Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Have You Entered My Mason Jar Giveaway?

Time is running out.....

Would you like....

World Market Mason Jar Measuring Cups
World Market Mason Jar Measuring Spoons
a $10 Starbucks Gift Cart

this cute towel set from Target?
Then please click HERE to leave a comment to enter.  
Easy peasy!

Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Monday, July 27, 2015

It's Stripping Day!

I know.  It sounds wrong.  But it's really FURNITURE stripping day!

Today, I am tackling:

1.  This slant top desk I picked up this weekend for my Baby Bee.

I wish I could just slap some chalk paint on this cutie and be done with it, but the black paint is bubbled and just pretty nasty, so I'm going to strip it.  Who knows?  I might just leave it with a wood finish instead of painting it.

2.  Our kitchen table.

Long story short - or as best as this verbose bee can make it.  I bought this pine table unfinished but wanted a wax finish for it.  Now wax finishes were not as popular then (about 13-14 years ago) and I was a bit chicken so I had an unfinished furniture store wax it for me.  It looked gorgeous on the pine sample they had.  When I went to pick it up, it was so grayish.  I hated it!  (Now, of course, I would love it.)  I asked what can we do to make it look more "honey" and they said they could stain and poly over the wax finish.

Well, yes, I do believe you can do that.  However, that process sucks!  It started chipping immediately and showing the wax finish underneath.  I've finally had enough and I'm going to try stripping it back to the wax finish.  I have no idea if this is going to work.  It could end up being a huge disaster.

I'll keep you posted.  And....please.....wish me luck!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Few Sneak Peeks at the Craft Studio

Ta da!

I still have some finishing touches (er, projects, really) to do.  For example, this little black bookcase is going to get a paint job, but it's doing the job right now.

I pulled in this wicker chair from the Girls' Clubhouse and put a cute pillow I bought from Amy at Into Vintage several years ago in as a seat cushion.  I am on the lookout for a soft cushiony chair, but this works for now.

This was our china cabinet I painted a few years ago.  You can read all about it here.  It is so cute in here.  And it's filled with a ton of paper mache.  I didn't realize how much of it I had picked up for crafting until I put it all in one spot.  Eventually I want to paint this a brighter green, but it works for now.  It's just so nice to have a space for all my things.  (And did you notice the galvanized bench? That's for another project.)

I painted one whole wall with chalkboard paint.  Now this is a project.  I need to rub the whole wall with white chalk before I can draw anything on it.  I am not looking forward to it. Baby Bee has promised to help me with it.  Or maybe she just nodded at me when she had her headphones on.  Same thing, right? I really should change Baby Bee's name now that she's 14.  

Here's a bit of the worktable.  It's a door.  Yep.  You read that right.  You don't need new glasses.  It's a plain old $20 slab door.  I covered it with something special though. can get some too.  Go check out etsy or ModernJune. It took 4 1/2 yards to cover the door.  I love it!  So easy to clean and so cheery!

This was originally under the table, but I needed another surface to put things on, so I pulled it out.  I'm using an awesome upcycled/repurposed tray thingie.  When I am all done, I'll show you another picture.  (tons of pictures, I'm sure)

For now, this is my work chair.  I like it, but, I think I need to have the Fabulous Phyllis make a slipcover for it!  The guest room had about 40,000 Mary Engelbreit pillows on the guest bed, but I just couldn't keep them all.  However this cutie is staying.  One of my favorite Mary Engelbreit illustrations.

And, last but not least, this cute little chest of drawers was already in the guest room (now craft studio) and it's going to stay.  I just love the combination of aqua blue, apple green, and red!  That's exactly what my studio is beginning to look like.  

This is so exciting to me.  I got almost all of it organized last night and I was so excited about the projects I am going to make in it that I could hardly fall asleep!

Just a few more projects to do before a full reveal!  

Thanks for buzzing along with me.

And....have you entered my giveaway?  All you need to do is leave a comment on that blog post.  Why you can find it by clicking here!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It's Time for.....a Giveaway!

I've been promising a giveaway for ages.  And it's time to deliver!  Just a little something......

For your delight my giveaway includes a cute World Market set of Mason Jar measuring cups, an equally adorable World Market set of Mason Jar measuring spoons, a mason jar towel, and a Starbucks gift card!
Sound good?  Are you interested?
Here are the rules for this giveaway....
1.  Leave a comment here for one chance.
2.  Share the giveaway on your blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or other social media and leave a comment here for each place you share this giveaway.
That's it!
This giveaway will end on Friday, July 31, 2015 at midnight PDT.  
Giveaway restricted to US due to shipping costs.
Thanks for buzzing along with me!
I'll be sharing my brand spankin' new craft studio soon!  

