Friday, June 28, 2013

We have a winner...

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Winner winner, we have a winner! Wahoo! The winner of the 2 super cute frames is Elizabeth Beaulieu!  Congrats! Please message us on facebook to arrange pickup!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summa Summa Summer Time....

One of my favorite tunes when I was younger was Dee Jay Jazzy Jeff (aka: Will Smith) singing "Summertime"  we used to "cruise" around with this song blasting from our car...real cool, huh? 


Summertime by Will Smith 
(click to listen)

Summertime has changed a lot since those days...that song can still bring back those old memories but the things I enjoy now are so much different...still good, just different...thought I'd put together my favorites for summertime...what are yours?

1. Backyard Camping

oh yes...set up the tent for some backyard fun...cheap...bathrooms close by & when the kids fall asleep you can sneak back into your own bed...



2. Rides in the back of a truck

remember how fun that was and how cool you felt?  Wind blowing in your hair and NO seat belts...felt a bit like we were breaking the law...we probably were...take your kids on a ride in the back of your truck...don't have one?  Borrow mine...



3.  Buy Ice Cream from the Ice Cream Man

go ahead.  i know, i know, ice cream trucks aren't the same as they used to be, but take a chance...take your kids, your grand kids, your nieces, your nephews and run outside when you hear the music playing...treat them to ice cream from "the ice cream man" 


4. Run through the sprinklers

do it.  i dare you.  running through the sprinklers is SO much fun & give your kids the shock of their lives by putting your phone down and running through with them!


5.  Hit up some good yard sales

one of my FAVORITE summer activities...getting up early on Saturdays and going on "the hunt" for treasures....early bird gets the worm and all that business...do something you've never done before...ask them if they'll take less for an item....


6.  Curl up with a good magazine

this was one of my favorites growing up...my favorites now are Country Living, Vintage Flea Market Style & Do It Yourself Magazines...wonder what advice Seventeen would have for me now...?


7.  Have a BBQ

...go ahead, invite those neighbors over you've been meaning to hang out with all year...enjoy the heat and the smell of meat cooking...bring our your "good" dishes & make s'mores...


8.  Naps

don't forget to take some quiet time for yourself...away from kids, in nature preferably, just a little bit of quiet time to enjoy these summer days just like we used to...



9.  Last but not least...SHOP!

Reclaimologists & Other Crafty Chicks are cranking out all kinds of summertime fun...click on the link below to see what we are up to this summer...

Christine 
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Shannon's Peanut Butter Bar and Chocolate Frosting Recipe


Hi everyone it's Shannon!  Today I thought I would bring you something different than paint and wood.  
How about a yummy recipe?





I love, love, love peanut butter and chocolate!  
One of my all time favorite treats ever 
has been peanut butter bars.  
I know every place that sells 
them across the entire state of Utah.  
When I found an amazing recipe about 6 years ago I can 
honestly say that I have never had a better peanut butter bar 
than the recipe I am about to share with you!

This is the peanut butter bar and chocolate frosting recipe I have used for years and is the exact same as the bars you got from my shops.  Some people do not love frosting so you can cut it back or all the way out and the bar is still amazing.  I don't understand that way of thinking because I am a frosting kind of gal.  I could put frosting on a piece of wood and manage to find it tasty.

There are a couple of little tid-bits of advice here....
1. DO NOT OVER BAKE!  They come out looking a little undone it's okay they set up and finish cooking in the pan.
2. Trim the edges unless you like the crunchy parts.
3. Whip the heck out of the frosting that is what makes it so light and fluffy.  I know my recipes are lined out a little different for the frostings, but if you make it as the recipe is lined out
 you will get the best results.
4. NEVER EVER bake when you are on a diet of any kind!
5. Be prepared to be asked to bake again and again if 
you share these and I hope you do.


Peanut Butter Bars
3/4 c. Margarine (works best with Imperial or Blue Bonnet)
3/4 c. Brown Sugar
1/2 c. White Sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
3/4 c. Creamy Peanut Butter (Works best with Jif brand)
1 1/2 c. Quick Oats
1 c. Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
Preheat oven to 350.  
Mix- Margarine and sugars
Then add- Egg, vanilla extract and peanut butter, mix.
Then add- Oatmeal, flour, salt and baking soda, mix well.  
About 1 minute.
Spray a 13x18 baking sheet with non-stick spray.
Spread onto sheet keeping 1 inch away from the 
sides all the way around.  
Try to get as level as possible.
Depending on your oven bake 11-13 minutes.
Let cool, trim and spread a layer of peanut butter over 
the top, then frost.


