Wood Filler Is a Friend I’m busy working on this great piece that I picked up a few weeks ago. It is in pretty good shape but missing all of its hardware. I can tell from the outline left on the drawers that it originally had Hepplewhite drawer pulls. I actually have a few in my stash but decided to take this piece in a different direction. Hence, new hardware!
I don’t have a fun Favorite Find Monday to share with you all today. I was in a car accident on Saturday and it has really shaken me up.
I decided to take two of my kids to a local spot to see the changing leaves and go for a hike. My other child, Ella was with her dad at a softball tournament. I spent the morning painting my upper kitchen cabinets (more of that to come) and then we headed out to Sugarloaf Mountain.
I’m sorry that I don’t have a Tell Us Tuesday to share with you this week. I’m waiting on a few submissions to make their way through the pipeline.
Instead, I’m going to share with you a little story about Craigslist and Karma. Do you remember this vintage desk that I finished a few months ago?
I’m trying to declutter as it was beginning to look a little hoarderish in my house! I ended up taking quite a bit to Goodwill. I know that I paint furniture and resell it but the pieces that I donated were not really worth my time to paint. Frankly, I just wanted them out. I got into my “get rid of it” kick and so out they went. We also cleaned out our closets. This alone made a huge difference. I kept asking the kids, “Does this spark joy?” until they screamed (for those who don’t know the expression, it is from a hugely popular book all about decluttering by a Japanese author, Marie Kondo).
My website was compromised and shut down yesterday. Apparently, it was hacked. After spending hours on the phone with my web host and with my husband’s help, it finally was back up and running late this morning. It had to do with words such as bots and malware and blocked IP addresses and honestly, they may as well have been speaking Chinese for all I understood it. And, I come to my point. This blogging thing is sometimes really hard. I have spent countless hours researching how to do the simplest task that would honestly take another person about 10 minutes. I strongly suggest that if you plan on starting your own site, that you get professional help to get it going. I have done mine completely solo and I know that I have made many mistakes along the way. Mistakes that have cost me time, followers, and revenue. I mean, if I had known anything about SEO when I began my blog 4 years ago, I likely would be doing a lot better! Trial and error is how I built this blog but there is an easier way. So, heed my advice and shell out some money and do it right the first time. Long story short, I bought a Site Protection plan and it cleaned up my site. But wow, what a (stressful) process!
Have you all seen the reality series, Naked and Afraid? Two strangers (man/woman) are dropped off naked in the middle of a jungle or desert. They meet each other for the first time and with their map, off they go. They have to survive the elements – buck naked – for 21 days. I really don’t know why I like the show – maybe I secretly enjoy people almost killing themselves for absolutely no reason (they don’t even get a prize at the end – just the ability to say that they made it). The people are typically pretty cocky at the beginning, like, “Oh yeah, I can survive in the Amazon because I’m a survivalist”. One woman the other night was from, I believe, Kentucky. She was so certain that her traps that she makes at home to catch rabbits and squirrels would work in the rain forest. She actually said that she was going to catch a rabbit – in the rain forest. Another woman decided to sit directly in the sun all day in the desert while holding a piece of glass up against the suns rays to try and start a fire. She almost killed herself with heat exhaustion and sadly, I don’t believe she ever got that fire started.CONTINUE READING
Balance. My 2016 word to live by.
A condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions. My life is full of different elements that require balance.
Balance equals happiness. They work together, hand in hand. With that word in mind, I am very excited to begin 2016 and have a vision for it to share.
My friend, Mark is a very talented photographer. His studio online is Mark DiJulio Photography where you can view his wonderful work. This fall, we had Mark take a few family shots. I was just amazed at the difference between a real professional photographer versus my own attempts at taking our pics! It is so great to finally have a few true family portraits where we are all in the picture!
You asked for it 🙂
A quick tutorial on how I apply Annie Sloan wax onto chalk paint to give a durable, hand rubbed finish. On this video I used both her clear and dark waxes.