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Monday, December 30, 2013

Theatre Busyness

Well, what the heck? It appears I've been pretty busy lately! As the weather turned colder, I moved my workshop indoors and have seriously stalled out on my projects since becoming involved with La Crosse Community Theatre's Playhouse ON The Air Presents: Miracle on 34th Street. 

I was lucky enough to be cast alongside my sister for our first chance to share the stage in so long that neither one of us quite remembers how long it has been (a sure sign it was a really long time ago). The local newspaper even interviewed us both for the article on the show (which I can guarantee hasn't happened in over 15 years). In proper fashion, they got the facts wrong where I was concerned and misquoted my sister. Luckily the folks still turned up for each performance. We had several sell out audiences and were told it was one of the highest attended shows in the theatre's history. It was truly a wonderful experience. I had great fun creating ten different characters and hanging out with my sister every night.
My sis and me pre-show.
I've never seen such big, shiny balls!
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! I will really miss the folks involved with this show. However, I'm excited to dive into rehearsals for...

Monday, December 2, 2013

Another Chalk Paint Beauty

This lovely table made it into the I Hate The iPhone post as an in-progress picture (from the back). This guy has been sitting around for quite awhile because I didn't like the brass hardware. I loved the shape and style, though, so I painted it espresso...which I hated. 
So it sat around. I tried another painting technique over the brown, which didn't work. And it sat around some more. Then I boiled the hardware...

Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Thanksgiving Recipe

I prepared Thanksgiving dinner yesterday for our family holiday celebration today. In the interest of less stress and more time to enjoy being with the family, I opted not to try a gluten-free stuffing for the big meal. I just mixed up the regular stuffing for the rest of the folks and I enjoyed the rest of the meal.

But stuffing used to be one of my favorite holiday staples, so I've been wanting to try out a recipe for some time now. So in the wake of the mass family exodus, I settled into my kitchen apron to whip something up. I had leftover gluten-free dinner rolls from a previous family gathering that I cubed and baked in the oven with light seasonings until dried out. Then I stashed them away in a plastic bag. So, using those, here is what I came up with.  

GLUTEN-FREE STUFFING (4 small servings)...

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Catch Up

I forgot to share my finished table and chairs in its new home. Here she is!

My next project is this beautiful old table a friend entrusted to me with the understanding that I will make her fabulous. Let's hope so! She needs a pretty hefty face lift.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I Like Pizza

I'm off on another Whole30 adventure while I busy myself with rehearsals every night.  Which can only mean one thing.... I'm craving pizza.  Can't get enough of it. I usually have individual sized bags of pizza soup in the freezer that will hit the spot, or I whip up a pizza salad in the summer, but I also like these pizza burgers that for some reason I've never posted.

I pretty much use the same seasonings as my pizza sauce but mix in a few pizza ingredients. You could definitely mix it up for your tastes, but here it is.

Like my retro dinnerware? 
20oz ground turkey or beef
40 slices turkey pepperoni or regular pepperoni
1C green peppers, chopped fine
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp salt

1. Mix to combine ingredients.
2. I used about a half cup meat per patty and formed into 7 patties.
3. Cook according to preference, at least 160 degrees for safety.

NOTE: The regular pepperoni will produce a lot more grease as these cook. I use a grill pan that drains all that away from my meat.

I actually froze individual patties between layers of wax paper in freezer safe plastic bags for quick meals throughout the week. (Thank goodness! Is it ridiculous how many pizza recipes I have?) Enjoy!

Friday, November 8, 2013

In Progress

This set of chairs is still in progress. They all got cleaned, sanded, and primed. Then they got the spot treatment for little pops of color peeking through the finished product. Finally, they all received three coats of DIY chalk paint. Whew!

Three chairs have now been distressed and received the wax finish. So shiny! In retrospect, I wouldn't have primed because the white shows more than I would like. But I do love the little pops of color to compliment the fabric.

They are definitely going to be a completely unique set of chairs to go with the table I've already delivered to my sister. I can't wait until they're finished and delivered. Stay tuned for a picture of the completed set in its new habitat.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Life Is Funny

So I recently got all set up with my Wisconsin driver's license and vehicle registration. The super helpful lady at the DMV magically made it all happen even though I showed up unprepared.  The only catch is that I need to mail my car title to Madison so they can change it into a Wisconsin title. Now where did I put that title?

