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Giveaway from Simply Spray!

After a 5 week series on Simply Spray’s upholstery spray paint, I’m teaming up with Simply Spray to offer THREE CANS (a $33 value) of upholstery spray paint, in the color of your choice, to a lucky winner!

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What colors are there to choose from?

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In addition to the upholstery spray paint, their product line includes some fun items such as fabric paint, stencil paint, glow in the dark paint, fake blood paint, and even paint made for leather:

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Their paint is non toxic and easy to use.  Check out my series for more information.

To Enter:

You must be a US or Canada resident.
Simply leave a comment on this post telling me what you’d use the paint for if you won.

For additional entries (one extra entry for each of the following):
1. ‘Like’ me on Facebook and leave a comment here on the blog letting me know you did.
2.  ‘Like’ Simply Spray on Facebook and leave a comment here on the blog letting me know you did.
3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment here on my blog telling me you did.
4. Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment here on my blog telling me you did.
5. Pin one of their items on Pinterest and leave a comment here with a link to your pin.
6. Mention this giveaway on your Facebook status and leave a comment here on my blog telling me you did.

The deadline to enter is 5pm on June 27th. The winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on June 28th.

kristysig

Simply Spray Series – Painting Upholstery – Week 5

It’s time for my conclusions about Simply Spray’s upholstery paint.

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We’re on the last week of the series.  Next week, we’ll have a giveaway for three cans of upholstery spray paint, so be sure to enter!

Week 1 – Introduction
Week 2 – Painting a pillow
Week 3 – Painting pool umbrellas
Week 4 – Painting a patio furniture set
✓Week 5 – Conclusions

I did three projects using Simply Spray during this series.

1.  I painted one of the original pillows that went with my original painted chair.  As you can see, it turned out super well.   It didn’t really change the texture.  The pillow stayed soft.  The color, Caribbean Blue, was pretty close to my painted chair color.  Success!

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2.  I painted a faded pool umbrella.  This was a water resistant fabric.  Didn’t go super well, but also wasn’t a total fail.  After 6 coats, it covered decently.   It did take a lot of coats and the paint did tend to just roll right off since the fabric was not absorbent.  Simply Spray does not recommend painting on any fabric that is not absorbent.

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3.  I painted faded patio furniture.  This fabric was only slightly water resistant.  Again, not something they would recommend, but I wanted to know the boundaries of the product.

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Conclusions:
Simply Spray is certainly a valid product and a great alternative to my method.  However, it’s good to know a few things about it before you decide if it’s right for your project.

- Make sure your fabric is water absorbent.  It will take more paint, the less absorbent your fabric is and will not take as well.  See the post on the umbrella and patio furniture for more information.
- Cost.  While it’s way less than recovering a piece of furniture, even if you use 14 cans like I did on the patio furniture, it can get pricey if you are covering a large item or if the fabric isn’t taking well to it.  It costs about $11 a can.
- Test it out on an area that won’t be seen easily.  That way you can tell if you like the color, if it’s taking well and how it’s looking before getting to a point of no return.  Realize, though, that this spray paint will soak around to the other edges.  So, I’d test it on a pillow or somewhere that it will not matter or protect parts that you don’t want sprayed.
- Let it dry completely between coats.  It will take longer to dry on something like this that is not as absorbent.
- As stated in previous posts, it’s more of a dye.  Dark spots will continue to be dark, in my experience.  This method is not for covering anything.  Ideally, your fabric is nice and consistent with no stains, patterns or dark spots.
- If you spray too heavily, it will create fuzz balls.  So, again, test your method first.
- Try to use up the can as it can be ruined if you wait more than an hour in between.  I had to throw almost a whole can out due to the issue you see above.
- Make sure you are only going darker in color and not lighter.  It will NOT cover anything darker in color at all.

So, if it comes in a color you like and it makes sense, go for it!  It’s a great product overall.

Perks:
- Non-toxic.  The smell is very mild.
- Easy to use.
- Doesn’t change texture of the fabric, if the fabric is absorbent.

Be ready to come back next Thursday and enter a giveaway for two cans of Simply Spray!

kristysig

Simply Spray Series – Painting Upholstery – Week 4

During this series, we are talking about the difference between Simply Spray and my method, as well as what I think of Simply Spray, how it’s best used and tips.

