Fabric Painting

Before
Before

While moving things around recently in the living room, I brought this chair back, in addition to bringing in a smaller couch.  All for the Furbaby to make it easier for him to navigate now that he’s blind.
Once I brought the chair back in, I noticed the cushion and how nasty it looked. YUK and YUK is all I can say.
While researching how to recover this cushion and the couch (dingy and needs to be freshened up)  I came across a fabric painting tutorial from www.kimsixfix.com .  She painted an entire chair in her nursery.

Hmmm,  y’all know I love to paint and my personal opinion is that paint can fix just about anything………Well, ok maybe not everything, but close…….. I thought it would be better to experiment on the cushion first.  Much easier replaced if I messed it up than the couch.

I read it several times and decided to give it a try.  Kim recommended using this product for the medium.

Fabric Paint Medium
Fabric Paint Medium

I wasn’t able to find it in the craft stores around here, so I went to my go to place, Amazon……. (here’s the link if you have the same problem I did)  http://amzn.to/1Pb1U9F

Following the tutorial, I assembled what I needed

Fabric Medium
Paint
Stiff brush
Sanding block
Spray Bottle of water
Container for mixing

Kim used a latex paint, so I thought I’d stick with that, plus it’s what I had in a color I liked.  Following the directions, I used 1 part fabric medium, 1 part paint and two parts water.

What you'll need
What you’ll need

While not mentioned in the tutorial, I did sand the fabric first.  Once you’ve applied the paint and  it dries, it will be stiff.  NOT comfortable to sit on.  The sanding breaks down the fibers so it softens the fabric.

After sanding, I sprayed one side of the cushion with water.  You don’t want it soaking wet, but damp to the touch.  This allows the fabric to absorb the paint.

Now for the scary part……….dipping the brush in the paint and painting.  So take a deep breath and do it.

Just like painting anything else, THIN coats work best.  It will save you time and will look better when you’re all done.  Trust me on this one.   I learned the hard way……  Once the first side is dry, flip it over and repeat on the other side.

Here it is after the first coat

First Coat
First Coat

Now here’s where you don’t want to get in a rush. Let it dry thoroughly.

Sand it and be sure to get all the corners and little hidden places.

Brush it off well so there is no paint dust left for the next coat to stick too.  Spray with water so that it’s damp but not soppy wet.  Paint on your second coat.  Again, let it dry thoroughly.  Then sand it again.

I should have done a third coat but I got in a hurry and didn’t.  So when I go to paint the couch, I’ll mix up this color and add the third coat.

All done
All done

Once it was all done, I wanted to check for color fastness.  I wash the  couch cushions a lot at my house because of the dog.  It didn’t fade or run after being washed and dried.

I love the pop of color it adds, it was an inexpensive fix to a yukky cushion and it looks great!

It’s hard for me to tell you just how much you will need.  It will depend on the size fabric you are painting, if you are covering a pattern and how dirty it is.  I used 1 cup of paint for this.  Once I put the third coat on, I will have used 1 1/4 cups of paint, 1 1/4 cups of the medium and 2 1/2 cups of water. That’s it.

Kim’s tutorial mentions she used 2 bottles of the Fabric Medium, she was painting an entire chair.  I used less than one bottle for the two coats, so when I add the third coat, it will be an entire bottle.

Some of you loved the color, so here is what I used. I had it on hand from another project.

Paint Color
Paint Color

I plan on tackling the couch this weekend and I’ll post pictures of the before and after when it’s all done.
 

 

 

 

 

Minette

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Cowboy Cookies

Cowboy Cookies
Cowboy Cookies

Southerners love to eat. Sharing food is a way of life. There is nothing better in our minds than sharing a meal with friends or family.  In addition to feeding and fueling our bodies, it feeds our soul.

Someone having a hard time, well we feed them!  Take them supper, including dessert and sweet tea, of course!

Sharing recipes is part of that, though we all have one or two that have been passed down from generation to generation that we guard closely and don’t share.  Sorry y’all!

