Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Just sitting here answering the door when the trick or treaters come. Realizing that it seems like yesterday that my own were trick or treating. How many good memories this brings back. Wishing you all a Happy Halloween.
Halloween 1997. Robin Hood and Maid Marion
Costumes that I made

Monday, October 25, 2010

New Piece for My Front Room

So I couldn't wait to share the first photos of my new piece. I've wanted something like this for this spot forever. The carpenter still needs to cut me some shelves. One is missing and one is broken. I got such a good deal on it though. It was worth it just for the bottom piece, mega storage.
You can just barely see the front door on the right and to the left of the hutch you can see the defunct floor heater. I'll have to have someone crawl under the house to drop that thing. It's massive. The house was built around it, so as far as I know there's no taking it out other than to let it fall down under the house and build the floor over it. I hate that thing.  It allows cold drafts in the winter not to mention that it's an eyesore.

Now, would you add one or two shelves to the side pieces? The front has glass doors also, but I really like it without them. So I'll fill in the holes and put a new coat of paint on it soon. It got scratched during it's recent moves. I love the mirrors. It adds so much light to this part of the room. It has lighting in it too. I just need to add bulbs and plug it in. Of course I'm not done decorating it not by a long shot. When the carpenter comes home at Thanksgiving he's got his work cut out for him.
Hope everyone had a terrific weekend and that you have a wonderful week.

Edited to add a few more pictures with lights. It has lights but I'm not sure I like how they did it as you can see them when you look at the piece. The carpenter says he can fix that. So nice to have a woodworking son. So here's a few pics of the new piece with the lights on. Sigh....

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Have a Great Weekend!


Friday, October 22, 2010

Just Because

Just because I haven't posted in awhile that is. Sheesh, between work and being sick I've gotten nothing done. I thought that I would have quite a few things accomplished with not homeschooling for the first time in 12 years and the kids out of the house. Not so. Where is my time going to? Too much computer time I'm thinking. Looking at all the pretty blogs and Facebook, reading... Hmm I guess I have had time to get things done, just not getting them done. Guess I'm just a major procrastinator period. Yikes, the truth hurts.
So I thought I would share pictures of the top of the bookcase/computer armoire area that will soon be departing my front room. I looked all over my blog and couldn't find any pictures. I guess I never shared. Probably because I never liked how these pieces looked together. I know I should have painted the bookcases and it would have flowed better, but I'm a seriously major procrastinator when it comes to painting furniture. Just as well. The bookcases will be getting a new home in the guest house. The computer armoire I'll be selling because I don't need it anymore now that the kids are gone. I'm also sharing a photo of the top of the new piece that is taking the place of the three departing pieces. Couldn't resist sharing. Seeing as how I'll need mega help moving all this I've gotta wait on the only help available these days, the hubby. He's not too enthusiastic about moving or changing anything. Sigh.....

As attested by the boxes and empty shelves in the pictures you can tell I have started moving some of the books, etc to their new homes. ;o) Hope your weekend is great. I'll be at the Open Air Market at Into the Forest. Having a blast, visiting friends, and shopping of course.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Fab Weekends

I had a fantabulous weekend. Our daughter arrived on our door at 8:30 p.m. Friday night. Surprise visit. Always welcome of course. So I got to spend the day with her Saturday, out shopping. Got a new bed for the guest house and a new piece for the front room. Of course these were found at my favorite shop - Into the Forest. So love that place. Next weekend is their Open Air Market. So fun. Can't wait. I also got to go for the very first time to Home Goods. It is as fantastic as blogland has said. Our closest one is about an hour and 45 minutes away. 5 of us ladies loaded into my best friend Kelly's car and headed south. We had such a great day. We also learned that sometime next year they will be opening a store here in our city. We are so excited. Hubby went and got my piece for the front room today. He had the day off. So I hope to post pictures soon. I've got to clean out an area though. It's huge!!! Hope everyone's weekend was as great as mine. Photobucket

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hutch Talk

Thanks for all the comments on my two hutches. I still haven't done anything yet, but there are tons of projects I need to work on first. Like finishing the guest house and the office to name a few. The older hutch has this great finish on the inside so white would probably be a good choice and I've seriously considered that. It is real sturdy. Amazing considering what it's been through. I do have two panes of glass for the bottom. Once I fix the hardware so I'll be able to open it without breaking glass to get in I'll put them in. The outside finish is horrible in most places. It's all beaded up probably from floating in the basement during one of the ranch floods. I did start to strip it at one point and realized how foolish that would be if I was only going to paint it. It's made of pine I'm sure. Which would have been a really cheap wood in that day. Most things were made of oak and stained dark to look like mahogany the desired wood of that day. I do have some of the missing molding but not all. So any pieces added would not match the old wood, so painting it would definitely hide that. The back gaps quite a bit, would you dear reader put on a new back or live with the gaps?

One kind reader commented that it would make a lovely bottom for a sink. Which it would. My husband at 6'3" would love that. But considering the bottom hits me above my hip, I would need a step stool just to use the sink decently. Oh the bothers of being short. The entire piece stands at 8' tall. So it's massive and definitely has a presence in any room.
I've been under the weather this week with strep throat. The hazards of the profession. Yuck. I haven't had strep throat in probably 20 years or so. So nothing got done around here. :o( Feeling a little more human today. Thank goodness. Here's hoping you have a great weekend.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Keeping promises

I promised myself that the next time I moved this little bookcase I would paint the back. I mean I've only had it for probably 10-13 years. I think I'm a major procrastinator. What do you think? Especially when it comes to painting furniture. But don't you just hate it when you've put off a project that long and it only takes 15 minutes at most. Then you wonder why you put it off for that long.
I've been moving things around in my master bedroom because a few pieces left the room when the daughter and son moved away. I now have more room in that area or at least I think I do. Of course the moving around drives the hubby crazy. His philosophy is that once it's placed, it's parked forever. We don't see eye to eye on that one. We've agreed to disagree as long as I get my way. :o) So, here's the project and a few of the changes in the master bedroom. Not that you would know the changes because I avoid sharing this room. It's not pretty, YET! Remember I'm moving things around. I used a sample can of sparkling lake by Valspar. I like it.

Have a great week.