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I got my own…

Toolbox!!!

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve had this problem for a few years and I thought it was time to do something about it.  You see my husband had this REALLY awesome red standup toolbox in the garage that has all these nifty drawers that allow for placement of  ALL the tools that he has bought over the years.  The problem was that he never really kept his tools in the toolbox. 😦  Twice a year when I would do the garage clean out I would go through the process of organizing this awesome toolbox into a semblance of order.  But as projects came up or stuff got broken, hubby would go to the toolbox, get out a tool and forget to put it back where he picked it up.  It became a problem for me when I began doing some of the projects MYSELF and needed a tool that I knew we should have (because I had cleaned and organized the toolbox) and they wouldn’t be there.    I would ask my man where the tool was and his answered would inevitably be, “in the toolbox…I think”.

Well…during the separation, I started buying tools.  It started with a hammer and a simple screw driver.  You need those to hang up the pictures and put simple furniture together.  Then I had to get a drill/screwdriver that was rechargeable.  Everybody needs a good pair of pliers, right?  And the items kept growing.  At some point I decided that I needed a small box with which to house these tools that I bought, so I bought a small toolbox (and it wasn’t easy to find, everybody wants you to buy a big terminator tool box now-a-days). 

When we moved back in my hubby found out that MY toolbox was a little better than his and has now made it his go-to box.  I’m on him though folks.  There’s no removing a tool and not replacing it.  I guard my tools like a mother goose guards her eggs.  Taking inventory when I know he’s done. 

And then last week, I graduated to a bigger box!!!  Yep, I’ve acquired enough tools that I now needed something bigger.  I’m so proud of my new toolbox.  It has two inside areas for my goods and some compartments on the top to house my bits and nails.  It makes me smile when I look at it or go inside to retrieve some tool that I need.  I’ve always been pretty handy, and now I have the tools AND the toolbox to proof it. 

What about you?  Are you sharing a box or are you the owner of your own.  Send me pics, I’d love to ooh and aah over them.

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Construction blues…

We moved back into the house this weekend (I will post about that horror movie later), but in addition to the chaos of moving, we had to contend with the mess of construction.  What construction might you ask?  Well I’ll tell you.  We are looking for a new home and want to lease out our home when we move; but there are some repairs/updates that need to be done.  The bathrooms had to be done and the kitchen floor was going to be replaced (the worst white tile EVER was on the floor that HAD to be removed). 

The master bath has been started (still need to put the toilet in) and it looks fabulous…we love the shower.

Using a squeegie to clean the glass currently.
The whiter bowl is the one we are going to go with.

 And last week the kitchen floor and backsplash were done.  A HUGE note about the kitchen floor…that ugly white tile had to be removed and my husband did the demo.  If you’ve ever had to remove tile, you know that you also have to remove the mortar.  Contrary to what you have seen on DIY or HGTV it is not an easy process if you have that mini jack hammer thingy.  I kept telling my husband that and he kept saying I know that but it’s not working. 😦 So he thought it would be a good idea to rent a sander to sand down the mortar.  The entire house is now filled with dust that has penetrated even closed cabinets.  We have been removing dust from the house for almost two weeks and I don’t see an end to it.  

This is how the dust has settled over almost EVERYTHING.

 That’s problem number 1.  All the work in the kitchen has seriously messed up the paint on the walls and doors in the kitchen; requiring us to repaint the walls and I have no idea how I’m going to get the mortar off the pantry door.  That’s problem number 2.  When we remodeled the kitchen back in 2002 we decided on a lot of white in the kitchen (won’t do that again) that also included a caste iron white sink.  My uncle told me that I didn’t want that sink, he said “You better get the stainless steel.  You’ll regret it.”  I didn’t believe him but I can say today that I regret it.  So we’re switching the sink to stainless steel.  The new sink didn’t fit too well and when Stan went to tighten the hot water valve it broke off! 😦 That was Sunday evening and we had to move everything else out of the apartment on Monday and Stan had to do a job yesterday afternoon.  We went to the hardware store and got the supplies necessary to repair the valve, but my hubby didn’t get to it because time just got away from us.  What does that mean?  We didn’t have consistent water downstairs for about two  days, (oh did I mention that the downstairs bath has been dismantled because it was part of the tile redo?).  That’s problem number 3.   After Stan completed the sink job, he promised that he would NEVER do that type of work again…the headache and “minor problems” that kept popping up were too much for him.

So we couple moving back into the house and LOTS of construction and leaves Lonnita a very sad and frustrated girl.  Just look at the clutter that I’m really going to tackle this weekend.

