Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!

It's been a busy week! We had a very nice week-long visit with my in-laws who came all the way from the West Coast to the East Coast to see their grandchildren (and us). It was a great time of fellowship and fun. Since they left, I've been busy cleaning, baking and wrapping.

Wrapping with a 'W'. The other kind of rapping I dare say I could not do even if I had tried.

(And I HAVEN'T tried. Thankyouverymuch.)

I am officially done preparing for Christmas and am very excited now to spend a few days with my side of the family.

Christmas has come so fast this year. Probably because we spent the Fall months preparing and redecorating our living room finishing only just in time for my in-laws to come. So, to help me get in the Christmas spirit, Hubs and I are watching 'Miracle on 34th Street' - aka. the best Christmas movie ever!!

Although Santa is a lot of fun and we enjoy the Santa part of Christmas, we celebrate the real reason for Christmas - Jesus Christ. The greatest gift ever given was Jesus's gift to all mankind. It's free to anyone who will believe on Him. If you haven't received that gift, I pray that you won't wait another minute. He will change your life and give you peace. If I can answer any questions you have about God's free gift of eternal life, please contact me. I would love to introduce you to Him.

Speaking of Jesus, the girls and I read the Christmas story together yesterday and while I read, I asked them to listen and pick out one person or thing in the story and make it with their playdoh. (A friend of mine has a contest with her family every year of who can make the best nativity scene with cans of playdoh. Awesome idea!) The girls absolutely loved this and it made them really listen. I asked questions afterward and they were able to answer them. It was a lot of fun.

Well, hope you all have an extraordinary Christ-filled Christmas! God bless you!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Big Reveal

Well, after hours and hours of hard labor and elbow grease, our living room is 99% done. The only thing left is to build the doors for the bottom of the built-in. (And possibly build an ottoman, but that's later.) I took pics, but for some reason had a hard time getting a good angle on the room, so try to imagine the missing pieces.

(And overlook the children's books, sewing machine, side table and Alice in Wonderland on the TV...)
Mantle Before:
Mantle After:
Built-in Before:
Built-in After:
Accent Wall and Couch, etc.:

So, we are super happy that things turned out 'cozy'. That was our goal and I think we accomplished it. We're enjoying just putting our feet up and relaxing at night now instead of sanding, painting, etc. It's been a long journey, but it was worth it! Now, excuse me while I go finish the rest of this Macgyver rerun with Hubs and my in-laws.
Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! Seasons Greetings!




Wednesday, December 9, 2009

He's done it again....

This is what I think of Hubs for spending so much time and doing such a great job on our downstairs paint, trim, built-ins, etc. He's my hero!

Hubs finished our biggest project, to date! My house is almost back in order and I couldn't be any happier. The paint is done! (And we like it!) The Christmas tree is up! (Ahead of schedule!) The old couch is as good as gone (currently waiting in the garage to be picked up by Salvation Army) and the new couch is arriving tomorrow!! I don't even know what to do with myself not having to step around paint cans, drop cloths and the ladder. It's amazing! I can see my kitchen countertop and have plans to deep clean it after picking up #1 from school in a bit! And I turned my sewing machine on again today after several days of not sewing. I have an order to fulfill by the weekend to ship to Hawaii, loops to sew onto my stockings so they can be hung on the mantel, another Christmas gift to sew and drapes to iron. But I wanted to stop by and show you one pick of our new paint. I'll post more once our couch is here and the curtains are ironed after being in a heap on the chair in my bedroom while all the painting was going on.

This is our contrast wall that wraps around our downstairs hallway. I really love this effect in this room! Better than I expected!!


Ta Ta For Now!

Monday, December 7, 2009

18 days left!!

So, you know that Christmas is only 18 days away, right? So, I've been making a list and checking it twice making sure I've gotten everyone's gifts, etc. since I can't wrap presents yet. The tree is not going up til at least Thursday night because of the painting, etc. and I have all the gifts secretly hidden in my closet behind my huge wedding dress and other clothes I will never wear again so that the kiddos can't accidentally find them. It's just too risky to drag out all the gifts until it's time to wrap them. Hopefully, I'll get to wrap them this weekend and put them all under our tree that is too big for this room now.

(The tree hasn't grown - our furniture has. We have a sectional waiting for us at the furniture store down the road and it will replace our old, but free, couch that is taking a little ride on the Salvation Army truck on Wednesday. Our sectional has been in town since last Monday and it is just killing me that we don't get it until this Thursday! They would have delivered, but Hubs is a realist and told the delivery people not to bring it til this Thursday because we had so much painting to do (approx. 40 hours of painting - who knew???), but I wanted them to bring it last Wed because this is our first brand new couch as a married couple of nearly 8 years and I just can't wait! But I had to wait and I think I might just make it til Thursday if the excitement doesn't kill me first. By the way, that is mine and Hubs Christmas gift to each other this year!)

Anyway, back to Christmas gifts....

I took #2 and #3 to Target this morning so we could get out of the house in the freezing cold and use some coupons that had to be used by the 10th, especially the coupon for Bliss - YUMMY chocolates and we went down the toy aisle because apparently I'm a glutton for punishment. I think everyone waited til now to shop for toys because it was utter chaos. I shant be going back there anytime soon with two kids that seem to only be able to shout the words "I want...." I thought I'd be sneaky and shop for stocking stuffers in the guise of letting them drool over toys, but with all the chaos and crowded toy aisles, I didn't get one stocking stuffer. It was craziness. I finally squeezed our way out of that section and headed for the checkout. I did manage to snag the last fold-up crib (more like itty bitty pack-n-play) for #3's baby dolls for Christmas. She loves baby dolls more than any little girl I've ever known. She will be so excited on Christmas this year. And #2 is having an animal kind of Christmas - she's the biggest animal lover and her mean parents won't buy her a real pet so Santa is bringing her the closest thing to a real pet (no potty training involved!) and some other stuff like that. Oh yeah, and while I was in the toy section, #2 went nuts over two things specifically that I just happen to have already bought her for Christmas. I can't wait to see her face when she opens them. She's my very expressive child and is a hoot to watch open gifts. #1 is growing up so fast, and I have to refrain from buying young toys for her so she's getting big girl gifts this year and I know she will just eat that up. She loves being the oldest and she's taking us through unchartered waters with all the new things she likes and does. I love Christmastime with children! It's so much fun and exciting! And we will get to be with my sister's family including their 4 kids along with my parents and brother! It will be much fun and I just can't wait!

