2014

How To Letter A Sign WithOUT a "Machine"

What's your sign?  Here's your sign?  Do you know the signs?  Follow the sign.

Signs are definitely (and have been) all the rage in home decor.  With a sign you can express yourself, your values, your humor.  Words inspire us and we love to see those and share them with others.  
How to letter a sign
I am guessing the sign craze will start to die down soon.  Many crafters and creators make them and their tool of choice is a silhouette or other type of vinyl cutting machine.  These produce beautiful, perfect, factory made looking signs.  

And while I love them, for whatever reason (too cheap, want to do it differently, quicker?) I prefer to "hand letter" my signs like this one I recently made of one of my favorite verses.
How to letter a sign
I start by working with the lettering on Word--enlarging the letters and playing with the fonts.  I usually print these off in outline style or in greyscale to save ink.  After printing, I tape pieces together that need to be and cut off excess blank paper.  
How to letter a sign
If I am transferring the lettering onto dark wood or paint, I rub chalk all over the back. 
How to letter a sign
If transferring onto a white or light background I rub pencil all over the back.
How to letter a sign
Next tape your transfer onto your board and then trace around the letters with a ball point pen.  
How to letter a sign
If you push hard and your wood is soft, it will leave marks.  Sometimes these are desireable because they help keep the paint in the lines, but most often I try not to leave the marks.
How to letter a sign
Grab paint and paintbrushes of choice and paint!  It may not be perfect, but I love that.  Any big mistakes can be sanded off. Finish with a quick coar of a clear spray to seal your lettering.

This lovely chunk of rustic, reclaimed barnwood makes this sign shine.  Boy howdy, did it ever smell like cow when I did some light sanding on it, but you can't beat the wonderful, aged wood.
How to letter a sign
Are you a sign maker?  What is your method of choice?

Friday, July 11, 2014

One of These Things is Not Like the Others

One of these things just doesn't belong...were you a Sesame Street kid?  I sure was, back in the late 60's and early 70's.  

I remember loving a couple things in particular--the baker who fell down the stairs and the song about the one thing that did not belong.  I can still sing it all and was singing it the entire time I made this bench/coffee table.
reclaimed wood bench and coffee table
This is very similar to the one I made last week (TUTORIAL HERE), except I painted the legs 4 different colors.  When attaching them I realized one leg, aka spindle was different.  Can you see which one?  (The legs look a  little crooked, but they are not--it is the grass.)
reclaimed wood bench and coffee table

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Under $100 Link Party

Hey all--hope you had a lovely fourth, hope you are enjoying the dog days of summer, hope you have air conditioning, at least if you are experiencing 90 degree weather like we are.  Perfect weather to spend an afternoon inside enjoying the cool air, iced tea, and lovely blogs like these:

Frumpy Bumpkin Designs shared a cheery sign
Summer Centerpiece from Chipping With Charm
Chipping with Charm: July 4th Centerpieces...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Refreshing on a Monday

refresh:  verb \ri-ˈfresh\: to make (someone) have more energy and feel less tired or less hot : to give someone more of (a drink) : to fill (someone's glass, cup, etc.) again 

It is Monday after a long holiday weekend.  Are you feeling the need to refresh, reenergize?  

I sure was.  How do you refresh?  Do you? (You need to!!)
I started the day with a hike.  It always feels so good to that first thing in the morning.  I may whine every now and then on the way up, but on the way down I always say, "Let's go again tomorrow!"  Nothing like a little sweat and amazing views to refresh the senses and clear the brain.
I also love to peruse blogs and sites that are visually delightful.  This refreshment is not about collecting ideas, it is about seeing something that makes you smile, something that makes you sigh and say ahhh, something that gets the creative thoughts flowing.  These are sites that might feature a totally different style than mine, a different product, a different view on life. Places like:
Jeanne Oliver - Part 3