October 29, 2013
Behr Paint with Primer, Charlotte NC, DIY Furniture, Fun with friends, Maeby, North Carolina, painting, Repurposed Furniture, resale finds, the Southern Belle
1970's furniture, armoire into bar cabinet, Navy Blue, Repurposing furniture, sewing cabinet into beverage station
The Southern Belle and Big Cat are getting a few pieces of furniture that I have collected just for them. A sewing cabinet turned into a beverage station for their awesome screened in porch. The next time we venture up to North Carolina I am going to take pictures of their back yard space. It is amazing.
Big Cat is a die hard Georgia Southern fan so navy for the cabinet was an easy decision. Navy blue. Not the bright sailboat blue the original beverage station is. I also decided to make a bar cabinet for them. They have a small dining space but entertain a lot so any space that they could use to hold glasses, bottles and things that don’t fit in their limited cabinet space. The interior of their home is also navy along with creams browns, and tons of natural fibers. Want to see it? I took pictures last fall Click Here. The cabinet is going to be navy too.
Hubby went to Coldspring without me. We went together to pick our paint, so there is no blame here. We are just learning that navy blue is a tricky color. The first color was WAAAAY too vibrant. Hubby sent the picture to me and TSB. I will bet she almost had a stroke.
The cabinet door confirmed my suspicion that we needed a color change.
Hubby went back to town ( 30 minutes one way) to get a darker color.
Here are the results:
Here is the cabinet in a darker shade:
I am not sure I love it, but I am withholding judgement until we go back to the Garagemahal. I am guessing that a coat of black glaze will tone it down. Hope, hope. I love the 1970’s vibe of the cabinet.
I will let you know about the paint. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
October 24, 2013
Coldspring, Lake Livingston, Photography, Star Hill
Beautiful Lake House, Close Ups, Coldspring Texas, Lake Livingston, nature, Photography, Star Hill
It seems that I spend all my time in the Garagemahal when we are at Star Hill. Not true! Here are some shots I have taken recently but haven’t shared.
I love how beautiful and green everything is now that the drought is lifting in our area. The rain gauge showed 4 inches when we pulled up this week. We are blessed to have such a beautiful place to retreat to from our busy lives.
No words here. Just enjoy what we get to see every time we go to Coldspring, Texas. We are blessed.
This past weekend we had our first fire in the wood burning stove and got to sit on the porch wrapped in blankets while we watched the birds go to the feeder. There is a quiet in the woods that sinks into your bones when you spend time there,
October 21, 2013
The City House
Wowsers, this is an old post. I wrote this a while back but for some reason it sat in my list unpublished for six months. I did want you to see this because it was an easy project that was almost free.
We made table number holders for my daughter’s wedding using recycled wine bottles.
The first thing needed was to round up some wine bottles. We cut the wine bottles with a bottle cutter because we wanted them to be low enough that they did not interfere with the flowers on the tables. We own the bottle cutter and have used it to cut down jars, bottles, and now wine bottles. The bottle cutter is available online. We got ours on Amazon.
Next I spray painted all the bottles silver.
The next thing was to put in corks and cut a slit in the top of the corks. I used a box cutter to make the slits.
I printed the table numbers from a free table number template. There are a ton out there. Here is a link to the one we used.
Here they are on the bottles.
I used cardstock paper from an office supply store so that the numbers would be stiff enough to stay uncurled and upright the whole night.
They looked great!
A cheap way to mark tables at a wedding or other large event.
October 18, 2013
bloggers, experts, martha stewart
I have been steamed this week about a comment Martha Stewart decided she needed to share about bloggers. Here is the link to her comments: Martha
I contacted Home Depot to let them know I was not happy with the comments and got a nice letter back from Latilda Stewart Bush letting me know she was not aware of Martha’s comments but that she would pass this along. Please feel free to contact her too if you are so inclined. her number is (800) 654-0688 extension 76434 if you would rather talk to her.
All this steaming about the expert comment got me thinking…What makes someone an expert?
What is the tipping point that changes a person from being good at a certain skill to becoming an expert?
I am not an expert blogger. I am not very skilled with technology.
I do not have the time or energy to keep creating content for readers and I mess up projects regularly. I could not make a living off my blog even if I did have advertisements and went all out. I am better than I was a year ago, but man do I have things to learn!!
I am not an expert furniture painter, refinisher, or re-purposer. I have about an 80% personal satisfaction rate with my finished projects. Some projects I have to start over, some get pitched, and a few I pass along to someone else to fix. As a mediocre blogger, I try to lay it out there for you all warts and all. It is my hope that as I learn from trial and error, so do you.
I do consider myself an expert educator. I sound pretty full of myself when I say that but I am being honest. I know how kids learn, I can see straight through all the crap swirling around a kid to see real potential within him or her. I believe passionately that education changes lives. I get the opportunity to help other educators improve their craft. I get paid by districts to help them improve the education of children. I am paid a good living for what I love to do. I feel that I became an expert the only way anyone can in any field. I had and continue to have, a desire to learn. I learn all I can, read anything I can get my hands on. Early in my career I found mentors and peers who I could go to with problems or to bounce off ideas. I put in time in the trenches. I was a classroom teacher for 17 years at a variety of grade levels before moving to administration. I still network with others any chance I get. I try new things and sometimes I make mistakes but I keep at it. It took time, passion and dedication to the craft. It also takes a little courage to put yourself out there.
I spent all that time talking about me just to get to my point. There are bloggers who are experts in their fields. They draw you in with personal stories, they have amazing creativity, they are changing how we think about our homes and have emboldened us to try new things. They teach, encourage and redefine design, cooking and construction. My guess is that those bloggers became experts in their field much the same way I did my field.
Shame on anyone who belittles what they do.