Wednesday, October 15, 2014

As Fall arrives in all of her beauty, I can't help to have a heavy heart.  My beautiful world is changing so rapidly.  I am seeing things happen in this world that I have only heard and read stories about.
Do we really understand what is happening to the United States?  Our freedom of speech, our choice of religion, our daily lives are all being compromised.   We are all facing a deadly disease unlike the aids era that I grew up with.  It isn't something we can try and prevent by our behavior or choices.  It is something that is affecting all of us as the media plays it all out.  The fear, the worry, it is all so hard to take. 

We have sat back and watched rights taken away and given to others because of their protests. 

Pastors are being  subpoenaed for their this all really happening?

Our country was founded upon freedom in all areas as long as we followed our countries laws.  I am just dumbfounded as I sit back and watch this story unfold.  

We all need to come together and pray for our country, our people, our families, our loved ones to have open eyes and ears to see how sly the enemy has been and what is being accomplished.  We all need to know who God is and how He is the answer to everything.

My world now is consumed with prayer and a heavy heart.  My little corner of the world is rapidly changing.  Please join in with me and we've never prayed before.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Angel Wings and a Miracle

Today has been a huge blessing to me.  My Aunt Judy is now home and her daughter is taking care of her.  She sat up on the side of the bed all by herself for 45 minutes today.  She is able to move her right leg a little but still can't move her right arm.  God has been good since we all have been told nothing else could be done and there would be no improvement.  Well...God has the last word on that one!  After having a massive stroke, just look at this miracle!

He is moving in their lives amazingly!
God is so good!

Now I know why I felt the need to make Angel wings so badly.  

I had seen a link on Pinterest where someone had made a set of angel wings from coffee filters.  A perfect little project for a day like today.

I had a cereal box, cut it up in the form of wings, hot glued some fabric to the back and then hot glued the coffee filters to the printed side.  I scrunched them as I went in the form of the wings making sure they mimicked feathers to the best of my ability.  

I thought a fabric rose would be pretty along with some tulle and ribbon.  The hubby really liked it and asked if I was going to sell them, lol.  He thought it was that good to say something like that!

I love them hanging on the gun cabinet.  I had a set I made from fabric last year for Christmas but I ended up putting them on a dress form.

  I missed the little wings, so the new coffee filter wings are perfect!

I'l tellin' ya....Louis loves to have his photo taken!   He poses so perfectly every time he see's me with my camera, lol.  He's my little angel for sure....God knew I needed him after  losing my Sweet Oliver.

Remember this basket?  I wasn't happy with the liner not being white.  I thought about adding a ruffle but then decided to make a whole new liner.

White of course...

and with a ruffle.  It's the little details that make me say ahhh....

I hope you all are having a blessed week, I know I am!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Marrying Pieces

I don't know if I shared Mammaw's old Hoosier cabinet with you here on the was recently given to me by my Uncle Jack.  It used to be in her pantry and I remember making many a biscuits on the old enamel top.  She would give me a scoop of flour and I would spread it out,  then she'd give me some of her dough.  Of course my biscuits would be hard as rocks and tiny.... Oh what sweet memories!   Mom remembers making biscuits on the enamel top too.  
Mammaw kept chocolate chips and mini marshmallows in the upper cabinets.  My buddies   and I would find them and add to our ice cream.  It was always a thrill to find those treats stashed away for a sweet surprise!

I had planned on putting it in the laundry room but after discovering it was too wide, I had to come up with a new plan.  So I decided to marry the upper piece with this cabinet. 
(a changing table I repurposed)

It was the perfect depth by the closet and also long enough for the upper part of Mammaw's cabinet to sit on.

So this is what I did.

I had two knobs left over from another piece of furniture that matched the bottom cabinet's knobs.  Talk about being HAPPY!

I gave it a new paint job and lined the shelves with some pretty wallpaper I've had for over a year.  Just itching to use it somewhere!

Louis has been opening the closet doors and scratching up the toilette this is gonna work out great!  He's such a stinker!

The old flour bin still works, so maybe later I may use it to store his cat food.  The roll top needed some work to function properly, but it was all still in tact after all of these years!  The entire piece was in great shape!

For now, I am storing the bottom half (my favorite part) in our storage room where it won't be damaged.  I'm giving you a little peak of that room...please don't judge me.  We all have to have that one space for all of our junk, right?  Thankfully I have the garage too!

My bath stool that I used when I came home from my hospital stay 4 years ago is the perfect height for the cabinet.  I may be doing some crafting right here....perfect spot so that I don't have to clean up afterwards.

I love looking in from the adjoining "little girls room" and seeing a part of Mammaw.  I know she'd be tickled how it turned out and with it having a new lease on life.  She always was so excited to see and hear about what I was into.  
I sure do miss her.

Of course Louis had to get in on the fun.  This is his room.  The litter pan fits perfectly under the table and skirt and his little bed is in a basket under the other cabinet.  All nice and hidden...just the way I like things to be.

The window is a perfect spot for him to lay and watch the birds since they love building nests and hanging out on the deck.

I'm still loving what we did in here a few years ago.  It's definitely a room I don't hate coming into anymore.  
I still don't like doing laundry though, lol.