Thankfully Belle Kim is sharing her recipe for Cowboy Cookies with us.  She made them with her Mama and has been making them all her life.  ( She told me how long she’s been making them, but to tell would be very un~Belle like) These would be good if you’re taking a meal to someone as a dessert.  Or make them eat them, which is what I did last night………

Cowboy Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour ( I used self-rising and didn’t add the baking powder and soda)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups quick oats
1 cup chopped pecans
1 16 o.z package of chocolate chips
Cream butter and sugars. Blend well. Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Mix well and stir in oatmeal, pecans and chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes. Makes approximately 4 dozen.

 

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The Times, They Are A-Changing

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We’ve all heard the old saying, The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same. I think it’s like most cliché’s. It’s a a cliché because it’s true……..

As I’ve said all along, Southern Belle Charm is all about the Belles and the Beaus.  That will never change, nor will my commitment to seeing it grow and become what I envision.

When Cheryl and I got it off the ground two years ago, things were much different. The last two years have seen a lot of change;  for both of us. We invited Cousin Dana to join us in our adventure and she is such an asset to SBC, we love having her.

Recently, for several reasons, Cheryl decided that she could no longer give Southern Belle Charm the time and attention it needs and stepped down and will no longer be active on Facebook or here on the blog.  Cousin Dana has had to take a step back for personal reasons.  She will be back soon and rarin’ to go.

That leaves me.  I’m still here and with a bit of help from one of my oldest and dearest friends, Tina, I am determined to keep it going.

BUT and it’s a big one, as y’all know, I have lots of changes happening right now also.  the forced retirement of Hubs that we were not ready for in any way.  Scrambling to figure things out as we go.  Not sure from one day to the next what we are doing.  About the only thing I am sure of right now would be the following:

Hubs loves me, I’d be lost without my family, I’m crazy about my dog and I am still committed to Southern Belle Charm.

There will be some changes you may or may not notice.  A couple fewer posts on Facebook each day.   But each one will still be answered.  Maybe an ad or two on here and Facebook, because well, I need Southern Belle Charm to be self-supporting.  I can no longer financially support it.

I also have so many ideas on which direction to go from here.  As always, I want to hear what y’all think, what you would like to see more of, less of and any variations thereof.

One thing that will NOT be changing is my determination that Southern Belle Charm be a drama free zone,  regardless if it’s on here, FaceBook, Pinterest, Twitter or Tumblr.  Part of my vision was to create something that I would want to be part of, a place where I can relax and hang out with other people who chose to focus on the good, not the bad in life.  Who realize that we all go through tough times, but we do get through them.  A happy place to leave your cares at the door ( virtually) and just catch your breath.  If your troubles are too big to leave at the door, well, share them with us.  We’ll help you get through them!  It’s what Belles and Beaus do.

Minette

 

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Why Mama Got Arrested

Use Your Words

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

The words I got this month are:
rambunctious ~ honest ~ exposed ~ balmy ~ intricate
They were submitted by: http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/

As Sarah listened to Earl Ray ramble on,  she wanted to scream at him “WHY DID MAMA GET ARRESTED”? But she knew if she started screaming she would get nowhere with him.  He had to tell her in his rambling, intricate  way.

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Seems that Mama had decided to go to Bingo with her oldest friend Billi Fay. Sarah had waved at them as Billi Fay pulled out of the driveway and to be honest had felt a sense of relief that Billi Fay was taking Mama out for a bit.

Mama and Billi Fay got a bit rambunctious when they both called Bingo at the same time.   Words were exchanged and Billi Fay exposed her backside to Mama and Mama bit it!

Earl Ray was called and well, he took them both to jail.   Billi Fay was going to be charged with indecent exposure and Mama was to be charged with assault!  He had no intentions of leaving them there all night and he was betting that the judge would throw the charges out.  After all, he had gone to school with Mama and Billi Fay and knew they had ya ya’d back and forth since first grade.

Hanging up the phone, Sarah snuggled deeper into her rocker on the porch with Ace, giggling at the looks she imagined were on Mama and Billi Fay’s faces as Earl Ray locked them in their cell.    She figured she would enjoy the balmy breeze coming in from the Atlantic before she went and got them out of jail.

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SWAGgin’ Along

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We’ve all heard , “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun’.  It’s true, y’all know that. It also moves along when you’re not having fun, but in this case,  I’m having fun.

