Today was one of the best days of my life

Today is a very important day. I opened a checking and savings account at my local Credit union. Not only was I able to open the account with a decent amount of money what made it really sweet was I the place I am coming from.  Two months ago I had run out

me Photo by my friend Dora

me Photo by my friend Dora

of food and I was standing heartbroken in front of closed food bank. That was the only food bank in the area that returned my call. Check out my post about that moment. On top of that I had not been able to open a bank account for months due to an issue with another bank. I went home determined to make it, somehow. My life was such a mess I could barely acknowledge the severity of the situation. I had no food no money no job. I had just left an abusive situation. I owed the IRS money from years ago and I was waiting for them to find me and demand their money.  I hadn’t paid my student loan for years and was waiting for them to come after me. I couldn’t open a bank account because I had an issue with Bank of America. I left the bank angry over beyond belief overdraft fees. I was behind in my car payments, worried it would be repossessed. I couldn’t afford my car insurance and my drive license was suspended. A mess! I got on the phone and found a charity that sent me a $50 gift card for food. I had a few things going for me my wonderful son, I had a place to stay, a computer and an online shop. I got on that computer and clicked and messaged and researched until I was able to generate some sales for myself. I did my taxes and back taxes and found out the IRS owed me quite a bit of money.  A lawyer called me and said they had a small settlement for me for a car accident I was in a few years ago. It was a very small settlement but very welcome.That actually happened. It was like a movie. I had been ignoring their calls for months thinking they wanted money from me.  I took care of my car payments, insurance and license with that money.

Two vases from my Costal selection

Two vases from my Costal selection

And when the IRS checks started to come in I needed a bank account to deposit them. I had an ad hock limited account with Blue Bird for people with bank account issues like me. But I didn’t want to send my checks away to some internet entity with limited services. I was talking to my girlfriend who is aware of my issues and told her I was going to try to open a bank account. She asked me which bank and I said Chase or maybe a credit union. I have no idea why I said a credit union,  that had never occurred to me before. She said the only one she knew was Tropical credit union. After my son went to sleep I looked them up. I was thinking I wouldn’t be eligible because aren’t credit unions for teachers and policemen, people with specific occupations. I applied online and by the morning I was approved I was really shocked. When I went to the credit union with my IRS check they were so nice, very different from the banks I was used to. It seemed like they really wanted to get to know me. Not that fake wanting to get to know you we are all familiar with. I could say I am back!  But I am better than I was before. I continue to work hard. My goal is to keep that money as the beginning of my savings for a house. It is hard to believe the shape I was in 2 months ago. It seems like so long ago. In the thick of things I wanted everything to happen faster than it did but I can’t believe how fast it did happened. Stay tuned for more adventures and check out my shop, I worked hard on it <3 …Melissa

My Verdigris Cherub. I just found out what that means

My Verdigris Cherub. I just found out what that wordmeans

Paint glass Shiny Tutorial and Giveaway

I like shiny things. In really like shiny things.  I am so excited I want give something away! You might have seen my previous post on taking things from trash to shiny.  So when it came  time to paint some  mason jars and vases with pretty metallic paint  I couldn’t wait. Now before I started

Gold and Silver Metallic Maons

Gold and Silver Metallic Masons

painting I ignored my own advice. When painting glass, I say prime, prime prime!!!! Primer is your friend your best friend! I like Kyrlon’s Colormaster primer but I was on Pinterest and followed a link on “how to paint glass” no primer needed she said “Spray paint is meant to stick to anything.” So I listened and tried it again without primer. A big mistake!!!! A I usually do I didn’t handle the jar for 24 hours to let the paint cure / dry thoroughly , metallic paint is different and dries faster than regular spray paint, but I wasn’t taking chances. The finish was beautiful but the second I  moved it around the paint scratched. Listen to  me  and listen good prime prime prime before painting. I was very excited to paint this carafe I came across. I had already painted with blue glass paint

Silver Metallic Carafe

Silver Metallic Carafe

but it was so blah. but it came out amazing!!!! I just used the paint I had on hand for this project Rusto-oleum  Metallic finish in Gold and Valspar Metallic in Silver.

Valspar Rust-oleum Matallic pain

Valspar Rust-oleum Matallic pain

I prime and let it dry for 1/2 hour to an hour,  paint with the metallic spray paint (I love how the a paint goes on) light even layers to minimize drips. Check the paint instructions on when to apply your second coat. I hold the jar or vase in the mouth of and turn it as I spray. I leave the bottom unpainted so I can handle the vase. I rest the the jar or vase on it’s neck then I paint the bottom. I leave the painted piece to dry for about 24 hours. With the metallic paint I will probably be totally dry in about half the time but better safe than sorry.

Voila, gorgeous shiny awesomeness. If you don’t feel like waiting for the paint to dry pop over to my Shop Caribbean style Decor and use the code Hometalk15 to get 15% off. And don’t forget to enter to win a set of these shiny beauties.

Caribbean Decor or Caribbean Style Help me decide

When I opened my online shop over a year ago I had to write a little bio on myself. the first thing I wrote was that I was born in the Caribbean. After I wrote that I thought now what does that have to do with my home decor business? I didn’t seem very relevant at the time but I left it right there as the first sentence. As my

shop evolved with Turquoises, slivers, whites and blues it became very obvious that my Caribbean roots was the main inspiration behind my evolving style.

