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Friday, 21 February 2014

Warmer weather is coming, honest!!

Still patiently waiting for the weather to warm up.  Yesterday was not bad at all, sunny and bright, but today it went back to being chilly and dreary.  Good job I can keep myself busy at home.

So, what have I been doing?


I found a rather dirty old footstool and dragged it home and when I went to work on it, ripping off the old material, this is what I found underneath.  Can you imagine how excited I was.  It must be pretty old but I am no expert so when I put it in my Boutique I will ask a reasonable price for it but I think it will be a win/win situation for all.  This is what it looked like (with small legs) when I got it....




and this is what I found underneath that mess.....










Lucky the person who buys this - I think it is a treasure!!

Then I worked on an old cabinet - a dear friend of mine had given it to me and it needed quite a bit of TLC but after going out and buying new hinges and searching for a piece of board to fix the back and painting it, but at the same time keeping the original cracked and peeled paint, I ended up with this beauty.....














If I weren't trying to downsize, I would be holding on to this beauty also.  It will be in my Boutique tomorrow also and I'm hoping that someone will snap it up.  The price will be right.

How about this lovely Inspirational piece I just did.  Wouldn't this look lovely above your bed?








Another piece I finally finished.  I had worked on it a couple of years ago and was using it in my living room but then decided to tidy it up and sell it.  It is so cute in its creaminess with a lovely French decal on top.  I might bring this one back home if it doesn't sell...



Oh yes, and another Inspirational piece I did, this one with a real shabby chic look.  I painted and shabbied the frame and then covered inner board with pale green burlap and then painted letters and glued them on....


It's only when I write my blog that I realize just how busy I have been and not to blow my own trumpet, but I am truly amazed at just how much I can accomplish considering how much pain and ill-health I have.  I am in constant pain with my back and symptoms from Lupus and Fibromyalgia and Heart Disease, and COPD, and, Osteoarthritis, shall I go on?  Better not, because I try not to give place to any of this but sometimes it really is too hard to ignore, so I work through the pain and I always come out ahead.  I'm not the type to indulge in a pity party for too long, except the time when my second hubby died and I had to face all the problems that this marriage and his illness had brought me, and I fell flat on my face, but I managed with some great counselling to pick myself up.

What about this lovely shabby chalkboard?  You like?  You can see that I mainly like doing shabby stuff, LOL


Then there is this lovely little shelf unit.  I keep forgetting to take before pictures but just imagine it a basic typical brown - as you can see, another shabby chic item...




My next project is going to be a cute old desk and chair I bought from a neighbour who was moving out of this apartment building into a retirement home.  This sweet lady, who is in her 80's, said her hubby made this for her many years ago.  Notice the delightfully scalloped edges.  I will also put new hardware on the drawers.  It wasn't cheap but then I wasn't out to take advantage of her, so I will probably have it up for sale in my Boutique when I have it finished for about $20 more than I paid for it and as you can see, it's going to take a lot of work upholstering the chair and chalk painting and waxing both pieces....


Well, that's it for now.  Shall finish up with my usual photos of the two little ones who are so very close to my heart, my grandkids...

Katherine is going to be 2 in March, what a sweetie...


Rhys is going to be 5 in June, what a little imp, but so adorable......


Take care my friends - see you in Blogland.

Oh, and not to boast but the Olympic winners of the Male Curling are from my hometown, Sault Ste. Marie, Yea!!!!


Hugs, 

99 comments:

Mimi Sue said...

Congrats to the curling team! We've had a little warmer weather this week and it feels good! Looks like you've been busy. Mimi

AndreaBastelmaus said...

Guten Morgen,
du warst wieder sehr fleißig und ich bin jedes Mal begeistert, was du "zauberst".
Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Medaille in Sochi! Liebe Grüße - Andrea

CRAZYCRAFTSHED said...

Gorgeous and fabulous makes as always's Chris
Hugs Dianne xx :)

Jackie said...

What a clever, and busy, lady you are. I love that sherry box, what a find!
Lovely family photographs but I am saying nothing about your Olympic boys who beat our boys LOL.
Jackie xx

Wendy L said...

A wonderful set of creations, well done n all the work it took to get them looking like this. xxx

tilly said...

you have been very busy and made some great treasures, I love that box!!
hope the weather soon gets better
Tilly

Hazel said...

Gosh what a busy lady you have been just love all your projects, that stool/box is a delight what a find. Would love to be able to visit your boutique, but unfortunately my husband family live over in Vancouver and the island. Congrats to the curlers ours were not with it at all yesterday. Hazel xx

sky-blu-pink said...

