Crown Molding

I have been building so many things this past few months, it may be time to build a 

It would be so nice to have a large space to put all my tables and electrical cords and paint cans.....can you see all my tools hanging on peg hooks on the walls...   not in a plastic storage box, in my coat closet!  And I might even buy myself a table top jig saw!!
(Dream on silly woman)
I need a Garage!!

Taking this old 1960's kitchen into the 21st Century has been a slow travel for me but oh so worth the work!  Not to mention the money saved by not hiring workers or contractors.  I'm being very frugal here.
The above photo  was taken after I put up the Crown Molding.. I have so much more to do but I'm so happy to see the "French Doors" finished.. they always looked so  "Un-Finished".

Why I need a "Garage"? 
Well look how I do my work.. on the dining room table!

I brought the molding home, primed and painted the strips before hanging them.. so much easier..  then just patched and painted the roughed up spots after they were all hung!  My poor table..well, it's not so poor really.  It's a really heavy butcher block table top and has withstood all my abuse over the years.. when I'm finished with a project I simply clean it and polish. You would never know how badly I treat it.

I continued around the kitchen until I could do no more... there is always tomorrow! 
This has been a long project but I'm almost finished.  I do have a guy coming next week to finish the ceiling and install two more recessed lights.   Then I can concentrate on the desk I've been building.  
I feel like "Goldi Locks".  Every desk I've seen in the stores is either "Too Large" or "Too Small" or "Just not right"... so, I'm building it myself!  I have a really nice "Flat Screen Monitor" and there is no need for a large desk top so I made it smaller in size.. but it's going to be longer than a standard desk.

How it turns out?  This remains to be seen!
The reveal to follow in about a week.

I'm also happy to say "I'm finally going floor shopping next week"
See the mess of my tile floor.
We had a sink hole and the engineers came in and chopped the floor to put
very large steel beams (?) into the ground... to keep the house from sinking down into the creek.... it's ok now!  But my floor was totally ruined!

Maybe I should have just sold this house and moved into one that had it all!
No, "I love this house" so the work continues, to make it totally mine!

I'm doing no work in the house tomorrow,, it's Friday and there is a large Church yard sale,,,  The weather man said "It's going to be sunny and 76' tomorrow" and  I'll be out in the beautiful weather early,  with bells on!

Everyone have a great weekend!


My Garage Sale Finds

"Look what I found on my Saturday garage saleing"
I've been recreating the colors in my home and this color green lamp is just what I needed.
The lamp was sitting on a table in the back of a ladies garage and my radar took me
right to it.... I was polite but I had to squeeze through several people, but "I got it"!!
I paid only $6.00 for it.... I'm not sure about the shade but that can be fixed  with embellishments, or a new one?

I also found this really nice "Frame for $2.00"
There is an empty spot on the wall above where the new lamp is going and the area requires a long narrow shape... was not sure what to put in the frame but look at this.....

The before, large size.
"Then I got out my trusty miter saw and cut the sides off, about 4"  to make it a smaller size"

Out came my favorite glue, strong "Liquid Nails"... glued the sides together and let set for about an hour.

"Now to give it a new coat of paint"

I think I'm going to use my artsey talents and put this wall hanging inside somehow.. glue it or something.. I need to play with it and see how it go's.

It's little green apples... originally used as a wall/door hanging.
Once I have it finished  I'll be back to show the  results..
I just love creating something new.
Wish me luck!

 I'm linking up to.....

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

How hard do our kids have it?

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill... Barefoot... BOTH ways...yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way I was going to do that to my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!
But now that I'm over the ripe old age of forty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in Utopia! And I hate to say it, you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!

1) I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

2) There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

3) Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our butt ! Nowhere was safe!

4) There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!

5) Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and mess it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled.

6) We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!

7) There weren't any cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH MY GOSH !!! Think of the horror... Not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.

8) And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, the collection agent... You just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances!

9) We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen.. Forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

10) You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! There was no channel surfing! You had to get up and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!

11) There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons!

12) And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!

13) And our parents told us to stay outside and play... All day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... You were doing chores!

And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were lucky, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place!

See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! Kids today have got it too easy. Their spoiled rotten! Today's Kids wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1970!

"Happy Valentines Day"