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Saturday, September 1, 2012


Hello, and happy Labor Day!!!  Hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend!

I've had several things going on and must admit I fell behind in visiting; however, earlier this morning -- and later -- I've been working at catching up!  Between family matters and finally trying to get everything coordinated with getting my kitchen remodeled has taken up much of my time.  LOL... seems my life these days is one thing after another, but thank God it's all okay!!!

Of course the other day I spent an entire day trying to reach my families in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Alabama to make certain they were okay and not affected by Isaac; fortunately, everyone is fine and had little or no damage.  The hubby has family in Mississippi, so we were really busy on the phone.  What made it a bit difficult was that some of my elder family don't have cell phones and land lines were down; we finally got around to getting info on everyone.  I've also sent out many prayers to anyone/everyone affected by this horrible storm that's still travelling.

A while ago, we decided to re-do and update our ugly ole kitchen, so we've finally gotten 2 of the work groups together and have one more guy to  get in on schedule.  Finally made a decision on and purchased our appliances which I'm soooo excited about because I decided on a stove with double convection ovens and a convection overhead microwave!!!  The refrigerator is European style with pull-out drawers -- love it!!!  If we can get the guy scheduled who's putting in the counter tops on time, it should be all done in a little over a month -- it will take about 4 weeks for our cabinets to be made.  In that time, we still have to pick out our flooring, wall tile for the back splash, and a new back door.  Now what I'm not looking forward to is all the work getting rid of over 25 years worth of god knows what packed up and needless stuff thrown out before the guys come in to do the floors and walls.  So I'll probably be in and out the neighborhood less frequently the next few weeks -- but I will be checking in and as often as I can and I will be squeezing in a few projects (will be using crafting as a tension reliever...lol); probably will get more behind to but just bare with me, I'll get to you!  And in a month or so I'll have pictures to share of my beautiful new kitchen!!! 

I did manage to squeeze in a little project for today!  It's an altered minced garlic jar!  I don't think I'll ever do one again using a garlic jar because it was totally disasterous and time-consuming just trying to get rid of the smell!!!  After hours of working at it with several products -- alcohol, bleach, lemon juice, etc. -- I finally got rid of the odor and I'm very satisfied with how it turned out:

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I spray painted the lid of the jar and a $1 store candlestick with gold metallic paint; added lace, flowers, and of course some bling to the jar, along with a  ploymer clay Nefertiti embellie I made a while ago using a mold.  Other than cleaning the jar, this was a fun and pretty fast project to complete.  Here is a picture with the lid removed:
I think I'm going to do a bunch of these for Christmas presents and fill them with different things like little soaps, bath powders and salts, candy and anything else I can think of.  I hope you like it!
Well, I'm off and running again!  Going out to look at some flooring, so I'll be back as time permits but...
I'll be seeing you!


Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW Audrey you are such an expert at altering stuff!!The Nefertiti steals the show however!!

silvia said...

Hey girlfriend!!!
HUGS!!! Glad to see you are well and your family is safe.

How exciting to be getting a new kitchen~sounds like you NEED to meet up with me to go out to eat :)

Your altered jar is stunning!!!!
Too funny that you chose a garlic jar~are u trying to ward off vampires????

Love and Hugs!!!

Ladybug said...

Hello my sweets! What a cute project but, yeh, I could just imagine the scent problem. LOL

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Besthobbyeva said...

Wow this jar is simply gorgeous!! Fantastic! I am so glad you were able to get the smell out!! It will make such a great homemade gift!! Great job my friend!!

Your kitchen project sounds so exciting. Good luck with it and make sure to post pictures are you go!! So exciting!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Beebeebabs said...

Sooooo pretty you did a great job!!!

Kate said...

That is Gorgeous.! TFS. Enjoy your weekend.

Myrna said...

Your garlic jar creation is gorgeous (as always).
Best of luck on your new kitchen. Exciting isn't it?
We have been doing something similar but on the outside of our mobile home and yard. What a relief to rid ourselves of all the junk we have collected and no longer can use or make use of.
Happy renovating my dear friend.

Mallika said...

totally love your creation !
its bful
do drop by my blog sometime

~BridgetL~ said...

Well hello MS busy bee. If its not one thing its another. So happy to hear that the family was ok. I have friends there too and haven't gotten a hold of them yet. Congrats on the kitchen remodel. Im sure you will love your new stove and Fridge. Don't forget to take before and after pics. Take care my dear friend and have a wonderful labor day weekend. I will be heading to cali to take Dominic back to school. And yes Im ok this time. LOL Hugs my dear :)

Karons Krafty Korner said...

