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!

Monday, June 2, 2014

For the LOVE of Peonies

Today has been such a beautiful day...the sun is shining, a little breeze is blowing and I am feeling blessed!
Yesterday, I got to spend some time with my Aunt Judy at the hospital.  We got to talk and she joked a little with us which made us all happy.  Please keep praying, I told her all of you were and she seemed to really love that.  

Now, on to my beloved peonies!  I finally decided to cut some and bring them in....the ants have had their share, now it's my turn!

They smell so Heavenly!  I couldn't figure out exactly where I wanted to have you are going to see  before I finally decided.

First, the ledge over the kitchen sink...

Then....the living room on the coffee table.

As warm as it is outside today...looking at this photo actually cools me down.  

Don't they stand out beautifully?

But then I decided to put them behind the love seat so I could smell them in both rooms.

They are just so pretty!

I had a time trying to get all of the ants off....I know they got mad at me!

But they can have them again next year, so they'll just have to get over it.