We’ve made it to week four!   Time for the big project – my faded patio furniture.

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Week 1 – Introduction
Week 2 – Painting a pillow from the original chair and comparing it to the original pillow
Week 3 – Painting pool umbrellas
✓Week 4 – Painting a patio furniture set
Week 5 – Conclusions

Don’t forget, after the series is over, I’ll host a giveaway from Simply Spray!  So, if you want to try it, you may get your chance!

Last week, we tried painting a pool umbrella, which is a water resistant fabric and not recommended by Simply Spray.  It wasn’t a total fail, but not great.

This week, I’ll talk about painting my patio furniture with Simply Spray’s charcoal gray fabric spray paint.   Note that my patio furniture isn’t as water resistant as the umbrella was, but it’s is fairly water resistant.  It’s not a greatly absorbent fabric, so I ran into a few kinks.

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How was it before?

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Sorry, the one cushion is tested with the gray paint.  I forgot to snap a photo before I did that.

Let’s take a closer look at the patio furniture before.  We purchased these in 2010 and by the end of 2011 when we moved from AZ back to TX, they were this faded.  And, they sat under a covered porch.

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This photo will give you an even better idea of what you are seeing.

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And, if you still aren’t sure of the severity of how bad they looked and how faded they were, look at these photos of the cushions once they were removed, cleaned and ready for paint.

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Alright, so you get the idea.  They were faded, but only in spots where the sun hit.  Not pretty.  It was time for a facelift.  New cushions can be costly, especially if custom made.  I had new ones made for the lounge chairs and they were over $200.

We may as well try painting them!

First off, it can be trouble if you try a can that has been opened.  The nozzle does clog up fast.  This is how it looked when I tried to use and already opened can, even though I followed the rep’s tip and put the trigger back in its original position.

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And, just a reminder, when you spray paint anything, always start spraying off the object and stop spraying off the object.  So, go all the way across on each stroke.

Here they are after a couple of quick coats of paint.  I let them dry for 1-2 hours in between coats.

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After another layer or two.

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In the end, I did about 4-5 coats of paint, depending on the cushion.  I used 14 cans of paint.  At $11-12 a can, that is about $155, though you can buy them in a six pack and get a bit of a discount if buying by the case.  $155 is a reasonable price to pay to freshen up patio furniture, I think.  New cushions would be at least $30 each and possible $150 each if custom.  That would be $300-1500.  I know, crazy.  At some point, it’s cheaper to just get a new patio set, huh?  Especially if you wait until just after the summer when they are on sale.

One thing to note is that Simply Spray is more of a dye than a paint.  Patterns and darkness will show through.  Here are examples where you can see that there are still dark spots.  Luck for me, most of these will be hidden once the cushions are back on the frames.

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A few more photos of the finished product?

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Overall, I was happy with the outcome.  However, it’s not perfect.  If you look really close, like in the photo below, you can see some of the original color showing through along the piping/ creases.

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I think if the fabric was more absorbent (not water resistant), it would have worked super well.  Of course, I can’t prove that, but I think that was the problem.

The texture is also a little different.  The texture of the pillow that I tried Simply Spray on did not change, but this did.  Perhaps because it took more coats?  Perhaps because the fabric was water resistant.  It’s a little stiffer, but I do think it will soften up as it’s used.

What did I learn?
- Try to use water absorbent fabric as they suggest.  Or, be prepared that it may not take quite as well and/ or you may need to do more coats.
- Test it on the underside of a cushion first.  Realize, though, that this spray paint will soak around to the other edges.  So, I’d test it on a pillow or somewhere that it will not matter.  It does bleed.
- Let it dry completely between coats.  It will take longer to dry on something like this that is not as absorbent.
- As stated in previous posts, it’s more of a dye.  Dark spots will continue to be dark.  This method is not for covering anything.  Ideally, your fabric is nice and consistent with no stains, patterns or dark spots.
- If you spray too heavily, it will create fuzz balls.  So, again, test your method first.
- Try to use up the can as it can be ruined if you wait more than an hour in between.  I had to throw almost a whole can out due to the issue you see above.