So with the Caribbean Turquoise  taking over in  my shop it’s time to rebrand the store, change the name and admit the obvious. But now I have to choose a name. I have narrowed it down to “Melissa’s Caribbean Style” or “Melissa’s Caribbean Decor”.

When I went to bed it seemed all set, I had settled on “Melissa’s Caribbean Style”. I set up my Instagram account and I was perfectly content. When I woke up it didn’t seem so clear. I love Melissa’s Caribbean Style but the name itself doesn’t hint as to what I make. Yes, it is obvious I am doing something with a Caribbean flair but it could be anything from clothes to paintings of fish and everything in between.

My Small silver bird

My Small silver bird

“Melissa’s Caribbean Decor” indicates I am making items for the home. I keep going back and forth unable to decide between the two. So help me. Please write in the comments which you think is better. Thanks Melissa

Give Away: Modern Masters paint giveaway

Well I sort of fell in love with the Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit. Would you like some? Good because Modern Masters

Metal Masters paint giveaway

Some of my new line Metal Treasures. using Modern Masters Metal Effects

is giving some away. In fact These amazing products have led me to create a whole new product line called Metal Treasures, stay tuned for all that. Metal Treasures is  high-end line of decorative products made with the Metal effects kit. Check out my original review and tutorial here!

I have been busy all week using this kit and I was finally give these ceramic bowl the beautiful finish they deserve. Any you know I HAD to give one of my mason jar a go. Doesn’t it look gorgeous?

Mason Jar with Modern Masters Metal Effects

Mason Jar with Modern Masters Metal Effects Copper paint and green patina

Ok now on to the give away. You can win your choice of a Quart or (4) 6oz containers from their Metallic Paint collection  or the products from thier Metal Effects kit. Go check out the Modern Masters Metallic Paint collection and or the Metal Effects kit come back here and comment letting me know what you would do with all that fabulous paint, YOU HAVE TO CLICK ON THE GIVEAWAY LINK AFTER YOU HAVE COMMENTED TO ENTER. click on “I commented” in the give away box and you are entered. But don’t stop there you can earn a ton of bonus entires. So keep clicking and enter everyday! I would :)  Good Luck! Until next time, I mean until tomorrow …Melissa

Modern Masters Give Away

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Mason Jar DIY Soap Dispenser

Mason Jar DIY Soap Dispenser

This post has been a long time in coming considering I do a tutorial for almost all my projects and these jar are have been the most popular items in my shop

for months. Well better late than never. I am using a Ball heritage mason jar that is already blue  If you would to learn how to tint your masons gorgeous vintage blue for pennies a jar check out my tutorial on painting glass here.

This is a pretty simple process I include tips I have learned from making about 100 jars. But if you have any tips please share with me.

First Gather your tools

You mason jar lid.

I am using a ball mason jar with the two part self sealing lid but i have also used this technique on regular old spaghetti jars lids.

Washer with 5/8″ opening. I have found this to be the perfect size that a soap dispenser will fit through. You can get it at home depot or Loews about 40 cents.

Mason Jar DIY soap dispenser

What you need

A nail
A Hammer
Pliers
E600 adhesive available at your Local craft store
Soap Dispenser pump. Save your old ones or soap with a dispenser from the dollar store.

First center the washer on your lid and trace the inner circle on the lid. You can draw free hand this just is really easy with the washer and the perfect size soap dispenser.

The I use the nail and hammer to punch holes around the circle. After you have punched the holes all around the circle use your pliers to twist the metal and remove it  out of the hole. it’s pretty easy at the metal of the top is thin.

A funny aside is that it drives men crazy when  they see me do this. They think its too much work. My ex husband spent two hours running around trying to figure out how to do this with a drill. Meanwhile i had done 22 lids with my low tech technique.

h wasn’t happy with his result, I thought his outcome was perfect was perfect but apparently the drill was so out of control going though the thin metal he was afraid he would get maimed. I didn’t actually  see the wild drill but I’ll give it a shot myself and see what the fuss is about. I have an idea to improve on his technique. i’ll keep you posted. My other male friend is working on sharpening the end of a pipe so it can punch straight through the metal; he’s been working on that one  for months.  But I got distracted, back to the tutorial!

Mason Jar DIY soap dispenser

Making your hole

With this particular lid I spray painted it black obviously you don’t need to do that, but you can. I think it is a very elegant combination the black and the blue. if you are spray painting your lid make you hole before you paint. That way you won’t remove any paint as you make the hole.

So with your hole you are ready to glue your soap dispenser in. I use the Adhesive E6000 as it is very strong, water resistant. I had used hot glue before and if the lid was jolted or fell it would come apart, not so with E6000.

Mason jar DIY soap dispenser tutorial

Gluing your soap dispenser to the lid. I glue a washer to the bottom to protect from the jagged edges

Apply E600 the base of  the soap dispenser and place it through the hole. Your glue should set in an hour so you can handle it. I have been gluing a washer to the underside of the lid so no one will come in contact with jagged metal edge from making the hole. I  just came across a great idea to put silicone around the jagged edge. Sounds fab I can’t wait to try. I’ll let you know. Now look at your fantastic result.  Till next time… Melissa

Mason Jar DIY soap dispenser tutorial

Your handy work. Now you just need to figure out where to put it.