Right on the Edge of a New Year

This time of year always gets me thinking. What did I accomplish last year? What did I not accomplish? Once I take an inventory of the past year’s wins and fails, I am ready to jump into the New Year. I don’t make resolutions instead I clean house. Not the kind of cleaning you might be thinking of, even though Mr. Understanding would like it to be the kind you are probably thinking about. He is so understanding, still.  No, the kind of cleaning I am referring to is a mental clearing of  the clutter of the past year so that I can have some room to see the New Year breaking through.

Thank you for sharing this past year with me and all the ups and downs of life. I stopped blogging for a few months after the passing of my Mother. Her passing just stopped me cold in my tracks for a while. We have been blessed with longevity in our family and I think I had started to believe my parents would live forever. My father will be 85 in February. I now know even more how lucky I am to still have him.

I hope you will join me this coming New Year and may you find as much joy and happiness as you can stand.


Check back soon, I have some new projects in the works.



Super Heros Repurposed

Just finished up a repurposed toy project. Who doesn’t love toys? What could be better, toys and functional, who knew.




Wish I had more time to tell you about this project, but I have to run. Enjoy and we will dissect this project later.

Twinkle Lights and Canvas, Repurposed

Since I have been so short on time lately, I am reduced down to quick, but yet still awesome projects. I am having to be more selective and pick projects with a wow factor.

These are the projects that when finished will eventually show up at my space at Southern Crossing or if I ever get truly organized on my Etsy Shop.

I still have long term personal projects going on, that goes without saying. I find having a project or two or three going on is relaxing yet stimulating at the same time. Do you know what I mean?

Well, time is a wasting so let me show you what I have completed lately. I am a decorative painter and one of the things I like to paint on is canvas. I am not talking new canvas, although when I find them for a great price, I do get them. No, I am talking repurposing as in Thrift store canvases that already have something painted on them. See the one below. Not my style but once I paint over it no one will ever know


I just put a new coat of primer on and voila, a fresh canvas ready to go for a fraction of the price. Now a word of caution, you do need to look at these canvases very carefully because sometimes they have lost some of the tightness of a new canvas or they have dents in them.

The two projects I have completed are both repurposed canvases.

First, I sprayed them with black chalkboard paint, yes you heard me chalkboard spray paint.
At this point you could just hang it on the wall and use it as a chalkboard. Did I do that, of course not that would be to easy.

Next step, get a string of white twinkle lights the ones that have 10 -20 lights on a string.

Use a piece of chalk and put dots on the front where you think you want the lights to poke through

See where I have the dots in the left top corner. This is where I want my lights to shine through.

It might be a good idea to write on the canvas also, just to make sure you have room to write and the lights won’t interfere with your message. If you are going to really use it like a chalkboard then I would just keep the lights close to the edge. What? Well, yes you could use it like a chalkboard just use a damp cloth when you want to clean it.

Now on to adding the lights. Very carefully, use the smallest thing possible to make the holes. Remember, you can always make the hole bigger, but it is a bear to try make a hole smaller once you have pierced the canvas. I used a nail and very gently pushed it through the canvas.



Here is the spray painted canvas with my saying written on with chalk. Now I can see where I want the lights. I poked the holes very very  slowly and carefully through the canvas. Slow down, take your time. You get really mess up your canvas at this point. Just saying. For this one I also went back and painted the words on with white acrylic paint. I wanted this to be a more permanent sign.


Now I want to show you the back. I did take hot glue and put a little dab at the base of each light just to keep the lights from moving around or popping out. See on this one I didn’t get my paint on the back edges so you can still the colors of the original canvas.

back of light

This project is great for almost any occasion that you want to add a little glitz and sparkle to. How about at a birthday party, Christmas, Wedding reception (you could light up the Newlywed’s initials in lights).  The possibilities are endless and as I mentioned you don’t have to paint the words on just use chalk and then you could change it as you felt like it.

