Thursday, July 24, 2014

It's the Smallest of Things

Hi everyone.....hope all is well in your neck of the woods.  Things have been a bit hectic around here lately.  I haven't been able to work on the things I need to because of them being so big.  But I have managed to paint a few things that didn't require more than an hour.  I have to stay creative or I feel I will go mad....

Here's a scrolly piece that I found and fell in love with then of course painted it white.  It took me a few days to find the right spot for it though.

It is heavy!  I found the right spot in the stairwell above all of my mirrors.  

I had originally wanted to put it under this piece that I found and painted but it was too wide.

I love how it looks like a gate...and it's perfect for brightening up this dark spot.

I think it can be a space that is often forgotten about.  But this leads to our master so I want it to be pretty to.  

I took down a window I had up along with this sign.  It was one of the last few pieces from my primitive days.

I had plans for the sign...

I used some more of the rubber rug I had left, glued the pieces on and painted.  Now I have it hung above one of our doors.

I want to spiff up this entry it's still a work in progress.  I'll think of has to be hubby proof, lol.

I would love to ask for more prayers.  My Aunt Judy was transported to a nursing home today and then I got a call from my Mom and she told me that her husband Carl had fallen and broke his thigh.
Surgery is definite and then recovery will require some therapy.  

Mom is tired, I'm tired along with my husband and girls, Aunt Judy and her daughter are tired, my Uncle....we all have been hit hard and it just will not seem to stop.  So please, prayers for my whole family for strength, peace and to be able to rest well so we can do what we all need to do.  And most of all HEALING....the LORD knows we all need it.  Love you guys and thanks for everything!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

God is so GOOD

Hi all, hope your weekend has been good to you.  I thought I'd share a little of my past week.  First, a sweet blog friend had me over for a visit.  I hope you'll go for a visit at her place, Pamela's home is gorgeous and she is one talented lady!

From My Front Porch To Yours 

I started new meds for my fast heart rate and am feeling much better.  I was getting a little antsy so one night I sat in a chair and started painting this black armoire.  The more I painted, the more I wanted to continue!

I suspect the last person that painted it had used spray paint in an enamel.  There were runs everywhere on the door.  I tried sanding, but it wasn't making a bit of difference. 

So instead of trying to hide them, I distressed to make them stand out even more once painted.

I like how it turned out.  Definitely gave some character.

I took apart the glass knob and painted the metal part white.  I love how it really lightened up the knob!

Slightly distressing the whole piece, it just made my heart happy to see all of the imperfections coming through.

It turned our perfectly...but sadly my oldest daughter didn't want it and I had no room for it anywhere.  It was a hard decision to give her up, but at least a dear sweet friend has her now so I can at least visit!

Then I turned my attention to our oldest daughter's car and the headlights.  They were so cloudy and dim at night.   I had heard about the headlight restorer kits on tv, so I visited our local auto store and bought some.  The brand I bought was Meguiar's Heavy Duty Headlight Restoration Kit for around $25.
Just look at the difference!

Like new again!
So much cheaper than buying new headlights....

So as the week went on, I kept feeling better each day.  So yesterday (Saturday) we all spent the day together and went to the movies, dinner and then to visit Aunt Judy at the hospital.  The sunset was so beautiful and the moon was HUGE as we drove home.  Such a perfect day!  One of the funniest highlights was how the hubby's beard was curling....he crazy!

I have to add,  for those that may be on a low sodium diet as I am, it is hard to find places to eat out at that actually have low sodium dishes.  We decided to eat at Bob Evans thinking I would yet once again have to order another salad....but to my surprise, I discovered the salmon dinner ( plain baked potato, a huge plank of pink salmon and broccoli) was low in sodium.  With a little sour cream and shredded cheese, it was the best dinner!  I am thrilled to finally be able to eat out now without having to eat rabbit food, lol!  And, the best part was with it being so low (under 200 mg of sodium), I was able to order dessert!

So thanks all for the continued prayers...they have worked wonders for all of us.  God has been so very good!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Just a Sewing

First, I want to give some news that I finally have a diagnosis....Tachycardia.  Here is the definition if some of you do not know what it means.