The young man pictured here made his appearance in my life 13 years ago today. The first year, due to some issues  when he was born,  we weren’t sure he would ever walk, much less run and do all the things boys do. I’m glad to say that he does them all. He’s actually on the track team,  he’s played basketball, wrestled, played soccer, football and softball. If it’s a sport, he’s done it.   He also is a musician, which makes me even happier.

Of course, his turning 13 today means that I am 13 years older than that COLD day in Milwaukee while I sat in a hospital with no sleep. Or coffee or food…..anyway, that’s neither here nor there.  I never dreamt on that day how much I could love someone other than his  mother, but well I do.  Times 3 actually.

In my mind, he’s also the one most like me.  He’s an old soul, he has a heart as big, if not bigger than mine.  He is going to do amazing things that I’ve never imagined.    I am thinking  that in this case I am willing to wait to see where life takes him.  After all, just cos I’m SWAGgin’ doesn’t mean I want to rush it.

As he reaches this milestone in life, I’ve decided that SWAGgin’  is ok.  Because, well, we all do it, and being a Belle, that means I must do it gracefully.  Really wouldn’t want y’all to revoke my Belle card!

To The Moon And Back times infinity infinity.

Grammi

 

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Still Miss You Daddy

Minette's First Christmas
Minette’s First Christmas

I’m sure there are pictures of my Daddy and me before this one was made. I was three months old. And yes I know Christmas is spelled wrong. I don’t care. Daddy wrote it. :)

8 years ago today I got the call that threw my world and that of my brother and sister off it’s axis.

I drove to work thinking I would call Daddy when I got there. That was what we did several times a week.  Both early risers and we had some of our best conversations on the phone both of us with our coffee, watching the sun rise.

Before I could call him, the phone rang and it was my brother, making what was probably the hardest phone call he has ever had to make.

One of the last pictures I have of my Dad and I, with my brother John.  Steph was taking the picture.
One of the last pictures I have of my Dad and I, with my brother John. Steph was taking the picture.

As an adult, you know that the day will come when you lose a parent. But you don’t think about that because you can’t imagine your world without them there. You just can’t.

It changes you in your soul when it happens.  You never recover in some ways.  You learn to live without them.  You treasure the little signs that let you know they are still with you in your heart.  You look for pennies, for the first time believing the legend that a penny is a loved one’s way of letting you know they are there.

Life goes on.  Not quite as bright, one less person that thinks you hung the moon, that always has your back whether you are right or wrong.  You adjust.  You laugh again, you love, you LIVE, because you know that is what they want.

Daddy
Daddy

Love you Daddy

Poochie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SSS and Getting Caught

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It’s Secret Subject Swap Friday! I look forward to these every month. I love the challenge of using a phrase someone else came up with, letting my mind roam over all the possibilities.

This month there are 15 of us who took the challenge.   After you read this one, please follow the links below to find out what the words were that Southern Belle Charm submitted ,who got them and what that did with them.  Feel free to leave comments on any or all of the posts.
This month my words are:

 Uh oh, you just got caught by the police. What were you doing to get into hot water and how will you get out of this?

They were submitted by: http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com

As Sarah listened to Earl Ray explain exactly WHY he had to arrest their Mama, her mind wandered into the past.  It was a trick she had perfected growing up with Earl Ray.  That boy never did know how to say what he needed to say and get on with it……….She knew she should be paying closer attention to what Earl Ray was saying, but she also knew it would take him 5 minutes to get to the true reason.

Sarah was working hard to keep the giggle out of her voice as she “Umm’d” listening to Earl Ray go on and she remembered the time she was hanging out with her Crawford cousin, DG at Granny’s house and getting caught breaking into the local Music Store.  They decided there was some sheet music in the local music store they just HAD to have right then.  It didn’t matter that it was 11 o’clock at night and the store was closed for the day.

The red double door of the music store gleamed in the moonlight in the alley.   DG knew a trick to get the door open and they were in!     The full moon shone  through the plate glass windows at the front of the store, highlighting the Steinway Baby Grand Piano that had sat in the window as long as Sarah and DG could remember.

Giggling, they found their way to the racks that held the sheet music, grabbed the one they couldn’t live without and headed  to the back door.

Just as they pulled it open, they noticed the red and blue flashing lights casting an eerie glow on the alley.  As they looked at each other with fear in their eyes the Chief of Police stepped out of his car.

