Summer HAS arrived in the Pacific Northwest!

And with a VENGEANCE!  Hoooooo-EEEEEEEEEE it is ever HOT!!  I have been waiting ever so patiently for ‘good painting weather to arrive’ and it just NEVER came?!?!  We went from WET spring weather to HOT summer.  A few sunny days here and there prior to this, but never long enough to drag several projects outside to work on at the same time and not have to put them back in every night.  

I just do NOT do well in the heat anymore.  I’ve been keeping wet wash cloths in the frig and grab one to wrap around my neck as I head outside to do a little painting.  I last maybe 10 minutes, head inside for a new cold cloth and cool of for 15-20 minutes before I venture outside again.  

The paint sure DRIES fast in this weather; that’s for sure!

6..25.13 projects big chair 016So I’m trying to finish up a bunch of little projects inside until it cools down a bit.  I made this fauxzen Charlotte in the gold oval frame a while back.  Decided to attach it to a black frame.

6..25.13 projects big chair 017And made this framed key to coordinate with it.

6..25.13 projects big chair 015Cute little duo.  Not sure where they are headed just yet though.  Time for more lemonade!

Too HOT to blog!!

In a round-about sort of way!  We’ve topped 100 degrees for the last four days straight, and I just cannot handle the heat the way I used to be able to.  Once it tops about 85 degrees, I’m done for!

SO, you’d think that sitting in the air-conditioned house in front of the computer would be ‘just the ticket’ for staying cool these past few days, eh?  And it would be , IF I didn’t have several custom orders that I HAVE to work on outside. 

I’d go out and work for 15 minutes.  Come in DRIPPING sweat and sit in front of the fan WHILE the AC is going with a bottle of water and a cold wash cloth on my face.   Finally start feeling cooled down after 45 minutes and go back out for another 15; and start the cycle all over again.

The heat just drains the energy right out of me and “something’s gotta give”, and that something ended up being my blogging. 

BUT, we’ve got a cool front coming in and some glorious cooling morning clouds today, so I should be able to get back on track with posting on a regular schedule again.

Hope all of you are staying cool and well hydrated in this heat!

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Long time, no blogging . . . catch up post; a little bit of everything!

Hallelujah! It is FINALLY cooling down. And even just started to RAIN (just as Michael and I were preparing to start on some ‘outside’ projects). But I shan’t complain. I’ll leave him in the workshop by himself, and I’ll catch up on internet stuff.


I’ll take THIS weather over THAT weather ANY DAY!!!


It was a VERY busy day at the store yesterday with the estate sale. BUT, I had a LOT of stuff and there is still a ‘good amount’ (probably sold 1/4 of what we had) left. All the leftovers have been moved into the shop and will be available at 20% off.

Here are a few pictures of the sale all set up. I barely had time to snap them as it got busy right off the bat. Michael brought the truck and trailer and helped my unload and set up. He had gone to the bathroom before leaving and in the two minutes he was in there, the store FILLED with customers! He came out, and before he rounded the corner where he could see into the store, I whispered to him “Get out while you can!” WHAT??? I repeated and pointed into the store. He gave me a quick kiss and hightailed it outta there!





All the ‘big stuff’ sold. Both trunks, the wicker set, the little cabinet and table. I still have lots of dolls, pillows, stitcheries, and assorted wood smalls. Il” TRY to get by the store in the next couple of days and take a picture of the table of what’s left. We have a 6′ table PACKED full and three bins underneath that we have no more room to put out


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So, now my living room is pretty BARE!


As you can see from these two pictures of the entertainment center and shelf above it!

I’m going with lots of ‘neutrals’ this time. A simpler country look. But before I get going too much on the ‘decor’, we’ve got to get some FURNISHINGS in there! The two trunks we sold at the estate sale had been our coffee table and an end table. The wicker love seat and two chairs, our only additional seating, and the wicker table was our other end table!

Hoping to get the coffee table built today. Michael is making it ‘similar’ to this bucket bench he made (and sold) previously:


He gathered up some old white fence boards already. He used 2×4’s for the legs on the one shown, but thinks 4×4’s will be sturdier for our coffee table. Once he gets all the pieces cut to size, I’ll ‘drybrush’ on some light ‘sand’ color paint (I don’t want it so starkly white) and them he’ll assemble it. I’ll add a pillow or two for propping feet upon (we HAVE to put our feet up on the coffee table!!!) and we’ll be done!


Not much time to hot garage or estate sales the last couple of weeks, with doing the Farmers Market and readying the estate sale. I did make it into Goodwill and found a few treasures. I’m ‘on a mission’ to go to GW EVERY week and track the ‘color of the week sale tickets, so I’ll know which color is coming up next. (IF they actually have an ‘order’ they do it in!). I’ve been trying to only buy things that are half off, especially of they the original price is over $3.00.

So, here’s what I found last week:


I have always LOVED this style of wicker chair! “I thought we were getting RID of all the wicker?!?!” Michael lamented. All the OLD wicker, I replied. This is totally different! The green is a tad faded on the backing. I’ll probably dry brush paint over the wicker parts with some antique white, and leave the legs ‘as is’; and add a nice cushion seat.


How cool is this VERY old folding chair!?!?! Even the legs fold in (it’s sitting on top of a small tale in the pic) Perfect to take to Farmers Market to sit on.


A white feather wreath!!!! Never in a million years did I think I’d actually find a white feather wreath that I could actually afford to buy! It was my lucky day for sure!


A neat copperish colored wire basket. It’s in the store filled with glittered fall fruits.


An old wire Christmas card holder that I plan to use to display TAGS on.

I better go see how Michael is coming along on the coffee table and get my paintin’ arm ready to go!