Friday, August 31, 2012

Share & Share Alike

You may think I'm going to talk about sharing the produce from our garden...
 seems logical I know
 but I'm not...
 I'm sharing a tip

For Taking Sharper Photographs

a tip from

 Her tip was to good not to share!
(just click on her button to see what I learned)

if you're an amateur photographer like me.  

Have a nice Weekend!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A New Mindset

Did I ever tell you that Buzz and I once owned  an antique/gift shop? 

Well, for about fifteen years, that's what we did
It Was Fun!

Being in retail has affected our mindset with regards to seasonal decorating.  
For instance, we thought about Christmas in July, Easter at Christmas
when mid August rolled around, we'd make sure our shop was filled with the sights and smells of Autumn ... or we'd get an "F" in merchandising.
I'll be the first to admit that it's still taking  time to get out of that mindset.

I'm thinking "this year I can do it"  

I can wait until at least October 1st to decorate

(or maybe not)

How about you...when do you start pulling out your Autumn decor?
Please tell me it isn't
October 1st

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Source of Delight - Bliss

a source or cause of delight.  bliss

when someone does something nice for you...  
 just because
Someone like Donna,
who shared her White Rose Tea
with me

Thank You Donna

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Scripture & a Snapshot - Pslam 62:5

  Psalm 62
5. Let all that I am wait quietly before God,  for my Hope is in him.  6. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.  7. My victory and honor come from God alone.  He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

Have a Blessed Day!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Banner

August Birthday Party
We know some pretty special people who celebrate their birthday in August
Buzz is one of them!
(Buzz is my better half)


That's why I decided to make a Birthday Banner
that I could leave up all month long.

Remember me telling you about some books my niece
was kind enough to dumpster dive for me...well
I used pages from one of them for my banner.
(just cut the pages out and ran them through my printer)
Some of the pages are upside down on my banner ... 
but I liked that white space at the top, so I didn't mind.
I used a template to cut a rectangle around each letter...
then secured the pieces to a black cord with scotch tape 
How simple is that!
We celebrated three birthdays in one day...
They're the ones with the cute little hats.
(that's me hiding in the top right hand corner)
Don't you like our clever disguises!
I loved this graphic from "The Graphics Fairy"
so printed her out on one of the book pages.
Isn't she Whimsical!!!

If your birthday is in August

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Scripture & a Snapshot - 2 Samuel 22:7

But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I cried to my God for help.  He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry reached his ears.  2 Samuel 22:7

Have a Blessed day!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Faded Flowers

Faded Flowers From My Garden 

Faded As They Are

They're Still Beautiful!
As my friend Vickie from Ranger 911 says
"just like women aging gracefully"

Hope you're having a Wonderful Day!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Guest Bathroom Facelift - Part Two

Our Bathroom Remodel
Part Two 
(see part one here)
Promised I'd show you how we did it on a budget! 
The Cabinets
We had previously painted the cabinets 
so they had a nice base coat / primer on them.
We found oops paint at our big box store a few weeks ago and lucky for me they were just the colors I wanted. The quart sizes of semi-gloss latex were only $2.50.  Note:  I rarely buy oops paint because I've learned that unless you actually have a need for it, the cans can multiply like rabbits.  When we moved out of a previous house (after living there for 20 plus years) we had cans of oops paint running out our ears.  Sadly, some had never even been opened ":o( 
I painted all of the cabinets inside and out with the gray paint, trimmed with gold then distressed with a fine grit sandpaper for an aged look. A couple of the door inserts were painted with chalkboard paint from a previous project ... Check!
Towel Hooks
I have several old silver trays and found a couple that worked with some hooks Buzz had in his shop.  Not everyone likes this rusty, crusty look but we sure do.  I rarely ever pay more than a couple of dollars for my trays, so this look didn't cost us much at all...and it's not something you see everywhere, which also makes us happy!

Robe Hook
Buzz had picked up this door at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore shop for $1.00 thinking we might paint a sign on it, but I ended up refinishing it for bath robes instead. 

The Mirror
Buzz also found this mirror  at a thrift store for only $18.00... I was with him and gave the ok, but honestly, I wasn't really all that crazy about it. 
I painted it a cream color and didn't like it, so I then I painted it black.  Ugh!  Still not thrilled, but I'm not painting it again...ha!  I printed out a music graphic from "The Graphics Fairy" cut it in strips and decoupaged it around the edges.  Then... just to add to the craziness, Buzz had just cut some dead branches off one of our neighbors trees and I was loving all the little twigs, so I cut them and glued them into the grooves of the frame.  It adds a little character...don't ya think?!  At any is what it is...there's certainly not another one like it.  ":o)

The Table
I have had this little table since the 80s and intended to revamp it for my daughter...actually, when I started working on it, it was for her.  I was going to spray paint it after I finished stripping it ... 
however, once I got it stripped down...well, I couldn't bear to paint it.  Buzz and I both fell in love with it just the way it was.  My daughter is good with me keeping it (for now anyway)  We've already made a new plan for her accent table needs.  
The Accents!
Some of the bits and pieces you'll find on my DIY the little bottle with the French Label, and the two little bottles with book page labels.  
They're fitting right in.
The plus side of being married for 40+ years is that you have a lot of stuff...and it comes out to play in different rooms through the years.  By the way...that lovely mirror was a gift from a dear friend.  
I've always loved it!
Still to Come...
I made a bold move and painted the top of the vanity with a dark gray latex paint (that we had used on our dining room cabinets)  We're going to be replacing it anyway, so I figured why not...the GREEN was making me nuts once I had painted the cabinets gray.  I did seal the top with three coats of a satin heavy duty sealer and it's actually holding up well.  However, we will be replacing the counter top as well as the sink and faucets soon.  Hopefully, they'll come in under budget as well (we have a plan)... ":o)

We also want to do something around the tub...and have some ideas using old shutters maybe, but we'll see.  I'll definitely keep you posted.

In the mean time... have a good day, and Thank You for putting up with 
my craziness ... or should I say "Our"craziness.  
Buzz is nearly as bad as I am ... ha!  
More links to our Remodel

Monday, August 13, 2012

Guest Bathroom with a French Country Twist

The heat has finally gotten to me, or maybe it's cabin fever from having to stay inside (out of the heat).  Whatever it is, I decided it might be a good time to give our guest bathroom a fresh new look... 
French Country Style 
(on a budget)

I'll be sharing how I created this look on a budget in my next post.
See Part Two (here)
Just Remember
this is a Mobile Home 
This is how it used to look!
More links to our Remodel