It seems I'm usually pretty organized.  I have important things in a fire proof safe, so I thought surely it would be in there.  Now where did I put the keys to the safe? Okay, got the keys, opened the safe, no title.  Well if it isn't in the safe, it is probably in my filing cabinet.  Digging through files, thinking they could be more organized, still no title.

So I pull out each file box to browse categories in the off chance something will ring a bell.  Is it in my passport folder? Nope. How about insurance? Nope.  What is this? Letters?

I have a folder of old letters I have saved, printed out emails, birthday cards, and your random newsworthy tidbit.  You can't just pull out a folder like this and put it right back because it doesn't contain the one thing you happen to be looking for today. No. What is the purpose of keeping all of this stuff if you never look through it?

So on this rainy afternoon, I enjoyed laughing at some lovely cards. I'm not really a greeting card kind of girl, so when it makes it to the folder, you know it's pretty good.  Thanks for the laughs and sentiments family and friends! There were some letters I knew I couldn't open at this time. But I did find a college prep writing project from my senior year of high school.  It is amazing to look at this short piece and instantly be transported to the place and time where I felt the need to write it down on paper.  If I recall correctly, I believe I had to read it aloud in class as well.

On this beautiful day of September
My friends and I will always remember
The wonderful times we had together,
Sharing joys and sorrows with each other.
We all will depart in separate ways,
Onto college and many new days.
Our trips will be, in their own way, distinct,
But our hearts will always follow instinct.
Our bodies divided by many miles,
I'll always treasure the look of their smiles.

Beth called me and said, "Dude man, I'll go dude.
Let's call Jenny, Robbie, and Squirly too."
"I'm up for anything," she said to me.
Everything I could think up had a fee.
Beth had no bills or change in her pockets.
"Will Shirley break out the card to spot us?"

The greatest runner in our group-Robbie.
It seems to him, it's more than a hobby.
Rumors have flown of bad behavior,
But he doesn't care, he's our own savior.
He is such a flirt, adored by the girls.
The guys are his buddies, and so is Shirls.

My kind-hearted friend, Shirley, came with us.
Her generous nature is always a plus.
She thinks of others as much as herself.
Always spreading joy like a magical elf.
My best friend, without a doubt in my mind.
There'll always be love and kindness to find.

Jenny McD can be fun as the rest. 
On the weekend last our friendship was messed.
I do care about her more than she knows.
I hope she doesn't get hurt by my foe.
What happened hurt me more than I can say.
I hope you'll still walk with me come this May.

I guess that just leaves me. I hate this part.
My sister, Sara, says that I'm smart.
I'm having my doubts, so I hope she's right.
I've got so many prospects in my sights.
I want a family with children in twos;
I want a job where I love what I do.
I hope to discover myself today.
About this pilgrimage: that's all I can say.

Life is a funny thing.  I just had to share it here today.

Monday, November 4, 2013

I Hate the IPhone

Let me just begin by saying that since switching to iPhone, my life has been not as rosy.  As if I hadn't been ignoring the blog enough, it is practically impossible to blog from my phone which I regularly did from my Android Galaxy SII.  (Let's have a moment of silence for the death of Swype in my life.) I hate the iphone. The keyboard is just the tip of that archaic phone iceberg.

Skip ahead to what I love.  I love a good sheen on a freshly waxed piece of furniture.  I've been working on a table I snagged at the local thrift store for $15.  I've been experimenting with DIY chalk paint recipes* and turned a can of Nutmeg I had into a chalky dream on this thrift store find.  It was with this can that I think I realized the cause of the consistency problems I've been having.  The recipe of 3 parts paint, 1 part water, 1 part plaster of paris works out great with the flat or eggshell finish paints.  However, a resourceful girl wants to use the can of paint she already has even if it is a satin finish. Bingo. Chunky, pasty mess. I usually just add more water until it gets back to paint consistency. And as you can see by this glimmery post-wax close up, it turns out just fine in the long run.