Look at this chalkboard canvas from Drop Design wouldn’t it be cute with the lights added to the chandys?


source: dropdesign.com

Hope you enjoyed this fun project. I am going to make some more hope you make one too.




DIY Wedding – Let Your Guests Belly up to the Candy Bar



Thinking about what wedding favors are easy, quick, and not to hard on the budget? How about a Candy Bar/Buffet? I have found lot’s of great examples for you. Let’s talk about this first one. Do you have a piece of furniture that has been in family for several generations? Why not include it in your reception décor like the awesome shabby chic dresser above. See the favor boxes in the drawers? Look at the great silver plated dishes used for the macaroons and the sweet little cupcakes in the shot glasses?

The next example is again a piece of furniture that the bride had in her family. This is one we personally set up for a wedding.

candy table

We just put it in the back of a pick-up truck and took it up to the reception space. Don’t you love how the room is reflected in the mirror. We picked up all the jars at thrift stores. Remember when you are DIYing start early so you have time to find those awesome pieces. We had the little favor bags in the drawers. The bride and groom used their favorite candies. Needless to say, we refilled the jars several times and when the reception was over there was not a single piece of candy left except a few smushed m&ms on the floor!


This next one is really sweet. Ha-Ha no pun intended. If you are planning a fall wedding this one would be perfect. Caramel apple decorating. This might be a little messy, but who cares you and your groom will be long gone when the clean up starts:) Huh, that doesn’t sound to good does it? Leaving a big sticky mess behind for someone else to clean up. Well, maybe this would be good for an outside late summer wedding.

bar caramel apple amy atlas

via Amy Atlas

If you are a fan of the “all one color candy bar”, here a few ideas.


All White with silver accents. Looks pretty simple, but you would probably have to either find a real candy store or order all the white candy on line. Although, on second look I see Jordan almonds, white macaroons, white after dinner mints, white cupcakes, and marshmallow looking things. What do you see?


Now about the containers. I would try to borrow as many as I could. Everyone has at least one awesome vase or jar. Thrift stores as I mentioned before and when you are done with them either donate them back or start some kind of small collection like seashells or buttons because both of those look great in jars. I am just saying.

Here is another all white one.


via mommygaga

So, who wouldn’t love a candy bar/buffet. Just make yourself a list of your favorite candies, or pick candies that match your wedding colors, find, borrow, beg some containers, buy some cute little bags or boxes and let your guests take home a sweet reminder of your special day.

Ok, one more tip for using candy as wedding favors, keep it simple, I promise you the guests will still love it. Just look at this one. I think it is my favorite and green is not my favorite color, except for money, but we are talking about candy, candy as favors for your awesome DIY wedding. Believe me there is a lot to do on your special day so you don’t want to be worrying about favors or breaking the bank buying favors, right? To find all these green candies might take a little more looking than a mix of colors would. I saw the clear scoops they are using at of all places the Dollar Tree which means when you are doing DIY you should give yourself enough time to shop all kinds of different places or at least give the folks you have assigned tasks to enough time to shop for the deals. For instance if you know you are having a June wedding and it is October, you can get great deals on the bags or boxes for the favors since several holidays are going to roll by that are candy related i.e. Halloween, Christmas, and Valentines Day. Look for the after the holiday clearance.


Go buy yourself a candy bar and get started thinking about you and your sweetie’s favorite candies. Darn, no pun intended there either. Enjoy

Alright one more, but I am warning you this could be DIY but not on a budget.


via sweetido








My Sunday Garden – Blackberries and Dragons

I almost can’t stand to go outside. The yellow flies are horrific. If you don’t know about these terrible insects, you are lucky. They bite something awful and the bite swells up and itches like crazy.

I did go out to get these awesome garden pictures and yes I get bit at least 4 times. OUch.  I don’t have many flowers blooming at the moment except for the knockout roses.

spider posture

These little green spiders just love knock-out roses.

