first attempt at a steampunk butterfly, crafts, repurposing upcycling

First Attempt at a "Steampunk" Butterfly

My friend loves butterflies and some steampunk styles so I figured I would create one for her. This is my first attempt so please be kind, but feedback on how I can improve would be greatly appreciated!

cleaning with used cling sheets, cleaning tips, repurposing upcycling, Yup it is what you think it is

Cleaning With Used Cling Sheets!?!?!

I have always wanted to find a use for old used cling sheets because I really don't like throwing them away. With a little help from my friend google, I figured out that you can use them to clean your faucets. WHAAA?

cabin kitchen and dining space renovation diy, kitchen design, Finished Product

Cabin Kitchen and Dining Space Renovation DIY

This is what the kitchen looked like when we saw it for the first time on the real estate agent's website.
We just weren't too big of a fan of the knotty pine ( I thought it was hickory until some smart home talkers told me differently).

do you ever try out the stuff you see on here, kitchen design, organizing, storage ideas, Aaah much better

Do You Ever Try Out the Stuff You See on Here?

So many times I see cool ideas on websites. For years I would think to should do this. I pin it or bookmark it or heck, put it in my mental rolodex to not do anything with it.

diy industrial light fixtures, electrical, how to, lighting

DIY Industrial Light Fixtures

I have been intending upon making some light fixtures for my cabin for several weeks now. I wanted something industrial and I began google-ing industrial light fixtures as well as searching youtube. I did find some good instructional videos and what I have made is a direct result of what I have found.

landscape timber to a lighted driveway, concrete masonry, outdoor living

Landscape Timber to a Lighted Driveway

This is the driveway at our cabin. We have added about 17 tons of rock to this driveway so that we would have some traction when it is snowy and icy outside. But when we come here in the winter, everything is covered in a beautiful blanket of snow. It makes it very difficult to know where the driveway is.

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First attempt at Annie Sloan

We purchased a cabin in late December in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. The cabin is wonderful but it doesn't have the look we want for it to have. We are starting off with a knotty pine cabinets. I know there are some that prefer the natural wood look but a yellow wood isn't to our taste.
On this site I learned about Annie Sloan chalk paint and have taken two classes.

diy mantle for 20 bucks, fireplaces mantels, painted furniture

DIY Mantel for 20 Bucks?

The husband and I started with a builder grade fireplace and surround

creativity gone wrong, the finished product

Creativity Gone Wrong

I have been trying to find the right way to share this story because it has the ability to offend but I promise you all that this all happened very innocently. I guess I should start at the beginning.
I love industrial mixed with glamour. To me it is all very Restoration Hardware, a store that I am obsessed with.

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I took a class today on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It was in one word AMAZING! The people teaching this class were some of the first in this country to offer this product.

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About meI love working on my home and my new cabin, I am a crazy foodie and seriously love hanging out on this site! Such great creativity.
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