Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Projects started

The new windows will be installed Friday. While  I have been waiting for them, I repainted the "gathering room" formerly the den..now it's going to be the eating area with a sitting area..so "gathering room".
Paint is awesome.. called sea turtle but looks like Tiffany box blue. Re-caulked all the  crown molding, wow what liars... that stuff only lasted 3 years.. BUT nice and tidy now. I started cutting the stained glass I need for my new dining table. And even got the design made to trace onto the table top.. Don got the new table top ready for me to start my mosaic. I need to buy some more stained glass to have enough colors. I am excited to get to it ! I will be holed up in my studio for days. The fabric for the seating etc, doesn't have as much blue in it as I hoped.. I bought a few more pieces ..NOT sure its going to match the rug I got..need to check that out..in case rug has be returned. Off to make my shopping list.. definitely need a new glass cutter wheel..I have cut so many sheets of glass with this one it is DONE .  Check back.. cuz when the gathering room is done.. I think  you will like it.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Repainted shutters

Since we are getting all new windows, the shutters needed to come down while they install.. SO i scrubbed the shutters and gave them all a fresh coat of pink, blue , yellow , green slats.. and clear coat..so they will be nice and bight. GOOD as new. I started scrubbin them yesterday and got them all done this afternoon..so that chore wasn't too bad. Return to list of posts

My re-vamped chairs

These chairs were originally cream, plain.. I added flowers to them in 2004.  Last week I sanded all the flowers off, repainted with my favorite blue and cream, then antiqued them, then added small pink flowers, pale green leaves and vines. They will go in our new "gathering room"  We are re arranging the dining room/living room combo, so that the living room is all living room, and the chairs will be part  of the eating area, along with two comfy chairs that view the lake. I cant wait to get my paint on the walls, and get that project in full gear. BUT we are waiting for the new windows to be installed..so I am at a little standstill. However tomorrow I can  go to Pryor and try to get me some more  fabric to match the chair seats..  Tonight I stopped my projects so I could make some Christmas goodies.. ugghh I'm so not into them this year.. Made Don a batch of  turtle candies and some chocolate spritz cookies with raspberry centers.. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Great Grandparents chairs

Dons Mom recently passed away... years ago she got two old chairs that originally had came woven seats..but the seats were long gone. She kept one chair and gave us the other. Dons father sanded hers down, we left ours in its old used glory.I got out my paints and did my best to make the wood look aged like ours. Ours is the larger brown and white  covered seat and we have had this chair for probly 5 years ..For Moms chair  I found the white and brown spotted hide. DOn cut us some simple wood seats, so I could pad and cover them. I chose to use fur on cowhide.. I love how rustic they turned out.. they are so little compared to furniture these days. His great grandparents and is grandparents used these for years,They look like they are whittled wood. They have found a sweet little spot in our house and our hearts. A treasured memory.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Robin's Chair

I wanted to paint a chair for my dear friend that is so sweet and we just  feel a sister bond. I know she needed on for her desk she repainted blue.. We will be going to see them in Tennessee in the spring..so we can carry the chair to here...and I plan to doll up her desk with this same technique..adding the vine and some antique stain. I got this precious Chippendale style chair  for $8.  I love the feet on it.. and the carving . SO here is the after.. found this fabric in my favorite  fabric store in Pryor... Got enough of  it and some other pieces for my  room redo.. It will have the french country blues and  creams.. and some tan. The walls are going to be painted the softest  beachy blue.. and the living room will probably get a nice tan or khaki, since the new furniture is so bold.
BUT for now.. one project at a time...!

Back to blogger land !

I have really been slacking off. After spending two months on the Gulf of Mexico..we got home and the weather at the lake has been so nice I just  goofed off .. Fall cleanup for the yard, did some junking, found some great projects to work on. Good ol' trash to treasure coming up ! Love THAT.. Then Hubby and I decided to re-do our living,  dining and den.. to make it more functional. SO we thru out some ideas..and wow  I have a vision growing. However, we also have decided to replace all our windows. They should be installed in the next two weeks.. so there is a lot I can't start on till they are done. BUT Nice new energy efficient windows..double hung, and flip down so we can wash them from  the inside. NO more ladder for Don to get to the windows..I can have  them clean any time..BUT, while we wait for windows we did some shopping, and bought new furniture.. I was ready for something NOT BEIGE.. NOT leather..and  unique... It will stay in storage till we are ready to do the final stage. It goes in the living room. The den is gettin some revamp, so we can enjoy the room.. it's just not used to  the best of its space.. I have to jump on my projects in between windows.. have paint to get on walls.. and  lots to do.. at least all the holiday decor is up.. so I have time to work on some fun stuff.  Back SOON ! Sorry for being gone so long. I think all the beach air  made me numb !

