Sewing Cabinet Gets Ready for School


We worked frantically this Saturday afternoon and into the evening Sunday to get the GarageMahal cleaned out and ready for a huge project that will be done before we leave for The Southern Belle’s Wedding June 1.
Tonight you get to see my awesome sewing cabinet. My friend Kandy gave me the cabinet and it is going to be going into my office soon.
When I got this sweet cabinet the top was split, there was a loose leg and one knob was broken. Hubby ripped off the top piece and used some glue and clamps to put the top back together.


Antique Sewing Cabinet

I am going to use vintage school items to decorate my office and am using the color pallet from the 1950’s Dick and Jane book pages for my painted pieces. I am framing some Dick and Jane posters that will be art work on the walls.

Dick and Jane Posters
I loved this color yellow it is called Jackfruit (Behr,of course). I only bought a sample sized container so it cost me less than $3.00 to paint the cabinet.
I found a new set of knobs that looked similar- only a little larger- at the Habitat for Humanity garage sale. Yay! I feel like I got them for free because I got several pieces of hardware for $2.00 that will be used for numerous projects. I moved the smaller functional knobs to the top drawer and gave the larger bottom drawer the bigger knobs.
I lightly distressed the finish then glazed it with my charcoal colored glaze.
Here is the beauty with a couple of coats of Rustoleum Urethane.
My office is going to be so much fun!

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yellow sewing cabinet

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What is on Tap for our Weekend

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This weekend we have a ton to jam into a short amount of time.
Tonight Hubby is helping our City House neighbors grout the tile backsplash. Tomorrow morning he referee’s the Early College High School’s Powderpuff Football Game. As soon as he is done( thank you sweetheart.) we are headed to Star Hill. My goal is to finish my awesome western dresser, paint my night stands, glaze and poly them and the sewing cabinet.
We need to unload the truck too. Hubby found wood for my back wall in the bedroom.




We have work to do on this wood before it goes up but it is going to be awesome!!

We will be going to work pooped Monday!

Painting Therapy

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One of the great things about being a happily married empty nester is that I can stuff my car full of treasures before work then head off to Star Hill after work to paint until bed time. Hubby is home helping put up backer board at our neighbor’s house for a backsplash project we are working on tomorrow night. I got here, fed the birds, looked in a nest near the house, left the doors open then got busy. It doesn’t match seeing my kids, but it has been a restful evening!

It Could Be Worse Guys, You Could Be Married To Me


When you want to shake your head at what your wife, or husband drags home, I want you to have a picture of this in your mind…


This is my garage today after a weekend of both curbside finds and garage sale purchases. Sorry, Hubby, but it really is only temporary…I promise. I really do know we are trying to sell the house.

Here is what I found, bought and collected and where it will go.

I got this mirror along with the china cabinet. I paid $50.00 for both. The mirror is going to become a chalkboard for announcements in my office. The mirror frame will be painted “Innocence”, glazed and distressed. The barley twist stand will be left alone.

The china cabinet is going in my office. It will replace my book cases.
I got nothin’ to say about the pink chair. It was a roadside find. Anyone want it? I will even paint it if you want it to be a different color.


The chairs are going to my office. I really need them. They were $5.00 each. 4 chairs for $20.00. Oh! They threw in some cabinet hardware too. I am using some of it on a special project for a friend.
The headboard is a project the Hubby is going to work on. He has a great idea what to do with it so I am excited to see what he is going to do with it.


I paid $2.00 for this beauty. I am going to try Mandie at Altar’d ‘s method for tarnished silver on this. If I like it, I know who gets it…

Finally, the drawers and doors are from a GREAT neighbor who saved them for me. I already have a few ideas.20130422-185744.jpg

The dresser drawers are all that can be saved from this one, but the drawer fronts and hardware will be used!

See… It could be worse, you could be married to me!


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A cheerful friend is like a sunny day spreading brightness all around.” – John Lubcock ( English Astronomer )

I have been thinking about friendship a lot lately. I think I must be lonely right now in this transition period of my life. I love my new job, but I miss the close friendships that I developed in my last position. Everyone is so nice here, but I am not at the point that I have people who know my kids, my husband, or even really me. The last time we moved cities I still had kids living at home. The parents of my kids’ friends became our friends. We went to church with them, played ball together etc. It is different when you are an empty nester making new friends in a new community.
My buddy, Tanis is also going through a transition. She is making friends on the country road where the Ranchito is and still keeping up with her city friends. She is amazing!

Recently I have had an opportunity to view both my daughter and daughter-in-law’s friends and friendships up close and personal. What I observed with both of my babies has made this mom feel blessed to know that my children have adopted the philosophy that friends are just family you get to choose.
Sweet Amanda had her closest buddies at Star Hill last weekend. When these girls get a chance to gather they act like they just saw each other the day before. They don’t miss a beat. These girls are really there for each other. One of the young ladies,Yliana brought her wedding invitations with her. She is getting married this June and needed help assembling the invitations and addressing them in calligraphy.

