Category Archives: A Bit About Me

Oklahoma or Bust – Pioneer Woman

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I flew to Texas last week to spend some time with my Texas Bestie – Robin.  We took a road trip to Pahuska, Oklahoma to visit “The Mercantile”!

4 1/2 hours later we made it!

Love the marquee sign!

The food was amazing!  It was fun to see the transformation of this building in person.  Following Ree’s blog and all the decisions they made along the way was pretty neat, but in person – wow.  The building is beautiful and the transformation is truly phenomenal.

Everything was so colorful.  Some neat stuff but have to say that we were super disappointed that there wasn’t more stuff with her logo on it.  And I didn’t want to spend money of stuff I could just buy somewhere else.   They’ve been open less than a year so maybe the logo stuff will be added in time.

Overall it was a great road trip!  Thanks for a great adventure Robin!

I realized that in a matter of 48 hours I had slept in 3 different states, lol.

DIY Knob Hanger

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I’ve been wanting some knobs in my closet to hang clothes on.  I had some pink crystally knobs I found clearanced at Hobbs a couple years ago.  Had a couple knobs left over from the shelf I hung in my bathroom and bought a few more at Hobbs last week when they were 50% off (Hobbs = Hobby Lobby).  Also found this pre-made wood slat hanger for $18 (using my 40% off coupon, of course, lol).  It was worth $18 to me NOT to have to go buy the wood, chop the wood and sand the wood.

I painted every other slat with simple craft paint.

Then Modge-Podge’d scrapbook paper onto the other slats.  Just squirted the Modge Podge on and smoothed it out with a sponge brush.  Once the paper was down I added a Modge Podge coat to the top and also a coat to the painted slats so they all had the same matte finish.  FYI – printed cardstock was a bit better to use verses regular scrapbook paper.  The paper worked just fine but if you’re a picky – the paper can wrinkle (i thought it added more character) but the cardstock is thicker so it didn’t wrinkle.

Then I took it outside to my work table, better known as my picnic table and sanded off the edges and a bit off the top of the boards.

I wanted them to look a little aged so I added some “Burnt Umber” paint (it’s outdoor paint but I already had it).  I watered it down a bit but that wasn’t enough. So . . .

I sponge brushed it on the edges (red board) and then used a wet paper towel to wipe it off – wiping over the whole board.  The floral on right is already done.

These boards are brown washed.  It’s kind of like scrapbooking when you rub the edges of your paper with a brown ink pad. The sheen is still on the boards from the Matte Modge Podge but the edges look a little worn with the brown paint.

Got my drill & paddle bit out and added my knobs!  LOVE IT!!!!

Here are some close up pics . . . It’s a very easy, fun and not expensive project to do!  This pre-made wood slat is about 30″ long but Hobbs has a great variety of pre-made wood projects. I want to make more!!!

Bottling My Wine – Finished!

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Well here is my first attempt to adding a video clip!  Hope it works, lol.

I have to say that putting the caps on the bottles is truly MY MOST FAVORITE part!!! They’re starting to look like real wine bottles! LOL

I ended up with 29+ bottles.  My last bottle was about 3/4 full – perfect for cooking!  I mean if I cook, it will be perfect.

I designed my labels on my computer using Printshop. And cut them out with my handy dandy scrapbook paper cutter.

Love them!  It’s so cool that you can make whatever you want!

Peel & stick!

Ta daaaa!  Now time to let them set a bit longer . . . for the record it was pretty darn good at this stage!

Bottling My Wine – Stage 2

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That’s the “carboy” on top of the dryer.  It’s been about 30 days since we last added the clarifying stuff and the degasser.  Time to bottle.  I didn’t get a picture this time but we transferred the wine from the carboy into the bottles with a siphon tube.  The dark blue thing in the foreground of this pic is the Italian Floor Corker.

You drop the cork into the opening and press that round circle base down to insert your bottle.

You put your foot on the base to hold it steady . . . hold the bottle . . . . then as you press down on the lever/handle the brass compression fittings squeeze the cork to half it’s size in order to press it into the bottle.  It’s a super cool tool!  So far my favorite step in wine making. LOL

And there you go . . . . !  Tomorrow is Stage 3 – Wine Caps & Labels!

Bottling My Wine – Stage 1

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If you want to try making your own wine – start saving your bottles now.  Why buy bottles when you can just reuse them!  First stage of bottling was to wash the bottles – all 30 of them.

Then time to sanitize them.  Throughout the process of making wine it was always necessary to sanitize everything.  We had Maurene’s mudroom sink full of sanitized water at every step.

This is Maurene’s bottle tree.  This thing was very cool.  Just load them up to drip dry.

These will sit overnight and then corking tomorrow!!