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Cheap Crackled Halloween Mason Jar

I love to crackle stuff. What does that mean? You take new stuff and make it look like the paint has been on it forever and is cracking and flaking off. Sort of a faux old look. Typically I use different brands of crackle medium available at my local crafts store, depending on the price and my coupon stash. To see a before and after on a piece of furniture I redid for our family room, check this coffee table out.

Antiqued Crackled TableSo, the other morning I wanted to crackle a mason jar or two for Halloween, but when I went to grab the crackle medium, I didn’t have any left! Apparently I have been crackling up a lot, so the bottle(s) were empty : (

I had seen many “pins” on Pinterest about using regular glue to get the same effect as the more expensive crackle medium. In fact, I had I previously attempted said technique, but it was a fail. Painted on the glue, allowed to dry, painted on the paint and waited. And waited. And nothing happened. (Normally I would have pics of this, but I deleted the fail photos. No sense writing about nothing.) But, I’m nothing if not persistant in my awesome DIY attempts, so I tried for round two. Before I did, I rechecked the glue instructions and noted my one fatal flaw: I allowed the glue to dry completely (what you would normally do with the crackle medium), which was so wrong! You only wait for it to get tacky (about 15-20 minutes), then paint over it! So here is the new successful DIY crackle with dollar store glue tutorial.

Orange Crackled Mason Jar Fall Scene

1. Take a jar, a brush and a bottle of cheap school glue.

Crackled Mason Jar Dollar Store School Glue2. Paint the entire surface with the glue, wherever you would like the crackle to appear.

Mason Jar Painted in Glue

3. Allow to get tacky (not like that’s really cheap and gaudy, just sticky), but NOT DRY. This takes about 15-20 minutes depending on how thick you painted the glue on. The thicker the glue, the larger the cracks.

Mason Jar Painted Orange Streaks4. Paint the top coat whatever color you would like. I happened to use some orange chalk paint I mixed up for some other projects. But you don’t need to use chalk paint. Make sure when you are painting that you only go over each section once and in one direction. Trying to go back over a section you already painted results in messy clumps of glue and paint. Which also looks old, but not necessarily good.

Mason Jar Coated Orange Paint over Glue5. While you watch the paint dry, you check out the other mason jars that you had already painted and applied a watered-down matte glaze to and notice that those are involuntarily crackling as well!! Hmmm. Gonna experiment more on that later.

Candy Corn Mason Jar Crackled Finish6. Go to bed and wake up in the morning to run to the basement to check out the dried jar. (Kind of like Christmas morning when you are so excited to see what it under the tree. Except you have to go to the yucky basement. And there’s no tree.) BUT, there is a crackled jar!!

Orange Crackled Mason Jar Dried7. Decorate jar with a bit of raffia (also from the dollar store) and place it on your window shelf. Light the candle, but be careful, don’t want to set that raffia on fire and ruin your freshly crackled jar!

Lit Mason Jar Crackled HalloweenSo, there you have it. Crackling with cheap school glue really DOES work-the total cost? The mason jar- well you know about the mason jars, we have dozens. The raffia rope and glue, $1 each but I only used a tiny bit so we will say 20 cents. Hope your Thursday is all its cracked up to be! Susan

Halloween Happenings!

It’s Wanderlust Wednesday, and we are off to..where else…Salem, Massachusetts! The Halloween Capital of the World! For 11 months of the year, Salem is just another beautiful seafaring city along the North Shore of Boston. A favorite year-round tourist destination, Salem features many unique attractions, like Pickering Wharf, filled with boutiques and restaurants

Salem Willows, a beautiful ocean-side park

with an old-fashioned arcade

and the House of Seven Gables– the home of Susanna Ingersoll, cousin to Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Hawthorne’s frequent visits to this home are credited with inspiring the setting and title of his 1851 gothic novel The House of the Seven Gables.