BUSTED!  They knew they were in trouble now.  Sarah stepped into the glow of the lights and smiled her best smile.  The Chief of Police wasn’t having it.  He knew that smile, he knew these two kids.  He knew they were good kids, but wanted them to realize they had stepped over the line this time.    Sarah could see the conflicting emotions on his face as he studied them a minute more.  “What in tarnation are you doing here kids?  Why are you coming out of the Music Store this late at night?  Does your Granny know you are breaking into her store in the middle of the night?”.

Sarah and DG  talked over each other, trying their best to explain to the Chief what they were doing there after hours, all the Chief could do was shake his head.    As he put them in the back seat, Sarah started crying and all she could choke out was

“But Granddaddy”

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Patience

Argo Baptist Church
Argo Baptist Church

I was stumbling around the internet yesterday and I came across this picture of a small Southern Baptist Church. No clue how I managed to find it since what I was looking for something totally unrelated.
Despite the fact that the last time I saw it, it was very different, I knew where it was and for many years who the Preacher was.  My Granddaddy Sam.

Sam and Betty Massey
Sam and Betty Massey

I just sat there staring at the pictures as memories flooded my mind, things I had forgotten.  Remembering all the times I sat in the front pew, with my Grandmother, DeeDee,   digging in her purse for the gum I KNEW she had in there, or the mints, the pencil in a side pocket so I could doodle while Granddaddy spoke.

I remember looking around in wonder as I watched everyone focus on my granddaddy standing up there, listening closely to what he said. To them he was the man in charge, able to ease a troubled soul, help them find the answers.  To me he was just Granddaddy.

With all the things going on in my life these days and being so stressed trying to figure things out, I can only guess that my stumbling across this picture was to help remind me of things I have maybe forgotten.    As I sit and smile, looking at a small Southern Baptist Church,  I hear Granddaddy’s voice in my head.  That smooth voice that brought comfort to so many, in his Alabama accent.   I see him as he sat while the hymns were sung and the announcements made,  twiddling his thumbs.    Many years later,   I asked him why he always did that and he smiled as he told me he wasn’t a patient man and it helped him remember that it wasn’t his turn yet, but it was coming.    Plus he knew that I was fascinated by thumb twiddling……..

So Granddaddy, message received.  I will be patient.  I will have faith that when I come out the other side of all the upheaval and uncertainties I will know what Hubs and I are doing and where we’re headed.

Minette

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KEY LIME PIE

Easy Key Lime Pie. I don’t think there’s any self-respecting Southern Belle who doesn’t relish KEY LIME PIE!

This recipe couldn’t be easier !!!

What You Need:

1 prepared 9-inch graham cracker crust

1 can sweetened condensed milk

8-ounces of whipped heavy cream

1/4 cup of fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)

5 drops of doTERRA Lime essential oil

The zest of 3 limes for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Beat sweetened condensed milk and lime juice in small mixing bowl until combined.
  2. Fold in whipped heavy cream until everything is combined. Pour into crust.
  3. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Garnish with lime slices and lime zest.

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Waiting For Good Times

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Southern Proverb: You can’t hurry the good times just by waiting for them

I’ve been reading a lot lately. It helps take my mind off all that is going on and keeps me from worrying about all the changes Hubs and I are going through. Plus, let’s admit it, other than Gibbs night on TV, there isn’t much on………

In a  not great/just ok book I read recently, the author  used Southern Proverbs as chapter headings. I knew most of them, but a few I’d never heard of. This one I’ve heard all my life.  With all that is going on in my life, I’ve thought long and hard about what this means these days.

To be fair to myself, I am NOT one of those people that truly hate Monday or spend my days wishing Saturday would hurry and get here.  Each day is a gift that many don’t get.  It’s up to us to make the most of each one.  They’re not all perfect, but I am determined to find good things in each day.   Some days it is easier than others, but there is always something.

But Hubs and I both are guilty of saying “Well, when ______________ happens, we can do this”.    We have to stop that.  His forced retirement has driven home to us that we can’t wait for the perfect time to retire, the perfect time to take a trip, the perfect time to do anything.   We can only do it when we are shown that it’s time, we may not think it’s the perfect time, but well, we’ve been known to be wrong…..(.I know, I know, who would have thought I could be wrong).

Minette

 

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