Lynn Fern

CeCe Caldwell's Grand Prairie Sage Dining Room Set

This dining room set was completely outdated, but my client knows and fully understands that with a little paint it could be totally refreshed.  It had fantastic bones, which my client also recognized.

The entire set was still in great shape, nothing was missing, broke or needing repair.  This makes my job a bit easier.

The table and china hutch is massive, but look at the potential just wanting to turn this from drab to fab!

We choose to go with one of my all time favorite paints, CeCe Caldwell's.  We would be doing a slight layered look using California Gold with Grand Prairie Sage over the top.  This is such a beautiful green, and I knew once it was all painted it would truly be stunning.

We also knew we wanted to strip the top of the table to stain a darker brown color.  So I started with the stripping process.

I used this safe product that is a soy gel stripper.  It's safe to even use indoors & there is no smell and it works amazingly!  This table would've taken me forever to sand down & it would've kicked my butt, plus who wants to drag a table this size outdoors if you don't have to!?! While I don't mind sanding, I'd rather work smarter not harder.  It ended up taking me about 2 hours total to completely strip this entire top.  Had I gone the sanding route, I would've been working on the top for hours over several days.

This was after about 15 - 20 minutes of me putting the stripper on the top.

After about 30 minutes I used my scraper and started removing the topcoat from the table.

I didn't get enough stripper on a few areas, so I reapplied and let it sit while I started on the base of the table.

This is what the table looks like after removing all of the stripper but before I cleaned up using Mineral Spirits.

Once I cleaned the table with mineral spirits, you could really see the beauty that was under the cherry color.   Already looking refreshed.

I used Unicorn Spit Gel Stain in Rustic Reality and a bit of Midnight Blackness to create a gorgeous rustic chocolate brown.

This is after one coat of the Unicorn Spit.  I ended up doing two light coats, sanding with 400 grit sand paper in between to give it a nice smooth finish.  At this point you can already start seeing the difference in how it's going to look.

I let the stain sit for about 24 hours.  I painted the base and finished it along with starting on the china hutch.

Remember the key to a lasting paint job is to properly prep.  Even if the paint says no prep, you still have prep to do.  I also am pretty particular about the hardware including hinges and any other pieces that shouldn't be painted over.

I removed all of the doors, and the glass to get a good clean finish.  Trust me it's time consuming, but it ends up saving time at the end.  If I didn't remove the glass the insides of the slats wouldn't get painted & would look unfinished.  Being that there is mirror on the back of the cabinet, you'd be able to see that through the mirror.

While I removed all of the hinges I labeled and put them in a baggie to keep them all together.  I want to make sure the right hinges & latches go back on the correct door.  It doesn't always matter, but I've ran into putting doors back & not having the right hinge/latch and it not shutting correctly.  Now I just don't take any chances.

Once my prep is all done, I gave a couple of coats of the CeCe California Gold.  Prior to putting the Grand Prairie Sage over the California Gold, I used a Daddy Van's All Natural Beeswax Distressing Disk.  

After everything was painted & dried, I lightly distressed to show the golden color under the green.

The table top was going to get a tung oil finish, but once it sat for a couple of days, it wasn't quite shiny enough.  So we pulled the tung oil off and gave it a couple of coats of an oil based sealer.  And, it turned out gorgeous.

I used Daddy Van's wax & sealed both the hutch and the table.  The thing I love about Daddy Van's, I use my wax brush and it goes on so easy.  In fact, I don't think I've loved using a wax as much as I love Daddy Van's.  I had stopped using wax for a while because I don't like buffing it out.  I use my wax brush and make sure I cover the area & walk away. The finish is truly beautiful.  Oh and the smell is just yummy!

While I let the hutch and table sit for a couple of days, I took the 6 chairs to my workshop and used my Wagner Sprayer to help me with the job.

I took the chairs home... Put the doors back onto the hutch, seats on the chairs and put everything back together including beautiful new hardware on the hutch.  I have to say I am in love with how it all turned out.

I really did enjoy doing this set, watching it transform from an outdated cherry stain to a gorgeous updated set that my client can enjoy for years to come.

I received an email from the owner a few days after with a staged picture & how much she loves it.  That made all the hard work worth every single second.

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Cricut Made - Spread Your Wings & Let The Fairy In You Fly Bracelets

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Hi friends..

I am beyond excited about this post.  You see there are a few of us moms that love throwing a party.  Not just any party, this one is special.  It is an endeavor that we take very seriously, one to create such a memory that not only will the fathers walk away from saying "job well done" but one that our daughters will look back in years to come and cherish this one evening.

It is the annual Father/Daughter dance...  And, this years theme was -


An Enchanted Evening

Several of us moms gathered to come up with ideas.  We brainstormed as our eyes danced and minds swirled with visions of fairies, wisteria, party favors and more.

Cricut Explorer Air cutting machine used to make leather adjustable bracelet

I had a job and that job was to make 180 faux leather bracelets for our sweet belles.

I proudly took on the job knowing that I could complete this task using my Cricut Explore Air 2*.  I know what you are thinking... 180 is quite a few.  Yup but I will tell you this machine is a workhorse and kicked butt.

The very first thing I did was cut all of my faux leather.  Which was done using Cricut Strong Grip Mat*.  This allowed for the faux leather to remain in tact over multiple cuts.  I also used the Deep Cut Blade*.  I laid my faux leather with the leather side down.

