Monday, September 21, 2015

A Breath of Fresh Air

I've just had a great long weekend - Thursday to Monday off. Usually when I take time off from work I'm driving, jetting or going somewhere to spend my days off. This time, I elected to spend time off to do a few projects that needed to get accomplished around here.

First on the agenda was repainting a shelf that I've had for a long time. It has morphed through a few colours throughout the years. 

Feels good to finally have this one finished and up on the wall again. The plate on the left was part of my great Grandmother's china pattern and the plate on the right was a gift. I've always like the picture on that plate.

I've also spent time doing up windows, getting my garage door fixed and doing general running around that needed to be done but I'm sure you don't want to hear about that.

The major reason for staying home was to work on my old dresser that needed an update. Our neighbours from a few years back gave me this dresser. At the time it was covered in stickers and had major nicks and carvings in it but I loved it and it definitely had potential.

The hardware was old and dated. It was missing one of the knobs and one was broken so I knew I would have to update those.

They were kind of cool but not the look I was going for.

Here's the drawers once I sanded them down.

First coat of paint.

And finally the finished project and I am tickled.

Drawers and body-
Paint used: Fusion Mineral Paint
Colour: Inglenook Ocean

Top - 
Stain used: Minwax Polycoats
Colours: American Chestnut

Question is: what can I paint next?

Have a great week!!


Friday, September 11, 2015

One of a Kind . . .

. . . is how I would describe a good friend of mine.
My friend Reta is the kindest, 
most encouraging, 
one of a kind 
loving person that you will ever meet. 

She doesn't quilt but she is my greatest fan.
(besides my Mom)

We met about 19 years ago at work.
We worked side by side for many years.
Reta has since retired but we remain good friends. 

It's interesting to me
how you can meet someone 
and know pretty quick that you are soul mates. 

We've seen each other in good times 
and in bad times.
AND, we both cry in church.

I can't imagine my life without Reta.

Reta's birthday has come and gone 
and I'm late in getting her gift to her as usual. 
 We differ that way!

I am so happy that the table runner 
I made for her is finally completed. 

I have named it 'One of a Kind'. 

I stayed after work today sitting in the sunshine 
hand sewing the binding on before I walked home. 
It was too beautiful of a day 
not to enjoy the gorgeous weather.

 The campus has some beautiful spots 
to get some pictures 
so I wanted to push myself to get it done.

You never know what the weather 
is going to do this time of the year.

I am pleased!  

I quilted this one myself.

Found these beauties today. 
A reminder that even weeds can be lovely.
(just not in my garden)

I'm linking up with Finish it up Friday.
Have a great weekend everyone!



Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Leaf Me Alone . . .

. . . and see what I can create.

Notice the cookies that are need to do this type of project.


Next step is to cut the bias binding for the stem that goes up the middle.

These lovely ladies greet me each morning and say goodnight as I walk to and from work. 


My daughter wrote a book and I received my copy just the other day. Lots of extra special work has gone into her creation. Proud moment when I opened my copy autographed by the author herself.

 Have a spectacular week!