So, that's all for now. I have a lot to do before then so I better get at it!

PS - Our next door neighbors in the rental our moving out. Bummer! (Not the house across the street that has been nothing but drama). They've been good renters, now we have to wait and see who graces our presence next. Keeping our fingers crossed for some more good renters!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Why I Don't Do Daily Planners...

I've mentioned before how I love making lists - and I really do. I make lists all the time of what I need, no - WANT - to do, and my lists really help me get things done during the day. Thanks to my C.I.A.D.D. (Child-Induced Attention Deficit Disorder), I now depend on lists or nothing gets done. When I graduated high school, my youth pastor and his wife gave me a great gift - a Franklin Planner. I loved it! It was the first time I'd had a planner and this was THE planner. All the important people I knew had Franklin Planners. My dad still uses his, I think. A lady whose kids I babysat for often had a Franklin then went to a computer-based Franklin which I really thought was 'WOW!' because computers were just so new to me back then which makes me laugh now because I mean, who doesn't have a computer now? Whose life isn't controlled by a computer these days besides my mom who refuses to be sucked in to this time-consuming, always-available and in-touch-with-everyone from past, present and future ordeal? Anyway, back to the Franklin - people even went to seminars to learn HOW to plan each day and make lists in the appropriate fashion. I loved my Franklin. It was compact, stylish and had flowers on each page. It was awesome. I was so organized it was ridiculous. I recently found my planner pages from 1995-1997 that are in my closet at my parents' house. I looked through them and it brought back tons of memories that I had forgotten about. I evidently used mine as a daily journal of who I saw/talked to and what the weather was like. I guess I take after my Papaw who journaled things and kept records of everything from weather, to rainfall, to miles driven, etc. Anyway, my Franklin was very special to me. Then, when I became a career woman I got another Franklin - a little bigger this time, but I didn't use it as often as I should have. Then, somehow after I had kids I went to a spiral bound calendar type of thing that worked for awhile, but now I've gone completely down to college-rule notebook paper in a one inch binder. It works for me - right now. I've been making lists and crossing things off. I even right things on my list that I've already done just so I can mark it off! How's that for obsession? Hey - don't judge - I like to feel good about myself and my accomplishments. I like to see that I've vacuumed upstairs and mopped the kitchen floor even though it won't look like it by the time Hubs gets home from work. But my system works for me. I just realized that in my Franklin I had to prioritize my tasks for the day with A, B, C, etc. and let's face it - children throw a monkey wrench into those kinds of lists. I was never getting A done before C and B sometimes never got done. It was depressing and I hated that things were not getting done in order. And then when B didn't get done it had to have an arrow pointing forward next to it showing me that it was being moved to tomorrow's tasks and I just hated seeing the same task on my list two days in a row. So now, I just write all my tasks down in random order and do whichever one I have time for first, mark it off, try another one and so on. There's no guilt in my current system. I don't have to prioritize with my ABC's and draw cute little arrows next to my unfinished tasks. In fact, today I didn't even look at my list. I just did whatever I needed to do at the moment it needed to be done. It was a great day.

Oh and by the way - this girl painted her last coat of oil paint on the baseboards tonight! I am done with that and have never been happier (or higher on paint fumes) than right now. There is even some color on the walls!! Hubs worked for 8.5 hours today finishing his part of the trim and cutting in the colors - It's so exciting to see color on the wall. We're on schedule to have it done before our new couch comes on Thursday! Hoping it stays that way. Then, we get to put up our Christmas tree (hopefully Thurs night - if not, it will be Saturday) and hang our new stockings...

Inspired by the Pottery Barn stockings, made from felt and other fabrics. Lots of fun to make!


Hope you all have a blessed Sunday!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas....

everywhere but here! We are still in the thick of remodeling two-thirds of our downstairs and very much behind schedule. Our goal was to have it all done by Thanksgiving, but thanks to some unforeseen circumstances like stomach virus and then kidney stones, we just couldn't pull it off. So, our new goal is to have it all done by the middle of next week. Keep your fingers crossed, say some prayers (I'm saying mine!) and Lord willing our living room, kitchen and hallway along with all the crown moulding, baseboards and new window/door trim will be painted and look very fresh and clean. Then, our new couch will be delivered and then we can put up our Christmas tree....finally!!! Hubs' parents are coming in on the 14th from California for a week, so we want it all D-O-N-E by that time. I'm excited to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. So, if I don't blog for the next few days it's only because I'm high on paint fumes, trying to finish last-minute Christmas gifts and sewing all new stockings for our family, not to mention - dusting every square inch of the house thanks to all the sheetrock dust.

And if you happen to catch a glimpse of my right bicep - No, I have not been working out with only my one arm and I am not taking up body building - I've just been sanding like a mad-woman and I happen to only be able to do that with my right arm which feels like it could fall off at the moment.

So, anyway, to end this post I give you a pic of my mantel. Instead of garland and stockings and all things Christmas, my mantel is decked with power sanders and painter's tape. Their days are numbered......

Monday, November 23, 2009

My Middle Name is Frugal.