Isn't it pretty?
The table is completed and will be delivered soon, but the chairs are just starting their transformation. Last night I cleaned and sanded six dining chairs.  After waxing the table and sanding the chairs I'm certain that I'm going to have biceps of steel. One chair seat was broken, so I cut a new one and upholstered them all in striped earthy tones. First I ran out of staples, then I ran out of dust cover fabric for the bottoms.  So those are on hold as well.  Today I begin the priming, chalk painting process, which will likely take a couple of days with dry time and sanding. Then I'll get to wax those beauties as well and you'll get the full set reveal.  (And my sister gets a new table and chairs I hope will serve her family for years to come.)

Until then, enjoy some of these other creations I've completed with chalk paint.
This pair of chairs are painted in white chalk paint, distressed, and waxed.  With funky black and white fabric, I wish these were staying in my home! These chairs are available for purchase at Thrifty Pickin's.
This curvy table got the chalk paint and distressed makeover on the outside. Then I painted a surprise pink on the inside and decoupaged scrapbook paper to the top for a touch of grown up girly for my quickly growing niece.
This little table was stashed away in our basement in a state of almost repaired. I finished up the repair and painted it with a light blue chalk paint and heavily distressed and waxed for another niece with just a sliver of space for a bedside table. 
This chair has layers of treatment. There is an aqua paint under the white chalk paint so when I distressed I got wood showing, but also little spots of aqua peeking through. Then I decided it was too white, so I glazed with a light brown before waxing.  This chair is available for purchase at Thrifty Pickin's.

I've been wrapping up a lot of projects with the impending winter and closing of my garage workshop. Maybe I'll be able to move a few smaller projects indoors. I apparently can't stop, so I'll need to work something out!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Musical Table

I forgot to share this sassy musical table because a friend saw it in progress and snatched it up right away!

I took a small wood table from the Restore in La Crosse and dressed it up with a glossy black finish on the bottom and cream on the top. Then I recruited musical friends to dig up a pile of unused sheet music for me.  I ripped the pages across, separating each line of the page. Then I separated a few of them down further into single, double, or triple measures.

Starting in the middle, I used a decoupage to adhere the smallest pieces, working my way to the outer edge in a circular pattern and using bigger pieces as I went. When it was all said and done, I used a clear coat polyacrylic to protect the top surface from damage. I think she turned out lovely. I hope she is happy in her new home and will be around for years to come.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Lovely Curvy Table and Chairs

My most recent project came to me a few weeks ago via Savvy Home Consignments. The curvy table and chairs on the left came into their store and I had the fortune of adding my own creative flair to it.
I finished the four side chairs in a deep teal called Lagoon and added a black glaze finish for that antiqued look. It really brings out the beautiful detail on the chair backs! The white and grey chevron fabric coordinates with the Winter Gray color I picked for the table. The table also has the antiqued glaze finish.  Isn't she cute?

The captain's chairs are finished as a separate pair in a stone grey with antiqued finish and a yellow and grey upholstery with a circle design.  Super casual for a tight living space.

If you're interested in checking them out in person, they were delivered to Savvy Home Consignments today and are available for purchase now SOLD!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Aubergine Art

In my excitement to start working on this chair, I forgot to take a before picture. I do that so often! So you have to imagine the before picture with dirtier wood and a dirty, blue vinyl seat. Yuck! 

When I saw it for sale, I was drawn in by it's modern clean lines. It really appeals to my aesthetic. I started this project shopping for an artsy fabric to match the bold style of the chair. I think I found a winner! The very next day I stopped by the home store to pick up a couple cans of aubergine spray paint.

That night I recovered the seat in less than a half hour and the next day the frame got cleaned and painted. I think she's absolutely beautiful! I really struggled with the decision to spray paint because the original wood was once so beautiful. So I'm really happy that the diamond pattern still comes through on the finished painted chair. 

I can see her living at a desk, in a craft or sewing room, or as a classy spot to pile clothes in the bedroom. I can't wait for someone to love it as much as I did for a brief time.

[This chair SOLD at Thrifty Pickin's.]