Shannon's Chocolate Frosting
2 c. Unsalted Butter (softened not melted)
*Whip then add:
7 Heaping Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
*Mix well, scrape the sides down then add:
4 c. Powdered Sugar
Mix well, scrape the sides down then add:
1 teas. Vanilla Extract
1/4 c. Hersheys Syrup or Davinci Chocolate Syrup 
(I prefer Davinci but it's harder to find)
*Mix well then add:
2 c. Powdered sugar
*Mix well, scrape the sides down then add:
2 c. Powdered Sugar
*Mix well, scrape the sides down then add:
1-2 more c. Powdered Sugar.
You can add a little milk if you would like.  
The syrups replace the milk in this recipe. 
Whip the frosting until it is fluffy and to your liking.  
Frost your bars and munch away!

Enjoy!
Shannon 

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Monday, June 24, 2013

How To Cut Glass And This Weeks Giveaway!

Cutting Glass-Just as easy as Cutting Class!


ok, It's Jeff. Be brave little ones! I'm going to teach you simple glass cutting!  Remind yourself, if Jeff can do it, anyone can!

Safety note: Glass is SHARP! Be careful! You may want to use some gloves with this project that are resistant to cuts, but thin enough to be flexible!  

You're going to need some scraps of glass to practice on.  Check out D I in the section with all the broken picture frames, or old windows at yard sales, Re-Store etc.  Do something small to begin with, like 12 x 12 or smaller, and get thin glass too, either 1/16-1/8", thicker glass is more tricky!


Please note: anything with a logo on it is tempered glass, and cannot be cut!! Avoid doors and anything you suspect to be tempered glass.

tempered glass logo




Fletcher cutter-left, professional cutters-right
Next a glass cutter.  Most hardware stores will have you a good ole Fletcher or Red Devil glass cutter in the D I Y section.  You will also need a straight edge, like a yard stick or ruler.





It's very important that the wheel on your cutter rolls smooootly!  Professional glass cutters have a hollow barrel filled with oil for this purpose.  Some 3&1 oil on the wheel will do fine, or a shot of 
WD-40.


oiling the wheel
arrow mark






marking the cut




Next, mark where you want to cut. Determine the most straight and square edge and mark from that edge. Use this arrow shaped mark. 














Make two marks with a china marker or Sharpie on the top and bottom to guide your cut.



Lay your straight edge over the glass and use your cutter wheel to mark where the center line will be on the cut. Hold the cutting wheel over your marks just to line it up. 

There are two methods to holding the cutter, either between the 1st & 2nd fingers, or between the index and thumb, as shown 
between thumb and finger








between two fingers














Glass "cutting" is actually glass "scoring" on the top side and then "breaking" it in a straight line from the bottom side.  

Critical to a good "cut" is a steady line on the surface of the glass. LISTEN to the cutter score the glass, if there are any skips to the sound the scratching cutter makes, then you're not pressing hard enough.  If, when you score the glass and the line pops like rice crispies, then you're pressing too hard. 

NEVER score the glass more than once.  If you feel you have botched the cut, turn the glass over and score the other side in the exact same line.



The next step is the break. Tap the score from the underside with the ball end of the cutter. This will start a "run", the beginning of a break.  Always remember the pressure from the underside is what makes the break.  Sometimes the tap will run the entire break, and that's ok!


tapping the score

With the run started, grab the glass with your fingers on either side of the score, and break it along the line, with the two sides away from each other, like you would break a saltine cracker at the perforation.

the run


the break
















Voila! you've Cut some glass!!

Don't be worried that it all didn't work the first time, it takes practice, practice practice! (that's why we start with scraps!)

I hope this has been useful  and that you didn't need to employ first aid!  If you have additional questions, you can message me, 
Jeff Carter at Reclaimologists and Other Crafty Chicks, or at my Carter's Glass facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carters-Glass/126881040714678?ref=hl

or Rusty Ranch
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rusty-Ranch/306941476072342?ref=hl


We are super excited and ready to start another 

GIVE AWAY this week....
2 cute frames, one 8x10 and one 4x6

Our giveaway this week is from Tristan.  

To enter leave a comment.  

You can get additional entries by~


        1. By commenting on facebook

2. By sharing on facebook

3. By Sharing on Pinterest


Make sure you let us know if you share on pinterest and 

facebook by leaving a comment in either place. 

Giveaway items are located in south Utah county. 

Winners will have to pick up items.  

Willing to meet in Payson. 

Please check back friday afternoon on this post or our 

facebook page to see who the winner is.

Good luck!

Jodi

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

How do you hang your wreaths?


Hey, I’m Kortnie! I am one of the crafters for Reclaimologists and Other Crafty Chicks online boutique. You can also check out my work at Ioka Lane Boutique on Facebook.

I love big projects, you know the kind, the ones that take hours and hours of planning and building and painting. The projects you finish and then you oooooo and ahhhh over for years. Yep, they are awesome. But sometimes it’s nice to call a friend and schedule an easy project for a craft day. You know, the ones you can finish in 4 hours even though there are 7 kids running around? Yep, you’ve probably been there too.

