Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wastin' Away Again in MVA-Ville (And an awesome dresser to make up for it)

Warning: LOTS of words ahead.  Skip to the bottom if you are a pictures only person.

What a day yesterday was.  What a day.  Not in a good way.  I am usually a very upbeat person, but yesterday beat me up, and then kept kicking me while I was down.  And we are friends, right?  So I can be honest with you all, and complain every now and again, right?  I promise I won't make it a regular thing.

Let me also preface by saying that Chris is away for work this week, so I am single mom.  And let me also tell you (boys, no need to read this next line!) I have had my period for 12 days.... yes you read that right.  12 days.  I have no idea why, but needless to say I am not happy about it!  A) It's just not fun.  B) It's messing with my emotions.

So, the day started out with my discovering that Sawyer had left our basement freezer door open ALL NIGHT LONG- open for 12 hours long.  Bye bye meats, hello water.  I got the kids dressed, fed, ready, and headed to the car to get to the bus stop.  While heading to the car, I discovered that Emmy had not put the lid on the outdoor toy storage (as she was supposed to after she picked up her toys).  We had a giant storm last night, so the bin was so full of water I couldn't even lift it to get the water out, and had to wait a little while for some to evaporate.  Anyhow, we made it to the bus stop, and Emmy and I headed to the grocery store.  Because I had discovered we were almost out of dog food (Chris' responsibility to keep that filled, so insert some growling on my part).  On our way to the grocery store, I had a cop behind me.  I was going the speed limit, but was pulled over. Why?  Because my car's registration had been suspended because we hadn't changed the address.  UGH.  Again, Chris takes care of that stuff, but he had said it wasn't necessary (or so he was told when he called in the Fall).... Apparently it was.  The officer was very nice and gave me a warning and told me to go to the store and then go home and take care of it.

So, I went to the store, went home, and gathered up everything I needed and headed to the MVA with Emmy.  I waited there for 1 hour and 15 minutes, only to finally get to my turn and have the man say, "Have you been married or divorced at all?"  Well, yes, I was married in 2003.  And then he told me the laws have recently changed and before I can do anything I need to go to the SS Administration and change that and then come back.  So I waited in line for that time and got nowhere.  I came home and printed out what I need for the SS Admin, but I have to go back today since I had to be at the school for Sawyer's writing festival and had no more time left yesterday.  I spent the 30 minute drive home crying off and on, feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, angry.  Am I aware that most of this was my fault?  Well, yeah, I am sure it is... BUT they don't make it easy to understand all the laws and rules, and Chris even called them yesterday and was told something other than what I was told.

So, it was a pretty awful day.  Let's move on and look at something pretty. :)  Recently I got a new dresser for my room (if you are new here, it is the one in my header), which replaced the mid century dresser I just had to have a while back.  I never thought I would replace that one, I love it so much!  Anyhow, here is the mid century dresser to refresh your memory:

I still loved it, so we decided we would use it as a TV stand in the playroom.   Well, when Chris realized it would fit down there, he asked if instead we could use the white credenza we had, because it would work better with the cable box/dvd player/etc.

So I said that was fine by me, but now what was I going to do with this dresser..... I could NOT get rid of it.  SO, I started thinking about putting it in Emmy's room because we need a slightly larger dresser (or she needs less clothes!).  With that in mind, I set to work painting it.  After I painted it, I decided that in fact it probably won't work in her room.  My new dilemma is I love it even MORE repainted and have nowhere to put it.  So I am just hanging on to it at the moment and thinking and thinking.  Would you like to see its new look?

Let me tell you what I did first.... I painted it a very soft pale pink (the same pink as Emmy's vanity) called "Dream Whip" by Benjamin Moore.  Then I taped off the feet and rub n buffed them in gold leaf.  And here it is now, waiting to find its place in my world.  (And pardon the pictures.... Without Chris here I could only drag it a couple feet and was afraid I would damage it!)

So there you have it- something pretty to lift the mood!

And my day didn't end badly.  Sawyer had a reading and writing festival at school....

And my neighbor watched the kids for an hour so I could get a walk in (which helps me stay on this side of sanity!)  Here is a picture from my walk...

Wish me luck- I am heading all over the county today to try to get this worked out.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Cool, Funky, Fresh Lone Soldier

During my garage sale escapades with Gwen a few weeks ago, I found a table with 3 caned back dining chairs for $25.  Three is an odd number, and one of the chairs had arms, two did not.  I decided to keep the two with arms as a pair, and make the one with the arms a lone soldier.  A cool, funky, fresh lone soldier, of course.
Here is what it looked like before and sorry for the blurry phone pic, but it's all I have.  They had lovely stained gold velvet seats....

Anyhow, I did not sand because I hate sanding chairs.  I trusted in my Benjamin Moore primer, and painted it with "Surf Blue" like my dresser (that you see in the header now!).  Then I lightly distressed it.  When it came time to choose the fabric, I had a few options.  I brought them outside and let Sawyer choose.  He went with red chevron, of course, because the boy's got style.  Here is the fresh and funky lone soldier.

I am really happy with how this one turned out!  Stay tuned.... the other two are painted and will be coming soon!

