Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Little Bling!

I found the fabulous, yet broken glass light at the Lumen Christi sale for a whole $2. After realizing just how broken it was, (a glass arm was completely broken along with other items) I decided to disassemble is and use parts for other projects (eventually.)

First up, I added a little bling to my dining room light. An original part of the house, I've never been totally in love with it, but after adding a few prisms, I'm feeling it. Btw, I've seen the prisms at antique stores marked $2 -$3 a piece, so that's why I had no problems plopping down my $2 for a broken light.
Oh, and this is just silly, but I've found a good way to use up the Easter candy. Assemble, 20 seconds in the microwave and you've got yummy goodness.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Biggest sale of the year...(in Jackson)

Wow, it seems so long ago since the Lumen Christi Sale. Life got very complicated and I never had the chance to blog about it. Look how many people show up to this thing! 
I found some pretty great stuff, though I didn't find any fabulous barstools. (I guess know that would be crazy thinking.)

I did find this little stool for 50 cents. I thought it might save my back a little when working in the garden. I might try to make it a little cuter.
Here's a few more items, that I have plans for. I just love this time of year when people are cleaning out their garages, but boy has my project list just got longer. (:

Monday, April 19, 2010

Pure Michigan

                                                                    Artwork of Wheatfield

 I was so excited to read Handmade Spark that Etsy is testing out an easier treasury, making it easier to create a treasury and share it on Facebook and Twitter.

I'm huge Etsy fan, but I've never made a treasury until today. I made one featuring one of my favorite places, my home state of Michigan, which continues to struggle, but also continues to be loved.

Monday, April 12, 2010

I'll miss that smile...

My father-in-law died early Saturday morning. It wasn't completely unexpected. He had been diagnosed with untreatable cancer, but his health declined pretty fast. Arrangements were all in place for hospice, but I like to think he had different plans.

Since the moment he learned the cancer was back he never wanted to put anyone out, or make us suffer, or have us remember him sick, or be in a lot of pain. I'm glad he went fast because that's what he wanted, but I already miss him.

Most of all I miss him for Jack. Jim Wheaton was a great father-in-law, our sometimes-grumpy guardian who always had our back, but most of all he was a fantastic grandpa. Just look at the smile on Jack's face... his face always lit up in a special way when he was around grandpa.

There have been many moments when I’ve seen God in this journey and I’m sure I will see more, but right now I’m feeling blessed that I had a great second dad, even if it was for too short of time.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The SALE is coming...

It didn't take me long to discover the Lumen Christi Catholic High School's Rummage Sale. It's a junk bonanza. It's also totally mayhem. I'm a little nervous about my junking adventure this year because I have to take Jack along and he's not always easy to control in these environments.It's getting hard to balance him on one hip (he's over 30 lbs now) and manuveur through a crowd carrying an ugly chair on the other hip, but anything worth doing is hard.

Here' my favorit find from last cost me a whole $1.

I think she turned out great. It's one of my favorite transformations and I haven't brought myself to get rid of her. Now I'm in the market for a new dining room table, so maybe I'll end up using her in the dining room. I've been thinking of adding some kind of stenciled number to her...we'll see
Anyway, if your not too far from Jackson, Mi... I highly recommend stopping by the sale. It's held at the Lumen Christi Catholic High School and it's from 1 - 8 p.m. tomorrow, April 9 and 9 a.m. -12 p.m. on April 10.

I'm linking this to Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday and I'm hoping to find plenty of other broken down candidate's to bring back to life.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Eons ago, when I read Rachel Ashwell's "Shabby Chic: Treasure Hunting And Decorating Guide" a lot stuck with me. I love her recognition that time-worn is beautiful and her casual elegance. Most of all, I loved this little porcelian plate she featured in her book. I've been on the look out ever since.
It's different, but still lovely and the best part, it's tin, which means Jack could dent it, but not shatter it, so I can actually have it on display.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter!!!!!

These our my favorite Easter decorations... a little bunny family dressed in their Sunday's best.
Easter is such a beatiful blessing, reminding us that Christ is risen and we are new creations in Him. Tracey at Beneath My Heart had a great post about "Easter Story Cookies" which sounded like a great activity for explaining the Easter story to little one.

No matter your religious background, I hope you take this time to see the blessings in your life and be thankful for them.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

photo courtesy of Dreamy Whites

Wow, it's been a good morning I found a great blog to read Dreamy Whites and read a review of a book called the Well-Dressed Home, that I can't wait to get my hands on...

But here's the best part Dreamy Whites is hosting a giveaway from of a new queen-size duvet from Annette Tatum's new At Home Collection.

Here's hoping I win... for your chance visit Dreamy Whites.