white/gold chargers

Upcycled chargers. These are pretty.

As you know, I have been really sick with some sort of virus since last Tues. Uck!!! So not only did I feel terrible, but I was bored. So after about four days, I decided I would finish a project I started. I had already painted these chargers. I just hadn’t wipe off the Vaseline.

Oops, I better explain what I did, huh?

I rubbed Vaseline (petroleum jelly) randomly where I didn’t want the paint to stick. Then I had painted with Rustoleum 3X in Heirloom White. So I went to the garage and amidst the sneezing, the hacking and the coughing, I wiped off the Vaseline.

I just had to accomplish something, anything!

Aren’t they great? Oh, I also sprayed a polyurethane coating on top. And when I stored them, I did so with waxed paper between each charger.

I love chargers. I have a lot of them. Most of them are from garage sales or thrift stores. I used them all the time. They really “dress-up” the table.

 

 

I love these white, gold, and silver napkins but I can only find three. I am so hoping the other one is accidentally stored with my Christmas decorations.

 

These are some paper placemats I bought in Chicago a number of years ago. I love them but I’ve never used them because none of the dishes I put with them looked right. Painting these chargers white and letting some gold “peek” through, were the perfect addition.

Even writing this post made me feel better. Can’t wait to use them.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

original art

I hate having a cold, don’t you?

I wish I had some garage sale treasures to show you this morning, but last Tuesday morning I woke up with a very sore throat. After two days of that, I started sneezing for the next three. After that, it was and is a cough.

I am a very impatient patient.

I didn’t leave the house. I didn’t feel well enough to do anything but I did decide to check out some of my pictures.  I found lots of projects I’ve never posted. So that’s what I did.

This first is a painting I created a couple of years ago.It was fun because it was a collage. I designed the paper years ago by dropping and smearing paint on typing paper. I still have a large stash for future projects. The paint is ordinary acrylic paint, the kind you use for crafts projects. I mixed glitter in with some of the paint for the sand.

 

Original painting

 

The sparkle in the sand is craft paint with glitter added. The ocean and waves are done in the same acrylic paint.

Original painting

 

Original painting

 

These next two pictures show me experimenting with some of the torn papers. The dark paper is going to be used for the mountains. You can see the beginning of the sun here in the top right-hand corner. Some of the paper I cut with scissors, others I tore.

Original painting

 

You can see the mountains are finished. Depending which way you tear paper determines whether or not any of the “deckling” (the underside white paper) shows up or not. In the case of some of the mountains, I wanted the paper to show so it would represent snow on the mountains.

Original painting

 

Brushes aren’t the only tools for painting as you can see. Hands and fingers are great “brushes”. Original painting

 

original art

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this little art “lesson”. Many of the paintings in my home are my originals. Now that I have more time, I’d like to get back to my art.

God bless and have a good day.

 

630 WP drafts

Lessons learned from the past.

So….

I decided to clean-up some WP pages.

Guess how many “drafts” I have lying in wait.

630

That’s a lot of posts. The way I figure it, I shouldn’t have to “think” for almost two years!!!!

So I thought, why not share a couple with you from my very first days of blogging? You’ll get a good laugh out of this first one and although at the time

Here’s one from 2013

I had to quickly add this post.

I’ve really been feeling “down”, anxious. I was getting scared. Please, Lord, not after twelve years of living depression-free. Not a depressive episode.

There are some changes on the horizon that I’m not welcoming but they are not “bad” by any stretch of anyone’s imagination. I’m anxious because I’m worried how I’ll deal with it. But that doesn’t seem like enough of a trigger. BUT, I think the biggest instigator has been my frustration with getting this blog developed the way I want it to be.

The “Follow me button on Pinterest” is directing my traffic to someone else’s boards. Couldn’t get the “Pin It” button to work and then there’s the drop-down menu I’ve been trying to create for weeks. (I know, the rest of you probably breezed right through all of this.)

I’ve felt totally stupid and like the biggest loser e-e-e-e-ver.  I’ve been quite convinced that no on has had as much trouble developing a blog as I have. I don’t understand any of the technical language so even with precise instructions from the Word Press tutorials, I’ve been lost. I’ve read and read and read the same things over and over and over. I’ve experimented every which way I can.

Today the breakthrough!!!!!

I’ve come so far, huh? I can just about do anything with my blog now and seldom have to ask for help from the “Help” desk over at WP.

Here’s another from May of that same year. Why I didn’t post this, I haven’t a clue. I like it a lot and it brought back good memories.

What environment are you comfortable with? Do you like a lot of activity around you? Some people thrive on a caffeinated environment.They like the adrenaline rush they get from the go, go, go of life.

Others prefer a much slower place. They hate to be rushed. They like calm. In fact, they feel less energized if there is too much going on around them. It wears them out.

And it really doesn’t matter if they’re an extrovert or an introvert, although generally extroverts would fall into the first category and introverts into the second.

However, whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, if you experience from bouts of depression, it might be a good idea to change it up a little.

Sometimes, we need a little something that is just the opposite of what we’re used to. We need to force ourselves out of our comfort zone, to challenge ourselves a little.

