Monday, July 19, 2010

DIY Project...Office Organization Hanging Metal File System...2nd Life, A Glorious Life

LoVe it!


I just Completed my ReDo of this Metal Filing System

Here's a Pictorial of How I Did It...It's So EZ, You can Too!

Look Familiar?
Those Heavy Ugly Looking Metal File Systems
Got this one at a Thrift Store

Hmmmm....this looks like it needs a definite Redo

Shaga, shaga, shaga...
You have to lightly Sand down the existing Paint
so that your New paint will

I used this Hand held Sandpaper Handy Dandy Thingamajiggy

Jimmy let me borrow his.

This is what it looks like...sanded, all over.

Then, I painted the Entire thing with a Primer Spray Paint.

Here's the Spray Paint I used.
Primer on the left, New Blue color on the Right.
And, Laurie...
that's the handy dandy little handheld Trigger dodad
that I attach to the Spray Can and use to spray ...
like a gun trigger or water hose trigger...
no carpal tunnel.
Get it from Home Depot or your local hardware store next to the Spray Paint cans.

Handy Tip: Lay Newspaper down on the Ground when you spray paint.
Then, you don't get grass and other "stuff" stuck to your new paint.

It's called: Live and Learn.

After the Primer Paint dried, I sprayed on the glorious Blue color.


Then I used Painter's Blue Tape and taped up the areas I wanted to KEEP Blue.
Used Old Paper to cover the really big areas in the Front.

Then, Spray Paint away with this Bright Cheery Green.

TIP#2: Spray in Well Ventilated areas, away from Precious things you do NOT want to get painted by the mists that your dog, your car, your house, your child. Got the picture?

Also Tip #3: Wear a Face Mask so you don't breathe in that paint.

Next Step, Using Modge Podge, I "glued on" this Fabric sheets that I got from my Pal.

Side story: I wanted to use "vintage" fabric but had none on hand that would go with this color and "look". I searched online but couldn't find anything either.
Then, couple days later, knock knock on my door...
my next door neighbor held out this stack of Fabric Sheets used for Scrapbooking
and asked if I could use these.
Like "Fields of Dreams", build it and they shall come...
well, "think it and it will come".
P.S. I'm really thinking super hard everyday about getting our own home.
I'll tell you how that turns out.

So, I just brushed on the Modge Podge using a big brush. Just use whatever you have to brush on the biggie. I just have a lot of brushes.

Tip #4: Wash your Brush with Water AFTER modge podging.
or else you'll have a hard dried up brush

Tah Dah!

Another 2nd Life RE-Do for Vintage Lovelies.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Twilight Inspired Full On Charm Bracelet...Contact Me To Get Your Own Today

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

From Damned to Glammed...Spray Painting New Life Into Old Stuff...Another DIY Project

Refresh, Revive, Resuscitate Your "Old" Stuff
and Give them a Second Chance at Life
by Spray Painting

Step 1: Remove Dust from Object with brush or towel
Step 2: Using Painter's Tape (bc EZ to Remove), tape up the areas you don't want to get painted.
Be kinda anal with taping...avoid taping places where you want to get painted
because when you later remove the tape,
you'll remove the paint....I know this from experience.

Step 3: Spray Paint the Object according to manufacturer's instructions on the can
I Love to use this handy dandy spray gun attachment which allows
me to spray for a longer time very easily

Here I used All White White White spray paint
and turned an
out-of-date Gold colored Mirror
into a
Shabby Chic Bright White Adorable Mirror

Step 4: Let Dry
Spray paint in WELL Ventilated the out doors...away from anything you don't want to
get "second hand" your car

Also, if spraying in yard, put down old newspapers or garbage bag
because you don't want to get bits of grass and other organic matter
sticking to your paint...and again, I know this from experience.
It sucks to have to pull off grass from wet paint!

Close-up of the paint job

I'm pretty happy with the results
And, it takes just minutes to do.

Have fun!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Happy 4th of July...Hawaii Style

From Hawaii with Love...
4th of July Firework Display
as seen from Waikiki

Reminds me of Big Island's Volcano's Lava Flowing...

Always LoVe these Huge Chrysanthemum Firworks!

The More the Merrier I say!




Here Comes the....


This year, as we do every year, my Family gathers in Waikiki and celebrates 4th of July together. It's a huge food extravaganza...fried chicken, finger licking ribs, musubis aka rice balls, potato macaroni salad, Zippy's Chili and Redondo's Hot Dogs, filipino noodles, sliced iced cold Watermelon, Plantation Pineapple Iced Tea...and more. We gather together, relax under the shade of the palm trees, talking laughing eating.

So much fun, so memorable, so Just Right.

I LoVe fireworks! Don't you?

Here's My photos of the firework display set off near Ala Moana Beach Park but seen from Waikiki.

Enjoy! From Hawaii With Love...God Bless America, the Land of the Free!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Mariah and Her Bridesmaids....Congratulations Mariah!

