holiday dining table project

With all the craziness of the holidays, I haven’t had a lot of time to write or post some of the projects I’ve been working on. But I wanted to share one of my custom furniture projects that I finished just in time for my client to entertain on her “new” table for Christmas! Whew!! Continue reading

confessions of a poinsettia killer…

This year (like every year) I bought two poinsettias. One for the center of my table and a larger one that sits on the floor near the front door. Well,  by December 2nd…I had already managed to kill one. This isn’t completely uncommon for me, although I wouldn’t consider myself a total “green thumb”, I do fine in the garden. But inside, particularly at Christmas time…I turn into the holiday grim reaper to these poor innocent plants.  I almost feel guilty buying one.

So our table sat bare for the past few weeks, but with holiday entertaining over the next couple of days I need to do a last minute scramble for something for a centerpiece.  Since I have a custom painting job that is taking priority, this needed to be accomplished in about ten minutes…fifteen tops.

I had picked up this amazing vintage punch bowl awhile back for $9…and it was the perfect size for what I envisioned.  A pretty silver or glass bowl would also work well.


Since it wasn’t  raining, snowing or something in between….I headed outside.  Again, had to be quick it was getting dark. Continue reading

just a little more glitter…

Whew! I just arrived home late Sunday night from my whirlwind remodel project in Mesa, Arizona…and was hit pretty hard on Monday morning by the fact it was December 17th! Crap!! I have soooo much left to do to get ready for Christmas!  I had a custom paint project dropped off yesterday, so somehow between my last minute holiday shopping,  I need to squeeze in painting a dining room table and EIGHT chairs before Christmas! <deep breath>

So if you run into me at the grocery store or the mall looking a little crazy with paint in my hair,  pretend you don’t see me when I dive into a nearby clothes rack to hide instead of saying hello.  🙂

But for now it’s about the glitter…

In an earlier post (you can see it again here) I made glittered letters with the german glass glitter I ordered online from Meyer Imports. Well, I couldn’t leave all that glittery goodness alone!   I picked up a variety of pinecones from the craft store and went to work on creating a little more sparkle around the house.  It’s about as easy of a project as it comes (I said easy, but I might mention messy)  but the results are worth the clean up.  Just apply glue to the areas on the pine cone you want to highlight with a small paint brush or sponge brush and sprinkle with glitter. That’s it!

Here are the large pinecones I added to the tray on my coffee table to add a little winter glitz:

Pine cones & starfish

And many more I added in clusters in our upstairs Christmas tree:

tree pinecones 2

tree closeup

christmas tree full

You may not hear from me much this week…but I’ll check in and let you know how it’s going.  Maybe I’ll see you at the mall 🙂


tile photoWell I left my house at 5am on Wednesday morning and by about noon today we had made some decisions on cabinets, tile and granite for a great room, kitchen, and two bathrooms… in Mesa, Arizona!

Yes, I was called to help my parents remodel their “new” condo down in the valley of the sun…and I have about four days to do it! Talk about power shopping! Whew! It’s been about 24 hours and we have looked at a TON of tile, cabinets and slab after slab of granite! Decisions, decisions…we’ve have made a lot of them, with many more to go.

How do you go about making all those decisions in such a short time? Well, the same way you would with a more reasonable timeline. Start with a plan…but keep it flexible. Gather things you “like” until you find the one thing you LOVE and build on the design from there.

For this project, a beautiful slab of granite has driven most of the decisions…it had that “awe” factor that took the lead and even kicked the original floor tile decision to the curb. Soon the cabinets, accent tile and ideas around furniture all fell in to place.

It’s a lot of work…but soooo much fun! We’ve made a lot of progress, but with two days left in my trip…time is a tickin’  🙂  So I’d best keep this short.

Oh…did I mention the sun was shining?!!

fun friday finds on Etsy!

Today’s fun friday finds gives you a glimpse into my internet addiction…nope, not the kind you might hear about on Dr. Phil  (pull your mind out of the gutter) …. but I’m pretty sure I have some fellow creative website addicts out there.  Pinterest anyone?  Seriously…that website makes my head spin.  It’s an endless supply of fantastic recipes, entertaining tips and creative ideas…but honestly, I usually find myself in a state of Pinterest paralysis only to realize it’s almost noon and I haven’t even made my bed –  let alone the triple layer cappuccino brownies in the shape of little coffee cups.  Even worse, now I want a brownie.

But even as I try to limit my Pinterest perusing, there are still plenty of other great sites calling my name. One of my favorites has to be Etsy. <sigh>  What these talented people out there can make…blows my mind! And guess what? All those things I “pin” and tell myself I really should accomplish one of these days…I can BUY it on Etsy!! 🙂

So here are some of my favorites…just a mere drop in the bucket. But seriously, I need to make my bed.  Continue reading

non-traditional buffet

Several people asked me about the dresser featured in my last post about glitter, so I thought today I would tell you a little about how “Sophia” was painted. I picked up this french provincial dresser at Value Village and knew it would be perfect to use as a buffet in our dining area.  Our great room is filled with various types of wood and I had been looking for a paintable piece for quite awhile.

Here is how Sophia looked when I bought her.  I loved the style…but that bad yellow and brassy gold hardware needed some work.

sophia before

I mixed French Linen and Graphite by Annie Sloan to achieve a dark grey. Painted two coats and followed with a clear wax. I then lightly distressed areas I wanted to show a little wear, but kept it fairly light. I then used a dark wax to grunge it up a bit and add a layered effect.

I cleaned up the hardware and then free hand painted them and all of the carved details using a dark brown acrylic craft paint.

Sophia Closeup

I love how Sophia turned out! Dressers are a great alternative to a traditional sideboard for your dining area. They provide so much interest and great storage too!

Sophia 3

Sophia dresser full shot


Sophia MSS


Look out my friends, the german glass glitter I ordered arrived!

JOY - glitter

So as I feared, many of my Christmas decorations pre-remodel were a bust.  Too gold, too burgundy, too formal, too-something…I was able to make a lot of it work, particularly the more whimsical items we use downstairs and on the boys’ tree. But our main floor needed some help. I’m all about the holiday sparkle, but I needed more silver, less gold.

Since I’m still working on decorating our house for the other eleven months out of the year, I couldn’t justify a big holiday decor shopping spree. So a little thriftiness combined with my decorating OCD usually leads to me looking around trying to think of what I can make…which can be dangerous. I’ve been wanting to try german glass glitter for awhile, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Continue reading