07.28.20 Who remembers using or doing this…..?

I will be 66 soon and Roy will be 70 in January. Our growing up lives were very different than the lives of those growing up now. We have memories of odd things in our past. Odd to those growing up now but very natural to us. I saw these photos recently and they brought back lots of memories.

There are 50 photos. I was familiar with 48 of them. I’ll let you know which two I don’t remember or didn’t experience.

Count the ones you used or were familiar with growing up.  Let me know in the comments how you did!

These are the two I don’t remember. The nurse’s station in the photo near the end. I also never rode on a banana seat on a bicycle.

How many did you know? Let me know!!

Ya’ll have a Blessed Week!

07.25.20 The new addition to our home and Roy’s new techy toys!

This blog post has been in the making for quite a while. I am so thankful that the project and this blog post is completed!  I believe that adding a patio with a patio cover was one of the best things we’ve done. Yes, we (meaning Roy, not me) built a 27 x 16 patio cover over the cement slab we had poured in March.

Both Roy and I contributed to the writing of this post. I am sure that there are more details in this blog post than you need to know about, but all those details will help us remember something about the patio cover at some point in the future!

We saved a lot of money doing the installation ourselves (again Roy, not me). We purchased the materials at Short’s Siding and Patio Supply, LLC.  Darren at Short’s helped Roy figure out what material and supplies Roy would need to do the job. I don’t think I will ever let Roy undertake something like this no matter how much money it would save us.

Short’s delivered all the materials to our home in Amite.

I can definitely say that this was one of the most strenuous and difficult things Roy has ever tackled.  I’ve always been Roy’s little helper if that is needed. I tried to help Roy on this one and just couldn’t do it. My balance and lack of strength are stopping me from doing as much as I would have.

Our son Chip came to help a few times and was a tremendous help. Thank you Chipper for giving us your time to get this done!

We even asked our UPS driver to help put up one of the long panels. I’ll bet that was a first for him! Our neighbor Daniel came over to help put up another of the long panels. The insulated panels aren’t that heavy but their size and having to put them up above our heads made it really difficult. Roy learned on this project that taking it slow, drinking Powerade, and taking breaks often was a wise way to appreciate this project.

The columns in the back are 4″ fluted columns just like the ones on our front porch, they are just smaller!

He used 4 columns to support the 2″ x 7″ x 27′ one-piece beam to give the cover more support against strong winds. The columns are bolted to the slab with long heavy duty 1/2″ anchor bolts. Darrel from Shorts let Roy use his power hammer drill to drill the anchor holes in the slab.  When Roy got the first panel installed he set up a portable fan so that he could begin to enjoy a bit of shade and cool breeze.  He worked himself so hard I was always happy to see him in the rocker getting a bit of rest.

 These are the insulated panels that are now all locked together creating the patio cover!             Two of the panels have special beams placed inside them as to Roy’s specifications to allow the fans and outlets to be installed. Roy ran the wires through the panels and into the attic for the fans and outlets as the panels were being installed. He used metal armor cable to prevent the wires from chafing.

    The two 72″ fans each have 8 blades.  We really love them!

Us elderly Chauvins have ventured into the world of Alexa. Chip has them and we decided they were a good thing for us to as well!

We put two under the patio, two in our living room and one in our bedroom. The two under the patio and the two in the living room are set up to play in stereo and works really well. You can tell Alexa to play in the area you are in or to play everywhere. This feature is nice as you can go from room to room and not miss a beat.

The two fans are remotely controlled. By adding what is called a Bond Bridge, we can also control the fans and lights through Alexa eliminating the need for the remotes. While running the wires, Roy also installed a coax cable. He is planning on installing a 50″ outdoor TV to one of the columns in the near future. He glued a piece of treated 2 x 4 inside the column where the TV is to be mounted for extra support.

 This is Roy’s foot hanging over the edge while he was working on top of the patio cover sealing the seams.

  He still has more sealing to do but that will wait for a cooler time! He says it’s well sealed for now.