Ah, but come the month of October, the city comes alive with the sights and sounds of Haunted Happenings, Salem’s homage to all things Halloweeny (Click here for all the official event information)

There are costume balls

The Devils Run road race

and thousands of costumed tourists flocking to the city to join in the festivities…

but also to visit and tour the Witch House (the only structure still standing with direct ties to the witch trials of the 1600’s.)

and the Salem Witch Museum where you will learn the true story of the Witch Hysteria of 1692.Salem, of course, is home to the notorious Salem Witch Trials that took place in the 1600’s, when twenty innocent men and women were put to death under suspicion of witchcraft. 

Modern-day witches, such as Laurie Cabot, “The Official Witch of Salem

(as proclaimed by Governor Dukakis in the 1970’s), have fared much better than their ancestral counterparts.  The city itself has embraced its historic heritage and is nicknamed “Witch City”, and hosts a multitude of witch shops that feature all things witchcraft and offer Psychic Readings. Tonight, on Salem Commons, you can join in the Salem Witch’s Samhain Celebration (where you will find the true history, based in Celtic roots, of the holiday we now know as Halloween).

But if you don’t want to brave the post-Sandy weather, and the horrifically haunted crowds tonight, you can visit Invocation Creation, where you will learn more about Psychic Readings and Tarot and the practice of modern-day witchcraft. The information is spell-binding!

Ok, time to get my costume ready for work. I am going as a middle-aged blogger/health-care provider. Can’t get much scarier than that! Have a “spook”tacular (and safe) Halloween!! Susan

Sunshine In A Jar

My latest Fun Friday Find! A new version of the iconic mason jar light: introducing the Sonnenglass (sunshine in a jar)  Solar Powered Mason Jar Lamp.

Sonnenglass PicsNow, I have seen mason jar lanterns in the past, and I’ve Pinned thousands of them- and I’ve even made some- but none provide the bright glowing light that the Sonnenglass lamp does. Created and manufactured by hand in South Africa, these fair trade, environmentally friendly mason jar lights were originally developed for areas that had no electricity, but plenty of sunshine. Sunshine Jar DetailsThe technology is pretty simple- LED solar panels on the top soak up the sun’s rays during the day,

Sonnenglass Solar Lidallowing you ample lighting for the sunless hours…up to 12 hours of continuous use! (and with the daylight hours growing shorter, a welcome addition : ) You simply lift up the handle, engaging the magnetic button and it activates the lights. The jar top opens (as with any mason jar), so the possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating them in your own style.

Sonnenglass FrontSeashells and sand

Sonnenglass Seashells and Sand

pretty autumn leaves, holly and berries, or just straight up lighting for a magical Halloween mantel display.

Sonnenglass Halloween Mantel PMPerfect for camping (or glamping : ), as a centerpiece for your holiday table,  or just for romantic ambiance on your porch or patio. To view more pics, check out Sonnenglass on Instagram or Facebook Sonnenglass. To order, click Sonnenglass. Have a Fun Friday, everyone! xoxo Susan

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Vintage Mason Jar Wall Sconce -DIY

Mason Jar Wall Sconce Logo I’ve been working on lots of projects, many of which I have simply forgotten to photograph until they were completed! But this one is fun, very inexpensive and pretty simple, so it’s time for a DIY on “How To Transform An Old Broken Drawer Front Into A Hanging Mason Jar Wall Sconce.” You know, HTTAOBDFIAHMJWS.

Mason Jar Wall Sconce SuppliesCoach and I have been collecting and cleaning and selling all kinds of vintage mason jars at the barn, but I really love the way these decorative sconces look, so one may actually end up on a wall in our home-imagine that! I started with a couple of drawer fronts from an old buffet, which create perfectly framed wood panels. Well. One was perfectly framed but the other had two side pieces missing. No matter, art is subjective, right? Each had a nicely-shaped center medallion with the hole already drilled for the bracket that I needed to attach (the hole was originally intended for the drawer knob or pull, but no need for that!).

Mason Jar Wall Sconce Pre-Drilled HoleI painted them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite, then dry-brushed the medallion and the frame edge with some blue concoction I mixed for some contrast. Next up, the mason jar brackets, which are actually adjustable hose clamps

Adjustable Hose Clamp

that are found in the plumbing section at your local hardware store (mine being Home Depot, of course). They are adjustable, come in lots of sizes, with a screw mechanism in the front that you simply loosen and tighten with a flat head screwdriver. I have attached mine at the natural neck of the jar, but you could clamp it in the middle as well. Just make sure its nice and tight!

