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Friday, March 17, 2017

Who Knew!!!

Beautiful Foiling Using My Laser Printer 

Well, I didn't know you could use a hot laminator and a laser printer to do foiling!! At least not until my daughter in law's Mom needed some invitations and requested rose gold foiling.  She told me that she saw a tutorial on YouTube using a laminator, so, of course, I had to check it out.

I already had some foil that I use in my tee shirt applications, but, I was unaware of the laminator usage.  I pulled out my old laminator, but noooo, it wouldn't work, the foil just didn't stick. I believed that it just wasn't getting hot enough.It's really really old, but Some people say it's the printer that makes the difference.  Well, I decided to bite the bullet and buy a new laminator, but couldn't find one that I was sure of, so I decided to purchase the Minc Foiling Machine.  It's made for this, and it has 6 temperature settings, AND . . . . It was on sale, not the itty bitty 6" one, but the large 13". and if you know me, bigger is better!!  The 6" is also only a few dollars than the sale price of the 13".

Now as I anxiously awaited my new "Minc", I was worrying about my printer, I was hoping that it would work well with the foil.  The toner is what gets heated when it goes through the Minc and that is what makes the foil stick. So I wasn't sure, and I sure didn't want to invest in a new printer.
Yeah, it arrived!!  I used their sample pieces and ran them through the machine . . . . BEAUTIFUL!!!
I didn't think to take a picture before I foiled them, but the designs were simply black.

Now, for what I had been worrying about, my laser printer!! I have a Brother MFC9130CW Wireless All In One Printer and have not always been happy with the results, but, for the most part, it's okay, it only acts up on certain specialty papers.  Well, I printed out a few images using the black only setting and . . . WOW!!
Just check these out, the pics just don't do it justice.

Laser printed, no foiling


OH, YEAH!!!


Really hard to get a good photo, but, these are amazing.  So smooth and professional looking.  I purposely used an image that had a lot of detail, and let me tell you, it is flawless!!

So, I ordered some new watercolor foil



I used an image I found online with the word Paris and printed it with my Brother MFC9130CW Wireless All In One Printer, just to practice.  That's the beauty of being able to use my printer, there is no limit to the designs and styles that you can produce using your favorite graphics program such as Adobe Illustrator or Coreldraw.
I was using a piece that had already been used for practice, so the few little black areas that show are where there was no foiling on the paper, but, you get the idea, it is absolutely beautiful.  It is so hard to get good photos of these though.

This is also a vintage style image, so the style is more of a hand drawn effect, the foiling is not rough.  It is also the watercolor, so there are color variations.

Needless to say, I was sooo happy that my laser printer did such a good a job, I had read some one's blog who had purchased and returned about 6 laser printers before she found one that produced the quality she wanted.


I bought my printer in March 2014, so I've had it for a few years, but, it works amazingly for this technique, or at least the one I purchased does.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wow!! Time is Flying By!!

I can't believe how fast everything is moving!!  I suppose that the older you get, the faster it passes.  Anyway, I'm going to update everyone on a few projects that I have been working on and I will start from current projects and go backwards until I catch up.  

There are a lot of different things, so, I hope you enjoy the updates.

DIY Outdoor Sink

Sooo much easier than you think!!



I bought a 4 gallon galvenized wash tub from Amazon for about $15.00.  I wish I had purchased a larger size, but for our needs, it'll do, for now.  I used a faucet that had been sent to replace a faulty one in my kitchen. (I had already replaced the kitchen faucet)  I used a couple of  2x4 treated lumber that has been in my wood stash forever for the legs and used some leftover decking from a table I refurbished for the counter top.  
I wanted to place it on the end of my workbench, but, since I share it with the hubs, and he didn't want to take up the space on the bench, I had to come up with an alternative solution, hence the now portable sink countertop. I like being able to move it around, I have to admit.


 What you will need:
1. Watertight galvanized wash tub
2. A faucet (all of your hoses and everything you need for the faucet should be in the package.
3.  Pop Up Drain
4. A Drill
5.  A Hole Cutter to fit the size of your pop up drain
6. Outdoor waterproof Silicone



First, figure out your surface and where you want to place the tub, make sure you have enough space for the faucet too. You just need a space that the wash tub will fit on and is convenient for you, or do what I did and build one yourself.  Second, you will need to use your drill and your hole cutter to cut a hole through the center of the bottom of the wash tub. Next, wherever you have decided to place your sink you will also need to drill a hole for the drain and the faucet.  I placed my wash tub on the countertop and traced the hole I had cut in the tub to mark where I needed to cut the hole to go through the counter top.  Now you can start adding your drain and your faucet.   Just follow the instructions that came with your drain and faucet for installation.

These are the hole cutters that I used.  They usually come in a set and they attach to your drill.


The wash tub is much thinner than most sink vessels, so I had to add a spacer board, (again, a scrap piece of decking) underneath the countertop to allow for the snug fitting of the drain. 

