I was terrified to start this project but I am so happy I did! I mean, check out the before below and the after above! What a difference!?!
This furniture was made by my dad when I was a teenager and has been used every year since, that’s longer than I care to admit to. It has seen rain, sun and even been left out for the cold Indian winters. It has lots of dings and even a citronella candle spilled on one of the tables. See the one on the left! I had little faith in that one coming out even remotely like the other. But now you can’t even tell.
I did a lot of research online and even asked a lot of questions in some Woodworking groups on Facebook. I heard a lot about Spar Urethane and Poly and was also told to replace most of the tables. But, one persons tips really stood out to me. See this furniture had many coats of poly on it from when my father made it and if you have ever worked with poly or even other wood finishes like shellac you know that it not only takes time it takes a lot of work in a dust free area. Sadly I have dust in payloads and absolutely no patience for three or four coats of poly so I took this gentleman’s tips to heart. He said that he had some old outdoor furniture that his dad made as well and what he does to keep his nice each year is to coat it with a good layer of Thompsons WaterSeal!
Now why didn’t I think of that? This is the stuff I use on a yearly basis for the deck and fence and they are still running strong. It is a water sealer and it protects the wood from UV rays as well as Mildew. So I did one more and bought Thompson’s WaterSeal plus Solid Wood Stain in Nutmeg Brown. I though this would help to mask any discoloration.
So I got started sanding away! I broke out my new orbital sander and a new bulk pack of sanding disks (I went through a ton) and went at it. Of course I forgot the mask the first day and my sinuses really paid for it. So tip for anyone sanding anything, WEAR A MASK! I promise it’s worth the extra sweat!
I was super nervous, but even after just a quick sanding this table looks way better than it did.
I wiped it all down and started painting on the Thompson’s but it was really dark and kind of purple, so I would paint on a bit and then wipe it off, just like you would stain. After it was all done I waited 24 hours and poured a bit of water on it and what do you know, it beaded right up!
And look at it all finished! This is before the wax and it looks 100% better than it did!
So after both tables were done I took the leap of faith and took the swing apart. I got out a marker and enlisted my mom to help. She was all prepared to number each slat as we went, but of course my dad thought of that already and there were numbers hidden on the bottom where they were kept safe in between the slats and the frame. Thanks DAD!
We did a lot of scrubbing with water and Dawn dish soap before I started sanding these. They had some questionable black stuff on the bottom and frankly I didn’t want to take the chance of anyone breathing that in.
I did the same thing to the swing as I did to the table. A good sand with some 80 grit, a wipe down and then some Thompson’s.
I wanted a nice sheen so I wiped all of the finished bits and pieces with some Howard Feed N Wax! This polish has beeswax, Orange oil and a bit of Petroleum in it. I just rubbed it in and then let it sit for about twenty minutes. It seemed a bit oily when it was first applied but it dried up perfect and now the furniture is waterproof, UV protected and has a nice polished look to it.
I couldn’t be happier with the finished product! It took me a couple years of everyone prodding me to do it, but it was well worth the time.
Now to start the rocking chair….wish me luck!
It is a few days into 2018, and I wanted to say hello to everyone since I have been a little absent lately. I still haven’t picked a hook up in a long time and don’t plan on doing it again in the near future, but honestly my hands are really grateful for that. You can still find all of my designs on Ravelry and Craftsy as well as the free patterns here on the blog.
I have been spending a lot of time cutting vinyl decals for my Etsy shop, creating fun custom t-shirts for my boys and other crafty stuff like this cute cup for my youngest’s bus driver.
I have also been spending more time with my sewing machine and made some really cute Christmas gifts for my great nieces! They each got a Mini Necessary Clutch with a long strap, which made the perfect little handbag for them both. Pattern by Emmaline Bags. And I had to make matching Clematis Wristlets just for fun! Pattern by Blue Calla Patterns. I really need to work on my topstitching but I really enjoyed making them both. I used some awesome tutorials by Debby Hunker over on YouTube to help me with these! Her videos are awesome and I highly recommend checking them out!
This year I pan on doing all kinds of fun crafts and learning some new things and hope to share them with you. I am trying my hand at paper piecing after seeing some amazing pieces on Instagram. This was my first attempt and I think I did pretty well. I have done quilting before and honestly this makes it so much easier to get those bits all lined up. This was a free pattern by My Fabric Relish on Craftsy! I see so many more pieces being done like this in the near future.
