07.05.20 Chauvin Produce Company 2020 June Update

I looked back at last year’s Chauvin Produce Company blog post for the end of June and wow what a difference. Hardly anything that we are growing this year is nearly as big or healthy-looking like last year’s was.  We are using seeds from a different company so since we are doing everything the same as last year I think it’s that.

We will most likely not going to be growing much, if anything next year. I am 65 and Roy is 69 which isn’t terribly old but our bodies just aint what they use to be!  I just spent several hours one day this week pulling and digging up weeds out of the garden and pulling dead leaves off of plants.  Our tomato bushes have black shriveled leaves that look like the plant was grown in the Addams Family garden (graveyard). It’s rather creepy!

Here’s some pictures that kinda look like all is well but it aint! Last year each row in the main garden were filled with plants one after another.  There are big gaps this year in the rows of bell peppers, okra, eggplant. The turnips produced nicely a few weeks ago in the first half of a row. I then planted the same seeds in the second half of the row and not one seed produced.

Bell Pepper Plants have produced very small bell peppers. Not nearly big enough to stuff so I’ve just gutted and sliced them and put them in the freezer.

 

Roy’s Creole Tomatoes  – like I said previously some of these bushes are not big tomatoes they are cherry tomatoes. At least half have been rotten once they ripened. We’ve picked them a few days early and allowed them to ripen inside. When they started growing strong and ripening quickly I put up 4 gallon freezer bags of tomatoes to use in spaghetti, chili, etc.

 

The Main Garden  from left to right – Cherry Tomatoes, Eggplants/Sweet Potatoes, Okra, Bell Pepper, Empty Row where Turnips grew and Spinach tried to grow, last row on the right is Creole Tomatoes.  In the back on the left are green beans and on the right are cucumbers.

 

Okra – This years Okra plants are not as tall as last year but the okras are much bigger.

 

Black Beauty Eggplant Bushes – Much shorter than last year but there are several eggplants on the bushes. Hoping more will be ready soon.

 

In the middle of the eggplant bushes, there is one sweet potato vine that came up on it’s own!

 

Bush Green Beans

 

Cucumbers, what’s left of them! I pulled up long dead vines and I planted several more seeds this week.

 

These are my delicious cherry tomatoes. This bush got so heavy when the wind blew hard it knocked it over. I pulled up one bush that was just pitiful.

Roy and I have decided that because of how poorly they have all done this year that when the weeds get bad again like they were this week that the main garden will be dug under so the grass can start growing there.

The garden down by the pond has a row of pitiful (mostly nibbled on by some animals) green beans and a few really nice creole tomato bushes next to some okay tomatoes!

The puny bush green beans that the critters eat on! I leave them there just so it keeps the critters from looking for other food sources!

 

These creole tomatoes are doing the best. They are growing up along the fence on our property boundary. The first few are doing great. The ones to the right of that are okay.

 

The two fig trees are full of figs and have grown well this past year.

The smaller fig tree

 

The bigger fig tree

 

Our plum tree, probably no fruit this year

The garden area known as the dog cage garden is growing right along! Since it’s not the tidy orderly garden like the main garden it is kind hard to tell what’s what so I labeled the photo so you can tell what’s where. It’s a big area where the plants can take off and grow.

 

Two rows of carrots in the front

 

Behind the carrots are the red meat watermelons on the left and the yellow meat watermelons. No decent size watermelons yet.

 

Turnip seeds were planted here behind the watermelons and between the two side cherry tomato bushes.

 

Potato bushes. We learned from last year’s crop that as the bush deteriorates above the ground the potatoes are growing below the ground so a ugly potato bush is a good sign!

 

Cherry tomato bush which was growing as much outside the cage as inside the cage. I cut all three tomatoes back after taking these photos. They all have tomatoes but none have ripened yet.

 

Cherry tomato bush on the left side of the garden

 

The cherry tomato bush at the back of the garden. It was growing up and down!

