Saturday, July 13, 2019

A bit of a Product Review #1

I have been using FolkArt's Outdoor Acrylic paint for over a year now on various things. One of the main things I like about it is that it is self-sealing, but you can varnish it with a water-based varnish or sealer.
I used it on the bluebird house that I painted last year...
I used the white as a base coat...
I used the two shades of green for the main colors...
And here it is out on the tree to the side of my apartment, and it is still looking great a year later. The bluebirds like it so much, they stayed in it all winter and started having babies in January this year.
I used the white on these guys, the pear-shaped snowmen, so I wouldn't have to varnish them. They are still looking good, no cracks, or chips, or discoloration.
And I used the white on my paper-mache winter sweater ornament earlier this year and it is still looking good. No cracks, or chips, or discoloration.
Now, recently I have been using the white on my attic door, excuse the crappy picture, my camera couldn't pick up well what my eye can see. The paint as it dried, made all kinds of hairline cracks, they weren't awful, but still, it was annoying. So I sanded the door down and redid it and it happened again and the cracks were worse. So, I went through the process a third time, still cracks but very few this time. So, I'm going to leave them, they are very tiny, the varnish I've decided to use to protect the paint from the bumping and wear and tear of the door being used will fill in the cracks and keep them from getting worse. So, I showed you all the things I've been using the same bottles of paint on so you can see it does hold up well over time, but only to a certain point. Probably the constant opening and closing of the paint bottle didn't help. But when the FolkArt Outdoor paint is new and fresh, it is GREAT! I highly recommend it! If you care to use it, I would say get only the amount you are going to use for the project you want it for and use it up quickly. Acrylic paint, in general, doesn't store well over time, as it starts to go bad it gets thick and gloppy and separates out and no amount of shaking the bottle will fix it.

So, on a scale of one to ten, with one being worst and ten being best, when the FolkArt Outdoor Acrylic Paint is brand new, I give it a ten. When the same bottle of paint is a year old, I'd say you are really pushing your luck using it, the results might not be as good as when the paint was new. So, as the paint in the same bottle gets older, I'd give it a five. Try to use the paint up before it gets to be six months old, after that the quality starts to go downhill.

So, there you go! I hope my product review is helpful to you! The FolkArt Outdoor Acrylic Paint is very easy to use and has low odor and it washes off your paint brushes and your hands with soap and water. If it splatters on to things you don't want it on, wipe it off with a damp paper towel while the splatters are still wet, if the paint dries you'll have to scrap it off. And once it dries on your clothing, it won't come off, so wear old clothes when working with the paint.
So, I hope you all have a GREAT rest of this weekend! Now that I've finally finished with the trials and tribulations of painting the attic door, I'll do posts on here more often. While I was in the thick of it, it was seriously pissing me off and I was determined to make the door turn out at least not bad looking. I wanted to finish it up so I could give an honest review of using the paint.
So, have a GREAT EVENING! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!







Thursday, July 4, 2019

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!!!!

HAPPY 4th of JULY TO ALL WHO CELEBRATE IT!!!!!!!! And, to those of you who don't celebrate it, HAVE A SUPER GREAT DAY!!!!  B.B. Jo and Lil' Mo are lending their paws  to the holiday greeting, and they want to remind pet owners to provide a safe, quiet place for their pets to hide during all the fireworks.

Animals have much stronger senses of hearing and smell, and all the sounds and smells from the fireworks upset them greatly. So, a secure, quiet place for them is very important. So, be considerate of your pets, you're not doing them any favors by dragging them to see the fireworks displays. Let the furries stay at home!!!
So, be careful and have a safe fourth of July!!! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!



Friday, June 21, 2019

HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!!!!

This is the day with the longest amount of actual daylight, so go outside and enjoy it! Take a walk around your neighborhood. Go to the beach, or to a park...
Or hang out in your yard and enjoy your garden...
And all the little critters that live there! I hope you all have a SUPER GREAT DAY and an AWESOME WEEKEND!!!!! HAPPY GARDENING and HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!!­čśÄ



Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Happy Wednesday!

You're halfway through the week! Take a Zen moment, breath in for five counts, hold it for five counts, breath out for ten counts. Do this breath exercise for ten breaths or longer to help decompress and help tame stress. Two more days to the weekend! Have a great rest of this day, and an even better tomorrow! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!!
                       



Tuesday, June 18, 2019

My Garden in Great Big Pots & A Ladybug Update!



I was going to say organic garden, but not every single thing I use is 100% organic, so, I can't say totally organic. I mix vegetable and fruit peels and tea leaves into the soil to feed the earthworms in the pots. I get organic produce when I can, but in this area, it isn't exactly cheap. Most of the pots have Miracle Gro Nature's Care Organic Moisture Control Potting Soil in them.
The two pictured here, that you can see have cockscombs in the front of the pots, and morning glories in the back part of the pots, have Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil in them. Lowe's had run out of the organic Nature's Care soil, and I wasn't planning on eating anything out of these two pots, so I went with the regular Moisture Control Potting Soil. We have drought conditions pretty regular here, so a moisture control potting mix is a must have to help the plants survive the dry conditions.

So, in the top picture, in the pot furthest out, is lemongrass, it's supposed to help repel mosquitoes. Then, there's a rot pot, as in, I've got stuff in there breaking down for the other pots. Then there are two pots with cockscombs, then a pot with a rosemary that I protected over the winter. The three smaller pots, in front of the rosemary, had chives growing in them, but, due to act of squirrel, the chives are probably goners. Getting closer, are two more pots full of cockscombs, and a malabar spinach. And, in the second picture, in the two pots in front of my door, are still more cockscombs and the morning glories. I got the cockscombs and the lemongrass at Lowe's Home Improvement, and I grew the morning glories from seeds which I planted, at the beginning of May.
My bluebird house, on the tree beyond the arbor, is still hanging in there, and the bluebirds are using it, and are on their fourth batch of babies now.
This picture is looking from my front door, the morning glories are doing their best to completely cover my arbor.They have flower buds all over them, but none have opened yet.

The rocks I've been preparing to make into ladybugs, finally have enough red paint on them and, are now ready for the next step, the faces and spots. My ladybug figures, towards the back of this picture,(the two white figures) are drying between coats of white base coat. I've got an aphid guy in the works, and to the left, is a refugee from Easter.
 So, the garden is coming along pretty well and crafts are in the works. So, I hope you all have a great rest of this day, and that your tomorrow is even better! Happy Gardening and Happy Crafting!!!!!!!






Monday, June 17, 2019

Starting Over with a New Blog!


And A New Platform To Try Out!


Well, I was on wordpress, and now I am here. It's probably going to take a while to get everything settled on here the way I like it. So, the blog's a work in progress. I'm working on getting some ladybug rocks ready for pictures, to do a tutorial for how to make them and prepare and paint rocks in general. So, I hope you all have a great rest of this evening and an even better day tomorrow!
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!