Wednesday, April 23

A Bit of an Update

Hi everyone. Things have been so crazy around here. Mom still has her cast on, but now it is a walking cast. She doesn't like it. She says it's a lot wider and heavier. It won't come off for 8 weeks. She's a bit miffed about it.

Brandon is busy. He still hasn't found out about his Apprenticeship, so it's probably on hold until at least January. It's far too late now for him to apply for a Student Loan for September. He's in no great rush, so I guess that's okay.

I found a great new way to clean. Take a small pail of hot water, add a 1/2 cup of baking soda and a 1/2 cup of peroxide. It cleans like a charm and makes the house smell great.

The weather here was sunny today but a bit on the chilly side with the wind. Tomorrow is going to be a little warmer and then Friday it's to be cold. We are below seasonable temperatures here but it sure didn't feel like it in the upstairs on Monday night. It was almost 90F...not a good sleeping temperature. I remember last summer it was 110F up here some nights and not much better through the day. Our power bill was atrocious because we had two window air conditioners going 24 hours a day.

That's about all the news for now. I've been really busy with my Etsy shop, Mom & Brandon. I miss all of my blogging buddies and hope you all had a wonderful Easter. Ours was quiet, but good.

Sunday, March 2

It's Been A While

It's been a while since I posted here. Life seems to get in the way. I've been busy with my Etsy shop and also with Mom who recently fell and broke her ankle. I've also been helping Brandon who is attempting to get a Horticulture Apprenticeship. There is a lot of red tape in that process and many hoops to jump through.

I surely miss all of my friends here on blogspot. I have connected with some of you on Facebook, but miss the others who don't use social media.

I will try to post more often, in order to keep in touch with everyone.

Thursday, June 6

Oak Night Table

My latest project is an oak night table. It's a beautiful piece and really heavy. It's made of real wood, not the chip board that most furniture is made of today. The top had been damaged by someone setting hot drinks on it, so I decided to give it a makeover.

 Above, is how it turned out. Still all the beautiful wood but with an ivory top with roses on the corners.

 I think the roses really set it off. I am going to have a difficult time parting with this piece.

The drawers are nice and deep and it would make a great place to store things. That's one thing we don't have here is enough storage. Still struggling to get everything downsized and unpacked from the move.

I really enjoyed refinishing this piece. It's my favorite so far. Hopefully I can find it a new and loving home.

Thursday, May 16

Project # 2 Vintage Wooden Chalk Painted Stool

 I found this old black badly chipped wooden stool at the flea market. It is solid wood, probably handmade in the 30s or 40s. It had been given at least three coats of paint. White, red and black. Maybe more, but those are the colors that were showing through the black.
 In some places the white was showing through and in others the red. It needed some TLC. I made up some forest green chalk paint and decided to give this old piece some new life. Two coats of green paint, a little touch up here and there, a coat of sealer and then I added the picture.
 Since we live in an agricultural area, where farmers work to provide crops and food for our table, I decided to honor the farmers and of course, the Dads, since Father's Day is coming.
 I think it turned out fairly well for only my second time doing this. I enjoy giving new life to old things and even have a name for my new little venture. NEW LIFE DESIGNS and my motto is, "giving old things new life."
Here is a closeup of the farm scene on the stool. For the first few times I looked at it, I found something new. Cows in the background, a distant farm, a blooming shrub, a red-winged blackbird, a John Deere tractor, a black dog, a rabbit.

This stool is now for sale at the flea market. I'm hoping it will sell for Father's Day.

I continue my projects and am almost finished project #4. Project #3 is waiting for hubby to put the seat on it for me. Not sure when that is going to happen, but hopefully soon.