Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Why I don't read your e-mails anymore...

I have a few dear people in my life that I call "Wall Watchers". They are the ones that post news stories or political information on their FaceBook walls and comment on them. They are the ones that forward e-mails on to you regarding events of the day. I don't know if our "Wall Watcher" friends realize how important they are in the church today. They are critical and I am very grateful for them.

Of course, our enemy would like to discredit them. If our "Wall Watchers" cannot be trusted, then how can the people be warned? Unfortunately, I have a few "Wall Watchers" that do not check their sources. They forward every e-mail that comes across their path and post too much to their FaceBook wall. They cry out at every shadow and tree. No one can trust any information they send.

A word to the Wall Watchers: While it is the job of the "Wall Watcher" to sound the alarm, it is the right of the people to judge if it is true or not and if they will take action. It is not the job of the "Wall Watcher" to become self-righteous because he has seen the enemy first. It is also not their job to become indignant when we find their information to be faulty. We understand that no one is perfect and misinformation will slip through. However, continued distribution of misinformation discredits the watcher and eventually the whole city is in mortal danger. Yes, we are aware. We are informed. Don't talk down to us and please don't flood our e-mails with misinformation.

What can we do about an untrustworthy watcher? Should they be dismissed? They have to be. I don't even open the e-mails of these people anymore. I block their FaceBook postings.

Guest Room #2 - Cajun Cowgirl Theme - Cowboy Shabby Chic!

I decided to redo the "toy room" since I don't have need of it any longer. I needed a second guest bedroom for our frequent out-of-town guests. I was so thrilled when the theme of the room all came together quite quickly. A dear family friend was coming over for the first time. She is a talented barrel racer from Louisiana and their family has been friends of ours since I was in High School. These people are more like family than friends. Her mom and dad are like my Aunt and Uncle. We recently reconnected and I am so glad that we did.
Back to the room. I found an old picture in a closet by George Rodrigue before he was in his Blue Dog phase. It is of the Mamou Riding Academy which apparently is a painting that caused some controversy. Here is the story if you are interested I love it all the same. The white colors worn by the riders go well with the white and natural bedding and the old white bed frame. I pulled out the American flag in a pillow on the bed.
I wanted some natural linen bedding. Boy is that stuff pricey. I stumbled upon a company that made it here near Houston. The price was half what I had seen elsewhere. I ordered it and waited weeks for it to be made and shipped. It was worth the price and wait. Gorgeous!!! I found some beautiful cotton lace sheets and a white comforter at Home Goods.
I told a friend at work I was looking for some old fencing boards and a dresser. She had both she wanted to part with. I was so excited.

Farm fresh!
The dresser was truly "farm fresh". When we pulled it out we had to spray it for bugs. There was a nest of crawlers who were not thrilled to leave. It had some old packing tape across it which I had to scrape away. I cleaned and cleaned it with everything I could find suggested on the internet. Wood soap, Nok-Out (which normally works on everything), wood oil, more wood soap. Nothing. It still smelled so bad. I was ready to drag it to the road. Finally, as a last ditch effort I tried alcohol. It took two applications but it absolutely killed the smell. I put on a few drops of cinnamon oil on the back of the drawers. That made it smell so great! I could have used cedar oil too since I'm pretty sure it is cedar. I need to check it for lead paint. If it is lead, I'll encapsulate it with a flat sealant. I just didn't want to touch the original finish. It is the perfect crackle and age that everyone tries to mimic. This is the real deal.
The fence was easy. I did a little dry brush with white and green paint and put some of my trusty glaze. I put a spare board on crosswise. My husband cut the rotten parts off the bottom and cut the top straight across. I love it!
I couldn't resist this feather wreath
Christmas ornament. It will go perfectly
all year long.

Here is the dresser all cleaned up
I always put a crystal container filled with
snacks and water for my guests so they
can help themselves if they get hungry or thirsty.
I redid this old mirror with a chalk paint finish and glaze
Bedside table is an old silver luggage rack
off Ebay and some vintage suitcases from my
friend Gail.
I dressed up a plain table lamp from Hobby
Lobby with some cute trim. Love it!

Retro looking new fan

Sunday, June 19, 2016

How to Paint Everything in Sight Except for What You Are Supposed To

I was so excited about how this turned out! I didn't even
wait for the glaze to dry before I took a picture. Ha!
Yours truly is still procrastinating about painting her kitchen much to the chagrin of my husband and my carpenter a/k/a wood magician. Sorry guys. I gotta be in the zone. They don't get it. So, in order to get the creative juices flowing, I painted two other items. I also have painted and repainted my practice boards. I was having problems finding a combination and technique I am in love with. Until today! I found a cool tutorial about using Elmers glue to make crackle with chalk paint. BTW - she is adorable!

