Card a Day (CAD) #3:
I think I'm officially a stamper. These product only cards just don't hold the same thrill for me as a stamped one. Good to know :-) On this card I tried a glitter pen for the first time. They are very fun although the card has to be in the light the right angle for it to sparkle.
In our house, staining is a job the kids do on their own. Dad showed them how and we point them at our square foot garden supports - no problems so far. One curiosity was that the two garden beds were stained the same color yet look completely different. We chalked it up to "oh well, must have been a mistake" and forgot about it.
So yesterday I decided to stain the picnic table. I grabbed our trusty can of stain, got directions from my ten year old and went to work. Half way through the table top the stain went from a dark, almost sheer walnut color to a thick, paint like light brown. Turns out that the last few painters forgot to mix the stain and also forgot to make sure I mixed it. So I hustled to mix the brown into the black sections and hope to blend it enough that it doesn't look completely ridiculous. Then I ran out of stain... which should make the rest of the table fun to paint as matching this unmixed monstrosity might be tricky.
When I tried to wash myself and the brush off the boy exclaimed, " I forgot to tell you it's not water based and you need gloves." Scrub. Scrub. Scrub.
So, my advice to you is to only trust your kiddos instructions to a point. Or you'll be scrubbing your skin and puzzling over your furniture for longer than necessary.
When DH came home I told him the whole story and he said he always mixes it before giving it to the boys so they've never seen him do it. But, the stain I used was some decade old mongrel he'd found in a box. It was on his work bench as a reminder to dispose of it properly. The stain we normally used was on a shelf nearby.
DH thinks we should strip the table and redo - I'm not sure you can strip stain and I hate doing things twice.