Our pecan tree continues to grow but doesn’t have any pecans yet.  The blueberry bushes produced several hundred berries and are finished for the year. They were delicious and are safe in our freezer!

I would like to grow in one place next year one creole tomato bush, one cherry tomato bush, a few green bean bushes, and some turnip plants. We loved the flavor of the turnip plants and the green beans were so good compared to store-bought turnips and green beans.  No more growing things in three places, two down the hill and one at the top of the hill.  Too much climbing in that and too much body pain pulling weeds and maintaining the plants! Next year we will find a good local produce farm and get the vegetables we want that way!

That’s our end of June update! Not published until July 5th but I’m glad to share it when we could.

So much is crazy in our country right now. I hope that reading about our little homegrown garden has given you a little remembrance of the America that we love. Homegrown gardens represent that to me especially this year. I hope you will join me in praying to God to unite our country and stop all the angry mobs trying to trample our freedom and pull down our statutes.  Our God is mighty and strong! Thankfully He chooses to love us and we must ask him to get us through this and come out on the other side even stronger.

May you have a Blessed week!

 

07.01.20 Beautiful reverse decoupaged glass decoration or trivet – my favorite

If you’ve never decoupaged before you need to know the basics that go before the actual creation of a project.  Here’s a link to that information:  DECOUPAGING BASICS

While I was exploring what all can be decoupaged I learned about “reverse decoupaging.” I found a wonderful video that taught me so much about a technique called “decoupage iron on.” When I first started I didn’t know about that technique and had really wrinkly, bubbly tiles that needed 10 layers of polyurethane to look even halfway decent. Then I found the polyurethane turned yellow very quickly. So you can see why I was very happy to learn about doing it the way she explains in the video.

I’ve realized that throughout this blog post I call the glass several different things. Just know that each name for this glass means the same thing.

That video shows you pretty much exactly how to do reverse decoupaging on a Dollar Tree “cutting board.” I am going to share some of the ones I’ve made so you can get some ideas! These are what the glass trivets look like before transforming them into something beautiful!

You can adjust the steps and what you use to suit your budget, and just how you feel like doing it. The following are ways that I do this that are different than the video.

  • I found the small cricuit iron at Walmart for $50 and said woooooo  noooooo! I found a different one for $12 also at Walmart. This is it and it sits on a small ceramic tile that’s covered with a regular napkin’s top layer and a few coats of polycrylic.

This is the Polycrylic that I now use instead of polyurethane. It isn’t as shiny a finish but for reverse decoupaging, that doesn’t matter.

  • I use parchment paper but not above and below the napkin/glass trivet. In the picture below you can see that I use a square piece of parchment paper an inch or two wider than glass trivet just laid on top. I can use that same square of parchment over and over and over. I also

  • I try to do nice things cheaply so I use Mod Podge regular that is available at Dollar Tree or the larger size at Walmart. The custom glitters ones are more expensive.  I made one with glitter for my granddaughter but used glitter glue which is cheap instead of the more expensive products she uses.

Like she does, I use nail files to rub off the extra napkins. I found them at Dollar Tree, four for $1.

  • Before even thinking of painting it,  which is covered next —always and I mean always seal it with either two coats of mod podge or two coasts of polycrylic sealer before putting any paint on it. This is so important I put it in bold to draw your attention. The three trivets in the photo below were mistakes of mine where I painted before it was completely sealed, letting each coat of mod podge or polycrylic to dry completely. Paint soaked through the napkin causing white spots on the finished project. I prefer to use polycrylic for my sealer but the video says to use mod podge. Both probably work just as well.
  • In the video, she shows two options, one with white paint and one without.  After doing a couple without paint, I decided I didn’t like how they came out without the paint.  They are so very much more vibrant with the paint. So I always apply two layers of paint on each one. I use either white or cream-colored paint depending on the napkin. I finish it off with two coats of polycrylic allowing the first to dry before applying the second coat.
  • I reuse the four little tabs I remove from the glass board backside, putting them back on the glass trivets. Haven’t had one come off yet and I’ve made a dozen or so of these glass boards. If you really want to be sure they don’t come off put a dab of glue under each.
  • Joan Marie wasn’t sure of the ability for the finished glass board to handle hot pots. I’ve had three in my kitchen that I use as test ones by putting hot pots on them. 
  • They work fine with every hot pot I’ve put on them. My husband Roy said that using glass as a cutting board would ruin the sharpness of a cutting knife so I do not use them as cutting boards like she and Dollar Tree do.

