Inspirational Saying

In the corner of my garden, Where the wildflowers grow,
I sit and I admire, How God has graced us so.

May 6, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

Mother's Day is by far the hardest day for me to get through. I lost my Mom on Feb. 18 2001. She went in for a simple heart bypass. Many people have it done, they have several done and do fine. She never came out of recovery. One week later she died. I lived in Toledo Ohio and never made it to the hospital in time, I was 4 hours away. Death waits for no one. I remember the day she went in for her surgery. She told me was so scared.  I said. "Mom, this is considered band aid surgery. It is done quick and very secure now days."  I had no worries about the dangers of this surgery. I turned to leave as they were wheeling her out on a gurney to surgery. I said, "Bye, I love you Mommy." I stopped in my tracks. What just came out of my mouth....You never say bye to someone going into surgery and I hadn't called my mom 'Mommy" since I was a very small child. I had as long as I could remember called her "Mom". I knew right then and there I would never see her again. It came true. She never came back to us and was gone in a week. I miss her so much. I hate Mother's Day. It is so painful for me. I am so lost. My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer the day mom went into surgery, he never told her. He died 8 months later. Only someone who has lost both parents know the pain I feel. Even in a crowed room, you feel alone. Cherish your parents. I would give a week of my remaining time to not cry for the whole week before Mother's Day and to spend just one hour with my mother. I am so lost without her.
Christie

A photo of my Mom, her Mom and me I made.

Painting Silverware

When we moved into this house almost 3 years ago, there were no knobs or handles on the drawers or doors in the kitchen. I saw at Menard's they had some cute pulls and knobs that looked like silverware. They cost $12.00 each. Nope, I knew I could make them cheaper. I went to an auction and bought a box of silverware for about $6.00. Last year hubby drilled holes in them and put the on the cabinets. I didn't want to put them back on this year, I just didn't like the silver look. I wanted to put them in the garage sale box. Hubby said, try painting them first. See if you like them. So I went to Walmart and I bought this kit that makes metal look like it is rusted. They have a big variety of different kits there to make things look like stone, marble, cracked.... on and on. Anyway I thought rusty would look good with black. You first spray the first coat onto the silverware. You only need to do the fronts, no one will see the back of the silverware. Let it dry then uses a paper towel and just dab it onto the silverware. Let it dry and wow. Next do the screws that you will attach them to do door or drawer with. Remember, only do the head of the screws. If you do the bottoms, they won't screw into the wood very good. I used a piece of cardboard. Pushed the screws threw it, then sprayed the heads, let dry, then dab the second color on lightly. If you do this, e-mail me and let me know how you like it.
christie



Silverware before painting

Silverware after painting rusty color treatment

Screws pushed into cardboard to protect threads from paint
 

First coat sprayed on

Second coat dabbed on with paper towel

Painted My Kitchen Cabinets Black

Well I finally finished a project I have been putting off for over a year. I knew I would love them, I just didn't know which color to pick. As you can see I picked black. I wanted to put burgundy over the black and distress them so the black showed through but I really like them the way they are. Maybe when I get tired of them I will add the burgundy then. I started out with buying the new paint from Menard's that has the primmer already in it called Grand Distinction. It cost a little more but by the time you buy the primmer and then buy the paint it comes out almost the same. It saves time and I like that. So I lightly sanded the cabinets. Just scratched around on them, then dust them off with a damp cloth. Then I painted with just a cheap brush. I throw my brushes away when I am done. I guess I am just lazy when it comes to cleaning them. I can't clean them in the sink inside because I have a septic system. If you have a septic system also, do not clean any kind of paint or paint brushes in your sink. It destroys the balance in your septic system and causes it to break down and clog up. Then you got big problems. I just had a new one put in and I will just throw away the brushes, and not tear up a $8000.00 septic system I just put in late last fall. Anyway, back to the painting....it is just a black color, very simple. I tried to use a roller, I didn't like the bumpy look so while it was still wet I picked up a brush and went over it. I liked the way the brush looked. It took two coats. Maybe a touch here and there afterwards for spots I missed. I started to paint under the top cabinets, I did one and then I realized you can't see it unless you bend down and look up. So I didn't go any farther. Why waist paint and your time if no one can't see it? So here is a photo of before and after. I hope you like it as much as I do.
christie





About Me

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Indiana, United States
I am 55 years old, a homemaker and a mother of two wonderful children. A daughter named Toby who is 36 and a son named Jesse who is 33. I am a Mammaw of four of the best grandbabies I could ever ask for. AJ age 8, Kylie age 7, Bradley age 6 and Gracie age 5. I have been happily married to my hubby Jim for 6 wonderful years. We are all happy and healthy, and we are all blessed. I was born a hillbilly but raised as a hoosier most of my life. I love bluegrass music and decorating our home with primitives. Come on in and sit a spell and enjoy a tour of our home. I hope you find something that will inspire the primitive decorator in you.

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