You have been busy! I would be tempted to keep the sherry box for myself! Our curlers have done pretty well, too, and our best Winter medal haul for decades!!

Montanagirl said...

My - you are way busier than I am! Lots of cool projects you have there. Congrats to your Curling team too!

Jo said...

I'd like the sherry box better if it was still full of sherry!!

You sure have been busy. If you weren't so far away I would love to see your boutique.

Hope you are right and spring is on its way, round here its cooold and windy with lots of snow on the ground.

oldpunca said...

Wow, Chris, you are great! You have made a wonderful job in just one month since your last post. I admire your optimism :-) And I'm, realy happy about "meeting" you in the blogworld.
Congratulations on the gold medal for your curling team! Also our small country Slovenia has 2 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronzemedals :-) Everyone in our country is proud at the sportlers :-)
Thank you for sharing photos of your sweethearts :-)
Hugs, Sonja

Annalisa Crawford said...

That chest is fantastic. I often dream of finding stuff like that in shops, no luck so far.

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

The box! What a great find! Like me, needed to retire so would have time to get stuff done. Your post here is case in point. enJOYed.

joeh said...

That curling looks like a fun game, I wish the announcers explained it better I would have enjoyed it even more.

That footstool is very interesting. Someone is going to be very happy.

LOLfromPasa said...

You have been busy and what wonderful creative work you have undertaken. Brilliant!

How interesting about your Curling Team.

Melodee said...

wow! busy lady! I can't believe all of the things you accomplish with the health stuff going on. You are such a go-getter, and it is a testament that we can do whatever we dream of! forget limitations! you are amazing! love all of your goodies, wish I lived nearby, I would be purchasing a few of those items! happy weekend!

Beth said...

You are a busy lady. You have lots of neat projects going at the same time.
Your grands are so cute!

Carole Z said...

You have been so busy and accomplished so much fab work...I love what you found under the footstool and what you did with it! All gorgeous! Carole Z X

Sweet Tea said...

Beautiful "re-do's". I would be tempted to keep them all!

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous work like always,
your grand children are so sweet
congrats your hometown team
hugs Tamara

Alisonscraftybitzandbobs.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful projects love them all but that desk and chair top them all shame we don't live near each other otherwise I would have bought them. Your Grandchildren are so cute, mine are all grown up now will have to wait for the great grand babies to arrive. Love Alison x

Sandra :) said...

You've been a busy lady - nice projects - I can't believe that gorgeous box was hidden under all that upholstery - you must have done a dance when you realized what you had!

Meghan said...

Gorgeous makeovers!!!

Karon said...

Fabulous post and yes you have been busy once again. I love the old sherry box - wow! It is good that you have your craft, and if it takes your mind away from your pain, even for a little time, then that is good. Hugs. Karon.

Raggedy Creations said...

amazing that some one would cover that great wood box.

Please keep us updated on the desk and chair. would like to see progress pics.

Felicia

Christine said...

nice work, the grandkids are growing up so fast!

Kirby Carespodi said...

Wonderful stuff! (I caught all kinds of flak for wearing my Canadian Olympic hockey jersey this week--it's one of the official ones from Vancouver.) Apparently, these Americans have no sense of humor!!

Penelope's Beehive said...

Such wonderful projects...you are ever talented!
Sending hugs ...
Judy

Lynne said...

Hi Chris, great to hear from you again. Hope you are bearing up with all the health stuff - you have the best attitude. You have these things - you can either let them take over your life and succumb to being an invalid, or gird up your loins and face life head on with the best you can muster. And you do that in spades! I say again - a good job I don't live near you, I would be bankrupt! I'd have a wonderful decor, but no cash! Take care, hope your weather is kind to you. We, being free of floods in our area, are not doing too badly considering it is still winter. Lxx

Hanny said...

Wow, you're a very busy lady, I love what came underneath the footstool, what a beauty! What a pity I don't live in your neighbourhood so I could have a look but also nice to see it on your blog. You have lovely grandchildren!
Hugs from the Netherlands, Liefs Hanny♥
http://tierelantijntjes.blogspot.nl

Helen said...

I guessed you are a person who can't sit still even when you are in pain. Really nice work you had been doing.

willa croft said...

Hi Chris, thanks for stopping by my place and leaving your wonderful comment.

Love all the items you shared in this post. Wow! the box turned out to be quite a treasure. But your grandkids have stolen the show...how adorable! Congratulations on the curling team.

~willa~

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Good luck to you and your endeavours.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Andrea said...

Thanks for dropping by and following my blog, Arise 2 Write. You have a lovely place here. I look forward to dropping in and enjoying more of your posts.

