Thursday, November 29, 2012

Little Side Table

Sigh...well if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!  I now have the sinus infection.  Ugh, I have never had one before and it feels like someone bashed me on the right side of my face.  I am promised that in a few days I will be feeling better.  I hope so!

Anyway, here is a little redo that I did right before Thanksgiving.  This table was given to me by one of my old neighbors, now my mom's neighbor (mom's in our old house).

It's not really old, just boring and she did not want it anymore.  I cleaned it up, painted it cream and added a stencil to the center.  Here it is now...

What do you think?  Not nearly as boring, right?

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Progress Report

I promise some posts soon, but we have been hit by the bug...or bugs.  Here is our progress report:

Me: cold: in progress, hopefully the end is in sight
Hubby: cold: in progress, worse now than before
Oldest: ear infection: antibiotics in process
Middle: ear infection & nasal infection: antibiotics in process
Youngest: bronchitis: antibiotics complete & rosiola: rash almost gone

I am pretty sure we have reached our quota for the year (as in until Nov 2013!!) and we are allowed no more sick days!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Today is the day.  The whole family is arriving in a few hours and will be here for the long weekend!  I have spent the last few days shopping, cleaning, and baking my dish towels rolls.  Yes, I really did.  Mom and I were testing out a Thanksgiving roll recipe.  The oven was supposed to be on warm, but with my gas oven that means cook apparently.  I only wanted to give the rolls a nice warm place to rise.  The directions said "cover with dish towel and place in a warm spot."  Instead of the smell of baking bread, we had the smell of charred linen.  Of course I was doing this at nap time and so when the smoke alarm went off in the front of the house and our security alarm went off (they're connected) in the back of the house, I had three screaming kids.  All kinds of wailing!  Needless to say, I bought some frozen rolls and those are what we will be eating on Thanksgiving!

I am really bad about the holiday/seasonal decorating, but I wanted to do a little something and I found the perfect thing on Shanty-2-Chic.  They have all the instructions and free printables for the banner and I just put it together...

I was really wishing for a better center piece though.  Especially since that plant goes on my living room side table.  I had decided I wasn't going to worry about it, since the table would be covered in food most of the time anyway, and then this arrived from Hubby's boss!


I love the fall colors!

Now we are ready!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

One Man's Junk is Another Man's Treasure

I finally got up the nerve to try out my paint sprayer.  How exciting, right??  No!  What a joke.  The first time I tried it nothing happened for about five minutes and then I got splatter.  I had to use my roller and brush to clean it all up.  Oh, did I mention that I was doing this on the top portion of the china cabinet?  I was hoping for a quick paint job.  I decided maybe I didn't have enough paint the first time, so I filled up the container the second time and got...yep splatter.  Big fat drops of paint and little drops of paint everywhere.  What a mess!  I told my mom about it and she looked up the reviews and most sounded just like my complaints.  I cleaned it up and took it back hoping they would refund me even though I had used it.  When I explained what happened to the cashier she told me "your not the first to bring this back.  Lots of people have returned it with the same problem.  It is junk, but we can't tell you that when you buy it."  Lesson learned.  I'll stick to my brushes and rollers.

After the paint fiasco on the top of the china cabinet and learning that it would cost more to replace the shelves than I spent on the whole piece, I decided to junk the top and sell the bottom.  All the lady's I have talked to like the bottom alone better anyway.  Check out the bottom here.  So I posted my first free Craigslist ad for this...

"Free" is a magic word.  I had five people call to get it and it was gone in less than 24 hours.  It amazed me to hear how excited people were about this piece of junk.

Speaking of excited, after I posted my free ad I had to browse around Craigslist and I found this awesome antique dresser for super cheap.  Not free, but close.

Good thing I got rid of my junky piece so I'd have room for this beauty!  ;)  I'm pretty sure Hubby and kids looked at it and saw this...

Wood Pile
Me on the other hand...I saw this...

If it turns out like my vision, I may have to keep it...I really love the wheels on the feet.  (Don't tell Hubby)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

China Cabinet...or Window Seat?

Way back when, I showed you these pictures of a china cabinet I bought when I bought my secretary...

Not real exciting, right?  I loved the curves on the bottom half though.  Mom and I looked at it and thought "entry bench", but it is too tall for a shoe removal seat.  So, I decided I would just add some kind of decoration to the top to make it more exciting and keep it a china cabinet.  I got to work painting and finished the bottom half first.  I really should have just painted it all at the same time because now I know what it looks like alone...

A window bench, right??  I decided that I could not leave it in the garage to get all dusty and dirty...I needed to put it in my room until the top part was done...under the window.  I had Mom help move it in...

Can you see it??  Me either!  What a mess...we are trying to put away the baby stuff/too small stuff...just so you know it is not sitting here's in our family room.  :)  Okay, how about now?

Perfect!  With some curtains!  I asked hubby and he still sees "china cabinet".  Really it's more like he sees "no more furniture in here, sell it".  Guess I need to go finish the top...

What do you see?

P.S.  I sold my green secretary and hubby tells me "now you can buy some new clothes!"  "MmmHmm...or I could buy a paint sprayer!"  Speechless...I think he is still trying to figure out what happened to his wife.  I did go to the mall and buy a few things and then I went to Home Depot and bought...
Should make painting the china cabinet top easier.  I haven't been brave enough to try it out yet...maybe this week.  :)
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Friday, November 2, 2012


I'm super excited to have my harp chair featured over at Jed and Ivy today!  Head over and check it out here...make sure to look at her daughter's very cute Starfish costume too!