So, today I've been taking down pictures, clearing off the mantel, putting away accessories and trying to figure out where to put my two huge heavy sets of curtains while we sand, putty, sand and paint over the next couple of weeks. My dining room is a wreck and now my bedroom is, too. I cannot wait for order to be restored to my home! It will be so nice to live in peace again. So, while I was frantically cleaning my kitchen and clearing more clutter from the countertops (see this post on my kitchen clutter dilemma) and getting ready to cook a pot of chili, my doorbell rang. It wasn't a one ding-dong kind of ring like our neighbor's child does. It was a double ding-dong ring so I knew it was someone else. Should I answer it or should I pretend like I am not here even though the lights were on in the kitchen? Well, before I could decide what to do, my kids ran to the front window which happens to be right beside the door. Oh well. That answered that question! I went and opened the door slightly to see who it was. No JW's this time, it was a couple of salesmen. Immediately I was skeptical and ready to shut them down and say no to whatever it was. But this guy was good. He wanted to demonstrate his Kirby vacuum. I have a vacuum. And I have a steam cleaner. Both of them are by Hoover and I like them. When I told him I wasn't interested because we're in the process of sanding trim and painting, he said, "Can you help me out just by letting me demonstrate it? It will help me out right here before the holidays." So, I said, "I'm not buying anything. Will that still help you?" Long story short, he came back with his equipment 15 minutes later and began showing me how this vacuum works. I couldn't believe all the dirt and dust coming up out of the carpet that I had just vacuumed. It was disgusting. While this was going on I happened to look at the price sheet he laid on my kitchen table and I about dropped my teeth. $2495. WHEW! So, the whole time I'm agreeing with him I'm telling him that I would never pay that much for a vacuum. He tried every trick in the book while he vacuumed and then shampooed my entire living room floor. When he was finished, he called his manager (who happened to be in the neighborhood) to come over and try and make a deal with me by trading in my two vacuums and my wallet for this one vacuum. They came down $1500 by the last deal and I still told them no. He said, "Wouldn't your husband want you to make a good investment like this that would save you time and keep your carpets clean and last longer?" I almost laughed out loud. My husband would pass out if I told him I paid that much for a vac without talking to him first. He didn't know who he was talking to. I am frugal by nature. My parents taught me the value of money and how to manage money and be a good steward of what God has entrusted me with. I could never pay for that kind of priceless advice. They were not happy when they realized I was not going to sign my life over to them. At one point, he told me he's had people in trailers write him a check. I told him I didn't believe that for one minute. He even tried dumping baking soda on my carpet and rubbing it in with his shoe then had me vacuum it up with my vac so he could go back over it with his and show me how bad my vac is. Well, that kind of backfired. My vac got nearly all of it up. I don't doubt that his vac is a very nice one, but I could never pay that much money for a vacuum, esp when we're planning to rip our carpet up and do hardwoods in the not-so-distant future. After they left (over an hour later - even though it was suppose to take 20 min) I shut all the curtains in the front window so they couldn't see in if they decided to come back. Well, they came back and rang the bell a few times. I wouldn't answer it. I was a little nervous because they weren't too happy when they left and Hubs wasn't home yet, not to mention they didn't seem to understand the word 'No'. So, finally they left, but not before the man asked me for a tip for doing this presentation since I wasn't buying anything. If I had thought fast enough, I would have given him a tip that my Papaw would have been proud of - 'Never take a wooden nickel.' But I don't think that is the kind of tip he was looking for. I was happy to see Hubs when he got home - and he was happy to have clean carpet for free! ha Oh - and the funniest part of the whole thing is that #3 kept making him read books to her during this big presentation. She thinks anyone that is kneeling, sitting or remotely close to the floor is only there because they want to read to her. She doesn't take no for an answer very easily. I think he met his match. Then, when he was vacuuming, she got her little talking vacuum and followed him around the room. ha
Then, I was checking my email while the chili was simmering and found out I won a giveaway!!! New Every Morning entered my giveaway last week and in her comment invited me to enter hers. I was so surprised to win!!! I never win!! And this is what I won!! I picked the Pimento color. =] Exciting!!
Last, but not least, I'll leave you with a few principles of finance that my dad has taught me.
  1. Always give back to God first. (Tithe) You can never outgive God. I've seen this lived out my entire life. It's not mine anyway, everything I have is only mine because God has given it to me. The least I can do is give him a portion back.
  2. Be a good steward. Budget, use your money wisely (don't buy expensive vacuum cleaners,etc).
  3. Live within your means. If you don't have the money in the bank, don't buy it.
  4. Save money. Make it a priority. When I lived on my own as a single gal, I was not making a lot of money - probably $360 a week take-home - rent was $480, I had to pay car insurance, utilities, etc. and I still managed to save $300/month. God met every need and I did not go in debt. I was amazed by God's provision - and I still am!

My dad has been giving financial advice longer than Dave Ramsey and has kept me from making a lot of financial mistakes. I am so thankful for him and that he cared about me enough to teach me about money matters even while I was young. He's a genius. Hubs and I are trying to instill in our girls financial truths even now while they are young and hope to see them avoid many financial mistakes along the way!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Educational and Lifesaving Tips...

I'm not sure if I've mentioned on this blog the fact that food allergies plague my middle child. She is allergic to milk, eggs and peanuts and because of this our lives are dramatically different than most. I came across this article from Allergy Moms and thought I'd post it just in case any of my readers have loved ones with food allergies. #2 is severly allergic to milk and will be tested again soon to recheck her allergies to egg and peanuts. We know she is still severely allergic to milk because of two recent reactions.
This article includes tips for the holiday season and if you will be around someone with food allergies, please read these and be cautious. You could save a life by following these tips.
Thanks to Allergy Moms for posting this!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Love/Hate Relationship

My sewing addiction continues. Only now it's worse. At first, I was sewing for my shop and I still am, but now I keep finding things that I want to make for myself. If I was overwhelmed and behind on my 'real' To-Do List, then you can imagine what it's like now. I am having to limit my time on the sewing machine and think I have found a nice balance between sewing and doing my daily routine of feeding kids, cleaning, changing diapers, feeding kids, cleaning, and so on. I was really on a roll and loving it....until yesterday. My sewing machine ran out of bobbin thread and recently has begun to cop an attitude with me when it does this. I reload the bobbin, get my fabric back under the presser foot only to find that the thread tension is way out of whack. I do everything I am suppose to do and it still is too loose. I've spent 2.5 hours adjusting the thread tension, adjusting the bobbin, etc. and it is still loose. I think I am ready for a new machine. A nice, shiny, computerized machine. Can I get an Amen? Any suggestions on a specific brand? I have a Kenmore right now and have liked it for these 8 years, but I kind of thought Kenmore should last longer than this.

Update: After another half hour on adjusting the thread tension on my machine, Hubs asked me if I'd like him to take a look at it. The first couple of times he asked me that, I was sure he wouldn't be able to fix it. He doesn't sew. He doesn't even know how the machine is threaded. But the third time he asked, I relented. He said, "I troubleshoot for a living. Let me look at it." So, I showed him the problem, explained how it is suppose to work and after about 5 minutes he fixed it. All I can say is HE'S THE MAN!! He is my hero. I was so excited! I was able to finish the dresses for my three girls so they could wear them to church this morning and made a gift for my niece's birthday (although that didn't involve the sewing machine).

