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Here are this week’s questions!
1. What are some of your pet peeves?
Inconsiderate people, dangerous drivers, bad grammar/spelling/punctuation. I won’t even abbreviate or use text lingo when I text.
2. Do you have a favorite or lucky number?
21 I suppose. If I had to pick.
3. What is one of your family traditions?
For my little family, our favorite is apple picking in the fall, baking fresh apple pies with the apples.
I have a very large extended family and at Christmas, on my Dad’s side, we would meet in a church gym (because there’s so many of us; my grandparents have 76 grandchildren!) and have a potluck dinner. Then the young children act out the Nativity story narrated by my sweet Grandfather, we have a talent show, we dance the Hokey Pokey and others, and do a gift exchange. Great memories.
4. Is there anything you are OC about?

Um, yes! Many rules where this is concerned:

5. What is your favorite kind of food?

Mexican

Thanks for learning more about me. Go check out some others and join up yourself!

Posted by Kim Rosema at 10:09 PM 8 “Maid” my day!
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August 26, 2011
DIY 3 tier steamer
The hubs decided he wanted to make steamed dumplings for dinner one day. No complaints from me! But once the dumplings were assembled, they needed to be steamed. That’s why they’re called steamed dumplings. Duh. So here’s how we made our steamer:

Supplies:
3 tin pie plates
3 empty tuna cans
scissors
ice pick (or you can use a screwdriver, like we did)

So here’s what you do. Make sure the pie pans fit inside the pot you’re going to use to steam your dumplings or veggies. We modified our to do so by cutting slits every 2-3 inches around and folding the tabs back. (Be careful, the metal can be sharp once cut)

Next poke holes in the bottom of your pie pans. These become your steam trays.

Once those are ready, gather the pans and cans together.

Assembly (inside the pan) is like so:

Happy steaming!

Posted by Kim Rosema at 7:11 AM 28 “Maid” my day!
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August 24, 2011
August Fav craft tutorial contest
Hello everyone! Patricia over at It’s About Time Mamaw is having a tutorial contest.

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She invited me to submit my Koolickles post, so I did! Come check it out, and if you would, leave a comment. That equals a vote for me. But to be fair, check out the other tutorials and leave comments on the ones you like as well! I can’t be greedy; I have to play nice 🙂

Thank you for your time!!

Posted by Kim Rosema at 11:11 AM 45 “Maid” my day!
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August 23, 2011
Metallic glaze tutorial
As promised, here’s the tutorial on how I did the copper glaze on this project:

I had sprayed that candlestick holder with oil rubbed bronze spray paint and thought it needed to shimmer because it was pretty dark. And “metal” should glimmer a bit at least, right?

First I gathered my supplies: Styrofoam plate, metallic acrylic paint and dry foam brush.

I added some copper on the “peaks and valleys” to the candle holder first. To do that I added a little bit of metallic copper paint to the plate.

Next I added some water because I wanted to separate out the bits of copper from the paint.

I stirred it around a bit to get the separation going. Then I turned the plate so the water would move and leave behind the lovely metallic flecks of copper. Kind of like panning for gold. Except not really.

Then I took a dry brush and dipped it in the separated copper…

…and lightly brushed it on in small sections on the peaks and valleys of the candle holder.

Then I brushed on the thin watered down paint everywhere to get the glaze effect with the copper flecks. Don’t get the brush too wet though. I just dipped the brush in the cloudy water and then brushed it into the specs of copper around the plate and then applied it to the candle holder.

And here’s what I got!

This last step is great because it really blends everything together. And because your brush is now wet, you can keep going over sections until it looks the way you want it to!

Happy painting!

**Linking up to these link parties. And also Debbie Doo’s Newbie Party, and Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays!**
Posted by Kim Rosema at 12:13 PM 35 “Maid” my day!
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August 22, 2011
The Versatile Blogger Award
I was on vacation when I received an email. And when I read the email I found that I was being given an award! Cool! I’ve seen other blogs that have been awarded this and never thought I’d be among them. Thank you so much, Melissa from Mel Dreams Often, for nominating me!

After accepting the Versatile Blogger Award, the blogger must

Thank the person who gave the award and link back to them in your post.
Share 7 things about yourself.
Pass this award along to 10 recently discovered blogs.
Now I would like to share 7 things about myself with you.
I’ve always been on the shy side. Of the jobs I’ve had, the ones I like the most were ones that were “behind the scenes” types. I just like to show up, do my job and go home. I’m not good with face to face conversations. That’s why blogging is perfect for me!
I’m on Weight Watchers. And probably will be forever at the rate I’m going.
I love technical gadgets. Especially my phone. I’m lost without it.
I own my most favorite car. It’s been my favorite since 5th grade. A Camaro.
I’ve always been a procrastinator. But this blog is helping me rectify that in some areas.
I’m perfectly happy being by myself during the day and with my family at night.
I’m addicted to thrift shops.
Last, but certainly not least I must nominate 10 bloggers for The Versatile Award. I really enjoy these blogs, and I hope you take time to visit them.
Family Ever After
For Mamas
Faith, Trust and a little Pixie Dust
Ladybird Ln
Finding Fabulous for Less
Homemaker in Heels
Cherished Treasures
J&M’s Eye Candy
Ninth Street Notions
Debbie Doos