Audrey - such a fabulous creation - its so beautiful. I can only imagine how long it took you to get rid of that garlic smell LOL:-) Can't wait to see your finished kitchen sounds as if its going to be awesome. Have a fabulous long weekend. Hugs, Karon

scrapperbecka said...

Beautiful jar Audrey

shari said...

Audrey, Happy Labor Day to you! Your project is so pretty!! I hope all goes smooth on the remodel, can't wait to see pictures. Shari (cricutrookie)

Lisa said...

This is so elegant and gorgeous, Audrey!! Wow, the embellishments are absolutely stunning!! You would never be able to tell this was a garlic jar!! And lol, I feel your smelly pain...I did the same thing once trying to reuse a peanut butter jar. I hate the smell of peanut butter!! And mine didn't turn out nearly as beautiful as this :) Good luck remodeling your kitchen!! A lot of work, but so much fun!! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend :)

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Susie Craft Happy! said...

Love this! It's really pretty. Well have fun with the remodel and always keep the end in mind, cuz the process will drive you crazy. LOL!!

Take care,

Lori Apgar said...

So glad you family is ok!!! And a kitchen remodel on top of everything ~ you are one busy lady! LOVE your altered minced garlic jar!!! The flowers and lace and pearls are just perfect!

Scrappin Sista said...

Audery these jars are beautiful!! I hope I am on the Christmas list of people who get these!! lol!! I love Double Bubble Bubble gum and it would fit perfectly in this jar!I am just saying!! lol! Thank you for sharing this wonderful project with us and Happy Labor Day!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Such a sweet and beautiful altered item! And I am so glad that your family is fine and safe!

Angi said...

Now that garlic jar is sooo super gorgeous. Happy Labor Day!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh Audrey this is simply gorgeous, I knew you would get rid of that garlic smell and turm that old smelly just into something amazing.. So happy you get to get your kitchen re-done.. How fun. Hugs

Jean said...

Love this!! Have fun looking at flooring.

lovemypaper said...

Very cute!

lisa808 said...

I am so happy to read that all of your family is OK and not badly affected by Isaac.

Your jar, smelly or not, is beautiful!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

As always this turned out gorgeous love the colors you chose and all the detail. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

Beautiful project Audrey. Love the elements. I'm sure anyone getting those for gifts will treasure them.
Good Luck on your remodeling, I know that can be very trying but when it's done, it's so rewarding. Purge girl, purge. LOL

The Archiving Angel said...

Hi my dear Audrey. I am still catching up after my hiatus and am so glad to finally be here. You have had a busy summer. First I wanted to express relief and happiness that your family is all okay. Also, thank you so very much for your wonderful words of support and encouragement during my downtime & always. You have been quite a source of not just inspiration but kindness & joy. It is incredible that our crafty kinship has brought us so far.
I am off to see what else I have missed. This jar turned out fabulous & it would make a terrific gift. You made it look like a million bucks.
But then again you do that to everything...you have the midas touch my friend.
Love you!

Helena Davis-Brown said...

This is very pretty Audrey! God bless you on the remodeling!

Debbie said...

Your kitchen redo sounds exciting!!! Love what you did with the garlic jar! So elegant.

Monique Barr said...

I LOVE this. Great idea for christmas also. You rock Lady A

My Crafting Channel said...

What a beautiful altered jar. Love the stand and all the lace.

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Reflections from Granny said...

I'm so glad your family is OK and prayers for all of you and their safety, also congrats on your kitchen remodeling.

Beautiful, you are so talented, great idea on how to rid the garlic smell.

Hugs, Lori m

Cricut Couple said...

Wow! That is one fancy jar! You do such amazing work! Just love it!!!

DIANA L. said...

Enjoy the moment- I've been there done that- I have plenty of stories about our Kitchen remodel.
hugs to you everyday while you go through the process.
Ps. The garlic jar is very pretty, Ig got carried away reading your kitchen story

Jani Lewis said...

Beautiful jar and wonderful news about your new kitchen. Hope all goes well and happens as soon as possible.

Mary said...

I knew we were a lot alike,lol. When we did our kitchen over 6 years ago we also added double convection ovens and built in microwave. We also have the french door frig with the freezer on the bottom. While we were at it we added a double draw dishwasher that runs individually and is so cool! Have a blast picking out your decor to go with it. I also love your garlic jar. Hugs~Mary

Nadia (WithGlitteringEyes.com) said...

I am just catching up on some of your projects that I have missed. I LOVE this! I am so impressed that you can alter glass-and round at that! It is hard to stick to, hard to shape, but you have ROCKED this into a beautiful and practical art object. I never thought about the smell-- hahaha -- sounds like you figured that out too! Kudos! Best wishes on your remodel!