I recommend using the finished product in one of two ways

1) a decorative item sitting up on the small display easels also available at Dollar Tree. When they have them they are on a small shelf in front of photo frames. They are not easy to find but they look great and are just $1!!  I bought 10 when I found them.  I use an easel with decorative glass in our bedroom and living room. I will swap out the usual ones I use when there is a holiday like Christmas that I decorate for.

These are the ones I use as decoration. I plan to make one for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

2) The other use is as either a spoon rest or trivet.

Do not cover them in water or every layer will peel off. I clean the front with soapy water and just wipe off the back which isn’t really dirty anyway.

One last thing is to scrape off the paint, mod podge and clear spray or polycrylic that has accumulated on the four edges on the square ones and all around the edge on the round ones. It gives a crisp finish to the project.

Here are some more of my little glass creations. This obviously is my favorite of the different types of decoupaging.  The first photo below is a square glass with the same napkin seen above on a round glass.

This one is tissue paper

This one is from a napkin from my friend Cindy LeBlanc’s (who got me into this in the first place!!!) retirement party.

I’ve used pieces of this napkin on rocks and here on a round glass trivet.

This is from wrapping paper. I have this design in green and red. I plan to make those two to use at Christmas time!

One of my new favorites is a napkin from Tuesday Morning in the photo below.

I hope you can see how wonderful these creations are. For $1 you get the glass, another $1 for the easel and a few cents for the napkin, mod podge, polycrylic and paint. I can’t imagine anything else that I am capable of creating that is this beautiful for so cheap!

I’ve attempted doing reverse decoupaging with fabric and was only partially successful. Joan Marie did a video on how she does it so I’m including the link to that here if you are interested!

This is one of the only successful attempts at reverse decoupaging with fabric. It was from a scarf I got from Dollar Tree. That’s as much info as I have to share about this! Next time I’m going to combine reverse decoupaging on glass dinner/luncheon plates with Health Care Hero rocks and flower rocks.

It’s taking me longer than usual to create blog posts. If something doesn’t sound right, I’m sorry! I’ll publish next our monthly Chauvin Produce Company update!

Ya’ll have a great weekend!

 

6.30.20 An update or two or three or maybe more things!

It is only June and we have at least two more months of this RIDICULOUS Louisiana Heat!!  I’m hiding in the house today where it’s cool so I thought I’d give an update on some things in our life.

I now have partial dentures. Isn’t that too special for words!  I’ve been snaggle-toothed for a while now but this quarantining has kept most people from seeing that. I got them last Friday and I pretty much like them. Mostly for how much better I look and a little bit not for having to get used to them. Most of the time I don’t even realize they are in and I understand that is a good thing. It’s been odd going to the dentist because of this COVID mess. I have to call them when I get there. They come and get me from my car. Roy is not allowed inside. I have to sign a paper answering all sorts of questions and get my temperature taken. I always pass. I read and sign the paper in the waiting room that has chairs six feet apart. The wonderful magazines I usually enjoy have been hidden from the COVID germs.

Vegetable Garden Update: We still have vegetables growing and will publish a complete update in early July. I just want to let you know that we have decided not to grow so much next year.  The amount of work involved in maintaining the garden is just too much for us.  Preparing the vegetables for the freezer and the amount that it takes up in the freezer is almost all of it. Squatting, crawling around, weed pulling, watering and other muscle aching work wasn’t bad when we were young but not now! I spent the entire day yesterday pulling weeds and dead leaves off of the plants. I can’t bend over to pull all the weeds so I crawl around in the garden in the mud. My body yelled at me last night really loud! The vegetables in the picture below were two days worth of picking which we are enjoying.