Here I am doing what little I could do. I helped Roy by holding the end cap in place while he made it permanent!

The finished patio!! We will be using our RV rockers and reclining lawn chairs, and other chairs we have on the patio for now.  The rockers suit us well and the reclining lawn chairs are perfect for an afternoon of reading under the fan’s cool breeze and shade from the sun listening to Alexa’s spa channel! We are using the big outdoor mat we used with Dora when we were traveling. When we find something more colorful in the right size we will replace the Dora mat with the new one.

This is the beautiful view of the pond from our new patio! Isn’t God’s creation amazing! The garden that is in the picture is mostly gone now and we can see much more of the pond now! I should be planting grass runners next week where the garden is now.

All my decoupaged plant pots with flowers from our property and a couple I purchased. We put them all on the bakers rack we bought at last year’s 15 Mile yard sale in our area.

We are enjoying sitting outside on this new patio and listening to a variety of music in stereo.  Even when it’s been in the 90s we have enjoyed the cool breeze that the fans provide.  You can see in some of the pictures that our garden is slowly being disassembled. We will be planting St. August runners where the main garden is very soon!

It’s always something! And this something has made us both very happy. If you come to visit us and we don’t answer the doorbell feel free to wander around to the back of the house.  You may catch us napping or just enjoying the view from our rockers!

If you are interested in having a patio cover like this one here is their contact information:

Short’s Siding and Patio Supply, LLC.

20456 S  I-12 Service Rd, Ponchatoula, LA 70454

(985) 345-1772

07.20.20 HERE’S WHAT NO CASH ACTUALLY MEANS, by Dave Ramsey

Are you a bit concerned with the shift away from cash or does it seem like no big deal? This information from Dave Ramsey was very eye-opening for me. I hope you will read his article with an open mind. It’s a two-minute read and he does a nice job of explaining this.

A cashless society means no cash. Zero. It doesn’t mean mostly cashless and you can still use a ‘wee bit of cash here & there’. Cashless means fully digital, fully traceable, fully controlled. I think those who support a cashless society aren’t fully aware of what they are asking for. A cashless society means:

  • If you are struggling with your mortgage on a particular month, you can’t do an odd job to get you through.

  • Your child can’t go & help the local farmer to earn a bit of summer cash.

  • No more cash slipped into the hands of a child as a good luck charm or from their grandparent when going on holidays.

  • No more money in birthday cards.

  • No more piggy banks for your child to collect pocket money & to learn about the value of earning.

  • No more cash for a rainy day fund or for that something special you have been putting $20 a week away for.

  • No more little jobs on the side because your wages barely cover the bills or put food on the table.

  • No more charity collections.

  • No more selling bits & pieces from your home that you no longer want/need for a bit of cash in return.

  • No more cash gifts from relatives or loved ones.

What a cashless society does guarantee:

  • Banks have full control of every single penny you own.

  • Every transaction you make is recorded.

  • All your movements & actions are traceable.

  • Access to your money can be blocked at the click of a button when/if banks need ‘clarification’ from you which will take about 3 weeks, a thousand questions answered & five thousand passwords.

  • You will have no choice but to declare & be taxed on every dollar in your possession.

  • The government WILL decide what you can & cannot purchase.

  • If your transactions are deemed in any way questionable, by those who create the questions, your money will be frozen, ‘for your own good’.

Forget about cash being dirty. Stop being so easily led. Cash has been around for a very, very, very long time & it gives you control over how you trade with the world. It gives you independence. I heard a story where a man supposedly contracted Covid because of a $20 bill he had handled. There is the same chance of Covid being on a card as being on cash. If you cannot see how utterly ridiculous this assumption is then there is little hope.

If you are a customer, pay with cash. If you are a shop owner, remove those ridiculous signs that ask people to pay by card. Cash is a legal tender, it is our right to pay with cash. Banks are making it increasingly difficult to lodge cash & that has nothing to do with a virus, nor has this ‘dirty money’ trend.