Yes, as you can see it is raining again. Our yard is starting to look like a jungle. I would rather have that than a drought. So, I will stop complaining.

The wild blackberries are turning. This is where I get bit several times by those horrible yellow flies.


These are growing in a log pile. Mr. U was back there with me and kept reminding me, “watch out for snakes” thanks Mr. U


I tried a few while I was back there. Yummy

Remember the first time I showed you the grapes? Mid April they looked like this

new grapes1


Well, look at them now.



These are purple grapes. I know that fox (I showed you last Sunday) is checking them out and look what else I found up around the grapes and the blackberries.


Do you know what that is? Deer poop. Looks like at least one has been up eating blackberries. I don’t know if they like grapes? I hope not.

I am getting bit like crazy, so I am scurrying around to take a few more shots. Here is a neon blue dragonfly


You know if I would get some batteries for my real camera, I could get some better shots for me and you. Maybe, I will get to that this week.

Did I mention Mr. Understanding was out back with me. He had a present for me. Look how awesome


It doesn’t take much to make me happy. Aren’t those the best flag holders you have ever seen. I know they are just iron pipes, but the color and the rust. I love it. Wouldn’t a little plant look cute in one of them? You might see these again. Just saying. Mr. U said he didn’t realize he had brought me a gift. I think he was going to drop these in his recycling pile. I am going to think he brought them home special for me. He is just shaking his head. He is so understanding.

Here are a couple more pics from today’s walk through the garden



june knockout


Ok, I gotta go scratch my yellow fly bites. Enjoy the day.




Mother’s Day – The Gloves are Off

Mother’s Day a time to celebrate the women in our lives. We all get caught up in the everyday rush of things but, on Mother’s Day we need to slow down a bit and thank the woman who has cheered us when others haven’t, given us those words of encouragement that everything is going to be ok, nagged us, pushed us, …you get the picture. I am sure most of us can visualize this lady, she might not have been the one who birthed you but, she is the one who has always been there for you.

Here at Three Painted Owls we know a wonderful woman who is a great mom, wife, sister, daughter, and an awesome friend. We wanted to give her a little treat for Mother’s Day so we set up a photo shoot this week for her and her two daughters. Here’s to you, Maggie. Happy Mother’s Day to you and all the other Mothers out there.

We also had a wonderful photographer this week. Katie Harrison from KH Lifestyle Photography was gracious enough to take on this last minute request. Thank you Katie.

Thanks Katie for the wonderful photos

Thanks Katie for the wonderful photos

We set this shoot up at Maggie’s home. We wanted to have a little fun so, we had the girls and Maggie don their white gloves and for Maggie, a tiara. After all it is Mother’s Day.


What could be better. Everyone had on their white gloves and we pulled out our mix and match china. Ok, the tea set is a little tarnished but, that’s not the point is it?



these cookies look great. guess what? shhh, we got them at the dollar store

these cookies look great. guess what? shhh, we got them at the dollar store

We set the table with what we had. That was the fun of it. Use what you have. Pull out the stuff you have for that “special occasion.” What day could be more special than Mother’s Day?


Sarah was worried about getting chocolate on her gloves. Who cares. I mean how often are you wearing these gloves. We got them at the thrift store, need I say more? Fun


We got a bunch of daisies from the grocery store. Sarah really liked the little daisy crown we made for her. Just another way to make the day special for Mom.


Aww, mom.


I don’t think Molly was quite into this when we first got started but, it looks like she is having a great time and what a beautiful young woman. Thanks Molly.


Molly pouring tea for Mom.


Just having fun.


Ok, fun is fun but, let’s take the gloves off and show the real thing


See, you don’t have to get all fancy to just spend a little time with mom.


Cheers to you, Mom.


It was a picture perfect day.



Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. We have the table set for you. Enjoy.

Styled by: Three Painted Owls

Photography: KH Lifestyle Photography – ktmay08@live.com

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Paper Daisies – DIY Wedding Wednesday

We just finished up our Mother’s Day Photo Shoot. The whole time we were working on it I was trying to think what I could do for today’s DIY.