Mason Jar Wall Sconce Adjustable ScrewTo secure the bracket to the frame, I drilled a hole in the middle of the band opposite the screw mechanism because I wanted that to be visible in the front. The metal band is pretty thin, so a regular drill bit worked fine. EXCEPT-make sure you wear gloves when doing this because 1.the edges can be sharp, especially where you drilled and 2.the metal gets mega-hot from the friction of the drill bit (my singed fingertips are your DIY tip for this week)

Mason Jar Wall Sconce Lining Up Bracket HolesOnce it (I) cooled down, I lined up the holes of the band and the board and secured with a nut and bolt.

Mason Jar Wall Sconce Screwed In BracketMake sure you don’t use a bolt that is too long or it will stick out the back when you hang it on the wall. Attached two hangers-these are 50# ones-which is a bit of overkill-unless you are planning on filling your mason jar with lead.

Mason Jar Wall Sconce D-Ring BracketsBut better safe than a broken antique mason jar! The total cost of this project? $1.20, give or take a dime or two.

Wood frame: Free

Mason Jar: 10 cents (we buy those by the case at yard and estate sales)

Adjustable Clamp & bolt: 10 cents ( we get those at yard sales as well)

Hanging D-Rings: 50 cents

Paint: use just a fraction of the total can, so we will say 50 cents

I filled this one with some autumn stuff I had on hand, but you could use candles or candies or whatever works for your seasonal decor. Out goes the sand and starfish, in goes the berries and leaves. Despite the fact that the stores-and my email inbox-are filled with autumn-inspired decor I, personally have resisted the fall/autumn/pumpkin/Halloween decorating until now. I just cannot believe it is October 2!!! So next time you see an old broken dresser on the side of the road, take a look at the drawers and see if you can repurpose them in another way and follow the three r’s-recycle, refurbish, relove. Have an “I can’t believe it’s October already” Thursday everyone! Susan

Country Living Weekend-Day 2

As promised, I am sharing the remainder of the Country Living Fair with all of you. If you love living and shopping country, but didn’t have a chance to attend, at least I am giving you a tiny glimpse of what you missed this year! (and, there is still a chance to attend one in Georgia or Ohio in the coming months.) Of course, a country fair isn’t complete without a bright red tractor

Country Living Fair Ford Tractor

and a billy goat! This one was so funny-it kept standing up on its hind legs and peeking over the railings like a baby in a crib!

Country Living Fair GoatTo my delight, I discovered a couple of craftsmen from my neck of the woods, yay!

Sage Farm Antiques, in North Hampton, NH holds a “three day antiques and collectibles show with fresh stock monthly“. Unfortunately, the photo I took wasn’t useable, but rest assured the booth was stocked with totally vintage, reclaimed and repurposed goods. Going to be sure to check that one out soon!

Sage Farms Antiques LogoI had the pleasure of meeting Addie Peet  of APFloorclothDesign.com at last year’s Vintage Bazaar. Her expertly hand-crafted and vividly-colored floor cloths always catch my eye. How sweet are these waterproof doggie mats?

Addie Peet FloorClothsThis floorcloth design is brilliant! It is a runner that is painted to resemble a hopscotch game down to the very last details, including the cracking asphalt.

Hopscotch FloorCloth Addie Peet DesignsNo more chalk on the driveway to hose down! Unfortunately, she won’t be at the Vintage Bazaar next week, but she does sell on Etsy! you can check out her website here: apfloorclothdesign.com

I met the lovely and talented Jeanne van Etten of Nantucket Mermaid who has just opened a shop on the island of Nantucket.

