Wednesday, December 22, 2010

~* a little early Christmas *~

So my dough board arrived and while my husband teased that I could not open it until Christmas, he finally allowed me to open it and really use it. I LOVE IT. Now, I have not really had time to decorate it like I would like to have, but I did have time to throw this little candle box together. I love the finish. I opted for the prim finish, black over red, and I could not be happier with the way it came out. It will be so much fun to decorate for the different seasons and holidays!!!
I must get back now to wrapping and preparing for Christmas, as I have my Christmas morning breakfast that I host. I am almost finished wrapping, that goodness and I don't really enjoy that at all!!!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

~* my christmas gift *~

Yeah I am finally getting a dough/noodle board. It is the only thing on my wish list this year and my husband ordered one for me. (Actually I did the ordering but he is paying!!!) It is a special order since they are made to order when the orders are placed so I may not get it by Christmas, but that is ok. I am so happy to finally be getting one. At first he thought he would make one, but as time went on he was not getting lucky on finding just the right board to make on out of, so finally we went ahead and ordered it. I am getting black over red! Of course! It will be a nice finishing touch to that part of my kitchen! I can't hardly wait!!! I did finally get my kitchen tree up and decorated. I will try and get some pictures up soon. I have been so busy with working on the parade committee. Ok, off to fold some laundry.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

~* ta dah *~

Well, I am finally done with the hutch project. And I could not be happier with the way it turned out. The back is a dark taupe, and that contrast is just perfect!
The white made the hutch the focal point in the kitchen, but now that it is red it blends in more and fits more with the rest of the decor.

If you enlarge the above picture you will notice that my island is black over red, and now that my hutch is red, it really brings the red in the island out. PERFECT!!!
And I replaced the brass and white porcelain hardware with these black ones that I have on the kitchen cabinets. LOVE THEM!!! Like I said, we are just so pleased with the finished product. Dan was hesitant when I told him I wanted to paint the hutch red, but the trooper that he is, he went along with me, and now he is so glad he did. I am so glad I decided to go bold!!!
Have a great day!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

~* whew, almost there *~

This is the hutch project so far.... I am really happy with the progress. I have one more drawer and two more doors and then I am done. The back for the top is done as well, it is just drying. I may give it another coat tomorrow, it is a beige and I may need to go over the seems again, but it is for the most part done. I spray painted the hinges black to match the new hardware since I couldn't find anything that I liked as much as what was already there, just needed to change the color.
PLEASE ignore the ugly floor, it is on our to do list to remove it, there is hardwood underneath that we would like to expose, but that is just too large a project for us to under take right now. Well, I am going to try and relax for the rest of the night... I am really tired and sore!
More work tomorrow!
Have a great day!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

~* a big re-do*~

For some time now I have wanted to re do my hutch. I refinished it quite a few years ago when I was more country then prim and it was ok, but it wasn't really cutting it in my kitchen. I had been toying around with the idea of going black (my new fav color with almost everything) but I wanted to step outside the box a little bit. I have really been going really brave with a lot of decorating choices lately so I looked at a lot of decorating sites and thought I would do something completely different.
So here it is so far!
What do you think?
I still have to do the door and I am going with black hardware. But I am loving it so far!!! And Dan is a big fan of it, too. He was a little hesitant at first when I said "I am painting the hutch RED!" but he went along with me to buy the paint and help me empty it out and take off the doors and hardware, but as soon as I started painted we just fell in love with the new look.
I am keeping the top of the buffet natural and the back of the top with be a tan so that there will be a natural look to it and highlight the collection of Pfaltzgraff I have in it. I may even go over it lightly with a dark stain to give it an aged appearance. Well, I have to get back to work. If Dan is done I want to get to the hardware store so I can be ready with the handles as soon as I am done painting. I will post a pic as soon as I am done
Have a great day!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