Monday, October 7, 2013

Super Cool Chair

I'm really excited about this little guy. I picked it up from a pole shed in the middle of nowhere for practically nothing. It was REALLY dirty, so it needed a little wipe down before I could even begin working on it.

After removing the back and seat and cutting new fabric, I set them aside to work on the frame. It had spots that I removed with the help of a little steel wool. Once I had it cleaned up the best I could, I used a chrome polish to make it shine. I love shiny chrome!

I attached the fabric to the seat and the seat to the frame. I pinned the back pieces together and set aside for an early morning sewing project.

This morning I had no problems sewing the pieces together and sliding it back over the back rest. Luckily the fabric has a little stretch, so it was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. A line of staples along the bottom seam and the back was ready to be reattached.

This was a steal of a makeover project, financially and time wise, and I would assume I'll see a good return on my investment. But it's taking all of my willpower not to keep this beauty for myself!

This chair is available for purchase at Thrifty Pickin's.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Boudoir Chair

I found this little gal at the local thrift store and although I could see it needed spring work, I still fell in love with her curves.

So I figured out how to tie springs to rebuild the seat and I ripped out all the velvet upholstery and vinyl piping. I started over from the ground up and ended up with this silky satiny hot pink chair with sexy black cording fit for a boudoir. I hope someone will fall in love with it as much as I did!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Happy Birthday!

Shortly before my niece's birthday in August I stumbled upon a desk at the local thrift store. I thought it would be a great gift and with the permission of her mother, I snatched it up right away. Lucky me! The sales gentleman told me it had only been on the floor for 45 minutes.

Fast forward practically a month and it is finally finished! I delivered the completed desk earlier today. I hope the little munchkin will enjoy it for several years. 

This was a laminate, so I began with a TSP wash to rough up the surfaces without sanding. I rolled a Kilz primer on the desk and hutch and sprayed the chair.

The color I chose was Navajo White spray paint and a light blue for the trim (I was able to buy a sample for a couple dollars, which was more than enough). You can see I also minimized the amount of accents.

The handles received a makeover with satin espresso spray paint. I applied three coats of poly acrylic to the top of the desk to help protect it from wear. And I finished the chair with a whimsical blue fabric for a girly girl.

And please take a moment to appreciate the chair finials. This chair only came with one and those little buggers aren't easy to come by! I had to travel to the middle of nowhere to find them, which makes for a great story you would never believe if I told you!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Another Whole 30

Over the last twenty-nine days I've been working towards this moment. Day 30!

I believe this is my fourth Whole 30. I still have never been a perfect little Whole 30 bee, but it does what it is supposed to do. It breaks bad eating habits and establishes new good ones. As a bonus it also makes me feel fantastic.

Let's start at the beginning. Usually day 4 is my lowest of the low points. By that point I'm experiencing full detox and feeling it all as it oozes out of my pores. Headaches, body aches, lack of energy, and just that hide-me-under-the-blankets til tomorrow feeling. This Whole 30 was different.

Right off the bat I started in with the dull all day long headache. I can't believe I spent most of my life like this. I began having frequent headaches in the 5th grade. And they continued almost every day through a few years ago when I discovered the Whole 30. I quickly realized that all those man made ingredients in food will quickly trigger a headache for me, but if I eat real food, I rarely get headaches anymore. I can't think of anything better than living headache free on a daily basis.

I was anticipating really bad detox because I've fallen into really bad eating habits since moving back to Wisconsin, but by day four I was feeling okay. I was like, hey... it's day four. Why don't I want to crawl back in bed? And so on I went.

I had the occasional sugar slip up, but about halfway through my Whole 30 I took a trip and decided to enjoy a cocktail with some friends. First off, I ordered a vodka and club soda, but I think they gave me some sort of soda instead. It was REALLY sweet. I mean, barely tolerable sweet. The kind of disgusting sweet that can only come from soda. I paid my toll over the next few days as my body tried to convince me to ingest more sugar. (It's a vicious cycle) I pulled it back on tracks and was happy to continue the detox after that.