Tachycardia is a faster than normal heart rate
 at rest. A healthy adult heart normally beats 
60 to 100 times a minute when a person is at 
rest. If you have tachycardia (tak-ih-KAHR-
dee-uh), the heart rate in the upper chambers 
or lower chambers of the heart, or both, is 
Heart rate is controlled by electrical signals 
sent across heart tissues. Tachycardia occurs 
when an abnormality in the heart produces 
rapid electrical signals.

In some cases, tachycardia may cause no 
symptoms or complications. However, 
tachycardia can seriously disrupt normal heart 
function, increase the risk of stroke, or cause
 sudden cardiac arrest or death.

Treatments may help control a rapid heartbeat
 or manage diseases contributing to 

I am thrilled to now know, but now am in the 
process of trying to find out what kind.
New meds and lots of praying....I just hope the 
medicine works!

Aunt Judy is still doing good, so please keep
 praying for the both of us.

Now on to what I did yesterday and today.  You 
all know that I love to sew, right?  
It is my therapy....

Our other chair needed some work so I switched
 it out for this one.  The other slipcover was too big.
 I had bought a sheet set that I was 
hoping would go well with all of the British Rose.
I think it was perfect, so I made a new slipcover 
for the smaller chair.

Of course I had to make a new slipcover for the
 lampshade too...

Then I thought I needed a different curtain.  So I 
went through my linen closet for some spare white 
sheets and made this beauty.

It gives a little more white which goes better with 
the new slipcover for the chair.

I've added a few little things to this space like the
 scallop trim at the top of the tall white cabinet and
 the applique.

I love it's quiet and peaceful.  Great for 
those nights you can't sleep and get on Pinterest for 
new ideas.

Plenty of lightning now that we've gotten rid of all 
of the fluorescent lighting.

Well, that's it for now.  I hope you all are enjoying 
your week before the 4th and that you have a
 blessed holiday!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Great Idea

Here are two pieces of furniture the hubby and I went and picked up awhile back.  We had to make two trips since both pieces were so big.  And let me add, it was in the pouring rain ( a downpour) with lots of wind and lightning.  

They both needed a new paint job and pulls.  I just loved the lines on the dresser and mirror.  Not too thrilled about the chest  though...but they were a package deal.

The dresser is an after photo...I never did get to the new paint job but did patch up some holes and added the glass knobs.  It quickly disappeared before I could finish it.
Isn't it beautiful?

Now back to the chest.  I tried to see if anyone wanted it as is, but no bites.  I knew I would have to work some magic on it if I want it out of my garage.  I am hoping someone will want it when they see it now.

It needed something....but I didn't have the extra cash to go out and buy something much less have the energy to make and wait on some appliques.

If you all would see my garage, you would think I was a hoarder!  But there are so many wonderful things in there and as I was painting this, it came to me as I looked at an old rug that was falling apart.
You know, one of those rubber rugs that you can buy at Target that has all of the scrolly stuff?  People have been painting them and hanging them on their walls or over air vent returns ect. 
All great ideas!

  I thought "yes, this will work perfectly" after I cut the pieces off that I wanted to use.  I have lot's left over so future things will be made for sure with them!

I just attached them with some heavy duty adhesive and painted 3 times.

They were perfect for those bare spots, don't ya think? They are hard as a rock after the paint of my concerns since it was rubber.

I think they really made the bottom feet stand out so much better.  The details go together quite nicely now!  I already had the pulls that I took off of my kitchen cabinets when I replaced them with glass and silver.  Mike had to work some of his magic on a couple of the drawers since they stuck.  But after all that we've done, it is a beautiful, well functioning vintage chest of drawers! 

I hope this idea gives you all inspiration on your projects....I know it was a light bulb moment for me!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Few New Things

The other day, I was feeling half way decent and the day was absolutely gorgeous.  So the hubster and I, along with our youngest daughter, took a road trip and picked up some furniture.  A lady was selling both of these pieces on one of the FB Yard sale sites...once I saw it, I knew it would be beautiful in our home (where, I didn't know yet) painted white of course.

Now just look at this!  Beautiful in black right?  But sadly the paint job wasn't complete and not a good one at that.

