Saturday, June 22, 2019

{Post 1,671} Painted Faces...and Arms!

My husband’s company had a family day (picnic) yesterday. It was so much fun! They had a clown company come to the site, and one of the things they did was paint faces and arms. Here’s my granddaughter.

My grandson:

While they were off with Poppa, I had a little work done myself (think of it as freckle enhancement):

I only did it to surprise my granddaughter. When she saw me, she gasped, and her little fingers flew to her mouth. “Oh, Grammy Jo”, she said, “you look lovely!” Worth it!!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

{Post 1,670} Catching Up On Life

I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged when I have to look at the pictures of the last post and see what’s happened since then. We’ve been busy with grandchildren, vacation Bible school (we always teach a class), and a little makeover. I inherited a one-gallon glass butter churn and wanted a nice place to display it.

I have had an antique sideboard for years that belonged to my grandparents. It has a matching china cabinet. I have toyed with the idea of painting them. I never did because they are antiques, and if I didn’t like them, I could not unpaint them. I was gobsmacked and smitten with this picture I saw on Pinterest:

As in, I L-O-V-E-D everything about it...the gray color, the blue accents, the baskets...
...if only I could just wave a magic wand and have it in my house. I don’t know what the jar of green things is on top. I could live without that.

Anywho—fast forward. One of my friends had a yard sale. I did not know about it until I saw some pics on Facebook that she was using to advertise the sale. She lives about 15 minutes from me. One of her pics was of a matching desk and hutch. They were separate in the picture. I had the idea of putting her hutch on top of my sideboard. So I texted for measurements. It looked tiny. I flew right over there and bought it after making sure the wood color matched mine. It fits my sideboard perfectly. I lived with it just sitting on top for a while.

It was nice, but then I would go back and pine over the Pinterest picture again. To paint or not to paint??

Then I had what *I* thought was a brilliant plan. The bottom part of the hutch had an interesting and somewhat charming cutout on both ends. Could I persuade my husband to cut the hutch off right above the bottom shelf? Would it look stupid? Maybe! Then I thought of adding the top piece of curved wood to the back of the shelf to add a charming detail. 

So he cut and screwed and stapled. Then I took over staining and decorating. Here is our finished product. I am sure the decorations will change from time to time.

Here is the process from plain sideboard to what we have now.