Saturday, February 26, 2011

Boon-A-Rang Table Returns

Well, I have completed the Boon-A-Rang Table.  Since, I have not painted or refinished furniture since the mids 1980's, I am quite content with the project.  There are imperfections on the table, which I like.

Except for the Hummel, (which was a gift from my Hubby) all the items used in the vignette on the table have been in our family for many many moons either from hand-me-downs or garage sale purchases.

I have enjoyed this project.  I am looking forward to completeing a few more small and large projects such as painting and staining the Fleur-de-lis hooks and tins.  I purchased the Fleur-de-lis hooks and tins at First Monday in Canton, Texas back in October.
My plan is to use them over at my oldest son's house.

Also, I have a chair and a bookcase hanging around in the garage for nearly two years.  I am planning to complete these two items within the next month and move them to the oldest son's house.

(notice the bookcase has been in the garage so long, we are starting to use it)

Obviously, the cleaning and organizing of the garage should be tackled soon!

Thank you so much for stopping by and viewing the blog... I love to hear from you.

Enjoy your weekend!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

OOPS!!! I Forgot to Watermark Blog Photos

The other day, in all of the excitement over my first post, I forgot to watermark my photos.

Here is an example of a photo without a watermark
When you watermark your photos, you are letting everyone know that these pictures belong to you; not because you do not want them to use them.  Please give credit where credit is due.

A photo with a watermark

"Wandaful Wonders" in the bottom right hand corner of photo is a watermark.

After I published the post, I panicked; thinking watermarking pictures is going to be a GREAT BIG DEAL.
So, I did the faithful Google search, and found more information than I needed (which I love).  I learned that you can use free programs, purchase programs, read "how to articles", and watch Youtube videos on how to watermark pictures.

Then I searched "How to watermark pictures using Picasa." Picasa is a photo-editing program that I normally use.  "Picasa 3 is a software download program from Google that helps you organize, edit and share your photos.  It is free and easy to use."

I have uploaded the instructions from Picasa and Picasa Web Albums Help.

From Picasa: Adding watermarks to photos

You can help protect your images by adding a watermark to your photos. A watermark in Picasa is white text that's added to the lower-right corner of photos during the export or upload process. To add a watermark to a photo, please use the following steps:

During export

  1. Select the photos you'd like to export.
  2. Click the Export button in the Photo Tray.
  3. Select the 'Add a watermark' checkbox.
  4. In the watermark box, enter your watermark text.
  5. Click OK. Your photos will be exported with your watermark in place.

While uploading

  1. Before you upload, click Tools > Options (Windows) or Picasa > Preferences (Mac).
  2. Select the Picasa Web Albums tab.
  3. Select the 'Add a watermark for all uploads' checkbox.
  4. In the watermark box, enter your watermark text.
  5. Click OK. All uploaded photos will possess your chosen watermark.
Picasa will never make changes to your original photo file. Exporting and uploading pictures with edits or watermarks applied creates an edited JPG copy of the original photo.
updated 10/09/2010

Since, I am on a huge learning curve regarding every aspect of blogs and blogging, this is what I am going to use until I expand and develop the blog site.

I hope this small bit of information has helped you.  I know it is not the first time this topic has been discussed, however, I know there are others, who can use the budget-crunching information.

My Boon-A-Rang Table is almost complete.  Soon, I will be sharing the completed table in its honored spot.

Thank you for your comments on the blog and Facebook.  I welcome all comments.

Make it a Great Day!


Monday, February 21, 2011

The "boom-a-rang" table


I am so EXCITED!  This is my very FIRST POST to my FIRST EVER BLOG. Since before Christmas,  I have been stalking other blogs while being totally mesmerized by the many talented, smart, brave and adventurous women and men, who regularly share their experiences of family, home, travel, interior designs, cooking, technology and thought-provoking topics.  I hope my post can be as engaging to you as other posts have been to me.

I  have selected, as my first project, a table I purchased back in the mid-1980's at a garage sale.  This versatile little table has been in my home, both of my sons' homes, and has now boom-a-ranged back to my house. 

Here is a before picture of the table.

I lightly sanded the table and sprayed primer on the table.

I sprayed several light coats of Valspar Satin Interior/Exterior - Porcelain and brushed Sherwin Williams Wood Classics Interior Wood Oil Stain - Fruit Wood on top and used paper towels to wrap off the stain until I reached the look I liked.  I still need to add a polyurethane satin top coat.  I plan to use this "old new" table upstairs in my landing area in front of a leather love seat.

Here are a few peeks at the table.

Any suggestions regarding either the table or my new blog are welcomed.  When the top coats have been applied and the table is moved upstairs, I will share the new look with you.

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting.