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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Sorry, I misled you!!

I guess I was hoping that the next time I posted the weather would be well on the way to warming up.  I'm waiting for the snow to disappear so that I can hop on the Greyhound bus and go and visit my darling grandchildren, and their parents of course.

I haven't had too many projects on the go since my last visit with you - I actually I can't remember exactly what I have been doing, LOL.  This is the desk and chair that I mentioned that I was going to refinish - I ended up painting it in an off-white.  I'm not sure if I am going to be taking this over to my Boutique or not and for the time being, it is in my apartment with my television sitting on it.  I rather like my tv up higher than it was.





It looks a little messy in that corner at the moment and one of these days I will tidy it up, especially if I decide to keep the desk.  I have to admit that if I could get the desk to my Boutique without any trouble, then it would be there by now, but it really is a little too large for me to carry it on top of my shopping cart, which I usually use to transport the larger items I work on, too much snow on the sidewalks for me to lug it over there!!

Now, the chair is a different matter....





I upholstered the chair with a lovely deep turquoise vinyl, easy to keep clean especially if children are going to be using it.  Since taking these photos, I decided to shabby up the chair but I didn't take a photo of it.




I did another magazine rack, shabby chic of course, LOL


My sweet son Phil did something very special for me, he ordered and had mailed to me a coffee mug with a photo of my sweet grandchildren.  What a delightful surprise that was..



He has a really kind and generous heart.  Thank you so much Phil.  I will treasure it.

I picked up an armful of vintage, musical dolls to put into my 
Boutique for sale.  So far I haven't sold one, just waiting for the right person to come along...



The last thing I did was to make/assemble two pictures using some of the turquoise vinyl and two 3D plastic cutouts which I painted and put in a lovely painted black frame.  I think they are rather cute, but I would, wouldn't I?



Well that's it for my creative ability this time, not too impressive but the pickings have been slim on my thrifting expeditions.  As always, I will end with a couple of photos of my darling grandkids sent to me by the wonderful day care provider they have.  Her name is Anna and she has become my friend and I enjoy visiting with her also when I go to visit the family - thanks Anna....

Sweet little Kat and darling big brother Rhys...






Take good care of yourselves, hope it warms up soon.

Hugs, 

105 comments:

Patricia said...

Oh! My! Word! I am so in "awe" of your wonderful talent.
I just LOVE what you do with all your "finds"
Happy hunting and crafting

Patricia xx

Fun60 said...

You must never sit still as you seem to have so many projects on the go.Retirement is the best of times, isn't it?

Hanny said...

OOOw this is so stunning, I just love it what you did with it and I would keep it to mYself haha. I don't understand why nobody has bought such a lovely doll, the price is certainly rigt so that's not the thing...
The m ug is sweet and also the lovely pictures of your grandchildren. Enjoyed it here again, hugs from the Netherlands,
liefs Hanny♥
http://tierelantijntjes.blogspot.nl

Wendy L said...

Great work on the desk, I love the way the handles fall too.

Lovely pics of Grandchildren too, I miss mine so much too. xxx

Jackie said...

A wonderful transformation of the desk, chair and other items. Lovely photographs of your grandchildren too :o)
Jackie xx

Natalie Aguirre said...

We're getting a storm today, so yes, Spring is not yet here. Sigh.

Diana Studer said...

I have a great-niece who is also busy shabby chic and French Greying her finds.

Roan said...

You do have a talent!

Katie O'Sullivan said...

great projects! I have some chairs I need to refinish now... you've inspired me! ;-)

Annalisa Crawford said...

Step--by-step you make these projects sound so easy, but I know I'd make a total hash of it.

We've got sunshine! I hope your snow melts soon. It's time to move on with the year now, you know :-)

Montanagirl said...

You are quite creative! I like what you do with your thrifty finds.

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

You are amazing woman
gorgeous work
and fab fotos
hugs Tamara

Crafty in the Med said...

Gorgeous,gorgeous little people who look like they are having loads of fun in the snow!!! Love all those chubby cheeks!
Do like your facelift on your desk and chairs ...what a difference from boring to eye-catching.

keep well

Amanda :-)

Beth said...

You are a very talented lady Chris!

The photos of your grandchildren are wonderful!

LOLfromPasa said...

Always fun stopping by to see what you have been up to. Smashing examples of restoration work. You are very creative too!

Ron said...

Newest follower!!! Have a great day. Check me out at Uptown Acorn:)

Jo said...