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Beach time out !

We are still living on BEACH TIME... as soon as we get home from our two months on the beach I will get back to the blog.. wanting to soak up all the last of summers sun and  pretty water before we go home to fall and winter.. ughh winter..  Its not my favorite  season..but this year I have a plan to make the best of winter.. ! It better work .    Later !

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pink Schwinn

I love seeing the coaster bikes on the beach. I always think if the last bike I had growing up. It wasn't pink, it was read.  The past  two years I have been seeing  pink retro bikes..and  even tho I have a nice mountain bike, I had to get me a pink bike to cruise around the lake.  She is pink and white pearlescent paint. and awesome. WOW what a workout compared to my mountain bike that has  gears ! I like being able to sit upright to ride.. it's much easier on my back.. but no gears, more work out on your legs.. ALL good. Her pink rims and white sidewalls, the nice roomy pink and white seat.. she makes me smile to look at her.. I hope u get a smile too !

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"Pink Door" welcomes you !

Yup.. the boring white back door..needed pink and white. With all  the accents on the back door screen.. this needed to happen.. I love walking in that door..hope  you do too !

Somethings Fishy

I decided my faded lure mailbox  needed some beach flair. It was originally very  green with some shimmer for scales. That  quickly faded and started to peel..so time for a makeover. There is no doubt  whose house this goes too !  I added the bling and some glimmer to the patio paints I used. I used some  plastic pastel lacing from the kids  craft dept. to make the lure stringers at the back.  I hope I don't  catch any "Bill-fish" with this lure !

Sand pails & shovels.

I love sand pails and shovels.... I started finding  shovels on the beach..so decided to "Collect & display" some.. Seems like I mostly find  yellow shovels. I did buy some new  shovels to help start the display. I had  a pretty  card from my sweet friend Teresa in McKinney,TX  I have saved it for years, finally framed it and  added it to my display. I hung them at the top of the stairs, opposite of the mermaid outfit.. just a little whimsy..brings out the kid in me every time I see them....and wouldn't you know it.. we have been at the beach one week and I already found a shovel..and yes..it's yellow !  I hope to find another pink one! YOU never know.. we will be here two months !

Sunday, August 29, 2010

New beach accent

Loved how the life preservers I got for free cleaned up and painted so nicely.. So beachy !

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Great Freebies !

There was a lake house around the corner cleaning their garage.. A new friend hurried  over to tell me about these FREE goodies laying by the road. Oh now Cathy is  dear one to notice  in a short time that I love trash to treasure. I have wanted one of these for the lake house..but new they run $40 or so. these are 2 ft. across.. well they had been stored some where wet..there was wet dirty, mildew gunk on them. But I tossed them on the golf cart and knew if they didn't clean up I wasn't out any thing..and to get 6..well surely one will be decent cleaned up.. too grungy to tell, and it was pouring rain. Few days later I got some bleachy water..a green scrubby..soaked one for 15 minutes.. and ta daaaaa the gunk  came off so easy..I used the neighbors little  plastic pool his dog uses..now thats clean too! In a snap they were all clean. I got out my paints and went to it.. I can't wait till Don gets home to  help me attach them to the house and garage. I just love a great find..and a NEW friend for finding them..Thanks Cathy.. hope we meet again! Stop by for iced coffee anytime !

SuzSeas Spa

I needed a sign to  hang with the mermaid outfit. SO an old window.yesssss I finally used them ALL up in projects. No more garage clutter of them. I slapped some aqua paint on the  glass.. thought of some Spa treatments a mermaid might indulge in..and added a bit of  decoupage and shells.  I like it ! The  Free Emerald coast oil treatment was a jab at BP for messing up the ocean with their  nasty spill.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Mermaid Wall

I wanted to sew a mermaid suit. I hung it over a really old oar, and  hung it  on the stairwell. I made my own pattern and then added lots of  shells,pearls,  some bling, and the scales on the front of the  mermaid skirt I cut out one at a time, and sewed on one at a time..all 189 of them. I used some  crinkly sheer fabric and gathered it tight to sew for the fin.I  had a "coconut" bra  that I had  for years, it was a gag gift..so I covered it in fabric and shells and bling. I want it to look like some mermaid  did her  "wash" and hung it out to dry. I do have some other art things I want to  hang up there with a mermaid theme.

Monday, June 28, 2010

You've got mail !

