Sunday, June 20, 2010

I’m Baaaaack……

Sorry to have been gone for such a long while, but I have been busy to say the least.  Things are just fine.  Hubby is out of school for the summer and I have been enjoying his company.  I love being a SAHM and being able to spend the summers with him.  It is so nice!!

Anyway, you ask what I have been up to and I guess the question should be….. what have I not been up to.  I have been really taking advantage of the warmer weather.  I have been re-finishing a few things here and there, making some signs and my sweet hubby and I made some shutters for my bedroom window.  They turned out prim perfect!!  Oh, but I have so much more to show you so I am trying to decide where to start (lol).


Last weekend I went and painted my sister’s home.  I painted her bathroom red.  It is the same color as my kitchen if you all remember what it looks like and I then painted her kitchen area.  It turned out great!  Her home was so dark and dreary because it had that dark paneling everywhere, but I brightened it up and it is on the way to being prim which is what we all love.

While I was down there painting….. I stopped by the antique mall and found a couple great things.  I picked up this old milk can and only paid $12.00 for it.


I also found this old jug for only $5.00.  I love it, but I am thinking about taking that label off and putting one of Susie’s labels on it.  What do ya think?  I could always just coffee stain this one up a bit too.  Decisions!


Well, I am sure you all remember this beauty……


Check out my previous post when I re-finished it in red over black.  It just didn’t turn out the way that I had hoped for.  It was just not what I wanted.  So, after several weeks of staying away from it…. I decided to paint it a buttermilk and then stain it like my kitchen cabinets.  I am happy to say that it FINALLY turned out the way I was hoping for.  I decided not to put the doors on and just hem a cute little prim curtain for the front of it.  I must say that I was the one that actually hemmed the curtain.  Yep, I was so stinkin’ proud of myself for learning to sew for the first time.  Enough of my rambling already……show us that cupboard.  Here you go…… feast your eyes on this beauty!!



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So……… what do you all think?  I am pleased with it finally.  I have had this cupboard since last November and it is finally finished.  Don’t ask how many coats of primer or paint it has on it (lol).  I am sure it is plenty!!  The good thing is that it doesn’t stink!!  Whew.

Doesn’t my little curtain look great?  I was very proud of being able to sew that myself.  My MIL got me started and then I finished it up.  Yep, I feel like I wanna sew all the time now (lol).


Well, since you all have been waiting so patiently….. I thought I would share with you some new pictures of my bedroom.  My hubby made the shutters for me and I helped a little bit, but he did all the measuring, cutting and of course put the hinges on.  Wow, those hinges can get expensive!!  Anyway, here are some pics.  Enjoy!!


The more I look at that closet door….. the more I want to paint it red.  What do you all think?!?  It doesn’t hardly look like it fits in.



So, what do you all think?  Aren’t they gorgeous?  I normally just open the top and keep the bottom closed, but of course at night we close everything up.  It gives us much privacy and really helps keep the light out at night from the street lights.  A big “thank you” goes out to Linda from The Keeping Room.  She was kind enough to share pics of her shutters in her home and even gave us a few pointers.  Thank you Linda!!


Hope you all have enjoyed the pictures and the update.  So sorry I haven’t been around, but hopefully that will change soon.  Blessings to all.  Stay cool!!

Until Next Time ~ Blessings, Lisa

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Crocks, Friends & A Reveal

Well, if you like crocks then this will be the post for you.  I decided on the spur of the moment to take my Mom to Amish Country for an early birthday gift.  We left Thursday morning around 7:30 and got home yesterday around 3:00.  I must say that we had an unbelievably great time.  I had the opportunity to meet up with a dear friend and fellow blogger Kris from Simply Prim.  It is always nice to meet other prim bloggers and this was no different.  Kris was just as sweet as could be and she fit right in with my Mom and I.  Yep, I think she can hang with us prim gals any day of the week (lol).  Anyway, we are planning another trip in late summer or early fall and I think we are going to try to get together with her again.  She said that she would have more time since her daughter would be out of school at that time so that will be fun.  Here is the picture that my Mom took of Kris and I.  We were standing right out front of Country Gatherings in Berlin, Ohio.


Kris had told me about an antique shop that she just recently found.  I was not aware of it since it is kinda off the beaten path, but it was easy to find and full of lots of goodies.  Kris mentioned that if we like crocks then it was the place to go.  Well, I am getting more and more into crocks every time I go shopping.  This shop was jam packed full of them.  Of course I found lots of them that were priced high, but probably worth every penny…… they were gorgeous!!  I found some others that were just as pretty and priced lower and more in my price range.  Here are a few that I found at that shop.


This one is my FAVORITE

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Here are a few other crocks that I found at other antique shops. 



I picked up a few other things while shopping in Amish Country.  I needed some pillows for my bed and once I got them home… I was glad that I did it.  They look fabulous on my bed.


I think I am going to purchase some table squares next time I am in town and then see if my MIL will sew them for me.  I thought the linen/linen would look great on my hubby’s bookcase.  It would be prim and cover up his books all at the same time.  Gotta love that!!

I also picked up this old feed sack for dirt cheap.  I love it and thought it would look great somewhere in my home, but I am just not sure where to put it now that I have it (lol).  Here is what it looks like.


Any suggestions?  Here are a few other items that I picked up while in Amish Country.  I found another witches hat punched tin light, but I picked one that was rusty this time and love it.  My hubby just hung it for me tonight in the upstairs hallway.  It looks great!!


You all probably thought that I forgot about the BIG  reveal of that cupboard.  Well, I didn’t and I thought I would share that picture with you tonight.  I guess the reason why I haven’t been so quick to share it is because I am not at all pleased with the way it turned out.  It is totally dry now, but it is dull, splotchy and just not what I had pictured when it was finished.  So, it remains in the garage until I decide what to do with it.  I have another idea up my sleeve, but I am not sure if I even have the energy to work on it anymore.  Yep, it was that big of a hassle to say the least.


I purchased the paint and it was mixed wrong so when I started to paint it…… it was a pepto bismol pink and it was NOT getting any darker as it dried.  I thought that maybe I didn’t shake it enough so I placed the lid on it, was interrupted by Cameron, went back to shake the paint and forgot that my lid was not down.  Yep, it was a flipping mess!!!!  I had paint all over me (arms, hands, legs) and all over the garage floor.  I tried cleaning it up and I just smeared it everywhere.  Oh, what a mess I had.  I then tried to sand my cupboard after it dried and it was not sanding the way that I had liked.  It was just one mess after another and it didn’t stop there.  The staining was not working and then when it dried……yep, you guessed it ~ it was splotchy!!  UGHHH………. you are kidding me!!  I went through all of that and it still didn’t turn out!?!  So, that is where it stands and that is where is stays or at least until I can stomach working on it again.  LOL.  I wasn’t going to put the doors back on because I thought that I could put some coffee stained cloth on the front of it and it would look just as prim.  Hopefully I will have enough nerve to work on it again, but until then it remains in the garage.

Hope you all are doing well.  I have been so busy working outside.  I weed one day and my beds are attacked with more weeds so you will find me outside more now then in the past.  As for other projects ~ I think I am taking a little bit of a break.  I might work on something here or there, but right now I am just taking it easy and enjoying it.

Until Next Time ~ Blessings, Lisa