Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chalk Painted Antique Cedar Chest

 Hello fellow Bloggers and Painters!

I'm very much alive but have been VERY busy with projects for my booth in a local antique/vintage mall, leaving very little time for well, hardly anything else, esp. blogging.

But, I wanted to pop in and show off this little beauty.

An antique cedar chest with GORGEOUS curves and features that I won at an auction.

There are many home made chalk paint recipes out there in Blogland using the Plaster of Paris. I've tried several ratios, so I did a blended mixture of a little bit of them all. I do find that adding less warm water, just enough to get it blended as smooth as possible, is best, in my opinion.

Here she is in my junk room / craft room / studio

I can't decide which I love more... the feet or the front carvings. 

Please excuse the ugly mat on the floor.
And the poorly lit night time photo shoot.

Just concentrate on the beautiful cedar chest. 

Here are some before pics. No damage, just badly in need of sanding to the bare wood and re-staining - um, noop, or painting. Chalk painting.

 I gotta say, I seriously considered buying some
Restor-A-Finish but opted to chalk paint.

I'm reading some good things about using coconut oil for refinishing? I really want to try this method, so anybody out there that has any tips or suggestions, please send it!

Again, please excuse the night time glary photos!

Anybody out there with a booth experiencing
"seller's remorse"?  As bad as we need the money, This baby MIGHT have to come back home with me!!

And, I can't believe how long it has taken me to filter through these photos (all taken with my smart phone), edit,
and type up this post!

But I can't leave without saying a little bit about having a booth.

I both LOVE it, and... I not-so-much-love it. (does that make sense?) 

It's a GOOD kind of work. But for me, and I've talked about it before, my fibro can dictated which project gets done.

And a project like this chest really kicks my butt.

PLUS, my husband cannot help me as much as before (at his previous job), and I have to do all the moving around of items and rearranging. That's the part I don't like. It's
like, everyday when I bring in new items, I have to pull out stuff and then push it back in... Same with the auctions, although they do have "loaders" for the big items. 

And yet, I'm addicted to it. All of it. 
The auctions. 
The sales. 
The thrifting.
The painting. 
NOT the sanding. 
Getting my check at the end of the month to help pay bills!!!

No, I don't actually say it quite that way, but it does sound pretty cool! Anybody else watch Storage Wars?
I think "Barry" is just too cool.
Kinda reminds me of an older Miami Vice "Don Johnson"

Gotta go folks!

Happy painting!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Singer Sewing Table with Barn Wood Top

 Stopping in to share this little project my
husband made for our daughter, from
an antique Singer sewing machine table
she picked up at a yard sale.
It is missing the foot pedal but she loves it. 

 It had no top of any kind. She had seen
some of the old barn wood we won at an auction,
so she knew what kind of top she wanted on it.
This is a left over section of an old barn door.
From research, husband THINKS this particular
wood is from the old Chestnut Trees.
(If we're wrong, please let us know!)
Its full of wormy holes (no, not from termites, 
we know what that looks like) 
These pics were taken before I put a 
coat of poly on it.

It went home with daughter before I thought
to take a quick pic for the blog. The poly
really brought out the grain of the wood. 

I wanted to keep it for myself!  ;-)

Before I go, here's a few pics of an unwelcome
visitor I practically stepped on while painting 
a cabinet outdoors... 

I had put the cabinet doors
on our swing, which hangs from gigantic old 
light poles and is covered with Wisteria vines.

While alternating from the cabinet to the doors
between coats of paint, I stepped back over
to the swing, I felt something shoot past my foot!

By the time I got a camera he was half way
up the pole and headed for the tree.

He moved so quickly through the tree.
You can barely tell which is a limb and
which is the snake. This is a first "tree" snake I've 
actually seen... now not only do we have to 
watch where we step, we have to look UP
when we're under the trees!

Just happy it was not a "bell tale" rattlesnake!

Have a Happy Day, Y'all!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Old Window Shelf {Tooting My Own Horn!}

Hey y'all! Just popping in to share a project my husband and I made for our daughter, who saw it on Pinterest and wanted one similar to it.  She texted me this picture of her window we made for her hanging in her home ;-)

We had recently purchased some old windows to make different projects for our booth, in which some are
rustic and unpainted. So we were eager to try
this particular project and it looks great!