So far, based on this series, what are your thoughts?  Would you try it?  Do you have a project in mind?  How do you think it compares to my method?   I’ll draw all of my conclusions next week and compile all of my tips there!

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I can’t wait to finish decorating our patio now!

I hope you are enjoying the series!

kristysig

Simply Spray Series – Painting Upholstery – Week 3

We’ve made it to week three!  This means it’s time to really stretch Simply Spray’s capabilities to see just what its boundaries are!

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Week 1 – Introduction
Week 2 – Painting a pillow from the original chair and comparing it to the original pillow
✓Week 3 – Painting pool umbrellas
Week 4 – Painting a patio furniture set
Week 5 – Conclusions

Then, after the series is over, I’ll host a giveaway from Simply Spray.

During these weeks, we are talking about the difference between Simply Spray and my method, as well as what I think of Simply Spray, how it’s best used and tips.

Before we talk about my painting our pool umbrellas, I must point out that Simply Spray does NOT imply it can be used on such an item.  It says it is to be used on absorbent fabric.  Well, most umbrellas are not absorbent.  Mine is certainly not.  But, I wanted to see if it’d work anyway!  I like to really test things out.

This was my extremely sun faded pool umbrella that we used in Phoenix.  Just from a few hours in the sun (we didn’t leave it out every day), it looked like this!  That Phoenix sun is so harsh.  Wait until you see my patio cushions.

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It essentially had white or light gray stripes all around from fading while it was collapsed down, yet in the sun.

I began painting and could immediately see that the paint was sliding right off.  I mean, it looked like it was dying the fabric a bit, but just poured down the fabric.  Duh, it’s water resistant fabric.  I didn’t expect much better.

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As you can see below, it’d just pool at the bottom, leaving the umbrella a little streaky, but not horrible.

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After six coats on half of the umbrella, it looked like this.  I only did half – I wanted you to see the difference, but also, well, I got tired of painting… it was a lot of work for not a lot of return.  And, well, we don’t have a pool anymore!   So, I was mainly doing it to show you guys what this paint can and cannot do… mission accomplished with just half.  :)

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That’s right, after six coats of paint, you could still see some fading, but it was obviously a lot better.  So, it wasn’t a total fail.  It helped.  But, would you want to do 6+ coats to see only some improvement?  I am not sure.

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As I stated before, Simply Spray never said it works on umbrellas of any kind – this was my hair brained idea.  I just had to test the limits since it did so well on the pillow that I tested last week.

Truly, the texture is almost the same as before I painted it, on the pillow!   Simply Spray worked so well.  And, with only two coats, it covered very thoroughly.

But, on this… I’d say it helped, but was not truly successful.

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Now you know.  Would you use it on something like this?  That is for you to decide.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Not sure what I’ll do with this umbrella that still cranks as well as the day we bought it two years ago… yet has these faded parts.  I have a second one that is not faded…  but, did I mention, I don’t have a pool any longer!  I guess I could just get stands for when we need extra shade, or save them for a table… Hmmm…

Next week, I’ll be using it on my slightly less water resistant patio furniture!  A huge project.  It is also faded from the powerful AZ sun.  So, stay tuned!   Then, on the last week, I’ll sum up all my do’s and don’ts as well as tips.

Tips for using Simply Spray so far?
- Make sure your fabric is water absorbent.
- Make sure your fabric is evenly toned as dark and light areas will continue to at least be slightly dark and light – you can see the faded area on my umbrella.
- Make sure you are only going darker in color and not lighter.
- Always test it on an inconspicuous spot or scrap piece first.

Ready for the best new yet?  Simply Spray will be GIVING AWAY 3 cans of their paint on my blog at the conclusion of this series!   Be ready to enter!!

kristysig

Simply Spray Series – Painting Upholstery – Week 2

Simply Spray’s upholstery paint was something I considered when deciding what method I wanted to use to paint my chair.  However, I chose my method due to wanting a very specific color.  Simply Spray’s product only comes in 14 colors.

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I’ve been asked many times about Simply Spray but could never answer any questions, having not used it myself.  Well, now I have!   And, we’ll talk about my experience(s) in this series.