Update on Bo and Peep:  Peep started laying more eggs within a week of her four ducklings dying. A sweet couple at our church, Marie and Charles Robbins gave us a pet carrier we will keep Bo in when these new babies start hatching.  Also, Roy felt sorry for Bo and Peep being in the sun getting hot during the day. He bought a cage cover for them where they are now happy little cooler ducks. It also serves as a way to stop Bo from flying out of or into the cage which he’d gotten pretty good at. It’s a 6-foot high cage but when Bo gave it his all he could get out! The photo below of Roy and the insulated panels for our patio cover has a picture of the duck’s penthouse right behind the yellow storage building. If Bo and Peep could speak English I’m pretty sure they would be quacking “thank you!” to their daddy Roy!

Patio cover: Yes we now have a wonderful insulated cover over our patio. I’ll write more about that later but just wanted to mention it here! I have always admired my husband Roy’s abilities but this latest project gave me a whole new larger appreciation for what he does for us using his brains, and muscles. I’ve also realized that I have become fairly useless as a helper which makes me appreciate Roy even more. He’s had help from our youngest son Chip, our neighbor Daniel and our UPS driver, name unknown but he’s done 9* percent of the project all by himself.

Decoupaging: I’m still writing about decoupaging and am almost finished with one about Rock Decoupaging. (my half brain forgot that I had completed and published the rock decoupaging post.) I’ll do one on decoupaging glass trivets (my favorite) and dinner/lunch glass plates (my least favorite.) Also about decoupaging ceramic tiles!!Two things that I am working on writing about that have nothing to do with decoupaging is about the Healthcare Heros rocks and a new favorite of mine that Bro. Randy got me interested in, rock flowers!! I can’t wait to show ya’ll the ones I’ve created!

Ya’ll have a wonderful week!

 

 

06.25.20 How to decoupage ROCKS!

        

If you’ve never decoupaged before you need to know the basics that go before the actual creation of a project.  Here’s a link to that information:  DECOUPAGING BASICS

Rock decoupaging is something I really like and I’ve found it easy to do.  This will not be nearly as long as the wine bottle decoupaging blog post. There is only one way I do that so there is less to share!

First always paint the rock white or cream and let it dry. Apply a second coat of a paint color that matches the background on the napkin if needed.

Always separate the layers of the napkin and only use the top layer. If using tissue paper or magazine cut-outs there is no layer separating needed. This napkin was purchased at Dollar Tree yesterday.  They have several different designed napkins available throughout the store. I wanted this one just so I could cut out the butterflies! Put mod podge on the rock where the napkin will go. Apply the cut out of the napkin on top of the mod podge. Spread from the inside to the outside with your fingers (very gently) or use a ball of glad wrap to gently put the napkin cut out in place. If you don’t have the mod podge everywhere the napkin needs to adhere just put some mod podge either under the raised napkin or on top. Whichever works best for you. I always put my label on the back and write an inspirational message for whoever finds it.

These next napkins were picked out by my friend Cindy LeBlance from Tuesday Morning in Hammond. We split the packages of napkins and they were all beautiful. She has such good taste I knew she’d pick out all the right ones!

The butterfly below has a group of canes behind it that I kept there instead of cutting off the cane. I only put mod podge behind the butterfly at first and smoothed it out. Then added the mod podge you see there and smoothed out the piece of the napkin over it.

The finished decoupaged rock.

This is the napkin I cut the butterfly and canes from to make the decoupaged napkin above. There is so much potential in this one napkin.

I love this new napkin that I cut the flowers out of to decoupage this rock. You can see the finished rock with all the others I did this week in the photo near the bottom of this post.

The finished decoupaged rock made from the napkin in the photo below this one. You can create several different looking decoupaged from this one napkin. I love that!This napkin was used to create the two decoupaged rocks on the left and the one on the very right in the photo below this one.

