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So you want to see more of that ceiling detail….

sleeping under a sunny sky…I wrote about it initially in this blog post!

Uhhhh, y e a h—I admit, I still haven’t finished it.

I liked my designs for the center scrolls and fleur de lis “finial” (not applied yet), but I just couldn’t get the outer scrolls right.  So I stepped away from it.

And I haven’t returned as yet.  Oooops.

C’est la vie!


Why the sky–??

Well—this is the guest bedroom I’ve claimed for my own while at my mother’s.

And—I really missed my Arizona skies….the clearest and most incredibly brilliant, turquoise-y blue skies that are impossible to forget!

So I’m “taking comfort” in a painted version!  Sure, I gave it wAy more clouds than you’d ever see in Phoenix, but it needed some layering—including those sparrows and barn swallows!

sleeping under a Sunny Sky!I found the four corner corbels at TJMaxx long-long ago and ripped the lattice on the table saw.

I tied a loose loop in string around the chandelier, stretched it out 4ft, and tied another loose loop around a pencil.  And then drew out the 8ft diameter circle.

I bought a PLASTIC version of detailed cove (usually used for exteriors) so I could trim out the circular shape—and then I painted away!

—inside the lines!—

It’s a nice way to wake every morning!


my “Panetière”Here’s another view of my desk and “Panetière.”

You can see the posts on the making of this HERE 




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putting 2013 behind us I’ve been reading a lot of “Year in Review” blog posts…a great look back at some really inspiring projects out there in blogland!

I started thinking about a couple of mine—and was surprised at how many of my own projects I’d forgotten all about!

antq mall display cabinet

So I thought it might be fun to

RE-share them with you too!

But I’m going to start with one from Nov 2012 and something I never thought I’d be doing…TAKING A SPACE IN AN ANTIQUE MALL.  What a surprise–that I did it, that it went so well as to expand in this year, and the many projects it propelled!  Like~ building this new display cabinet from odd parts and its outcome!


~found me constructing a dresser-hutch for my very 1st G-G-nephew Brody.
~Then I finished off another children’s cabinet for my cousin’s little baby girl Emma  before traveling to Atlanta to deliver it AnD take a little birthday getaway!  Woo-hoo!

year in review projects- 2013

In February~

I decided to make several changes in my mother’s master br as a surprise while she took a winter’s rest in Florida with a friend!  It started with a fire place

Mom's surprise!

During the year I worked on a variety of projects, big & small~

my lighting projects- 2013

  1. My vintage White Globe sconces
  2. Princes Aleigha’s lamp
  3. A thrift store lamp and an anaglyptic-covered shade
  4. A lace-y chandelier
  5. A vintage bed lamp re-fashioned

my chalk boards and mirror projects- 2013

  1. the Atlanta trip windows
  2. my auction mirror
  3. making a mirror from cabinet doors
  4. a decoupaged chalkboard
  5. two more decoupaged chalkboards

And there were lots of  miscellaneous projects….

misc projects of 2013

But you all know my very favorite thing is construction!

Hmmm, I guess I make a lot of benches   ; D

my bench projects- 2013

  1. The other half of the 1st Craig’s List dresser
  2. The neighbor’s curbie
  3. A quilted slip-covered curbie!
  4. The ReStore “bench”
  5. Saving history!
  6. The 2nd Craig’s List dresser
  7. The sewing cabinet bench
  8. The Christmas built-in banquette

And furniture~

furniture projects of 2013reviving some curbies, an old camp chair, rattan chair makeovers, a thrift store dresser and bed re-furbished, the farm table, the outdoor china hutch, a 2nd Craig’s List dresser re-do, a decoupaged dresser, a bit more decoupage, re-working a curbie, Grandpa’s rockers, the antq mall armoire,

And of course–charity projects.

charity projects -2013

2 Hall Trees for 2 charities, The Habitat for Humanities Hall Tree and children’s cubbyAnd one more currently in the works for mom’s neighbor who is battling breast cancer, but I haven’t posted on any of it yet.

It felt like I was so busy all year, but it’s only 50’ish projects!

I did leave out a handful or so because I abandoned them (-didn’t like how they were taking shape, but I’ll come back to them…).  There were also many “other projects” that occurred throughout the year not listed above…

like TRAVEL and meeting some of my FAVorite bloggers!

Which you can neVer do enough of!


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keeping some humor in a winter storm*I had to interrupt finishing the built-in to get some cleaning and decorating done.  But I stole a little time Saturday night to “create” the seats, figuring I’d work on them during the big snow storm expected to hit Saturday night through Sunday.

After spending most of the day shoveling, last night I finally headed back downstairs to finish.  Although you can see I have a few finishing details ~namely welting or, I’m toying with adding nail heads or wood trim. . ???. .not sure yet, so it will stay like this till after Christmas while I decide.

But another decision is made–to have mirrors cut to fit in the back of the shelving!  I think it will help bounce some extra light around the basement lower level!

the built-in banquette

In addition to hand stitching the front corners of the upholstery closed I’m planning to add picture-frame molding to the built-in like the walls, and I think I will do just a BiT of distressing to the overall piece and wax it.  But it is now two days before Christmas with a laundry list of tasks awaiting my attention ~so the finishing touches will go on hold.

BTW–instead of flip-lids, I added cleats underneath so the seats are firm in their placement and can be completely removed to gain access to the storage within!

the built-in banquettethe built-in banquetteThese are a couple other views, including my faux door!

I hate those horrible awning-styled basement windows, but it just wasn’t worth the EXTRA work and costs to change them out so I had to come up with some creative ways to decorate around them.