Monday, June 29, 2015

Just Two More Days at Paint Chip City....

Anybody else remember the old Spatula City sketch on SNL?  

Well, that's how I feel about all these paint chips I picked up yesterday

  (along with some extraneous poufs - and I was even on a supervised shopping trip) for the guest room nee craft studio.

Aren't they purty??? (The paint chips I mean...although I do like those outdoor poufs a lot too.)

The big news is that in just two more days we start the conversion of the guest room into the craft studio.  




I'll keep you posted!  

Thanks for buzzing by!  Nice to see you!

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Mix 'n' Chic Style Challenge

Hi guys!

I recently got an email from the site to participate in a style challenge - a Mix'n'Chic Style Challenge!  

I thought, sure, why not?  It might be fun......and it was!

You might be aware (tongue firmly in cheek) that I'm going beachy in my cottage with aqua, greens, blues, whites, and natural textures and I found several perfect items on the Shabby Chic Category that I thought would go together great! is my first style board.....evah!

I was asked to use items from their Shabby Chic category, specifically eight pieces, and I found this fabulous china hutch that was my inspiration piece.

Don't you just love all it's vintage shabbiness?  
It's inspiring me for the one I'm making over (I hope - if it's still at the thrift store when I get there - fingers crossed, don't jinx it).  

Then I started poking around in the entire Shabby Chic section and I found this great table and industrial cabinet.  I'm a big fan of mixing a little cottage, a little industrial, and a lot beachy together.  
I thought the table was fantastic with the white paint and zinc edging.  It's 72" in diameter and can seat 10.  

And this industrial cabinet is just as it was found (and, bummer, it has already sold) and I thought it would make a great bar cabinet.  Such a great color!  I love finding something you can use in a new way. 

For seating I just love metal garden chairs - almost talked Worker Bee into getting some on clearance at World Market last summer, but he just rolled his eyes at me.  Sometimes you have to go with your gut and not push it with my poor husband.  Maybe someday he'll come around.  Anyway, I digress (such a perfect word for my blogging style).  

I found these fabulous aqua chairs at Dot & Bo.  Perfect for my casual beachy vibe I was going for on my first evah style board.  
Dot & Bo
 And, of course, you need to have an area rug for your dining room!  What could be more perfect than seagrass?  Why, it even has "sea" in it! (although, truth be told, I would probably go with a synthetic seagrass rug because they are so easy to maintain and clean)
Burke Decor

 I also used ChipIt! from Sherwin Williams to make the color palette.  All those beautiful beachy colors make my heart sing!
Do you see the little vintage rum bottle?  Found that on too!
BTW, I just told Worker Bee I had finally decided what color I wanted to paint the dining room chairs and he said, "What?  You're painting those?"  Clearly he does not listen when I am going on and on about what I would like to do.  Probably a wise choice on his part.  But I've already gotten clearance from my mom (aka Sewing Bee) to paint them since they were originally hers, so it's a go.  Oh, and I want to paint them aqua!  I know!  You're shocked!  Pick yourself up off the floor.  You had to know it was coming.  (And, Worker Bee?  While I'm at it I'm recovering the seats too - with drop cloth! Hope that got your attention!)

And, you know I could add more to this, (oh Lord, Worker Bee and Baby Bee know for sure how much more I could add to anything) but I kept it simple, as if it were for somebody else.  Somebody who likes things clean and neat and not a bit cluttered like I do.  

Thoughts, people?  Yes, you, with your hand raised???  Just kidding dear friends!  I wouldn't call you out like that.  A little teacher on summer vacation humor!  

Thanks for buzzing by!  

P.S.  I was not compensated in any way by  I just thought this would be fun and it finally got me onto Polyvore.  (Great, another thing to make me spend too much time on the internet.)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Simple Idea...

I might have shared this idea with you before, but it never hurts to share something again, right?

I live in a part of California that is very hot in the summer.  This makes for delicious  peaches and plums and nectarines and almonds and grapes and raisins and more.  This however means if I leave a candle outside, it's a goner, for sure.  

However, I've learned a little trick.  

Have you ever seen these kind of candles in the grocery store?  Lately, I've found ones that are just plain with no religious images.  (Worker Bee assures me that we are not being sacrilegious if there aren't pictures of Jesus on them.) 

And guess what?  They survive some of the harshest temperatures ever! (And they're only $1.99 each.)

And don't they look lovely in these star lanterns Worker Bee got me for Valentine's Day?  (He got them at Target and they can still be found there in the Smith and Hawken section.)

Would you like to come out and sit under the stars (or right next to them) and chat?  Wouldn't that be fun? We can have a nice iced latte or perhaps an icy cocktail!

Thanks for buzzing by!