Blessings,
Andrea
http://arise2write.blogspot.com

Kathy said...

Hi Chris! Thanks for stopping by my blog and the sweet comments you left. You are a very busy lady for being retired. I think you get more done in a day than I do in a week! And I love the things you refinish. I have joined your blog and will definitely be back to see what's happening.

Debby Ray said...

Hi Chris! Thanks for visiting my blog and following me! It looks like you are really busy in your retirement...I love the beautiful pieces you are working on! I love all things old! I'm following you now as well :)

Blessings,
Debby

Angie said...

Hi Chris,
I love what you do with your treasures, lots of hard work.
I especially love that crate under the material, hidden! So glad you found it waiting.
Thanks for being an inspiration!
Blessings,
Angie
PS Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. I'm afraid I'm not a good blogger, just when the mood hits. But I do enjoy looking at what everyone is doing.

Rick said...

Thanks for dropping by today, Chris. (am trying to follow you here, but blogger is making things difficult).

Very nice treasure you uncovered - what a surprise. You have a real talent for converting castoffs into desirables. Nice work.

As for the seemingly endless snow ... this too shall pass.

Julie-Ann said...

Wow Chris these are beautiful. We bought our house 10 years ago when are 4 children were out growing our home. It had been a student house so needed doing from top to bottom. I spent my spare time going to junk shops and boot sales buying old furniture and then i made them into beautiful pieces for our new home. It felt so satisfying.I live on the south coast in the UK we hardly ever get snow, maybe twice in the last 12 years.I can not imagine how trying it must be having so much for so long. Crafty hugs Julie Ann

Karen said...

Hi Chris, so nice to meet you! I am amazed by all your hard work, too. Such lovely pieces, I wish I lived nearby, I'd be at your boutique all the time.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Chris:

Thank you so much for visiting our blog, through which we have been able to find you. We are so sorry to learn of your health problems and so admire your courage and fortitude.

Cindy said...

Wow Chris, you sure do have an art and hand for doing all this shabby chic look. I love the chalk board and your style. Great work, even. With the complications, FM can be a seet back on some days. Keep up the spirit and enjoying your hobbyfor your shop.

Jennifer Helms said...

You have been very busy. Thank you for visiting my blog, it is wonderful to meet you. I will enjoy reading your updates!! Take care.

Unknown said...

Hello Chris! Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a Follower! I hope you enjoy seeing what's going on here at Stitch Lines. I'll be back soon to have a longer browse around your Blog too. Busy day today with my son arriving home for a week and a birthday cake to make...

Linda H said...

Ooops, I'm the "Unknown" above... sorry!

Linda H said...

Ooops, I'm the "Unknown" above... sorry!

Nell at njschout said...

Hi Chris, thank you for visiting my blog. I love the projects that you have been doing, but that lovely wooden box... too bad you live so far away. : ) I can relate to your health problems as I have Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and celiac. Through diet and supplements I have managed to lead quite an active life in the last number of years..I have been very blessed.

Sheila said...

Hi Chris - it's so nice to connect with a fellow Canadian. I am so proud of both the men and women curling champions. Your hometown must be bursting with with pride. Glad you stopped by and I would enjoy following you. I haven't been blogging much lately as this winter has been such a difficult one weather wise. but before long I hope to have more than the weather to talk about. Just like you I hate to complain but it was -30 this morning and with the windchill, -35. Tomorrow it will be closer to -40…enough said!

barbara l. hale said...

Finding that beautiful crate under that mess was something! Looks like you have a lot of cool projects coming up. Thanks for visiting my blog! I am looking forward to following yours.

Betsy Brock said...

Congrats to your curling team! How fun!

Love the little projects...they all turned out great!

Jennifer Lane said...

Hi Chris, I love your upbeat attitude. Thanks for visiting my blog and I'm happy to visit yours. That footstool is indeed a treasure. Hope you have a great weekend! Jen xx

J.C. Martin said...

Hi Chris, thanks for following my blog. Have returned the favor. What a busy retired life you lead, what with all the jewellery, refurbishment and grandkids! And the blogging! I admire your productivity and ability to juggle! I see that you enjoy reading mysteries. If you ever read mine, I hope you enjoy it!

Teresa Coltrin said...

What lovely creations! Yes, isn't that box a wonderful find? You never know the treasures you will end up with.

Mrs. JP said...

Thanks for stopping by the little dog shelter in the holler. I'm so glad I came to visit you. That trunk you found will certainly be snapped up quickly. I love what you do. I have a project that I need to do sometime and might ask you some questions about it.
I want to shabby up a window that I have and use it as a frame for a poster sized picture of my granddaughter when she was much smaller. Have a blessed day.