I haven’t cleaned or organized the way I want to…but that will end this weekend.  I need to get some headway done so that we can actually have a cleaning service come in and get me to my place of zen.  Everyone has been telling me not to let it upset me too much, that the destruction is all apart of construction.  The end product is always beautiful and I’m always overjoyed in the end; but it’s just soooooo frustrating.  From this I now know that there is no way to can repeat this process with the new house.  It is something that I can now add to my “don’t budge” column in my house search.

Have you suffered an inconvenience due to construction?  Tell me of your woes.

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Maniac Monday

Who wakes up feeling under the weather with a crazy to-do list?  Lonnita…thats who.  Kristian returned to school yesterday and I had a few things that I wanted to get done, but figured I would take her to school and then get back in the bed for about an hour because I’m trying to get over this cold that my loving husband passed on to me.  After getting Kristian to school I walk in the house intending to get in the bed and made a detour to the laundry room and started a load (I had separated them before leaving the house.)  Then I thought…”I’ll start taking down the Christmas decorations”; the task began.  Then I thought ‘it would be great to make some granola…I bought some key lime yogurt last week and I need some granola to go with it.’  I was taking down decorations and doing some laundry, so I was up anyway.  Another task started. 

Now let me tell you, I had intended to a quick run out of the house for some errands.  I was going to stop at the bread store to get sub buns for Kristians lunch (she informed me that she likes warm ham and cheese subs and I was happy to find something new to give her for lunch other than 1 slice of ham – no bread, no cheese, just a slice of ham).  I had decided to make loaded potato soup and pannini’s for dinner using the potato filling from the potato skins on New Years Eve.  I needed to get some celery, a carrot and green onion for the soup,  and turkey and cheese for the panninis; requiring a trip to Wal-Mart (I also needed to pick up a full-length mirror for my room).  I  have also decided that I am going to redo my office area; and I needed a new desk and cabinet to achieve this office zen…that meant a trip to my favorite Goodwill Outlet to see what I can find.  I had alloted myself 2 hours to run my errands so that I could get back home and make soup and finish up laundry and hopefully get some rest so my body could fit those pesky cold germs.  I did say that I’m a little under the weather right?  Okay…after I finished taking down all of the Christmas decorations and making a pan of granola , I took a shower and got 3 loads of clothes washed (1 was dried and in the basket, 1 was in the dryer, and the other was waiting its turn).  I jumped in my car and headed to the bread store with a quick detour to the bank.  I called my mother and asked her if she was up for a rondevue at Goodwill and she just happened to have finished her workout and was up for it.   

Folks I walk into Goodwill and headed to the furniture section…BINGO!…I’VE STRUCK GOLD!  I found a beautiful desk that was only $12.98!  YES!!!!!  I snatched the tag off it with the quickness and kept up the search.  It was on…I could feel the good fortune in the air. 

There was another awesome French Provincial desk that I just loved, but it was missing a drawer and it didn’t have a price tag on it.  I stood there looking at it for 10 minutes trying to figure out how to fix that missing drawer problem, but it just wouldn’t come to me.  Here is a picture of the desk similar to the one at Goodwill, it was completely cream in color and the drawer on the right was missing.  Doesn’t it just make you want to weep with its beauty?  When my mother arrived, she gasped when she saw it from a far.  I said, “I know…it’s beautiful but missing a drawer” :() 

But while I was looking through the bins for some possible containers for office supplies I came across these:  Gasp!! :O 

That is Blue Willow China!  Five plates to be exact.  I’ve always loved the beauty of these china pieces, but always admired and kept going.  But while in Houston for Thanksgiving my aunt informed me and my mother that if you ever run across these you should pick them up.  I’m in Goodwill Outlet, where everything is charged by weight, not individual pieces!  My total for the five plates, the candy jar, a glass pot top (not shown), a picture frame (also not shown), and the small glass candle holder was less than $5.  If I had been at a regular Goodwill I wouldn’t have gotten the plates for under $2 each.  I was so excited over my finds that I realized that I hadn’t coughed once while in the store.  What’s up with that?  I’d been having huge coughing bouts every 15 minutes for the past 2 days and I had gone 45 minutes without even a clearing of the throat.   My mother said it was the thrill of the hunt. 🙂  We found a few things that would work wonderfully in a close family friends apartment.  But we couldn’t convince her to meet us at the store, so we just kind of sighed over it.(My mother broke down and bought her a cute wooden table that will make a great coffee table with the addition of a glass top that she already has.  I’ll post pictures when we get it done. ) 

Anyway back to me.  I got my stuff loaded up into the truck, headed to Lowes and bought two cans of spray paint, one primer and the other that was a grayish-white color.  I got home, unloaded that desk by myself, took off the handles, put down newspaper, did a quick sanding, and got to spraying.  While the primer dried I got started on my soup.  Here is a quick run down of the recipe.

