an alphabet of thanks “O”


Choice
Choices (Photo credit: anyjazz65)

Today’s choice was narrowed to “obvious”, “openness”, “organize” and “options”. I like things that are obvious. I don’t like playing guessing games with life. I like concrete answers. I like people that are open. I don’t like people that have an agenda, you never know where you stand with them. I like to organize-things, my schedule, my life. I don’t like chaos. I could write volumes about each of these but I’m going to settle on “options” because “options” is really just another word for “choices.” And I’m a big believer that we all have choices about most things in our life.

We’ve been updating our big old farmhouse. I had a general idea where I was headed with the house. I wanted to ditch the heavy, wood-grained look and go for something crisper.I have made a lot of painting color choices. In this case I wish I hadn’t had so many options. At one point, I had nine, NINE, samples of white paint. I never realized there were so many different whites.

Painting the furniture,however, was a no-brainer. I had been studying decorating websites and magazines for months and months and when the time came to decide, it all just kind of fell into place. I am fairly confident in my decorating abilities as it is one of my passions. It’s been my experience that when we’re passionate about something we’re usually good at it. I feel like I make good decorating choices. At least most of the time.

I have a cousin who is passionate about cooking and she’s a wonderful cook. I’m not passionate about cooking-enough said about my culinary skills.

But when it comes to people, our options can become very complicated. Things are just things. People are people; they can hurt and they can be hurt. Relationships can be damaged forever if we choose the wrong words for example.

Sometimes there are more options than the obvious but they usually only show up after we’ve let some time lapse. Most things in life can sit on the back burner for awhile. Often they resolve themselves if we let them sit and simmer.That’s the wonderful thing about options. You even have choices about your choices!

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an epiphany


(Heads up! This is a re-post from way back when. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how the technical side of blogging  has been a steep learning curve for me. I’m re-writing some very early blogs because I did so much wrong in those early days. Like wrong tags, no tags, no categories, etc. I like to think I know so much more now. 🙂 Some of these early posts set the stage for subsequent posts. I’m not re-posting just to re-post. I’ve spent even more time on these re-posts than I did the originals. I will always let you know when I’m re-posting something which won’t be too often. Thanks for understanding.)

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This blog finally became reality when I decided (after years of procrastination) to paint my dining room hutch. When I see this “before” picture,  I remember how much I disliked it for years.

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Here it is in progress.

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The thought of possibly ruining it kept me paralyzed. But one  morning I knew the time had come. I was up early and painting by 10:00 a.m.  For some reason, that morning’s resolve was an epiphany. After years of studying my nemesis, depression, and coming to terms with where I wanted my life to go, it just all finally came together like a really good recipe. It seemed as though during the night God had silently imprinted on my mind,  “Go ahead and enjoy your life. Take some chances. It’s o.k. I approve.”

Here it is decorated for Christmas. Since then, I’ve filled the shelves with creamy white accessories. I love it. I’ve yet to finish the table and chairs only because I can’t find chairs I want so I’ll probably just paint the chairs I’ve got.

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DIY/guest bedroom


Last year my husband and I were having a conversation about and redecorating the bedrooms. He looked at the ceilings in this room and in another bedroom and said, “What’s the point of redoing the rooms when the ceilings look like their about to fall down.?  You know where this  is heading, don’t you? Here are some before pictures.
 

  Faux deer 030   Look at the trim. Pathetic, huh? Remember, this house is over 1oo years old! Faux deer 099Faux deer 033  Finally, it’s done. I moved the rods to the ceiling which are nine feet tall and just let them puddle. The green coverlet at end of bed I purchased at Goodwill for $5.00

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This is a close up of the great medallion piece I bought at Hobby Lobby. The color is perfect.

This is close up of bed and wonderful medallion I recently found at Hobby Lobby.. Am thinking about painting the bed black for a little more contrast.

The color was perfect. The “dream” garland above was traced from stencils and then cut out of scrapbook paper and glued to a ribbon. The pillows on the bead are all vintage ones I’ve picked up over the years.You will notice the bird pictures to the left of the window in a previous picture. I loved the frames but hated the picture. I knew I would end up putting a different picture in them. One day I took out some wallpaper samples and began drawing. I like the metallic paper so thought, “Hey, I’ll create one bird for each picture. I wanted the pictures to be very simple. Here is the original picture. 001

 Metaliic wallpaper cut into shapes

Metaliic wallpaper cut into shapes

 Added wings with "sharpie"

Added wings with “sharpie”

 Final product

Final product

Pictures on the wall.

Pictures on the wall.

Here is another view of the bedroom. For some reason the pillows and the chest have a pink cast to them which isn’t correct.IMG_2298

a place of retreat/teeny tiny red cabin


teeny tiny red cabin

(this was also posted in “depressionsgift.com)

Posted on May 2, 2013

Thought you might like to see some pictures. I will be writing from this location a lot this summer. I think you will understand why I find so much peace here.

CABIN, BUNKHOUSE 2013This is the main cabin. It’s only 500 square feet. Below is the bunk house. I used my Picasa editing program to make the pictures really great but I can’t get those pictures to download so I’m having to use unedited versions.  As you can see, none of the trees are in leaf yet and none of the plants I planted last year are in bloom. I have Lady’s Mantles planted in front of bunk house along with some grasses. Going to plant much more this summer. Ground is bear around both cabin and bunkhouse as we had to have trees removed for the bunk house to be built. Than we had to have electrical brought to bunk house from cabin so our yard really got bulldozed more than I wanted. My friend made the sign for me for Christmas. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Paris often because of my husband’s travel schedule and obscene number of frequent flyer miles. I always knew the bunk house would be named “La Cabinette.”DSC00282

This is inside cabin. To the right and in the front is the "kitchen". The bed kind of sits in a alcove. I had that darn laundry bag edited out of picture but as I said, can't get Picasa version to download.

