Monthly Archives: November 2012

Dreams, Blessings and Thanksgiving

You have dreams! A dream job, a dream trip, a grand adventure. Do you remember those dreams? What were they? Who was there with you? Most importantly….are you still dreaming those dreams? Hoping, praying, believing?

I still am. Now more than ever. I’ve accomplished a lot in my almost 39 years on earth. But there is still so much more to do. To see. To experience. I still have so much more creativity in me sometimes I feel as though I might burst!

I am so blessed to be able to follow my dreams. My calling if you will. I am so thankful for the support I receive on a daily basis from friends and loved ones.

To be able to be creative on a daily basis is like oxygen to me. Remember what it is you are thankful for on this Thanksgiving.

Follow your dreams, remember them and hold them close in your heart. Without hopes and dreams we aren’t much more than skin and bones.

All pics from pinterest.

Faux French Sideboard Project #3 of 30 projects

I don’t know if faux French is the right word. But I’m so in love with how this sideboard turned out. Again, I don’t want to depart with it! Sigh…..

I know I’m behind on 30 projects in 30 days but my little one has had a tummy bug 🙁 and I’m pretty sure she takes precedence over project #3.

So here is Project #3, the latest love of my painting life…

So here she is before, the way I found her. And while this looks OK, this looks even better….

Armoire Makeover, Project Day #2

My inspiration for this armoire makeover was this lovely piece of furniture from Dovetail. This is the Zamora Sideboard and retails for about $1600. Built in ” solid Indian hardwood with a sealed, cracked finish”.

 Now while I’m not going to crackle this piece (something I haven’t tried yet 🙁 ) I am going to give it a super duper distressed finish.

 Let’s see what I have to work with shall we?

Isn’t she pretty? Of course this is after the first coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I couldn’t wait.

Another Freebie from the side of the road. I had fight for this one. As soon as I pulled up another man pulled up behind me. My heart started to beat really fast as I ran to the front door to claim my prize. Ha!!! I beat you. Sorry :(((

Here’s the process I took to get from here…

to here….

Obviously I removed all hardware.Wiped her down with a rag and some Windex. She was pretty dirty but over all in great shape.

I then gave her a coat of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Paris Grey.

 Followed by a coat of Annie Sloan;s Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue.

I then took my orbital sander and distressed the crud out of it. Wiped it down with a damp rag to get the dust off.

Then I stained it with Minwax’s Dark Walnut. My favorite stain.

Then I cut out the panels with my jig saw on all four doors and stapled chicken wire to the inside of the doors. This gave the piece a rustic French farmhouse feel.

She is truly a beauty with amazing storage and very HEAVY! I don’t think I achieved the same look as my inspiration piece of furniture. But I did discover a new painting technique that I will use in the future. I will try crackle finish next time.What do you think?

Be Blessed, xo Lisa

Project #1

The first of my 30 Projects in 30 Days Marathon starts today!

11″ x 15″ Metal Frame with curved glass. I acquired this about a year ago at an auction. It came in a huge pallet of “stuff” for $20. The pile was literally bigger than me. This was about the only good piece in there. It has sat in Baby Girls closet since then.

The back is plywood covered in that old fuzzy velvet stuff. It was very dirty and linty. So I used my lint roller to clean it up. The sticker on the back also says “made in Italy”.  OOOhhhh fancy!

Since this is a very old frame it is attached through the metal frame into the plywood with small nails. The nails on this piece are long gone so I improvised with some little finishing nails I had hanging around.

Nails in place. There are about 8 of these all the way around the frame. 2 on each side. When a picture is inserted I’m assuming these are going to have to be pryed out. But since I do not want that curved glass to break (I’m surprised it hasn’t already), I attached it up all nice and tight.

And here she is! A pretty present all ready to be wrapped up and given as a gift. I think it looks great and I’m sure whoever lands up with her will be very pleased! As usual I’m tempted to keep her myself! She didn’t come with a picture inside and I’m wondering if I should put a little something in there so she looks pretty and sells quick! What do you think?

Day one down and 29 more to go! 

Not sure what’s coming tomorrow but I’m sure it will be a great transformation.

Be Blessed! xo

30 Projects in 30 Days

Oh my, I’ve been super busy. Busier than normal. Like crazy busy. I will tell you all about the busyness later but here’s what is bugging me.

Unfinished Projects Galore!

Can someone just say ADD??? I have a kajillion projects going and they are ALL unfinished!!!

So I’ve decided to challenge myself with a 30 day project challenge. I will complete one project a day. It may be small or it may be large but I will finish one project a day for 30 days. Most of these I’ve already started. A few I’ve yet to start. And here is the biggest challenge. I will NOT bring anymore projects near my body until the 30 days is up.

You see I’m a hoarder.

A secret, free furniture hoarder. If it’s half doable and cute and free it usually ends up in the back of my truck. You know how when you watch hoarders some are super organized? Well that’s me. I just keep organizing and re-arranging the garage til’ everything looks neat and in it’s place. I just did it this morning after my latest garage sale jaunt. Oh my…

So that’s why its so important to me to get these furniture projects completed. Then I can go get more!!!

I’m excited for the challenge….BRING IT ON !!!

Be Blessed!


Emergency Preparedness

I  was reading one of my favorite blogs tonight, That’s My Letter
Her post was a wake-up call to me. She was writing about what it’s been like for her and her family during the last week living through Hurricane Sandy. No power, little gas, and little food in the fridge because of the power being out.

I was just at a girlfriends house tonight and we were talking about putting emergency disaster kits together. Now we’ve been “talking” about this for a while now. I mean really it’s hard for us to find a flashlight that works when our power goes out for a few minutes. This is one of the things my husband is always complaining about. I have a feeling it has to do with flashlight flashdance on my son’s bedroom ceiling after lights out. Anyway, after reading this post over at That’s My Letter, I think it’s time to put that “talk” into action.

I will for sure be gathering lots of info of what to have in those kits. Any suggestions?

This is all I can think of for now:

1. Flashlights with extra batteries
2. Canned Soup
3. Bottled Water
4. Battery Powered Radio
5. ???

Hmmm, I’m out of ideas but something that you would see along the lines of Extreme Couponers comes to mind. Racks and racks of “extra” stuff. Non perishable stuff. Do any of you have an emergency disaster kit or a plan?

I will be doing a little research and reporting back to you on what I come up with….

Be blessed!