Mariah and Her Lucky Bridesmaids on her Wedding Day!
Each Bridesmaids was gifted by Mariah with my
"Green Grass" Tourmaline Sterling Silver Necklace
Simply Understated Goodness

Mariah's Lucky Bridesmaid and Groomsman
She's wearing my "Green Grass" Tourmaline Gemstone Necklace
The Tourmaline Colors Were Carefully Chosen by Mariah

Mariah's "Green Grass" Tourmaline Necklaces
A Thoughtfully Chosen Bridesmaids' Gift
for Her Lucky Bridesmaids

Looking Spectacular on Her WeddingDay

My lovely Bride Mariah just recently got married in June. She graciously sent me some photos of her and her Bridesmaids on her Wedding Day.

I always enjoy seeing my Bride and her Bridal Party all dressed up, looking Beautiful and having a Fabulous time on her Wedding Day. And, I am always honored to have played even a little part in her day by creating their Bridal Jewelry.

I blogged about Mariah's Custom Order Bridesmaids' Jewelry back in February of this year. You can read more about it here... Click HERE.

If you're looking for that Perfect Bridesmaids' Gift, Please Visit my Bridal shop, Blue Lovebirds (click on shop name) and my other Gemstone and Religious Jewelry shop, Stacy's Designs 88 (click on shop name).

Congratulations Mariah! What a Gorgeous Bride!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

2010 Na Wahine Super Sprint Triathalon...Here I Come, Ready Or Not...

2008 Na Wahine Triathlon

Okay, so you know how I've been trying to find something to get me motivated to Exercise? Well, I have been. And, "NO", the fact that it'll be good for me for the Present and "insurance" for my Healthy Future is NOT, I repeat, NOT enough incentive to get me to Exercise and Eat right. Well, I'm eating fine and fast food, no super fatty food, etc. etc. But, it was the exercising part that always was my achilles heal.

This week at a check-up, my doctor asked if I was 1) Exercising, and 2) Eating Right (aka Dieting to lose weight). I told him "No, and NO" to both questions. He asked me "why?" I said "Because I'm Lazy." He shut up. As he was leaving, he said "okay, just start exercising and dieting". I said "ummmmm...." a noncommittal "I don't think so". He said "you're 5'1", you should weigh 105 pounds." I was like "what?! You must be joking. The last time I saw 105 was when I was in high school. The lowest weight I was ever when I was in my fittest shape was at 125 or a bit less when I was doing the Tinman Triathalon." Being the magnaminous doctor that he is, he said "I'll take 125." yeah, you sure would buddy, I thought. Or did I say it out loud?

And, then that very night, my GF called and told me she was training to do the 2010 Na Wahine Super Sprint Triathlon held on September 12th. I said "what?" I did the Na Wahine Triathlon several several years the days when I was training and doing Tinman Triathlons. I did the Na Wahine for "fun" because I was already in shape from completing the Tinman. Hmmmm....

Wow, is this a "Sign" or what?

I'm into "signs". Okay, this seemed like a "sign", right?

So, I told my GF, I'll train with you and do the mini mini triathlon...250 meter swim/6 mile bike/1.5 mile run. In 2 1/2 months, I think I can get my Jabba the Hut body out of my front door and back 1) swimming in the ocean, 2) biking down the streets, and 3) God forbid...running on the streets again.

That's me, el "Jabba the Hut"...without my trusty remote control
...uh, I think I'm sitting on it,
reclining in my lounge chair
which you can't see
and watching my Netflix.

I told her I had to really get myself "hyped up" about it in my head. Like I had to seriously get the rest of my mind and body to agree with my mouth that WE...and I do mean the collective "WE" body, mind, and mouth... that We could and would do it. I mean, how hard can it be right? Like going from Zero mph to WARP Speed. Okay, I'm going to need to do a LOT of mental mind games with myself.

That's Right, Warp Speed Sulu!

So, today was Day 2 of "Training" which so far has consisted of seeing if I could still...Walk. That's right, you heard me. Walk. One foot in front of the other...walk walk. Then, maybe I can start seeing if I still remember how to "Run". A faster version of the "Walk". And, maybe next week, see if I can find my way to the community pool when all the kids are NOT there and see if I can bypass the "Whale" alert. You know, the "OMG, is that a Beluga Whale afloat in our Community Pool?" alert alarm.

Hi, I'm your friendly Neighborhood Beluga Whale.

So, I decided maybe I can get more hyped up about it and totally dedicate myself to doing this if I posted this in my blog, making it public, and making a work out schedule to get me into shape. I've now posted this in my blog. Okay, next step is to create my work-out schedule. And, maybe get some new shoes. Oh, and new snazzy work out outfit...or maybe I'll wait til I lose some poundage.

BTW, this does NOT mean that I want friends and family to "nag" me about doing this. I gotta do it on my own, without nagging... just some positive encouragement or interest only PLEEZEEE.

Where the hell is my remote control? Lift that left cheek...there it is.

Anyway, here's to 2 1/2 months and counting down.

P.S. If you want to join us, here's the sign up sheet....Click HERE.


Everyday Jewelry for the Female Athlete

You trained Hard And you Achieved what you set out to do. Long Hard days and nights of working out and eating right.  I know how it is.  I trained for and completed 3 Tinman Triathlons and the Women's Na Wahine Triahlon. Treat yourself to something special because you earned it.  Jewelry to wear while you train or while you work and play and Live. Your gift to yourself for doing what you set out to do. Congratulations!  Check out my easy to wear everyday jewelry in my shop Stacy's Designs 88 here... Click Here. Jewelry made by a fellow Athlete for Athletes.


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