These six were done this week and include the three shown above. Painting the background white and using a napkin with a white background makes these rocks look great!

I use different size labels pasted on the back of each rock depending on the size of the rock. And similar but different Christian or inspirational messages were written on the back.  You can decoupage rocks without the labels and messages but I love it when someone finds and rock and tells me how much they were touched or affected by that.  You are free to write on the back of your rock something that brings them to post a picture on Rosie Rocks Facebook Group so you can see who found it. I just ask that you not put anything negative or hateful on the back. I love to bring joy to someone’s life not the opposite!

I said originally there is only one way I decoupage rocks. It is actually two. One is a small cutout part of a napkin and the second is a larger cutout part of a napkin. Either way I always have room on the back of the rock for an inspirational message.  It is very easy to decoupage rocks but the happiness of the rock finder is very big!

Next time I’ll share how to do reverse decoupage which is my favorite when I am putting it on a flat glass surface and not so favorite when putting it on a glass plate whether dinner size or lunch size plate.

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

 

06.18.20 Wine bottle (and any glass bottle or jar) decoupaging

If you’ve never decoupaged before you need to know the basics that go before the actual creation of a project.  Here’s a link to that information:  DECOUPAGING BASICS

NOW ON TO DECOUPAGING OF WINE BOTTLE AND ANY GLASS BOTTLE OR JAR

I have to admit up front that this type of decoupaging is the one I’ve struggled the most to get it right. I’ve created several decoupaged bottles and glass vases. Most of them had to be scrapped and started over.

My sweet friend Cindy Vernon gave me all the wine bottles I have so far. Thanks, Cindy for giving me those bottles that got me started!

I am definitely still in the learning mode with this type of decoupaging but I will share what I have learned so far!

Every bottle and napkin presents its own challenges. Every bottle shape is a bit different. Each napkin has different sizes, designs, and quality of napkin. You choose if you want the napkin to be applied as a full or half napkin or as a design cut out of the napkin. That’s up to you.

The neck of the bottles is for me the awkward area. Some I’ve applied rhinestones to in various colors and shapes.

This was the first one I created and it was done over twice! I cut out the parts of the napkin I wanted to apply to the bottle. Like I did on this one I highly recommend painting the whole bottle a color (usually white or cream) that will blend well with the napkin background. I’ll show you the napkin that was used in making each of the bottles throughout this blog post.

After allowing one coat of mod podge to dry I applied two coats of cream-colored paint and allowed them to completely dry. I separated the layers of the napkin keeping the top layer. Then I cut out the two designs from the napkin that I wanted to use for this bottle. I used just the peacock on the back and the peacock next to flowers on the front. I applied mod podge to the area of the bottle where the napkin design would go. Then laid the napkin design over that area spreading it out and helping bubbles to escape by quickly and gently rubbing my finger over the design from the center to the outside edges of the design. The napkin becomes very fragile when it gets wet from the mod podge so you have to be very very careful with it I can’t tell you how often I’ve pulled holes in the napkins when they are damp or wet from mod podge..

Some people take a sheet of glad wrap, wrap it around the bottle and rubbing the bubbles and wrinkles out the same way I described doing it without the glad wrap.  A third method is to take some glad wrap, squinch it up and pat it over the napkin where bubbles remain. I do much better when I wrap the glad wrap around the bottle. You have to try them all yourself and see what works best.

This is the napkin I cut out the two designs for the front and back.

This is a decorative glass piece I made with this napkin. I’ll show how that was made in a future blog post.

On this one, I didn’t paint the bottle but instead put a couple of coats of mod podge on it and allowed it to dry before adding the napkin and all the cute things.

Like I do with flat objects being decoupaged after the mod podge is completely dry I put the napkins on the bottom and a sheet of parchment paper over it. Then I used my small iron to get the mod podge to active the glue attaching itself to the napkins. This method will be explained in full in a future blog but since I rarely use it on a bottle and you two will probably rarely use it we’ll have to wait on that part!

