This and That May 9, 2012

Hello there,

You know, I just love to laugh at myself! And I’ve had a few chances to do that this week. And it’s only Wednesday afternoon!

Case in point…this week I decided that I was going to make pasta, like we did in Italy, at our cooking class. It sounded like a really great idea. It ended up thick enough to stop traffic!

I wish I had a better picture, but trust me, light and delicate would not have been appropriate adjectives. Next time, if there is a next time, I need to roll the dough quite a bit thinner. Thankfully, Mr. Wonderful did not complain or point fingers. He’s the easiest man in the world to please, when it comes to food!

Next up, on the hit parade of DIY projects, was a chandelier renovation. I found this chandelier on Craig’s List, at a really great price.

I was looking for a way to make the candle sleeves more attractive. I don’t care for the white plastic look. So, I found some shelf liner in my pantry and thought I could cover the candle sleeves with this webbed material, creating the look of a beeswax candle, believe it or not!

I didn’t know quite what to use as an adhesive, so I used my glue dots, thinking that they would be easy to remove, if the material did not look good. The only problem was that after about 10 minutes, the material started lifting from the plastic. Oops! Tip of the day: Never use glue dots on anything, unless you want the glue dots to stay there for ever. They are that hard to remove! I spent more time on this silly project yesterday, then I will admit to anyone!

Now if you’re new to this blog, please know that I don’t screw everything up. But it certainly happens from time to time. That’s life!

I’ll be working at Veranda Antiques on Thursday, so please come visit me. I’ll give you the grand tour, and show you around!

All of my painted furniture is on sale right now, so come take a look!

Isn’t this canvas at Marshall’s great?

Thanks so much for being here!

Until next time,

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  1. Gretchen Gerg on May 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    You are so funny. I have a friend who is a fabulous cook but when she makes something that isn’t great her husband says, “If that was a lot of trouble, you don’t need to make it again”. My husband on the other hand will eat anything I cook. I’ll have to be careful with my glue dots. I wish I could visit you at Veranda Antiques and have a guided tour.


  2. Shirley@housepitalitydesigns on May 10, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Barbara…what a fantastic idea…I have some of that liner…never really looked at it to be decorative and you did…I love it!!….

    The pasta looks wonderful…Bon Appetit!!

    Have a wonderful day!

  3. kim on May 10, 2012 at 4:19 am

    I have a much easier way to get the look of beeswax candle covers. You can order them and they are not very much. Just reply to this by email and I will give you the link.

    • Barbara Bussey on May 10, 2012 at 7:44 am

      Hello dear Kim,
      Please share your secrets!

  4. Debbie Kick on May 10, 2012 at 8:51 am

    There is a product called Un-Du. It takes glue dots off easily. Since I need to un-do nearly everything I touch, I have bottles of it. let me know if you want to borrow….

  5. Debbie Kick on May 10, 2012 at 8:51 am

    PS: I think the pasta looks yuuuuummmmmmmy.

  6. Barbara@HausDesign on May 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I love how you share the “bloopers” as well as the successes. 🙂 I bought a pasta maker a long time ago and it was a complete disaster. I decided it was worth it to just buy fresh made pasta by the pros! 🙂

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