Happy Sunday & Just a Couple Of My Favorite Things

7/24/11


I hope everyone is have a great day...I've been doing some cleaning and enjoying the warm weather.
I was practicing with my camera and snapped a few shots of  a corner I really like.


The white cabinet hubby purchased for me..$35.00. I collect old wooden buckets...but they have to be certain ones. These are very old sap buckets. Wonderful old white wash paint. The old scrub broom we found in an old barn...will be for sale in my shop soon.
The apron is my favorite. It's a wonderful feedsack...faded from washing...but I still enjoy wearing it.


I love old linens...I have so many of them and I really do use them. I like using the big towels as napkins. 
The more you use them...the better they get. 
Paper napkins are forbidden in this house. :)

Have a grand Sunday everyone. 
Thanks for visiting me. :)

Much love,
Paula

Mrs CottonTail & Bad Storms

7/23/11


Mrs Cottontail is enjoying her 'after storms' morning snack in our back yard. Sorry for the pic...I am saving up for that new lens...(sigh).


What looks out of place here? You got it...that is how bad the winds were blowing.


Sent all of my chairs about 100ft...crazy right.
Poor flowers...hopefully they perk back up.

These storms have been nuts. After 100* temps for a week...and now these 'run to the basement' storms...I'm ready for some normal plain 80* days. Soon they say. 
Oh..a note on the extreme heat...we lost one of my girls from the heat. Never has that happened before. :(
We spent a couple of days putting up fans and spritzers in the hen house. Poor babies.

Hope your weekend is wonderful.
Much love,
Paula

New Care Taker of This Pretty Madonna & Child

7/20/11


Have you ever seen something and just knew it was meant to be yours?
This sweet figure is tiny...only 3" tall, but the detail is great. I fell in love at first glance. 
The gal I purchased it from told me her 84 year old Mother had found it while playing in the dirt as a child in New Mexico. Her Mother had passed 4 years prior....my heart felt such a need to have her. To keep her safe and some day pass her down in my family. 
She's not perfect...but for being at least 100 years old, she looks pretty darn good. 
I love her...and the story. I hope the gals Mom is looking down from heaven and smiling knowing that her little Madonna & Child is loved once again. :)

Hookin' up today with Faded Charm for White Wednesday and A Beach Cottage for Good Life Wednesday.


Much love,
Paula

Texture Tuesday and Refinishing Hardwood Floors

7/19/11


It's Texture Tuesday once again..and this week we had to use Miss' Kims texture 'Aurora'. I was out in the sweltering 100* heat picking these sweet wildflowers. They look like 'Queen Ann Lace' to me...and I'm sure they have a name..I just don't know it. 
No recipe today...first because it was so late last night that I was brain dead when I did this..and it was a long process. Sorry guys. :( 

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On to refinishing the floors. I wanted to take a bunch more pics of this step, but you really have to be quick.

dining room

We did remove the vast majority of stains but there were a few stubborn ones that remained... so we chose a darker stain. 'English Chestnut' from Minwax.

I wanted a stain that would compliment the trim (which I really hate and want to paint...but hubby LOVES it and wants it to stay....can we say compromise?)  which has a golden tone to it..so I went with a bit of red in the stain to warm it up. I worked with a applicator on a long handle....an old plastic watering can is perfect for this job...poured some on..cut in the edges and away we went. I did small areas..about 4 x 4 . Hubby and son did the wiping up. Make sure you have tons of clean towels for this job. You will go through a bunch.
I picked up a pack of  24 cotton towels at Lowes for $13.18. There were nice and heavy ..don't get the wiping cloths..they are way to thin.

Make sure you have gloves, masks and footie protectors. Covering your shoes is very important ans get plunty. We used them for the first day after the poly dried. It takes a good week to cure and I didn't want to make any marks.


living room
I had read the reviews on this color..some say to do 2 coats. I didn't..and I don't think we needed to. The stain flowed so well and the guys did a wonderful job blending edges...there really was no need for a 2nd coat. We used just a bit less then 2 gallons. 1 gallon does 500 sq feet. If your not sure how to measure your sq footage. Measure the length and width and use this calculator.


The floor took the stain so well...doesn't it look wonderful with the different woods??
We gave the stain a whole day to dry. Our humidity was so high that even with the central air on..it took awhile.