I had previously made faux leather cuff bracelets & still had my bracelet template setup in my Design Space so the only the thing I needed to do was create what would be going on the bracelets to reflect the evening.

The design would be using Cricut Iron-On Vinyl.  Yes you can iron onto the faux leather.   The best thing I found to do was to keep the iron on a medium heat setting & lightly go over the iron-on to adhere it just enough for it not to move from its place.  And, then lay a pillowcase over to firmly adhere the vinyl.

The design we chose was fairy wings with the quote "Spread Your Wings & Let The Fairy In You Fly".  That meant there was a ton of cuts and lots of weeding to do.  Remember these are bracelets for little wrists..

I laid myself an assembly line out & went to work.

Once the bracelets were complete with their design, I used leather cording and a bead to create an adjustable bracelet.

All 180 set and ready for the wrist of a sweet little girl that one day will reflect back on this evening as enchanted!

The day had arrived and we were set to start preparations for the big evening.

The other moms & I showed up to the school on that Friday morning to finish assembly and decorations.  Chatter was heard in the hallways as little girls were growing excited about their plans for the night.

A night we could only hope that each girl & her special date would hold onto for a lifetime....

Come with me and enter into the....

An Enchanted Forest filled full of sparkling lights,


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Wishing Wells..

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And, a wisteria path..

that leads to... a night full of dancing..

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 Popcorn, Snow-cones and yummy goodies...

Throughout the night the girls left notes to their fathers on the fairy wings in the hallway.  It is one of my most favorite parts of the night.  I love seeing what the girls write to their fathers....

 As the night wound down, and the girls were lead back through the wisteria lane, party favors waited for them.

Hopefully as a reminder of how special each one of them are..  So littles "Spread your wings & let the fairy in you fly"!  

 Even though this post was sponsored by my friends at Cricut, this was probably one of my absolute favorite projects.  And, it was made a much easier task by using my Cricut to make these amazing cuts.  Even the wooden tags were made by writing the Father & Daughter Dance 4.21.2017 and then circles cut on sticker paper.  Amazing!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Coffee Table Makeover Using Some Of My Favorite Brands

It's a new month.. WHAT!?!  But, this month I am talking about not ONE but THREE of my favorite brands & products that I work with & love to work with.  The best part is these three play so well together & that makes me happy, happy, happy!

paint, stain and wax

Boho Themed Birthday Party

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Hi there friends.. 

Have you notice the trend of dreamcatchers, feathers, and arrows this year?  They seem to be making their way back into our crafting & home decor world.  It's a trend I love seeing, and my daughter who is turning 9 in a few days has embraced.   You can see her room makeover and all the tribal & arrows to see just how much she's embraced the trend.

Following in her momma's footsteps, she wanted to do an arts & crafts birthday party with her friends. Michaels just so happens to have a dreamcatcher craft right now.. PERFECT!  Book it!  This really couldn't have worked out any better.

With this in mind I had seen a craft on the Cricut Design Space under the Make It Now projects. 

They were the cutest Boho Party Favor bags, and they not only look adorable but also easy.  

Now you are probably looking at this and asking "is the Cricut software easy to use to create a Make It Now project"?  After doing just one of them, I thought it was probably one of the more simple things to follow along.  

Once you click on the "Make It Now" green button, everything comes up in your Cricut Design Space.  It's all ready to cut, score & more if you choose a different project.  All you need to do is click the GO button & insert the mat with the proper material.  Can't get much easier than that.


You can choose to "Customize" the project.  It takes you to your design space so you can make the changes you want to make.  This is also very simple to do as well.  I absolutely love this feature since I almost always want to make at least a minor change.

For this project I choose to customize.  I did this knowing I was using a card stock that was smaller than the 12 in x 12 in.  I let Katie pick out the colors she wanted to use for her party.  I knew what she'd go for, but wanted to give her that choice. 

I removed one of the bags out of the design space area so I could adjust the size appropriately.  I was only going to be cutting one bag to each sheet of card stock anyway.  This makes it easier for me to manage my design.  

I made my cuts for the bags, and then moved onto the feathers & dreamcatchers.

Since I would be making 11 bags, I duplicated the feathers & dreamcatchers to cut 11 each on the different color card stock.  Once you go onto the next screen to send the design to be cut (see below), you can move your design around on the mat to ensure it's within your cutting boundaries.  For example, the mat shown here is a 12 in x 12 in, but my paper is 8.5 in x 11 in.  I can move the feathers around to ensure that they line up inside of the 8.5 in x 11 in.   The first time I used my machine I didn't know that.  You can also rotate designs if you need to.

Once I had all of my materials cut, I assembled the bags.  I used a glue stick to glue the tabs for the bags, and also to attach my feathers & dreamcatchers.

I used leather cord to tie the bags closed, and added a boho sticker on each bag over the top of the feathers/dreamcatchers.  I made arrow tags with each girls name on them also using my Cricut using both the cut and drawing function.  

This is another great feature, you don't have to remove one tool to use another.  There is 2 housing units so you can do 2 tasks. 

arrows, feathers and dreamcatchers

Boho themed party

This was was truly a simple project that I loved finding in the Make It Now section.  Every kid & parent admired the bags.  

lynn fern birthday party

One of the things that I love about these bags, you can use this project over & over.   Doing the project from the Make It Now was not only easy, but it saved me time of not needing to create the entire project from scratch.   And, knowing I have the option to customize is pretty amazing.  

Boho, Dreamcatcher, Boho

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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