Tomorrow or maybe tonight after church I'll be starting on new stockings for the fam. I cannot wait to show you the finished product - well, if they turn out like I expect them to! I have a couple weeks to make them, though, because we are behind on our deadline of getting the downstairs painted by Thanksgiving. It is a big job and we're just a few days behind, but Hubs has been working a lot and wasn't able to work on the house last week. Looks like I'll be sanding the fireplace surround, baseboards and trim this week so we can be ready to start painting trim next weekend after our Thanksgiving festivities. So, thanks to the painting that is getting ready to happen, Christmas decor will have to wait a little longer this year. I truly don't mind, either, which surprsied even me. I like to have the tree up right after Thanksgiving, but somehow I don't mind waiting longer this year. I am very excited for Christmas, though. It gets more and more fun every year. Our kids are very much looking forward to Christmas and Hubs and I are excited to see how #3 will react. She yells out 'Christmas!' when we see the trees in all the stores so I know when she sees a Christmas tree in our living room, she will be thrilled. Her grammy bought her a book last year about Santa with flip-up pages that she adores. In fact, her first sentence is "No, that's not Santa!" and I just love hearing her say that.

#1 has already been discussing the ever-controversial subject of Santa with her classmates at school. She came home and told me the other day that 'So and So was getting underwear for Christmas because she doesn't believe in Santa.' (She learned this from her Aunt Julie! ha!) Well, to Hubs and I, Santa is very real. WE are Santa and we have no problem letting our kids enjoy the magical side of Christmas along with the most important reality of Christmas and that is celebrating the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, Who is very real and is the focus of our celebration. But, on the subject of Santa, we've told #1 that not everyone believes in Santa and that's okay. She should be nice and not judgemental towards her classmates just like they should be toward her. I believed in Santa when I was young and don't remember when I realized that Santa was just a fun, magical part of Christmas, but I can tell you that I wasn't scarred. I survived and loved to think that Santa was coming on Christmas Eve. My mom still puts 'From:Santa' on some of our gifts and I love that!

So, no matter how you choose to celebrate Christmas, I hope that you remember to celebrate the Reason!

When will you trim your tree this year?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Giveaway Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Jenny @ Home Is Where You Start From ! Winner of My3Chickadees 1st giveaway!

Thanks to all who entered!! Can't wait to see who wins my sister's giveaway tonight! If you haven't entered yet, go to Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss and leave a comment to win a $50 gift certificate to her shop, My Fine Art! You don't want to miss out!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

GIVEAWAY FROM MY3CHICKADEES!!!!

Christmas is right around the corner!! Are you looking for a unique, fun gift for someone on your Christmas list?? I have some fun items for sale @ My3Chickadees, my online boutique. Mostly children's items, but there will be more coming soon! Some of my new items include matching girl and doll aprons, crayon cozies, Manners Matter Placemats, etc. If you're on the prowl for some cute gifts, enter my giveaway!!
The Giveaway:

$20 Gift Certificate to My3Chickadees. You can pick from anything in the shop and I will include FREE SHIPPING on your order with that gift certificate! This giveaway ends Thursday, November 19th at 9pm.

How to Enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post.
2. If you do not have a blog that I can link back to from your comment, please leave an email address that I can contact you at if you're the winner!
3. Tell ALL of your friends!!


Go to my sister's blog Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss (the link is not working, so go to my sidebar on the right and click on her blog to be linked to her giveaway!)to enter her giveaway for a $50 gift certificate to her online shop My Fine Art! Go check it out!!! Her giveaway will go online Wed, November 18th and end Thursday night!

The latest items available at My3Chickadees:


GOOD LUCK ON THE GIVEAWAYS! HOPE YOU WIN!!!

Life with My 3 Chickadees...

My 3 Chickadees watching their daddy work
So, I was in my local Hobby Lobby yesterday with #s 2 & 3 (#1 was at school) and as I approached the register the cashier said to me, "How old are they?" So, I told her and she asked if I had anymore. When I told her I have 3 girls she said, "Wow, all girls? Their poor dad!" And on at least a weekly basis I get this kind of reaction when I go out in public with the girls. It cracks me up because people are so funny. First of all, their daddy couldn't be more thrilled that he has ALL girls (although, at each ultrasound he was a tad bit disappointed that there was no son in his future). He is loving that he is THE man. Our girls love him to pieces and think that going on a date with their daddy is the greatest thing in the world. When they hear the key in the front door every evening, they all three scream the shrillest screams and run for the door to greet him. He's their hero. He can fix anything that's broken. He plays girl games with them, lets them jump all over him as he pretends to sleep on the living room floor and loves them with all his heart. They love to 'help' him when he's working around the house and in the garage. He lets them play in the pile of sawdust that he just swept up, lets them jump in the leaves that he just raked and lets them play with the (non-dangerous) tools in the garage while he works on our ever-growing To-Do List. Yes, they can be dramatic and very emotional even at their young ages, but we love every minute of it. That's not to say that we aren't both scared to death of them all growing into teenagers, but for now we love it. The two older ones cry during sad parts of movies, #2 gets very emotional if a very calm, peaceful song is playing in the car and I know this because she will inevitably say, "I want Daddy to come home. I miss him." followed by tears. Yes, life with three girls is an emotional rollercoaster, but we love it. Hubs loves that the girls always want to be with him. They love to sit and watch him as he works at home (see pic above). They love the rare occasions that they get to be with him at work. And Hubs has been just waiting and waiting for the girls to become interested in PlayMobil. He still has a set or two from when he was a kid and has been patiently waiting for the girls to become responsible enough to play with them and start collecting them. Everytime we walk through the toy section, he wants to look around the PlayMobil aisle, but the girls have never wanted to do that. They call that 'boy stuff' and they are against all things boy...pretty much. Well, last night #1 found a little 3 piece set of something from PlayMobil and realized that's what it was and begged her daddy to get out his PlayMobil stuff. He was thrilled! However, she is going to have to prove that she can keep her room clean and everything in its place before he will get it out. He doesn't want to lose any of it and right now, you would understand this rule if you saw her room. Our girls are so much fun and bring so much joy to our lives. They are all three so different and are growing up so fast. I'm trying to live in the moment each day because I know it will pass me by so quickly and there will come a day when these precious moments are gone and I will only have my failing memory to remind me of these great years. We can't imagine our lives without all three of our girls. We are so blessed and thankful for them. We know we have our work cut out for us as they get older and even more dramatic and emotional, but we look forward to the task. Yes, life with my 3 chickadees is incredibly grand!
Stay Tuned for a giveaway from My3Chickadees!! Tell all your friends! It will be up sometime tomorrow!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Upon hearing a gun shot and calling 9-1-1

