Welcome Spring

Welcome Spring

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New (old) Sideboard!

 Ugly is not an appropriate word for this first picture. It was in really bad shape, but just had to try to do something with it. So, first state was just to clean and get ready to prime. I wasn't going to waste any time or effort on sanding! lol
 Another view of just how bad it was!
 So much better after priming with two coats of latex Kilz, Now it is beginning to look better to me.
 Some of the guides on the drawers had to be fixed and one was completely missing, here they are with the primer.
 I used a very soft blue for the base, (it was a mixture of some left over paint and i just blended until I liked the color) I saw a sideboard in Kirklands that gave me the idea for the color.
 Looking so much better, I was beginning to get excited to see the final product at this point.
 The top actually had some raised places in it, but after painted, they didn't show up very much.

 Here is the after, I was so busy I didn't take any pictures of the process. But it was just an antique stain that I mixed with regular house paint and glaze. Just brushed it on and wiped it off. Two coats of water base poly plus the hardware was spray painted with hammered bronze and I was finished!
 Sammy has to be in all the pictures to, he laid up in the cabinet when I didn't have the drawers in there.
He doesn't go with the new (old) sideboard.
The new owners will pick it up in the morning and finally I will have more space in my garage for yet another garage sale treasure.
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Little Brown Hen!

I love chickens! It doesn't matter if it is roosters, hens or chicks. I just love them, and also love to decorate with them. I try to keep them in my kitchen, dining room, and sunroom, but they have ventured onto the back porch. How many is to many? I haven't figured it out yet. Whether I am looking at goodwill or garage sales, my eyes are trained to look for chickens! This little brown hen is also nesting to and have to have  a couple of eggs. These are so easy to put together, so I  keep my booth stocked because others like them to. She has found a place in my dining room for now, who knows where she will wind up!
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Have a blessed week!
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Upscale Poodle Bed!

What poodle or two wouldn't want to sleep in that cute little bed? I have two of them, Maddy and Bailey and they love their little beds, but this one may be the only one for awhile. It did take a while to finish it. In case you are wondering what it use to be in its former life, well it was an end table that was given to me. We turned it upside down, hubby cut off the two legs at the bottom and then I bought wooden pieces from Hobby Lobby to use for finials. The feet was in my stash, just plastic screw on legs that attached really easy. After all the priming, I was ready to paint! What a job, it really is hand painted so you will see some imperfections. So not tape and no measuring, it takes to long. lol. The headboard is a picture frame that I paid 2.00 at our local goodwill. On the back of the frame I painted over the little tabs that keeps the picture in, so I can change the pictures.  The pillow in there now is temporary until I can find one that really fits and of course the right color. So, after a few hours of painting and sealing, it is finally ready to use. Of course, it will be a few days, poodles are very picky and until the paint smells go away, I don't think they will use it. Will I do another one! I think so, and have had requests already from some friends.
Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments. I am linking up with Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch. If you want some great ideas, please check them out. Also at Kara's Elements Interiors: http://www.elements-interiors.net/2011/04/whassup-wednesday-and-giveaway.html
Have a blessed week!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Love Those Birdnests!

I do just love those birds nests. Seems like I am seeing them everywhere! So for my project for today, since it is a little cool outside was to make something for a table in my family room. I first started with some old books I had taken the backs off and then antiqued the pages, (an idea from Pottery Barn)  of course I did have to add a little gold (they didn't) . Next I had some burlap material that I just cut into strips to hold it together and make a bow. The birds nest was fun,  the nest itself was 25 cents at goodwill and the rest I had in my shop. I just glued the feathers and eggs inside and added the small branches and the berries. And it was finished, took no time at all. My den did  not have the light I needed for good pictures so I took these in the sun porch. 
Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments.
I am linking up with Wassup Wednesdays with Kara over at Elements Interiors. Be sure and check all these talented ladies!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Getting Ready for Spring!

I hope you aren't getting tired of just seeing floral arrangements! Seems like everyone wants one, so I just keep making them. It is getting warmer so I will be out painting. Lots of things to finish and when its cold, painting is just not happen. This arrangement is another one for church! Spring is so much fun because I can mix colors to my hearts content! Thank you for stopping by and leaving your sweet comments. Have a blessed week!
I am linking up with Metamorphosis Monday, you will be inspired! link follows!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Flowers for Church!