I hope to share some fun tutorials as well as my ups and downs this year and I hope you enjoy your time with me! So here is to the New Year! May 2018 be a fun, happy and exciting adventure for us all!
It’s been awhile since I did a blog post. Life has gotten a bit crazy over here. We have added my two nephews to the mix since the unexpected loss of my brother last fall and we have all had to adjust. Everyone is doing well. It really is amazing how resilient the heart is and how strong teenagers can be.
I haven’t really been interested in yarn since then, although I did do a square for Makers Give Back to benefit St. Judes Childrens Hospital, but that has been it. I have actually thought about getting rid of my yarn stash. Especially cosindering since I haven’t been knitting or crocheting my hands and wrists have quit hurting.
Don’t worry! That doesn’t mean that I will stop crafting. I have found that I am more in love with crafting in other ways so I have geared my Etsy shop more towards vinyl and custom decals and other fun things I can make and create and I still design custom graphs over on my Facebook page!
Stop by the shop and see what I have available and remember that I always take custom orders! So keep an eye out for maybe a few tutorials on cutting projects with the Cricut or other fun crafty stuff and for some fun new vinyl!
After designing my Harry Potter CAL everyone got busy and started making fun custom graphs to add to their blankets and sharing them in my Crafty Ridge Crochet Facebook group. I thought it would be a great idea to get them all together in one spot so everyone can enjoy them and these great designers could get the recognition they deserve! So with their permission I bring to you Potter by You!
You have seen the adorable Dobby Square by Kimberly Allard of Bewitching Stitch and you can grab it here! But check out her other amazing designs below. Plus she has some other fun edited versions of my graphs over on her blog that are so much fun!
The fun doubles with the next graph! Check out Fred and George by the very talented Jessica Haines over on Stitchfiddle
Raven Cintron of Raven’s Craft Creations worked her magic on these Fawkes, Ginny and Tonks Squares!
We celebrate the house of Slytherin with this square by Jessica Rick on StitchFiddle!
And of course we cant have a post of new designs by you without some awesome new banners like this great design by Anna Staggs over on StitchFiddle!
Have you made a custom square for your Harry Potter afghan? If so please share your links in the comments here and hop over to Facebook and join along in the fun.
This is where it all began! The wonderful world of Marly Bird.
She has a great set of beginner videos where she is teaching her mom how to knit and not only is it super informative but it is also fun and really makes you comfortable, which is something you need when learning something new.
Before I knew it I was knitting and purling and changing colors with ease!
After working out the basics I thought “Now what should I do?” and of course the first thing I think of are SOCKS……mostly because I like to torture myself. So I ordered some Sock-Ease yarn by Lion Brand and some bamboo needles on Amazon! I bought the cheep needles because, well I try to be thrifty but I wish I had bought a better set! These will do in a pinch but you really do get what you pay for in this case.
I think Zeus was even worried about the whole knitting socks thing. I found this great blog by Winwick Mum and the Sockalong and it is so jam packed full of great tips, tricks and tutorials that it is now permanently bookmarked on my laptop and phone.
I started with dpns and realized quickly that they are not my favorite. Something about all of those tips and the yarn going this way and that. So those had to go and I grabbed a circular was off.
Before I knew it, I had the ribbing done for my very 1st sock! Color me impressed!
A week later I had the leg done and was staring down the heel! Yes it took me a week, remember it is my very first sock as well as my very first knitting project so it’s a bit of a slow go trying to figure out what is comfortable for me.
Even as daunting as those directions looked I was capable of working up the heel flap and the turn and TADA…..1st heel done! Of course I used this great video by Blooming Knitter and pulled out the dpns for the heel flap, leaving the top of the sock on the circulars.
Before I knew it (2 long weeks later) the 1st sock was finished! Woo Hoo! Just don’t ask me about that Kitchener stitch..Let’s just say I searched for a new way to close up my next pair as soon as I was done with this sock and will be Russian Grafting from now on!
Three weeks and I finally have a finished pair of SOCKS! And now I am off to the next pair, seeing as how this pair have already been snatched away and I need a pair for myself. I think the next pair will be with a thicker yarn and maybe a bit shorter leg!
Each pattern has a fun texture that works for both men and women and it’s perfect for all ages! They are quick patterns and each one uses less than a skein of your favorite worsted weight or light bulky yarn.
I introduce a fun stitch that I have never used in this pattern, so I put together a quick video that I hope makes it easy for everyone.
This weekend only grab my Cuddly Cowl pattern on Ravelry for just $1.00 with coupon code PEACE!