Thursday, March 28, 2013

Liebster Award-I've Been Nominated

Earlier this month, I was surprised, happy and honored to be nominated by two fellow bloggers for something known as a Liebster Award. From what research I have done on this blog award I find that the first stipulation is that the blog nominee must have fewer than 200 followers(like me). It is mainly a method, passed on from one blogger to another, for the intent of helping to create  interaction with other bloggers. At least, this is how I interpret it. However, this interpretation might be a little loose and not necessarily accurate. Being a blogger has allowed me to meet some wonderful, interesting and talented people from around the world. I so love meeting new people! It serves to remind me that though we are each wonderfully different, we can all find common ground when we share some of the things that make us who we are.

The first person to nominate me was the wonderfully talented Maria Nazareth of Maria's Creations at This sweet lady makes some of the most intricate and beautifully colorful crochet projects I have ever seen. She uses mostly cotton threads and so her work is very intricately worked. Her fingers must move at the speed of lightning, because she turns out one beautiful creation after another. It always brightens my day to visit Maria's blog to see what she has been up to. She also uses her talents to turn out some pretty applique and embroidery pieces.

The second blogger to nominate me was the hilariously funny and fabulously talented Christine Graves. The name of her blog is Rustic & Refined and you can find her at http:\\ She is all about decorating and is especially talented at creating tablescapes in beautiful ways. The name of her blog describes her style pretty well, because she can mix those two elements up to make a table look terrific. I wish I could just whip things together and make them look as good as she does.

Okay, now another part of this nomination requires that I nominate some other great bloggers for this award. I have seen different numbers, so I am not really certain how many I'm supposed to list in this post. I visit many wonderful blogs, some of which already have been awarded the Liebster. Some have been around for a long time and I have been reading and/or following by email for years before I started my own blog. I think I should list some blogs that I read regularly and follow. I feel I have developed a little insight as to the personalities and interests of the authors of these blogs. In light of the fact that each blog must have fewer than 200 followers, I will take the liberty of "winging" it and will nominate just a few. I can honestly say that I recommend you visit these blogs and think you will not be dissapointed.

1. The lovely and funny Cheryl at A Nest on Feather Lane. She has a wonderful and fun-loving                    personality. She obviously loves her family as much as I do and her writing is heart-felt and beautiful.

2. The fabulously talented Erika at Das Blaue Haus at Her creations are totally unique and are truly one-of-a kind. It is evident that she is passionate about her art.

3. The awe-inspiring Eusebia at Funkelgluck! at She creates wonderful whispy wool angels and dolls, among other things.

Between the two bloggers who nominated me, there were a total of 17 questions that I was to answer about myself. Well, once again, I am taking some liberty. This time, I think I am going to stick with that magic number and answer 11 questions. Believe me folks, you do not want to know that much about me. You know, TMI. Here are eleven questions asked of me:

  1. Which is your favorite movie?                                                                                                                                                                    Honestly, I love all the old classics, particularly romances and some comedies.  I do like some of the modern romance/mystery type movies,and this is my opinion and some of you will probably disagree, but actors just don't seem to have the serious talent that used to come out of Hollywood. The bars seems to have been lowered over the years. 
  2. Do you like traveling?                                                                                                        Yes, very much!
  3. My favorite place in the world?                                                                                         Traveling is wonderful, but home is my favorite place. That is where the people I love most are.
  4. What made you start blogging?                                                                                           As I stated earlier in this post, I love meeting people. I adore traveling and blogging is a great way to meet people from other places. Blogging is sort of like traveling to exotic places and meeting the people who live in those places, vicariously, that is. Oh, and I enjoy the written word, both writing, myself, and reading the things others write about!
  5. With regards to new bloggers that you come across, what is one thing you wish they WOULDN'T do?                                                                                                            This might offend some bloggers, both new and old but, since you asked, it is what I feel. This probably doesn't pertain to only new bloggers, but I abhor vulgar language and profanity, so that is a real turn-off for me. It is my belief that if a person uses this type of language, it is because they want to either shock others in order to get attention or they possess a very limited vocabulary. I don't usually visit a blog like that a second time.
  6. What does your "me" time look like?                                                                                 Lately, it has involved a lot of blogging, but I am usually working on some project or another.
  7. What is the one thing that you like about yourself?                                                                  I have a positive attitude most of the time.
  8. If you could be doing anything in five years, what would it be?                                              I would be talking with my sweet son-in-law, who is battling Stage IV kidney cancer and I pray he will be here. He is a ray of sunshine in my life and the lives of many others and always has been.
  9. If you could see more posts on one subject, what would it be?                                              Old European homes and gardens.
  10. Do you like animals?                                                                                                             I do like animals very much, though I do not currently have any pets.
  11. How did you come up with your blog name?                                                                         I have five grandchildren and they call me "Mimi." The "Mine" refers to the fact that my heart is theirs, they own it, totally. Therefore, Mimi Mine. For those of you who have grandchildren, you will totally understand!                                             

Now for the questions for the bloggers I nominated. I am only going to ask six.