Please don't be shooting off your gun in my front yard especially when my babies are sleeping. Yeah, neighbor-who-now-has-a-rap-sheet - I'm talkin' to you!! This really happened. I'm pretty sure where I live is not considered ghetto, so you can imagine my shock and adrenaline rush when Hubs and I were emptying the dishwasher Sunday night around 9 pm and heard freakish screaming followed by a gun shot only 50 yards in front of our house. I still can't get over that this really happened within my viewing area. Since we've lived here I have seen from my dining room window a couple go from 'normal' to never riding in the same car, to never speaking to each other outside the house, to the hubby being obsessed with a local college sports team and going to every game without the kids or wife, to yelling and fighting in the driveway, to the wife almost running over the ding-bat hubby with her SUV, to wife moving out and then finally hubby moving out. Then, few months later, another couple moved into the house, seemed normal, started noticing that the wife/girlfriend was pregnant, noticed hubby working later and later and even sometimes on weekends, wife/girlfriend had the baby, hubby gone a lot more, couple moves out together with baby, hubby comes back to empty rental house with different lady during the day, in the evening, on Saturdays enough for me to realize an affair was going on right in front of my face until finally the lease was up and the house was empty again. Then, I nearly witnessed 3 weirdos trying to steal the 3 satellite dishes off the same house across the street around 11pm one night. Thankfully, they never came back. A new family lives in the house now and so far, I think they are 'normal'. This brings me to Sunday night. This commotion happened in the house perpendicular to aforementioned house. Hubs said he understood these crazy people when we were eavesdropping on them talking to the police. I did not understand anything but 'My Suh (aka son) ...blah blah blah. He's my suh....' Then I heard the nice policeman say, "I understand he's your son, but you cannot talk to him until ..blah blah blah..and it will be at least 2 hours." Apparently, two teenagers got into some trouble or something at school and one dad confronted the other dad and one decided he just no longer needed to exhibit self-control so he shot off his gun. Why he decided to even carry his gun to this confrontation, and why he thought it would be okay to shoot said gun in my neighborhood, I just don't know. But I don't appreciate it. 6 cop cars, 1 forensics guy & a K9 unit showed up very quickly after Hubs and a couple other neighbors called 9-1-1. And friends of these criminals started coming out the woodwork. This completely shocking and rude episode outside my dining room window caused me to burn my pizza and miss my favorite reality show (The Amazing Race, in case you were wondering.). I'll be keeping a close eye on these people from now on. I feel like Gladys Kravitz - you know the nosy neighbor on Bewitched - but I don't go looking for things like this. They come to me. I'm a freak magnet. What can I say?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cowboys & Bandanas

Crayon Cozy

I am in love - L-U-V - with this little cowboy fabric by Michael Miller! The only problem is that I have no little boys. I have two cute nephews and one of them is going on 13 so I don't think he'd appreciate it. Anyway, I've made two cute things from this fabric, so far, but there will be much more to come. PS - I did find out there is a cowgirl version of this fabric so be looking for that soon.
Cowboys and Bandanas Toddler Backpack/Tote
Back view

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk...

Hi. My name is Mommy and I get some great ideas from other people. Most of them I don't even know. I am still on my sewing kick. This is the longest-running sewing kick I've ever been on and I am actually enjoying myself. Yesterday I copied one of my favorite most practical gifts ever! My aunt L. gave me a cool flip flop for Christmas a couple years ago. It was something she had found while on a trip to Hawaii. I knew this immediately from the Hawaiian pattern on the flip flop and the name 'Kauai' sewn on the top. (I must say I have a keen eye for the obvious....well, sometimes I do.) Anyway, when I saw it I was like, "Oh. How cute! Shouldn't there be two of these?" After laughing her signature laugh she told me it was a Drop It and Mop It. THEN, it made sense. You throw it on the floor (or gently lay it depending on your personality and the nature of the spill) and mop up those pesky spills. I use mine every single day. I just leave it out next to my dishwasher and when I need it, I slip my foot in it and mop away those spills. It is washable and dryable and voila! It's ready to use again. SO, I copied it yesterday and am fighting the urge to keep this new one, but I can always make a new one for myself. I'm thinking this would be a terrific stocking stuffer for someone on your Christmas list. hint hint. I can do a variety of patterned fabrics. So, without further ado....

Say 'Hello, Where have you been all my life?' to the Drop and Mop Flip Flop!

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Difficult Door Gets Mistreated

So, I did it. I finally mistreated my sliding door. The 'After' is way better than the 'Before', so I'll just go ahead and show you.
BEFORE:

AFTER:


I used my favorite-fabric-for-now - burlap - for the valance. (I never liked valances before, but now I guess I do since I've recently used a valance on two windows in my downstairs.) Anyway, then I made the straps to hold it up out of the same fabric I used for my kitchen window mistreatment here. I did actually buy the curtain panels from Target, though. I really like them and love how they keep curious eyes out at night and let in just enough light during the day. I love them. The color helps to lighten things up a bit, too, in the midst of all this chocolate brown burlap. Overlook the unpainted crown moulding - it will be painted in 3 weeks or less. In fact, I should be filling nail holes instead of blogging, but blogging is way more fun and easier on the fingertips. I'll put up pics once we add some color to this living room! I can't wait! It will be kind of like the scene in the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy starts to come out of her house that landed in Oz after the tornado dropped her down and she goes to the door and opens it to find a whole new world of Technicolor. I can't wait for this living room to go from boring to beautiful! But, until then - I have nail holes to fill and crown moulding to sand - then major dust to vacuum up from sanding, etc. etc. Beauty is pain, even in home decorating.

Friday, October 30, 2009

You say 'Goodbye' and I say 'Hello!'