Last weekend was the opening of the show I'm working on and I made a decision to drink red wine that night. I thought wine would be safer, but I overindulged and woke up the next day with impaired breathing. Like the kind of impaired breathing I used to get from beer before I went gluten free. This is a biggy. I love my red wine, but what if I am having an allergic reaction to it? This would make me incredibly sad. I plan to do a test run with white wine to see if that makes a difference.

I've also decided to keep on with the Whole 30 style of eating to keep myself on track. I enjoy the option of saying "I can't eat that" instead of relying on myself to decided I don't want to eat that. I'm a structure kinda girl. Keep in mind, there is more alcohol on the way, so I feel like that is even a better reason to keep on track with food.

I'm enjoying really deep sleep, lots of energy, and really tasty food. Life is good.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Good Bye To Mr. Peanut

On July 30th I had to say goodbye to my beloved puppy, Peanut. I always called him my main man because he was with me for so long, always by my side moving from here to there and back again. I will miss him greatly. Here is a look back at the wonderful times we shared. 

Peanut came into my life when I was only twenty years old. I've just realized I was unemployed at that time as well. He was truly a blessing.
We moved into a two-story house and I attempted to teach Peanut how to climb stairs to no avail. Throughout his life he could only muster the energy for 3 or 4 steps. In his later years he enjoyed ramp access to the house.
My sister lived with us for awhile and Peanut was happy to drag her around the block for a walk when he got the chance.
While living in La Crosse, our house was a hot spot for after bar activity. Peanut enjoyed the extra attention via snuggles, pizza, and Dorito snacks, and sometimes training.
 Peanut enjoyed as much cousin time as Lemon would allow. Peanut was much more laid back about it then Lemon usually was. Peanut loved other dogs as much as he loved people.
 While living with Grandma and Grandpa, Peanut tested Grandpa's strength during walks around the yard. It would be many years before Peanut would let up on the reins.
 Peanut, Grandma, and Grandpa wore themselves out moving into our home in West Salem. Where ever we moved, Peanut knew it was home by his comfy spot on the couch.
Peanut even traveled all the way to Springfield with me. He was one of two people I knew there. The wooden floors were not his favorite, but it wasn't until last year that he refused to walk on them once and for all. We truly enjoyed all the porch time we could.
 He was happy to spend his golden years reunited with Grandpa and Grandma. It made them extra special for all of us.  Good bye little buddy. I miss you already.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Super Cute Dresses

After reading several posts about making pillowcase dresses, I decided to give it a whirl with the guidance from this post:

I measured the two little girls from neck to knee and cut the pillowcases that length. I had read one post that suggested a 6" deep J shape for the arm for a 4 year old, so I added two more inches for the 6 year old and they were just right.

I wish I had purchased the wide bias tape, but never having used it before I just didn't know what I was getting into. It was tricky to hold and pin because it was so small. It looks okay in the end. I just hope it holds up.

The ruffle was trickier than I would have liked. I made three attempts on the first dress before coming up with a plan to make it work. This was my first ruffle rodeo. The second dress ruffle went more smoothly, but I'm still not a fan of sewing them!

As an afterthought today I added the girls' initials to the front using the bias tape. All in all I think they turned out super cute. Hopefully I can get a picture of them in the dresses eventually to share.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I've been patiently tending my tomatoes through this slow growing summer. I originally purchased a tomato plant from Menards. It quickly sprouted small little tomatoes, and I just as quickly pulled half off so the plant could focus on growing. It had no such intentions.

It's growth stunted, it continued to work on these tiny little tomatoes. Several of which have now ripened, but they never grew to full size tomatoes.

Luckily my friend had a few extra tomatoes plants she started organically. I welcomed the plants into my garden and have been caring for them exactly as I have cared for the sad little Menards tomato.

They are gigantic! I've just finished staking them up because the two cages I had attached together still weren't enough support for the towering tomato.

Check out the organic cherry tomato size compared to the beefsteak Menards tomato. Sad, right? Then check out my unripened organic beefsteak that are well on their way to ripening. I cannot wait! I'm going to have an abundant harvest!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Blue Bayou Chair

Here is one of the chairs I've been working on. I picked it up for a great price at a local thrift store, but it gave me a run for my money.

I basically took the whole thing apart to glue and reinforce joints. I needed to rebuild the interior of the seat. Not to mention the painting and distressing and upholstery. I'm so done with this little guy!

