Monday, February 23, 2015

Shabby Chic and Girly Aqua Chairs

I had so much fun painting these chairs- aren't they so sweet?

They are old office chairs from the 1950's. They were dark stained and pretty battered.
When my boys moved out I worked to create a craft room / girl's room for me and my little Jamie Quinn. I had some oops paint in the palest of aqua and then I got to the really fun part- the roses!

I studied all kinds of tutorials on You Tube and then went to work- one rose for Jamie, one for me on each item! And then... because I had invested so much time into learning, I painted them on the front of the chairs, the back of the chairs, on a magazine basket and a little flower bucket!

And now they are for sale because I am moving! While I'm a little sad about losing my second bedroom, I am super excited about losing my 45 minute commute! My commute will be a 10 minute WALK instead. How great is that? And I'll be saving money too which will all be going into the future home purchase fund. If you are in the Sacramento area and are interested, all four items are yours for $40.

The past four years have all been about financial recovery for me and I've made such strides! I'm finally in a positive, debt free place and I want to maximize my savings as much as possible. 2008 to 2011 were really tough. I feel like I've turned a corner in my life and am so capable of achieving my goals now. What an amazing feeling! 

Sunday, February 08, 2015

The QE2- One of My Coolest Projects

Right? This trunk came to me for Free dollars and Free cents! That's my favorite price point. Of course, it was painted maroon and falling apart, but I knew I could work with it. When I had my booth at the vintage store, one of the other vendors gave it to me. 

The first thing I did was get my hands on a piece of plywood cut to the size of the bottom and bolted it onto the underside of the trunk and then added casters to it (you can slightly see them in the first photo). 

Then I painted the entire outside and added the Union Jack to the top- the trunk is painted with an "oops" can of greige that I love and the Union Jack is cream and gray.

On the inside I used Mod Podge and the pages of an old book about Queen Elizabeth. The perfect choice! The last thing I did was to take some strips of drop cloth salvage that I had left over from my couch slipcovers. The original leather handles had rotted away, so I drilled holes in the side of the trunk and inserted the drop cloth strips and just tied them in a knot to secure.

I am happy to report that this piece sold for a nice bit of $$$! It was my last big project for my booth and it was nice to go out on a high note! Of course, I do not regret my decision to give my weekends over to grandparenthood ONE BIT! 

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday and a House Tour

 Most Sundays are spent with that little cutie above there. :-)  That's the grandbaby- Jamie Quinn. What a little dolly, right?
Pete and I usually make pancakes every Sunday for her, but once in a while we take her out. These photos are from Panera a few weeks ago. See the little doll she's carrying around in her shirt? She thought that up all by herself!

This Sunday, we did something a little different- we hosted a Super Bowl Party! Since the whole house was all pretty all at once (that never happens!) I thought I would take some pics.
 The mirror above I decoupaged with zebra cocktail napkins! I love it! The excellent afghan was made by Pete's mother years ago. I never got to meet her, but that blanket makes me feel like we would have been kindred spirits.
I love my armchairs, but they are too brown for me. I'm avidly reading online tutorials about painting upholstery- how fun is that idea? I love this picture because my patio actually looks so pleasant! It's a north facing window and is under a redwood tree. Usually the patio is full of redwood duff and is dark, dark, dark. Today the sun came out for a bit and the camellias are full of blooms- how charming!
The yellow desk above is one I grew up with. I recently painted it this happy yellow. The photo is showing it to be more bright than it really is.
 Gah- wires! The bane of my existence! 

Turning a little further to the left is my dining area. See my new coffee station? I'm very proud of it and I can't believe how much real estate I've gained in my tiny kitchen!

I'm not going to show you much of the kitchen- it's a 1980's bland apartment kitchen with ugly pressed "wood" cupboards and almond formica counter tops. I did gussy it up once and I really liked it, but my teenage boys were still living with me then and my bargain re-do couldn't hold up to those boys!

Our bedroom wearing its winter comforter- how I hate getting out of this bed on weekday mornings!

I found this dresser a million years ago in a dumpster enclosure! It's a lovely old thing! Pete grew up in Hawaii so I painted this design inspired by the beautiful quilts there. The colors are a little off here- the design is my "signature" green on a pale aqua ground- I love looking at it!

Here's where the wee babe sleeps at Nana and Poppi's house. There's a bit of a mess here, but I think you get the idea! This is also the room where I craft so you can see why it's messy!