2 celery stalks chopped with 4 tbsp of butter & 2 tsp olive oil1/4 of large onion diced

1 carrot, peeled and diced

I then added the previously baked potato fillings from Friday and allowed everything to get soft.  I added salt and pepper (I’m bad at measuring…I grap a pinch out of the salt jar and sprinkle and grind the pepper mill three or four times).

 

Then I added…

4 cups of water and 3 chicken bouillon cubes

I let this simmer for about 45 minutes and spray painted the desk during this time.  I then took out my emersion blender and smoothed it all out.  I then realized that I made it too smooth (I wanted some potato chunks in there…after all it is potato soup), so I added two diced, small potatoes and allowed them to cook through.  I then added… 

2 oz of Velveeta and 1/2 pkg of medium cheddar cheese

I allowed these to melt and finally added…
1/4 to 1/2 cup of half&half (or heavy cream)

 I did some sampling while I was finishing up to check for seasoning and it was perfect (I kept grabbing spoons out of the spoon holder, because I didn’t want to contaminate it).  As I’ve stated previously, I’ve got this ugly cough that got really riled up when it was time for me to eat culminating in my chucking up everything that I had eaten that day, hence I didn’t get a bowl of this awesome soup, 😦 but my brother said it was pretty good.   I’ll try to eat it at lunch.

 Before all the coughing overtook me I did get my desk completed to a point.  I had originally thought to do some stenciling on the top, but lets face it folks; I’m not that good with a paint brush.  So I went in to JoAnn’s with the hope of finding a cool sticker/decal that I could use.  Here’s what I found:
 
I strategically placed them on my desk and this is my semi-finished product. 
What do you think?  I’m going to finish it off with some glass knobs from Hobby Lobby.  I will show the completed project once it’s done.  I will also have a post about the complete office space redo.  This is all in preparation for my office/craft room/private space when we move into the new home.  We’re still looking….with the speed in which the months are going by, we really need to get a move on.  July will be here before you know it.

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“Girlfriends Night” was a success!

I awoke at 4am but forced myself to stay in the bed until 5:30…it was torture.  But when I got up, it was off to the races!  I needed to complete the items for the gift bags, go to the store for final groceries, pick up a few things for the table set up, and pick up the table and chairs that my mother let me use.

The gift bags that I made for everyone this year included wood and glass boxes that I stained and polyurethaned & placed a felt insert of each girls favorite color on the bottom to be used as bedside jewelry boxes for everyday jewelry – like rings or watches.  I added homemade truffles (the easy Oreo ones – thank you Kraft), chocolate and caramel covered pretzel rods, homemade granola, and an assortment of homemade cookies (a chocolate filled caramel creme, cranberry and pecan shortbread, and christmas shaped sugar cookies).  I had made the granola, one of the batches of cookies, and the caramel pretzels already so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  I put the felt inserts into the bottom of the boxes while a batch of the sugar cookies were in the oven.  Made the cheese grits and placed in a glass Pyrex dish to cool and set to be cut into cakes for dinner.  This was all done before 7:30 am.

When I got to Stan’s on Friday, I knew I needed to pick up my china (the green and gray set), the table (I was going to use a plastic resin patio table) and a few other things for my table decor.  As I’m pulling out my china I realize that some the coffee cups were missing as well as a few of the dessert saucers.  I look on the patio for the table and it’s not there either.  What the What!!!  I started to panic!  This year I had done a lot of prep work ahead of time to alleviate the need for panicking, but dag-on if a monkey wrench wasn’t thrown into the game to cause it anyway.  Luckily my mother, who had already graciously allowed me to use some of her chairs (actually she had just bought new ones and I got to use the old ones) came to the rescue by allowing me to use her round table that was the same size as the plastic I had intended to use.  The misplacement of the china pieces was another thing all together.  I had clients (four to be exact), so I had to concentrate on them, but boy was I steaming in my mind.  I had to use the green set, because my table scheme was green and black.  I couldn’t use the white or blue china.  I had to use the green set!  I expressed my frustration to Stan about the missing items, I mean if they’re missing I can’t go to Wal-Mart or Target and get replacements.  Sure I can go online to find replacements, but not the day before my event.  Then after much meditation and breathing decided to leave the saucers and coffee cups at the house and take everything else.  I made up my mind to go to my spot – Goodwill with hopes of finding some good pieces that I could use as replacements.  When I left the house I gave myself a time budget of 2 hours to go to grocery, Goodwill, Big Lots, & The Dollar General (they were having a sale on Tide and I couldn’t let that deal slip by regardless of the dinner party).  I ended up being 10 minutes over my budgeted time, but I think that was good AND I found some great cups and plates to use for dessert and coffee/tea and four tea light holders that I only paid $10 for.  I couldn’t find a green candle that wasn’t scented to save my life.  I slowly realized my dream table scape was being changed up before it even had a chance to spark.