We did use daisies this morning and I thought “how pretty” let’s blow those things up to giant size.

Here is the inspiration for today’s DIY

Pretty awesome

Pretty awesome

If you are having a boho themed wedding or just a sweet backyard outdoorsy affair then these DIY daisies are just the thing

You will need:

  • small paper plates your choice of color(s) – I got mine at Walmart (24 pack for .97) this is a few pennies less than the dollar store.
  • tissue paper your choice of color(s) – the dollar tree is the best place to get this ($1 for 35 sheets)
  • bread ties – do those different colors really mean what day the bread was made? Just asking.
  • scissors
  • glue gun

Ok, once you get all your supplies together you are going to cut the middle out of each paper plate.

How nice that there is an indented circle already there, at least from the Walmart ones.

I used 5 sheets of tissue for each flower.

Fold the tissue using the “fan fold.”

Tie the middle with the bread tie – you could also use pipe cleaners

round off each end with your scissors (see the picture)

Gently, separate and puff out the layers of tissues

Heat up the glue gun and glue the paper plate cut out to the center of each flower

Voila. Repeat a again and again…… We made about 45 of these for a recent event

If you are going to make a lot of them, find some friends to help

Here are the pictures

oaoer fab tue full



Sorry, I don't have a bride to reflect in the mirror. Wouldn't this be a pretty idea? Ring the mirror with the flowers and take a picture with the reflection of the bride in the center

Sorry, I don’t have a bride to reflect in the mirror. Wouldn’t this be a pretty idea? Ring the mirror with the flowers and take a picture with the reflection of the bride in the center

Very easy project that adds a wow factor for the DIY event

Very easy project that adds a wow factor for the DIY event

You could do all colors of mix and match. This would be pretty for a birthday or Mother’s Day. Better get busy.

Saturday, I will be posting our Mother’s day photo shoot. It turned out pretty awesome, can’t wait for you to see it.



I’m Telling You it’s Like Magic – DIY Chalk Paint

I love painted furniture I hate painting furniture, that is until I discovered how to make chalk paint. Yes, I know there are many sites out there giving you the recipe for DIY chalk paint but, I feel the need to put in my two cents.

This simple recipe makes painting furniture well, fun. Painted furniture is still a hot trend and the customers at Southern Crossing can’t seem to get enough of it.

I started off painting furniture with a paint sprayer that Mr. Understanding bought for me as a Christmas present. What? Well, I was not pleased… and so the thing sat in the closet for about 4 maybe 5 years. I mean would you want a paint sprayer for Christmas? All I could think was gee thanks, just what I wanted. My second thought was how could he buy me something that is just going to make a big mess and you do know you have to clean those things after you use them.

Well, one day after sanding and painting and sanding and painting and brushstrokes all over the place….I decided I would give the stupid sprayer a try.

Oh my, that thing was wonderful. Nice even coats, no dripping, beautiful. I was hooked, at least until I had to clean up. Now, it wasn’t so bad but, I am the kind of person that wants to do as little clean up as possible what can I say, it’s just the way I am. Making messes equals fun. Cleanup equals work.

I have used that sprayer now for about 3 years and I still love it but, I like to change it up and so I went to spray paint. Yum, the new spray paints out there are really nice. They dry quick, don’t seem to run and the colors are lovely. The turquoise and ocean blue colors are very popular along with orange or red and of course black and white.

As much as I like my sprayer and the easy spray paints, I absolutely love DIY chalk paint. This stuff sticks like glue.

Materials you will need for this project:

  • Any color flat latex paint
  • unsanded tile grout
  • or plaster of paris
  • paint brush
  • stirrer
  • small plastic containers
  • tablespoon
  • sand paper
  • paste wax

You can use any flat latex paint.

For the lighter colors I have been using plaster of paris instead of the tile grout.

