Pretty Handy Girl 2012 Year in Review

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2012 was a jam packed year. It was filled with adventures, triumphs, and destruction. But, overall it was filled with a mass of accomplished projects. I shared some great tutorials with you and these are just a few of the best from 2012!

One of my favorite transformation tools is paint. Whether it be spray paint, craft paint or glazes, the changes can be amazing. These are my favorite paint transformations from 2012: [Read more...]

15 of my Favorite Painting Tips, Tools and Paint

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I have painted almost every room in our home now. Make that almost every room in two homes! You could say that over the years I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade and have acquired quite a few painting tools. But, only a handful are my tried and true gear that get pulled out for every painting job.

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Best of Pretty Handy Girl 2011

It’s the end of the year and I know y’all have been busy. So, I thought I’d give you the cliff notes version of Pretty Handy Girl in 2011.

Gift Bucket Liner from Goodwill Pants

How to Paint a Dandelion Wall Mural

Fork Photo and Note Holder

Spring Paper and Button Flowers

How to Paint Doors the Professional Way

 

How to Paint Like a Pro Series:

 

Build Your Own Ladder Display Shelves

Photography Secrets for Shooting Indoors

 

Toilet Repairs Series:

 

Dream Big Butterfly Window

Backlit Cut Out Bookcase

Rustic Wine Crate

How to Replace an Ugly Hollywood Strip Light

Board and Batter Tutorial

How to Make a Branch Towel Bar

Light Bulb Comparison

How to Install Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

Ombré Paint Chip Lampshade

 

Cabinet Door Revamped to Chalkboard Message Board

Kitchen Cabinet Turned into Shoe Storage Bench

 

Dollar Tree Placemat Garden Flag

 

Beveled Glass Light Fixture Ornaments

DIY Matchbox Car Race Track

 

And Finally, A Whole Slew of Power Tool Tutorials:

Compound Miter Saw

Jig Saw

Finish Nailer and Compressor

Cordless Drill

Circular Saw

Table Saw

Band Saw

I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited for 2012! I hope you’ll stick around for some more DIY tutorials and empowerment!

Did you have a favorite post of mine this year that I forgot to mention? Do tell! Chosing from almost 200 posts makes for some tough decisions.

Pretty Handy Girl in a Box Giveaway and on being 40!

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June 23rd 2012 - It's a great day! Taken with my phone.

Good morning! I woke up today and was happy to be alive. I am grateful for my health, my family and my friends. And, I am grateful to be 40.

Believe it or not, I used to be shy and self conscious. I hated middle school and all the girls that made fun of me. Luckily I had some friends who accepted my geekiness in high school. And most importantly, I met this guy in high school:

Baby wearing and vacuuming! I know, he's hot isn't he?!

Pretty Handsome Guy and I have aged together, although we are still in disbelief that we are older than some of our physicians! REALLY?! I still feel like I am in my 20′s. And yet, I am glad I’m not in my 20′s. I like the self confidence that comes with age. I like the acceptance of myself and who I am. I will never be a supermodel, and so what! Who wants that kind of pressure to stay thin and beautiful anyway. I know what I love to do now, and I love doing it. I like that I can laugh at myself. Afterall, if you can’t laugh at yourself, what gives you the right to laugh at anyone else?!

40 feels young to me. Sure, I’ve noticed a few changes: My hips have not forgiven me for being pregnant with two babies and inflict pain occasionally. My eyes play tricks and make me hold the menu forward and backward until I can read it. But, these symptoms are nothing. I have family members who live with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. I will be grateful for every day that I do not suffer from these or other debilitating illnesses.

So, Whooooo Hooooo! It’s my 40th birthday today! And I have a gift for you!

I am stepping out of my comfort zone and am sharing a video with you today. I have so much to pack into the “Pretty Handy Girl in a Box” giveaway that I figured it would be easier to create a video to show you the contents (instead of filling this post with photos.) Be sure to put some ear plugs in, I am singing!

 

 

What’s in the box? from Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl on Vimeo.

 

Contents of the Pretty Handy Girl in a Box: (subject to change if my boys break something, but it is more likely I’ll add more to it.)

Painting Supplies:

  • 3 pk. Purdy paintbrushes
  • 8 pc. Mini Paint Roller set (tray, mesh, four paint rollers, handle and paintbrush)
  • Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape with Edge Lock Protector
  • 3 Benjamin Moore Paint Samples: Buxton Blue, Yarmouth Blue, Monterey White
  • 3M All Purpose Sanding Sponge
  • Sherwin Williams Designer Paint Swatch Kit w/ Fan Deck
  • 1 Complimentary Paint Preview service

Tools & Gear:

  • 3M Tekk Virutal Safety eyewear
  • 3M Tekk Sanding Respirator with cool flow valve
  • 16′ Tape measure
  • Retractable Safety Scraper
  • Women’s work gloves
  • Scotch Tough Duct Tape

Home Decor Items & More:

  • Glass Cloche
  • Aqua paper decorated plate
  • Blue robin’s eggs with paper nest
  • Notecards from Scotland
  • Decorative Flowerpot
  • Bird salt & pepper shakers
  • 3 Winter themed glass votive holders
  • Blue wine bottle fork photo holder
  • Hook Frame
  • Citrus Striped Cake Stand
  • Wine Crate

AND, a $25 Gift Certificate to Home Depot with mini Home Improvement 1-2-3 book

I can only estimate that the contents are worth about $200! So, tell me, do you want this box? (Unfortunately you must live in the USA. Otherwise it would cost me more than a fortune to ship it. However, for my readers who live outside the US, if you enter and win, I will ship you a few lightweight things instead. Including the gift certificate to Home Depot.)

Here is how you can enter to win!   Sorry this giveaway has ended.

The Best of Pretty Handy Girl 2010

The end of 2010 is near and several bloggers are parading out their best of 2010 projects over at Southern Hospitality. So, in the spirit of parades and looking back, I thought you might like to go back with me to the very beginning of Pretty Handy Girl. We are going way back to June of 2010. Not too long ago, but it has been a project filled 7 months.

So, won’t you pull up a comfy seat and travel back in time with me?

The Best Before & Afters of 2010




Wow, what a year! I can’t wait to share some brand spankin’ new projects with you in 2011!