Sorry you haven't been able to make it down here. Thick snow again today so I guess it won't be soon.

Mum said...

It's been very warm here this week with the sun out - no wind, no rain and certainly no snow! Hope the weather gets better for you.
Love from Mum
xx

Sue said...

Love your restoration work Chris,sorry the snow is still with you.
Stay warm,hugs xx

Hazel said...

Chris lots of more beautifully restored pieces, and your photos of your gorgeous grand children are great. Hazel xx

oldpunca said...

Dear Chris what you did during the last month is great. I like the desk and the chair in white. You are a realy talented lady :-) I will keep my fingers crossed for the weather in your country to get warmer soon and you can visit your darlings :-)
Hugs, Sonja

Marie-Louise said...

Chris I love what you have done with the desk and chair. After seeing this I have to knuckle down and recover my dining room chairs. Hope your weather improves soon.

Karon said...

The desk and chair look great and I too wish all the snow would go away! We are currently snowed in at a hotel in Rochester, NY, hoping to head home tomorrow and looks as if I will have to shovel my way into the house too! Have a great rest of the week.

Raggedy Creations said...

Spring has to arrive sometime. We just have to be patient.

Felicia

Sweet Tea said...

Hope you get better weather soon. Fun seeing your projects. I'd be tempted to keep them ALL!

Christine said...

you have been busy with lots of wonderful projects! Love the pics of your cute grandkids!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I love the way white paint can brighten up anything. Your desk looks great. I hope it warms up for you soon. We've had such a mild winter, but it seems like the rest of the country has taken the brunt of the cold.
Thank you for your sweet note a few months ago. I'm going to try to get back to blogging :)
Blessings,
Marcia

Ewa said...

Hello Chris! Thanks for visiting my blog. Yours is awesome!
In a way we share we share the passion. I also love antique stuff. Love,
Ewa

Laurie M said...

oh those grandbabies are soooo cute and wow, are they growing, an yes Chris never sits still, I know this, everything looks great Chris, the art turned out great!

lil red hen said...

Hello Chris, and it's nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the comment.

Oh how I admire someone who can take a paint brush in hand and make wonderful things happen! I have an old rocker, from my childhood, that I would love to give a new look. It originally had a cane back and seat in it's natural color. My mother made a cloth cover for it so I can't see for sure, but I think the back is still o.k. but the seat has been replaced with lawn chair straps. Do I dare tear into it? Maybe I just will after seeing your pretty things.

jennifer768 said...

You have been a busy lady! Your grandchildren are so adorable.Be blessed,Jen

Julie Luek said...

I like the blue seat cover-- compliments the white very nicely. Cute pics of the kiddos!!

Birgit said...

Great January day yesterday eh? Unfortunetly this is March but the winter weather doesn;t know this:) Love what you did with the old desk and chair-I love those handles on the desk! Love the pop of colour. I think your corner nook looks quite neat, not messy at all. My place on the other hand....my german mom would slap my hands:)

Friko said...

Delightful, all of it.
i can see you are a lady who keeps herself well occupied.

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Good luck to you and your endeavours.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What a cute desk! Looks like your projects keep you busy.
What cute grandkids you have! I hope your snow starts melting soon :)

(un)Deniably Domestic said...

Chris - Thank you ever so much for stopping by and taking the time and care to leave a sweet comment. Your blog looks great. I will be back often. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Chris
Grandkids are the best. I love the desk as well.

I just saw your comment on my blog last January. My bad. Nice to meet you.
Nancy

Carole Z said...

I Love what you have done to this desk and chair...you are so talented with all your wonderful projects..grest pics, hope the snow melts soon and you are able to go visit with your family! Sending a little of our sunshine your way! Hugs Carole Z X

Dorothy Adamek said...

Hi Chris, thanks for introducing yourself over on my blog, Ink Dots. It's great to meet a new friend.

Love your blog and beautiful projects. I can see why you love life! There's so much of it happening, and you're blessed to be able to share it with so many through your blog.

Looking forward to seeing more of what you get up to in the days ahead.

Blessings,
Your new Aussie follower,
Dotti :)

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Chris, It's so nice to meet you. I have several blog friends in Canada... Hope you will come back to my blog often and I WILL return to yours...

Hope the weather does warm up soon so that you can see your grandchildren.. They are GORGEOUS... I have 3 sons too --and 5 grands (all in their teens now).... Yipes!

