Make Over My Deck: Painting the Light Fixture

After painting the back door (if you missed that post, click here), the next logical step in my deck makeover project was to tackle the light fixture.  Gee, that thing was an eyesore!  I read a post detailing how a lady had chosen to spray paint her light fixture, which ironically was the same one as mine.  The moment I saw that project, I knew I would do the same.

...and it's crooked too!
In order to complete this project, I took apart as many of the parts of the light fixture as I could.  And man were they dusty, dirty, and disgustingly weather worn. 

I washed the pieces and then spray painted them with the Rustoleom hammered black paint.

As for the piece still attached to the wall, I covered it with a plastic bag and spray painted it too.

This is the part that went terribly wrong:
Although I did initially start out protecting my vinyl walls, I underestimated the degree that the spray paint would go whichever way it wanted to.  Ack!  Then it all got terribly complicated and I did something I do not suggest for you to do.  I yanked off the plastic since paint had already gotten on the vinyl and finished spray painting my fixture so that I could get all the places that had before been difficult to reach.  I know you're already shaking your head in disbelief, but I'm trying to keep it real here.

I tried a leftover paint remover, but thought I'd better not do that because it might strip my vinyl.  Then I purchased Goo Gone Paint Cleanup.  After I wasn't satisfied, I even tried mineral spirits.  That didn't seem to do anything.  Then I realized the Goo Gone was working but I just had to work with it.  Imagine multiple sessions of spraying the Goo Gone, waiting, scrubbing against the vinyl grain using an abrasive sponge, washing the surface with dish detergent, and repeating. 

still not perfect, but I was getting tired of this mess that I made
In the end, I did get the light fixture painted according to my dreams, but even as you're reading this I'm still trying to finish getting the paint off my vinyl.  If all else fails, I'm considering getting a sample size of paint matched to my vinyl and doing a spot paint job.  That's if I'm really desperate.

Ok, so here's the finished product:

Remember the before?

The during.

Now, here's the after.

If I must say so, in spite of the terrible paint debacle, I still think this project was totally worth it...even if I still have to fix some spots here and there.

Suggestions definitely welcomed.

Make Over My Deck: Painting the Back Door

If you missed yesterday's post, scoot right back and you will see the beginning stages of my current makeover project - my deck.

My deck is 10'x12' and really is nothing special.  The boards are a bit beat up and at best, I've used this space to house a container garden or two.

From all the home makeover shows I've seen over the years, one of the pieces of advice I've heard is to think of each space as a room.  So, even though my deck is outdoors, I will treat it as a complete room.  I've laid out my plans on paper many times and looked for ways to finance this project on a limited budget.  The first thing I decided to do was to paint my back  Yes, orange!  I also decided to spray paint my door knobs, because replacing them is a much more expensive approach.

Here's the back door before:

And here are the door knobs before:

Ack!  The weather has really beaten them down over time.

I decided to paint the door orange.  I used Valspar's Duramax Paint + Primer exterior paint.  This paint was suggested to me because it should be able to withstand fading from the direct sunlight.  I used Rustoleum's Hammered black spray paint for the door knobs.
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So what did I do?  I removed the door knobs, washed the door down, then painted it using many light coats.  Seriously, it took many coats to truly cover up the gray underneath.  I don't know if it was because the door was steel and not wood, but when I painted my front door, it took less coats.  Anyways, between waiting for the coats of paint to dry, I spray painted the door knobs outdoors.  When everything was dry, I replaced the knobs and that was it!

And here's a video to prove it.

And here's the door after:

Now, sometime between the rain showers, I will continue working on the outside of this deck makeover project. 

Stay Tuned,

Video Glimpse Into My Current Makeover Project {Video}

Remember the sneak peeks that I showed you?  Well, that is just a glimpse of my future plans concerning a home makeover project.

Check out these two videos to show you the background info and planning stages for my project.


p.s.  Today is the last day to sign up for the Mug Exchange on Stephanie's blog.  Check out the info in the sidebar.

p.s.s.  Daddy would have been 67 today.  :-)

Happy Crafting,


Just wanted to share a little something from my world with you...

We had awards day at school, which is basically for the kids, but at the end, faculty and staff are recognized for things like perfect attendance.  Well, I wish I could tell you more details about this one, but there's this award that teachers and staff can be nominated for called Star Teacher (for the teachers).  Students, parents, teachers can nominate you.  Every nine weeks grading period, different people are nominated.  I was sitting at the top of the bleachers when one of the coworkers on my team was nominated.  She was screaming and I was screaming for her.  Then she did her little dance all the way down to the front of the gym.  While I was watching her shag her way to the front, they called mine!  What!?  When they call your name, they read what was written about you by the person nominating you.  After a while I kept saying to myself, "Who in the world wrote that?"  LOL  Anyways, I was elated.  It was the first time I ever got nominated for that award.

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So, that was what was on the end of the program.  When my principal was giving the closing remarks, he then said, "Now we want to recognize our new Teacher of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year."  Then he called my name!  Was this real?  He later went on to say how I have to get observed by the district and fill out this packet of forms or something.  Honestly I can't even remember all of what was said.  I guess I'll find out later.  But I know it was real because yesterday the school gave me a potted Calla Lily arrangement.  So it's real, y'all!

