Monday, August 21, 2017

The Day My Vanity Stumbled

The summer of 2015 was the summer of the bathroom remodel because I found this:

That amazing chippy white buffet was going to be my new vanity. You see, Bruce told me if I could find a dresser or other piece of furniture to turn into a vanity, we could start on the bathroom remodel.  He thought it would take me months, maybe even years to find the right piece.

Ha. He should know me better by now.

I searched junk stores and vintage stores and even checked out a couple of antique places. Nothing.

Then Canton First Market Days rolled around. And as I was walking, looking at all the wonderful stuff in the flea market area, I spied it.

A few minutes later it was mine and Bruce was on his way with the truck.

Before Bruce cut the hole for the sink, I had to get it ready. And that's where the vanity stumbled and almost fell.  You can read all about it here.

I was oh so close. But fortunately, the story has a happy ending and that stumbling vanity? Now it dances.

If you've ever had a project that stumbled, you know how disheartening it can be. Maybe you need encouragement. Maybe you need to know you're not alone and that even the most seemingly successful DIYer sometimes falls. If that's the case, you should read KariAnne's book So Close To Amazing.

You can pre-order the book before Sept. 4, 2017 and receive AMAZING pre-order bonuses. 

Plus, you can hop over to KariAnne's blog and join the linky party to share stories of your almost amazing DIY's.  

There's glory! There's laughter! But best of all, there's prizes! Head on over to Thistlewood Farms and read all about it. 

And in the end, let's encourage and cheer each other on. Because let's face it...we all need a little pick me up sometimes.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Flower Making, Other Stuff and A Winner!

We had a flower making party yesterday. I only snapped a few pictures with my phone because, you know, I was supposed to be working on flowers. Lol!

Megan is in the purple shirt...I seem to have caught her looking away each time. :)
We made a pretty good dent. A big thank you to all who helped!

Last week was kind of crazy...I finally went to see about my shoulder a couple of weeks ago and not only did I get a cortisone shot but he sent me to physical therapy so Monday and Friday I did that, Tuesday and Wednesday was spent in San Antonio for my aunt's funeral, and Thursday was my son's 30th birthday. On top of that, I've been finishing up a painting commission.
Happy Birthday, Jay! 

Bruce has also started painting the city house exterior. Seeing the fresh paint really made me realize how much we've needed to tackle this. (Can you say faded?) It looks great and I'm loving the neutral color scheme. I also realized I've had the perfect color all along for the kitchen - the living room color works perfectly in there. I have almost a whole gallon so I shouldn't have to buy any. Not sure when I will tackle that - after the wedding probably.

We are now less than two months from the wedding. I have a few things I still need to make -arrow signs, bean bags for the corn hole game- I know the last couple of weeks will be intense.

bits and pieces of our handiwork in progress
We also got the wildflower seed bags filled during the flower making party - it's what people will be tossing at them as they walk down the aisle as man and wife! 😊

Everything is coming together!
Now for the giveaway of KariAnne's book "So Close To Amazing" -  everyone who commented on the blog or on my fb page was assigned a number then I had Bruce pull a number out of the bowl. The winner is...drumroll please...Denise!

Congratulations! I've contacted you and you have until Thursday to respond. I know you will love KariAnne as much as I do.

Have a wonderful week, my friends.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Patio Pallet Table and An Awesome Giveaway!

 Hello, sweet friends. Today I am sharing a project that was done in April. It is way overdue but with wedding stuff, I totally forgot to post about it. (#soclosetoamazing) Be sure to read to the end where I have a fantastic giveaway to share with you! Let's get going then, shall we?

Last year when we replanted the backyard from the puppy destruction years, we were left with two wooden pallets. I told Bruce we had to save them. Although he grumbled a little, they finally made their way to the farm where they...sat.

Then I saw this and instantly had visions of a similar one on my patio!
I mean, how cool is that? I didn't need it to hold an umbrella but that!

I was going to make it a lot sooner but my patio isn't big and a full pallet took up way too much room so I needed it cut in half. But at that time, I didn't have the right tools. So again, they sat.

Finally, I ask Bruce if he would make it for me. And he did while I was teaching the Paint and Sip class back in April. (I know, I know. Better late than never, right?)

He cut it in half, added some skinny boards to fill in the gaps and added nice chunky legs. I absolutely love it!
Patio table from a pallet

for the patio

Rustic and lettering! Perfect for a farmhouse.

 And it's so definitely isn't going to blow away or get pushed over by the dogs!
outside patio

I think I'm going to leave the legs and sides natural and paint the top. I'd really love to add some lime green to my patio and that would look pretty on the top. What do you think? Paint the top or leave it?

I did find a green metal patio chair in Canton. I want at least one 

more of those chairs. I absolutely love them!

Isn't it great? Bruce did such a good job. Perfect for holding your beverage of choice.

And now for the giveaway! If you've been reading along for the past couple of months, you know I'm on KariAnne Wood's (aka Thistlewood Farms) book launch team. She has graciously given me a copy of her book "So Close To Amazing" to give to one of you.
KariAnne Wood, Thistlewood Farms

Not only that, but she signed it!!
KariAnne Wood, Thistlewood Farms

Let me tell you, if you've ever struggled with perfection but falling sometimes flat on your face, you will absolutely love this book! KariAnne lets you know it's ok not to be perfect! As she puts it,
"Because when you embrace the imperfect you God created you to be, you'll discover the amazing that was there all along."

All you have to do is leave me a comment about a time you tried and came close to amazing -just like me forgetting to post about my awesome pallet coffee table! Then on Monday, I will draw a name from all the comments.

Good luck!

If you want to pre-order your own Amazing copy of her book, you can go to here.

disclaimer: I was given a book to give away but all opinions are my own

Sharing at these parties:
Talk of the Town
Vintage Charm Party
Show and Share
Homemade and Handcrafted


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