Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Why do I wait FOREVER to do projects???  I usually just end up kicking myself for not doing it sooner!  This project is a perfect example of my silliness.

I purchased and painted my new kitchen table waaaay back in February and I had a TON of paint left over.  I loved the idea of painting my “entertainment center” but I didn’t know how great it would look; it is a cheapy particle board piece of furniture from WalMart, and almost ten years old!  But on Sunday I decided to just give it a go… worst case scenario:  I go buy a better quality and already dark wood tv stand! 

See?  Kinda an eyesore. 

I started by painting a shelf and when that didn’t look horrific, I just went to town.  Like I said, it was rather spur of the moment, and I didn’t think through: painting in the 100 degree weather – paint dries REALLY fast on a non-wood surface in that kind of heat.  But I had fun, and I think it only took an hour and a half total to finish. 

It is not the most perfect paint job, but the small imperfections are nothing anyone would notice sitting across the room on my couch!  I love (LOVE) how much better it looks; more “mature” maybe? And only dread having to dust more frequently! :0)  Hooray for “new” furniture!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Baby Shower Extravaganza

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” 

This morning I was “working out” - riding the stationary bike while pinning things on Pinterest – and came across that quote that stabbed me in the heart.  Oh Pinterest, how I love you for your crafts, recipes and words of wisdom! 

Months ago, I made a “Praying for your Peanut” jar for my dear friend Michelle (see jar <here>) and have watched as her, and her baby bump, as her family of three has prepared to welcome a second daughter!  Hooray!  Seeing her is a daily reminder to be patient, because sometimes the waiting makes the receiving even sweeter!

The office went absolutely bananas throwing a baby shower for Michelle, we are all SUPER excited, and I volunteered to wrap everything… well, the original bed set turned into a couple sheet sets, a lamp, nightlight, rug, wall decals, you name it... awkwardly shaped LARGE packages, oh my!  Instead of buying cheap 99 cent store wrapping paper, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try using the builder paper from Home Depot that I have had dreams about. The paper was horribly stiff and required a ridiculous amount of scotch tape –and consequently, the mommy-to-be required scissors to get into the gifts; ugh.  I had a blast decorating the packages with baby Makenzie’s name, initials, congratulations, sweet rosettes (another crafting first) and ribbon!  

And then, at midnight, I had a stroke of genius!!! I wanted to make Michelle a “button” that said Mommy to be.  She loved it so much, and planned to wear it at her other baby shower, that I went home and made another one for her daughter Kristian to wear too!  I am soooo excited to have been a witness to God “going beyond the WAY (way way way) beyond” in this families’ life!  Dibs on holding the baby when they visit the office for the first time!!!

Please forgive the AWFUL photography.  I wasn’t prepared and my camera battery was completely dead.  Bad photographer. Bad.