Yesterday, we said, 'Goodbye!' to this...
And 'Hello!' to this...
That highchair was a great shower gift when #1 was born! It has been put through the ringer, and we are happy to move on to the next phase of #3's life....The Booster Chair Phase. I covered the back of her chair in a vinyl tablecloth. I should probably do that to all 3 girls chairs because they are messy and I can't stand cleaning the slats of those chairs. That's hard work! I might just make that my next project. Scrub down those chairs and make slip covers for them out of the vinyl tablecloths. Hmm! Stay tuned for the update on that. Anyway, now all I have to keep cleaned is the floor around #3's chair. I'm thinking of sticking a splat mat to the floor, but I don't know yet. It's hard to beat the good ole' broom and mop. #3 LOVES sitting in the booster seat, though, and we kind of like having her sitting right up to the table with us. She's growing up fast!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Let's Talk About Kitchen Clutter

So, what's cluttering your kitchen counter/island? Come on, you can tell me. I know you have some. The only person I know that doesn't is my friend, Dayna. Everytime I go to her house, I notice how clutter-free her countertops are. She inspires me to keep reaching for that goal at my house. I really don't know how to keep toys, receipts, various mechanic pocket tools, mail, etc. off of my counter and it's driving me BONKERS!!! (By the way, do you remember that candy... Bonkers?? Wow, it's been a long time since I've had that. Is it still even around?) Pardon my C.I.A.D.D. - Child Induced Attention Deficit Disorder... back to the clutter.... When I moved into this house 2.9 years ago, I found what I believe to be the best idea I've ever seen from Martha Stewart. It was a shelf, which is normally hung around eye-height, with openings for baskets and had hooks on the bottom from which to hang, well, everything. Only she hung it at counter height. Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!!!!! We have a winner! I had been looking for something to go in a space in my kitchen and as soon as I saw that, I knew that would be it. So, the search was on for a shelf with hooks that would fit. Anyway, long story short, we found it at our semi-local Pottery Barn Outlet on clearance and snatched it up right away. Hubs hung it up for me as soon as we got home. Then, I found baskets that actually fit at Big Lots for $7 each and they were lined. Yay me! This shelf had purpose...1) Rid my kitchen countertop of mail, junk, etc. (baskets were assigned for each junk category) 2) Give me a place to put keys, etc. and 3) fill an empty spot on my wall that would inevitably have tiny handprints all over it. Well, although I LOVE my shelf, two of the baskets are full of clutter while the other is full of diapers/wipes and there is STILL clutter on my countertop. Now, the shelf top has clutter on it and it's suppose to only have a couple of things on it. But the hooks on the bottom have been very helpful. They are just the right height for my little chickadees to hang their sweaters/coats/diaper bag on and if I am careful it doesn't get too cluttered. Here's a pic.
Pardon the blinding white walls!!! That problem should be solved in a few weeks! Don't worry - I'll post pics!
My daily quest is to junk the clutter. If Hubs comes home and finds no clutter on the counter, he thinks I have slaved all day cleaning the house. Because to him, if the kitchen is clean, there is peace and calm. If the kitchen is a mess, chaos reigns. And I must admit, I feel the same way. This is what is cluttering my countertop this week. Pretty much sums up my week so far.

Any tips for a clutter-free countertop are welcome!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Want-To-Do List

Forget the To-Do List for a moment, I made myself a 'Want-T0-Do List'. I got my new Better Homes and Gardens issue yesterday and can't get enough of it. The rust has fallen off my creative wheels that have somehow started turning lately. I just can't stop. All I can think about is 'What can I make next?', 'Wonder what I can make out of these curtains I just took down from my sliding door?' (after I wash them, of course), 'What else can I sew fuzzy ball trim to?'.... Even at 4:41am when I hear my child get up to go potty, my brain starts thinking of all the things I have in my idea file that I want to make or do. Is this some kind of disorder?? Should I eat more chocolate? Maybe that would help. Or maybe I've been eating too much chocolate. That's probably more like it. Anyway, here are a few items on my Want-To-Do List...
  1. Make Pumpkin Soup and actually eat it. It looks so good in the magazine.
  2. Make new stockings for the fam.
  3. Come up with some new allergy-free recipes that the whole fam will enjoy.
  4. Load up my etsy shop with lots of goodies that people will love - and BUY!
  5. Re-decorate my mantle - and pretend like it looks nice and painted as I'm sure it will look in a few weeks or so.
  6. Paint Maggie's desk.
  7. Burn my current couch. (ha!) or maybe just give it away and order a new one. Anyone want a nice blue couch with torn cushion covers? It's a sturdy couch and the only problems with it are the torn seat cushion covers, the misshaped back cushions and the multitude of toys lost in the crevices of the couch. You could reshape the back cushions or just make 5 or 6 big loose cushions for the back, recover the seat cushions and throw a slipcover over the rest of it. It would look like new! Any takers?
  8. Come up with 10-14 new meals that I can rotate for the fam...keeping budget and nutrition in mind.
  9. There are more on my list, but I'm too cold to get up and go get it. And I'm too scared - we're watching a suspense movie and now I won't be able to go upstairs by myself and I'll have to check under my bed and make sure the closet door is closed before I go to sleep. Oh - and keep my hands and feet inside the covers.

So, what's on your Want-To-Do List?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Turkey Tote

outside pic
inside view

side view

up close and personal with Turkey Lurkey

So, here's the latest of my obsession with burlap. I'm putting it in my online boutique tonight, hopefully. (Unless I decide I need it more than I need to sell it.) So, here you have it... This tote is perfect for all of your toting needs. =] Just imagine all the stuff you can carry in this stylish tote this Fall season. It matches everything and you can be proud to 'tote' it in style.





Living Room Mistreatments





Well, here they are. My husband is pleased so I am very happy with them. He's happy regardless of the way I've been mistreating my windows. Here's the low-down...


  • $7.99 amazing deal on the curtain rod from Hancock Fabrics. Crazy awesome deal! I bought 2. The best part is that I thought I was getting the rods 40% off of $39.99, but somehow they were way cheaper when I got to the register! Love those deals!!

  • Chocolate brown burlap fabric - I am addicted to this right now - Awesome deal on that, as well at Hancock and at Hancock online. I didn't finish the side edges because the outside edges are very clean edges on the selvage side. The inside edges are paperclipped (you heard me) to the inside curtain edges so that they stay together better. I did sew a rod pocket on the top of the burlap and a hem on the bottom, though.


  • Lighter inside curtains are really not curtains at all. They are really a tablecloth. You would have never known if I didn't tell you, right? I found the tablecloth at Target while shopping for a curtain for that spot. Didn't find one I loved, so I scanned the tablecloth section and found one I loved. It works great and even has a little bit of a pattern on it. Perfectly subtle. I bought a 60x104 size tablecloth for $14.99. Cut it straight down the middle lengthwise and finished the cut edge because it doesn't look very nice unfinished. Only one cut and two seams later, I have curtains! Hung them from ring clips instead of a rod pocket because it gives a little dimension to my mistreatment since I opted for using one curtain rod instead of two. I didn't want the lighter curtain to go all the way behind the burlap panels because our room is dark now just from having window treatments, so a little light shining through them is perfect. I still have to hem them, but I love how they turned out!


