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Feb 9, 2014 - Uncategorized    2 Comments

To Infinity & Beyond!

IMG_0151There is nothing like relaxing while my husband is watching golf on any given Sunday.  Today is still chilly and I have no desire to get out.

I had picked up a skein of yarn to make an Infinity Scarf for my “Secret Valentine”.  These are great to throw on with your coat, because they are not bulky and they are small enough you can fold them and put them in the pocket of your coat.

The picture does not do the color justice, there is a little sparkle in the thread.

 

 

You chain 126 and then you chain one to turn then single crochet back across the 126 chain.

Chain 4 and then do a triple crochet into each stitch.

Chain 1 and single crochet back across the triple crochets.

 

You do this pattern until you have 5 rolls of triple crochets.

Be sure and end with single crochets across the length of the triple crochets.

Then you sew the ends together and you are done.

 

It takes a little over skein to complete but it is a nice way to spend a relaxing Sunday.

 

Please Bear With Me

IMG_0110I realize it has been months since I have posted anything.  My intent is to get back to posting, the issue for me is finding time between working, taking care of my family and then taking care of my Mother.  Somewhere in there I need to exercise and sleep.

Unfortunately, she had emergency Gall Bladder surgery then complications from the surgery.

So, here we are 7 months out and we are still dealing with various issues, but we are on the road to recovery.  God totally directed us and helped us with being able to sell the house she lived in and clearing things out.  There has been so many miracles and blessings along this difficult road.  He is faithful in the midst of the storms.

Along the way I have done a few projects so I could have a creative outlet and have taken some pictures.

One of my projects has been to finish the lighting in my kitchen.   After several years of trying to figure out what we wanted and what would fit the renovation (without costing a fortune) it all came together finally.

I’ve got some before and after pictures and some insights into the project.  I hope to be sharing them soon.

Thank you so much for “Bearing with Me”.  I’m anxious to get back to blogging. 

Feb 7, 2013 - Uncategorized    1 Comment

Still Here

Just a quick note.  I’m still here just MIA.

Working through my Mother’s stroke and trying to figure out a routine with working, taking care of her and trying to work through all of her worldly goods.

She is doing great but will be staying in a Skilled Nursing Center if everything works out.

I’ll be back to creating and posting once I figure out a more solid routine.

Miss doing this but I know with patience I will be able to start it up on a more timely basis later.

Dec 25, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Update & Wishing You A Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and apologize for not posting very often.

My Mother suffered a stroke 11 days ago and we have been in ICU twice.  Praise the Lord we are now heading to rehabilitation.  This medical emergency has changed both of our lives completely.  Her independent days are over and we have a long road ahead of us.  We do not know at this point how much of her motor skills she will be able to regain.  However, she can swallow and she has her long term memory.   We are still working on her short term memory.

Though we are learning what it is going to take going forward, there were so many miracles along the way.  I will post again when our lives are ironed out a little more and we develop a routine.  I’m praying for strength and wisdom as I figure out how to take care of her and get her skilled nursing help along with holding down a job and managing my household and family needs.  My husband, daughters and son-in-law along with our church family has been so faithful and helpful and we are overwhelmed by the love and compassion we are experiencing.

I will definitely need creative time and time just to to get away.  I’m also realizing I’m going to need to attend some support group meetings so I can learn how to handle all the ups and downs and learn what to expect and how to accept and encourage where we are on this road of life.

Again, from our family to yours Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

Dec 1, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Advent Calendars – 2012

Each year I try to add something new to the kiddos Advent Calendars.

This year I concentrated on the outside decorations.

 

 

 

 

 

I took chipboard letters and painted them with chalkboard ink, then I took a chalk poster pen and wrote fun things about the kids.

 

I mixed up the fonts on the names to give it a whimsical look and added the glitter embossed Merry Christmas to the paper.

 

 

 

I found somethings that went along with their likes and personalities and hot glued them on the shelf of the Advent Calendar.

 

Rylan is so into princesses and Jolee’s 3D embellishments was a lot easier than making them myself.

 

 

 

I found a cute Reindeer stamp at M’s and colored it in with Copics specific to each of their calendars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The little boxes to this Advent calendar are so small that it is difficult to find small things to put in the box except candy.  So we make it fun by adding a tag and giving instructions for them to get a bigger gift that wouldn’t fit in the box…like socks.

 

 

 

 

The kids are so excited every year to get the Advent calendars and Daughter #1 says she has to push them back from the edge of the cabinet so they don’t peek and see what’s in the boxes…..she said they are looking for the $$.  Starts early doesn’t it!

 

Oh Christmas Tree – 2012

I’m still weeding out some old Christmas decorations and this year I have bought a lot of new Mercury Glass ornaments.

With the little camera I have, the pictures do not always do it justice.

 

 

 

 

However, between the white lights and the Mercury Glass I had to add some white ornaments to get the silver to show up.

As you can see the lights were reflecting off the paneling.

 

 

 

 

My BFF gave me some beautiful ornaments of a vintage Santa.  They are a little dark but they look great with the Mercury Glass.

She was right they look awesome!

 

 

 

 

I also did a little different tree topper this year.  Kept it on a smaller scale so it would not distract from the ornaments.

Again, it takes a mixture of silver and white to make things pop.