We’ll be touching on things in this order, on Thursdays (other than this particular post which went up early).

Week 1 – Introduction
✓Week 2 – Painting a pillow from the original chair and comparing it to the original pillow
Week 3 – Painting pool umbrellas
Week 4 – Painting a patio furniture set
Week 5 – Conclusions

During these weeks, we’ll talk about the difference between Simply Spray and my method. And, then I’ll sum it all up in the end.

But, first, I want to point out that I added a new page (rather than post) devoted to painted upholstery.  It shows examples using my method.  If you weren’t convinced that you can paint upholstery, you may be once you see these examples!

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A couple of new chairs were added yesterday.

Can you believe so many people have tried painting upholstery using my method?   (And, not every chair I’ve gotten emails about is featured here.)  I sure can’t.  Thank you for giving it a shot and for sharing the outcome with us.  It’s amazing what some paint can do!  There are some amazing transformations on here, not only with my method.

On that page, I also list examples using other methods.  Mine is not necessarily the best method, as every situation is a little different.  I love showing various methods.

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And, at the bottom, I even added some examples of fails!  I figure it’s always good to know it doesn’t always work out and for you to see why it may have failed.

I hope this will be an easier reference for those of you considering painting upholstery.

Today, we will talk about my experience when I used Simply Spray to paint one of the original pillows from my first painted chair.

My original chair came with two pillows.  How lucky, huh?  I painted one prior to painting the chair.  It was my original experiment.  I had the second one left over, untouched, all this time.

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So, I decided to use Simply Spray’s Caribbean Blue upholstery spray paint to paint it.  That way, I could compare the two pillows.

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It went on smoothly, but there are a couple of tips.  Start spraying off the fabric and move on to it.  Smooth, steady strokes, holding the can about 8 inches away.  Spray all the way across and back off the fabric on each stroke.

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When taking a break with these paints, it’s important to click the sprayer trigger back into it’s original position or it will clog up and you will not be able to finish the bottle.

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As you can see on the pillow, their Caribbean Blue is a very similar color to the Valspar Ocean Soul that I used on my chairs.  Just a little lighter and brighter.

I sprayed another coat for two coats, as this fabric took the paint very well.

The final pillows for a side by side comparison is below.  The one on the left is the one painted with Simpy Spray.  Pretty close match, huh?

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I thought Simply Spray was easier to apply than my method, but only works if:
- You are going darker in color.
- You are not covering any dark stains, patterns or spots.
- The fabric is absorbent.

As mentioned in my first post, it’s essentially a dye.  One of the best parts for me is that it’s non toxic and didn’t really have a smell!  It’s safe for children and pets.

What about texture of the fabric?  It’s very soft.  You can barely tell it’s painted upholstery.  It is not stiff at all.

What about compared to the pillow that I painted using my original method?  That pillow has softened up a lot over 15 months, and is only a bit crisper (a bit like painted canvas) than the Simply Spray painted pillow.  So, there is a small but clear difference.

So far, it seems to be a good alternative if one of their 14 colors works for you.

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How about an example of painted furniture using Simply Spray?

Better After had a great example this past week.  And, she’s doing a giveaway, so be sure to enter for a chance to win some Simply Spray paint!

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In case you are wondering, it took her 6 cans to do this chair.  So, at about $11.95 a can, that is $71.70 total.  That’s not super duper cheap.  But, you don’t have to buy fabric medium on the other hand.  In the end, it may run just a bit more than my method.  My method cost me roughly $55-65 per chair in materials, but I don’t have exact costs anymore.  Plus the cost of the actual chair.  However, with my method, if I had not used the acrylic paint for the last layer, it would have run closer to $30-35 for materials, possibly even less if you already have paint on hand (you can just use latex paint).

Having said that about cost, I do think Simply Spray is less risky since it doesn’t involve measuring out paint, fabric medium and water.  So, if you are going darker in color and like one of their color choices, it may be good for you to try!  At least that is my take so far…  but, I still have two more larger projects to try.  So, stay tuned.

Another fun example is from The Sassy Pepper, who also did a chair using my method.

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Just happens that she also used Caribbean Blue.  Looks great, huh?