How many of you have found that once you’ve exposed yourself to a different climate, you’ve actually liked it? And in the liking, you’ve discovered something about yourself.

Last year, although we didn’t plan it, my husband and I found ourselves attending some events we never would’ve dreamed we would enjoy.  A Tough Mudders contest, a hot-air balloon festival, a Thanksgiving day parade in frigid weather, and a ethnic-based (not our ethnicity) music festival. Of the two of us, I’m the one who doesn’t like crowds. I don’t like being outside in really hot weather or really cold weather. I feel very self-conscious in large groups. However, put me in front of hundreds of people to deliver a speech and I’m fine.

But I have to tell you, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of each of those events.

I surprised myself.

It’s good to “shake things up”. We discover new dimensions of ourselves. We surprise ourselves. Not always, of course.  Sometimes we come away simply more aware why we don’t like something. That’s good, too.

So with the summer looming, why not shake things up in your own life? It’s hard to do when your depressed. There is great comfort in the status quo. But sometimes, the jolt we need is in the unexpected. If nothing else, the more we put ourselves in unusual situations other than what we’re accustomed to, we have conversations with people who give us little snippets of encouragement.

It’s hard to do when you’re depressed. There is great comfort in the status quo. But sometimes, the jolt we need is in the unexpected. If nothing else, the more we put ourselves in unusual situations, other than the ones we’re accustomed to, the more we get a chance to learn ourselves.

We have conversations with people who give us little snippets encouragement when they had no idea they were doing so. Conversely, we encourage others by what we say. 

It really is a small world.

God bless and have a good day.

As I reread this last post, I thought about all the traveling I did when my husband was working internationally. I think back to the first time I road a train from a hotel in Bangkok to a huge shopping mall. My husband and ridden with me the day before so I could memorize the stops and know which number stop I was to get off.

To say I was scared when I did it myself is an understatement. But I did it.

Or even last year when I braved Lake Michigan in my kayak. (Of course, I was in knee-deep water, but still.)

And then blogging. Oh, my. What a disaster I was in the beginning. How I cried and almost threw the computer on the wall. How I almost gave up when my “followers” were scant. And now, over 1,000 of you.

Whoa!

If I post any of these drafts, I will let you know the original date.

Until then, God bless and have a good day.

 

 

garage sale "finds"

It’s Monday morning. Garage sale “finds”

Well, this past weekend was a good one again. Went to a huge sale held in a bid warehouse. It was the local women’s division of the Chamber of Commerce.

These are two white sweatshirts. I’ve been looking for white sweatshirts all this summer because I have some workout clothes, that are needing white sweatshirts. The red aprons are going to be altered for Christmas presents. The black pants are amazing. They don’t look like they’ve ever been worn. They are by J. Jill so they are very good quality. Total dollar amount for these items: $4.o0.

garage sale "finds"

Then there is this great lampshade. What makes it so great is that I have another one just like it. I have two floor lamps at the cabin that my daughter was getting rid of so I took them. But the shades are in sad shape. So guess what’s going on them. Yep. These two lampshades. This was $2.80.

garage sale "finds"

(This orange chest is one of my favorite furniture “upcycles”. You can find it here.)

Did you see those metal containers in the background? I have no clue what they were used for but I love anything metal and/or tin. I think I’ll serve ice-cream in them. Or maybe giant cupcakes. What do you think? Hey, I know.

Tomorrow night marks the beginning of DWTS. (Dancing With The Stars, in case there is someone who doesn’t know what DWTS stands for.) My friend and I started having dinner together on Monday nights and work on Christmas gifts while watching the show.  I’m cooking this time and am fixing Chicken A La King. Might be kind of interesting served in these metal bowls, $.75 for all four.

garage sale "finds"

garage sale "finds"

By the way, I’m really thrilled by these bowls because they have numbers on the bottom. And I learned a long time ago that anything that has numbers on it is valuable.

Finally, these placemats. $1.00 for six.

garage sale "finds"

Be sure to check out all my posts this week. Because one day this week, I will be showing off a little.

First, let me back up a little.  Last week I told you about the parasite that was discovered in my gut last week. I had a follow-up visit with my doctor. I asked him if I could have had this parasite all summer and he said absolutely, I could. Well, that explained a lot. I felt pretty rotten all summer but assumed it was my IBS acting up because of the previous year and all the stress I experienced caring for my mom and her subsequent death. He had prescribed a medicine to clear it up. So I started feeling a lot better.

Anyway…..

I finally felt like painting and you all know how much I love spray painting.

So, I decided it was time to try something new. I distress most items I paint but have never experimented “chippy” look. So I gave it a shot. I love, love, love, how it turned out. You may, or may not. But be sure to check it out anyway. Usually, this particular technique is done with a brush and paint from a can. I was in a hurry and used spray paint and it worked like a charm.

Let me know what you think when you see it.

God bless and have a great day.

oops. One final thing. I accidentally downloaded this recipe so I thought, hey, why not share it with you today. It is kind of a “find” because it was from an old cookbook I bought a few weeks ago. I hate, hate, hate, store bought frosting so I cut this out and plan on using it in the future.

frosting reci[pe

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