Sunday, November 29, 2009
This year I actually have the desire to decorate my house! The open house last year was so much work, it kind of zapped the holiday spirit from me. Today I put up 4 trees, nothing on them yet other than the lights, but that's a start. Three of them are grouped together in my bedroom - 3', 4', 5' Alpine trees. I'm trying to figure out a theme for them. In the past I've made mini baskets to decorate them with, not sure if I'll dig them out or change my theme. As soon as I decide, I'll post a picture.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my Sister and Family and my Mom. My sister lives only about 16 miles from Karen from My Colonial Home so we attended Karen's open house on Friday night. We had a wonderful time and Karen's home is beautiful. All her items were just perfect and I have a few in my home now! Thanks Karen for inviting us.
Have a wonderful week. ~Ann
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I hope that you all have lots to be thankful for, I know that I do. Enjoy a peaceful and relaxing day on Thursday. Even though we are traveling and the meal is not at my house, I plan on making my sister sit down and relax - she is due with child #3 in early January. With a 4 year old and an almost 3 year old I think she needs the break! My niece - the almost 3 year old - has named the baby "Sparkle" - good thing baby is a girl, as it might be a rather odd nickname for a boy! I am so thankful to have a wonderful, imaginative nephew and a headstrong, adorable niece with another one on the way. We will have a great time all being together, our two families, my Mom and my BIL's parents.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I am going to add the following 2 baskets to my selling blog. Our youngest child was home sick on Monday and Tuesday of this week and I wove 9 baskets over those 2 days. I don't like having sick kids, but loved being home and able to dig out my basket weaving supplies.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I covered the leaves with the wood filler and let it dry. Then sanded the wood filler smooth.
One sparse coat of black spray paint to help the brushed on paint adhere better.
The brown paint I used - just one coat is all you really need. Let this dry overnight and then sand where you would see the wear.
Now comes my favorite part - the BRIWAX. I will tell you that I think that there is a learning curve to using this product. I found that if you rub too much you will take off the coats below - not good. Stop rubbing when you notice a little friction, put more on your cloth and continue on. I do small areas a time, rubbing in small circles.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Before I forget, have you signed up for my birthday giveaway? Scroll down 2 posts and leave me a comment to register. You only have until Thursday night to enter.
The plate that I showed you in the last post found a home under this candle and autumn candle ring on my dry sink - so far the cat hasn't knocked it off. If you remember, Frito thinks he owns the drysink. Many times anything that I place on the higher portion of it gets knocked off in disgust.
Now on to the venison - I promise no gross pictures! Can you believe that this little, adorable, indoor only, gender confused cat (that's his Princess blankie he's sleeping on - in the dry sink) could possibly want to take down a deer?
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Finished plates after a coat of Dark Brown Briwax. I must tell you that I LOVE Briwax. I had to order it from ACE. After ordering it I found some in an antique store - why didn't I think to look there, I wouldn't have had to wait. I think it's much easier to use than stain. Thanks to all of you who recommended this product.
On to fall, I've found a couple of things on clearance lately - the best item being these fall berries at Michaels. I bought them with a different use in mind, but decided to wrap the strands around my twig tree and I really like the way it looks. I took 2 pictures, the first with the flash
and this second one without the flash. You might get a better idea of how they look here....