Sunday, October 19, 2014

My Crappy $10 wheelbarrow

So last Saturday....hubs and I got up early and did a little yard selling junking trip. We wound up in the Westchester area of town and I have to say that someone like me who loves old things and appreciates how they continue to thrive.... I love the old down town area in my hometown ....sometimes just going on a random drive and looking at all of the old houses that are still in their fabulous glory today...is just to me a nice way to RELAX and spend a little extra time.
So the yard sales in the Westchester area.....
what a blast!  At this point in my life the degenerative arthritis seems to keep getting worse but even on my worst days I feel so lucky to to have so many wonderful supportive friends who encourage me each day to keep on creating...I can never thank any of them enough!
Okay so Rhonda ramble back to the Westchester blocks of yard sales last week thang... hee-hee
We are at this one house and I have picked out a couple of things and then I spot this wheelbarrow turned upside down. The thing is covered in cement and is rusty and obviously has spent a good quality of time here on earth helping someone make and create many foundations sort of things......Something inside of me told me that I instantly felt a connection with this old ugly thang LOl!..So I ask the guy how much it is and he tells me that he was asking $20 but that I can have it for $10 and I tell him that I will take it.
Hubs rolls his eyes...pulls out the Sergeant Stadanko "STARE" attitude and tells me "Look I know I do not see things the way you do but we do not need this wheelbarrow no matter how much it is"
I tell him to relax that I am gonna use it to display things in and am gonna make it look purty.
So he is kind of pissed about me buying a wheelbarrow that I do not need in this lifetime or even my next lifetime.....but after about 20 minutes as we are rolling down the street with what I felt was all of my beautiful purchases packed inside of a poor old ugly wheelbarrow...he ends up telling me that it was worth the ten bucks just so he had something to carry all of my crap in LOL! I told him that the dadgum tire on the front of the wheelbarrow was worth at least 10 bucks..but went about my happy and he was whistling as well.
So Friday after hubby got home from work I asked him if he could sand the wheelbarrow for me cuz my hands were pretty sore....he ended up knocking off a bunch of the cement but I told him not to worry about the inside because I planned on putting some fabric on it.
I wish I had taken a before pic....of the wheelbarrow that had a royal blue hue with tons of rust and cement caked on it......
but yesterday morning I woke up at 4 am because my body was telling me I couldn't lay down anymore.
After a trip in the hot tub I put on the first coats of paint before it got daylight......
and it suddenly became a work in progress LMAO!
And I have to admit that at one time yesterday as I was working on this in the midst of some other projects.....
I had an old school country radio channel playing out back and suddenly the song came on...."When I Get To Where I'm Going" and I ended up with huge tears in my eyes as that is one of the songs Momma chose to play at her funeral....but at the same time I thought it was so fitting....
And at that point I did add a couple of flowers that have the words "Family" on them as a shout out to moms......
at the end of my day....
family is at the heart of everything that teaches you how to make ugly things beautiful.....and at the end of finishing up my crappy $10 dollar wheelbarrow.....all I knew about "When I get to where I'm Going" is at this point in my life I don't think I am there yet....but I am slowly learning how to disconnect with the things that prevent me from being who I really am---and am still trying to figure out that fine mess one day at a time LOL!
I kind of think I ended up with a dadgum fine arse pretty wheelbarrow though :D




Friday, October 10, 2014

New Old Hollywood glam upcycled table and more projects gettin' er done

So starting off with my fave of the ones I worked on today.....
this old table reminded me of Old Hollywood when we got it quite awhile back....it sat outside collecting dust until yesterday when I started in with the decoupage.....and I really like the new look....
compared to where it started from
I still have a few more coats of varnish to add to the top but the copies of the old Hollywood images along with a few vintage theater tickets....are looking like they are ready to glam it up in someone's new home for a few more years to come :)......and yep it took awhile to cut out all of those images and carefully place them on top of the old table....but I really think the end result was worth the time and effort.

here's a small half moon table I also did at the same time....the top of this little table was covered in glue and looked kind of harsh.....I decoupaged a piece of an old vintage map on top and think it looks pretty sweet.
A couple of weeks ago I purchased some fab vintage fabric from my buddy Robin @ Etsy any old time along with some other fabric that I have a plan for.  Hubby had made me promise that I would not paint these chairs as I originally thought of doing them up in a turquoise....
So I compromised with the hub and settled on a black stain and think that the fabric from Robin while definitely vintage....certainly gave these old chairs a new Pop!
This old Stackmore chair had some damage to the seat covering...
I left the original seat intact but covered it with some vintage light green polka dot fabric and then added a pillow I made from some vintage owl fabric that I scored awhile back...

Hubby brought this old table home the other day....and poor thing was looking quite trasherized....
but after a little chalk paint and a crown image in white chalk pen.....I think it is ready to live another regal life in someone's life :)
Looks like a bit of rain is in the forecast and headed our way.....need to get a few more projects completed this weekend ....hope ya'll have a fab one!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

WTF about the old "NEW" lifetime offer @Zibbet

Come on Jono.....is it all that hard to answer the few who are still there Zupporting you?
Key phrase....
  What about all the issues on the regular site? Where does fixing all of those bugs stand? Can we please have an update?