You are very creative. Love the desk and chair... Think I'd keep the desk since your TV looks so good on it... Good Luck!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

JB said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment. I am impressed with your restoration projects. It is important to keep busy when avoiding a pity party. Purpose is the best motivator and making things is very good for the soul.

FabricandFlowers said...

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog. Looks like you are staying very busy this winter. Hang in there...warm weather will come.

Joanna

Kerrie said...

Thank you so much for visiting and following my blog(s)! And oh my gosh, your profile could have been mine!! I cannot believe how much we have in common in interests right down to authors-ha! Your blog is great and I will be looking forward to every visit there. God bless and hugs ♥

Cheryl Lawson said...

Hi Chris, Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a Comment; I am so happy to visit yours and will be following. it sounds as if we have a lot in common...I just retired in June. My Mom came to US from GB as a child; many relatives still in England & Scotland (sorry, none in Wales that I know of). I love your makeovers; you are so ambitious to do all of these projects in a small space! My sister and I are reupholstering a chair right now too...figuring it out as we go along...yours is an inspiration! I'll post ours when it is finished. Happy (almost) Spring...Cheryl

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Hi Chris thanks so much for visiting, it's always wonderful to meet new bloggers.

Have you met Elaine from Country Cove, her parents [I think ] are British also.

Jen

margaret said...

popped in as you have found me so i have found you, very creative with your furniture reclaiming.

Jess said...

What cute grandchildren you have! I love to see old furniture renovated, or 'upcycled' as they call it these days! ;) I do this a lot, it's so satisfying isn't it when it's done?
Jess xx

gld said...

Chris, I am returning your visit to my blog. Glad you enjoyed the visit.

You do have adorable grandchildren. Mine are all almost grown now.

Love the desk and chair. I did that white paint with a small chest and night stand in our bedroom. And also a small drop-leaf table.

I will be back. I notice we both like mysteries. I have read all of your listed authors and have lots of others I could share with you.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Hi Chris, lovely to meet you! and thank you for calling by my blog and introducing yourself. You are most welcome. I adore shabby chicing furniture as well and have done a few pieces in my house and who doesn't adore vintage!?
I look forward to following your delightful blog!

Kalantikan said...

Hi Chris, i love how you made-over your chair, i wish i can easily do such a thing too. I want to do some carpentry job but i haven't done anything about it yet. Thanks for visiting. By the way, when you comment in blogs there is an automatic link to your name so typing in your link below the comment is not necessary. Back links are making our posts problematic sometimes. Thanks.

Kalantikan said...

Hi Chris, i love how you made-over your chair, i wish i can easily do such a thing too. I want to do some carpentry job but i haven't done anything about it yet. Thanks for visiting. By the way, when you comment in blogs there is an automatic link to your name so typing in your link below the comment is not necessary. Back links are making our posts problematic sometimes. Thanks.

Anne said...

Love what you do with the things you find - you are very clever. Your grandchildren are beautiful. Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog ( I will return the compliment ) I look forward to 'chatting' via our blogs. Anne x

Rebecca said...

Hello
It is nice to meet you, thank you so much for stopping by and following.
I am afraid I am not on my blog as much as I used to be but I am trying to post more.
Your grandchildren are beautiful, they are such a joy!
The desk turned out great, you seem to keep busy and that is good. If spring would get here I would have more energy to get some projects I have lined up!
Wishing you many blessings
Rebecca

azplantlady said...

Hello Chris,

It is so nice to "meet" you! Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. I like shabby chic too and will definitely be following you in the future :-)

Noelle
aka 'azplantlady'

Tootsie said...

thank you for your visit today. Your sweet comment brought this gal to tears after a horrifying day. I am now following you back and want to ask where in canada are you? I am in wainwright alberta
Sadly I am a trainwreck on the run right now, so I may not be around as much as I would like to be...but hopefully some day my world will fall into place and my heart will find it's way back to Tootsie Time.
hugs to you new friend!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Such sweet little ones! Love what you did with the desk and chair. Just lovely!

Maria said...

Wow, Chris! You certainly do amazing things with old furniture...very nice :-). Lovely photos of your grandchildren !

Suztats said...

You've certainly been busy. Nice furniture transformations. Thanks for leaving such a nice comment on my blog.

Atelier de Charo said...

Hi, love this wonderful transformation. Thanks for your beautiful words for my blog.
Big Hugs
Charo

Donna said...