Nantucket Mermaid Shop PhotoSuch sweet, intricately painted heart dishes

Hand Painted Hearts from Nanctuket Mermaidand adorable hand-crafted dolls. You can check out her blog here: Nantucket Mermaid.BlogSpot or visit her shop at 4 Fair St in Nantucket. And if you do, tell her Sue from Country Design Home sent you : )

Lavender Mermaid Doll from Nantucket MermaidI walked into the very large Earth Angel Studios booth and was instantly transported into a colorful, dreamlike fairyland. The owner, Jen O’Connor started this venture in 1996 and features the works of extremely talented female artists and crafters. A few samples:

Plush fanciful soft sculptures by Nicole Bowen

Plush Soft Sculptures by Nicole BowenFrom The Land of Enchantment by Debrina Pratt –The Starlight Ballet

Starlight Ballet from Debrina PrattFrench Paper Follies by Wendy Addison

Paper Follies by Wendy AddisonAnd from Valerie Weberpal of Harvest Moon-super cool cat box!

Cool Cat Fun Town Jody BattagliaYou just couldn’t stroll past the booth from Reclaimed State from Wappinger Falls, NY

Reclaimed Statewithout noticing the soft glowing copper and amazing workmanship used to build this completely hand-crafted trunk turned cooler!

Copper Trunk by Reclaimed State

Reclaimed State Copper Trunk Corner DetailLoved this school of unfinished wooden fish decoys from the St. Lawrence River Decoys so much that I bought a couple for my porch : ) Can’t wait to paint them!

School of Fish Decoys UnfinishedFolks were buzzing around the Homestead Collection like bees on a honeycomb! Filled with cleverly repurposed and recycled vintage items such as this chicken wire wall planter

Homestead Collectionand this potter’s bench complete with vintage porcelain sink.

HomeStead CollectionIf you love mason jar anything, then you would have loved the Sweet Tea Clothing Company. The entire booth was lit with strands of mason jar lighting, hanging from branches and overhead, creating an inviting ambiance.

Sweet Tea Clothing Co lightsCouldn’t resist this very sweet mounted mason jar wall flower vase filled with daisies. Who doesn’t love mason jars and daisies: )

Mason Jar Sconce by Sweet Tea Clothing CoFrom Vintage by Crystal we discovered these fanciful miniature dolls of all types, painstakingly hand-crafted of spun cotton.

Spun Cotton Dolls Vintage by Crystal With their tiny faces, they appeared almost lifelike with the detailed decorations!

Doll Vintage by CrystalSelina Vaughn Studios from LA will also be at the upcoming Vintage Bazaar, selling their vintage seed sack handbags.

Selina Vaughn Seed Sack Handbag These are gorgeous and just the perfect stylish accessory for a country girl : )

Selina Vaughn Seed Sack Handbag

I was so busy looking and taking pics that I didn’t have a chance to buy much, but I did purchase this beautiful little painting on a distressed wood box by Mary Gregory Studio, LTD. I don’t know why this pair of sheep spoke to me, but I just couldn’t walk away… and apparently neither could the mom sheep with the little one standing on her back…Mary Gregory ArtThe originals are hand-painted art, and the ones on display were giclee prints on wooden boxes. Not sure where I am going to hang it yet in my country-inspired home, but I will let ewe know!  And finally, when we were just plain tuckered out and so hot and tired, we were happy to have a seat at the main tent stage and enjoy a demonstration on casual outdoor entertaining by Denise from The Painted Home and Kelly from Eclectically Vintage.

Entertaining with The Painted Home and Eclectically Vintage

The two of them are hilarious together, and their presentation was a hoot, but with loads of great, simple outdoor decorating ideas! Kelly even posted the cupcake liner tea lights DIY on her blog : ) So that’s it for now-hope your enjoyed this little tour. And remember, the Vintage Bazaar is just around the corner, so get your walking shoes (and your shopping totes) ready!!! Susan

 

 

 

 

The Crompton Collective

A few blogs ago, I wrote about a road trip out to Signature Finishes in No. Grafton to pick up some Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. While there, I also traveled into Worcester (pronounced “Woos’tah, for those of you not from the Boston area) to visit the Crompton Collective,

Crompton Placea collection of local artisans and vintage vendors housed in a beautifully renovated brick mill building in the canal district. The Collective is the brainchild of Amy Chase,

Amy Chasewho also owns Haberdash Vintage, America’s very first mobile vintage shop and she is a co-founder of The Swapaholics-quite a resume! You enter the Crompton Collective store through the pretty fancy lobby of Crompton Place, go down the stairs (just follow the antique signs), but once inside the Collective you feel as if you have stepped into someone’s vintage home

Fire King China Set

and an antique parlor wrapped in the warm glow of lace and lamplight.