And lastly, my nice big bathroom! I actually really love this room- it's spacious and comfortable and it makes me so happy to see all my blue plates in one place.

We had a fun party; ate a lot and enjoyed the commercials and the company! And I'm thankful for the opportunity to show off my little nest!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

I Have Nothing To Wear!

Hello, dear old sweet blog. Why do I neglect you for so long? Well, I have been super busy- I can't deny that!

I've given up my booth at Vintage N More. As much as I enjoyed it, I never did make any money at it. Not because I couldn't- it was very gratifying to see that my "hunting/gathering vintage" instincts were good, but I just never had the time to devote to it that I needed. Between my job, my new status as part of a couple and that darling little grand baby, I've been pretty darn busy.

Since giving up the booth, I'm really enjoying having a little more time in my week. I've even resumed exercising which is a good thing because I've gained back 20 of the 40 pounds I lost in 2012- ugh!
In fact today I'm trying to get dressed and I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!!

I feel so pudgy and uncomfortable in all of my clothes. But I decided to hit Pinterest for a little inspiration. (How did we live before Pinterest?) It worked! When you see gals like this:

Curvy girl rocking a maxi skirt, maxi skirt and denim jacket, miami fashion blogger, miami fashion

(This pretty girl found here. The others were "media cache")
who are plus size, but still looking adorable, it reminds you that looking good is truly not about a size, but about an attitude. I'm going back in that closet and I'm going to find something fabulous (ish)!

Also, I've been thinking lately about tracking my efforts towards a healthy weight here on the blog. I don't know if I'm brave enough to record all the nitty gritty deets, but I'm gonna try! I can report that I walked for 30 minutes this morning. Gold star for me!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Edith Flack Ackley Dolls

It's been so long since I've shown any dollies! I had all of these girls in my booth at Vintage N More, but they didn't sell and I decided to take them home. My thought process is that if an Edith Flack Ackley collector doesn't come shopping in Citrus Heights, I could put them in cute gift boxes and sell them at Christmas. I know the world is a different place since Edith was selling her dolls in the 1930's, but I still believe that they are wonderful toys for children and it's always my hope that each doll will be loved by a girl. All of these dolls were made with the "Baby" pattern in Edith's book, "Dolls to Make for Fun and Profit".

The first is Baby Alice. She was inspired by Alice in Wonderland and was my first attempt at smocking. She also has very unique little moccasins that reference the rose bushes in the story. One is embroidered with white roses and the other with red. She has the classic little "O" mouth shown in Edith's original pattern.

This is Betsy with her dolly. This doll, along with the two below, were actually inspired by the books by Maud Hart Lovelace, "Betsy-Tacy and Tib", but when I priced them for my booth, I thought the reference might be too obscure so I named them Betsy, Jenny and Mary. I loved those books when I was growing up!

Anyway, since this blog has seen the rest of my EFA dolls, I felt I needed to add these girls. You'll notice that none of the last three dolls have shoes- shoe making is a process and I guess I was not sufficiently motivated on these girls. But you know what? They like being barefoot!

Update:  I listed these gals in my etsy shop on October 20, 2013.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Meet My Granddaughter! Jamie Quinn McLaughlin

So, on Thursday, the 18th I was in a meeting at work and my phone started to blow up. It was my daughter, Carmen. Her doctor, concerned about Carmen's non-growing belly, sent her for more ultrasounds. What they discovered was that Jamie, who should have been the size of a 38 week fetus, was actually only the size of a 33 week old fetus. Then they checked the amniotic fluids and discovered that they were low.

The doctor told Carmen and Jeremy that they were going to induce labor right away and to go to the hospital. Needless to say, we were all feeling pretty stressed out. Once they got Carmen started on pitocin and observed a few contractions, it became obvious that Jamie was in some kind of distress. The doctor told us that Jamie was going to be delivered via C-section. Boy, were we glad they did! It turned out that the umbilical cord was looped two times around Jamie’s little neck.

Jamie weighed in at all of 3 pounds, 5 ounces!

To help her fill out, they are keeping her in the NICU for now. I’m happy to report that she is doing really, really well! Carmen is recovering nicely and will be going home tomorrow. I know she and Jeremy are sad to leave Jamie in the hospital, but it will only be for a short time. 

We already know that Jamie is incredibly active as evidenced by her cord twirling abilities! She moves around a lot and is very adept with her darling little hands. She is also incredibly alert and smart (I can tell already!).

We have lots of fun adventures ahead!

 Have you ever seen such a darling little baby?