Permalink Reply by All Earrings and Supplies (Toni) 8 hours ago
I see by the ad banners in the shop that the lifetime deal is being offered again, and those who enrolled in it the first time already have access to their stand alones. What about all the issues on the regular site? Where does fixing all of those bugs stand? Can we please have an update?
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Permalink Reply by All Earrings and Supplies (Toni) 7 hours ago
Still an error with in shop search. The search box retains the previous search terms, and clicking on a new section just brings the same results back up again from the previous search. Requires a complete refresh of page to return to shop front.

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Permalink Reply by Mary Zadrozny 6 hours ago
I agree Toni. Thank you for saying this. Very disappointing to see resources and focus shift somewhere else before the regular site issues are fixed.

Permalink Reply by All Earrings and Supplies (Toni) 6 hours ago
Just edited an item on my shop front page by opening it in a new tab to do the edits. When I returned to the shop front page to double check the edits, it gave me the Whoops! screen again. This has been happening frequently since I need to correct all the back links in my listings since the relaunch made the old obsolete.
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Permalink Reply by Sweet2Spicy (Elsie) 6 hours ago
I believe Toni is expressing how a lot of us are feeling right now.


Permalink Reply by Denise McGuire 5 hours ago
The timing is impeccable. Today my shop downgraded to 'free' from 'premium'. This was when I, and many others who joined on to Zibbet last fall, paid for an annual subscription. Seeing the shift in focus from the Zibbet collective to stand-alones was not what I was hoping for. I believe it will take much longer to recoup the lost momentum (if that was ever possible) because things will feel even more disconnected. The forums not being part of the site is already an obstacle in being able to connect with other sellers here. There will need to be money and manpower to focus on the standalones and getting them up and running.
When they said the bugs would be worked out of Zibbet, I naturally assumed that would take priority. Clearly it has not. And for the premium sellers who are about to have expired memberships, with 10 free listings, no stats, 1 photo each...the cleaner, much better designed stand alone template would have possibly kept some people a bit longer. But no, instead that will roll out in January. Remember January of last year? Yeh, me too. That's when Zibbet's momentum really shifted in a not good direction.
I didn't think I'd feel so sad when my premium status expired. I said I would give it a solid year. I went an entire year with zero sales. None. I thought it might be slow for me, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have not even a single sale at the year's end. In that same time I had 481 orders on Etsy - not items - orders. I was clinging to the hope that there was, well, hope for me here. I would do things very differently, but it's not my ship to steer. All the best to everyone!

Permalink Reply by LMRPhotography (Lynne) 4 hours ago
Denise I understand how you feel.
I bought a lifetime many years ago so I will not leave but, my 2nd shop is a yearly and I have to think about whether I want to continue with it or not.
I think there are a lot of us wondering why the stand alone sites seem to be the main focus instead of the site itself.
Kind of makes me wonder why.


Permalink Reply by All Earrings and Supplies (Toni) 4 hours ago
I'm honestly not trying to stir up crap here, I'm not angry at all, but I think this a very fair question to ask. Aside from the actual 'bug' issues that still exist here, so many of the things that you don't consider bugs, but usability issues, are costing me and others a ton of work. It really needs to be more reasonably usable, it's not hard stuff to fix either, pretty standard. It's sort of like if I insisted my customers go through the checkout one item at a time, having to go back and forth, paying individually for each item they want. That's how much work this is turning out to be for me. I can't possibly be the only one, even of those who participate here in the forum, let alone sitewide.
We've been told no one has to use the stand alones, so it's not like the shop site is going away and doesn't need to be fixed, and we're more than two months out from relaunch and almost everyone has been patient and supportive through the entire process, honestly the least complaining of any systems launch I've ever seen on any of these sites. Lots of really good things came out of the relaunch, even though some unanticipated things like the back link and very important search issues that are still ongoing, along with others.
I realize it isn't easy without major injections of investor capital, but I'd really like to believe you'd like to prove Zibbet is better than this, that you are concerned about the things your customers are still struggling with, and do the right thing by everyone. Not to mention we are still paying customers.
I am asking you politely to please finish the relaunch for the rest of us. Please?


Permalink Reply by Renate Simone 4 hours ago

Toni, this is exactly how I feel. I am really happy you brought the issue up and am really looking forward to hearing something from Jonathan beyond the usual as soon as we can line. I haven't said anything up until now because I decided to wait and give them a chance to fix all the bugs. But it looks like they aren't even working in that direction. The stand-alone sites should have been a totally different team leaving the original developers to fix their bugs. There is no way I am going to try to drive traffic to my Zibbet shop when everything on that page works against keeping customers in my shop. Fixing the white space issues and putting a link back to our shop front in a prominent place on item pages is not rocket science. Those things are necessary and should have been done long ago. Search should never have been released as it. As a Z customer with 2 premium shops, I feel totally neglected and unappreciated. My 2 premium shops still run till after the holidays, but I've pretty much lost faith.