Lace Window Vignette

The store is separated into 70+ loosely defined vendor spaces,

Vintage China Cupboardeach one offering unique,

vintage

Transformational Divas Dressersrepurposed

Simple Home Life

re-loved

Scrabble Cupboard

items for sale.

Reclaimed and Resalvaged

At every turn, I spotted lovingly repainted,

Painted Pine Commode

refurbished furniture

Antique Therapy

and home decor accessories,

Antler Table

as well as one-of-a-kind pieces (cocktail table from an old drum? Brilliant!)

Drum Cocktail Table

and this bit of Americana created from old license plates.

Reclaimed and Resalvaged Flag

One of my absolute favorite spaces was The Junk Drawer

The Junk Drawer

The owner created this cozy, welcoming booth that was completely packed with inspired goods.

The Junk Drawer Sign

Have you ever seen a vintage lamp with a shade made of crumpled old sewing patterns?! Perfectly poufy Beehive ‘do!

Junk Drawer Sewing Pattern Lampshade

How about a hot pink deer head? (Had I seen that first, I might have altered my color palette for the bathroom reno…)

Junk Drawer Pink Deer

From there, I ventured into the Haberdash space,

Haberdash Vintage

chock full of fabulous vintage clothing and accessories.

Haberdash Faux Fur

Of course, this was back in October, so the fur coat seemed unnecessary, but after those snow flurries yesterday, I may need to return to grab it! This is a co-operative shop that you need to walk through at least a few times, Transformational Divas Cupboard

there is so much to take in! Stopped short in my tracks when I spotted these letters in the window.

LOVE sign Flea Circus

Offered for rent for weddings and showers and happy occasions, I can imagine that they are well-used and LOVED in each venue they are featured. No gift purchases made today, it was Halloween season, but I did grab my Eulalie’s Sky Milk Paint from the Signature Finishes booth.

Signature Finishes Milk Paint

But now that the holiday shopping season is upon us, it is definitely worth a trip back to the Crompton Collective to see the shops decked out in their holiday finery.

Antique Mason Jar Candle Holder

They are at 138 Green Street, Worcester, MA. Have a wander-ful Wednesday everyone, and if you happen into the Crompton Collective, tell Amy that Sue from Country Design Home sent you! Susan

Seasonal Scenes from the Market

This weekend marks the November edition of the Vintage Thymes Monthly Market, Farmhouse Holiday.

Stockings Were Hung

It seems like we just wrapped the October show with pumpkins and Halloween, and here we are barreling into the holiday season!

VTM November

I was blown away when I walked through the double red doors

Joy

on Friday morning. So much sparkle and Christmas cheer!

Pink Tree and Santa

(Of course, I was thinking Thanksgiving, not Christmas, because I am most definitely a one-holiday-at-a-time kind of gal.

Country Design Home

So when I conceptualized my booth, I was planning Thanksgiving dinner and making pies! So my space is a little less sparkly

Green Tree Sparkle

and Santa-inspired than many others…

Santas Clogs

but I am pulling out my cans of sparkly snow and adding some bling for the December market!)

Get Your Holiday On

If you haven’t made it to the Vintage Thymes Market yet

Berries in Barrel

and I can’t imagine why not!?!

Skates and Skis

This month’s market is a great introduction

Christmas Country

to view all of the extremely talented artists,

Simplify

craftsmen

Fleurish Home and Garden

and designers

Screen Door Vignette

who create amazing pieces for their magazine-worthy vignettes,

Peace on Earth

using simply vintage everyday items that they’ve dolled up and made beautiful,

Baby It's Cold Outside

and it’s all for sale : ) Something for everyone on your shopping list!

Fleurish Home SIlver

The Vintage Thymes Market is open today, Saturday from 9-6 and tomorrow, Sunday from 12-5.