This is inside cabin. To the right and in the front is the “kitchen”. The bed kind of sits in a alcove. I had that darn laundry bag edited out of picture but as I said, can’t get Picasa version to download.

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Inside bunk house. There are shelves pretty much on every wall. Walls are whitewashed in white. Ceiling in a wonderful seafoamy blue-green. It must have been one hundred degrees when we did this.. My husband could have killed me as just plain ole' painting would have been so much easier.

Inside bunk house. There are shelves pretty much on every wall. Walls are whitewashed in white. Ceiling in a wonderful seafoamy blue-green. It must have been one hundred degrees when we did this.. My husband could have killed me as just plain ole’ painting would have been so much easier.

Bought two chairs AND a love seat for $60.00 at local Goodwill. The cushions and pillow purchased same day for about $5.00. Table from Goodwill as well, $5.00. Everything in bunkhouse and cabin purchased at garage sales or Goodwill. I  LOVE thrift shopping and repurposing.

Bought two chairs AND a love seat for $60.00 at local Goodwill. The cushions and pillow purchased same day for about $5.00. Table from Goodwill as well, $5.00. Everything in bunkhouse and cabin purchased at garage sales or Goodwill. I LOVE thrift shopping and repurposing.

Candlesticks dry brushed. Look closely at the round shiny object. Will tell you what it is and how I used them in next picture.

Candlesticks dry brushed. Look closely at the round shiny object. Will tell you what it is and how I used them in next picture.

The gold shiny decorations are gold nails used for nailguns. I found them at a Habitat for Humanity store for $1.00 each. They are just sitting on top of the nails I used to hang the curtains.  Aren't they cool?

The gold shiny decorations are gold nails used for nailguns. I found them at a Habitat for Humanity store for $1.00 each. They are just sitting on top of the nails I used to hang the curtains. Aren’t they cool?

Another close up view of shelf arrangement on back wall.

Another close up view of shelf arrangement on back wall. I always knew exactly how I wanted to decorate the inside. I had been studying magazines for years. I knew I didn’t want a ceiling (the rafters are open) and that I didn’t want “walls”. I wanted everything exposed. Of course, that means the bunk house is not insulated. So when it’s really cold or really hot, it’s barely inhabitable. But I can always put on more clothes and hey, it’s in the woods, I can strip down to almost nothing if I want. Hubby would love it.

As I’ve said so often, I’m so grateful to have a place like this to come to. Being here really helps me gain perspective. One verse from Scripture that I love is from Proverbs 3: 5 & 6. (Proverbs is a book in the Christian bible.The bible is divided by books, chapters and verses.) It says:

“Trust in the the Lord with all your heart. Don’t try to figure out everything. Make God first in your life and he will direct your path”. (My paraphrase.)

I find that easy to do at Teeny Tiny Red Cabin.

God bless.

living room re-do


living room re-do

Finally, some remodeling pictures to post. The very day we started ripping up the tile, my mom came over to visit. I had stopped by her house earlier and asked her to come over and have a glass of iced-tea.

I saw her pull-up in my driveway and went out to meet her.  As she stepped up on the first step to come inside, she slipped on the concrete and hit her head hard on the sidewalk. She didn’t lose consciousness but was bleeding from her head.  Thank goodness she didn’t lose consciousness but she did suffer from verigo for about three months.

It is now six months later and she is well on her way to recovery but seeing as she was unsteady on her feet even before she fell, I don’t anticipate she will get any better than she was before the accident. 

Anyway, you can imagine what my next few weeks were like. My husband had a fishing trip planned with my son the next week and I insisted that he go ahead.  So after visits to the hospital, I would come home and rip up tile. I could only carry about ten tiles at once so there were countless trips to the garage. 

 In the meantime, we had already hired a contractor to begin doing some work on the second floor. To say I had a lot going on all at once is to put it mildly. Anyway, it’s done and it’s beautiful.  Here’s the pictures.

This first picture shows the tile that covered the hardwood floors. To the right you will see some carpet. There is also carpet next the staircase. The former owners had a wood burning stove in the fireplace and brought in the firewood from what we call our “sunroom”, a former porch. There are doors leading outside. Rather than drag firewood over the carpet, they essentially made a wide tile “path” from the door to the fireplace. It was kind of cool and certainly made our home unique. However, the tile was cracking and I broke a couple pieces checking out the floor underneath. So……….

IMG_1301The next few pictures show various stages of demolition.

IMG_13002013-Jan  I-phone 015If you look in front of the fireplace you will see that we uncovered a beautiful flagstone hearth. We had no idea it was there.  We were thrilled but it took us a total of forty hours to get off all the cement and mastic. I was on my knees so long, I suffered an injury to my knee that still isn’t healed. 

We contracted the refinishing of the floor. IMG_1590Here’s the floor with the beginning stages of the poly. The dark spot is the area the contractor stained to show me the color. I am in love!

IMG_1603These next pictures show the finished floor.  The floor is wet here but I chose a matte finish and so it is considerably less shiny than what shows here.

After the floors were done, we re-painted walls, trim and fireplace in both rooms. (They are  big rooms with ten foot ceilings.  Yikes!) We painted the same colors.  Reason?  I was too chicken to go white and the colors are very neutral. Trim is Behr’s Cottage White which is my favorite new white.IMG_1630 IMG_1629 IMG_1681The picture above was taken after we painted the living room. The staircase is not completely done yet. We are working on the upstiars and will be replacing carpet on stairs so am waiting for that to get done. The bannister and newel post is black.

These are pictures taken at Christmas and a couple after Christmas. I forogt to mention that the pillow below is made from a skirt I bought at Goodwill. Now the part about the waistband should make some sense.

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