 

 

 

 

Love how it came out and it will only get better with time.  Love the look of the Mercury Glass and the white ornaments and decorations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up will be my dining room’s table center piece.  It turned out really well.

HomeGoods Stylescope – What are You?

 

Here is something fun today, go to this website and pick 5 pictures then submit and it will tell you your style.  Mine was spot on!

http://www.homegoods.com/stylescope

FarmHouse Glam:

Farmhouse Glam is the delicate, exquisite balance between beautiful femininity and rustic nonchalance. She’s all about the discovery of unexpected sparkle amidst the less polished. She wears high heels and a denim jacket, a string of pearls and bare feet. And her home feels as special as it does comfortable.

  • Not so much about pearls, but they had me with Mercury Glass.

A Touch of New Country

New Country understands the value of slowing down, enjoying the sunsets, bringing the outside in, and feeling a real sense of relaxation in her space. She is laidback, but her style is still intentional and beautiful in its rustic elegance.

  • I think this description works for me, at least I’m trying to be more laidback!

 

How about you?  What is your style?

 

 

Telephone Bench – Revamp

Back when I was a kid we had one of these telephone benches, we also had a party line (that’s where 2 or more people share the same telephone line) and our phone numbers started with words, like Hickory 6 -1234  instead of all numbers.

I didn’t get a picture before Daughter #2 stripped off the awful paint, but here it is ready for me  to “Sherrify” it.

 

 

First up is getting everything sanded, filling holes and repairing anything that needs to be taken care of before you start painting.

   

 

Next up is to prime it.  I used Kilz.  This old furniture sometimes has a funky smell and the wood is so dry that the Kilz not only kills the order it also seals off the wood and gets it ready to accept the new paint.  By the way I don’t get paid by Kilz to say this, you just need a good primer.

 

 I do the full thing, inside, underside, front and back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It may even take several coats (and light coats) to get it where I want it before I start using the final paint.

 

From there I let it dry a couple of days and I also sand lightly in between coats.

 

 

 

 

Now I start painting, I use a HPLV sprayer.  I got mine for about $15 from Good Harbor Freight (again no pay). I have a small pancake compressor and it does pretty good at keeping up.

This color is gorgeous and I start with painting the underneath side first.  It is a Valspar color (sorry, don’t remember) but she took her fabric for the cushion and matched the color.

 

 

 

 

These steps are the same as painting the primer, light coats, let dry overnight, lightly sand, light coat.  I usually do at the minimum 3 coats and depending on how it looks if it needs more I do more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I added a little touch of my own for my Daughter.  She loves hounds tooth so I thought I would put a hounds tooth stencil on the bottom of the telephone bench.  You can’t see it when it is setting up, but she knows it’s there and she knows it a special thing from me to her.

I used the bronze glaze to stencil the design.

 

 

 

 

I finished this piece off by putting on a bronze glaze.  You can see it matched the material she picked out for the seat cushion.

Instead of using polyurethane or acrylic shield  finish the piece I used clear wax and let it dry overnight then buffed it out.

 

 

 

She has this sitting next to an entry window with a cute lamp and she is going to get a retro looking telephone.  So cute!

 

 

 

 

Jul 28, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I have researched and loved the look of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint.  Finally, broke down and bought some over a year ago.

So, I decided I would first do a test of the paint before I started painting my hall bathroom’s cabinets.  Yes, you read correctly.

 

 

 

I bought a picture frame at M’s and tried out the technique on it to see if I would like the results.  This is a collage of the steps.

 

 

 

The printable art I found free on a website, unfortunately I can’t find the name of the website or person who so graciously provided the free art.  Usually, I capture that information so I am sure to provide a link back and give them full credit.  I apologize I am not able to do that.  I have looked for 2 hours and still can’t seem to figure out what blog I was on or linked to it through another blog.

I love how it turned out and I’m ready to start painting my hall bathroom cabinets.  Probably wait until it gets cooler here, although I don’t know what difference that would make since I would be in air conditioned house.

 

Mar 25, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Projects, Projects, Projects

Looking back @ deck

Miracles never cease!  I’m headed for a week of vacation and this is one of those where we stay home and we get stuff done that I’ve wanted done (with or without the help of DH).

We have a Bradford Pear that  the shade is so thick that nothing will grow under it.  I’ve decided it is a perfect place to create a little bird sanctuary.

As you can see the deck is a perfect place to sit and watch the birds feed.

 

 

 

Steel Edging out the design!

Dear Husband (DH) has had a “honey do” now for two years and I finally set the ultimatum.  Get rid of the basket ball pole with the huge concrete ball on it.  I need it out of the way to start the process of turning this area into the bird sanctuary.  I started by going to the local hardware store and purchasing some steel edging. 

This will be some stepping stones (I already have) and ground cover.

 

 

 

 

Edging looking good, tiller to the rescue!

I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me, and I’ll show you some after pictures as I go along.  I installed the edging and now I’m going to use my little 9″ tiller to break it up while it is soft.

That was the other thing that DH did, he got the tiller to working again.  So proud of him, so proud!   Now I can do the front flower beds too.

 

 

 

 

Sounds silly, but I am so looking forward to this week.  Then I get to top it off with a trip to Canton, I’m making a list of what I want and I know BFF is doing the same!