So for now, Louis says so long.  And I hope you are having a blessed week...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Another Chandelier

You all know the drill by now....when I get something, it's getting a paint job!

I found this pretty gem on a FB Yard sale site for $35.  I don't think I could possibly have enough chandeliers!

Some of the gems were missing, but I knew I could replace them after I painted it.

She turned out perfect!  Can you guess where I hung it?  I didn't want to hard wire it, so I made it into a corded light that has a switch for on and off.  That way, if I ever want to move it, I can.

I carried it all throughout the house looking....I am bad about not having a place for things when I buy them.  But in my defense, I seem to always find a spot. (snicker)

Don't you think it looks nice over the bed?

Kind of romantic, right?  I think a medallion would look nice with it, don't you?

Not too big either....

And such a pretty view from the kitchen!

Life has been busy around here.  Lots of testing still going on with my health.  It looks like I will be having an endoscopy and colonoscopy done sometime in the near future.  I thought for sure my gallbladder was a mess but after having a HIDA scan, it proved all was working properly there.  So we'll see.  Prayers always appreciated in that area. (wink wink)

I've played hairdresser yet once again with my oldest daughter's hair.  

Her roots were growing out, so she decided to do an indigo blue instead of purple.  This kid cracks me up....not afraid to be different either!

Here is a picture my youngest drew of her for art class when Sara had purple hair.

I think she nailed it!  

And here is the artist...

One day she came home from school and I made her smile so I could take a photo of her before I let her in.  My girls, for some reason, won't let me take photos of them.  Think me posting them on here might have something to do with it? lol

Me and Louis have been hanging out a lot and playing.  I swear, I think he can read my mind when I pull out my phone or camera.  He knows he's about to get his photo taken and he poses every time!

See that little bell?  I love hearing it ring first thing in the morning...he makes me smile.

So far, Sara hasn't had too many problems with her allergies with him staying inside.  As long as we keep him out of the bedrooms and the back room, she should keep doing fine along with taking her allergy meds.

And as for this man saying that he's never been a cat person, well he sure can't fool me.  Just look at him laying there snuggling with Louis!

Now isn't that just the sweetest?!!

I hope all of you are doing well and that your week has went great!  I know without God in my life, I could say that mine was awful.  But thankfully, God has been right there with me through it all and I have been blessed!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

To Keep or not to Keep, that's Always the Question

I found a beautiful little coffee table that a friend had for sale and just had to have it.  I thought it would be beautiful painted white of course.  I knew where I was going to use it, but now am rethinking that.  So for now, I'll share the before and after and you give me your opinions on what I should do.   I really need to build onto this "already HUGE" home of ours to be able to use these beautiful pieces of furniture I find!

Here is the before:

Those lines, the detail, the daintiness of it...what was I supposed to do?  I just couldn't resist!

And here is the after:

I just love it!

Now tell me, what would you do?

See the ottoman?  That is where I had in mind...but now I don't know since I love to prop my feet up when I'm on the sofa.

Decisions, decisions....

Monday, September 15, 2014

Another New Piece

I just couldn't pass this armoire up when I saw it's beautiful detail and lines for $50!  I knew painting it white and distressing it would make it look new again.  
This was the seller's photo...the drawer was busted up and needed major work, the inside had no shelves and a few drawer pulls were broken and needed replaced.  See the big scratch on the front?  It was a deep scratch!

Needless to say, the hubby and I drove to get it and boy was it solid and heavy!  Worth every penny of it in hard work!

This is after we did the work on the drawers, making them into one large drawer and replaced a few of the handles.  I had some pulls from another project that fit perfectly.
Now to start painting!
Here's the inside of the drawer.  We adjoined the two together and then lined the inside with left over beadboard.  The picture doesn't give it justice at just how big and deep it is now.

This is what the inside looked like after I cleaned it up and started painting it.  I didn't want to paint the inside so I left it alone.  But I still needed shelves for all of the junk I had to store in it.

This is the armoire it was replacing and how it looked inside.  I wanted the shelves to be similar to accommodate all of our stuff.

And what it looked like on the outside.  I've had this beauty for many years, adding the crown moulding, appliques, glass knobs, painting it white and I even hung a piece above the doors making it look even more beautiful! was time to move on when I found this beauty!

Isn't she just beautiful?!  She's just an inch smaller than the other one.  

And she is holding all of our stuff with the added shelves.  I love armoires!  They hide all of the yucky cords and electrical junk so nicely making a room look less cluttered in my book.

I love the side view too...she's pretty on all 3 sides!  My other one was a plain Jane since it was meant for book shelves on each side as a unit when I bought it new.

I love how the detail really stands out with a little distressing.

I think she really turned out great!  All of the junk is hidden neatly in those drawers too....and easily accessible.

Sorry for the dark photos...I never can wait until daylight to take photos, lol.

And I played hairdresser again.  This is Chrissy...she asked me to make her hair look like Hannah's.  At first I didn't want to since I was scared that I may burn her hair, but she really wanted it done so I said yes.  Didn't it turn out beautiful in color?!  And it felt like silk once done...such a relief!

Now Hannah wants her hair to be white, lol.  So it looks like I'll be playing hairdresser again soon....

I hope you all are enjoying this new week!
God is so good!