Monday, May 15, 2017

Wedding Preparation!

My daughter Joanna got married to David a little over a week ago! She's my fourth daughter, and this was the third wedding in our family. I was not overly involved in planning it, since it was out of town and she had an eager army of sisters and friends. I'm better for some of the hands-on projects at the end.

The flower girl basket...

...hand-painted and embellished with lace!

The ring box...

The supply kit for helping set up at the church...

...which came in really handy when I discovered that they needed signs for the guest book and gift tables, and I just happened to have picture frames, ivory paper, and calligraphy pens.

The bride's father, grandfather (my dad), and three brothers at the rehearsal, looking mighty dapper.

My seventh (and youngest daughter), looking so grown up!

One of my four grandsons, the ring bearer, who is just turning three. 

...rehearsing with little sister, the flower girl.

The rehearsal dinner, under the oak trees on the church lawn...

...twinkly lights, and my oldest daughter and fifth daughter.

The next morning, day of the wedding, is also my oldest son's 20th birthday! We celebrate at Dunkin Donuts. I love his hugs!

Off with my third daughter to Target to buy last minute supplies for making boutonnieres and corsages. I threaten to buy a Cinco de Mayo wreath for my hair.

Sitting on the floor at the salon where the bride and her bridesmaids (and this mama) are getting all dolled up - and making boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen. I have never seen flowers like these yellow balls before.

Two of the bridesmaids!

The maid of honor...

...and the mama. That's me.

Mom of the bride and mom of the groom, both very blessed by this wedding of our beloved children. She's an amazing lady.

My fifth daughter, one of the bridesmaids.

And here's the bride, ready to go! Isn't she gorgeous?

Stay tuned for photos of the wedding and reception!


Monday, March 27, 2017

First Attempts at Furniture Restoration

First Attempts at Furniture Restoration

I've been trying to learn several different crafts and household skills in the past few years. 

We found this little table many years ago at a yard sale. It had two sections that could be raised, lowered, or tilted. I took the smaller section off because its mechanism wasn't working. But the table was also really dinged up and way too small for me to spread out my books and writing stuff at the same time. I had been wanting to try my hand at furniture restoration, so this table was my first victim.

I decided to keep the base and replace the top. I went to Lowe's and bought a piece of pine that was the right size for my new top. Then I sanded it and dyed it blue in the same color as a foot stool I did a few months ago. I buy the wood dye at Michael's; they always have great deals that make it affordable.

I also bought a long strip of wood about two inches wide, the same length as the table. This was for a ledge to hold up whatever is on the table when it's at a slant.

I decided I wanted words on the ledge, so I penciled them on...

and then etched them in with a wood burning tool...

...and then dyed the ledge to match the table.

I flipped the old table over, and removed the screws holding it to the bracket. Then I screwed the new table top on. A cordless power screwdriver was a huge help to me!

I nailed the ledge onto the table in several places.

And here it is!


After doing the table, I got excited about trying other pieces. I found this vintage chair at a yard sale for $5. I'm guessing it's between 50 and 70 years old. The seat had been reupholstered with thick vinyl.

I decided to paint it blue. I mixed white milk paint, blue milk paint, and a little of the same dye I had used on the table. I also buy my paint at Michael's.

I made enough of the paint to cover the chair and a shelf.

At Walmart, I bought a "far quarter" fabric square in a coordinating color.

I attached it by hammering on tacks on the backside. I left on the old vinyl and even the old label.

I still need to screw the seat back onto the chair frame, but here is how it looks!

There is one more small piece that probably doesn't count as furniture. It was a small toy box that a set of blocks came in. After about 20 years of hard use, the box was dented and scuffed, and the train decal had partially peeled off. However, it was a good solid box, so I decided to see if I could restore it to a newer glory for one of my grandsons to use for his art supplies. I removed the rest of the decal with Goo Gone and a scraper, smoothed the wood sides with my electric sander, and burned my grandson's name and two owls on one side. I drew in a few accents - the owls' beaks and feet, and a little of the lettering - with an orange permanent marker.

I've had fun tinkering, and I'm happy with the results!

What do you think?


You might also like these related posts with my blue creations:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

"Sainte-Chapelle, Nouvel Esprit" (Feed Your Soul for Lent #1)

"La Sainte-Chapelle, Nouvel Esprit"

La Sainte-Chapelle
The holy chapel, medieval reliquary
Where pilgrims honored holy fragments.
In my eyes it is the glory of Paris
Not for ancient remnants, now gone 
But for the soaring stained glass
With shimmering stories of the Word
Cut into fragments of centuries old colors
Today's fresh light streaming through.

A holy chapel I want to be
With the Holy Spirit, le Saint-Esprit
Living and giving life within me
The stories of the Word, translucent
Illuminated by the Light of the World
A radiant sanctuary of the sacred
Miraculously inside this fragile temple
Holy chapel, new spirit
Sainte chapelle, nouvel esprit.

I recorded this piece, along with several others, at a classical concert in Sainte-Chapelle in Paris in October 2016. "Chaconne" calls to my mind the drama of the passion and compassion of Christ on the cross. 

You can find more music, photos and links here: La Sainte-Chapelle, the Glory of Paris.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.

It is a traditional season of fasting from physical distractions. That should give us an increased focus for feasting on what feeds our souls.

I'd like to spend Lent sharing goodies to nurture the spirit: music, art, nature photography, poetry, inspiring article links. 

Along this theme of saints of the spirit, this came across my Facebook feed today. Saint Fred is an article in Atlantic Monthly about Mr. Rogers, the beloved children's TV personality and ordained Presbyterian minister who passed away on this day in 2003.

Also, while I'm here today, I realize that I neglected to send all of my Europe photo posts to this blog's subscribers last fall. Here are the links. I will try to send out the individual posts later.



Monday, February 6, 2017

Fog at Sunrise

Red Bug Lake Park, Casselberry
Unfiltered, in chronological order
Morning of February 6, 2017 

"We leave a legacy in all we do and say. 
I want to leave one that is 
lovely, brave, and kind. 
Our souls are nurtured for this 
by solitude and beauty and reflection."

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