Sunday, April 24, 2016


Here's my Peaceful Peacock.
He's made of pine cones and a few other decorative items.
I made him for my center piece for a fund raiser that my
church was doing.
It's called Festival of Tables.
You're in charge of deciding on a theme and decorating a table.
You provide a little take home gift for each person that has
purchased a ticket to sit at your table.
They in turn receive a delicious meal and some form of entertainment is provided
for the group. It's quite a fun evening for everyone.

Below I've listed the items I used to make him.
First there were the pinecones.

 Then I bought other sparkly items that I thought would show up.

Some peacock feathers of course.

And some dried floral for the tail.

I started by glueing the pinecones in the shape of the peacock.

I spray painted him solid blue to start with.
Then added green later on.

I had this thing that came off of something, so I spray
painted it and decided to use it for the stand.

Here's a look see of it almost complete.
As you can see I have him propped up on
some wooden logs.

Now he's all finished and here are some completed shots.
I hope you find him interesting.

His booty. 

I inserted some of the sparkly floral in between the pieces of pine cone.
I thought it would fill in well and add some interest.

Here's his head shot.
Don't hate him because he's beautiful:)

Now that you've seen how I made him,
here he is in all his glory at the Festival of Tables.

 Here's a look at how I set everything up.
It started with a table for 10 and a white tablecloth.

Then I added a light green overlay that I made out
of two sheer curtain panels.

I then added a peacock wreath that I've had for some time.

Next I started layering the chargers and place settings.

I made the place cards out of small pieces
of a tree limb. It ties in with the logs the peacock is sitting on.

 And here it is all completed.

A head on shot of my Peaceful Peacock.

Another look see.

For the chairs I tied sparkly ribbon and inserted  some sparkly foliage.

One last look.
Everyone had a wonderful time and there were so many
beautiful tables created.

I hope you enjoyed the process of the Peaceful Peacock.

1 Kings 10:22
for the king had ships of Tarshish at sea with Hiram's fleet,
and once every three years the ships of Tarshish
would arrive bearing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.

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Monday, April 11, 2016


Well a while back, we installed what I think
will be my last barn door.
Anyway, here it is in all its beauty!

It's in my bedroom, leading into the 
laundry/closet/my office/and Maggie's sleeping quarters.

I took off the original door facing and added a wider
and flat trim to accommodate the barn door hardware.

This picture shows the long piece of
hardware that the door hardware will sit on.

Here the door has been mounted on the hardware.
It flows smoothly on the track.
I bought a door for this project. I wanted a french
door for many reasons.
The first being that I wanted the light from the window to be able to
still come through in the bedroom.
I also have french doors leading into the bedroom and
also going into the master bathroom.
Isn't it beautiful.

This picture shows how it slides behind the bathroom door
when not in use.

I found this great door handle at Hobby Lobby
50% off of course.
I love it!

This picture shows what it looks like with both doors closed.

Barn door closed, bath opened.

Bath closed, barn door opened.

Both doors closed.

This is a picture of the door hardware info from Lowes.

One last look at the finished project.

I love it!

How great is Your goodness,
which You have stored up
for those who fear you.

Psalm 31:19

Thursday, March 31, 2016


Well, as you can see
Maggie Ann is a big girl.
Here she is with her favorite (big) bone.

And one of her balls.
I'm watching you Mr. Ball.

Here she is in her crate. 
She was in need of larger living quarters.
I investigated buying the next size up for her which would
have worked for her size perfectly.
But the size was a few inches too big for where her crate is located.

So the only other option was to custom build her a crate.
So that is what I did.
 I had to rebuild it a couple of times actually.
I'll explain later.
So lets get started. 
I bought porch pickets for the frame because they would be sturdy enough
without being as big as a 2x4.

I measured many times for the exact width and length 
that would fit in her space.
I had to make sure I could slide the barn door
open and close without a problem.
So here's the framework of the crate.

I recycled the turquoise doors that I had used
for Cocoa and Tilly's condo.
After Tilly died, Cocoa always slept on the bed with us
so I didn't need the corner condo anymore.

Here's a sweet pic of our big girl
keeping me company one day when I
was sick in bed.

For the flooring of her crate I decided to use
some left over wood flooring we had used on
another house project.

I turned it upside down and attached it to the bottom of the frame.

Here's a look inside of the crate.
I don't know of many dogs that have hardwood flooring in their crates.
Remember when I said I built it a couple of times, well
when I got ready to move it into place
the flooring protruded just enough that I couldn't get it through the door way.
(Words were said people)

But she's worth it.
She's such a pretty girl!

I also used the flooring on the top.
I didn't make it solid because I wanted her to see some light
and have ventilation.
I also didn't add the top until everything fit properly in the space.

I forgot to mention that I wrapped the frame in hardware cloth.
I forgot to take pictures of that. 
It's kinda hard to see her but she's sitting up in there.

I love my bone.

You might notice that the frame is not symmetrical anymore.
It started out that way but when I moved it into place (again)
the barn door wouldn't slide open and close properly. I had not allowed for
the wire and screws that protruded (just a little) but enough.
So once again I took one side apart and cut it off.
Leaving just one side lite.
(I said a few more words again.)

But finally, it was in place and finished.
The barn door can slide open and close without any problems.
I think she's happy.

And Maggie can sit up, stand up and stretch out with any problems.

 She is worth all the work to make that happen.

Here she is watching for squirrels.

Hope you have sweet dreams pretty girl.

I raise my eyes toward the mountains.
Where will my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

 Psalm 121:1 & 2