~* coming up for air *~

Well, with the elections over I have a little bit more time, but not too much more. I have been overwhelmed with my schedule, but it's all been good. Campaigning for my "team" as it is. Plus my committees and volunteer work. But I want to start getting ready for the holidays, so I don't want to be over worked. How do you do it? I don't know!!! I try not to take on any new commitments, but it is so hard to say "no"!!! I really do enjoy helping out. I am working on a dinner now to honor a Special Olympian from our City who won the Gold and Bronze medals last July. It is so special! How can you say "no" to that!? Thank goodness hubby does most of the holiday shopping or I would be sooooo behind!
The weather here doesn't know what it wants to do. Today it is raining, but yesterday it was cold and windy. We have had some Indian Summer days of late, but we are supposed to get back to cold again. Thank goodness we end daylight savings this weekend, I can use the extra hour of sleep!
Well, blog friends, I have been reading all your blogs on Google Reader so I am keeping up on all you are doing! Maybe I will have a fun post soon!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

~* a new giveaway *~

There is a new giveaway at the Rusty Thimble. Just click on the picture above to be directed to the blog for all the details.
Have a great day!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

~* I see the light *~

This was my light fixture in my kitchen over the sink today before my darling husband installed my new light fixture. I had been looking for some time now and finally found one online I liked and was in my price range, plus with my visa points it was FREE plus FREE shipping. So I ordered it and Dan installed it today. See this ugliness up close??? Now, I bought this fixture when we first moved in because there was something even uglier (if you can imagine that) installed here when we moved in. But this just didn't cast enough light ( our ceilings are very high and this light is kinda behind me when I am at the sink) so I wanted something more prim, plus something that gave me more light.
This is my new light fixture!!! YAY!!! I am so happy with the results. I have to do a bit of touch up on the ceiling as the older fixtures were much larger at the ceiling so I have a little bit of work, but I could not be happier.
Plus I can add some candle wreaths or some lamp shades at different times of the year to decorate it. But, just look at it!!! It is so beautiful!!! And, even if I didn't get it for FREE, it was only $32.00 I know, I have been looking for a long time for a deal like this!
This photo is without the flash and although it looks quite dark, it is very bright here when that light is on! Don't you think it just changes the whole look of this little corner of my kitchen?
Well, enough gushing over my kitchen light fixture! I need to find something else to keep myself busy with. I am going to go blind staring at this light all night!
Have a great day!

Monday, October 04, 2010

~* some befores and afters *~

I have been busy the last few days working on a couple makeovers. I picked up a couple end tables I got free off of Craigslist. They were in excellent shape and I needed some for my livingroom so I was thrilled to get these babies.
They just needed a few coats of paint and they were a perfect fit for my prim living room. I am working on the second one now. But I am so tired from a long day, one was all I could get done today!

And if this breadbox makeover looks familiar it is because the inspiration came from Kindra at 3Guys AGirl and a Prim Place. I loved her makeover so much I "borrowed" the pattern a little with my own touch. I forgot to take a before but think hunter green with a HUGE hunter green knob! This picture makes it looks shiney but it really isn't. I love they way it came out and even though it has taken me forever to find a wooden bread box to do a makeover on, it has been so worth the wait.
Well, that is it for me today. In addition to the makeovers, I also started working on a door window curtain for my girlfriend who cannot sew, I should have that finished up for her tomorrow so she can stencil it. So, it's off to bed.
Have a great day.

Friday, October 01, 2010

~* new giveaway *~

Firecrackerkid Primitives
is having a giveaway. Check out her site. I have a few of her pieces and I LOVE THEM!!!

~* hey, what's new? *~

So, what is new with all of you? I know, I know!!! I have been away a long time, my only excuse it that I am so overwhelmed with all the things I volunteer for that I have no time to blog! It's true! I did have time for an anniversary party! Yes, Dan and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary on the 14th of September and had a lovely party on the 11th. On the 18th we took a trip to Fenway for an awesome game!

Jon Lester pitching!
Big Papi warming up!

This was our suite. The food, beer, wine, soda and desserts were endless!

