Thursday, December 5, 2013

Gold Dipped Armchairs {AKA- The Chairs That Made Me Cry}

I sell most of the furniture I make-over, so I don't typically share the price I originally bought it for. Some pieces I net a fat profit,  and some I barely break even. I don't want my buyers to see what I paid for the piece and think "Hey, I'm paying 5 times that! I got ripped off!" There are other materials and LOTS of labor to consider. Some pieces require a LOT of labor. These chairs happen to fall into that category. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mother Nature is a Real "B"

des·ert (dzrt): 1. A barren or desolate area, especially:
a. A dry, often sandy region of little rainfall, extreme temperatures, and sparse vegetation.
b. A region of permanent cold that is largely or entirely devoid of life.
c. An apparently lifeless area of water.

No, I'm not dead and I haven't given up on blogging. I've been SUPER busy the last couple weeks and haven't had any time to post. I'll explain why.

Many of you know that I live in the Phoenix area. Phoenix, as you've probably heard, is nestled in the geographic area called the Sonoran desert.

Just as the definition above (pulled it right off the internet) describes, we get an extremely small amount of rain each year. Aside from the summer "monsoon" season, it is a rare occasion to see rain in the Valley of the Sun.

I've mentioned here that I was a vendor this past weekend at the Vintage Charm Holiday Boutique.

 Let me share a Doppler image of Arizona from Friday.

No, I'm not kidding. I wish I had doctored this image, but it's true. The sky decided to un-zip right on top of my furniture.

Here's a photo taken just a few miles down the road from the venue.

And the best part is, it lasted for 3 days. Yep. In fact, Friday was the rainiest day we've had in 10 years. This is the second wettest November in recorded history. So, you can imagine how my OUTSIDE booth at the boutique fared. 

Thankfully, I sold a few items on Thursday before the rain started. Friday, I was stuck at home waiting for a client and watching the kids while my husband went to school and work (the venue was about 45 mins from our house). I asked him to stop by on his way home to survey the damage.

The good news was, only 3 of my most valuable pieces were destroyed (did you hear the sarcasm in my voice?), and everything else had been thrown into a pile under my tent, which was now sitting in 3 inches of standing water. 

We borrowed a truck, grabbed the trailer and drove off to try to salvage what we could. I made sure to grab my camera to document the devastation, but when we got there, I went into panic/survival mode and completely forgot to snap any pics (sorry).

It was great fun wadding through the mud and flooded driveway to retrieve my soggy, wet work! Thankfully, some wonderful person grabbed my white tufted bench and placed it inside before it could get soaked. Other than that, everything looked like you had pulled it up from the bottom of a lake. 

Apparently, my tent had also collapsed as some point in the night landing on my furniture and destroying my tent. I wanted to cry. All I could see was the hours upon hours of work, the time ignoring my kids, the dirty house for weeks. That was all washed away. Not to mention the financial investment. 

I'm going to get real personal for a minute: The money that I planned to earn at the boutique already had a destination. Since we don't have medical insurance, last year I incurred a medical bill that has been looming over our heads. It has now been sent to collections and is perpetually damaging our credit. The money from the boutique was supposed to pay off the bill and get the creditor calls to stop. Now, the little bit of money I made will have to go to repairs and buying a new tent.

Sorry to be such a downer today. On the bright side, I did take photos of everything before I took it to the boutique. So, I'll have posts showing all the "before and after"s. I was REALLY happy with the way most of the pieces turned out. I'm excited to share them with you guys! So, look forward to some update posts coming soon. And thanks for letting me complain about my crappy weekend!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Link Party Features

Thanks to Bonnie from The Pin Junkie, I was a co-host in my first linky party last week! 

It was a one-time-deal to celebrate The Pin Junkie's first blogiversary, but I fell in love with so many of the projects linked up, I thought I would come up with some of my own features. Click here to see the whole party.

First up, is a genius idea from Marcy at Day2Day SuperMom. I've seen lots of chicken wire frames before, but never one used for socks. Great idea! Her laundry room is much cuter than mine.

Lost Sock Organizer ~ DIY Friday

Next, I have found a new girl-crush. I want Brittany from Leopard and Plaid to be my friend who tells me what's cool these days. Case in point: this awesome, vintage-looking trash can she refinished.

Cathy, from A Peek Into My Paradise made the most delicious looking PB&J I've ever seen!