She wanted her window painted white, and I think it 
turned out pretty good. This window was not in the 
best shape so we had to add a bottom strip of wood
and fill in holes with wood filler. 

For a different look, this window could easily be turned upside down and look just as nice.

We have one of these in the booth now, unpainted and rustic looking, so whoever buys it can personalize it with there own taste in color, but I think I'll bring it home and give it a couple of coats of white paint!

Y'all have a happy day!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Number Painted Vintage Bill and Letter Organizer

As promised, I finally found an item in my phone that I painted to put in our booth... 
Anybody recognize it?  

I saw them all the time when I was a kid... it's an old "Bill Letter Misc" organizer stand with three metal key ring holders at the bottom. It can also be hung on the wall.

No, I didn't take a 'before' pic but here's one just like it, listed on Etsy, minus the 3 metal key holders:
I just love it!

Most of the gold (gilded?) lettering was gone from mine but I could still feel the letters, so I sanded it down.

She makes some of the coolest stuff ever!!
I doubt there's anybody who HASN'T been to her blog, 
but just in case, hop over and check out her stuff at 

Happy Thursday, Y'all!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Granny Square Pillows and a Change in Direction... and Life

Granny Square Pillow
So I'm back in blogland for a few minutes to show y'all what I did with the rest of the light and dark pink yarn from the Pom Pom Heart.

I actually made two of these pillows for my little granddaughter, whose favorite color is pink.

I really enjoyed re-learning the crochet stitching, and how
to join the squares together. There are several tutorials and
videos out there so I won't bore you with that part.

And, I have to say I really enjoyed the blogging break.
That is not to imply that I don't enjoy sharing what I make. It's just that my life is going in so many directions right now, the pressure to make a project, take photos and write posts is not at the top of my list at the moment.  

My husband and I decided to open a booth in a fairly new antique and gift mall... anybody that has taken on this challenge while working their regular days jobs, AND THIS INCLUDES HOUSE WORK - cooking, sweeping, dishes and clothes don't DO themselves... knows what I'm talking about.

I'm excited and exhausted all at the same time.

My house is a total wreck. 

My mind churns with projects to make.

My muscles ache BAD because my fibro does not like all 
this extra activity... and it dictates when/what gets done.

And come to think of it, I've not even had a chance to take a lot of photos of items we've made for the booth. 

Right now we're still in the "we'll try it for a while" stage.

Being married is one thing... a great thing... being married AND working together is another ball game. 

What is in my head often is not the end result of the product.

We're working on that.

Lots of trial and error.  I don't have the hand strength to handle boards and some of the tools. 

And that really ticks me off. It limits what I can make by myself. So I have to go back and re-think what to make. 

Oh, and there was another auto accident... my husband on the way to work the first of March. No terrible injuries thank the Lord. But a head injury with a super bad concussion. 
The headaches were really bad.

And a totaled vehicle, which means another payment.

Have you priced trucks lately???? Talk about sticker shock!

I'll have to look through my phone to see what pics I have taken of booth items and try to make time to post them.

And the LIFE thing?  Since we bloggers are mostly women, I'm sure (well, HOPE) you won't be offended that I'm sharing that fact that menopause is KICKING MY BUTT. It's like one set of problems was traded for another set of problems.
Talk about an 'alien invasion of the body snatchers'
Nerves!  Quick Hot flashes, then I'M COLD. UGH.

But don't give up on me. I'll be around... and I still have to post the rest of our bathroom remodel!! 

Wow where does time go?

Did I mention we have a new grandson, too?

Life is precious indeed!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Weekend Watch {Waking Ned Devine}

Weekend Watch {Waking Ned Devine} 1998 PG
Get ready for some side splitting laughter on this one!


If your response is something like, 
"Oh, I'd probably just DIE right then and there"... well...

I L.O.V.E. British comedy, and this one is right at the top.


Available on Netflix Instant, and Amazon.

