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New Year's Greetings

Happy New Year!
Let this coming year be better than all the others.  Vow to do some of the things you've always wanted to do but couldn't find the time. Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories.  Vow not to make a promise you don't think you can keep. Walk tall, and smile more. You'll look ten years younger.  Don't be afraid to say, 'I love you'. Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world.
Good advice from Ann Landers.... written years ago, but still meaningful. Wishing you well in the New Year.

Celebrate the Miracles

May you enjoy the blessings of this holiday season as you celebrate the Miracles of Christmas and Hanukkah.
Merry Christmas 

Happy Hanukkah

God Lives Under the Bed

Dear friends,
Life can be fast-paced and complicated, especially at this time of year  when the holidays are nipping at our heels.
Like me, you may need a moment to pause for reflection, so I offer this message sent by our daughter.
She works with mentally disabled folks each day. Her uncle, my brother, is very much like Kevin. While I don't know who authored this message, I thank him, and hope he doesn't mind that I share it with you.


I envy Kevin. My brother, Kevin, thinks God lives under his bed. At least that's what I heard him say one night.

He was praying out loud in his dark bedroom, and I stopped to listen, 'Are you there, God?' he said. 'Where are you? Oh, I see. Under the bed....'
I giggled softly and tiptoed off to my own room. Kevin's unique perspectives are often a source of amusement. But that night something else lingered long after the humor. I realized for the first time the very different world Kevin lives in.

He was …

One Final (?) Project for the Year

As the days race toward the holidays, I'm still painting, trying to get things done for clients who have an idea for a special gift.

Here's the last of what needs to be done,
I think....

I got a call from a woman
who wanted these two items painted 
as gifts for her Father and Father-in-law.

The table had been in their basement for years,
and the John Deer box, never used at all.
She thought both could hold magazines and books  beside the Dads favorite chair.
One Dad is an avid Chicago Bears fan and the other a University of Missouri alumnus.

Let the painting begin!

The table was challenging
because the color palette was limited to the school colors,
so I "jazzed it up" with some argyle.

I decided to paint the box to look like an old foot locker.

The challenge, here was to design some 'stickers'
 using names of some iconic Bear football players,
suggested by her husband.
By the time you read this, they will have been delivered my client.

She promises photos of the Dads reacti…

An Antique Silver Dresser

Here's a project near to my heart, a painted dresser for our daughter's new home.
Shh-h-h, it's a Christmas surprise.
I can safely share this with you today,
knowing she's so busy packing up her old house
that she'll never have time to read this
and spoil my surprise. 
(M. if you do happen to read this,
at least pretend....won't you?)
The dresser came from a neighbor's garage sale.
I gleefully wheeled it home,
thankful that I lived downhill!

Some may ask what paint color I used.
This is Charred Silver from Faux Effects.
It's neutral, but has a lot of kick!

Where did that crackle come from?
This is what greeted me the next morning.
As the paint dried overnight, it cracked.
Not at all what I planned.
I did all the right preparation,
but there must have been some incompatibility
between the surface and my paint,
causing the paint to crack.

Rather than be disappointed, I was pleased. The crackle makes the piece more interesting. I hadn't intended to create…

Third Time's a Charm

Before Marcello was born, his Mom asked me to paint his room with an airplane motif.

A year later, his family moved and I painted airplanes again.
A few years later, the family has moved once again,
and now Marcello was upset about leaving  his airplane room behind.
So his Mom called and asked me to paint it for a third time!
You can see by now that he is in a big boy bed.
So here we go, beginning with a dark blue accent wall.

I don't often get to see a room totally finished, but this time I was able to admire the drapery.
The colors and design work so well in a little boy's room.

And Marcello came home from school happy to see that his new bedroom,
 looks just like his "old" room. Thanks, Marcello, for letting me play at your house!

Seeing Things in a New LIght

Recently there've been a lot of requests to paint light fixtures.
Those with brass want oil-rubbed bronze. Those with bronze want silver. Those with silver want antique gold.
I'm happy to help,
but the challenge is how to juggle the lights
 so they can be painted easily.

Two ladders and some pipe made a sort of  'swing-set'.
The chandelier hangs in the center
and I can paint all sides of the light
 without handling it.

BEFORE  - antique gold with white pickling

AFTER - bronze with aged copper highlights

Spray cans of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze
and Aged Copper
 were used for this project. _________

Another project was repainting
four pendant lights, and their ceiling medallions.

Uh-oh, I forgot to take a BEFORE photo,
but the lights matched the style of
 this popular chandelier from Ballard Design.

The bronze finish needed to become antique silver.

There were lots of faceted crystals to be removed,
(then re-attached)
and lots of curls and swirls to paint.

Once again the 'swing-set…

Thanksgiving wishes

 Be thankful to Him and bless His Name  (Psalm 100:4)
"Has anyone ever been able to prepare an ideal,
Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving dinner?   Personally I don't think it can be done.  Yet every year, millions of us swarm
to the markets intent on perfection.  We contemplate the turkeys. 
 Fresh or frozen? 
Sniff the sweet potatoes.  Snap the beans...
When "T-Day" arrives, we're up before dawn.  There is so much to do
 --braising and basting, mashing and mincing, peeling and pounding.  Loiterers in the kitchen, beware!
With oven and stove blazing, we perfectly synchonize each dish to emerge at the same time and piping hot.   Setting out our finest china, we transform our humble dining room table into a work of art,  ready to receive the bountiful spread.
Then the inevitable happens..... In less than a half-hour a masterpiece meal  that took days to create  has turned into leftovers and a pile of dirty dishes.
Suddenly it occurs to us that the day has flown by  and the only w…

Tea Time Table

Grandmothers are always thinking of delightful ways to indulge their little ones.  This week I met with one who had a small table and chair set  she wanted painted for her new grand-daughter, Sabrine.
Pinks and pale greens were in order.  The new Mother likes topiaries so would I paint some of those? ....and ribbons.... and polka dots....and stripes.... and butterflies.... ..and...and....!
My head was spinning with her ideas, but in the end she suggested I paint whatever I wish, because she knew she'd like it.

Here's where it started:

A bit of pastel plaid for the background
with simply painted brush strokes.
No measuring,
so it looks loose and casual.

A few whimsical topiaries with pink rosebuds.

And the borders of polka dots, squiggles and stripes.

Then on to the chairs, repeating the patterns.

Until it was all done,
and ready to be delivered tomorrow. 


Sign Me Up

Sophia is growing up
 and moving into her big girl room, making way for her new baby sister
 to occupy the nursery.
I was asked to paint a new canvas to welcome baby Peyton.

The inspiration was polka dot bedding
from Pottery Barn. This project is fairly simple to do ....  something any crafty gal can tackle. Yes, it does require some measuring -- and a little patience,
but it's not difficult.
These signs were painted on 3'x2' canvas  purchased "ready-to-go" from Michael's   but could easily be done smaller.
I first taped off, then painted the purple frames.

Polka dots came next. I used a template to trace each circle, but you could easily dip a cork into paint and stamp them, as well.

While the dots dried, I painted the center where the name would go, and began the outer stripes.

 Following the RULE OF 3,
I used three different patterns and three different colors.
Stripes, Polka Dots and Lettering with purple, pink and blue. Leave out one element and the design falls flat.