Sunday, October 24, 2010

Dresser Makeover

Here is the old original 30-something-year-old dresser

Here is the new and improved version....

My mom and dad bought this dresser for me when I was 6 years old (EEE GADS!! that means more than 30 years ago!!)  I have continued to use it in one form another this entire time.  But lately I have considered painting the ole thing.  Finally, when I got an unexpected day off on Friday (and after hunting that morning -- saw 5 deer, 4 bucks, 1 ABSOLUTE shooter who wouldn't come in any closer than 40 yards...), I couldn't hold back any longer.  I used Valspar indoor/outdoor ivory spray paint.  I taped off the top and kept it in its original condition.  I would like new hardware -- but don't have any yet -- so I just returned the original hardware for now.  What do you think...a little better?  I am happy with it for my first try at this sort of thing -- I think I am hooked on painting furniture...
Possibly Linking to

Tater Tots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming, It's So Very Cheri, Trash to Treasure, Someday Crafts, Fireflies & JellybeansSuzy's Artsy Crafty Sitcom

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Yearly Family "Christmas" Pictures

We had so much fun yesterday taking our yearly family "Christmas" photos.  I have had my eye on this barn all year -- and  I told Paul that when the leaves started to change I would like to get some pictures there -- well months passed, the leaves had changed and we just happened to have a very warm afternoon which wasn't ideal to bow hunt -- so off we went.  I anticipate that at least one of these shots will be on the Grissom Christmas card this year.  This picture of the three of us laying down is one of my favorites of the day.

I got a lot of my inspiration for shots from the very VERY talented local photographer Megan Klauer -- her camera work is superb and I LOVE her photo style. Go check her out!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Skyler's First Antlered Buck

Skyler got her first antlered buck on Saturday evening during the Illinois Youth Season.  She shot him with her muzzleloader -- one perfect shot!!  If you would like to read the whole story of her hunt, just go to the Grissoms' Garage blog HERE.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

New Sign for "Grissoms' Garage"

After making my other "Grissom" sign out of a piece of this pallet, I told Paul I wanted to make a sign for his garage -- he was all for it and immediately began to come up with ideas of what we would do.  So between the two of us we came up with the design and layout (I gotta say -- I don't normally think of spattering blood on things I create -- that was a total Paul idea -- but one that really turned out great for the theme of our garage). 

Unfortunately, I had trouble getting a good clear picture of it all... other than the Grissoms' Garage title, it says "Just Passin' Thru'" with deer tracks and "blood" spattered on the right lower corner of the boards.  The Just Passin' Thru phrase (for those of you who don't know) is a play on the pass-thru of an arrow when we shoot as well as a play on all the people who just pass thru our garage from time to time. 

We are SOOOO excited to begin another GREAT deer season beginning tomorrow!!  Hope I can get some sleep tonight with all the excitement!!

Featured by Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table & Dreaming!!


I was so excited to find out that Stephanie Lynn at her blog Under the Table & Dreaming decided to feature this pallet art

along with some other SPECTACULAR crafts by some other INCREDIBLY crafty gals...Go check out her site for inspiration!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

More Pallet Craftiness

Here is another wood pallet I pulled from the dumpster.  I decided to make a piece with our name on it to hang in our diningroom.  I printed Grissom on cardstock using a large block font.  I then cut out each individual letter (I didn't have any stencils that would work, so just did this in the night time when I was winding down from the day).  After careful measuring, I taped it to the wood pallet where I wanted it.  I then took some craft paint and kind of sponged it on. 

First I did it in green but decided it wasn't bright enough.  So then I used a muted yellow and am happy with that.  I had Paul cut this bottom board from the rest of it and now I just need to hang it up.  I have another crafty project in the works for the other two pieces -- Paul and I are creating that one together and I will post it when it is complete.
Linked up to:  By Stephanie Lynn's blog and Made by Heidi and Finding Fabulous by Decor Mamma

Sunday, September 26, 2010

2nd Place

This morning I was so excited to take part in my second Quad Cities Marathon...Did I run a marathon, seriously??  26.2 miles?? uh, no...but, I did run the 5K with the sole purpose of beating my time from last year.
My 2nd place trophy

Well - I beat my old time.  I placed 2nd out of 67 in my age division and 19th out of all 536 women who participated.  I have to admit -- I am very happy.  I shaved 1 minute and 20 seconds off of last years time.  Maybe next year I will give the 1/2 marathon a shot???  But then again, maybe not  :)

Subway Art - Soap Pump Makeover

This was featured at Childmade!!

I was so sick of looking at my little soap pumps on my sink...I have never had any luck with buying the "fancier" looking pumps -- they never seem to last for me, and I actually had one or two that didn't work from the start -- so I buy these cheapies, refill them constantly, and they last for years.  Anyway - I decided it was time they looked a little fancier...
Here is what they looked like to begin with -- I know, I can't believe these have been on my sink this long...

First I cut the outside label off.
Then Skyler and I picked out some spray paint from my stash and painted them, one hammered black and one hammered gray/silver.
After they dried I applied some rub-on letters I had previously bought for scrapbooking
and........Waa laa!  Spectacular? No.  Better?  Yes -- and free to boot.

I like the Subway Art look --

The G on this one stands for Grissom, or Ginger, however you want to look at it  :)