I called my mom and she was in such shock that she had me repeat myself several times.  Anyways, just wanted to share my news with you all.

Yep, this is yet another 'selfie'.  :-)

More Sneak Peeks

Sneak Peek #2

Sneak Peek #3

Don't you just love how I'm stringing this along?  lol  Soon come.  :-)

Happy Wednesday,

2nd Annual River Roots Showcase

This weekend I will be conducting a beginner's crochet workshop, followed by vending for the evening during a musical concert held at UNC-Pembroke.

For the workshop, I have created kits for each participant consisting of a beginner's crochet packet, a crochet hook with the appropriate size yarn, and a plastic tapestry needle.  The workshop will last 1 1/2 hours.  Of course I have a small project in mind that I would like the participants to make, but I'm also keeping in mind that although it is a beginner's workshop, the term "beginner" is very subjective.  If I need to change to a more advanced project, I will be ready.  I'm excited to try teaching crocheting in a small group setting because I've been toying with the idea of teaching private small group sessions during the summer.

There are other workshops being offered, all free to the public.  African dance, beadwork, guitar lessons, to name a few.

After the workshops end, there will be a concert on campus.  Vendors will be able to setup outside the arena.  I've decided to vend at this event.  This time I will focus more on the all-natural products I made during the Christmas season.  Lip balms.  Body butters.  Note cards.  And possibly some handcrafted items. 

A Indonesian Song of Praise: The Djami Family

Because it was too beautiful not to share.  :-)

When I'm searching for peace
I only find it in Jesus
And when I'm searching for serenity
I only find it in Jesus
Not even one can comfort my soul
No one can give me help
But only Jesus is the answer for my soul

With Him my heart is at peace
Even when I'm in the valley of darkness
With Him calmness covers my soul
Though life is full of trials
Not even one can comfort my soul
No one can give me help
But only Jesus is the answer for my soul

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and grief's to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.

When I'm searching for peace
I only find it in Jesus
And when I'm searching for serenity
I only find it in Jesus
Not even one can comfort my soul
No one can give me help
But only Jesus is the answer for my soul

With Him my heart is at peace
Even when I'm in the valley of darkness
With Him calmness covers my soul
Though life is full of trials
Not even one can comfort my soul
No one can give me help
But only Jesus is the answer for my soul.

Happy Monday,

Mug Exchange

Hello dear friends,

My break is officially over.  Over the next week or so I would like to share some of the things I have been up to.  But for now I wanted to share with you an upcoming exchange you might be interested in.

You know that wonderful teacup exchange that I have participated in?  Well, Stephanie has decided to host a Mug Exchange very soon.  If you're interested, please stop over to her blog and sign up.  She will also be hosting another Tea Cup Exchange after this one.  So if you like mugs or tea cups this will be super fun!  This is open to international readers as well.  :-)
Click the Photo to Go to the Mug Exchange Post

Easter 2014


Matthew 28:1-10

King James Version (KJV)
28 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

To all my readers who celebrate, Happy Easter!

Sneak Peek...


Stay tuned,



Stay Tuned,

Break Time!

Hello, my dear readers:

Friday finally came - the last day of school (for now) and the beginning of my Easter vacation!  I stayed extra late after work yesterday to clean down my room, water the seedlings that have started sprouting and prepping for the lesson that will begin when I return from vacation.  My room smells so fresh and so on to do the same in my house!

So far this morning has been spent washing clothes, cleaning my own room, making tea, and getting started on my own garden experience.  A friend of mine and I are going to have lunch and attend a play at a local university this afternoon.

I have some scattered plans for my time away from work, but as we all know, sometimes those plans aren't executed exactly as you think they will be, so I'll wait to share those with you.  I bid you a temporary adieu so I can catch up on some serious rest & relaxation.

p.s.  Before I go, just wanted to share with you a tea link that shares how long certain teas should steep.  It even has an online counter.  You click on your tea of choice and steep it!


C25K, Week 2


Happy Exercising,

I Never Knew Tea Could Taste This Good...

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Yes, I love a good cup of tea.  No, I didn't realize that there are several components of making said cup of tea. 

At some point I learned about steeping teas for certain amounts of time.  That solved the mystery of why some of my oolong teas had a bitter aftertaste, which I dislike.

Then I was watching a video on Youtube where the owner of the channel was displaying her tea collection, when I noticed a new gadget on her counter....a Cuisinart Tea Kettle.  Oh my!  Apparently this tea kettle had 6 preset temps which steeped the water to a certain temperature based on the type of tea being used.  Say what!?

Why had I not heard of this.  Immediately I started looking online.  The price was not a pretty picture, but it kept annoying me until eventually I convinced myself that I was worthy of such a purchase.  Then one day last week I saw this kettle discounted at for 40% lower than the retail value.  So what if it was manufacture refurbished.  I didn't hesitate to purchase it.
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It arrived on yesterday and I decided to retry some tea I had received in a tea swap.  Teavana's Youthberry tea.  Let's just say, that tea never tasted so delicious.

Ummm tea,