Owl in Snow

And owl be seeing  you in December! Susan

What’s Old Is New in Newburyport

It’s Wanderlust Wednesday, and this week we are off to Newburyport, Massachusetts! This charming historic seaport town north of Boston that was settled in 1634, Newburyport Brown Square

boasts some of the grandest 17th century colonial homes of seafaring entrepreneurs who owned and worked in the shipyards. Lining the main streets and back roads, many of these stately homes feature widow’s walks, structures on the roof where the women could watch for the return of their loved ones on sailing vessels that had been out to sea for months, sometimes years.

Newburyport Dalton House

Rich in history, dating back to the slave trades prior to the Revolutionary War, this city is charming in stature, and provides residents and tourists alike with plenty of fabulous dining and shopping options. The hub of the waterfront shopping district is Merchant Square and State Street,

Newburyport Market Square

where shoppers are tempted with an array of offered goods, ranging from gourmet eats at Stonewall Kitchen to gourmet doggie treats @ Just Dogs Gourmet! Some of my favorite shops, including Flukes and Finds and Friends, a co-op shop where vendors always greet you with a smile (and possibly a witch’s hat and a cup of brew, if you happen to visit during Halloween : )

Such a fun place to shop, warm and welcoming, full of hidden gems around every corner.

Newburyport Flukes and Finds

Both Ivy Lane and Vintage Chic Boutique offer a bit of everything old that’s new again-from vintage broaches to refurbished furnishings, many of which may have come from those historic homes.  I first stumbled upon the Vintage Chic Boutique

Newburyport Vintage Chic Boutique

last spring at the Vintage Bazaar @ Pettingill Farm. Although there were many vendors selling re-painted furniture featuring chalk paint finishes (presently quite the rage for the DIY fan), their pieces were outstanding in their choice of color and finishes.  Their refurbished vintage pieces were done in rich, muted tones with a gorgeous waxy patina finish, my first introduction to Annie Sloan paints and waxes. I have since tried it myself (see Coffee, Tea or Free for details) and have to say I love the finish!

At the fall fair, I discovered the newly-opened Ivy Lane, a shop with a similar design sense: taking something old and making it new and beautiful again.

Newburyport Ivy Lane

The owners, along with their in-house interior designer Holly Gagne (who drives a fabulous tricked-out vintage aqua VW to showcase her wares) Newburyport Holly Gagne VW create a warm and inviting shop featuring antiques, collectibles and upcycled furniture using eco-friendly CeCe Caldwell paints and finishes. Newburyport CeCe Caldwell Paints

I could go on for another ten blog posts, but there are just so many great shops and restaurants in Newburyport-way too many to mention here. But definitely worth the trip to spend a day strolling cobblestone streets, dining at one of the many pubs and shopping for your new favorite collectible. Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone! Susan

The Glidden Project

Glidden Autumn Paint ChipBack in October, I spied this insert from Glidden Paints inside the Halloween issue of Country Living Magazine The brilliant autumn-inspired colors in the ad caught my eye, as did their interactive Country Living October 2012website, so I blogged about it. Well, the good people at Glidden saw my blog (yay!) and asked if I would be interested in doing a room makeover using their paint brand. They would send me the paints of my choice, I would paint it myself and then write about the experience. Now, those of you who read my blog know that I am a one-paint kind of decorista. Over the years I have tried just about every paint brand, only to keep returning to my personal favorite. But, since I had been contemplating a facelift for our family room anyway, it seemed like the perfect time to sieze an amazing opportunity to try something new and write a blog for the whole world to see (well, maybe not the whole world, but at least my blogging world).

Here’s the story: The last time we re-painted the family room, I had decided to add an accent color to the fireplace wall.

Glidden Before Mantel

At the time, it worked to enhance the fireplace and mantel that were viewable from the kitchen, which was the same color. However, last fall we converted our adjacent deck to a screened-in porch, which we LOVE, but any natural light we had streaming into the picture window wasGlidden porch

greatly diminished, making the room darker and less appealing. Along with that, I had changed the sofa slipcover from this light toile print

Glidden Blue Toile

to a brick red solid, creating a cavernous feel.