What do you think about all of this?  Great way to upcycle?  Great way to update a piece of furniture for less, if you are on a tight budget?   Have you tried painting upholstery?  Is there painted upholstery out there that you have seen that I should include on my new page?

Stay tuned for the rest of the series!

kristysig

P.S.  I am in no way compensated for this series.  Therefore, all information is unbiased and accurate, to the best of my knowledge.  I am not selling anything.  I make no money off of posting on painted upholstery – I just offer information to my readers.  Information was tough to find back when I originally researched methods, so I wanted to be sure to provide easy to find information to my readers, should they be interested.

Simply Spray Series – Painting Upholstery – Week 1

I met with Emily, Simply Spray’s rep, a couple of weeks ago.  She had contacted me to see if I wanted to try their paints since a large section of my blog is devoted to painting upholstery.  I jumped on the opportunity because Simply Spray’s upholstery paint was something I considered when deciding what method I wanted to use to paint my chair.

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I learned a great deal from our meeting and she generously offered samples while I offered to do some projects so I could let you guys know a little more about their paints!

We’ll be touching on things in this order.

✓Week 1 – This week – Introduction
Week 2 – Painting a pillow from the original chair and comparing it to the original
Week 3 – Painting pool umbrellas
Week 4 – Painting a patio furniture set
Week 5 – Conclusions

During these weeks, we’ll talk about the difference between Simply Spray and my method.  And, then I’ll sum it all up in the end.

How is my painted chair holding up after 15 months and two moves?

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Great!  The fabric is a little softer on the seat than it was at first, from use.  But, nothing else has changed.  No fading, no staining clothing, nothing.  I sat in it almost daily at the rental (so for a few months) though now it’s back to very occasional use and sits in the master bedroom.

My second painted chair that lived in my craft room for a while held up equally as well.  I’m so glad the hours of work that were put into it were worth it!

It was recently purchased by a local photographer, Amber Lee Photography.  She sent some photos with it, which I adore!

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You can find Amber on Facebook as well.

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So you aren’t left hanging, I thought I’d at least share at least a couple of basics that I learned about Simply Spray.

- It’s more of a stain/ dye than a paint.  So, it will not turn things a lighter color than they currently are.  You can only go darker.  That also means it will not cover stains or patterns well.

- It is non-toxic and safe for children and pets.  That is much better than other paints.  In fact, it has no real smell.  I’m very sensitive to smells and didn’t react to this at all.

For more tips and thoughts on this spray paint for upholstery, stay tuned!  If you’ve used it, feel free to chime in!  Also, let me know how this information affects your projects.

kristysig

A Series on Painting Upholstery Coming and A Few Readers’ Painted Chairs

I was given some Simply Spray paint for upholstery to try. I almost used these fabric paints when I painted my chair, but they didn’t have the exact color I wanted, so that is when I created my own method.

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I’ve since been asked about these paints, but could never give any experiential information as I had never tried them.  Now I have!  And, I can give you all the nitty gritty details and tips.

So, I am going to do 4 week series on these paints.  We’ll talk about how they differ from my painting upholstery method,  show various projects around my house using these paints, talk about how they performed, as well as tips on using these paints. So stay tuned!  Coming every Thursday for 4 weeks!  

I am not and will not be getting compensated for this series.  I just want to keep my readers informed of all the various ways they can paint upholstery in case one method is better than the next for their project.  You’ll be surprised at the differences with these paints versus my method – pluses and minuses.  So, stay tuned.

And, now for a reader’s painted chair in gray!

Isn’t she pretty?

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The Sassy Pepper painted this chair using my tutorial.  Check it out!

What did she look like before?

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I love how it turned out.  Be sure to check out the details on her blog

How about this hot pink chair that a reader painted using my tutorial.

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What color was it before?

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Check out the details on her blog, Bella’s Crafty Mom.

This gray painted chair turned out great as well.

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And, before?

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Visit The Vintage Nest for all the details!

Are you ready to hear more about Simply Spray in the upcoming week?!  Would that be helpful to you?  I thought maybe if I took the time to try them out and report back, it’d save you some time and money and help you to know what they work best with. 

kristysig