Hi Chris! I hope you've been able to visit those adorable grandkids by now! I'm in New England and we've had an extremely cold and snowy winter - and it hasn't ended as they're talking more snow tomorrow! I think March will be going out like a lion as well!
Thanks so much for visiting me as well!
Donna

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet Chris!!! Thank you so much for visiting my blog...my goodness girl, you have been busy!! I love the desk and yes, you can decide whenever you want to let it go. And the sweet dolls, I love them! Why in the world hasn't one of them sold? They may be a perfect item to sell on Etsy...so many more folks can see them there. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead dear friend! xxoo, Dawn

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you Chris, for taking the time to visit and follow :)
I hope your snow days lesson with plenty of warmer days so you will be able to make your holiday trip to see your grand babies :)
Your finds look so chic now paint in white, there is just something so calming to a room with its filled with whites.

Keep inspiring your beauty, cannot wait to see what is next to be posted here.

Beautiful days ahead for you.

Xx
Bisous

Doré

Art and Sand said...

Oh, I do envy you having grandchildren. I tell myself it will happen one day.

I just painted a cabinet with Annie Sloan Old White and sanded it a lot to bring out the different colors it had been painted.

It sounds like you are enjoying retirement. I still marvel each day that this is my life.

Art and Sand said...

Oh, I do envy you having grandchildren. I tell myself it will happen one day.

I just painted a cabinet with Annie Sloan Old White and sanded it a lot to bring out the different colors it had been painted.

It sounds like you are enjoying retirement. I still marvel each day that this is my life.

awal.ny said...

Thank you for stopping over to visit. The chair turned out wonderful. Stay warm, I too am done with winter. Alaina

chateau chic said...

The desk you transformed is adorable, Chris. I love the scallops on the bottom of the drawers. So many cute things you're taking to sell!
I tried signing up to follow along, but it wouldn't let me. I'll stop by and try again later.
Mary Alice

Blondie's Journal said...

What a great job you did!! I would say the chair has a new life!! And thank you for sharing family pictures...I hope it warms up soon so you can go visiting!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I would be happy to follow your blog! :)

XO,
Jane

must love junk said...

Your little desk and chair look so cute in white! And your mug is so thoughtful and sweet! :)
Susan

HolleyGarden said...

I really like the turquoise on your chair. And the mug with the photos of your grandchildren is adorable! What a sweet gift!

Ella said...

You are so fun! I love all your projects~ Your grandchildren look like they are having a great time~
What a wonderful post! :D

Carolyn said...

Looks like you are busy keeping your Boutique well stocked with treasures.
Hope spring arrives soon!

Thank you for your visit.

carolyn

Mrs. Mac said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have been busy with your 'junking' treasure re-do's

Enjoy retirement .. and those cute grandkids.

Mrs. Mac

Catherine said...

Goodness - you are very crafty! Lovely desk.
Always nice to meet a fellow Canadian blogger. I hope your weather turns to spring. No snow left here in Southwest Saskatchewan.
Happy Friday!

lemonverbenalady said...

Hi Chris, Have been trying for several days to follow your blog! You certainly have a bunch of dedicated followers! Well, I'm here following in spirit. I have your blog on my home page and I'll keep trying to officially follow, but know I am trailing from a distance! xo

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

You look like you are keeping creative and busy in your retirement! Cute photos of the grandkids! Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello!

Marti said...

That is a cute little desk and so much better painted white. Do you have a workshop for your projects? I tend to slack off on projects when it's so cold and our cold is nothing compared to yours.

I am in awe of your blog and hope to learn more from you.

Linda P said...

Great projects....it's wonderful when we take something and make it over to give it a new look. Your grandchildren are precious. I hope you can visit them soon.
If you ever are interested in a blog makeover, I am a blog designer...Stop in for a visit. Happy Spring

Heaven's Walk said...

Wow, Chris! You are one busy lady, aren't you? :) Between your beautiful furniture transformations ad your family, your life sounds full and happy. God bless you! :) My mother was a librarian for 25 years, so much of my childhood was spent reading books in the children's room while she worked. I would stop by there on my way home from school and curl up in one of the big leather chairs to wait for her to get done with work. I loved it there. I hold those memories in a very special place in my heart. ♥

Have a beautiful weekend, sweetie! Hope that your snow is melting, too! lol

xoxo laurie

William Kendall said...

Very nice work! You've been busy!

Shelia said...

Hi Chris! Thank you so much for popping in to see me and following my blog! I've added your blog to my follower list but somehow Google is not letting me join any blogs for now. I've been trying so hard but seems there is a problem - other bloggers are having the same problem. So...just because you can't see me on your followers list, I will get your updated posts! Maybe in a few days Google will have this fixed! I love seeing your redos! Thanks again for coming to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia;)

Deserae said...

