I’m Stuck On You

I’m Stuck On You

 

Elmer’s Glue has come a long way.

I remember when I was in first grade, we didn’t really have glue.  We had paste.  The paste came in a tiny little jar with a tiny little spoon.  It was kind of a flat spoon and it was supposed to be used for scraping the paint out of the jar onto the paper.

Some people skipped the paper and just used the spoon to eat the paste.

I remember being fascinated with the paste-eating kids.  There was one in particular who ate it on a regular basis.  All the time.  Every day.  I waited to see what would happen to him.  Would his hair fall out?  Would he turn sticky?  Would he start eating the crayons, next?

The weird this was nothing ever happened.

All that glue and he still knew that the capital of California was Sacramento.

Amazing.


I don’t really recommend paste eating.

Why?

Why waste your glue on something like that when you could be using it to crackle your table top.

Remember this table from the turtle-filled-field-fried-chicken-eating photo shoot?

I crackled it with glue.

Yep.

A crackle finish for only  .97.

And it’s so easy.

Crackle Glue Finish

1.  Paint your base coat the color you want to show through on the crackle. With this table, I didn’t paint it.  I just left it yard-sale white.  You’ve seen yard-sale white before.  It’s on all pieces that were once pristine white and now have faded and aged and look a little forlorn. 

It’s one of my favorite colors in the universe.

2.  Paint the glue on where you want it to crackle.  Hint #1:  use a lot of glue.  I used almost the whole bottle.  The more glue you use the more it will crackle. 

Don’t be shy.

Glump it on. 

(3)  This is not a good picture of the glumped on glue, but trust me. 

It’s there.

And now you wait for the glue to almost dry.  This is an important step.  Hint #2 you want the glue finish to be sticky.  If you let the glue dry all the way it will not crackle and if it doesn’t dry enough it will just be a gluey glump. 

This is one time when tacky is perfect.


(4)  After the glue is tacky, you brush on your top coat.  Hint #3 brush it in one direction.  When you apply the top coat, don’t brush back and forth because this prevents the glue from crackling the paint properly.  Where your glue is more thickly applied, you will have heavy crackling.

Where there is a lighter coat of glue, you will have lighter crackling.

That’s it.

That’s the long and short of glue-crackling.

Wasn’t it so easy?

But…..

                 ….I still wonder about that first-grade paste eater.

Where is he? 

What is he doing now? 

Is paste still a delicacy to him?  

I feel like I need to DVR ”My Strange Addiction” just in case :)

PS  If you want a much better tutorial on different glue crackling effects without any random paste eating stories click here.

PPS  If you want to see a totally one-of-a-kind project using glue click here.


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Monkey See Monkey Do

Monkey See Monkey Do


Am I the last one to the party?

Am I the last one to know?

And I would still be sitting by the phone waiting, if it weren’t for Shannon and Kelly.

The question here is how?

How?

How have I lived and breathed and taken tables out to turtle-filled fields without knowing about Pic Monkey?

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Watch Out For Crumbs

Watch Out For Crumbs

I am a little in awe of the artistic photograph.

You know what I’m talking about….the photographs taken from incredible visual angles with tight shots and wide shots and close-ups.  Photographs taken on tractors and horses and beaches and lakes and sandboxes and gardens and fields.

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It’s A Cinch Inspired by Freddie Mercury

It’s A Cinch Inspired by Freddie Mercury


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I was in a 5K this past weekend. 

It was miserable. 

It was cold and raining and in the middle of the race there was a very steep hill.  The kind of hill that makes you fall to your knees in agony and cry and feel like your leg ends at your right knee.  I stared at that hill and it stared right back.

I braced myself, gritted my teeth and started up the hill slowly one foot at a time.

As I went on, I got slower and sl……ow…..er

                                                             and s….l….o….w….e….r. 

It seemed like that hill took on the proportions of Mount Everest.

I wanted to give up.

I wanted to cry.

I wanted to turn and run back down the hill.

And then….

                ….We Are the Champions started playing on my IPOD.

And the sun broke through the clouds.

I took it as a sign.

And I dug in my heels and crested that hill with my hands held high as Freddie Mercury screamed out, “We are the champions of the world.”

On that day I owned that hill.

And if Freddie can inspire me to make it to the top of faux Mount Everest without a stretcher, I know he will inspire you to link it up at our “It’s a Cinch” Party.

Today. 

Here.

And we want to see your project in all of its ”cinchy” glory.

Join me and these incredible bloggers:

it all started with paint

Electically vintage

The Cottage Market

the space between

And here’s the truly Freddie Mercury champion part…..if you link up…..your link is automatically featured on all of our blogs.

Seriously.

That’s right champions….1 link = 5 links.

We are partying like its 1099.


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1.  Any easy project qualifies. 

2.  No linky parties, please.

3.  I also think the world will be a much better place with more “Cinchy Projects” so I am going to be posting your projects on facebook and twitter and pinterest.  I want the world to see just how talented you are.

4.  If you want to join in all this after party fun, you can follow me on facebook here or twitter here or pinterest here.

Now let’s party on.  Just grab a button and add your link below.  

And please note that all links appear on a separate page.

PS  I know Freddie would have been so proud.


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Don’t Forget Your Yearbook

Don’t Forget Your Yearbook

I should be cleaning right now.

I know for a fact that there are way too many dustbunnies and random pieces of Captain Crunch floating around here at the farm.

But I’m not.

Cleaning that is.

from GARDNERS 2 BERGERS

Instead I’m spending all my time over here.

At Becca’s.

*sigh*

Becca is like the prom queen and president of student council all rolled into one.

I’m actually a little in awe of her super-talented self.  If we were to schedule a blogger meeting and all the bloggers met together, I would want to sit by Becca.  You would too, but I would call first dibs and put my backpack next to hers.

And then I would ask her question after question like:

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Pom Pom Pillow

Pom Pom Pillow




My husband told me he doesn’t like “freshy decorating.”

Actually the exact quote was, “Why do we have to have so much freshy decorating around here?”

Hmmmm.

Freshy decorating?

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that on HGTV before.

And I’m sure the DIY network never featured it.

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Crunch Goes the Mantel

Crunch Goes the Mantel

To the commenter who seemed uncertain whether or not four children live here.

Don’t be.

Let me assure you.

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Robin’s Eggs

Robin’s Eggs


Sometimes I am so lame.

As in L. A. M. E.

And this one took the cake (and the fork and the spoon and maybe a plate or two).

Remember the party we are having at the end of the month where every project is going to be a cinch?  Well, as part of introducing the party, we were supposed to post an “It’s a Cinch” project each week.

On Monday.

I guess this past Monday I was a little too all about myself and where I blog and if I light candles and when I put lipstick on and where I got my kitchen table.

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