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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Touching Base

Just stopping by today to touch base with all of you.  I had a wonderful vacation with my son, his lovely wife and my two adorable grandchildren.  Ten days went by so quickly and I think that this was one of the best visits to date.  I managed to treat my sons (twins) to a birthday supper whilst I was there and was able to take part in my grandson's fifth birthday.

Unfortunately, when I returned home I indulged myself in a really fine dose of 'flu', or something resembling it..... fever, chest and nasal infection, sore throat, general malaise, no appetite and nausea.  So, for a week or more, I really did nothing and hardly even left my apartment.  I'm pleased to report that I am greatly improved and hoping for more strength every day.

This last month I haven't made anything exciting for my Boutique but I do have a couple of items on the go so I will show them next posting.  So, that's it - pretty uneventful really so I will leave you with a couple of photos of my little darlings.  I can't wait to go and visit them again.  I figure in about another month-six weeks.








So my lovely blogging buddies, sorry for the lack of projects but I make up for it with delightful photos, LOL  I hope you all will be well and happy - until we meet again......

Hugs, 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Greyhound, Grandkids and Gadabout!!!

I'm beginning to get quite excited.  In just a few days I will be embarking on the Greyhound bus on my way to visit my darling grandkids and their parents.  It's about six months since my last Gadabout and can't wait to see the changes in the little darlings.  Of course I have Skyped with them but it's not the same as being in the same room with them, cuddling and kissing them and I aim to get me lots of that kind of loving.

Do you want to see what I have been up to since my last post?  Of course you do, LOL


I wish I had taken a photo of the before for this item - that's one of my weaknesses, I forget to do it and then once I have started to refinish, it's too late.  You will have to imagine how this looked just plain wood coloured.  It's much nicer shabby chic'd.....





A dear friend and neighbour needed to have her patio tables painted so I gave them a few coats of off-white paint and another couple of coats of varnish.  They look so nice now outside her patio doors with her flowers sitting on them....



I found these two chairs at one of the Thrift Stores and they were pretty ugly......



and with some inspiration and lots of hard work, I turned them into something very pretty and they are now in my Boutique waiting for their forever home.







I changed this flower basket from this...


into this.....


My biggest project was working on two end tables.  Actually, they were quite beautiful in their original state but there would be a better chance of them selling if I shabby chic'd them.  Not everyone likes the idea of painting good wooden furniture but it seems to be the trend these days.....

This is what they looked like before I transformed them....









and finally, into this....


I hope you like them.

A little black shelf I did....


and finally, a family sign, measuring just over two feet.


A box which could be used for so many things, shabby chic'd with a French decal...


and a shelf which could go with it...


That's about it for this post.  As usual, I will finish off with a couple of photos of my darling grandkids.  Did I say that I was excited at going to visit them soon?  I will get lots of new photos when I'm there.

Little Katherine (Kat)


and Rhys, who will be turning five when I'm there.
(being silly)


Well my friends, 'til the next time.... be healthy, happy and take good care of each other.

Hugs, 

Monday, 19 May 2014

Gorgeous day

What a gorgeous day it has been today.  We sure have waited long enough for the weather to warm up and hopefully Spring/Summer is now here to stay.  We have suffered a long, dismal winter and most people were getting down in the dumps, even those who enjoyed the outdoors and snow.

Here are a few things I have been working on...

This is a small, older shelf unit, nothing special about it so just spruced it up with a coat of paint....

Before


During



And After


I painted another table in the same colour but this one I added hand-painted blackbirds to it....

From this


To this



To this..



An old sewing machine table (of course I forgot the before picture)...


Looks great...


And lastly...

Two old doll cradles I had in my Boutique for quite a while and they weren't going anywhere so I decided to paint them up and shabby chic them.  Hopefully they will now sell.  Dolls included of course!!

From these



To these



Which ended up looking like this....


Throw in a couple more babies just for fun....


Oh, and I knitted these two scarves.  The yarn was the softest I have ever knitted with.  I can't remember the name of it but it came in skeins and was as soft as bunny fur.


Well, that's just about it for now.  I'll leave you, as usual, with a photo of my sweeties, my grandkids....

Katherine



And Rhys



Not a very good selection - will have to take some close-ups when I go to visit, which I hope will be very soon.

Well friends, have a wonderful week.  Thanks for sharing your blogs with me.  I might not always comment but I sure do enjoy reading and getting ideas.

Hugs,