FL230003John (the carpenter who worked with me on much of mom’s house) and I glued a vintage paneled door to the wall underneath that stupid window, then wrapped it with a door jamb like an actual door.  We left the hinges on and I glued on a backplate and knob for realism!  I hung the door and “transom window” casing -again, like an actual door- but had to faux paint it all to match the door grain.

I hired a sign painter to paint “Giuseppe’s on the window for fun AND because it actually looks like you could open the door and go over to our late neighbor Joe’s house!

Joe in Italian is Giuseppe!  We miss him.


I’m sharing this project in these FAB linky parties–!

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     Tuesday night~

A built-in for Christmas!

     Wednesday morning~

the LL built-in

     Thursday morning~

the built-in

     By Thursday night~

the built-inthe built-in

And you can see I took a little playtime!

A little playtime!

Today~ we clean-clean-clean!  And decorate like crazy!

Tomorrow~ I will work on and FINISH the upholstered seat-

(fingers crossed)!


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 WoW–bUsy day.

the LL built-inI ran off this morning to buy wood, chased back to the house to write a post and tell you what I’m up to–and then, jumped right into demo.

I put this half-round up as picture-frame molding the day after the walls were newly plastered-

-about 6yrs ago.

I had no ideas of eVer taking it down, but I also didn’t realize it would stick to the wall so well.  Yikes!  It did nOt come down clean, so I’ll have a bit of repair now too.  The tape marks varying heights of the project and starting point.

the LL built-in

Here’s the end of day’s progress.

I’ll actually take you through the details of this project later–

but for now, some pictures for you to see…….


Only 6 days left–yikes!

the LL built-inthe LL built-in

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I’m taking on a Very Needed,

but Very Ambitious project

a week before Christmas.

Yes.  A WEEK before Christmas.  Uh-huh, I’m probably crazy.

Mom's  LL

I’ve said numerous times on this blog how LARGE our family is, and it’s definitely a crowd in mom’s little’ish house at Christmas.  So I decided to remedy at least a part of the storage-seating-spacial issues in her LL and dining area.

A built-in bookcase and banquette!

I pushed the table over to “see” and rearrange the chairs and—I think it will work.  In fact, I think it kinda’ looks like it was ALWAYS MEANT TO BE!

This hair-brained idea hit me a couple of nights ago, but at 11pm last night, I grabbed the only paper on hand to make a sketch, then make a commitment, and today–make the jump.  (God help me)

A built-in for Christmas!

Come back tomorrow for an update!

Or to see just how c-RA-zy  I. am.


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I want this!The bf has this uncanny luck of ALways finding these enormous cabinets at inCREDible prices.  Like, so often~I hate her.  Okay, not really.  But this is one more she found (about 3yrs back) that’s been parked in her garage waiting to be put into play–or sold–or SOMEthing!

I have nEVer stopped salivating over it.  And now I “have it!”  Kinda.  I get to use it in the antique mall as a display cabinet.  But possession IS 9/10ths–right-?  ; D

It’s very french in style and would be perfect used as a french bibliothèque for all my design books!  It’s missing all but one shelf, but that’s easily remedied.  It also has a small section of molding missing at one door–hmmmJe suis totalement en amour! ♥

I LUV the stained wood but the dark interior is too much, and THERE is where I decided to paint!  WoW!  Talk about the power of paint!  It looks like someone suddenly turned on the lights.

the "bibliotheque"This is the difference after just 2 coats of paint!

I intended to paint it a very pale aqua but I still had some alabaster paint in my tray, so I started with it (like primer!).  I may just stick with the white and use a little dark wax–I’m not sure yet.  What’d’ya’ think-?

I bought wood to make the missing shelves and will get that finished tomorrow.  I’ll also need to go see the furniture strippers tomorrow too and swipe their bundle of skeleton keys so I can find the correct replacement key and lock some stuff up! ; D


the bibliothèque

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It’s SO gloomy and rainy outside~still~and another reason I’m just not into fall.

When ↑the above↑ becomes all too much, I tend to spend more time in or by the greenhouse, enjoying the flowers and dreaming of summer!

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The bright spot in this (if there is one) is that I’ve been so busy setting up our newest space in the antique mall I haven’t had to be out in it too much.

See that van through the front windows-?

It’s loaded with two fABulous cabinets that will be used for display!

BoTH will need a little makeover–so more on those very soon!


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the pine hutch






another something I’ve been trying to -muscle away- from the bf!

This CABINET! -and I wouldn’t say “NO” to the contents either!


I’ll have to share some more of the

OTHER beaUtiful things around here!

(while I’m working on that new office/play space!)








the stoneware!

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the birthday people!O.  M.  G.

I.  am.  sO.  tired.

There was sO mUch going on to get READY for the party–and then sO mUch to do cleaning up AFTER the party~oy.  I fell asleep rEAlly early last night, and slept through till 7:30 this morning. . .and finally feel a liTTle less exhausted.

But guess what—

I have 3 days to put some aMAZing things together for the antique mall before EAA brings in a hUge crowd with out-of-town buyers!

Stand by~

Until then, let me show you the current state of the outdoor china hutch.  I still have to roof it with ceiling tin, and I haven’t built the doors yet either!  (work~work~work!)

The general view~

the outdoor china hutch*Note that all the wine that would otherwise be under the glasses—has been drunk!  Sorry you missed it.  ; D

the outdoor china hutchI worried about a solid cabinet back against the clapboards–you know, outdoor ventilation issues.  So I decided to attach aluminum window screening instead.  Everything can breathe, and bugs are [hopefully] kept at bay.

Finally, just a few detail shots!  I’ll show you more as I close it in, and finish it!


--the tin trimmings!

~a view of the wine glass racks!

the old farm table legs I found at Kane Co flea market a few years ago!

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