The girls had worked all day on their chairs, it was hot and they were tired but every one of them enthusiastically joined in on getting the invitations done. I think they went back to the tree house and worked all night getting them finished up after they were done at Star Hill.

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That is just the type friends that Baby Boy and Sweet Amanda have. They will drop everything to help each other out. They are blessed.
Sweet Amanda is making a ton of new friends at U of H.


The Southern Belle (TSB) has moved to five different cities in five different states since she moved out of our home and off to college. She has a close group of friends that have been her buddies since the first year of college.

Many of them live close to her now and they do get to see each other from time to time. This year one of her best buds, Ashley went with her to Boston. It was on my daughter’s “Before I turn 30 Bucket List” to run in the Boston Marathon. Big Cat, TSB’s fiancee, could not go with our girl because he is a tax accountant and April 15 seems to be a pretty big deal with tax accounts. Ashley went along with her for moral support and I think just to spend some time with TSB. They shared quite an adventure during that very frightening weekend and I was so glad that TSB was not alone. Ashley was there at the start of the race, cheered her on, then met her at the finish. We will always be grateful that she was not alone during this stressful event and we look forward to seeing all the buddies at the big event.

Ashley took this picture of The Southern Belle at mile 16.

Both the kiddos have worked at making friends where they live. One of TSB’s new friends is singing at her wedding!

Once again I have a lot to learn from these amazing people who call me mom. I really am going to work hard on rebuilding my life long friendships and also making new friends in my new job.

Learning to Paint Furniture

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Not much exciting here at the city house this weekend. We are continuing to get the house ready to put on the market so that means we are doing a ton of really boring stuff like redoing the caulk in the bathtub, replacing a torn screen, patching drywall in the garage, and cleaning the fireplace. All necessary stuff, but BORING. We did get out first thing in the morning to go to the Habitat for Humanity garage sale and a large neighborhood garage sale. More on that later, because I did make a purchase, and scored a fun curbside rescue that is going to make a great project piece. I also got started on the little sewing cabinet, but I don’t have it finished because my glaze and poly are at the Garagemahal.

Because I get asked several times a week how I learned to paint furniture and I know you really don’t care that we now have a new screen on the window, I figured now was a good time to share with you the tiny amount I know about painting furniture. When I get asked about painting furniture the answer is pretty simple. I make a lot of mistakes, I read a lot, I use You Tube I read blogs,and I make more mistakes.

First, I would direct you to Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. I signed up for it at Lowe’s and I get the online version on my iPad.


I also check out books at the library from time to time, and we subscribe to Home Handyman magazine too.

I also recommend four e-books.

Three from Mandie at Altar’d Designs. She is an amazing local artist. Altar’d Design



Another e-book I recommend is from Jeff, a furniture restorer and all around great guy.
Facelift Furniture


They all offer great insight and information into what works. Both have their own approach.

I actually type in exactly what I am looking for on You Tube and usually find a video that answers my question.

I check out Pinterest all the time. Want to know how to distress furniture? Type it in the search box and this is what you get:


Here is one article I just read:


The bogs I recommend are All Things Thrifty, Sawdust Girl, Centsational Girl just to name a few.

Just jump in. Buy some garage sale or Goodwill furniture then take it on. If you hate it, donate it. If you love it, brag. Give it a try.

Decorating a New Office


I have a brand new office. It is roughly 3 times the size of my old office and oh, it is baby blue. Even though baby blue is not my favorite, the blue seems to fit with the building where the designer of this school really did use all the colors in his or her crayon box. The area that I am going to be turning into a school office was at one point in the not too distant past a library. Tons of space, a lot of storage, and plenty of room for my students. I am a happy camper.

For years I have collected vintage readers. I even have one McGuffey Reader. I have several Dick and Jane books as well as other classic readers.



I also have some teacher posters to go with the Dick and Jane series. they have literally been under our bed just waiting for the perfect spot, I finally have the opportunity to put them to use. What could be better- vintage books, in a library space. I have four calendar pages that I plan on framing in record album frames. I have four greeting cards that will be framed too.


In my office I have two cheap laminate bookcases. They must go. To replace the book cases I have purchased a china cabinet to use as storage and to display my books. It is going to be painted my favorite cinnamon cake with a glaze over it to show off the ornate doors. I love the 1970’s look. I have two 70’s mirrors that are going to go in there too. No one else seems to love them like I do.

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1970's Mirrors

1970's Mirrors

The sewing cabinet is going to along this blank wall. It is going to be a soft buttery yellow.


The old school desk is going to sit in the corner by the china cabinet.


My paint chip art is going in there too because it has all the right colors to go with the Dick and Jane artwork. Add in a vintage globe and microscope and I am going to have an office that makes me smile. I hope it makes the high schoolers feel at home there too.
I am ready to get started!
Paint Chip Art


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