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Valentine Ditty for My Husband

Here's a little Valentine Ditty I wrote for my Husband, sung to the tune of Kenny Chesney's "Old Blue Chair."
Kenny, you're not the only one with a favorite old chair that just so happens to be blue.

Before I share it, he's sitting in his old blue recliner with our daughter who had been out sun tanning. I don't think she'd be too happy if I showed that picture ;-)

We've had that blue recliner for about 24 years and it has been the best chair for holding up to kids, plus we'd all sit with him and rock. Best Chair Ever.  Plus every man needs a chair to call his very own!

If you don't know the song or tune, please go to YouTube and find Kenny Chesney's song "Old Blue Chair", or click HERE
 then come back and "sing" it to yourself... or out loud - whatever makes you happy. So here goes...

Happy Valentine's to my Honey Man!


There’s a blue lazy boy
Sittin’ in the den

Weathered by our kids 
with their sweet little hands

It swivels back and forth
With the help of our feet

And it’s always waitin’ for me 
When I come home beat

We’ve read ‘em a lotta books, Sang ‘em a few songs

Talked ‘bout our lives and we fixed what went wrong

It’s seen a lot, and helped tough Life out

And nothing’s quite like… the way that it feels, 
the way that it feels,
the way that it feels, 
when I rock My Blue Lazy Boy

Yeah it’s ripped here and there
Been stained now and then

But it rocks just the same 
As it did back when

Been moved a few times 
And it’s soothed my poor heart

Yes, it’s always been there for me 
Like it was from the start

We’ve read ‘em a lotta books, Sang ‘em a few songs

Talked ‘bout our lives and we fixed what went wrong

It’s seen a lot and helped tough Life out

And nothing’s quite like… the way that it feels, 
the way that it feels,
the way that it feels, 
when I rock My Blue Lazy Boy

Old “Blue” was there for me when I got bad news
That my job was gone, I didn’t know what to do

But my wife was there for me and I got a lot of hugs, it’s true
Got ‘em all rockin’ right there, in my favorite "Blue"

There’s a blue lazy boy
Sittin’ in the den

Weathered by our kids 
with their sweet little hands

Hope you enjoyed it. 
Have a happy day!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Granny Sweet Granny...Squares

 It's true what they say... use it or lose it.
I learned to double crochet in Jr High and made
a square baby blanket for a Sr. Home Ec. project.
That Home Economics, which no longer exists.
(Anybody remember smelling wafts of yummy foods like
brownies and cookies floating down the school hallways?)

After making the DIY Pom Pom Heart Wreath
I had a lot of left over pink yarn, so during the
Polar Blast that hit the South last week,
I snuggled by the fire and practiced
re-learning some crochet stitching.
 Starting with a few Granny Squares. 
I know they're not perfect.
I had to re-learn how to hold my left hand...
to hold the yarn yet have some tension
Boy, talk about cramping and locking up!
 Barbie got a new double crochet "blanket" ;-)
And I even tried adding a scalloped edge
on a square double crochet practice piece.
Obviously I need a little more practice on this one.
Not perfect but it's a start.

Have a happy week, Y'all!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Yarn Pom Pom Heart Wreath

DIY Yarn Pom Pom Heart Wreath

This was a pretty fun project that I made
for my little granddaughter's bedroom. 
PINK is her favorite color.
And I love her so much,
so I made her a sweet heart wreath.

 You can buy foam heart wreaths but I
made mine from a clothes hanger.
I clipped the hook part off.

 Here's a great way to use up some of those
pesky plastic grocery bags! Wrap the clothes
hanger with as many plastic bags til you have
your desired thickness. Secure with tape.

 I used an old t shirt to cut into strips.
I wrapped the t shirt strips over the plastic bags
in order to hot glue the pom poms to it.
Before you begin gluing pom poms, cut a long piece of yarn  to use for hanging. Tie in the middle and glue to secure.
I used three different color yarns, Hot Pink, Light Pink and White. I even dabbled with making multi
colored pom poms, the one at the very bottom.
To make the pom poms, I just wrapped the yarn
around my three fingers, (index, middle and ring)
with about 50 wraps, then tied them in the middle
with a long string of yarn, and trimmed 
them to the desired "roundness."

A fun project that is very much loved!
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