Dan says I am ruined now for going to the games any other way other than in the suite box! He is right! It was a great way to see the game the since I never had to leave the box for anything, why go any other way! He has no idea what he is in for! We had a great relaxing day and I needed to get away for a quick restful trip!
I am still up to my ears in volunteer work. It is fundraising season for some of my committees so we are in full swing planning a fall fundraiser for Save-Ocean Beach. I just finished the "St. Practice Day" fundraiser for the New London Irish Parade, and I am not deep into the planning of the parade. Still making the city beautiful on the Beautification Committee and trying to get some work accomplished on the Economic Development Commission, and of course still working diligently to make the city a better place to live in on the Neighborhood Alliance. As you can see I am up to my ears in work, but I love it.
I have taken the time to stop in and read all your blogs, even it I haven't left a comment. Holiday season is quickly approaching and I am looking forward to reading what you all are going to be doing!
Have a great day!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

~*ahhhhhh the stress is over *~

Ahhh, my High School reunion (which I planned/ organized) is over. It went off well and I think everyone had a good time. Over 200 invitations went out and the day before the event we had 70 people coming but that night we still had 10 people pay at the door! (Why don't people RSVP anymore???) But it was an enjoyable evening and I am soooo glad it is over. Now they are talking about doing it at 35 years?!? Have fun! I am NOT planning that one! This was a LOT of work and I don't think anyone realizes how much work it was and how much of my time it took up.
In the meantime I found this clock and a thrift store. Sorry, took this mid- makeover. It had fruit stenciled all over the bottom part, which I used nail polish remover to remove. Then I used some watered down paint to paint over the bottom to "white wash" to match the top part. I painted the rest of it Folk Art Licorice Black and distressed. I love it. I really wanted to replace the one I had recently re-done but was only a temporary one. This one is much better and was more of what I was looking for. And it was only $2.00
I am much happier with this look! And now I even have a little lip/shelf to put things on... if I ever get any time to do that.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

~* it's a giveaway *~

Isn't this cute? Lori at theblackcrow is having a giveaway! She is giving these adorable fall goodies away to her followers. I haven't entered a giveaway in a while and this one is worth it... so head on over and give it a shot.
Sorry this is such a short post this evening, but I have a bit of a head ache this tonight. I helped my friend recover her chair pads today, and I didn't get much sleep last night... so I going to make it an early one.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

~* Whatcha workin' on Wednesday *~

This was my coffee table before. It has endured years of kids, trucks, spills, moves, etc. I re-did it a few years ago, stripped it down, took it apart and sanded it down. It is a really heavy duty piece. Nicely made. Large piece. But it is too big for my family room now and doesn't really fit with my decorating style.
This is the table/bench I was talking about the other day that I got with my girlfriend when she took my on a curb alert she read about. I liked it right away. It had good bones. I saw it in my living room and knew it would be right with a little TLC. So today I tackled the TLC.
And here it is after... I LOVE IT! I just knew it was a keeper. It was nicely made as well and the wood was in nice shape. The corners are cut and routered nice and pretty and someone took some real time to put this together and even plugged the screw holes with wood buttons. So I painted it with the same kind of love and care and then sanded the hard edges (the top has a soft round edge so it didn't look right when I tried to distress it!) and it came out soooooo perfect! I have more room to walk around the room and a piece that fits in more with the decor of the room. I will use my other table in my downstairs family room when we finish renovating that room. But for now I will just look at this table and admire the work!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

~* a thirift store find *~

I had this picture hanging in my kitchen... ah, not bad, but not really a good fit. I have been changing things out lately and getting rid of things that don't really fit in or that I don't really love. Why have something hanging around that you see everyday that you don't love.
So today while I was out running errands I stopped by the thrift store and found this little beauty. I put it in the cart and thought....maybe! I also had a coupon- $5 off a $10, if the price is right? The more I looked at it the more I like it. I did get a couple more things that I will share with you another day. So here it is hanging in it's final resting place. I am so glad I changed the pictures out, I love this one so much more!
Have a great day!

