PROJECT CHALLENGE (DOORS) with SHELSTRING.COM

Well I have to admit that I am totally stoked to have been chosen to participate in Michele’s Monthly Project Challenge over at http://www.shelstring.com. This months Challenge Material/Subject is doors.

Straight away I knew what I was going to do for this project, immediately I was thinking outside the box because my subject has been staring back at me almost every time I paint for over a year.

Being a lover of Roadside Rubbish I had picked up this very old Kitchen door it was straight out of a 50’s Kitchen and I have been wastefully using it as a painting board ever since. I knew eventually that it was going to be turned into our Family Name sign for the front patio to add to our curb appeal and I knew this challenge was the kick up the butt I needed to do it.


For you to complete a Similar Family Sign What you will need is:

Paint – I used a combination of chalk paint, spray paint and paint pens. Sealer– I used Bees Wax with Citrus Oil. An old Kitchen Door or Dresser Drawer. Strong Glue- I always use E6000. Good quality Masking Tape, Different Grades of Sandpaper, something that will allow your door to hang ( I use rope and a staple gun) Accents for decorating as I have with the 3 swallows and artificial flowers.

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As I had been working with this door for so long I had decided to leave some of the muted colours and incorporate them in the final look. First I taped for a Boarder in Blue.

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I then filled in the colour Blocked areas with purple and white chalk paint. Whilst that was drying I printed a mirror image of the Family Name in preparation for my sign.

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I drew and filled in the name using a terrific invention called Pen Paints which I picked up on eBay for $30. After that I started distressing the white boarder areas in a criss/ cross pattern. I then proceeded to distress the rest of the door.

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This is what the Door looks like with the distressing and now a coat of wax and as you can see I have outlined the Font also using Pen Paint.

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And here is the finished Door Ready for Hanging (well Almost) if you are using E6000 for your glue always wait 5 days before hanging something heavy no matter how dry it feels you would be amazed how much the weather can alter the effectiveness. I have now learnt through experience to be extra patient.

Thank you for reading my post, don’t forget to pop over and look at everyone else’s Door Challenge Projects at http://www.shelstring.com.

Happy DIY

Judith

AN OUTFIT CHANGE-Immediate Results for improving your mood

Unfortunately I do not have a magic wand to lift the weight off your shoulders and unburden you from what ever it is that has you feeling like crap. Maybe you are having a shitty week, month, year, stuck in a rut, family issues, financial issues, menopause or you are nursing a broken heart.

However remember that whatever it is that is making you feel dreadful on the inside, there are organisations in your community who are there to listen, lend a professional ear to your issues and refer you to services which are mostly free of charge that are there to support and assist you through your problems.

That is what I do in my Day Job now what I can offer you here is some simple tips that we all know work but we are so consumed with the shite in our lives and  at times to over whelmed to remember the simple things that can make us feel good.

It is a known fact that if you look good on the outside, chances are you will feel good even if only slightly and if only for brief moments. We will stand tall, Remember who we are, How strong and confident we can be. All Achievable with a simple wardrobe adjustment  Continue reading

Being Alone- Not being Lonely

For whatever the reason you now find yourself living the single life. That means you are now alone it does not mean you are lonely. You still have your friends and you still have your family, most importantly you have yourself and it’s time to get to know who you are.

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Here are some helpful reminders that will help you stay positive and keep you on your journey of learning to enjoy your own company

·        Rome wasn’t built in a day, your journey must be taken with a positive attitude and patience it will take time for you to recognise and learn who you truly are and what you truly like and want from your life. Life is very beautiful, and so very short, so enjoy every moment of it to the fullest. What has happened has past look forward never backwards.

·        Let go. Don’t think about being alone, just accept it. Remember being alone does not mean you have to be lonely

·        Have fun, find activities that you love to do or new hobbies take advantage of the time you have to yourself and embrace it.

·        Don’t let others especially married friends and colleagues influence or pressure you allow you to feel foolish or inadequate about being single. If you do not feel ready to play the 3rd wheel at a dinner date politely decline, never place yourself in a situation you know will make you feel uncomfortable until you are strong and your independence, as a single woman feels more like a choice rather than a situation.

·        Keep your mind as active open your creative side and let it flow even if it is an overhaul of the Linen cupboard or an entire new look to your Pinterest Account.

·        Don’t jump into a new relationship it’ll come when it’s supposed to come. Be patient to let your life take its own course, you are starting to enjoy your own company you know what your wants and needs are and you should not settle for anything less than what will suit you a significant other

·        Be confident and respect yourself always. Walk tall, take time and effort with your appearance and enjoy what looks back at you in the mirror

·        Keep a percentage of Focus on yourself. Listen to your inner voice and feelings

·        Keep lists and stick to Routines, keep a clean, house rise early are all well-known tips to help one feel good about themselves

THE BIGGEST TIP OF ALL IS TO REPLACE THE WORD ALONE WITH THE WORDS BY MYSLF.

10 ACTIVITIES TO WITH YOUR CHILDREN IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY

BUSHWALKING      BEACH TRIP WITH PICNIC    TAKE THEM TO THE HORSE RACES   

COOK CAKES AT HOME     MAKE FESTIVITY CRAFTS    GO TO THE MOVIES    GO FISHING  

VISIT FAMILY   HIRE A TENNIS COURT FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS  TAKE THEM TO  THE ZOO

10 ACTIVITIES FOR YOU TO DO BY YOURSELF

TAKE A CLASS SUCH AS YOGA OR ZUMBA    LEARN A NEW CRAFT MAYBE CANDLE OR SOAP MAKING      LEARN BREATHING TECHNIQUES AND MEDITATION (YOU TUBE TUTORIALS)        RE-INVENT YOURSELF, THROW OUT SOME OF YOUR CLOTHING AND PURCHASE SOME NEW ITEMS,       REINVENT THE WAY YOU WEAR YOUR MAKE UP     GET A NEW HAIRSTYLE      SPEND A DAY GOING TO GARAGE SALE    BECOME A THRIFT/OP SHOPPER     LEARN TO SELL ON ETSY OR EBAY    TAKE YOURSELF OFF TO THE BEACH OR TO THE RIVER WITH A GREAT BOOK     USE PINTEREST AS INSPIRATION AND REDECORATE PARTS OF YOUR HOME     START BLOGGING     GO FOR A WALK      JOIN A GYM     

THIS IS JUST THE START REMEMBER TOMORROW IS A NEW DAY AND CAN BE THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. YOU ARE A STRONG INDEPENDANT WOMAN AND NEED TO RELY ON ONLY ONE PERSON AND THAT PERSON IS YOU.