This piece didn't have the bottom chest but I knew exactly where I was going to put this one.

Right here in place of this mirror.  

I've always had problems with the mirror going sideways because it is right beside the door.  Plus the space between the chest and mirror have always bugged me so I felt the need to have something there.  You can see that I've experimented with different things...but nothing ever made me have that "ah yes" feeling.

So today, I decided to paint the mirror.  3 coats of paint!  I thought "what have I got myself into?"
I haven't really had the energy or stamina to do anything for awhile, so this was a big thing for me to bite off.

Didn't it turn our pretty?  I still want to add some glass knobs to the chest and then I think that'll do it.

The black showing through the distressing worked out perfectly! And those little glass knobs are so cute!

The detail at the top is gorgeous and really stands out now, don't ya think?

Not too shabby for a days worth of just painting.  Now I need to work myself up to paint the that will be some work!  I just have to talk my daughter into letting me put it in her room.  wink wink

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Just a little Update

I haven't been able to go and see my Aunt due to health problems for me.  But I have talked on the phone with her and it is so nice to hear her voice.  She's still doing well, just a little down though.  Please pray for her...I know she sees this long road ahead of her, so anyone would get depressed.  But as I've said, she's a strong lady and God has brought  her this far not to just drop her on her keester. 

Now for me, please keep me in your prayers also....I don't know exactly what is wrong but I feel it is my heart.  So many signs are leading that way. Whatever they find, I know God has my back!

Ok, now onto the pretty stuff!

I found a place for that mirror...took me awhile to get the strength up to hang it, but I really like it here.

I love this gets so much sunlight even on rainy days like today.  I love laying on the bed looking out and seeing my flowers.

It's a peaceful place to go and just think.

It's so nice and quiet here.

And I think the mirror adds some charm to my old window.  Maybe I need to move in here for the sure does feel like a summer porch like back in the good ole days!

My petunias are doing well from all of the rain we've had...but everything is so wet and dirty now.  I have my work cut out for me when it dries up.  Maybe I can sweet talk the family into helping me. wink wink

Tonight, Sara is heading out to see Elton John live...doesn't she look stunning?  I think he needs to write a song about her and her red hair and blue eyes.  What do you think?

I hope you all are having a blessed week.  May God be with each end everyone of you!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

A Little Therapy for me Today

This past week has been a busy one for me and my family.  But the good kind of busy....we've all been with my Aunt Judy and she is making huge improvements every day!

I made some signs to hang in her room when she was first transported to a wonderful hospital in my city.  Mike and my girls did this for me a few years back when I was in the hospital and it made me have hope each day to fight and get better. 

Aunt Judy loves them along with the Dr's and nurses.  I watch them all enter her room and see them read them all.  I want everyone to know this lady is one super duper person that loves the Lord!

As of yesterday (6-6-14) she passed her barium swallowing test and when I visited yesterday evening, she was so eager to tell us that she was eating and to ask for a Pepsi (her favorite drink).  She ate applesauce, some type of pork gravy, all of the ice she could ever want and some ginger ale.  What a major difference from the day before where she was allowed nothing.  I see God moving in leaps and bounds with my Judy!  Keep praying...the prayers are working!!!

Now, for me today, I haven't felt so good.  I think I've run myself a little ragged.  So I thought about what makes me happy and feel better.  You all have to know by now that it's sewing! wink wink

So this is what I made....

Nothing big, but just a few ruffles added to a table cloth I had for my end table.  It definitely picked my spirits up! 
It's my therapy as I like to call it.

Can you say RUFFLES?

And more RUFFLES!

Then that led to something else I love to do....PAINT!

This was given to me with the mirror unattached and the wood was in it's original form (brown).  So I pulled out my paint and brush, painted the wood and then attached the mirror with some heavy duty adhesive.  The applique was missing from the top so I painted the scrolly design to give it a little something extra.

It is old...just look at how beautiful the etching on the mirror is!   Now I just need to figure out where to hang it.  I think it turned out beautifully!

But I may rest a bit for now.  I hope you all are enjoying your weekend.  I know I am so blessed to have peace of mind knowing that my Judy is getting better and better every day....thank you Jesus and to all who've been praying!