Friday, July 23, 2010

~*It's done *~

Can you tell what that is there in the center bottle? It's pure vanilla extract. Homemade no less. And it is soooo good. And so easy to make. I started making my own a few years ago, I found the recipe somewhere and thought it should be so much cheaper than buying it... and it is. And so much better. And look at the size of that bottle. Plus there is more left in the bottle I made it in. When this bottle starts to get low I make another batch. It has to sit for 6 months at the least so you can't just whip this up. But it is so well worth the wait. All you need is 6-8 vanilla beans, brandy (you can use vodka too, but I prefer the brandy, it is much richer and deeper in flavor) and a clean bottle. Pour the brandy in the bottle, make slits down the length of the vanilla bean and put them in the bottle of the brandy, put the cover on the bottle. Now put it in the back of a cupboard, swirling it around occasionally for at least 6 months. DO NOT REMOVE THE LID! After 6 months you will have the best pure vanilla extract you have ever tasted. You will want to bake cookies, cakes, etc. just so you can use it. Last Christmas I gave small bottles of this in some gift bags with my homemade jams. I keep the used beans in the bottle I have going, and use new beans in my new batch. It just enhances the flavor. Now, go make your own and stop buying that expensive stuff in the stores!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

~* an update for today's post *~

Ok, here is the final outcome! Leslie guessed it right.... I made a little table bench. Dan had all this as scrap wood down in the basement. I didn't have to cut the top at all, the legs were almost the right length and I hand cut the shape into them. I painted it FolkArt Licorice (my favorite Black!) distressed it and put a couple coats of flat poly.
It is still a little tacky as the a/c was out for a while today as we lost power in part of our house. I know- weird. We had a down wire and lost power to only part of the house for a few hours. And if that weren't bad enough, Krista hurt herself at work today so I spent a couple hours bringing her to the clinic and pharmacy to take care of that. That is just some of the reasons why I am posting my finished product so late!
But on a brighter note I went with my girlfriend to a curb alert (when someone posts on Craigslist that they have a bunch of stuff on the curb and it is there for the taking) that she wanted to go check out. I got a bench that I want to refinsh and use as a coffee table and a bentwood rocking chair to redo. Not a bad take, considering she got nothing!
Ok, it's late and I am beat!
Have a great night!

~* a little sneak peak *~

Just a little look at what I am working on for tomorrow's (oops today's) Whacha' Workin' On Wednesday. Can you guess what it is? I have to let the glue dry overnight so it's a good time to post the before pics while it dries. See you later.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

~* just hanging around *~

This is the wall between my pantry and bathroom doors. It is also between the kitchen sink on the other side. Not a wide walk way. When we first moved here I hung this Amish girl peg shelf there. I really didn't know what else I could do with the space. But remember this post about my chopping bowl rack? Well, when I got it I thought I would hang it here, but it was too wide and we would have been hitting our heads on it everytime we tried to walk by, so it went somewhere else. But whenever I walked by this wall I knew there was something else that could go here. So I went back to Firecrackerkid Primitives and took a look around. I wanted something to do with all my rolling pins. A lot of you have put them in a big crock, but I don't have a lot of counter space so I knew that idea was out for me. When I saw their rolling pin rack I thought that was a great idea. I did check around the internet to make sure this style and price was what I wanted.
In the end the design and price could not be beat. I am so much happier with my wall now. And my rolling pins are all in the same place instead of 3 different drawers. I do use them all, so having them all together is really nice now. And on top I have a jar of my pie beads and my pie bird. So the Amish girl peg rack will go in the box for the Goodwill.... unless any of you would like her?

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

~* a quick makeover *~

I noticed the other day while doing my clock over that my spice rack was looking a bit messy. I really wasn't happy with my spice jars and it was just not looking right. My husband made me this rack many many years ago and I have moved it several times trying to get it to look just right. So I had these smaller jars that I had gotten at a local shop that I thought would do a better job.
I like this look much better. The jars fit nicer on the rack and they look a lot neater. I made some labels for the lids with my Brother label maker. I am still thinking about painting the rack itself black. I think that may look better than the current stained shade. What do you think?

Have a great day!