I used the back of the napkin shown below for the bottom part, twine wrapped around the neck with lots of hearts glued on the twine area.  Some cute stickers I had were applied over the napkin and in the middle.

The butterfly wings on the bottom part would not stay stuck to the napkin. I used a lot of glue to get it to stay put. Unfortunately, the glue left a dark area around the butterfly. It took a lot of effort to get the butterfly to stay put so I was very disappointed in how that turned out.

Finally, I applied glitter glue all around the bottom portion where the napkin and butterfly are located. When that dried it helped cover the dark area! After the glitter glue dried I put a couple of coats of Polycrylic over the whole bottle and added a twine bow at the top. A little mosquito hawk was added to the back before it was finished.

I used the stripped portion of two of these napkins to go all the way around the bottle. I’ve used all of the other graphics on this napkin for so many decoupaged rocks. This was my last one of these napkins.

This was a fun one to do where I tried several things. It was first painted with a layer of mod podge, then two coats of white. I have a sheet of little various colored dots that I got at Dollar Tree.  I added a few to this bottle and the next one.  I also used some tiny butterfly rhinestones around the neck. On the front of the bottle, I applied a cut out from one of the napkins. We love hummingbirds so I added one on the front of the bottle from the napkin I used on the back. I love how this one came out so I’m sharing photos of all sides below. The napkin used on the back is of beautiful wisteria cut out from that napkin.

Then I decided to try a splatter method using orange paint-splattered over the white portions of the bottle.  I got a bit carried away with the orange splatter and feel like I put too much on it. The video below explains the splatter method in a couple of ways.

The napkin used on the front of the bottle described above.

The hummingbird from this napkin was cut out and used on the front with the other napkin.  The back of the napkin included a portion of the napkin shown below.

I really love the little colored dots. Other bottles above were sprayed with clear spray even after covering with Polycrylic a couple of coats. Here are a couple of pictures of my wine bottles that were placed on top of vegetable poles in the garden and sprayed with a clear spray.

This one was a bottle that I did not paint under the napkin but did paint the neck of the bottle. In between the napkin and the neck I wrapped twine around it and made a twine bow to finish it off. The same napkin was used on the bottle in the pictures below these two pictures.

This is the napkin used on the bottle above and the one below.

This is the one that I’ve kept for decoration in our home. I like how it came out and it blends in well with the other blues in our living room.  I covered the bottle with mod podge once and painted the whole bottle twice with white paint. I cut out the design and after applying mod podge again to the area the napkin was going to cover I put the design on the bottle. After struggling with getting the napkin to go up the neck I finally came up with putting the napkin what you see as a cut design. I didn’t like the white bottle neck just like it was so I added some tiny butterflies, colored dots and a row of light blue beads at the top.

You can see the difference between the bottle above with no white paint beneath the napkin and the same napkin with two coats of paint under the napkin in the bottle picture today.,

As you can tell I have a lot to learn before I feel comfortable decoupaging wine bottles. I am still experimenting with each one. Every bottle and napkin presents its own challenges. When I’ve shown Roy each of the bottles as they were finished he liked them a lot. When I didn’t like one, he pointed out to me that my bottles in a photo look as good as the really nice ones I see online in photos.

The cute little dots, glass butterflies, butterfly stickers, twine, and other cute stickers came from Dollar Tree, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, or Dollar General. I will not pay but just a little for each of these things, I just won’t.  If you have any cute things you think would look nice on a bottle and want to give some to me I’d love you forever!

Somewhere in this blog, I said other glass items could be decoupaged like the wine bottles.  This little jar was painted white, watermelon designs were cut out from a napkin and decoupaged on it with twine used around the top to cover where the jar lid originally was screwed on to close it.

