Friday, May 30, 2014

2014 Birthdays Outing

David and I have birthdays with
just one day in between so we usually
celebrate our birthdays together.
It all started this morning with this card.

"I wanted to give you a Bear Hug for your Birthday?
Big Bear birthday hugs coming your way as
soon as I find a corporative bear."  

We had breakfast at Over Easy, a
breakfast spot that everyone
is raving about.
David had biscuits, gravy and hash browns
and I had Quinioa and fruit.  I was
trying to be healthy and it was good,
but next time I'll have the French Toast.

Our next spot was the Will Rogers Sun Shrine.

We had heard that there was beautiful scenery
at the shrine.

Penrose built the shrine.  He is one of the important
early founders of Colorado Springs.  

Murals inside the shrine.

A view of the ceiling.
These were all painted in the 30's and
are still vibrant.

The almost birthday boy.

Part of the mural depicted the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
 where we were headed next.

A view of The Broadmoor from the top of the shrine.

David got a lot better views than I did.
I am a little height challenged
and couldn't get too near the edge.

A view of Colorado Springs.

A nice couple from Michigan took our photo together.

I forgot to mention that you have to drive
through the zoo to get to the
shrine.  One our way back, we
encountered a peacock ambling along.

The giraffe herd is a major attraction
at this zoo.

Two handsome fellows here.

And finally, my bear!!!
Yes, this guy is the real thing.
However, he didn't give me a hug!
I stayed a healthy distance away!

In case you haven't heard,
my favorite birthday present
this year came a little early.

My niece, Jenny, and her husband Fili
had their twin boys Alexander
and Nicholas yesterday!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Book Review--The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird PondThe Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read this book once about every two years since high school because I love it so much.  Just re-read it.  It's as good as ever.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Chalk Painting Part 2

I promise I won't show
you every project that I work on
but this is the first set of projects that I
completed on my own so
I thought I'd show them off.
This was the rocking chair that
my mom rocked me in when I was
born, so it is 62 years old.
It has had many, many coats
of paint through the years and I wanted
to give it a Shabby Chic look.
I painted 2 coats of red chalk paint over the blue
without doing any prep.
That's the part I like the most--NO PREP.
It was pretty solidly red so I took my
sandpaper block to it and started
distressing it.  If you look very
carefully, you can see some of
the green paint that was on the chair
even before the blue paint.
I think it might have been green
in my dorm room with a coat of
purple under that when I
had a purple room as a
The more you sand, the more
old paint you see.
My other piece was this
whatnot shelf that I have
had for many years.
I remember it hanging in my
room when I was a teenager.
It was white when I started.
I painted 2 coats of red, then a coat of
turquoise.  (These aren't the exact
Annie Sloan names, but I am too
tired to go and look at the paint
I sanded to get the amount of red I wanted
to show through and then
waxed the whole thing.
It looks beautiful hanging on my
wall with little treasures in the nooks
and crannys.

This isn't the look for everyone,
but for those of us who enjoy OLD
things, this is a very enjoyable hobby.
It's the ultimate
in recycling--turning something
old into something "new."

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Chalk Painting 101

I have wanted to learn to Chalk Paint
for a long time, but was just a little
scared to dive in.

My daughter-in-love, Mandy,
is never afraid of a project.
She has done several pieces with
chalk paint and offered to teach me
how.  Since David and Jeremy
were going on a weekend road trip,
we thought Saturday would be a great
day to have the tutorial.

Excuse the fact that this BEFORE picture is off-center.
Kelly and I picked up this little dresser
years ago on the way home
from a trip to Canton, Texas--
oh how I miss that place.
I like the wood finish, but thought
this might be the perfect piece to get
a make-over.

My family, Jenny, Stacie, and Gail
had picked up this wonderful
"G" for me at Canton
and it just didn't look right on any
of my walls.  It needed to POP!

Caleb was our photographer as
we got ready to start our
projects.  Mandy had
picked up this little table
on the side of the road--FREE-
and she brought it along to show me
the techniques.
I can't believe I forgot to take
an AFTER picture of it.
It turned out so cute.
Mandy's first hint was,
"Don't be afraid!"  

Caleb also took this Panoramic picture of us!

Caleb and Aaron were so good while we
were painting.  They played with their Daddy's
old MUSCLE collection and watched
a movie.

Almost finished piece.
Notice Aaron in a costume!
Imagine that!
Photo by Caleb!

Another view.
All I need is some really cute drawer pulls.

Found the drawer pulls at
Hobby Lobby and I even had a coupon.
You can see the distressing a little
more in this shot.

Finished dresser.
Completed letter G.

I am now wandering around my home
trying to figure out what other
pieces need a little 
sprucing up.

This is addictive.