[Available for purchase SOLD at Savvy Home Consignments]

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Savoring Summer

I've been busy savoring my summer! I'm taking advantage of my free time as much as possible. I worked myself absolutely sick to death, so I'm glad to say I'm healing quite nicely.

Being close to family has helped considerably. I'm also enjoying physical therapy by way of gardening and crafty projects and communing with the nature right in my back yard while I'm here.

I kept thinking I'd post garden pictures when I'm done, but I keep finding more to do! So is the way with tending a garden I suppose. I'm enjoying nurturing the flowers as well as tomatoes and herbs. I've already indulged in fresh herbs from my patio garden and I'm watching the development of those tomatoes like a hawk!

This is traditionally my vacation week and I usually performed weeding, so I feel like that is on my vacation agenda. I'd also like to finish the last of the edging so I can feel the gardens are finally complete.

I also plan to spend all week on the bike trail and perhaps getting Peanut out for walks. The vet recommended hill climbing to strengthen his hindquarters. He's really struggling hoisting himself off the ground and is quite unstable during his outdoor adventures.

I also believe the tumor on his leg may be affecting his gait. He's starting to do the sideways shuffle. I'm hoping for more quality time with my little Nut, but realistically I feel the end is near. I'm so happy we've had so much time together since returning to Trempealeau! Well... really I'm happy that we've had so many summers to savor together.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

From Lampspiration To Lamps!

I had this idea to make lamps from vintage milk glass pieces. I lucked out when I found this interesting centerpiece. Basically it came pre-drilled for wiring! I just needed to drill out a hole in the back for the cord to come out.

I was really nervous to tackle drilling glass. You need a special drill bit (diamond core drill bit) and I started out with a glass and tile drill bit. Do yourself a favor and buy the right tool for the job. Once I had it, the glass drilling was no biggy. Practically a piece of cake.

Once I had a cord hole drilled and knew I hadn't destroyed the piece, I painted the brass with a decorative finish. It's a little hard to tell in the pictures, but the close up gives you an idea. I'm just really happy with the outcome.

In the process of this inaugural lamp project, my dad dug this old Pepsi bottle out of God-knows-where in the basement. Apparently someone had given it to him many moons ago to make a lamp out of it. And he waited all this time until I decided I was a lamp maker.

Being a professional glass driller outer, I made the cord hole about a week ago when I had my fancy diamond drill bit out to drill drainage holes in a couple of enamelware pots. I stuck the bottle in a drawer knowing I had a spare lamp kit and could finish the job later. 

Since then I picked up a shade and stored it in my closet thinking I would finish the lamp for father's day. So today when my folks went out for the evening, I unearthed the bottle, lamp kit, and shade and went to town on the assembly. I didn't even need to look up how to tie the underwriter's knot this time (I had A LOT of practice with that on the milk glass lamp--long story).

I had the whole thing together in no time and realized the lamp shade was too small. A quick trip to the hardware store provided a soda colored shade that was a better fit. I'm pretty happy with the outcome.

A few weeks ago with no lamp making experience I said to a friend that I was a lamp making professional and could make a lamp out of anything. I'm beginning to believe it!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Reupholstery - The Practice

Knowing that I was anxious to start practicing my reupholstery skills, my friend Blondy handed over her chair. It had seen better days and she was prepared to toss it out with the trash before I opened my big mouth. So there you go...pressure was off.

As a matter of fact, I worked through a lot of interesting issues and kept thinking, "Well, it's better than it was!"

Let's start with the chair back. In a previous reupholstery attempt, parts of the inner workings had been tossed and the fabric pieces just weren't working or attached to the chair correctly. I figured out how to put it back together, padded the backside, and attached webbing to support the back cushion. Topped off with a few layers of cotton batting over the existing cushion and the back was ready to bring the tufted look back to life. I just love these buttons!

I was pleasantly surprised to find the original fabric under the reupholstery on the seat. And there was cording! I took everything apart to use as a template for the new fabric and reused the cording with bias tape made from the new fabric. I learned a lot during this process. Can't wait to try it again! I think it turned out better than it was before.