Julie Luek said...

Oh that box is so cool! What an exciting find. Love your projects-- inspiring just to scroll through. Also, your wee ones are adorable.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Chris, it's a good thing we don't live closer or I'd hand over some awesome items for your TLC! Excellent job on the box. Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm not posting much these days, but I'm always happy to make a new friend.

LD Masterson said...

We have a 50's era TV (non-working, of course) that we inherited from my mum-in-law. It's got an old round screen and lovely cherry wood cabinet. I know someone with your skills would turn it into a great piece of furniture. Alas, I'm not that someone.

LD Masterson said...

Goggle is being persnickety today and won't let me Follow you. I'll try again later.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Hi, Chris.

I'm so glad you found my blog. Thank you. I'm honored, too, seeing what a successful blogger you are. I'm glad to join your tremendous following.

That first stool/chest amazes me. I agree - it's a treasure. Your grandkids are treasures too.

Blessings, new friend.
xoRobyn

Natalie Aguirre said...

So glad you're staying busy with all the cold weather. Wish it was true that spring is coming soon. Sure doesn't feel like it yet. I'm keeping busy on the weekends cleaning my basement since there's no yard work.

Lynelle Clark said...

Great to meet you Chris and thanks for the follow on my blog. You have a wonderful blog. I love what you did with that chest. Simply amazing.

Lynelle Clark from a Sunny South Africa...well at the moment we are drowning but no complaints. :)

Saumya said...

Oh my gosh, this is incredible! I wish I had that type of motivation and talent. You're so inspiring and I'm glad you found me in the blogging world :)

Tanya Lynne Reimer said...

Those are some great finds! I love the chest and the shelves, but I am a sucker for a shelf. Wonderful meeting you.

Loca4crafts said...

That footstool was an amazing find! Thank you for visiting my blog. I am now following you, too.
Lisa

Teresa Cypher said...

Wow, you are busy! And you do nice work. The chalk paint is really gaining popularity in my neck of the woods. Congrats on the hometown team winning big!

What a find beneath that fabric on the stool! You are incredibly creative.

Thanks for stopping at my blog, and for the follow. I've followed back--I'll want to see what your up to! :-)

D.G. Hudson said...

You have some great looking items on this page. I love combing through shops like yours! Thanks for dropping by my blog, nice to meet you.

Anna Tan said...

Ooohhhhh I loved that first box! And chalkboards! <3<3<3

anna @ Deeply Shallow
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Bethe77 said...

What a fun blog you have Chris! Thank you for inviting me over. Oh yes! you surely are a must follow. Lots of fun things going on in your world. What a bunch of fun projects you have going on. I think the dest and chair are going be really nice.Thank you for stopping by my little slice of the world in blog land. Blessings

Elizabeth Twist said...

Hi Chris! That sherry box is amazing! What a treasure. Thanks for stopping by my place.

I couldn't help noticing your description of your symptoms in your post. In my "other life" I'm a tai chi teacher in Hamilton, Ontario. I just wrote a blog post about magnesium, and I think it might help some of your symptoms. I'm not clickfarming you, I just really think it might help. Many people with fibro, heart issues, and pain have found relief from taking just this one mineral.

http://taichionlocke.blogspot.ca/2014/03/magnesium-are-you-getting-enough.html

Donna Hole said...

Well I'm sold on the little chest. Love the blog Chris.

....dhole

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Wendy Ewurum said...

Oh wown Chris. Thanks for dropping in at my blog. I love love shabby chic and i am so jealous of all the people who love close enough to you to buy your products.
I can see 4 items at least that i absolutely have to have.

*weeps*
following with a heavy heart <3

Wendy Ewurum said...

I've tried a dozen times to join GFC and its not going through Chris. I will come back later and try again. maybe google will be in a better mood.

Manisha said...

Love your inspirational pieces! And that chalkboard looks great!
Thank you so much for following my blog!
I'm following you back and will probably read all your future posts!

Donna L Martin said...

Hi Chris! I just noticed you have started following my blog and wanted to say thank you for connecting! I just read this post and I want, want, WANT that first item...;~)

I am now following you as well!

Take care,

Donna L Martin
www.donnalmartin.com

Rosemary said...

Great talent refinishing projects to make them your own! Something I don't take the time doing, so I admire those that have the talent!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Amazing stuff! I wish I lived close enough to your boutique. I love rehabbed old furniture. It just feels more solid.

Good to see you have such a positive outlook. Pity only makes the pain worse.

