Monthly Archives: October 2013

Wanderlust Wednesday: Biobay, Vieques, Puerto Rico

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You know, as much as I complain about the cold here in the winter, I don’t spend a whole lot of time in the summer wishing I were somewhere else. It really is beautiful here in my little valley. But now that cold weather’s hit, it’s about time I got back to all that wanderlusting, don’t you think?

On today’s list of amazing places I hope to see some day: bioluminescent waters. This should be an easy sell for Mr. LPMD Biology Teacher, right?

For your viewing pleasure, I present Biobay in Vieques, Puerto Rico:
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This stunning scene is brought to you by single celled organisms called dinoflagellates. These fascinating variety of plankton emit a blue light when agitated at night, resulting in the glowing water seen here. And this is how we know Mother Earth is a woman…even she’s can’t resist a bit of glitter in her life. :D

Have you ever seen bioluminescent water? Where in the world was it? Do share.

Finally Out of the Garage

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Way back in June, I shared a picture of a cabinet I had that was taking up my car’s spot in the garage while it waited for a bit of a makeover. At that point, it had already been sitting there for two months. Fast forward to October, AKA the onset of freakin’ coldness in Utah, and it was still sitting the garage taking up my car’s spot. So I finally decided to tackle the beast so as to reclaim the garage before snow hits. {And by “I decided” I mean that my husband finally nagged me enough to make me do it. Now if I could just get the claw foot tub out of there, we’d be in business.}

Just as a reminder, this is what I started with:

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And now, after much blood sweat and tears on my part {HINT: Don’t rush things, pay attention to the temperature recommendations on the dang spray paint, and whatever you do, do not, I repeat DO NOT decide you won’t need primer. Because you probably will. And then you’ll be mad at yourself and then you’ll start rushing things because the temperature is dropping because you avoided the project all summer and now winter is knocking at your door and then…well, just use a good primer, okay?}, I finally have a bright and cheery cabinet in which to store all of my sewing supplies:

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Now, I totally made a ton of mistakes along the way, and in the end, I just gave up on some things {like the blue overspray that ended up on the front of one of the doors} because I was soooo done and honestly, out of time weather-wise. It had to come in immediately or I’d be scraping ice from my windshield all winter {which, when you’ve become accustomed to a garage, totally sucks}:

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It’s not easy to see in the pictures, but I did do some light distressing by rubbing some high grit sandpaper over some of the edges. Nothing major, but enough to make it looked loved and just a bit chipped and old:

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I also replaced the knobs on the doors, but kept the original drawer pulls:

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And one last shot of the whole shebang:

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So what do you think? Have you ever refinished furniture with paint or new stain or even reupholstering something (that might be my next big project)? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

**Added to this linky party on the SNAP! blog**

Pearl…Silver…Simple

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ONCE upon a time…in a not so far off kingdom, one lucky LPMD blog reader won a custom designed necklace of her very own. She had 3 words to describe what she wanted, and the words she chose were:

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And she lived happily ever after.

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EPILOGUE
Rumor has it, there may be a sequel in the future.

Using Vinyl Without Transfer Tape

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Where did September go?! I don’t even know, but here it is 3 days into October already and I’ve no idea what we’re doing for Halloween costumes. That is not. normal. around here. We have been so busy the last couple of months that I’m ready to just take the kids to the thrift store and say “Pick a costume.” Also not normal. Whatever is this world coming to?

Okay, on to the topic at hand. Several years ago I was a rep for Miche Bags, which are these awesome purses with inter-changable “shells” so you can change the look of your purse without actually changing your purse. Like I said, that was several years ago, but up until just a few days ago, I had a big ol’ MICHE vinyl sticker on the back of my van. My dear, sweet, patient husband asked me a few times when I was going to take it off and I always told him “never.” Because I really liked being able to spot my van easily in the sea of minivans in this great state we call Utah.

But, ladies and gentleman, the time had come to remove it. Because I had a NEW sticker I wanted to put on the back (but not so big). I recently acquired a Silhouette Portrait machine (and by “recently” I mean like a year ago) and more recently, some vinyl, so I really wanted to play around with that sucker a bit.

The problem? No transfer tape. The solution? Google. Of course.

After watching this great video, I decided to give it a go with some painter’s tape (because that I have in abundance). So for the first time in a long time, I have an actual review of something I’ve tried as per the original purpose of this blog. You’re welcome.

THE PROCESS

I started with my already cut-out vinyl and a roll of painter’s tape. I didn’t have any of the fat stuff, so I just layered the skinny stuff on there.
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TIP: You want to make sure you get that tape down flat without any bubbles at all.

Once I had it all covered up, I took it out to the car, having already cleaned and dried the back window thoroughly (that’s muy importante). I very carefully peeled back the tape, making sure it pulled the vinyl up with it. If the vinyl doesn’t come up, press the tape back down a little and try again. Take your time.

Next, I carefully pressed the tape/vinyl down onto the window. You need to take your time here and really make sure you get it down flat without any bubble. Use a squeegee or plastic scraper or something to really make sure.

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I just carefully peeled off the tape, and VOILA! my Zumba (R) love for all to see.

THE RESULT

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WHAT I LEARNED

*Really do be careful when applying your vinyl to the final surface. It’s a good idea to start in the middle if you can and work your way out, squeezing out bubbles as you go. You can see here where I did not do a good job of that and ended up with a LOT of bubbles:
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THE VERDICT

Painter’s tape worked fantastically for the transfer. I think I would only ever use the more expensive made-for-the-job transfer tape if I were doing a HUGE piece that would be a pain in my royal tookas to do with painter’s tape.