Let it Snow!

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When we set out into this journey to complete a craft fair with R&R we knew it would be fun, rewarding and quite the learning experience. We got everything that we came for as we had a blast and learned tons.

One of the things that we learned was that we should have had more snowflakes made!! Rae & Rose prides itself on being rustic and refined, designs that are one of a kind so we thought we should make unique items that people could say they bought from us knowing that it would be the only one. The challenge to this is that we didn’t expect the overwhelming request for more!

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There were a few items that people couldn’t get enough of: Nebraska Plaque, Butcher Blocks, and the snowflake.

Mr. Keto was the creative mind and carpenter when it came to the snowflake. He is known to be quite the tinkerer and I would have it no other way – my house is filled with his creations!!

He picks up fencing from various locations and plays with cuts until he gets his desired look. This look required 30 degree cuts of the fencing, specifically using the pickets of the fencing to create a snowflake.

Many of you asked about it after it was gone and now Mr. Keto has made another at the request of Debby, who had bought the one and only. Debby proudly displays her snowflake on her door and I think it makes for a wonderful addition to their home.

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Thank you Debby for supporting Rae & Rose and thank you St. John Vianney for hosting a wonderful craft fair!

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Chalkboard Fun

Reclaimed

So us at the Keto house are very into organization! We love having organizational boards, as per our previous post. This time I started out with the intention of making menu boards but with the start of school approaching things changed rapidly!

We were forced to face the reality that our little one was going to school! Queue alligator tears streaming down my face. As such, what could be better than making a chalkboard frame that could be used for multiple purposes?

Garage sale find!

Garage sale find!

So we started out with a bunch of frames that Mr. Keto picked up for a total of $2.00 at a garage sale!!! He has such a great eye!

We then cleaned the heck out of them. For those that do not know me, this is my least favorite part! We then took frog tape and taped the frames leaving the glass exposed. The next part is one that I would change in the future…we spray-painted the glass with Krylon Chalkboard Paint. I would use regular chalkboard paint next time because I still had to take a brush to get a clean even coat and I had to do this three times.

Once dry, we pealed the tape off to reveal perfect clean lines. And us being us, we chose paint that we had left over from house renovations. We only painted one frame as the wood on the other was in such great condition! Two coats later we were done!! Or so I thought…

Renovation Leftovers

Renovation Leftovers

Frog tape and spray paint!

Frog tape and spray paint!

With the Hubby out of town I was feeling particularly nostalgic in thinking of our little one being brought home from the hospital and how it could be possible that she was starting school. Reality…hit…HARD.

So I asked her the questions are you excited, what you think you will do and then what do you want to be when you grow up and got to work!

I used her sidewalk chalk and made her a first day of school board that sited what she wanted to be when she grew up. This kiddo would live in a zoo if I let her, like mother like daughter! So naturally she wants to work with animals when she grows up. This is a good departure from the kitty ballerina that she wanted to be last spring.

Year one

Year one

So off she goes to school, and no tears for this mama! I consider that a win!

The Key to Happiness is Organization!

DIY, Photos
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Former “Organization”

Mr. Keto and I have a serious problem when it comes to lists for the grocery store and managing our calendar. We used to write out our list on a piece of paper or the back of an envelope but more often than not the list was misplaced or thrown away, OOPS! And then of course there is the dreaded he-said, she-said argument of “I told you we had such and such going on”. So a-Pinteresting I went! I was looking for a tasteful piece that was useful but that I could also display. I found an organizational chart that was in a frame that met my “pretty” criteria.

Our Find!

Our Find!

We went to Goodwill (mine and Mrs. Rae and Rose’s favorite place for a good find!) and low and behold we found a plethora of beautiful frames that were discarded, most likely due to the out-of-date pictures. We bought one for $10.00 and got to work.

Some of the stash

Some of the stash

We removed the picture and I went hunting in my stash of fabric. I quilt and so I always have a ton of fabric to choose from. I used a beautiful print that was muted so that it would allow for the bold marker to stand out. I then cleaned the heck out of the frame and glass and set it aside. We took the mat that came with the frame and wrapped it in the fabric using tape to adhere it – I am a fan of being able to change the fabric out if I so choose!

My paint obsession!

My paint obsession!

I had some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in “Old White” and wax left over from a table that we had redone. My obsession with this paint will be apparent in future posts. It covers EVERYTHING and is thick so usually one coat will do the job! I painted the frame and let it dry overnight. The next morning I couldn’t wait to get back at it and woke up at 5am to distress the frame by hand with a fine grit sand paper and then wiped the dust off with a wet cloth. Then the magic happens! To seal the paint we used the wax. It darkens the parts that are distressed but keeps the paint color true. It was gorgeous!!

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Final Product

We then let it cure that day and then Mr. Keto came up with another solution to one of our many problems by screwing two hooks into the frame to hold our keys! We put everything together and the beautiful organization chart hangs on our pantry next to our garage. We use simple Expo Markers to notate our grocery list, menu, and any upcoming dates. Since the keys are there as well, we look at it often! Then when we are ready to go to the store, we take a quick picture of the list and we are on our way. It has been a great addition to our kitchen and we love the outcome!

Love It, Hate It, Gotta Have It!

DIY, Entertaining

Mr. and Mrs. Rae and Rose came into our lives about a year ago and to say it has been a crazy ride is an understatement. They have inspired me, and Mr. Keto, to expand our horizons in food (Wild Game Feed!) and creativity. Rae and Rose have given us tons of ideas, but now they have requested that we share one of our own, kind of. Pinterest and I have a love/hate relationship. I love all the cool projects but I have found, like most people that I have spent more time dreaming of being creative while “pinning,” rather than actually doing those projects. Mr. Keto and I consider ourselves crafty people, but we also have a knack for not following directions and/or wanting to figure it out ourselves, this creates funny stories of “almost got it”, and more importantly, breathtaking items that we can display all over the home.

So pretty but they get so dirty and cannot be fully appreciated.

One Pin that caught my eye was to fashion bird baths out of thrift shop finds, but I felt that I could do more. I had a lightbulb moment to mold thrift shop finds into display pieces for our culinary Pinterest attempts. We acquired plates, bowls, and glasses made of China, ceramic, and glass from area thrift stores to create unique tiered entertaining pieces to showcase anything from cookies to shrimp cocktail. We were thrilled about this great idea – but we had no clue what we were doing! The first attempt at creating our masterpiece looked fantastic, but didn’t hold up- wrong glue! (A tiered stand only works if the tiers stay together).The second shot was a winner (we skipped the cheap stuff and used Loctite Dishwasher Safe Glass Glue).

Looks great with shrimp cocktail!

Looks great with shrimp cocktail!

To get the look we took a plate and placed glue around the bottom of goblets or mugs and positioned them in the middle of each plate. Next we put glue around the rim of the goblet or mug and positioned a smaller plate on top and then repeated the process for the three tiered piece. We also did the same thing with another set but positioned a bowl on top for dips. Then we waited. 24 excruciating hours. We wanted to be sure that we didn’t have another “oops”!

Masterpieces!!

Masterpieces!!

The final look is amazing! We love that we can use these pieces as not only a great display for food but also as a conversation starter at our next social affair!

So, thank you Pinterest, until next time.

–          Mrs. Keto (and Mr. too)