Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Today was the bridal shower for my oldest daughter. I volunteered to make some cookies for the shower. Darn that Pinterest.... for showing some REALLY cute cookies. So my preparation started weeks ago with ordering the supplies. Three different types of cookie cutters, decorating tips, bags, sprinkles, etc... On Friday I began by baking the cookies early in the morning. I made two batches of cut out sugar cookies. Easy enough. Then it took 3 recipes of Royal Icing to frost those babies. And I don't know how many HOURS to decorate them. Luckily I had a couple of friends who came in about the time I was ready to drop and saved the day by helping to decorate the remaining cookies. The shower was great! We had a nice turn out, people had a good time (at least I think they did), the food was delicious, and my daughter was thrilled with her gifts. It was so nice of our youngest daughter to throw this for her sister. Here's a few pictures of the shower, and of course those labor intensive cookies.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
I had a list, I really did... you know, one of those "To Do" lists. I vowed to stick to it to accomplish a lot before company comes to visit this week end and we have a bridal shower for my oldest daughter. Well, things did not go as planned. First, I decided to water the plants. Yes, a typical morning routine for me, I got started a little late this morning (about 10 a.m.) But one thing led to another and about 4 p.m. I finally came inside. I don't know what came over me but I trimmed rosebushes, fertilized plants, repotted some ferns, pulled weeds, etc. The yard sure needed it but it WASN'T On The LIST. Oh, and I ended up with scratches all over due to trimming those rose bushes! A friend came by for a little visit and I wanted to show her the bedroom I'd been working on, so I pulled up the blinds and they totally fell apart! So after she left, I had to clean up that mess.... that wasn't on the list either. Finally, late afternoon, I start to do the chores on "the list" most related to updating an upstairs bedroom. I'm going to show you some picture of that shortly. But since I had the ladder in the house, out of it's usual storage spot in the garage, I decide to change a blinking recessed light in the kitchen. Wouldn't you know it, I now can not get the fixture reassembled! GRRRR... Ok, on to the bedroom.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
A while back I saw a dresser that had been painted a metallic silver and then glazed. It was a new piece of furniture made in a vintage style; and it was pricey. I had a similar actual vintage dresser so I thought I give that paint technique a try. I am pleased with how it turned out and I thought you all might like a look.
Monday, July 23, 2012
The last post I made showed some furniture I was redoing. That was in a bedroom that our oldest daughter occupied when she lived at home, and where she still stays when she comes home to visit. That bedroom has a nice set of windows and a wonderful view of part of the back yard and the fields behind our home. While I was working on the furniture for that room our farmer came to mow the back field and bale it. I thought to myself, "yep, he's mowing our parking lot." When daughter #1 gets married at the end of September we're having the reception in our side yard and this field is where I intend to have the guest park. Let's just hope it doesn't rain a lot right before or during the big day and turn muddy. Of course, right now we REALLY do need the rain and I wouldn't mind some mud. It's terribly dry. Here are a couple of pictures of the view out the back bedroom.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I've been working to update one of the bedrooms on the 2nd floor of our house. This is the room that my oldest daughter occupied when she lived at home. That daughter is now 29 and getting married soon. So I figured it was time to redo the room and get rid of the stuffed animals, the bubble gum pink walls, the flowery border, etc... To date, I've moved the furniture from this bedroom into another guest bedroom to finally be put with the rest of the matching set. The walls have been painted a gray and it is so much calmer than those bright pink walls. AND.... I've painted some vintage furniture to replace the set I moved. About 2 years ago I bought a nice vintage chest of drawers and a matching vanity at a neighbors garage sale. I paid $50 for both pieces. They've been stored in my basement along with LOTS of other furniture waiting for a redo. Most of the pieces will be sold in my booth space. But this I just kept hanging on to for the right spot. Finally, I figured it out! Here are some pictures of the furniture. I'll do an entire room reveal at a later date as I'm still working on it! Miss Mustard Seeds and Debbie Doo's Also linked to:
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Lately I've been doing a lot of yard work. You may be wondering why I'd be attempting that in this heat. Well, knowing that you'll be having a wedding reception in your yard tend to drive the improvements! Today's little project was putting mulch all around some forsythia bushes. I'm tired of having to try to maneuver the riding lawn mower between these bushes anyway. I used a method that is ecologically friendly. I dug a little trench around where I wanted the flower bed to be, then I placed newspapers all over the grass... I used at least 3 layers, I wet the newspapers as I went to keep them from blowing. Then I mulched right over the top of the newspapers. I mean, a THICK layer of mulch. This should be enough to do away with the grass and now I won't have to try to drive the mower between the bushes! Here's the beginning:
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
So what am I stil doing up at this hour after such an early morning? Guess I just got so enthused by Fox Hollow Cottage's linky post over on Face Book that I couldn't sleep. Plus I find browsing the net for new ideas very inspiring and relaxing. I was busy today with an insurance class and in addition to that have been painting a bedroom.... a reveal will be coming when I'm all done. But I still wanted to share on the blog. So I'm posting a project I did a while back. I was in a small neighboring town a while back for a meeting when I spied a chrome table and four very neglected chairs sitting on the curb. I told the friend that was with me that if that set was still there after the meeting I was going to check in to it. Sure enough, there it was, hours later still on the curb. So I walked up to the house, crept across a creaky front porch and bravely knocked on the door. A lady eventually answered and told me that sure I could take what was out on the curb. When I heard that my friend and I didn't waste any time. We got the car and began to load. It was a little more difficult than I thought it would be as I had forgotten to take out the items from my last
junking adventure treasure hunt. But, we did get all the pieces to fit in the back of the Explorer.
Here's a few before and after pictures.
Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Friday Party.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
One of the reasons I wanted to start a blog was to be able to share some projects with others on those "linky" parties. So, I did just that! I've linked my child's desk project to My Uncommon Life of Suburbia. They said to share their link, I'm not quite for sure how to do that. But I'm trying. Thanks for hosting the party!
Monday, July 9, 2012
Well, I've spent hours getting one landscape bed back into shape. I had let this bed go too long without mulch and it was a weedy mess. I used old cardboard boxes, cut open to a single layer for the weed mat and then put the mulch on top of that. I think this is a good utilization for the cardboard and since cardboard is biodegradable it will eventually decompose and put it's nutrients into the soil. I've done this before and it really does make a nice weed barrier and lasts for several years. The plants in the area seem to do well too. Here are a few pictures for you. This bed is WAY in the back of the yard; it's really a separating feature for the yard as it meets the field behind the house. A dear neighbor tilled this for me earlier this year and let me transplant all those big chunks of ornamental grasses from her yard to this bed. Horray for nice neighbors.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Well, it's been another busy day but I did dedicate a little time to crafting. Yes, even on the 4th of July. I got my craft on BEFORE the fireworks. Of course, not thinking ahead like I'm prone to do, I didn't remember to take any before shots. I promise I will get better at this as I go on. Heck, I just figured out how to load a header today too. Baby-steps will get me to a better blog, right! So, I had picked up a small bench, child sized. It really wasn't too bad except for the three cut out hearts along the back. That look was in for a while, I think back in the 80s, but it's definately out now. So I glued a cabinet inset that I happened to have on hand over the cut outs. Then I painted the entire bench a soft yellow and stenciled on a couple of birds. Oh, also the piece was distressed.