Check out this mirror I got at a garage sale. It had a pretty frame, but the colors just didn't go with anything.
First I put on a sloppy coat of Graphite by Annie Sloan
Then I put on a sloppy coat of Old White by Annie Sloan.
I really did a crappy job making sure I didn't get into the cracks.
Next I sanded it lightly all around so the black peeked out more.
Then I used my handy-dandy glaze that I used on my door and
on my master vanity. Gosh, I love that stuff. Look at this!

Ta da!
Check out this other project I distracted myself with. I painted a beautiful silver tray I found at an antique shop in Georgetown, Texas. Gosh, they have some awesome stores there. This was from Rough and Ready. Adorable place! It had some spots of tarnish that were just too bad to salvage.
First, I painted it with Graphite chalk paint from Annie Sloan
Next, I gently sanded off the edges
Next I added a clear wax followed up
by a dark wax
Polished up and ready for display. Doesn't it look like leather?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Kitchen Upgrade

Corbels for the Island - unpainted
Our 17 year old home has served us well. However, my poor kitchen is showing its age. With our high ceilings in the kitchen, I dreamed of having cabinets that went to the ceiling. It seemed such a waste of space not to. Well, the Lord sent the best carpenter EVER, Chris Wells. He is more than a carpenter, he is a WOOD MAGICIAN. He didn't look at me crazy when I told him my dream. He made it happen and within our budget. If I didn't know what I wanted, he suggested ideas until we hit on something good. A little teamwork made for a great kitchen remodel.

There is the master at work!
Ignore the dirty dishes
At first, we thought that he would have to build the cabinets from scratch. It ended up that our exact cabinets in unpainted form were still being sold at Home Depot. He was able to find in-stock cabinets that fit the space perfectly and were far cheaper than building them custom. We added a little crown moulding to the top and ta-da, instant custom look. I won't tell you how many trips I made to Home Depot and Lowes. I like home improvement stores, so it wasn't a chore for me. In total, we spent $1,637.06 in materials to do all the woodwork seen here. This does not include the painting or labor costs. You should have Chris give you a quote. After we got his quote, my husband and I jumped on it. It was an excellent price and we couldn't pass it up.  I am so glad we went with him. He was easy to work with and very professional.

Island before
For the most part, these cabinets are real wood. However the ends were a laminate. No problem. Chris found unfinished veneer panels with the unfinished cabinets. A little glue and trim and we had real wood at the end of the cabinets.
The island was another story. It was mostly laminate. I wanted the island to look different from the other cabinets. We slapped on more veneer panels and tons of trim. What a difference! We will paint it a darker grey and glaze it. The cabinets will be a shade of white with glaze.

Island unpainted
The next step is painting everything. I bought a spray gun for the job. It was cheaper than renting one and I get to keep it for other projects. I'm not gonna lie, I'm scared about this step. Painting the cabinets is a huge. Once I do this, there is no going back. I have read tons of articles. I am taping everything and hanging plastic everywhere. More pictures to come.
Coffee Bar before
Coffee Bar unpainted
Stove/Microwave unpainted
Stove/Microwave before
Sink area unpainted

Sink area before

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Best Thing I Never Knew I Wanted - Homeschooling

Well, my homeschooling days are officially over. My youngest will do dual credit at our local community college for his senior year. My friend has graduated from nursing school, so she will take over educating her 3rd grader and 11th grader. I am trying to adjust to all this change. It is exciting to think of possibilities and at the same time I am nostalgic for the days of watching the boys blossom into the fine young men they are today. What a ride! God gave me a gift. Homeschooling my children was the best thing I never knew I wanted. I am an accidental homeschooler. I never planned to homeschool. It just happened. I am a lazy homeschooler. I never sat down and planned out a whole year of lessons. I never reveled in homeschooling conventions, curriculum choices or talked different homeschooling methods with other moms. I always felt a bit on the outside of homeschooling. That's ok. God called me to do this and I did the best I could. He filled in the gaps. My children are well-rounded, hilarious and most importantly smarter than I ever will be. They are not socially inept. They didn't miss out on anything. They are grateful for being homeschooled (although some days not so much). They are amazing.
If God is calling you to homeschooling, jump in and hang on for the craziest ride ever. I learned so much about myself. How to apologize to my kids. How what aggravates me in my kids is just the thing I don't like in myself. How to let learning happen on its own. To sit back and enjoy watching my kids be who they were meant to be. To serve others with them. To not plan too much so that you are free to do spur of the moment things. To listen to God's leading even if it is out of your comfort zone. Most importantly, that God will equip you for the task He called you to. He doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called. Absolutely. Living proof right here.
I don't like change. I like God because He doesn't change. I don't know what my next assignment is. I know it will be a good one. He doesn't disappoint me. I'll continue to work at the oil company a few days a week. It's a great job and it leaves me time to pursue some things I have been wanting to do...entertain, cook for my family, house projects that have been piling up, finishing that book I started...mostly rest. That's what I keep hearing. "Just rest.". If you know me, that's a challenge in and of itself!


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