What a blessing for me to furnish the floral arrangements for our church! Since this is absolutely one of my favorite things to do. The largest one goes in the sanctuary and the other is for the entry table. Doesn't it look like Spring? I especially love this time of year because I can mix all the colors and there is no wrong way to do it!  Of course no (hardly any) arrangement would be complete without a nest with eggs! I hope you enjoy them, thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments. I am linking with Kara over at Elements Interiors and Between Naps on the Porch! The links follow.
Have a wonderful rest of the week, Spring is here and I am so thankful!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spring Arrangements!

I don't know about you, but I am sooo ready for Spring! This does seem to be the longest winter ever. Cold and snow like we have not experienced in a long time. So needless to say, I have Spring Fever bad! lol. I have been motivated to work in my shop. All winter long, I have been doing catch-up in my home. Painting cabinets and decorating projects have kept me plenty busy. This past week I decided to design another Blooming Lamp, I had one in my booth at the flea market,( my daughter confiscated the other one. lol) so I thought I would make another one. Also we have a sun porch on the back of our house next to the patio, and we have a sun room which is in the front. It is more part of our house, while the sun porch is much more casual. Anyway, it needed to be ready for spring to so that was the only reason I needed.  Hope you enjoy them to. Thank you for stopping by and for you kind comments. I am also linking to Between Naps on the Porch. The link follows.

Aslo linking up with Kara with Elements Interiors
on Wassup Wednesday. link follows:
Blessings to you this week!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Easter Egg Tree!

Department 56 hand painted glass eggs, to be exact! They are beautiful, aren't they? Back before Christmas I had a phone call from the people we bought our house from, she wanted to know if I would be interested in some odds and ends from an auction. Well, of course I did. When I saw what she was talking about, I almost fell out! I expected a "few" things and certainly wasn't prepared for at least 20 plastic containers! Needless to say, I bought it!  I sat up all night going through it! I was like a little girl at Christmas! Anyway, to explain these eggs were in a box labeled "Easter". I did some research on these and they were made between 1999 and 2003 for Department 56. The little tree I already had so it was easy just to put in a glass container. I love them and plan on keeping them. Who knows they might be a collectors item some day. Thank you for stopping by. I am linking up with Kara over at Whassup Wednesday! Be sure and check out all the talented ladies. link follows!


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lighted Branches!

Well, I still have Spring Fever really bad so I have been redoing some of the florals in my home. This one in the corner was a have-to after my daughter came and "took" my blooming lamp. lol. Anyway, I bought these lighted branches at Kirklands not really sure if I liked them or not exactly what I was going to do with them. After seeing some in a floral arrangement (of all places in the doctors office), I decided to somewhat duplicate it. I used a skinny wreath wrapped in greenery, then put the branches in and just built up around it with the flowers and bird house (and the bird). The container is a mahogany color that goes really well with the rest of my room. Surely there must be more to do with them then this or just sticking them in a vase. What do you think? I appreciate you stopping by, have a great week.
I am linking up with Metamorphosis Monday, be sure and check these talented blogs, you will be inspired!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Spring Wreath!

Do you think if all of us think Spring, it will come faster? lol. All the snow and cold weather we had, then to warm up for the past week was a shocker! We enjoyed the snow, but then we were tired of it! Come on Spring! So here is just one of the arrangements that I have been working on. I love the trend that is taking place with the style of wreaths, so just had to try one. All my grapevine wreaths were the big chunky ones, so the solution, take the wire loose that is holding them together and make two or three out of one. Instead of covering the grapevine up, some of it needs to show. Then it is simple to add greenery and the flowers of your choice. In some floral design there are rules, like the rule of threes, and the one and half to two times the size of your containers just to name a few. But then there is just "if it looks right to me". Everyone has their own style. I have to say my favorite is European Design. I love the open airy, yet very traditional flowers and the containers they are put in. I leaned the very basics when I went to floral design in Memphis, then later on learned country style from a lady that gave lessons. From then on, it really was just developing my own style. Anyway, all that just to say, I am on a roll! I have a booth that I share with a friend and we have got a lot to do getting ready for Spring! Wooo Hooo! This wreath along with two other arrangements are already on display, now just hoping they will sell.
Thank you for stopping by, I love your comments and look forward to checking out all the wonderful projects at Metamorphosis Monday, the link follows.
I hope you have a wonderful week. Blessings to you!