And lastly, you know me. I can't ever pass up a good furniture make-over. I've been a fan of Susan from Sunflower Hugs for a while now. If you like my stuff, then Susan will be right up your ally. She shared an absolutely beautiful back and white desk make-over. I'm a sucker for Hepplewhite drawer pulls.

Thank you to everyone who linked up, and a BIG thanks to Bonnie for letting me co-host!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Finish Max Paint Gun Winner!!!

Hi everyone! I'm a total loser. 

I picked a random winner for the Finish Max paint gun by HomeRight, wrote my emails to the company and winner, left for San Diego for a family vacation and COMPLETELY forgot to announce the winner! 

                                                                        HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Pin Junkie Blogiversary - Link Party

Its Party Time! Yay! 

Bonnie from The Pin Junkie is celebrating her first blogiversary and she decided to throw her own party.... a Link Party that is! To make it extra special, she invited a whole bunch of friends to co-host.

So I'm hosting my very first link party! 
(scroll down to link up)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

I Need Your Advice

Hi everyone! I'm in need of some help. I am excited to be a vendor at The Vintage Charm holiday boutique this year! 

I already have some pieces stashed in my garage that I will make-over and bring, but what I really need to know, is what should I be making? What would you buy if you were a customer?

Do you like my Mr. and Mrs. Headboard Art?

Or the Industrial Numbered Crate?

Last year, my Farmhouse Console tables were popular.

I thought I would make a couple Tufted Upholstered Benches too.

Any other ideas? What do you think will see well? Thanks for the inspiration!

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Meet My New Friend

I have some exciting news to share with you! I am going to have a new monthly contributor!

One of the very coolest parts of blogging is meeting so many talented people. Other bloggers "get me" like friends and sometimes family can't. That being said, one of the coolest girls I've met so far is Kayla.

My friend Kayla from Home Coming is going to be stopping by once a month to share one of her awesome DIY projects with you. Trust me, you'll be in love with her too!

Just check out some of her past projects.

Living Room Collage
Bright and fun living room

DIY Striped Tray
Such a cute accent tray!
DIY Coffee and End Table
The coffee table I have been eye-balling for months

Does she have great style or what? I'll be totally honest, I can decorate well enough to get by, but I am no designer.  I'm sure a monthly post from Kayla will add some much needed home design around here.

Stop by, check her out, and look forward to some great guest posts, starting next month.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Song In Your Head? (Music and Decorating)

I was out working in the garage, listening to music, when I noticed something. A song would come on and I would get mental picture of a room or piece of furniture. The notes and voices would actually create a visual in my head.

Music is so emotionally powerful. Music is expressive, much like home design. With that inspiration, I came up with a fun idea.

I've found a few rooms and paired them with the song that fills my head when I see it. Just demonstrating the way my little brain works.

So, the idea is this; play the video, listen to the song, check out the photo. I think I nailed it : )

Saturday, August 17, 2013

My Husband's Brain Brought Us Into the 21st Century

I'm a blogger, right? So, you would probably think my work space looks something like this. Beautiful, organized, with high end technology. 


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Talkin' Tools Tuesday #1 (Air Compressor)

If you read my "About Me" page, you may notice that one of my main focuses of this blog is to educate women about tools (especially power tools). I'm constantly reading comments and emails that go something like this:

"Love this! I'll have to wait till my husband can cut/drill/nail it for me". 

This makes me so sad! I don't define myself as a feminist. I believe there are some characteristic special to each gender, but LADIES!!! You can use any tool your husband can! I promise! Men can be amazing hairstylists or interior decorators. So why can't women be amazing carpenters? Admittedly, most of us probably didn't grow up getting garage lessons from Dad or attending Shop Class in high school, but even without a Y-chromosome you can successfully wield power tools. 
That being said. Safety first! Fear is nature's way of keeping us safe. It makes perfect sense that when you see a sharp, metal, blade spinning extremely fast, your natural reaction is to stay away. That's probably how you've made it this far in life with all your fingers.

 By no means am I suggesting for your to grab the first power tool you see and flip it on without any knowledge or experience. 

Hopefully, that's where I come in. I decided to start this series of posts to help educated and explain before you take a chance on a new power tool. I also recommend finding someone who is familiar with a certain tool (friend, neighbor, guy at Home Depot), and have them show you in person how a tool works.