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Showing posts from December, 2011

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!