This is another non-wine bottle project. I used pictures of flowers, butterflies and birds that I and my sweet friend Cindy Leblanc gave me of these torn out pictures I painted a vase from Dollar Tree with cream-colored paint in case the magazine cut-outs didn’t cover everything.  In the future, I plan to not paint and just make sure there are no uncovered spaces. I used glue on the glass and applied the various pieces to that. You can use the glad wrap method to get everything to stay put without bubbles or wrinkles.  I sprayed clear spray over the dried magazine cut-outs a couple of times. I’ve moved from clear spray to polycrylic since I have to go outside for the clear spray and the polycrylic can be done inside with a lot less sticky mess.

Lastly these two bottles are works in progress. I love the one on the right and am not sure about the one on the left.

For the one on the right I did one layer of mod podge and then one layer of white paint applied to the bottle with a piece of sponge that you can see to the left in the back of the picture. I really love how the sponged look came out. I glued a bit of lace to the neck portion of that bottle.

I forgot to cut the napkin straight on the left one so I added some snowflake and green teardrop jewels to try to cover up the irregularly cut napkin.

Front side of both bottles

Back of both bottles

Here is the napkin I used on the left bottle. It is really a nice napkin and I used it in a different project which I’ll share at a later date.   I used this same napkin to do a glass trivet doing reverse decoupaging which I’ll share in a future blog.

And here are the napkins I used on the right bottle.

Earlier today I got to give our grandaughter and son all of these bottles including the two in process. He actually asked for all of them. While they were here I put an additional coat of polycrylic on them which pretty much made them finished bottles.  Chip is going to give me several wine bottles so I can make more. He thinks they are good enough to sell. We’ll have to see about that!

That wraps up all I know to share with you about decoupaging wine bottles. I’ll be writing about rock decoupaging next. That’s where I started decoupaging.   I have two additional areas of decoupaging that I want to share with you. One is flower pots and the other rock flowers.

 

06.15.20 What you need to know to start decoupaging!

Today’s blog post will contain general information you need to know about decoupaging to help you get started. I’ll include a link to this page from each of the posts that I write about specific item decoupaging.

I am no expert but I will be sharing how I do each type of decoupaging like I do it that day. I am constantly learning from others in Facebook groups about decoupaging so my way of doing them has changed over time and will probably continue changing as I learn more! My decoupaging is simple and don’t cost very much. Other people do very complex projects that cost a lot.  I’ve learned from watching numerous videos created by others about each type of project I want to do.  I recommend watching at least three videos for each type of project to learn more than just how one person does it.

First I want to thank my friends who gave me napkins and wine bottles and got me interested in decoupaging. You’ve blessed my heart a lot!

Decoupaging according to Webster is  de·​cou·​page | ˌdā-(ˌ)kü-ˈpäzh  the art of decorating surfaces by applying cutouts (as of paper) and then coating with usually several layers of finish (such as lacquer or varnish).

The things you will need depend on what you are decoupaging (rocks, round or square cutting boards or luncheon or dinner plates from Dollar Tree, wine bottles from wherever.)

-White or cream acrylic paint. The two bottles in the photo below on the left are paint from Walmart for 50 cents each, the big white bottle is from Walmart for $2.50,

-Napkins from lots of places Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Tuesday Morning. generous friends, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, etc.

-Mod podge (the two bottles with yellow wrapping are from Dollar Tree.) There are larger sizes for various purposes available at Hobby Lobby, Walmart

-Either clear spray (the spray can on the right or any cleary spray you find) or a can of polycrylic which is in the second picture below.

-Scissors for cutting parts out of napkins.

-Scotch tape to put on your fingers to pull napkin layers apart.

-A small or normal size iron can be used in some of the projects or all if you want to.  If you do use an iron you’ll need parchment paper also.

-Glad wrap is used to take wrinkles out a project.

For whatever decoupaging project you do, you will need to separate the napkin layers before applying the napkins. This means peel the (typically) white layer or two white layers off the back of the front layer. You can gently rub the layers together to separate or use a piece of Scotch tape in one corner and pull. This step for me is the biggest pain. But when I do get the layers apart I am so happy and feel I’ve accomplished a big thing! This video shows one way of separating napkins.

Sometimes you will use the whole napkin and sometimes you will cut out designs or parts of the napkin that you want to use on your project. Either way you have to separate the napkin layers.