You can find plaster of paris at Lowes and it is less expensive than buying it at a craft store. It comes in a container that looks like a paper milk carton.

For the darker colors paints I use the black unsanded tile grout.

The recipe is one cup of paint to 2 tablespoons of plaster of paris (PoP) or grout.

  • Pour a cup of paint into a small plastic container (I use 9oz plastic disposable cups)
  •  Stir the grout/PoP into the paint. Don’t worry if it has any little lumps you can work those out when you paint
  • If the paint doesn’t look thick enough, just add a little more grout/PoP. The consistency you are looking for is that of a nice thick milkshake

Once you get the consistency, start brushing it on. You don’t have to be perfect.

Because of the grout the paint will start drying pretty quickly.

Why only make a cup at a time? Because it drys up quickly.

Let the paint dry and then put on another coat. You may have some little lumps and bumps but that is ok.

Once the second coat is dry get out your sander and yes, Mr. Understanding gave me one of those for some other holiday/birthday. Got to love him.

Ok, now sand using 100 grit sandpaper. Just sand til it is smooth or if you want the shabby look sand down to the wood on the edges, your choice.

If you like the look, stop if not paint on another coat, dry and then sand again.

Once you get it like you want, You will need to put a coat of wax over the paint to keep it from getting scratched. I just use a Johnson paste wax that I get from Lowes.

The finish is a very soft smooth look.
What else? This is a very simple process and the finished look is outstanding.
The chalkboard in the top picture was painted with black flat latex mixed with black unsanded tile grout.


Here are some pictures of furniture and things I have painted with this DIY chalk paint

This old vanity was painted with several coats of DIY chalk paint and then waxed

This old vanity was painted with several coats of DIY chalk paint and then waxed

That is one thing I want to tell you. This paint will cover up that old dark stain that is on a lot of this old furniture. It does not bleed through. Love it
before table1

Sweet little side table. I think this was a handmade table from the 40's or 50's had ugly dark stain

Sweet little side table. I think this was a handmade table from the 40’s or 50’s had ugly dark stain


Mirror painted with white DIY chalk paint. I didn't even take out the mirror. Just used a razor blade to easily scrape off any paint on the mirror.

Mirror painted with white DIY chalk paint. I didn’t even take out the mirror. Just used a razor blade to easily scrape off any paint on the mirror.

Remember this project? DIY chalk paint

Remember this project? DIY chalk paint

If you want to try something new, DIY chalk paint might be the way to go.  Enjoy


Is the Farmers Market Worth the Trip?

We took a trip to our local Farmers Market this past weekend and I am just wondering if it was worth the trip? I am not talking about one of the weekend  Farmers Markets that have been springing up all over the place these past few years. I am talking about a Farmers Market that has been operating since 1938. It is open 365 days a year. I remember it used to be a pretty scary place to go. It is located in an industrial section of town close to a big train yard. They have spruced it up some with all the competition they are getting these days with Farmers Markets that open on the weekends and offer all kinds of other activities and products. (they now have a police stop station located on the premises, doesn’t that make you feel better)

Farmers Market open since 1938

Farmers Market open since 1938

open 365 days a year

open 365 days a year


Ok, now let’s talk about the produce selection and origin of the produce. The day we went there wasn’t much customer traffic so it was easy to browse the stalls. It seemed like most of the vendors were all charging the same prices. Now I was with Mr. Understanding and the youngest so, if they saw something they liked, they wanted to try and get the cheapest best price possible. Mr. Understanding told me the vendors expect you to haggle over the price.

