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The time I made over a piece of furniture

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Totally should have been on HGTV, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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This little server is a lovely piece of furniture. For the past four years or so, though, it hasn’t had a good home. Its cabinet had become a catch-all for random bits – Mardi Gras beads from supper club two years ago, packets of sparklers, a glass serving bowl I keep forgetting I have, light fixture kits – just…stuff.

I realized I could put it to all kinds of good use in my home work space.

The next step was sanding it. Freaked me out a little bit, removing the pretty finish but I kept at it. I just channeled my inner Nicole Curtis.

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I thought I had really messed up when I tried to sand the detail work. That’s about when I thought, hey, maybe I shouldn’t be such an enthusiastic sander. It’s okay. Gives it character.

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I wiped it down with a damp towel, then with tack cloth. Then! A coat of primer went on.

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I think the directions said to let it dry three or four hours. Maybe more, and then put on another coat of primer and let dry. It was days later before I got to the color part, which is my favorite. Speaking of color, the shade I had in mind was a subtle apple green. A soft, Pottery Barn color. Something elegant and unassuming.



The color I ended up with was cartoonish. More Jim Carey than Carey Grant. I was taken aback at first but now I like it. It’s bright. It’s cheery. What’s not to like?

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Subtle it’s not.


I came across the hardware at Anthropologie. There was a basket full of them and I had so much fun dipping my hands into the silvered pieces and hearing them clink together.

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That was fun. !







Easter egg bubble wrap

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

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I like to brush paint on bubble wrap and press it into a canvas. It makes a fun, kind of random, imperfect imprint that I just love.

Last night I did that for an Easter project I’m working on. I set the bubble wrap aside but it kept catching my eye – those happy springtime colors! They look all in the world like brightly-colored Easter eggs.


The excellent pencil came from Target.

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments


While I was working on moving into this new digital home online, I was also making my home office/studio easier – and more fun, because that’s important - to create in.

I moved a few things around. Like this pencil holder that a friend made it for me for me years ago; it had been on my desk ever since.

The other day, I moved it so that it’s within easy arm reach of the big table where I make messes. It’s got my most oft-used tools in it. Since it’s in a new spot and holding different things, it feels new. I really see it again, and remember how much I like it.

I’m remembering, too, how much I like posting blog posts and photographs. I have all kinds of ideas for things of things we can talk about, and I’m eager to share them with you.

Welcome! I’m glad you’re here.


Come on in

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of the best parts of moving into a new place is having friends over to visit! I am thrilled with this new web site – we’ll do all kinds of fun stuff. Thanks for dropping in!

It’s a sixth sense, like when a tornado is coming

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

We get up early, around 5:00 or 5:30. When Bella, our sweet little Dachsund, hears us stirring, hears the coffee maker worker, she starts moving around in her kennel.

I take her outside, pour my coffee, get a bottle of water. I get out my notebook and smooth open the page. At just the moment I pick up the pen, Bella barks to come inside. Every single morning. It’s like she can see inside the house. Yet she can’t tell the swirl of leaves is leaves and not Doberman here to invade her home.

Perfect is the enemy of good.

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

. . .

When I launched the Happy Mail Project, my friend Thea mentioned that she collects postcards.

A week ago, I made this one for her. For Valentine’s Day.

You know where it is? Still sitting on my work table. Why?

Because the only postage stamps I had have a Christmas design. (That I bought for the Christmas cards we never did.)

I wanted to get cute stamps to go on the postcard, you understand. Since the Christmas ones didn’t “match” I never sent the card at all.

True story.