Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lemon tree

Sweet Pea just got home from college for the summer. I was working on a project when she asked me, "What are you into?"

Good question. My blog is called Currently Crafting because I have DYI ADD. I throw myself into something and become a little obsessed (a craft room full of tools and gadgets as proof), then after a few months I get bored. Actually, I should say my enthusiasm dwindles or I find something else to obsess about.

Sweet Pea's follow up question: "What have you been doing since I have been gone?"

Not much, I thought. What have I been doing. Certainly not cleaning, or working on projects.
I have been searching for the perfect fabric for 3 rooms. Do you know how hard it is to find items in the store you create in your head? Fabric...impossible. But that's another story.

What I did come up with was gardening. Yes! I have been gardening. I had forgotten about the backbreaking days I spent hauling out crumby dirt, mixing manure and amendments, planting, replanting, weeding and pruning the front and back yard.

I share one or two of my successes.

This is an Improved Meyer Lemon Tree.
It's delicious, fragrant and beautiful

Improved Meyer Lemon tropical landscape

This is what mine looked like in May. Sad.
I replanted Sad Lemon Tree into a pot...with real soil.
Surprise! It started to grow.
New buds and flowers.

No fruit yet...but I am hopeful.

Next up...roses.
Here are a few beauties from my front yard.

This is our Libby Rose, a.k.a. Queen Elizabeth.
When our daughter Libby passed away, my dad and I each planted one in our yards.
He lives closes to the cemetery and sometimes take some over to the grave.
Love him!
Here is a lovely "Peace"
I think this is a" Double Delight".
Finally, I'm not sure the name of this one, but it's a gorgeous yellow with green edges.

So that, Sweet Pea, is what I am into.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Media Center

I've been searching high and low for an affordable console/media center to fill this whole
Nice, huh?

So, I start at Pottery Barn. HAhahahahah. Affordable? Yeah!
Pottery Barn is where I go to get ideas, not make purchases.
So I see this little beauty.
Price $999....that's dollars, thank you.

Gratefully, I have been successful in the second-hand furniture department. I found this classy piece on Craig's..after just a few days of looking.

However, the big winner was a Thomasville dresser I found at Salvation Army. I saw it, thought about it, measured it twice, thought some more, then sent my daughter to pick it up one day while I was at work. It was half off...$144! Score!
before picture

I spent several hours (read: days) sanding and filling holes.
Then I used several coats of Rust-oleum spray primer in red, then 3-4 coats of
Rust-oleum Colonial Red in satin. As a final touch, I used Minwax walnut stain to distress and add dimension. Finished off with clear coats.
Spray paint is fabulous!

It fits like a glove!

New hardware to finish off the masterpiece.
My neighbor said this looks like a happy face! I agree.Excellent storage for Wii and dvd.
Each drawer holds dvd....perfectly.
Total cost under $200. BAM!
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Easter Eggs

Wow! Over 2 months since my last post. Sheesh!

I finally took the time to complete some fun Easter/Spring decor.

Lovely specimens have been gracing blogland in all types and fashions...butterflies,

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spiders, flowers, shells, get the pictures.

I unloaded my spring tubs from the garage a couple of weeks ago and found a hideous egg topiary I had tried to put together last year. Simple ugly. So, tore it apart and created a framed egg specimen display.

Each egg is cut in half (tricky when some are plastic) and I needed to hot glue some spanish moss on the edges to hide where the paint had chipped. I actually like that part. Then, I glued each egg to a piece of sheet music that I distressed with a little of Tim Holtz distress ink (THE BOMB!) I use it on everything...paper, fabric, paint. Since this was an old frame I found in the closet and of course, is missing a backing, I used semi-permenant glue dots to attach the sheet music to the frame glass. The 3D effect is nice.

Here is the finished pieced on my buffet, Baxter.
Looks like an Eggapalooza, if you ask me.

So, there is my new addition to the Easter Collection of crap to dust.
What have you added this season?


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