Here are the floors after the 1st coat of Polyurethane.


We stuck with Minwax, and used Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane Gloss.

I do wish we had gone with the water based polyurethane instead. I think it would have dried faster in our humility. It took over 8 hours for each coat to dry. 
A couple of things about polyurethane.
NEVER STIR POLYURETHANE
This I learned from my Dad. You will get bubbles in your finish. Not good.
Use a high quality sheepskin applicator making sure you vacuum it before using it. This will suck up any stray fibers that you don't want in your finish.
We used a refillable wooden head that we could put our long handle on, and replace just the sheepskin pad after each coat.
I cleaned nothing. I hate cleaning poly..so I purchased the head with replaceable pads.....easy peasy.

So here we are...a little over a week and the floor are amazing. The poly seemed to tone down a little of red in the stain...Oh, I forgot to add that we used a Gloss. I would probably go with 'Semi gloss' next time, but the high shine looks great and clean. Keeping it that way might be a chore.

Soooo..here is what they look like now...and ofcourse I can't just show boring floors! After so long with out any pretties..I had to decorate....just a few small areas.LOL


I had to show off my latest fine...a sweet enamelware french watering can!
Not for sale...nope this one is mine. YUP, even holds water.LOL


A little trick I learned for keeping your wildflowers from drooping.

Cut them and put them in water right away. In the house, fill your sink about 1/4- 1/2 way with the coldest water you can get. If you have ice cubes toss those in. Then just lay the flowers so the stems are in the water. I cut my flowers really long..it helps keep them fresh for cutting. Make sure only the cut ends are in the water and not the heads as well.
Leave them for at least 1/2 hour. You will see them perk right up. Give them a fresh cut and arrange them. This seems to help them last longer as well.

I will share more room photos with you after I get things where I want them...but for now I hope you enjoy the little snippets.












Thank you for your kind emails and comments. :)

Much love,
Paula





Floor Interrupted

7/17/11


I know I was suppose to write about staining the floors yesterday, but after a whole week inside, I just had to get outside and play in the sun! I'm a Summer child and being outside is what I love most. Ok..so I did do a bit of weeding..the veg garden was being overtaken. 
Man was it a hot one too. Heat index of 116...so while I'm asweatin' and weedin' I see a hint of red.
NO! Can it be? It was...our 1st tomato!
I carried it right in and sat it in the place of honor...the kitchen windowsill.


I called hubby and son in....they 'oohed' and aawhed' for the proper amount of time...and then son chimes in 'is that it'?

Isn't it a beauty?? Granted, it's not all the way red...but it sure is close enough for me. And besides
that just means it can sit on the sill where I can enjoy it for a few more days. 
:)


AND

while I was in town I almost got rear ended  trying to get into the parking lot of Subway!
There was a whole cart full of the first of this seasons sweet corn.

Be still my heart. There is nothin' better....
I stuffed my bag as full as I could. HA...enough for a couple of days.

MINE...ALL MINE!!

Soooooo, tomorrow I'll post about the floors. Right now I'm off to shuck some corn for lunch!

Much love to all,
Paula

Refinishing Our Hardwood Floors Part 1

7/15/11


We have finally finished! Yahoo!! I won't be able to move for the next month..but it's finished.

Before we even started sanding we made sure we covered everything we couldn't take down.
If you think that you will not have sawdust...you are living in dream land.  You will have dust in every crack and hole it can find.
Make sure you cover all doorways..lights and anything you can't take out.


The dust just hangs on everything because it's so fine.


I should have covered the windows...but a good once over with the vacuum hose sucked it all up. I did how ever have to wash windows. A chore I hate with a passion. 

Dining room floor before 
I used muscles that I didn't even think I had anymore. Ouch...and it didn't help that the sanders were from the 1950's!! No joking...we named the big one 'Bertha' and her little sister 'Greta'. 

stains before
 I'm sure you remember what it looked like after we took out the carpet. Stains..but not to bad. 
There were a few that I wasn't sure we'd be able to get out. So we rented a belt sander and an edger.

living room beginning the sanding
 We started out with sandpaper grit 40. Pretty rough, but we needed it to take down the stains even though the floors had no previous finish on them. We then sanded them with 80 grit. I was a bit upset that we didn't have 120 to finish them with, so hubby went over them twice with 80. 


