Monday, March 25, 2013

Just Some Cabinet Re-facing

 I've been working on the kitchen in my Rich tudor house.  (By the way, I just saw this same house sell on Ebay for over $500! Wow!).
Anyway, I purchased this kitchen set (not the table and chairs, but everything else) on Ebay.  There were photos of it, but it was hard to tell how poor the condition was until I got it in person.
 It's the same set that's in my 1906 house, and I love it in there, which is why I wanted another.
 Plus, this set came with additional cabinets and a broom closet.  But yikes!  As you can see, it has really been through the ringer- I'm not sure what happened to it over the years, but virtually all the paint was gone, in addition to several drawers.  It was pretty sad.
 So I finally decided to put in some time and refurbish it!  I scraped as much of the old stuff off as possible, and matched the paint color to my other set.  I cut balsa wood to fashion new drawers, and added knobs out of nailheads.  I have to say that it came out pretty well!  Much better than I had expected!
Only now, with all that off-white in there, it's looking a little blah.  I think I need some more color in there-maybe a new table or a tablecloth.  We'll see.  I'm almost done decorating this house, so it will probably be the next dollhouse tour I'll do! 
Hope you're all having a nice start to Spring. My kids are home for Spring Break right now, so hopefully it will be a fun week for us!

Friday, March 15, 2013

I've Jumped on the Globe Bandwagon...

 I've admired globe collections on others' blogs for some time now, but was hesitant to start my own.  I'm always kind of resistant to doing things that are too "popular" or "trendy".  But I just can't deny the fact that globes are really pretty, and look so nice and vintage-y when grouped together in a collection!
So I've given in to temptation and decided to go with it!  I'm such a follower- ha ha!  We're in the middle of re-doing our family room, and I think the globes will work nicely with the new decor.  I've found four nice ones so far.    As you can see, we have a ledge at the top of one wall where they fit perfectly.
 This one is my newest find.  I love the darker aqua color, and the fact that it sits on a wooden base.
 This one is probably my favorite- nice and aged, and really pretty colors!
 The other two are a bit newer, but they add a nice variety to the colors.
 It's actually a little difficult to display them because they're all so similar in size, so I've raised the back one with a block of wood.
I'd like a couple more in varying sizes to round out the collection, but I'm happy with how it looks so far!
And thank you for your excitement about the announcement from my last post!  As I said, I'm not sure how quickly things will happen (I'm having some printing problems with the smaller sizes, unfortunately), but I'm crossing my fingers things will turn out smoothly.  Marcia asked whether I've made any new paintings, and the answer is yes.  Both of them will be part of the first run of prints, so I'm excited to show them to you all once everything's ready!   I'll keep you all updated!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Coming Soon...

Yes, I have finally taken the plunge and am going to start selling prints of my work!  To begin, I've chosen 12 of my favorite pieces which will be available in 8x10, 11x14, and 16x20 sizes.  I'm so excited about the 16x20's- they look so great! 
 I'm not sure when this whole venture will go live, because I still have a lot of work to do, but just wanted to give you all a heads up about the exciting upcoming news!!  I'll be sure to let you guys know first, as soon as things are ready!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Time With My Baby

These photos are a few months old, but I just ran across them and realized I never posted them!
I've just recently come to the "realization" that this is my last school year to have her home with me.  She goes to preschool two days a week, and then it is just the two of us the rest of the week while the boys are at school.
It's so easy to use my time with her to get things done (taking just one kid on an errand is so much easier than taking all three, right?), but I'm trying to remember that this time with her is precious.
Next year she'll be in preschool five days a week (in Florida, we have state-funded pre-kindergarten for four-year-olds), and it's just going to be me by myself every morning...

As much as I'll sort of love having all that time, I know I'm going to be really sad, and wish I had spent more quality time with her.  She and I are sort of a team these days, and I'll miss that!
But such is the life of a mother, right??
Avery's wearing a vintage Polly Flinders dress, with thrift store tights and thrift store shoes...