If you find some really nice tissue paper like the picture on the right, you can use that instead of napkins and tissue paper does not have layers that need separating! You can also tear pictures from magazines to use in decoupaging. that doesn’t require separating either and is a lot easier to handle than napkins. Examples of those are in the picture on the left.

Since some of my friends have shown an interest in decoupaging wine bottles that’s where we’ll start in our next blog post. If you have no desire to decoupage a wine bottle you can use the same process on any mason jar, pickle jar, or other glass jar.

I think that covers general decoupaging information that can be applied to each project.

See ya’ll next time!

06.13.20 Rock decoupaging, glass trivet decoupaging, glass plate decoupaging, wine bottle decoupaging and more!

It’s been a while since I’ve written about rock painting. During this hiding out at home to stay safe from the coronavirus I’ve had lots of time to expand from rock painting to rock decoupaging, glass trivet decoupaging, glass dinner, and luncheon plate decoupaging, wine bottle decoupaging and Health Care Heros rocks.

This is going to be a series of posts on each of those endeavors. Some I am good at, and some I have to admit I’m not so good at! My rock room is now a craft room and has on some days looked like a hurricane whipped through it.

Here’s a picture of each type of creation to give you an idea of what to expect.

Rock decoupaging

Glass trivet decoupaging

Lady Bug rocks

Plant pot decoupaging using plastic containers

Wine bottle decoupagingHealth Care Heros rocks

Glass dinner and luncheon plate decoupaging

My brain is not cooperating with me trying to write a really long post about all of these projects. So, I’ll show it and I’ll do several shorter posts that each will cover one project. It took me a month to be able to put this one blog post together. When I try to create and nothing works I’ve learned to stop and not get so frustrated.  I truly love creating these posts and will keep doing it in whatever form I can for as long as I can.

 

 

06.11.20 Psalm 91 Sign

Our son Chip and his wife Misty have a sign in their yard that says “Psalm 91”  We asked them about it and Misty got one for us. Yes, she’s a keeper!

Before seeing it in their yard I have to say I wasn’t very familiar with that chapter in the book of Psalms. I looked it up and, read it through. I realized how much this scripture talks to what Christ means to Christians and the strength and comfort we get from being His children.

This is the sign in our front yard!I figured some of ya’ll would see the signs around town so I’m sharing here what Psalm 91 says. I know that the New Living Translation is not preferred by those in the Bible know but it is easy for me to read and understand!

Psalm 91 New Living Translation (NLT)

1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
    nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
    though ten thousand are dying around you,
    these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes,
    and see how the wicked are punished.

If you make the Lord your refuge,
    if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
    no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
    to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
    you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
    I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
    and give them my salvation.”

Ya’ll have a Blessed day!

06.06.20 Brain update

I don’t think I have written about the wicked disease that is living in my brain in a while. I do really well for a few days and then the good times go away. Today I am able to write about it, so I will give an update.

Lately, I’ve been experiencing a lot of lightheadedness (seriously lightheaded, not just little oops dizzy) and passed out one day a couple of weeks ago. Last time I was experiencing being lightheaded like that it turned out to be the dementia medicine I was taking was causing it. Over the last several years I’ve been on Namenda, Aricept, and Exelon Patch. My doctor prescribed Galantamine a couple of years ago.  Galantamine has worked really well until lately when the lightheadedness started again.

Right now I am slowly getting off of Galantamine. I am in the second week of reducing slowly the amount of Galantamine I take.  Next week will be my first week without any Galantamine.  Already the dizziness has stopped!  Yay! Yay! It will take a while for all of the Galantamine to be out of my system. I will know then if the Galantamine was still helping my dementia or if it is time to stay off of it if it is not helping me.

That’s my brain update. I always appreciate your prayers. Mostly need them for me to be able to handle this and for Roy to be able to handle what is happening to his wife. God’s got this and we know He will be beside us all the way. Thanks guys for following our blog!