Saturday, November 26, 2011

I Shopped Black Friday .... and lived to paint my mantle

The past 2 years, we've ventured out just after sunrise to go to the Black Friday sale at Belk's.  Other than that, I usually do most of my Black Friday shopping on line.   A few weeks ago, half jokingly, I mentioned to my daughter and her friend how we should be out when the stores open on Black Friday.  Wouldn't you know they held me to my words?  We left the house just after 11 and were in line at Target at midnight when the doors opened.  We were in and out in an hour.  Great!  Then we went to Kohl's, where I had my biggest list of things to look for.  We got some great things at great prices, but stood in the check out line over an hour and a half.  At this point it was around 3:00 A.M.  I joked to some of the people in line with us that I hadn't been up that late in 20 years, and  how I didn't now if my body could handle it.  But just in case I passed out from sleep deprivation, I had my son and his girlfriend with us also.  I was confident that with 3 young adults, they could manage to drag me out and drive me home if necessary.  We actually had lots of fun and finished the night off with a trip through the drive through at McDonalds just after 4  A.M..  We got home and in bed just before 5 A.M.  The kids even mentioned making this a new tradition.

Fortunately I recovered fairly quickly and got started on the Christmas decorating, which included painting my mantle. I've been thinking about this one for a few weeks, texting Pam for her advice.  I didn't want to wind up with a mantle that stuck out like a sore thumb.

I like the frosty border, but it changed the colors in my photos.

I painted it with the ASCP Old Ochre, which is one of my new favorite colors.  I'm very pleased with the results.  The old stained look just blended in with all the stone.

This is how it looked before, in the picture of my son and his sweet girlfriend.  Although there was an incident at Kohl's when he came back to the check out line, with a different pair of boots than what she asked him to carry for her.  It was the last pair they had.  As he ran back to see if he could find them, we wondered if the boots were a relationship breaker, ha ha.  Quite some time later, and with her help, they managed to locate the lost boots.  These were really cool boots at a really great price.  Thankfully the relationship is still intact.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Small Changes



I've been trying to make some small changes around my house, mostly in my kitchen, that have a bigger impact.  I would love to repaint most every room in my house, but that isn't practical at this time.  So, I'm trying to lighten things up here and there.  This cabinet was much darker inside than the picture (taken with a flash) shows.  I painted the inside with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre.  The outside is painted in Chateau Grey. 

The original knob was small and wood.  I swapped it out with a blingy glass knob.


I also switched out the contents for something in lighter colors.

 The change is like a breath of fresh air in the room. 

Sometimes small things can have a big impact.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Close Encounters Of The Famous Kind - Ramblings of our Friday afternoon

This afternoon I turned into Hillsboro Village, a trendy little shopping/social area in Nashville.  The street is always bumper to bumper traffic.  I noticed this huge white Mercedes van, that I was trying not to hit, as I rounded the corner.  As I got up beside the van, the logo suddenly looked very familiar.  It was the Antique Archaeology van.   Just to confirm my suspicions, I stared into the window to see the driver.  Since we were sitting at a standstill, I quickly texted Pam, who has been in Chicago all week on a business trip.  If you've read some of our summer posts, you know how Pam feels about Mike Wolfe.

Me:  Omg!  Mike Wolfe n his van beside me!
Me:  N hillsboro village.
Me:  Same van from show..

Pam:  OMG!!!
Pam:  I never see anyone!!

Me:  I know!  He wust spnnd lot timew here..

Just for the record, I was not driving and texting. I'm just in desperate need of a phone upgrade.  And some eyeglasses. 

Then we continue our texting into this evening as she is at the airport and telling me her flight, which was already a late flight from O'Hare, is delayed because of a wind advisory.  I'm feeling bad for her as I know she is going to have to spend several hours at the airport, at the least.  But then I get another text from her.

Pam:  Just saw John Oats of Hall and Oats walk by...
Pam:  People I'm traveling with are young... had no idea who I was talking about..
Pam:  He's tiny...carrying his guitar.
Pam:  I'm really feeling old!

Well, I'm older than Pam, so you know how that makes me feel.  And, earlier this week I actually addressed a grocery store employee as "Young Man"...

Like I told a man at the flea market last month, we were sisters before we were vintage!  Alas, we are 2 vintage sisters.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Place Cards and Place Card Holders

Back in the summer I picked up a box of brass hen/chicken place card holders at a yard sale.  I painted them with Rustoleum spray paint in white.  Since there were only 11 of them, and I'm doing 2 tables of 6 settings for Thanksgiving, I decided to alternate them with pine cones to hold place cards.  The extras I am using to hold cards with the names of the dishes served.  At our house, we just line all the food up on the island and let everyone serve themselves buffet style.

I tried doing an online search for free printable place cards, but couldn't find what I wanted.  Instead I just used some images from the clip art on my computer, and inserted a box around it using the "table" function in Word.  I wanted to include a link to these, but I couldn't figure out how to insert it in the post.  When it comes to computers, I am s.l.o.w.     If you'd like a word file, just email me.

I tried something new (to me) to transfer the French script onto these candles.  I'll post about that a little later.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Making A Cord Cover For A Lamp - and other things

You all know I can't show the "before" picture first.  This is the "after" with the cord cover I whipped up this afternoon.  You may notice my cow pictures look a little different.  I couldn't find 2 frames that I liked better for the cow pictures, so I came up with this solution.  I painted an old shutter in ASCP Old Ochre and used it to hold the smaller frames.  I like how this anchored them so they don't look like they are floating on the wall.

Okay, this is the before.  Those cords had to go.

I used a scrap of fabric I had on hand.  You'll want a finished cover that is 2 to 3 times the length of your cord.  The width of the finished cover needs to be wide enough to fit your plug.  I cut my fabric strips 6 inches wide and folded in half.  After allowing for a seam, it is almost 3 inches wide.  This is larger than I usually make, but I wanted this one to accommodate several cords.  I actually covered 2 electrical cords and the phone line with this cover.

To get a strip of fabric long enough, you will probably need to sew several strips of fabric, right sides together. 

Please pardon the mess around my sewing machine.  My work room was trashed in the process of getting ready for the flea market and I haven't cleaned to that point yet.

If you are using a print fabric, you'll want to make sure each piece of fabric is turned so the design will be in the same direction.

You don't have to worry about the design being matched exactly because it will be all scrunched together like this.

After you've stitched the smaller strips together to get one long strip, you will want to hem the top and bottom ends.

And for the final step,  fold your long strip of fabric in half, lengthwise and right side together, and stitch down the long side.

The next step is to turn the strip right side out. Now you're finished.  Run your cord through, scrunching as you go. Ta da. No more unsightly cords showing.

I switched out my alarm clock with a vintage style wind up I remembered that I had.  My cord cover is holding the lamp cord, the phone cord, and the phone line.