Well my friend and I had just the project planned. We both needed a summer wreath and after browsing Pinterest, we saw this gumball wreath (insert “ew gross from our husbands”) Click here for the original tutorial.

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Making the wreath was really easy. Just a wreath form, gumballs, hot glue, and some spray paint.

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So here they are before spray paint. And here is mine after spray paint.

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I guess the hardest part was figuring out how to hang it. I loved how it was hung in the inspiration photo. No hooks, no bows, just nice clean lines. So here is what I came up with.

I bought a quarter of a yard of chevron fabric.

Take your fabric and unfold it. and then fold it right sides together and stitch down the open edge. Or….make your 7 year old daughter do it for you….you know she has been begging to help. ;)

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Next, turn it right side out and press it so the seam goes right down the middle and then top stitch the edges.

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Now comes the cool part. Once you’re finished making your “ribbon” loop it through your wreath and match up the edges. Then sew some button holes at the top. One for each side.

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Next, put some command hooks  UPSIDE DOWN on your door the same distance apart as your button holes.

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All you have to do now is hang it. Just flip the tail end of your ribbon to the back of your door and catch your buttonholes on your hooks.

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No more metal hooks for me! I love how this turned out!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Engagement Photos with an Old Window

Hi!  Alese here!  One of the crafters from Reclaim-ologists and Other Crafty Chicks and Creative Blogger at 2 Crafty 4 My Skirt.

I also enjoy Photography.  You can view shots and book a session at Alese Stewart Photography.

My little sis got married last June.  I went and took engagement photos for her.  She had seen a photo with an old three pane window and their wedding date written on it.  She told me she wanted to do something like that.  So I asked around a few groups on Facebook, and was shocked within 24 hours I had a response from someone that had one, and even lived on my way home from work!

I picked up this window.  It looked really good aside from the paint on the window panes.

That was no big deal though.  I just got out some paint stripper and brushed it on there.  It says you have to wait like 5 minutes or something like that, but I think because it was glass,  the paint started coming off as I was brushing the stripper on.  It also says on the can not to pour the paint stripper into a plastic cup.  Being the rebel I am though I thought oh it will be fine!  I should have taken a picture of my cup. I got done brushing it on and then set my cup on the porch, like ten minutes later the cup was all bent over and just about eaten all the way through.  Luckily I noticed and hurried and threw it in the garbage.  So make sure you follow that instruction when using paint stripper! Do NOT put it in a plastic cup!

I let the stripper sit on it for probably not even 5 minutes.  Then I wiped it off with a paper towel, and cleaned them with Windex.  And I made sure I wore gloves for the whole process too! 

I was going to put vinyl on the window with her wedding date.  But then I thought it would be cute if later we put some of her wedding or engagement pictures in the panes of the window, and I didn't really want to deal with vinyl.  Then I looked in my craft cabinet and I had some white window chalk (which I have no idea why I ever had that to begin with,) But it worked PERFECT!

Here are a few of her pictures that we took with the window!
Image Courtesy of Alese Stewart Photography

Image Courtesy of Alese Stewart Photography

Image Courtesy of Alese Stewart Photography

Image Courtesy of Alese Stewart Photography

Image Courtesy of Alese Stewart Photography

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Top Ten Reasons Why I Love My "Job"

Hey all!  It's Kristin again.  I absolutely love what I do!  I am so blessed to be able to make money doing what I love.  I think of what I do as more than a hobby, it is my part-time job.  Here are the top ten reasons why I enjoy reclaiming furniture.  They are in no particular order.

1.  I get to stay home with my kids.  My 3-year-old daughter loves to help me sand and distress the furniture.  She is especially good at the distressing part. :)

2. I have my own special wardrobe:
One for summer...

and one for winter!


 3.   Every few months, I get to go on a "home decor" shopping spree.  I can't keep using the same items to stage my furniture, right?

4.  My garage floor is more colorful than yours! 
I used to cover the area with old boxes, but gave up once I spilled a gallon of primer on it.  :(

5.  Whenever I need to paint my toenails, I just work barefoot. 

6.  I love the high I get from finding a great piece of furniture for a great price.  I feel a rush of adrenaline whenever I drive by a good garage sale or am the first to call about a amazing deal on ksl.

7.  I get first dibs on the items I refinish.  I adore my kitchen table!


8.  The before and after is the best!  I like to imagine that I am giving an old, beat up piece of furniture 
another twenty years of life.


9.  Reclaiming furniture is a great workout!   My right arm is getting pretty buff from holding the spray gun and sanding/distressing.  I should really start using my left arm so I can even things out!

10.  I love a happy customer!  When the customer is happy, It makes everything I do worth while.  :)

Kristin

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