Pay with cash & please say no to a cashless society while you still have the choice.

This is one of my favorite scriptures. Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

07.12.20 Healthcare hero rocks, rock flowers and ladybug rocks!

As our country was going through month after month of Covid-19, our healthcare workers were putting themselves right in the of the whole mess being exposed and working longer hours than usual. Some were not even able to see their children for weeks to keep those kiddos safe from the virus. They did this for us and other folks they didn’t even know. We owe so much to these folks who are really HEALTHCARE HEROS!

My friend Nancy sent me the idea she had seen of creating rocks that represented Healthcare HEROS.  That got me to thinking that as many doctors and nurses that I have or are friends with I felt I needed to express my appreciation for what they have done.  I’m including this so that it may encourage others to do these for their doctors. This is the one we gave to our family Doctor.

Here are some more of the little creations.

These were painted in steps.

First was to paint two coats of white paint on each rock, both sides.

I paint a skin color or two next.

Then I paint each medical cap a different color, mostly.

The decorations on the caps are mostly painted on but I did add a few small stickers to most of them. Using a white paint pen I edged the caps.

Then white/black eyes were painted on. Two of those in both photos have crazy eyes that I glued on.

These are two of the steps before the masks went on.

If you already paint rocks for hiding or are interested in doing it, I recommend doing some of these and giving them to the health care HEROS in your life!

Creating Rock Flowers – Bro. Randy Davis sent me a picture of several of these rock flowers in one garden.  See the picture below. He knew of my obsession with painting various kinds of rock creations!!  Even rock n roll back in the day!!!  Here’s the picture he sent and then my version of them. I now have four rock flowers scattered throughout my yard in smaller versions of the first ones below. Bro. Randy, if you read this and would like a rock flower of your own please let me know what colors!

These flowers are around 12 inches across. One is down by the pond. Purple and Gold –  Geaux Tigers! There are some little ladybugs down there and a New Orleans Saints rock!

This one is next to our pecan tree.

I used smaller rocks like the ones in the photo below to make smaller flowers.

This one started out mandarin colored with glitter on top. Today when I looked at it, it was maybe pale peach.  I’m going to have to find out what to do to stop that.  They all have about three layers of clear coating but it seems that’s not enough. This is my little metal and rock flower garden by the entry to our driveway.

This one is lavender and blue and is next to our mailbox with three red ladybugs! 

Last but not least are my ladybug rocks! Mine are not alike each time and they never look like anyone else’s! My friend Nancy sent me a photo of some ladybug rocks she thought I’d like.  I did and I started making them, my way. Isn’t Nancy the best.  She recently had her knee replaced so she could use our prayers for a speedy recovery! Thanks! Here’s the photo she sent me.

At first, I made them just like the example  After making about 10 of them for around our yard I changed how I did them.

This is the same photo that was in the rock flower part of today’s blog post. This time I’m pointing out the little ladybugs!

These are how I now make them with a little nose and smile, antennas and a stripe down it’s back. These two in the back row are for Nancy as a thank you for letting me know about these cuties!  The three in the front are the ones by the mailbox in the photo above.

Two more sets I’ve made for friends and family. These little guys make me smile!

That wraps it for all the new things I’ve learned to do in this rock painting/decoupaging world! Next up I plan to tell ya’ll about our newly completed patio with awning and a couple of goodie tech things that make Roy kinda giddy!

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

 

 

 

07.08.20 Decoupaging glass plates and plant pots

Today’s blog post is about the last two things I know how to decoupage!  Reverse decoupaging glass plates first! I started out not doing too well with these.

These two glass plates below were made for my daughter in law Amy. She picked out the napkins and I made two dinner size decorative glass plates for her. Being a preacher’s wife I know she’ll have lots of opportunities to use these.

These lunch and dinner glass plates come from Dollar Tree.  It is really amazing the things you can get at Dollar Tree!

Here’s how these are made.

Apply a coat of mod podge on the bottom of the plate, let it dry.

Apply a second coat of mod podge in a different direction.