  • Total cost for this window treatment was less than $40!! I love it when a plan comes together.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Turkey Lurkey

New shirts available from my Jolly Holidays line @ My3Chickadees! More to come, but this is just a preview.

Turkey Lurkey turtleneck shown here with a Happy Dots deluxe marker apron from my PipSqueaks line.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

More from PipSqueaks


Finished another apron after a small fight with my sewing machine. (I won, by the way!) I don't know why, but everytime I run out of bobbin thread the machine wants to refuse to work appropriately. I gave up yesterday after it happened - I just needed to walk away. ha Then, today when I woke up to yet another rainy day, I decided to try again. Took about 30 minutes and some mechanical work, but I fixed it. I was so glad to finish the apron and then made two more products for my etsy shop. A portable changing pad/diaper clutch combo and a matching lap pad. Pics will be on tomorrow, hopefully.

This weekend should be a busy one around here for the miter saw and the nail gun. Hubs is planning to finish replacing the trim around the windows and interior doors and possibly get back to work on finishing the crown moulding. Last weekend was very unproductive because of a 6 yr old's birthday party, Hubs having to work some and Sunday being church. So, we're a week behind schedule. Yes, I said schedule. I've put a deadline on ourselves. =] It gives us something to shoot for. We hope to have all the woodwork done this month so we can start painting first thing in November. All of that needs to be done by Thanksgiving because our new couch should be coming around then and I would like to be able to decorate for Christmas right after Thanksgiving. I'm tired just thinking about it. I just want it all done. I really dread having dust all over the downstairs from having to sand the fireplace surround and all the crown moulding, but the end result will be happy. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go stock up on Pledge.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Window Mistreatments

I learned this term from The Nester. Love the whole idea behind it! She coined the phrase 'It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful' and I love that. All that know me well, know that I am not in the least bit a perfectionist. (I think I just heard my sister yell out 'you can say that again' from the hills of TN.) I like to sew and I like doing things but when it comes to doing things right by the book, I just can't scrape up that last inkling of persistence to do it. I use my own rules. So, you can imagine that when I came across window mistreatments that I was just plain excited! I'm the girl that can't even hang a curtain rod level, so this is right up my alley!! Anyway, my first attempt at a window mistreatment was a success in my eyes. I found fabric that I really liked on the clearance table and decided it goes with what I'm trying to accomplish in my downstairs adventure. Then, I decided I would make a valance. Yes, a valance. I cringe saying that word because I'm not necessarily a valance kind of girl, but I didn't want to cover up my kitchen window and didn't want the hassle of making a real roman shade so I just did my thing. Had some leftover ribbon from my monogram wreath hanging so I used it. I may take that off and switch it out with some chocolate brown burlap (I'm using burlap on my other big windows in the LR/Kitchen soon) ties. We'll see. Now, let me explain why this is a mistreatment....it doesn't have all finished edges and the ribbon is not sewn on or attached properly. I just made it look like it was. This is something that Hubs had a hard time with at first. I am married to a perfectionist with a capital 'P'. Nevermind that window treatments really don't matter to him all that much. It's just the fact that he knows the side edges are not finished and that the ribbon is pinned up there. This bugs him. It's kind of like the crooked picture on the wall that I have to fix everytime I walk by it, or the mini-blinds (you heard me) that were in our mini-van when we were teenagers that my sister had to rig up so that they would stay completely open. You know the feeling. Anyway, Hubs likes the look of my valance/shade a lot, and is getting over his little pet peeve. I promise you, you would never know that it isn't completely finished because you aren't going to crawl up on my counter and look up underneath it - are you? Now, I'm onto making my living room curtains and then the sliding door ones. The sliding door mistreatments have been a thorn in my flesh. I cannot for the life of me decide what to do with that unfortunate door/window. If I live here long enough, that door will be replaced with french doors. So, if you have any great ideas for the sliding door, I beg you to share them with me. And don't even dare tell me to put on vertical blinds. =]

Above the kitchen sink. Sorry there's no before. Just imagine plain Jane.

Monday, October 12, 2009

When the Answer is 'Not Yet'