Now to the party…Appetizers and drinks were to begin at 6pm and I have a strict rule that I adhere to that states: “I do not get dressed until my guest begin to arrive.  I have drinks and appetizers ready, when the first guest arrives I show here where everything is, pour her a drink, then head off to get dressed.  Whoever is there first opens the door for the rest of the guests and sets them up.”  This allows them to mingle without looking for me to lead the conversation and I get a chance to prep until the last-minute without getting my clothes sweaty. 🙂  Imagine my angst when one of my guest called me at 5:20 and said she was approximately 10  minutes away.  I know, I know that should not have been an issue, but I hadn’t done my final vacuum yet.  I still needed to stuff my chicken breast.  Who arrives to a dinner party 30 minutes early?  I could stand 10 or 15 minutes, but come on guys…30 minutes is a huge chunk of time.  I stopped what I was doing, grabbed the vacuum cleaner and began the final swipe of the carpet.  I finished up just as the knock on the door announced her arrival.  

So, on to the menu…

Girlfriends Dinner Menu

Appetizer: Warm Spinach & Broccoli Dip w/Pita Chips (homemade)

Sharp Cheddar cheese with Bacon 

Soup: Pear & Broccoli Soup

Salad: Simple Waldorf Salad (made with Romaine lettuce, celery, apples, bacon, small tortilla strips, bleu cheese, and Poppy-seed Dressing)

Main Course: Dirty Rice Stuffed Chicken Breast, Toasted Cheese Grit Cakes w/Shrimp Gravy, Sautéed Green Beans w/Shallots & Garlic, & Homemade Sweet Potato Rolls   

 

Dessert: Pecan Pie Cheesecake w/Caramel Sauce

Drinks: Gallo Family White Zinfindel / Coffee or Tea for Dessert 

Everything went according to plan with the exception of the omission of the bacon from the salad (I remembered it once everyone’s plates were clean. :()  I like to make everyone’s plates for each course and serving them to them while they sit and converse.  It is all part of the experience and I truly love to do it.  The dinner party was awesome…we laughed our butts off & we were loud at times but it was great.  No male bashing, just a lot of love flowing around and as always some of us even learned some things.  It’s the way of things when a group of women get together.

My guest started heading out early this year, 11:30; but a few hung around to help with the clearing of dishes.  My sister looked at the “borrowed” chairs and asked where I got them.  I told her that I needed to get rid of them and she enthusiastically asked for them and I enthusiastically gave them to her.  With a little strategy we got all four chairs into her two-door Focus (her husband had the bigger car).  I came back into the house and finished up loading the dishwasher to capacity and washed up all of the pots and pans; then looked at the counter-top and realized I still had another load  of dishes that would have to be done the next day…it was 12:30 and I had been up close to 24 hours.

It amazed me that we used this many glasses

 

Only plates and glasses left

I got all of the pots and pans cleaned

Another successful dinner party.  I can’t wait until next years party…I will have a much bigger house with the possibility of serving 10 instead of 8.  I need to start thinking about next years menu.

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Me & my girls

It’s that time of the year again…when I invite my girlfriends over to a night of great conversation, awesome food, and a lot little bit of drinks.  This group gets together at least once a year.  I don’t always see or talk to each of them throughout the year, and some of us only see each other on this special night, whereas some of us get together on occassion.  But when we get together it’s like we have never been apart.

Last weekend I decided I was going to get a head start on meal preparations and not wait until the day of to make all of the items for dinner.  I had great plans for Saturday, but I didn’t get anything accomplised because for one, I slept in; then started moving around slowly; then I went to the store for the ingredients for dinner; and then got caught up with my parents at Hobby Lobby. 

