Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Family Get together

Not much blogging for me recently and I have certainly missed visiting everyone. I have been wondering if I will ever get back to things on a regular basis again. I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween. For me, this was the official way to kick off the fall/winter holidays. Today we had a little family get-together. Just a few pics of my little set up for the kiddies (they loved it.) I love dressing up everything in the house for the kids.. I wish you could have seen their faces, it was wonderful. I got a lot of good deals from the Dollar Store and from a half off sale at Pier One. 

The crows flew in and landed. (Did you notice I did paint the hutch?) Not finished but I am really loving it. 

A few witch hats, My Mom iced the hats on the cookies for me. 

Chili and cider on the stove. Yummm.

Steaming witches Brew.

Dog treats and Marinara.. (bread sticks)

Cookies made by my daughter
Yikes what's in the apples?

Paper banner, so inexpensive and cute!
Call the exterminator!

Why do I love these ugly vintage looking cats so much?

Two dollars, glue and dollar store. Love it.
Sorry a little sideways. How easy to glue three mini pumpkins together?

Hope everyone stays warm. Now for the hunt for decorations for Thanksgiving! Do you love to decorate for the holidays? 

Happy Halloween!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Do you like Turquoise?

Still working long hours and trying to make my way to home base. I have gotten approval and waiting on equipment and then to home sweet home! I have started getting my office ready have a desk but nothing else is done. I am sure it will take some time but it will get there.
I really haven't had time to take any new pics for a blog and not much time for shopping. There is still time for some computer surfing. I ran across one pic and then you know the rest of the story, one thing leads to another. I love this use of turquoise in decorating and wanted to share it with you guys. Unfortunately, I don't think I can ease this color into my decorating scheme, but, it sure is pretty.

Isn't this the most gorgeous table?

Well.. hopefully soon I will be back to blogging on a more regular basis.. thanks so much for sticking with me my blogging friends. Sure do miss communicating with you guys every week. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Thanks Annie Sloan and Santa

Finally, I finished my little table project. Honestly, this working full time is for the birds! I am soo glad I can finally show you the results. I hope you like it. I was not sure if I wanted to finish the top or not since it was in such bad shape. Hubs sanded it down as much as he could without ruining it. There are still some spots and it is not perfect but I think it is beautiful.

I painted it Annie Sloan's Old White, waxed with clear, buffed. I then mixed some dark wax with mineral spirits and painted in the grooves w/ a small bush. I must admit I think I did things backward.
I think I figured out the art to this staining with dark wax, ceramics! Yest ceramics like painted in the 70's and 80's. Seems that is the closest thing to compare this process to. Now if your not old enough to remember, the rage in doing projects back then was ceramics (Santas, vases, plates you name it). In the early days we painted over raw material and it would be fired, but later you would buy a piece and paint and stain it. I did this Santa in the late 70's. The comparison
would be, you have to learn to control the stain on the painted project. 
Anybody else done ceramics?
BTW, I have no idea what ended up being stamped on my pic from my old blog. My Santa, my pic, my blog, my house. Anybody have any ideas what is embedded on the pic?
Top before:
Top after:

Big, big change. I think he did an awesome job. I don't know what the white bits are.. there wasn't anything on the top.

I think she is a beauty.

Thanks Annie, glad to have a familiar project back.
I do love hearing from you guys when you take the time to stop by! Thank you so much... I know mine is no big fancy blog, but I love the friendships I have made, so I am keeping at it.