When the second coat of mod podge dries, separate the top napkin layer from the rest of the layers.

Lay the napkin upside down on the bottom of the plate. You are getting ready to use the iron to heat up the mod podge so the napkin will adhere to it.

Heat up your small iron and lay a sheet of parchment paper over the plate.

Using the heated up iron rub it around the flat circle in the middle of the plate.

Then the fun part is flattening and getting out the wrinkles of the napkin on the curved part of the plate! Using the tip of the iron, the side edge of the iron, and however else you can use the iron to get the napkin to adhere to the plate! The edge of the plate needs to ironed on a lot so you can get the excess napkin filed off with a nail file.

I’ve learned how to do this without the parchment paper.  I use it the first few times around the plate but take the parchment paper off and gently press the iron over the edges of the plate and over the inside of the flat part of the plate. Making sure the napkin adheres to the plate is important because if not the plate will not come out like it should.

 

What you see in the first photo below is the underside of the napkin and the plate.

This is the top side of the plate with the napkin showing through it!  

The same steps were used on this one. This photo is the bottom side of the plate and napkin.  This is the top side of the plate and napkin showing through it!The photo below is how to use a nail file (or sand paper) to rub the napkin off on the edges.  Makes it have a really finished appearance!The finished plates for the two I showed above are in the photo below. The top lunch size plate was made from a napkin that was too small to cover the whole plate so I painted around the napkin with a cream color that matched the napkin pretty well.  That one was made for one of my granddaughters.

The lunch plate at the bottom was made from Happy Birthday wrapping paper that I got from Dirt Cheap for 49 cents.  I made it for my grandchildren to put their slice of birthday cake or their birthday cupcake on when it’s their birthday.  I’m using the rest of the wrap to wrap their birthday presents in!

I made these next four specifically so that when my sister Harriett and brother in law George come to visit we have special plates to eat our dessert on! We haven’t seen each other since the worst of the covid 19 staying at home time. Tomorrow they are coming to visit and we will get to use these for the first time.  All four were made from thin scarves from Dollar Tree.

My sister and brother in law just left and they liked having their own plates decorated for them. The pink ones are Harriett and mine!

So that you can see how the scarf at the top was used on something else here it is. This is one of the flat glass cutting boards from Dollar Tree!

I made this one to display on my kitchen counter and to use as a plate to hold muffins, cookies, etc. on!

I’ll tell you here that right on top of wine bottles as the hardest things for me to make are these glass plates. The problem is it’s a combination of the decoupaging materials I was using and the fact that the curved part of the plate is difficult to get the wrinkles out of. I used thin scarves from Dollar Tree and wrapping paper as well as napkins. I cannot find pictures of the other plates I’ve made but there were more!

One last decoupage method that I know are these almost free plant pots made from various plastic containers and napkins! We bought a baker’s rack at a flea market this year. I needed about a dozen pots to put on the rack and only had a couple! I gathered two-liter bottles, cool whip containers, bottom half of gallon and half gallon milk jugs, a large peanut can, and a couple of small regular pots.

I painted them white. When dry, I covered the outside with mod podge and then adhered a napkin (after removing the additional layers.) I finished off with two or three layers of coatings of polycrylic. I really like how they came out.  They all live now on the baker’s rack.

I’ve decided I’m not loving how the milk jug bottom half looks like. I really do like how the cool whip and the small cups look. Since making these I’ve gotten better at making the large Folgers containers so I may do that one over. Here they are all in one place on the baker’s rack!   That’s all of the things I know how to decoupage! Rocks, wine bottles, flat glass trivets, luncheon and dinner glass plates, and plant pots! If you want to try any of these and have questions let me know! I’m no expert but I’m getting better with each one I do!

Next, I’ll show ya’ll how to make flower rocks, ladybug rocks and healthcare heros! Neither have anything to do with decoupaging but they are two new painted rock projects I’d like to share how to do them with you.

Ya’ll have a Blessed week!

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 our vegetables 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!