Saturday morning did not start out well for us. It had been 2.5 years since #2 had been exposed to cow's milk (to which she is severely allergic) and we were beginning to believe that since we had not seen an allergic reaction in quite some time that maybe she was outgrowing her milk allergy. This is something we've been praying for since she was 7 months old. At the time, we were told she had a 75% chance of outgrowing her allergy by age 3. She's 4 now and Saturday morning during breakfast #2 announced suddenly that her tummy was hurting really bad. Normally, this doesn't mean much except that she has eaten too much or needs to go to the bathroom. This time, it was different. Hubs immediately realized he had given #2 the wrong cereal bowl. (#2 drinks rice milk.) I was instantly alarmed and had her lay on the couch while we watched her reaction unfold before our eyes. A minute later, she began coughing over and over, then choking. Her eyes swelled and she began sneezing like crazy. I gave her a heaping dose of Benadryl as soon as the coughing started. It took several stressful minutes for the Benadryl to stop the coughing and once that happened I got the flashlight and looked in her throat. It was very narrow with hives all inside. Benadryl saves lives. That's why I have it in several places in my house and carry it with #2 everywhere she goes. Had I waited seconds longer to give her Benadryl, I am sure I would have had to use her EpiPen and call 911. Once the reaction calmed down and I was sure that for the moment she would be okay, I was discouraged. It is difficult to live with food allergies, but it's very hard to watch your child deal with food allergies. It's in a sense, a disease. This could potentially take her life and that is a very scary thing. Her life is not only in my hands, but in the hands of EVERYONE around her. Let's face it, food is everywhere and at every function. She's not only allergic to milk, but also eggs and peanuts. This means all baked goods are off limits, most desserts, all casseroles, most breads, vegetables in public places, pastas, etc. For this reason, we do not go to pot-luck meals, churchwide fellowships and other food-involved events. She's still too young to trust her with her own life. She knows she has allergies, but not to the extent that she could resist the temptation to taste what looks delicious. She is aware now, that we pray for God to allow her to outgrow these allergies and she prays for that, as well. I know she doesn't understand that and really doesn't understand why everyone else gets to eat everything when she constantly has to eat an alternative. Thanks to Saturday, she now knows what happens when she eats something 'bad'. I have been begging God to take these allergies away from her. It is very inconvenient and time-consuming to figure out meals and snacks that are free from her allergies, but that is not why I ask God this request. I love her and don't want her to have to deal with this all of her life. I don't want her to have to wonder if what she's putting in her mouth is going to take her life. I don't want her to be 'left out' and feel like the odd ball everytime her friends/classmates are indulging in a delicious snack and she has to eat something different. I want her to be invited to birthday parties and be able to eat the birthday cake. I want her to be able to trick or treat and be able to eat the candy without Mom and Dad having to susbstitute everything in her bag. I want her to be able to pick any restaurant in the city that she'd like to eat at and be able to go there and eat whatever she wants without worry or fear. I want to see the smile on her face instead of the sadness that once again she can't have what everyone else has. BUT, I have had to face the fact that it doesn't matter what I want. What matters is what God wants. I know that His plan for #2 is better than my plan. He doesn't do anything without a reason. He does everything for her good. So, knowing that and having experienced that in my own life, I have to believe that He will work this out for His glory and for her good. Somehow these life-threatening food allergies will work together for good according to His purpose for her life. And Saturday, when I realized that the prayers we have prayed for #2 to outgrow these allergies is still a prayer in progress, God's answer to me is 'not yet', and while that can be discouraging it is a good reminder to me that I need to be more fervent and faithful praying for #2. She's special to God and He loves her more than I do. It makes Him sad to see the disappointment on her face just like it makes me sad. He has protected her every day of her life and I am thankful for that. God has been so good to us and I will continue to praise Him for Who He is and what He has done for me, even if He never sees fit to relieve my girl of these allergies.
Psalm 126:3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My3Chickadees

I have opened a new shop called My3Chickadees.

Please come visit me!



The Grand Opening will be later once I add more fabulous items to my shop. I never have understood why stores that have been opened for a long time have 'Grand Openings.' Weird. So anyway, I'll let you know if I get hit with a tsunami of creativity and load up shop. That has never happened, so don't hold your breath.


I am happy to announce that I have sold my first PipSqueaks Apron, though! YAY!

Monday, October 5, 2009

PipSqueaks Apron

These pockets fit crayons or markers. Perfect for the Pip Squeaks by Crayola.
Backside of apron is all stripes. Two pockets in middle for notepads or other artsy tools.

This is my first PipSqueaks Apron. You may have heard this called a 'crayon apron', but I like it better with Crayola's Pip Squeaks Washable Markers in it. Perfect for little hands. This is a fun apron! I love it! And my girls love it, too. I'll be making a few of these and selling them on a trial run. $25 includes Pip Squeaks markers. $20 without markers. More craftiness to come.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Administrative Assistant Needed

Looking for a smart, organized Admin Assistant whose specialty is multi-tasking amidst chaos.

Job description includes:
*Keeping up with all paperwork brought home by the 1st grader on a daily basis,
must be able to discern which papers to sign and send back, file, display on refrigerator and/or throw away;
*Keep a running list of items Mom is suppose to send into school for the teacher, classmates and said 1st grader;
*Create and keep up with 1st grader's class and school calendar so Mom knows ahead of time when Open House, Field Trip, Chapel, P.E., etc. is so that 1st grader will have the appropriate clothing/shoes on;
*Check online site to get 1st grader's grades, class and school calendar and any school news Mom might need to know about;
*Merge class calendar with Mom's personal calendar and 1st grader's school calendar so Mom can see the big picture and not be surprised by anything at the last minute which is when she is usually ironing 1st grader's clothing and Dad's uniform and making both lunches. (Yes, Mom already knows that ironing and making lunch the night before is much easier, but not always practical.)
Job Requirements:
*Must be proficient in using Microsoft Office and the Printer.
*Must be able to tone out voices of children who think they are starving to death when 1st grader gets home from school.
*Must be able to work calmly and thoroughly with 17 month old hanging onto your legs and crying to be picked up.
*Must be able to organize said papers at the kitchen counter while dodging the mine-field that is the Tupperware dragged out all over the floor as a result of not picking up said 17 month old.
*Must be willing to work for food. No monetary payment will be made, but the benefits are priceless.

*You know I'm kidding, right? Sometimes I am just bewildered with all the paperwork that my 1st grader brings home. It's nuts. Monday, I had to pack lunch, wild animal project, signed friday folder, open house list, library book, little paper booky thing that #1 has to read to me and I sign, AND field trip note signed. Oh, and remember to bring her piano books for lessons after school. I was like, "Seriously?" I need a whole day planner just for #1's schedule. I don't remember 1st grade being so much work for my mom. OK, so maybe that's because I don't remember much about 1st grade except Mrs. Morton, my teacher. Yikes. The stories I could tell. Oh my.... Anyway, back to the subject - what will I do when #2 is also in school next year??

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Little More Revealing

So, here's one more pic to wet your appetite. ha Hubs won't let me post whole pictures until our built-ins are completely done, so sorry. I'm happy to report that it is 95% complete. Only the doors need to be built and it can be checked off the list. But first, he has a stack of trim to work through before he can build the doors. The trim around the windows/doors needs to be changed out to a wider trim, the crown moulding needs to be hung and then the doors can find a home on the built-ins. That is, unless Hubs wants to sand the fireplace surround and paint prior to building doors. I don't know. Plans are subject to change at a moment's notice around here. Anyway, here's a sneak peek regardless of how long we may have to wait on those doors.
I recently inherited a small brown desk that once belonged to my great-aunt Khaki. I don't remember her having it, I just remember it being in my mamaw's house for years and I liked it. Now that Mamaw has moved to live with my uncle it was given to me. I want to paint it and give it some new life. It's brown and brown doesn't really go with the decor of #1's room. We decided to put it in her room because she needed a small desk and it is the perfect size. The problem is that it isn't wood. I don't know if it's laminate or veneer or what. I just know it needs a facelift. So, have any of you painted non-wood furniture? How did you do it? I want to do this while I'm still motivated. Otherwise, it will not get done....for a very long time. I'm talking months, people, maybe years.