  1. Who is your favorite author?
  2. If you listen to music, what is your favorite type of music?
  3. Do you like antiques?
  4. Would you rather live in the country or in the city?
  5. Do you like the seashore?
  6. Do you enjoy collecting, if so, would you care to share what you collect?             

  I hope you will visit these blogs I have nominated. I think you will enjoy your visit!                                                                                    

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tutorial-How To Make A Chalkboard Tray

Dear Fellow Bloggers,

Pictured below is a big silver-plated tray my friend Harriette bought for $2.99 on our last thrifting expedition. You may recall this tray from a previous post Treasures-Some Lost, Some Found.  It came home with me. It had a loose handle, which I reattached with a little screw in the back where the old screw had fallen out. 

Today was the first day for a while when it wasn't rainy or windy or both here. I took advantage of the better weather this morning to convert this tray into a chalkboard for "Smokin Stacks." Harriette, her son and her husband participate in barbecue competition in several states and Smokin Stacks is the name of their team. The idea is to use the chalkboard to write down their menus during competitions.

You probably know this, but I will say it anyway. I didn't invent the idea for making chalkboard trays. You may have seen any number of them in different shops and on blogs. That being said, the following is a little tutorial on the how to make a chalkboard from a tray.

The process used for this tray might be a little different, but it is most likely similar to some of the others out there. When I prepare one of these trays, I examine it to see what needs to be done to make it look good. I decide on the best means to accomplish that end, which sometimes might involve some unconventional methods and using things that are on hand. I play around sometimes to see what works best. This tray had a little build-up of gunk on the back, which didn't come off when in my first attempt to clean it. It also had a few little scratches on the front, so before painting began, it was first buffed out on front and back and rinsed and dried well. This was used to do the buffing:

This is a little tub of Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound. It has been in my garage since the time my front fender and bumper collided with a corner wall which juts out into the garage. There was some crazing on the fender and bumper. The compound did a good job in getting the garage paint off the car's fender and bumper and it has been used for a few other projects. It handles a multitude of surfaces and takes only a small amount, so a tub of it lasts forever. It worked great for buffing the crud off of this tray, too! Wonder if the Turtle Wax Company knows this.
Note: Use Good Painter's Tape Or It Will Fall Off Like This Is Doing

Next, an attempt was made to apply painter's tape to the outside decorative edges and handles of the tray. You will note the word "attempt." The two or three rolls of good painter's tape(Duck brand works good) in this house could not be located. A lofty goal of mine is to someday be so organized as to know what is here and where it is! 
So, hoping to find the good and expensive tape later and not wishing to spend yet more money on the good stuff, a quick trip to the Dollar Tree was made and a roll of painter's tape was picked up. Now, I love Dollar Tree as much as anybody. However, a word of warning, do not buy their painter's tape. The only thing it will stick to is your fingers, which it does, all too well. That might be a good thing for you, if body-painting happens to be your thing, but it simply will not stay on a tray. 

These are the paints that were used for painting the tray:
White Krylon Indoor-Outdoor Spray Primer and  Black Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint
Note:  Chalkboard paint can also be purchased in a regular paint container, so it can be brushed onto a surface, but it is my preference to use the spray paint for trays.The spray formula leaves a much smoother and even surface and looks better, as you won't have the brush strokes showing. It is smoother to write on, as well. Chalkboard paint also comes in some other colors as well.

Two even coats of primer were first sprayed onto the surface of the tray, allowing a few minutes between coats for drying. 

Thin layers of Chalkboard paint were then sprayed onto the surface. You can see below that Primer paint was still showing through after the first layer was applied.
Three additional,fairly thin, coats of Chalkboard paint were applied, allowing a few minutes in between coats for drying. When the last coat of paint dried, the painter's tape was removed.
 And this is the finished product.
I hope Harriette will like it. She did not know I was planning to work on it today. Harriette, if you drop by my blog, you're the best of friends and I hope you like what I did, especially for you!