Glidden Brick Red Sofa

 Of course, that was not my intent. The original blue slipcover that came with the sofa we bought back in 2005 was too flowery for this more “countrified” space, and the red slipcover I purchased online looked a lot brighter on my computer screen than in person. Bright, cheerful color is my thing…dark and gloomy, not so much. And several of the decorating elements in the room- like this hand-carved whale-also creamy white, just faded into the walls, which were the same color as the trim. Glidden Whale

Time for a change. The new colors I chose were Antique Beige Glidden Antique Beige

for the walls, because I needed a color just a shade or two darker than the trim but still bright and light, and this one has just a hint of pink, and Steel Blue for the accents to match the rugs and curtains that I was planning to keep. Glidden Steel Blue

I kept the trim, fireplace and bookcases the same creamy white semi-gloss. But before I could paint the wall, I had to do a wee bit of patching since I had made some pretty big screw holes while hanging a mirror awhile back.

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A hole this big cannot just be filled with putty, you actually need to use some of this mesh tape to bridge it, and give it something to grab onto.

Mesh Spackling Tape

Patching the Hole

Once the putty was dry and sanded, I used this Glidden Primer called Gripper . (I had given this a High Five For Friday awhile ago-see Primed for Success...)

Glidden Gripper CanIt has a school-glue consistency, covers everything and seals in stains and dark colors, yet it is water-based for easy cleanup.

Blue wall with Gripper Primer

I was able to paint all of these shelves that were stained and polyurethaned over 25 years ago-without even sanding them!

Shelving

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Amazing stuff.  Next up was two coats of the eggshell finish Antique Beige Glidden. Having stated above that I have been using the same paint brand for years, I have to tell you that I was very happily surprised by how great this paint is! I typically judge my paint by the several factors listed below; in each case, the Glidden paint passed with flying colors!

1.Drippiness: Minimal dripping and splattering, both from the brush and the rollers (foam and low nap), even from up high on the ladder.

2.Sagging: No sagging at all (that’s when you roll or brush the paint on, then look back a minute or two later and find that the paint is literally     sagging from the wall, which you then have to go and redo before it sets).

3.Ease of Use: The paint rolled and brushed on smoothly and quickly, covered beautifully, cleaned up easily with soap and water.

4.Overall Depth of Color. The color is deep and even and the eggshell finish has just enough glow so the light from the window is refracted- exactly what I needed to brighten up the room!

Coach walked in after I was done (yup, the interior painting is my thing, he sticks to the outdoors), and said “wow, this looks really amazing!”, which, if you know coach, is a lot for him to say… Sooo, this is the before:

Glidden Blue Wall Before

Bookcases Dark

But you will have to come back tomorrow for the after : ) Happy last minute shopping everyone!!! Susan

Candy Corn Cookies

These yummy little shortbread cookies will be a hit at any Halloween party! I found this recipe on the pages of Coastal Living Magazine (one of the reasons I still love print magazines is finding little gems like this while perusing the glossy photographs of amazing spaces- online, I would have to be searching for this recipe…) Enjoy! 

Halloween Cookie Bites

Prep: 50 Minutes    Chill: 2 Hours    Bake 8-10 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 butter flavored extract (or you could use almond)

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (I used orange- delish!)

Yellow food coloring.  Red food coloring.

1. Beat butter and sugar together at medium speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Beat in egg and extracts. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and lemon zest. Gradually stir into butter mixture until fully combined and forms a stiff dough.

2. Place dough onto cutting surface and divide into 3 equal parts. (about 1 1/4 cups each). Leave one plain, add yellow food coloring to the second and then yellow/red to the third to make bright orange.

3. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan, and then line it with plastic wrap, smoothing it out as well as you can. Starting with the plain colored dough, press into bottom of pan to make a smooth layer. Add the orange dough, then the yellow on the top. Cover and chill min 2 hours.

4. Turn dough out onto cutting board. Slice in 1/2 inch sections (like you would a pound cake) and with the slice laying flat on the board, cut it into 6 triangles that resemble candy corn pieces. Place on cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil (shiny side down). The dont need to be very far apart, as they do not spread. Bake @ 350 degrees 8-9 minutes until set but not browned. Cool on wire racks.

Makes 10 dozen delicous cookie bites!!

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