"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."

Monday, December 31, 2012


Friday, September 14, 2012

It's Time To Say......

My life has taken some very unexpected twists and turns and it's impossible to keep up with it all.  The hardest part was deciding which things had to give.  Blogging has been lots of fun, but it's at the point where I don't have the time for it any more. 

I still plan on visiting the rest of your blogs and seeing what you're up to, but it's time to put mine to sleep.....at least for a little while.

Thanks for the memories!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Making a Fairy Tree House

With Ted's help this past weekend, I was able to make this Fairy Tree House for the kids.

 Mary's been obsessed with fairies lately so I wanted to make her something special.

Ted did the hard parts - screwing real branches into the bases while keeping them in alignment.  I tried doing it myself, but he felt bad for me and took over.  It was much harder than I figured. 

Once the levels were in place, I got to do the fun part and decorate!  Mary painted these little circular disks to look like mushrooms.  We mounted them on tree branches for stools around the "campfire".

Lots of little miniatures and moss to give it the woodland feel.

We even have a look-out tower!

Most of the tree house was made from materials I already had at home.  There's a dream catcher and little swing over the bed.  Under the bed is a rug, just cut from an old quilt.

Table and chairs made from branches that I cut with the bandsaw and glued together.

Mary wanted a rope bridge, which was a fun idea.

On another level is this bedroom set.  We used brightly colored Popsicle sticks as a fence and made the bed from branches.  The leaves act as a rug and using the same quilt, cut out a little blanket and pillow.  We also added more ladders to get to each level.

To give you an idea of the size, this is Mary's little hand working the pulley.  We put a dowel through the spool and hung it on two hooks to spin.  Now, they can fill the basket with goodies and raise and lower it to different levels.

Another angle.

There weren't any plans to make this tree house.  I just googled lots of images to get an idea of what I could do.  We'd just build on it as we'd go.  There was some back-tracking and having to rethink things, but that was part of the fun.

A tiny cup to hold teeny-tiny sea shells, which I hear, fairies like.  And another stool to sit on.

The view of the back.

 I used a broken, antique miniature baby cradle to make this porch swing.

You'd be amazed at the things you can make with items you already have around the house.

And the best part of all?  Seeing the kids finally get to play with it! 

 Their smiles make it all worth it.  And I hope it gave them good memories of Daddy and Mommy working together to make them something special.

The hard part now?  Keeping the cat away!  The swinging ladders are just too tempting for curious kitties.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

My White Shabby-Chic Art Room

Come see my new white, shabby-chic art room!
This is how it looked back in 2011, after Mary's fairy party.
It wasn't much, but it gave me a place to work without costing us anything.

Over the past 2 years we've added more to the room as I accumulated supplies.  The dark walls, tons of supplies, and all the colors and patterns squeezed into one room had gotten to be too much.

I knew I needed a change.  Something calming, something serene, something...something...

WHITE!  (although this picture looks pink!)

That's what I needed - a blank canvas to look at this room with fresh new eyes.
White walls, white cabinets, white flowers and lace.
Newly painted picture frames and lots of open space!

Instead of being visually overwhelmed, it's all very pleasing to the eye.
Ted calls this my "shrine".  A 1911 picture of the "Stations of the Cross" is the perfect backdrop for my religious statues. 
Supplies are orderly and neat.

I was having too much fun with the spray paint - I even painted the brass clock white!

The tin locker on the right is very practical, but was so old and unattractive.  I gave it new life by spray painting it Green Apple.

I've also come to the conclusion that I've been working on too many projects.  It's back to basics with the things I love most.  Carving is on top of that list.

This part of the room is a reminder of that which is much greater than myself.

This old printer's cabinet makes for excellent storage and the antique typewriter works like a charm..

 See all the miniatures and supplies it holds?

We can still use this as a Dining Room when needed, like for Nic's 7th birthday party coming soon.

 This was probably the biggest change of all - a horrific old brass chandelier to a shabby chic white one!

Working on a budget, I had to transform this ugly light fixture, but how?  A trip to my basement did the trick

Vintage silver and white beads, garland, flowers, and balls.  Never underestimate what you already have in your house!  Anything can be repurposed!
Here's an old statue of St. Patrick.  After priming him white to repaint him, I discovered I like him this way!  And he blends so well with the room.  I'll keep him this way, at least for now.

And here's Saint Dymphna, the saint of mental illness!  How appropriate I should have her!  
And an Infant or Prague that has what appears to be a partially melted face.  Another restoration project.  But now, I can see what I need to do and can focus on it. 
Remember those HGTV shows where they'd redo a room for under $500?  They've got nothing on me.  The cost of this make-over?  $130!
My only problem now?   How to get Oreo off my art table!