I love the pop up drain, works better than any other drains out there!! (just my own opinion).
I also ran a bead of silicone around the inner bottom of the wash tub, (just in case) and also around where the drain is placed in the hole in the tub.


So, here we go, finished faucet and drain installation on the countertop that I made.  I plan on painting the legs brown because the old 2 x 4's I used had white paint on them, so I am going to paint them to match the legs on my workbench.  I also plan on adding rollers to the bottom, because, it's a little heavy to just pick up and move. 


Still Need to paint the legs


Now for the Garden Hose Hook Up
You will Need a setup that will allow hookup of both hot , cold water, (so water will be supplied thru both hoses and allow for stronger flow) this only allows for cold water because my water supply is being supplied by my garden hose 

Anyway, the photos below are what I ended up using even though I don't need the valve, but it saved me from buying a bunch of adapters.



You will also need a garden hose garden hose adapter

Here is the final hook up


 This is the drain Hose that I used, it just falls behind the deck behind the bushes and drains out there.  We will use this little sink to rinse off our rocks and stones for our lapidary, so nothing harsh will be going into the ground just more water sand and dirt.


You may have a better Idea for the drainage, I just stuck the pop up drain pipe into the rubber tubing and then I sealed it with silicone for extra precaution against leaking.  Everything works, and no leaks!!  AWESOME!!

Hope this helps you to go on out there and do a little satisfying DIY projects!!

God Bless!!







Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Just A Little Change!!

Hey, Guys, sorry it's been so long since the last post!! Don't Ask!!😉  Anywayy, just got tired of that old template, so, I decided to add some of my own artwork and really make it mine.  Enjoy!!

I'll be posting lots of projects that I have completed and, if I do say so myself, they are pretty awesome!!  So, get ready!!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Springtime Backyard Blitz Builds

Floor for my Future Outdoor Shed.  For now after I build the floor, I will erect one of those Garage in a Box thingys so I can get move some of the stuff out of my garage so I can access my wood working tools without having to crawl over yard equipment . . Ugghhh!!  I sooo need a giant barn on some land with a small living space in one corner and the rest for all the things I love to do.
OMG!! Who know, this has turned into a full blown backyard building blitz!!

Deck Blocks

My Little Helper, Jacob - Check out his YouTube Channel:  JMaker2007
sooo cute!!






 This huge concrete ramp was here when we bought the property, and who knows what I was thinking when I placed the floor, cuz, I not only made it a couple of inches above the top of the ramp, I started it a foot or so away . . . duh, so, what to do, I just built a mini ramp to extend the concrete ramp. Worked!
 My Garage in a Box is only 12 X16, so I decked the front portion of the floor with treated deck boards because they would be exposed to the weather.  The rest will be protected by the portable shed.




Well, I've got some leftover decking boards and deck blocks, so on to a small deck off the back of the house patio



 Check it out . . . Looks great!!  




 More leftover pieces, so yeah, I think I'll build a replica of a swing/glider my Dad built but was so dilapidated after 
 25 years was unable to repair it so I used his swing as a template. I did manage to save his top decorative piece and put it on mine.  (See the green strip across the top) Yep, I like it.
So, I Stained and Sealed it in #WoodRx Chestnut Sealer and stain




Grand Daughter likes it too!!

Okay, onto my Square Foot Gardens

I bought this little garden box from Sams for 39.00, and thought it was a fair deal, 





Looks good, Right??
 but, then I thought, I can do sooo much better, so, I'm just gonna build my own. So I did.  And it IS sooo much better and for a mere 65.00, I was able to build this fashionable 3x the space square foot garden with a strawberry section. Yes, I'm quite proud of it:



Frame


 Stained and Sealed
Lined with heavy plastic and 
 added a Strawberry Section



Yeah!! That's Awesome!!
and the cost of the materials for the box . . . $63.00

Now, for my po' li'l Micro Vineyard . . . Uhmmm, I think it needs an arbor . . . well, let's do it!!

I was inspired by the Remodelaholic
Vegetable Garden Arbor DIY Plans remodelaholic

Supplies $63.00

Drilled holes for Bolts
 and stained

 First Section Up



Second Section Up and Connected to First Section


Wire attached and Seedless Concord Grapes Planted



Okay, his is fancier, but, I'm lovin' mine.  I need to add 4 more posts in order to make my tunnel walk way.  My plan is to gave a small walk thru tunnel under the grape vines. You will be able to enter and exit from the front and the sides.  In the main arbor entrance, I plan to build 2 benches facing each other.
Just thought I'd throw in my little mint patch for y'all, this smells sooooo good, chocolate mint, spearmint, and peppermint!! UUuuuhhhmmmmm, smells wonderful!!

I went on a building blitz. I started in april, but was unable to work for 10 days while I stayed with my grand kids house while their Mom was on a trip, and I came to a stopping point this past weekend.  Ran out of materials, Time for a Lumber run!!!!

I have put all of my Citrus Trees on the end of my new deck, I call it my Micro Orchard


Now for the real test:  Can I Keep them All Alive . . . Hopeful!!


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