Your grandkids are total cuties!!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Amazing stuff! I wish I lived close enough to your boutique. I love rehabbed old furniture. It just feels more solid.

Good to see you have such a positive outlook. Pity only makes the pain worse.

Your grandkids are total cuties!!

cleemckenzie said...

That was quite a splendid find under the upholstery. I used to have a small antique store--a very different chapter in my life--and I loved discovering treasures like this.

New follower. Great to find your blog. I'm at http://writegame.blogspot.com. If you have time drop by!

Murees Dupé said...

Thank you so much for visiting and following my blog. Now I am following you as well. I am really happy I met you because you are amazing. You have been really busy restoring great pieces of furniture and creating wonderful art pieces. I personally love the shabby look. Sorry that your health hasn't been great, but you have a wonderful attitude about it all that I admire.

Sheri L. Swift, Author said...

What wonderful work you do Chris! So glad you stopped by my blog and we connected. You work through your pain as I write through mine. It's hard for others to understand the depth of it and how it's like a wave I ride and am blessed to have the pain ease within the places of escape I travel. I loved the games! ;)

Al Diaz said...

Very nice things you do. You are very creative. Google didnt allow me to follow but I will try again later.

Zan Marie said...

Hi, Chris! You're projects are fascinating. I'm following you back from In the Shade of the Cherry Tree.

DEZMOND said...

oooh, such lovely items! I myself prefer them freshly painted and looking clean, but old things do have their ancient charms.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Hello, Chris! Nice to meet you, and thank you for stopping by my blog.

I see you grew up in Cardiff. What a lovely city -- and friendly! My family visited Cardiff this summer, mostly to see the Doctor Who Museum, but we also took a tour of local historic sites.

Amazing what you can find while restoring furniture, isn't it? My aunt once took a decrepit, painted cupboard from my great-great uncle's house, stripped the paint off, and discovered that underneath it was cherry. Gorgeous cherry wood. (And my farmer great-great uncle had painted it dark green -- with house paint, no less!)

Jean Campbell said...

Thank you for visiting my Seedscatterer blog. I hope you will visit often. Spring begins here and makes it way northward, so you can see it is really coming your way albeit slowly.

You do lovely work. That footstool that turned out to be a Sherry bottle crate was a real find, well protected under its trappings.

Pammy Sue said...

Thanks for visiting me and leaving a comment, Chris! Your thrifty finds and remakes are great. Wish I had that talent. Cute grandkids too!

Catherine Stine said...

Love the refurbed furniture!

Terra said...

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog today. I am already following you, and it is good we found each other. Retired and Loving It expresses my feelings about being retired too. That chest you show is very handsome and they preserved the lettering by covering it up. A nice find for you.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Hi-ya. Thanks for stopping by my blog and signing on as a new follower. I do appreciate it, and it's my pleasure to return the favor.

I LOVE that wooden crate in the beginning of this post. Some women want diamonds and furs... I'm a sucker for wood.

It's nice to meetcha. Count me in as your newest groupie.

Mary said...

Hello Chris I've just discovered your blog via the link you left on Claire's 'Another Deep Day', and I loved reading about all your projects (and your grandchildren). You are an inspiration in how you have coped with the pain and obstacles in your life - thank you for sharing. I am also a blog-person, here is mine if you feel like a look: http://daretoblossom.blogspot.co.uk/
Mary
x

Gary said...

Hi there Chris,
Thanks for popping over to take a look at my blog, always good to see a new face. I think I would like to follow your blog as well, it's very interesting. I love the chest you discovered in the first few pictures, what a find eh?
Take care and see you again. x

Consider It All Joy said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and introducing yourself. I'm happy to visit here and will be back to enjoy catching up on recent posts! Blessings, Cindy

Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh said...

Oh my! I want to be you when I retire!! Thank you for following me and I an now doing the same here because you have awesome ideas! Thank you - Marcy - www.backyardpatch.blogspot.com

Christine @ sew bossi said...

I just looooove the chest. What a find!
Cheers

Julia said...

Que trabajó más bonito. Me encanta tu bloc ha sido un placer visitarlo, te invito a mi blog, y si te gusta espero que te hagas seguidora.
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Leslie said...

Fun family photos and I love all your before and after pictures:)

xxleslie

Jill c",) said...

wow! you are really great with old funiture!!

It nice to meet you in this blogworld:))

take care and i see you:)))

Carolynn Anctil said...

You definitely have a knack for repurposing. I have difficulty seeing beauty and potential in thrift store items. I LOVE the footstool find! Wow. How gorgeous is that?