Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Book Giveaway!

I've recently published my book Lane.


 


It was my dream to just get it on my own book shelf. Now that that dream has been accomplished I decided why shouldn't it be on other shelves too. What can it hurt to try?

Being new to the author biz I'm doing it all myself. Promoting, getting stores to sell it and also encouraging friends to get the word out. Personally this is a very uncomfortable thing for me. Tooting my own horn.. getting out there and pushing for people to buy something... being put in the position that other can criticize what I've written... that I'd worked so hard on. All out of my comfort zone.

I'm putting in the time and effort to do the things that need to be done anyway. I think of my kids, I think of who might also enjoy it and I push ahead.

This month I'm giving away two signed copies to the winners of this giveaway. So enter today.



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Lane by Amanda Reinier

Lane

by Amanda Reinier

Giveaway ends May 30, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bicycle Rim and Hog Ring Chandelier


Have you ever just wanted something different? Something that no one else has? That is absolutely just for you?

Well this is what my mom wanted for her dining room. She wanted a light fixture that was unique and a great center piece. Instead of buying one she decided to make one for herself. This way it would be one of a kind. And this is what she came up with...


I think it's absolutely fantastic and looks professionally made.

Materials

1-     20' Old Bicycle Rim
561- Hog Rings 
561 -3/4 inch Lock Washers
        Twine

She started by wrapping the twine around the outside of the bicycle rim.

Then she made strands of the lock washers by connecting them with hog rings.

When she had the strands the length she wanted she hooked them to the rim edge.

 17 lock washers in a row
17 hog rings in a row
 33 rows in all

Sounds simple but it's very time consuming. But just look at the results!

Now I've got to tell you, this thing weighs a lot that's why it has four support chains. I figured it up the part my mom made was about 30 pounds. She spent around $130 to make it. This isn't including the wiring, bulbs, chains or hinges. It's just the gorgeous chandelier rim.

DIYer's this is a great project if you have the ceiling that will hold it. And it's totally adjustable to whatever size you would prefer. And remember it's ok to think outside the box. Amazing things can come from that kind of thinking.





Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bathroom Mirror Fix for under $35

Something had to be done. The bathroom is all kinds of unsatisfactory for me. Where to start? How about that medicine cabinet?


 It kind of gives me the hebie jebies to use it at all. Let's take it down. I found a cheap mirror to put up instead at least until I can afford to get a nice one. So as usual my husband moaned a minute then got to it. He took it down, filled in the hole. Then to find out that my mirror wasn't going to cover the hole like I'd planned! What!!

My husband called me into the bathroom after he was finished hanging my mirror anyway. You could see the seam of the patch above the new mirror. I was bummed. My husband left me in the bathroom and came back a second later holding my black shelf that I hadn't decided what to do with yet. He held it above the mirror like a hat. It gave it a grand feel And I Was In LOVE! Absolutely great idea from my hubby.

He hung it over my mirror and now I feel inspired to make my bathroom into some grand retreat to match that feel. Here is a peek at my grand bathroom mirror that cost me probably $50 new, if you also count the supplies my husband used to fix the hole. Since the shelf and supplies were left over from another project they cost us nothing.



Then since that room could be a little dark in that corner I decided to also get these long LED lights that are for under cabinets.  They are battery operated since once again we are experiencing wiring issues. Shocker!

(Mirror $15) + (LED light about $8 x2)= Estimated $31.00

Then added a few accessories I had around the house. This is our only bathroom for all seven of us so for quick grab access you will see I have things we use out and ready. Looks great for so little.

 Next is the vanity. It looked bad before I started, now with my mirror upgrade it looks worse. No worries though. This lady has plans!

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