Monday, July 13, 2015

She's Gorgeous!

I knew this vintage buffet was a winner and looker in her day. 
Very heavy solid oak desperately screaming "make me pretty". 

                   Perfectly vintage, great bones, perfect drawers, felt lined top 2 drawers, awesome                                                         hardware. What more could I want?

         The hardest part was deciding on a color & interior paper liner. It was obvious I was keeping                    the harware. If you have read my previous blogs, I'm a sucker for hardware. Gets me                                         every time and this one had the original vintage hardware.
                       The original locking key was long gone & a bottom handle, but thats ok.

                          Stripped down to her bare bones, feeling a little naked it think.


                                   Never underestimate what a little color can do to an old piece.
                                      This color is called Basil - Milk Paint by General Finishes,
                                               I love their products, did I say Love!

       A little distressing, top coat and of course my whimsical paper.

All dressed up - Toodles, Karen

Sunday, July 12, 2015

It's the little things in life, so don't sweat the small stuff!

Little things in life can paralyze a person.  They are all consumed by thoughts wondering "what if" or "how come" or "I don't have enough money" or "what will they say" or "I cant make it" or "I'm not good enough".  Why is it that we allow those "little things" to keep us in bondage to fear, worry, stress, heartache & on & on.  Dont sweat the small stuff!

This is not a pep talk on life & issues because we all have them BUT on how we should handle them.  Romans 12:2 in the bible says "be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind". Now that is good advice!  When that thought try's to creep up, change your stinking thinking into finding the solution.  Joyce Meyer has an excellent book called "The Battlefield of the Mind",  that's where it all starts, the mind.  So stop and say no! I'm not going there, no!
Is this true or what?

I myself have painting deadlines, customer orders, scouring for furniture, the social media world that goes along with running a business, supplies, more time than money (no that's not true - I have neither sometimes) but I always say " I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13  and push full steam ahead.  Can you tell I'm in the fighting mode?  

                                                        This is a great motto girls!

Let's challenge ourselves to go out and move those mountains, break down walls, spread some sunshine, love someone more, be more at peace, clear our minds, be nice, be happy, be kind, love a dog or cat, hug a kid or a homeless person, laugh a little (that's contagious and does a merry heart good), sing in the rain or in the shower, smell a flower, bring some sunshine to your day or someone elses.


          Painting is my outlet and is also a very solitary occupation that allows me to think alot but that's when I turn on Hillsong full blast and get my praise on. Whatever is hanging over my head or in my mind is gone. Are the issues still there? Yes sometimes, but remember life is like a bowl of cherries --

                                          Don't take it too serious - life is too mysterious
                                          So live it, love it, wiggle your ears
                                          And think nothing of it, you can't do without it
                                          There's no two ways about it
                                          You live and laugh at it all
                                          Life's just a bowl of cherries  - Judy Garland

                                          Be blessed and be at peace, don't sweat the small stuff!

                                          Toodles - Karen