I’ve been trying to find a tree topper that has not been successful at all.  I really had plans to take pictures of my tree and other decorations around the house, but the fact that I couldn’t find a tree topper was throwing me off.   I actually went to Hobby Lobby to get the boxes that I’m going to give out along with the other food gifts.  I ended up getting the boxes, some more ornaments for my tree (I had the darndest time finding a place to put them on the tree), more ribbon (I took it back on Monday), another glass perfume bottle (I guess I’m collecting them now since I keep buying them and I’ve received a few as gifts), an ornament that I thought would look perfect as a tree topper, and finally a tree topper that my parents convinced me would look fabulous on my tree (but ended up looking like a toupe on the tree and I took it back on Monday as well).  Because my book club had our Christmas dinner that evening and I just didn’t have time to do anything to aid my dinner party.

Monday I woke up, determined to get some of the prep completed.  I was successful!  I made the soup, my homemade rolls, the dirty rice dressing for stuffing the chicken breast and the pecan pie for the cheesecake.  I’ve been staining and polyeurathaning the boxes all week and then last night I actually got down to making some of the cookies, granola, and covered pretzels that I will be giving away.  You see, I always give my girlfriends gift bags full of goodies.  This year I’ve decided to give more food stuffs beyond cookies and pretzels (the granola and truffles :)); in addition to the boxes (which I will show pictures of after their all done). 

Now it is the day before the event and I feel like I have so much to do and so little time.  I hate that feeling :(!  I still need to pick up a few things from the store, chicken breast, shrimp, coffee, creamer and wine.  I still haven’t decided on the cocktail for appetizers.  I’m going to Google it.  You can find anything on Google.  As soon as I leave work I’m going pick up some stuff and then head over to the house to begin doing hair. 

Wish me luck guys….I’ll post pictures as soon as I can.

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Weekend update

I don’t know why I always end up posting about my weekend on Tuesdays.  I typically have Monday’s off so why can’t I sit down to drop a few lines about my weekend then?  Usually I’m trying to get laundry done and run any errands that need to be done before the work-week begins.  Yesterday I went to my grandmothers nursing home and gave her a shampoo set.  Every other week my mother brings her to the shop to get her hair done with her; it’s a way for her to get out and socialize.  But my mother had surgery on her hand a couple of weeks ago and has not been able to really drive much and I didn’t have time last Friday to go to the nursing home after work and pick her up on the account that depending on the day (in particular how she’s feeling that day) it can be a hour long process and I had clients so time was not on my side.  So I made arrangements to go to the nursing home and use the salon on premises to do her hair.

I had calculated that I should be ther for about 2 hours, but nope…it was closer to 3.  I needed to get to the house before Kristian got off the bus, but I had…I repeat had to go to Bed Bath and Beyond yesterday to get the magnetic knife strip to finish off my kitchen utility board.  I had a coupon for $5 off and if you don’t know, I’m a sucker for a bargain.  I got the magnetic strip for ~$12.  I think I need to add another strip (which explains why I’ve left a space on the right-hand side), what do you think?

Utility board

 It’s also light maple in color…is that messing with my blue theme? 

OK…on to the weekend.  My sole goal of this weekend was to get my cabinet polyed.  I knew I had to go to the grocery store since I hadn’t gone the week before, but my goal was to get that cabinet POLYED.  I took my mother with me to go shopping and between the two of us we made five stores and I finally made it back home around 12:30 pm after having left my house at 7:15 am.  Of course once I got home and was ready to start polying my cabinet it started to rain (a light rain, but rain none-the-less).  NOOOOO!!!!  Not to be detered, I decided to put down newspaper and get to polying.  I got the first coat of poly on and set down for a light lunch.  My sister and nieces were supposed to come over for HARRY POTTER WEEKEND later that evening, so I wanted to get as much work done on the cabinet as possible before my company came over. 

Just a quick note about HARRY POTTER WEEKEND.  I lllooovvveee all of the Harry Potter movies and own all of them.  So on occassion I have what I call a HARRY POTTER WEEKEND; which means that I sit (or lay in bed) in front of the tv for the weekend and watch the Harry Potter movie series starting from the first to whichever movie I can get to if family and friends don’t intrude too much.  I also have TRANSFORMERS WEEKEND.  If Spike tv happens to have a Star Wars marathon going on, I watch it too.  So when my sister told me that she and the girls hadn’t seen The Half Blood Prince I said “girl come on over…ya’ll can watch it with me”.  She offered to bring margarita mix and popcorn and I said even better.