It was funny though, at one stall they had a sign on the cucumbers 4 for $1 so when Mr. U said he only wanted two the price changed to 3 for $1? What kind of haggling is that? He wound up getting two cucumbers and 2 green bell peppers for $1. Nice going Mr. U

nice looking veggies

nice looking veggies

The selection was good with some exotics that I don’t think were grown around here (see the pic of the mini bananas) and the pricing surprisingly was much better than the regular grocery store. We got a box of corn for $6. The regular grocery was selling the same corn this weekend 4 pieces for $2. Where did the corn come from you ask? Well, we wanted to know too. The farmer guy selling the corn told us it came from South Florida. I was trying to envision corn growing in South Florida and all I could come up with was alligators and the everglades. Sure enough though I looked it up and here is a picture of South Florida corn growing and here is corn we purchased.

cornWe bought one of these boxes. I have used 8 pieces already. I think we are going to gift our neighbor with some

Corn in box we bought and growing corn

Corn in box we bought and growing corn

We really wanted some tomatoes and I have to say the ones at the Farmers Market were very pretty and everyone had them. So, where did they come from? Tennessee. Now how is Tenn able to grow tomatoes this time of year and we haven’t even been able to get a single tomato plant in the ground yet? Well, I looked it up and I could not find where Tenn grows tomatoes this time of year so, I am thinking they must have been grown in a green house. After we got the home and got a taste, I am even more sure they were green house grown. The price was good though, 6 big red tomatoes for $2.  I did find these nifty facts when I was looking for Tenn tomato growing

  • To peel a tomato, place it into boiling water for about 10-15 seconds and their skins peel off with ease
  • Yellow tomatoes are sweeter than red tomatoes because they have more sugar content.
  • Tomato juice can counteract the smell of skunk.
Youngster looking over tomatoes, oh my mistake, youngster looking at cellular device

Youngster looking over tomatoes, oh my mistake, youngster looking at cellular device

I would have to say a trip to our local Farmers Market was worth it. We spent about $10 and got

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • a box of corn – 18 pieces
  • 6 tomatoes
  • a head of romaine lettuce
Mr. U ready to go

Mr. U ready to go

still checking it out

still checking it out

petunias mini bana more veggies broc

They did have Florida grown watermelons already. It is going to have to get a little warmer and stop raining before I am in the mood to spit watermelon seeds.

One more picture. Aren’t these the cutest little egg sized eggplants. Got to find a recipe for those

egg size eggplants

egg size eggplants

Hope you enjoyed this little field trip. I would love to hear about your local Farmers Market.

Old School Mural Painting

Wow, I can’t believe it is raining again and tonight it is supposed to get down to 45 unbelievable we are in Florida and it is the middle of April (so April showers bring May flowers, right?) I am beginning to wonder if we are every going to get to plant our veggie garden this year. You would think rain would be good for a garden but, I am telling you this is just to much rain. If we planted everything would drown.

Ok. I want to show you some of my murals and other paintings. I don’t know if you have any (real pictures) not digital,  I do and I guess I could scan them to make them look better but, today I just took pictures of them with my phone. My painting style has changed quite a bit since I did  most of these but, I think you might like them for pure entertainment purposes.

These are all done with acrylics except the outside ones which I used latex and sealed.

Here goes

This one drove me crazy, it was in an elementary school cafeteria and the kids would line up along this wall and scratch on the painting before I could get it sealed

This one drove me crazy, it was in an elementary school cafeteria and the kids would line up along this wall and scratch on the painting before I could get it sealed


Some bulletin boards at the same school

Some bulletin boards at the same school


Me at the Southern Women's show

Me at the Southern Women’s show

did I mention these are pictures of pictures?

this is a privacy fence painted to match the brick on the house. Pretty cool and the morning glories grew so nicely to fill in

this is a privacy fence painted to match the brick on the house. Pretty cool and the morning glories grew so nicely to fill in


this is a pump house I painted to look like brick. These bricks match the ones on his house

this is a pump house I painted to look like brick. These bricks match the ones on his house


Another of the pump house just painted to look like brick

Another of the pump house just painted to look like brick


This one was painted in a game room that was full of Miami Hurricane memorabilia

This one was painted in a game room that was full of Miami Hurricane memorabilia

Hope these brighten up your day. I have to run out in this rain. Enjoy