Monday, September 28, 2009

Dear September

September Apples

Dear September,

I love you so much. I love everything about you. Kids back in school, warm, mild days and cool nights, harvest time in the neighborhood when fruits and veggies get left anonymously on doorsteps, and gorgeous autumn color in the mountains above my home. Please don't go.  Stay.



September 2009 has been beautiful here in my corner of the world. It all comes to an end this Wednesday; not just on the calendar, but with the weather, too. The first cold storm of the season finds us on the 30th. While I'm very sorry to see my perfect September days end, I'm kinda looking forward to cozying up, too! Fall nesting is the name of the game this week.

See those apples from my neighbor's tree? They'll be transformed today into a fall favorite around here -- homemade apple pie glaze that goes perfect over vanilla ice cream. Here is the recipe I use. 

If we can convince a grumpy bear to come with us, we'll also take a quick jaunt up into the canyon and get some fall pictures of the family....

... happy fall, y'all!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Words to Live By


Beauty in the Storm

Find beauty in the storm.

                                              --  Rex and Janet Lee

a stunning red sky and amazing sunset enjoyed one evening:
made possible by the wildfires that were burning further south that day

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sprinkles and Frosting

Thanks for the kind comments about my little dresser re-do!  I'm so glad I stopped saying "...gee, I wish I could do that", and just tried it! It was a fun project, and now it blesses my home. Lookin' forward to future projects!  :-)

Besides painting and sanding, there's another reason for my slow blogging lately-- it all goes back to a donut, actually... 

Last Sunday's quote was: As you wander on through life, sister/brother, whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the donut, and not upon the hole. There's a reason I chose that quote for my words to live by. I've been in a 'blue funk' for a little while now.  I've been letting life get to me -- it does from time to time when I'm dealing with long-term trials. I get a little soul-weary and start to feel sorry for myself.  I've been focusing on that empty donut hole. 

Yep. It's there. But look at all those sprinkles and all that frosting! I'm missing out on the best part, and it's right in front of me! I have so many blessings  in my life (AKA sprinkles and frosting) that I'm ignoring by concentrating on what I don't or can't have.

I think the answer to my "donut dilemma" is gratitude. 

It's all about how I decide to look at things and where I choose to direct my attention. I'm going to focus more on the good in my life, and the good stuff that's happening now, everyday, and not look for it in some fuzzy future.  Something tells me life is going to feel much sweeter.

You don't have to tell a sweet-tooth like me twice -- I'm on the lookout for sprinkles and frosting!


Enjoy "The Donut Song" by Burl Ives over on the sidebar, on my Playlist. [scroll down]

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Little Dresser Re-Do

A Diamond in the Rough

Blogging's been a little slow lately -- there are a couple of reasons for it -- one has to do with the donut quote in last Sunday's post (but more on that later), and the other is this little beauty.

For some time, I have been inspired by the many bloggers out there that take someone's trash and make it a treasure. Don't you just love those befores and afters!? Despite absolutely loving those pictures and turning pea-green with envy at their talent, I never actually tried to do a project of my own... until now.

Mr. H and I were at our local thrift store getting some books for the dictionary stand and saw this little dresser. Ooh! I could just see it on the landing at the top of my stairs...

Good bones

Darling, huh? She had good bones, but had definitely seen better days...

seen better days 

We looked her over, and found out her drawers were all wonky (normally that would be a signal to pass it by). That's probably why someone hadn't already snapped her up. But Mr. H and I felt we could handle the repair --  so, 35 bucks later, she was loaded up and coming home with us.

After reviewing several blog tutorials, getting my supplies together (and taking a deep breath), I jumped into my first attempt at finding the fabulous in the fugly!late night drawer repair



First, a little drawer repair. New drawer guides for 4.97.  Aw...look at Mr. H doing this for me late at night.... dats so sweet!





Then some sanding....

sanded down comes priming... done with a white spray primer (since she was going to be painted an off-white)..

All primed up

She's looking better already! Next came painting. Here's what I chose:

the paint

The paint color is called "Innocence". Tres appropo, no? Perfect for a newbie like me. It was a creamy off-white, in an eggshell finish. Love it! I used a roller and a brush, but found I loved the smoother look of  the brush-strokes better than the texture the roller left behind. I'm learning...

Okay. Two coats.

After life intruded for a couple of days letting it dry for a couple of days, I tried my hand at antiquing my now creamy white dresser with a brown glaze, called Smoke. This one:

the glaze 

I used the "paint on the glaze and wipe it off with a slightly damp rag technique".  I decided not to glaze the whole piece, but just the nooks and crannies I wanted to highlight.  This is how it turned out --

highlighting her good points

Not too shabby for a first-timer! I L-O-V-E how the carved design pops with the warm brown glaze. I love how all her curves and woodworking details shine through now.

they match!




We put the original hardware back on, 'cause I just loved the worn patina.  Notice that the pulls echo the carved fleur-de-lis-thistle-thing in the top drawer? Bonus! Those pulls give her a little bit of a french twist -- oo-la-la!




I'm such a dork. I should've taken one more picture of the finished project while out in the garage to give you a proper look at the "after". I just couldn't wait to bring in my "ugly duckling turned swan" and put her on the landing. (Yeah, I'm like this at Christmastime, too. LOL) Here's another look at the after:

A Diamond in the Rough

...and here's what she looked like as I climbed the stairs at bedtime last night:

dresser on the landing

{happy sigh}

I am so doing this again. :-)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Words to Live By

As you wander on through life, sister/brother,

whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the donut,

and not upon the hole.

                                                         --  sign in the Mayflower Coffee Shop, Chicago

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It's a Sickness

Halloween Mags

... and one of many (let's not talk about office supplies).

I can't stop picking up Halloween idea magazines. These here are just the ones that are in arm's reach! I have more. Many more. I can never do all the ideas I have squirreled away now, but every year there are more cute ideas that I just can't live without! It's a sickness.

What is it about Halloween in particular that appeals to me? I think it's the creativity -- but there's an added level of fun to it all, when it comes to this holiday. Maybe that's it.

All I know, is things will get pretty scary around here if Mr. H finds my Halloween magazine stash!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Words to Live By


Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble.  Pass all the pebbles in your path
and you will find you have crossed the mountain.

                                                             -- Author Unknown


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Friday, September 11, 2009

Nice Matters


I was thinking a little more about Deanna's cute little package that I got in the mail this week, and how it made me feel. Deanna didn't know this, but I've been feeling kinda weary lately -- (thanks mainly to a sick bug visiting the three of us this week; and also a little soul-weary because of other things, like some ongoing job and money worries) and her gift contained just the message I needed to hear. Right now.

I just LOVE people who act on little thoughts or promptings about somebody. I love people who do nice things. Little things done or even just said, that end up meaning so much to the recipient. You never know what people are going through.  I'm probably not the only one feeling a little soul-weary out there -- we could all use a little kindness.

Nice matters. More than ever. (Thanks again, Deanna.)

Just some thoughts.

picture credit: Cathe Holden

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thank you!

Deanna is one of my friends that lives in my computer. :-)

Yesterday I received a little something in my mailbox from her -- look how cute she packaged it --

 Package from Deanna

There is a darling frame with a scripture quote on it, and matching cute magnets that were sitting on a cute tag (is that a chalkboard tag?). I love it all, Deanna! Thanks for the sweet words on your pretty card, too. Everything is wonderful! 

I love seeing your comments here at the Bend, and I love checking out your little corner of the world. Her pictures are works of art, people! So talented.

Thank you again, Deanna! ♥