Your projects turned out great!!! I love the turquoise covering you used on the chair...perfect! Your grandbabies are such cutie pies too!
~Des

Donna said...

Your redos turned out great! I always say, when in doubt, paint it (creamy) white! Your grandkids are so cute, sounds like you have alot of fun with them:) Thanks so much for your sweet comments, and for following me, too! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Leh said...

Hello!
Thanks for visit and comment in my blog.
I shared this post in Google+
Sorry for my english.
Good week for you!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Hi Chris,
Thank you for visiting my blog! It is nice meeting a new friend. Your table and chair look great painted white.

Art @ Home said...

Thank-you so much for visiting my blog! You made my day. I think your desk is so cute, and it's the perfect TV stand. I really like it!

I'm your newest follower.

Vetsy said...
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Vetsy said...

Chris Thank you for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments and compliments.. I tried too.. To follow your blog but Google/Blogger is having some sort of problem at the moment... I'll try again later...

Love what you've done with the furniture Grate Job! The grandchildren are the Cutest!!

Red Rose Alley said...

Hi Chris,
Yes, I am already following you, and I'd love for you to follow back. Look at those sweet dolls on here. I love dolls and just did a post recently about the Barbie that I had growing up. Your grandchildren look like they're having so much fun playing in the snow.

Have a wonderful week.

love,
~Sheri

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Chris,
I love anything painted white and most of my wooden furniture has been painted. Just brightens everything up! I know what you mean about the weather. We are getting a doozy of a storm mid-week, perhaps the biggest all winter. Not looking forward to it. We barely had any snow on the ground this time last year.
Thank you for stopping by and leaving your nice comment. I am already a follower of your blog and glad to be friends with another Canadian blogger! Happy Spring and have a beautiful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Karen said...

Hi Chris, wonderful job on the desk, chair and magazine holder The turquoise is a nice added touch.That's one of my favorite colors. Your grands are just precious. Thanks for stopping by. Hoping for warm weather and sunshine for all of us!

Sebastian Chuter said...

Nice work for the chair Chris! I love how you painted it nicely and no kidding, those musical dolls, I have one and I treasured it until now. You have lots of classy collections! Thanks for this wonderful spring day topic!

Sebastian of
Bali Hut Super Store

Susan Hook said...

Thank you for popping by my blog. You are a tallented person and have lots to see on your blog too!

Nina Suria said...

Hello Chris I just clicked ur following button and it's not working, times out.

btw we do have same interest and I love you blog, too. Keep updating yah!

have a blast saturday :)

I just can't shut up said...

What gorgeous work you do!! I am happy to read your blog and thank you very much for following mine. I have bookmarked you, so I can find your blog again.

AndreaBastelmaus said...

Hallo Chris,
was für eine tolle Arbeit! Ich schaue immer wieder total fasziniert zu, wie aus alten Möbeln, so schöne Neue entstehen. Du hast so großes handwerkliches Geschick.
Vielen Dank für die Bilder von den Mädchen. Sie schauen so glücklich im Schnee aus.
Liebe Grüße - Andrea

Debbie said...

Lots of projects to keep you busy! Wish I was as motivated as you are.
Waiting for Spring weather here, snow and sleet today. Your grandchildren are precious! Hope you get to see them soon!

Sunita Mohan said...

Interesting blog, Chris! That chair looks so much nicer after you re-finished it. And I love those vintage dolls!

syros2js said...

Finally, I managed to subscribe to your followers!!!
I hope you follow back and keep in touch!
Have a nice month!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

Amazing how your vision with paint transformed it!

Jessica said...

Hi! Thanks for dropping by my blog. So glad you enjoyed it. :-)
I look forward to looking through yours. :-)
Jessica

Bente said...

Thank you for your visit and sweet words on my blog. Love your blog and I`m your new follower.

Have a great day

CrazyCris said...

Adorable grandkids! Looks like they're having fun in the snow. :o)

Leslie said...

Wow! Beautiful finds Chris and I love what you are doing with all of them. Your little grand daughter is adorable:) thanks for stopping by and I'm happy to follow along!

Brenda Maas said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.
I am enjoying looking at your creative things.
Years and years ago I had those same plastic cutouts in my kitchen, the ones that you painted black. They were a coppery colour.
You might be interested in looking at my art which is on my art blog here:

http://artbybrenda-brenda.blogspot.mx/