Saturday, March 14, 2015


Well, I finally have one more ceiling that the popcorn has been removed.
My son in-law came one day and helped me cover it up.
Really I helped him.
Here's a beautiful before of the popcorn.
Don't you just love it?

Who invented this stuff?

I went up in the attic and found the placement of the ceiling joists.
Then my husband helped me mark them with a chalk line.
He also took the fan down for me.

I used underlayment to cover the ceiling, because it's thin and light weight.
I painted all the supplies before we installed them.
Here is the first and most important piece.

After the ceiling was covered with the panels
we lined up lattice trim over the seams.
We installed the panels and trim to make four foot sections.

We were short by one piece.
Nothing a trip to Lowes won't fix.

After all the trim was installed I had to patch the nail holes
and caulk around all the trim.
I also gave everything one more coat of paint.

At all the intersections of the lattice trim I installed appliques.

I found these at Hobby Lobby.

After I painted them all white I attached them to the ceiling.

I just lined them up and hot glued them in place.

I think they finished it off nicely.

Here's a few pics of the finished ceiling.

I think it looks much better than popcorn.
Don't you?
Hope you enjoyed the change.

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.
Psalm 150:6

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


This is a short post just to make you smile.
This is Cocoa.
Isn't she the sweetest thing?
Well she is long over do for a trim around her face.
This is the before.

And this is the after.
Sometimes her nickname is miss bug eyes.
She's always so good when I trim her hair.
She's a cutie!

I hope she gave you a smile today.:)

For nothing will be impossible with God.
Luke 1:37

Monday, February 23, 2015


A few years ago I had a bigger island in my kitchen.
After I made my piano island (here)  I moved out the big island
and started using the more narrow piano island.
I loved it. But as time went by I realized that the bigger island
would be more useful in my house hold.
We have lots of family gatherings and parties and a bigger surface area would be more useful.
So I decided to move the bigger island back into the kitchen.

Here's a little history of the island.
Its top is made of three large boards that are two inches thick.
The boards are over 100 years old.
My dad had them in his shop. They came from an old house that was being
torn down about 25 years ago.
The legs are made from fence newell post that I turned upside down.
Put that all together and you have an island. It's been painted white, black, and the latest, green.
Well you know me. I like to paint. 
Here are some pics of it as a green piece.

A few little details.

Looks like it could use a shelf, doesn't it. 
After moving it back into the house,
of course I had to move the piano island somewhere.
I still love that piece so I wanted to be able to see it.

So I moved it along the staircase in the dining room.
Which meant I would have to move the piano table (here).

So I moved the piano table by the front door,
which meant I would have to move the green table.

So I moved it in front of the dining room window.
Right now it's sitting on top of the supplies I'll be using
to redo my bedroom ceiling. ( More on that later).
It'll look a whole lot better when all that is removed.
The children's table was in front of the window
so I moved it across the room.

So remember, I like to paint.
I painted it turquoise.
 I'm sure you're surprised by that aren't you.
Poor Cocoa. She can't get down without Maggie chasing her.

I love the color change.
But remember, I thought it could use a shelf underneath.

So I built one.
I cut some boards to size, attached them to cross pieces,
and mounted it with L brackets.
I also added a leg on the shelf underneath in the center.
It will provide lots of support for all the bigger items I'll be putting on the shelf.

It sure adds a lot of extra storage space.
I don't know why I never added a shelf years ago.

Maggie thought she would photo bomb this pic.
Isn't she getting big.

Here's the completed project.
I love how everything turned out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Every good and perfect gift is from above.
James 1:17

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Thought I'd do a short post 
to show you what I've been making lately.

Wine bottle wind chimes.

I make them from recycled wine bottles, beads and trinkets.
And of course corks.

Here's a look at some of the details.

I'll be making a lot more. These are just a few.
I'll be selling them for $20.00.
If you live close and are interested just leave your email address in the comment section.

Love never fails...

1 Corinthians 13:8

Friday, February 6, 2015


Thought I'd update everyone on Maggies' growth.
She's 4 months old now and weighs about 31 pounds.
She's growing so fast.

This is her favorite toy.
Monkeys name is Skippy.
She loves him!

My nose itches.

She loves to look out the window.
She's watching Cocoa.
She'll pounce on her as soon as she comes in the door.
Poor Cocoa.

She has developed a thick wavy stripe down her back.
I've read that labs and goldens can have this.

Hi mom.

She likes to find morsels under the island.
Usually from the ones that Cocoa loses.

She's ready to come back in.
She makes more prints on the glass then my grandchildren do!

De plane, De  plane.
She's trying to find the one she heard when we were outside.

She has a big bed 
but she still loves to sleep in her smaller one.

She sure fills it up.

Well that's the most recent pictures of my growing girl.

I think she's a beauty.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him...
Psalm 103:11

I'd love to read your comments.