Permalink Reply by Sweet2Spicy (Elsie) 3 hours ago
I'm not angry either. Just disappointed and really puzzled as to what is going on with Zibbet. I had so much faith in Andrew and Jonathan's goal of "building the best handmade site on the web". It really doesn't seem like it's going in that direction and that makes me sad - especially after I recently spent $300 on a bronze lifetime membership. I bought this membership in good faith believing that Zibbet would shortly be restored to a properly functioning site. Now I'm worried that this may not happen - and that this new Zibbet is what we have to live with.


Permalink Reply by All Earrings and Supplies (Toni) 2 hours ago
Oh, I do hope not. :0'
I'm left to surmise that there is no money, hence the new offer for the lifetime deal. And I think there are only a couple of programmers so not enough people to work on both. It always makes me hesitant to give someone more money when they haven't delivered on their initial promises, as it should anyone. That's not mean or angry, that's just plain common business sense. I wish it were different. :shrug:





Wednesday, October 1, 2014

More Lessons from Chloe and mind over matter kind of things

Had the little munchkin for a couple of days and of course Chloe was in her element as usual. This week her fave new saying was "That kind of creeps me out!"  Gamma has lots of dolls and things with eyeballs all over the place and I kept telling Chloe that they were just pretend and she was letting me know that her mind was saying something to her brain about maybe these things were really looking at her. I figured that one of the bigger kids had taught her the new "creeps me out" concept but then when we were watching cartoons later on~ a commercial break had a monster saying that he was creeped out :=)
When we woke up Sunday morning she told me that she had kind of had a bad dream. I said "Oh my goodness what was it about?"
and she told me "I was dreaming that I was falling into a bunch of strange holes here on the bed."  So I told her that I had had a wonderful dream about a beautiful garden with butterflies and fairies and two little adorable pixies. She then tells me that "Oh yah I had that dream too."  I said "I thought you had a sort of bad dream?"  So then she informs me that all you have to do is think real hard and your brain will change your bad dreams to good ones.
When we went to the Antique Mall she was not minding very well and really quite unusual for her when she is with me. Papa told her that he was gonna spank her butt if she didn't behave. So then I told Chloe that Papa must be pretty serious cuz we don't do no butt whippin' round here. She tells him "Papa I'm trying to be good...I'm just not in a good mood right now okay?" And of course Gamma is busting up laughing.
We were reading a book and her reading "routine" is that I read it then she reads it then we take turns reading the pages. (and then we start all over LOL) She gets to a page with a pic of the Eiffel Tower and says "And then the snail went to Paris." I ask her how she knew that the Eiffel Tower was in Paris (as Paris was not mentioned in the book) and she says "Gamma I have a brain between my ears that lets me learn things you know."
Then she lets me know that she saw a TV program at her house and that she learned about Paris there. :=)
Well one thing I learned at my house this weekend.....
all you have to do is to think real hard and you can change bad things into good ones. 
I think she nailed that one :=)
Hope ya'll are having a nice week so far!
October already.....wowzaa.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Today's doins revamped coffee table/TV stand sharpie pen transfer

I've had this coffee table that could also be used for a TV stand sitting around for awhile. Today....I spruced it up a  bit with some white and beige sponge paint. Then after hubby sanded the top for me I did a transfer with a Sharpie pen and then put some wood stain and clear varnish on the top.
I think the piece will enjoy it's new life the 2nd time around :)


It's cooling off a bit in Bako... I love the Fall....last year we didn't have much of one....hope ya'll are enjoying your weekend!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Red and Black table and chairs DIY today's doins

I started on this one yesterday and finished with the wax on the chairs today.  This table and chairs were painted with a dark brown enamel when I bought it the other day.  I added some black stain and then some red chalk paint and then scuffed it up pretty good.
I put a couple of coats of clear poly on the table top. 
I like the legs on this one!
 I bought these old metal and plastic chairs quite awhile back and hubby painted them flat black.  They were a dingy faded pale brown color and probably were pretty decent looking back in their hey-day.  I think they look kind of cute paired with this bright metal table that we painted yesterday.




Am working on a little kids table...still a bit of day light left.  I should get pics of it up sometime this week, :=) Hope ya'll had a nice day!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Got Fish upcycled barstools

Hubby found these barstools at the thrift store yesterday for 10 bucks a piece....
Well this is what they looked like after he sanded the top of the seats for me.
Then I copied a couple of reverse images from the Graphics' Fairy blog (awesome stuff there!) 
here's a link
http://thegraphicsfairy.com/
and transferred them to the tops of the stools.....
then rubbed the oak with some ebony stain and put a coat of clear poly on top.
I think these are ready to spin for a few more years :=)


Yep that's Brownie in the first pic up there... he is a little upset with me today because I wasn't holding him as much as he always wants me to :=)
Hope ya'll had a Super Sunday!