This chair will be available at June's Stylish Patina barn sale!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Happy POWW! I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!  We had a good one, despite the hot hot weather!  Sunday we had some new friends over and had a BLAST!  You know how when you are married, and you have kids, and you invite families over and you feel like it's a first date?  You wonder if you will all get along, if the kids will get along, if the conversation will flow.... Well I can tell you that it was a very successful first date.  We all had so much fun, there was never a lull in the conversation, and we are looking forward to getting together again.

Monday Sarah and I had planned to set up our space at the Stylish Patina Barn, but it wasn't quite ready for us.  So instead, I worked on some furniture projects, and this little gal came outside as well.  She told me, "I am making my own chalk paint by mixing water with chalk!"  I have no idea where she gets such ideas....  And yes, of course she is wearing a princess dress up.  Naturally.  Duh.  That is how we roll...... always fancy.

Chris had to pick up a giant limb that fell during the huge storms Sunday night.  When I went for my walk I saw a neighbor lost a tree, so I had texted Chris a picture and said "Just be glad this isn't our lawn!"  What a mess!

Anyhow, as you may have noticed my blog got a redesign yesterday.  The amazingly talented Gwen has started a web design business called This Bold Girl, and she totally nailed it with my blog- the look I wanted, the features I wanted... everything.  I love it!

And guess what?  The redesign has so much to do with the makeover I am about to share with you.

I knew Gwen was looking for a sideboard for her dining room.  She was planning to come visit me, so I asked her what she was looking for as I was happy to find her the right piece.  She told me, and I sent her a picture of this green one I did last year that hadn't sold.

I happened to love it, but maybe the green was too bold for people.  The dimensions and style were PERFECT for Gwen's dining room; but the color was not!  She sent me pictures of her dining room and I suggested we go with Wedgewood Gray by Benjamin Moore.  She wanted to pay me for it, but I knew she was working on starting her business so I asked her if we could trade instead.  And, that, my friends, is how Gwen got her new sideboard, and I got my new blog design. :)  Oh, and of course you want to see the sideboard, right?  I forgot to take pics before it went home with her, so I am borrowing these from Gwen.

And we gave it the swan knobs I love so much!

Now let's see what you have been up to?

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Monday, May 28, 2012

My New Blog Look and Garden Updates

Happy Memorial Day!  First of all, I want to say thank you to all of the heroes, fallen and living, who protect and have protected our liberties, day in and day out.  I went for my walk yesterday morning with Jake, and saw so many people raising high their American flags, and I couldn't help feel proud to live here.  I did nothing to deserve it, but I, like many of you, was born lucky, because I was born in the USA.  And I feel fortunate that my children were born and will be raised in our great country.

Speaking of our country, well, we all are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, right?  Well, check out my new tagline, "life, paint, and the pursuit of happiness."  That about sums it up, right?  I FINALLY have a tagline, because I needed something awesome to complement my FABULOUS BLOG MAKEOVER!!!!!!!  Seriously, I am in love with the new look!!!!!!!  The amazing and talented Gwen from The Bold Abode has recently started her new business and I couldn't get in line fast enough for my blog to get a makeover!  It was time.  Gwen, aka This Bold Girl, was amazing to work with and helped me figure out what I wanted.  She worked with me on colors, design, new buttons, new social media icons.... she thought of all the things I don't.  She reminded me I needed an awesome tagline.  And in that process we had some laughs, too, as she suggested such taglines as "paint all ovah my body!"  And I suggested we create a symbol for the blog and rename it "The Blog Formerly Known As Primitive And Proper".  He he.  We had a blast, and in the process she created this bold, beautiful, clean blog for me!  I cannot thank her enough!

So yesterday, Chris and I worked out in the yard a bit and I wanted to share some updates on our garden. Last week I scored this awesome industrial sewing bin at Lucketts (Thanks to Ali for pointing it out to me!) that I planned to use as a mini veggie garden.  For Mother's day my parents gave me a HomeDepot gift card and as luck would have it they were having a veggie plant sale this weekend!  I picked up some plants as well as some organic potting soil, and Chris and I went to work.  We had to plant a couple of veggie plants in the garden as well, because I had a few too many.  Oops.

Here is our veggie planter.  Chris and I drilled holes into the bottom for drainage before filling it with soil.  I think I am going to paint something on it.... like, I dunno, maybe "veggies".

Next to it, there is a bucket I poked some drainage holes in planted some tomato plants also from my parents.  The shovel says "herb garden" and my mom made that a few years back.  The shovel faces where we planted our herbs, naturally!

Here are most of our herbs, as well as well as a broccoli plant Sawyer got from Ag day at school, and a few annuals.  Emmy got a stepping stone kit for her birthday, too, so that stone sits there as well as our happy turtle prince.

My mom and the kids made these adorable garden markers for me as well for Mother's Day.  My mom made them from clay and the kids painted them.

I love this one...

Our peonies are done blooming, sadly, but we now have these gorgeous lilies and the roses that Emmy and I planted are blooming!

Here is a shot with the double knockout- oh how I love those!  And the metal flower I found at a yard sale for $3 a few years back.  I love it!

Here is a little overview.... And you may notice a little hat poking up in the background.... you will see who is wearing that hat next monday!

Chris was being a goof and practicing his modeling skills in the background.  No wonder we get along... we are both overgrown kids.

I am not what I would call an avid gardener, but I do enjoy getting outside and getting a little dirt in my nails. :)

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!  Hope that whatever you do today, you have fun!
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