I had to repaint my mail box.. it was  a green fish lure.. boring man  green. I had to  give it my signature touch. DONE !  mark that off my to do list !  There is no doubt which house it belongs to.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Bed Crown

I wanted a bed crown..Nothing too big.. but boy are they expensive.. SO I found a  french county  wire planter at hobby lobby, painted and antiqued it to match my bed I painted , and added some tulle netting. Then I took 2 decorative coat hooks and painted them..hung them horizontal to hold  the tulle back. I have been working on about  20 projects, lots of painting decks, walkways, cement  drive..even our  electric pole. I am finally getting some of t hem finished.. Rained on my  fresh paint more than once.. I was just  spinning my wheels  on projects..but they are  coming together now.

Friday, June 11, 2010

kitchen cabinet redo

The house was built with a window over the sink.Then we had a garage added...and all we saw out the window was the side of the garage..we totally blocked it of, and added a cabinet over the sink for more storage....then kitchen was too dark, so we opened the lower part of the window.. then later..after I saw the  awesome Chandelier.. we decided to open the window all the way up.. cut the back out of the glass door cabinet..and added some awesome Waterford cut look crystal film, that makes nice prisms of color sparkle thru. LOVE it. SO here are the pictures of while the house was being built..to during all the changes..and NOW.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mini Chandelier

OH I saw this beauty with all the sparkle..and knew it would be the icing on the cake in my kitchen.. And believe me.. cooking, baking & cleaning are way more fun with sparkly "mood" light above your head. THE only problem, when  I got the light..it gave me the idea to revamp the kitchen..again ! I will show you that project NEXT>>  BUT for now here is the mini chandie.. I sewed it a chain cozy to hide ugly chain..and now she sparkles like diamonds above me while I bake or work! 

Thursday, June 3, 2010

My "To DO" list

Yes I have one... always have one.. I can't live with out a list.. I enjoy completing a job so I can mark it OFF..sometimes  I do a chore.. and write it ON the list after I do it..so I can mark it off.. Here it is June..and due to so much travel back and forth to Utah do to family health issues.. my list is growing and I can't mark stuff off.. Don is going to have to go back to Utah soon to be with his dear Mom and family, I am going to take a break and stay home the next trip..and work on my LIST.. I have some interesting and fun projects I want to do. Repaint my mailbox, sew a mermaid "costume"  to display over an old oar.. for the stair well. Oh her fin is going to be most awesome.. Need to paint some new shutters, since we reopened the kitchen window this week..we totally closed it in several years ago when we had the garage added..We didn't want to look at a garage from the kitchen sink..it was right there in our face.. BUT we opened the lower part of the window back up, and added some awesome Waterford crystal look window film to distort the shape of the garage,,and let prisms of light in.. NICE.. so we had added a glass door cabinet over the sink.when we closed that window up.. This week we opened the entire window.. cut the back out of the glass front cabinet and now light comes all the way in the window thru the glass doors.. I am waiting for UPS to bring the waterford crystal film I need to help distort the garage again..lol.. The mini chandelier got hung in the kitchen..I have to hang all the pretty sparkles on it today..and I can post a pix of it.. SO come back often the next  few weeks.. I will be posting my projects !! I have missed my BLOG.. but I am BACK with a fire in me..ready to get stuff done..

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Birthday gifts galore !

Here are some of  the sweetest gifts I got this year. The ruffled apron, brown and pink fabric with tiny sparkly flecks in it.. Bernie sent it to me, made by her sister Michelle..and the hot pink "pearl" necklace... She knows  how to accessorize ! I whipped up some cookies and it was fun to be all frilly in the retro apron. I love the little OOH LA LA plate on the counter next to the PINK floral mixer..NOW that's cooking !  I also was standing next to the picture of me in my Easter dress from when I was a kid..and  above it  u can see the PINK glittery sign with a mini tiara that says THE QUEEN REIGNS HERE.. YES she does.. and OHHH sista chic Deb from New Jersey sent me the  bling bling Birthday Girl Goblet..yes.. I do drink my fizzy Dr. Pepper out of it. And sista chic Robin from Tennessee sent me the  sweetest scrap book album/journal that's too pretty for me to scrawl my chicken scratch writing in.... among some other sweet gifts.. Thank u all for thinking of me... Love u !

Friday, April 30, 2010

Life IS a bed of Roses !

Yes.. a  my bed is roses.. and precious in pink. I found this old head board/ foot board for $26  years ago.. It was rusty as heck...but some paint and some beautiful roses.. Sis Robin sent me a gift card to purchase these last year  when I lost my dear Mother. SO now that they have taken hold and grown, I get to enjoy them and think of Sis Robin and my Mother..who so loved roses. And the dogwood and Red bud trees we planted in her memory from a gift card sent from my Big Brother friends at the same time did so well and bloomed recently.. Thanks to you all for all your kindness during a hard time for me last year. Time does heal all wounds. BUT  you all have a special memory in my heart forever.