I was successful in getting the two coats of poly on my cabinet and with the patio door open to allow for ventilation, I chilled out with my snuggie (not the janky snuggies, this was the ultra-plush version from Brookstone that was a Valentine’s Day gift from my hubby earlier this year) until my company arrived.  It turned out the girls had not only missed The Half Blood Prince, but the Order of the Phoenix as well so we started with that, they fell asleep during the middle of Half Blood Prince.  I sent them home with my number six with the threat of bodily harm if they kept it too long. 

Sunday I got up early to get ready for church.  I messed around and let my brother get into the bathroom before me so I had to wait…and wait…and wait.  I cleaned up the kitchen, washed down the stovetop and oven, and picked greens for dinner before he came out and then I had to race through my preparations to make sure that I made it to church in a reasonable amount of time.  Church was so awesome and I made the decision to make a Sparkling Wine Pound cake for dessert.  It was Sunday and I couldn’t buy sparkling wine so I settled for sparkling cidar instead.  It came out excellent!  I will be keeping this recipe for future use.  Here’s a picture of a slice.  Man is it moist.

Sparkling Wine Pound Cake

My cabinet was completely dry and I happily put the door pulls and knobs on the appropriate pieces and lined my drawers with waffled contact paper and put everything together.  Boy was it a beautiful sight to behold.  I’m so proud of my finished project.  It’s rustic enough to match my table (the whole point of stripping it, staining and painting it, and polying it).  Look guys…it’s beautiful.

Cabinet Before

The original hardware - not so pretty

The finished product

The table that I’m coordinating this cabinet is a pedestal table that I found at a yard sale for $5.  Yes you heard me…the pedestal table that Pottery Barn sales for $689 (for the small one), that I have been coveting for the past three years was at a yard sale and I lucked up on it for $5.  God meant for me to have that table.  I had to strip it and paint it, because it had a white base and light maple top (too country for my taste).  I painted the base black and the top same color as my cabinet.  The knicks and dings in the table top gave it great character and that is why I left some of the stuff on the cabinet.  

Dinner was delicious: mustard greens, candied yams, roasted bone-in chicken breast, and cornbread.  I opened up a new bottle of “Twisted” Zinfindel wine and read a little more of J.D. Robb’s Fantasy in Death.  I have to say all-in-all; it was another busy one.

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More projects

So I’ve been looking for a night table for my bedroom for a while now, but wasn’t actually looking if you catch my drift.  If I happened t stumble across something that worked for me…great; if not I’m okay with that too.  Well last week my mother asked me to go to the Salvation Army with her to look for some things to decorate my grandmothers room with.  My grandmother has Alzhiemers, a nasty disease, and is currently living in a nursing home (after living with my parents for a year and darn near driving my parents insane with fatigue – mental and physical; as I said before…a nasty disease).  In one of my grandmothers moments of clarity, she asked that my mother decorate her room like another residents.  She went to show my mother the room that she liked, but couldn’t remember which room it was.  Anyway…my mother has asked my assistant in decorating her room, hence the need to go to Salvation Army to see what we could find. 

I didn’t have any extra funds because I had just paid the rent and car payment and a few other bills.  I’m always nervous going into any store when I’m broke because I always find something.  Does this ever happen to anyone else?  Sure enough as soon as we drive up I start seeing stuff.  I stayed away from the furniture outside although I saw four pieces that had great potential.  We walked inside of the store and there it was…this metal table.  There should have been a glass top with it, but it was missing it; and it was only $4.  It was just as well…I can’t stand glass tables.  The potential was there and for $4 I couldn’t pass it up.  Plus my mother was all about helping me out…I mean what’s $4 on a great furniture rehab. 

My Salvation Army find

I got the table, this awesome wipe board calendar which will work great in my soon to be started office rehab for $1.50, a beautiful gold picture frame for $1 and multiple pictures in great frames that will be awesome decorations for my grandmothers room.  We had about 9 pictures, two of the wipe boards (one for me and one for my mother), the table and the frame for $18.  The Salvation Army was having a half price sale that day.

My bedroom is decorated in shades of gold, black and blue.  I decided to paint the main base of the table a muted gold and had a piece of birch cut to fit the top.  I’m not too satisfied with the top design, but I’m using spray paint so I had to use tape to make the design.  OH…and when I went to remove the tape, it peeled of some of the black!  Luckily I had some black touch up paint to fix it.  I isn’t as smooth as I would like it, but I’m happy with the final result. 

Now honestly folk…I will post stuff other than my decorating projects I promise.  I’ll explain the whole website domain theft thing tomorrow.

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