Another detail I just adore is the black lacy trim around the back padding. I think it makes the chair perfect for the boudoir! And upon delivery, we discovered that I chose fabric that matches the bench in her bedroom, so it is really absolutely perfect. I even offered to trim out her bench to match the chair. And there may still be a boudoir pillow in Blondy's future!

Thanks so much for the practice! I hope you enjoy the chair for years to come!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Completed Laundry Project

I just received the wall mounted hanger and retractable laundry line last week. Yay for laundry room function!

Since my last post I hung the hook on the back left wall for the lint brush. Then I painted the self edging white and tacked blue grosgrain ribbon on to it. I took a curtain panel and turned it into two curtains to cover the shelving altogether. Let me just say that without the option of making the contents look pretty, I really like that we can just close the curtain.

I do what I can. I'll just look at this as an improvement to the value of the house for future owners. Perhaps some day I'll have my very own laundry closet to beautify.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Project Pile Up

All of a sudden I'm feeling inspired! Which means my mind is coming up with projects faster than I can complete them. I'm thinking it should be the new normal because I can jump in with a secondary project during in between stages on the when waiting for paint to dry.

Today I finally attempted to drill out my milk glass treasures in preparation for lamp kits. The glass and tile drill bit was not doing the trick and so after a supply run in the city I was well on my way to lamp making professional with a diamond core drill bit. I'm so proud of that hole in the bottom for the cord! This lamp has been reassembled and is currently in the primary stages of painting. I cannot wait for the final reveal!

While my primer was drying, I began to disassemble Blondy's boudoir chair. It's in rough shape after a previous reupholstery attempt. I discovered a few key pieces missing inside, but was also pleased to discover the original fabric left under the new fabric on the seat and also button holes on the back piece of foam. There is going to be lovely detail on the finished piece!

I performed quite the sanding number on the frame due to a drippy paint job and then finished it off with a TSP cleaner to take care of any glossiness leftover. The frame is sturdy, but I needed wood filler to patch holes from rogue staples. The fun with this chair is figuring out how it is supposed to go back together, and by jove, I think I've got it!

I disassembled the seat upholstery and began cutting out new fabric using the old as a template. I can't wait to work out all the pieces and start the assembly process. I will be able to handle that between coats of paint tomorrow on the chair and my lamp. 

At the end of the evening I even began a third project...another chair. But it needs serious attention to loose joints. Maybe I can squeeze that into the rest of the pile up tomorrow!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Nearly New Laundry

So my folks finally went out of town for the weekend and I was able to tackle the poorly organized laundry closet. This included taking down the old mismatched cabinets, painting the walls, and hanging shelves more suited to the space available. 

I found an awesome deal on the shelves because they all have slight imperfections and they weren't finished on the edges. I had to buy the edging separately and as it turned out, I couldn't get it to stick and it was too wide anyhow, which would have required trimming. I decided that a lovely ribbon would make a fancy edging. I picked some up today.

So after my patching and paint had dried, I was ready to tackle the painstaking task of measuring and marking for the brackets. This quickly turned into a nightmare as the zinc plated wood screws I purchased became stripped one by one or just snapped off. I finally got all the shelves up by about 2am last night and realized I needed more clearance for the bottom shelf. I definitely didn't have enough steam left to fight with those screws again, so I hit the hay instead.

When I got up today I crawled back up on the washer and dryer to remove the one shelf to reposition. In the process I replaced all the screws on the other shelves. It just made me feel better about the strength of the shelves with the stronger screws. 

I was finally ready to start loading the china and glassware back onto the shelves. I finished about ten minutes before my folks arrived back home. I had intended to have everything completed, but what can you do?

I still wanted to hang a curtain to protect the china and glassware from dust. Of course I have that ribbon edging to do. I also picked up a hook to hang the dryer lint thingy and picked up a new light switch plate cover.

After coming up short at the local stores, I was planning to look online for a drying rack for hanging shirts and a retractable clothesline. Why are these not available in stores? Frustrating. Should be the name of this post. Frustrating Failures. 

I kinda thought it would be great to better utilize the storage space, protect the china, and make it more functional, buy what do I know? 


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