See Bertha in the corner?? And look at the huge extension cord! It was my job to hold that baby while hubby ran the sander...it was a pain in the neck.....and looked as if it had been sanded a few times before we got it. 


We started in the dining room where the damage was the worst. Here is hubby...never mind the baggy pants. There really is a butt in there....somewhere. :)


'Say Hello to my little friend'....here is Bertha! Yup, 1950's friends and SOLID steel.
As stated before....pay no never mind to hubbies 'ever so slowly' falling pants. this is a 'G' rated blog so there will be no cracks showing...promise. I deleted those photos....only after he made me. :)



And..here's little sista! Yes I did run her.....but hubby took it away from me after she took off across the floor on her own and left a huge gouge in her path. There was much cursing done...I will not bore you with beeps. They would take up WAY to much space.LOL


Here's a little somethin' we learned. DON'T pull a hubby and be cheap on the sanding paper!
Change it...often, or Bertha will get mad and eat it! This results in the WORST noise, bit's of paper all over the floor and Bertha choking on some we missed, which resulted in spitting out boat loads of saw dust...to the point that we couldn't even see each other! 
Hubby kept emptying the dust bag....while I'm trying to tell him it's NOT the bag...it's Mad Bertha!!
This brings us to a MUST HAVE - face masks. Wear them.
And goggles.  I had sawdust in places where sawdust should never go. It was not a pretty sight.


After a full day of sanding, we finally have beautiful floors. The wood is so beautiful! Many maples, birch, a few walnut pieces....whatever was on hand at that time was used. And not a single nail. Can you imagine the work that went into laying them. 
Another note on this. We decided to NOT fill the holes and cracks. I loved the rustic natural look they had, and I wanted to preserve that. It may or may not be something you like, but it is a decision you need to make when you refinish your floors.

Well dears, this is the end of part 1. Tomorrow we'll move on to staining. :)

Hope you all have a wonderful day!
Much love,
Paula




Quick Storage Ideas I Love

7/2/11


I was flipping through my 'love, love' files this morning ...getting some ideas for stitching up some old grain sacks I picked up ...and while browsing, I found these pics of ideas that I really love.
This first picture has everything I adore in it. From the white couch to the dolly cart with zinc pots. I LOVE zinc...the more worn the better. I was lucky enough to find my first zinc pot in Illinois while junk shopping. I saw that worn finish from 2 rooms a way and made a beeline right for it. Closing my eyes, I wished the price to be one that I could afford....and 'Wala'...the tag said $3.00. I carried that little pot around with me all day..you'd think it was a prized jewel... 


I adore industrial anything...these cabinets are wonderful! I think I'd sit them on an old wooden table though...just for some contrast.


Isn't this just the cutest?? Boy could hubby stash alot of junk ..(I mean)..prized possessions..in them. 
Second thought...naaaww. I gave him 1 drawer in the kitchen.. which has now turned into 3. Can't even open one up without crap jumping out at you. OK..for example. I was looking for a screwdriver...open up the 1st junk drawer. It is SO heavy  from all the orphaned stripped crews, bent nails...and rusty bolts that it almost fell to the floor!  I found everything BUT a screwdriver...
A empty metal spool...wire long gone..
broken piece of lawnmower... which we no longer have..
a empty fish tank light bulb box?? ..haven't had fish in 15 years..
tractor pull tickets...little late to use them...4 years ago..

Anymore reasons needed?? Nope...the less drawers, the better.



I thought this idea was so cool! I keep flowers in the house all the time..and this has that industrial feel I like.
I do not own a real vase....I use anything that can hold water. :)


Be still my beating heart...chippy cabinets!!..like heroin to me...cabinets and chairs. Hubby says..'Why..ya only got one ass..' Ya know..after 24 years together I really had hoped that by now he'd caught on. 
Nope.


Which leaves us to the reason I flipped through these in the first place. The grain sacks. 
I'm thinkin' bags for the laundry room...kids room. Yup, going to make them to sell in the store.
Why the store....because I live with 2 guys....this bag would be the last place they's toss their underwear. Lucky me gets to pick them up off the floor. :)

Better get somethin' done..hubby just walked in......with an ice tea for me..and I never even asked for one.
That, my friends..is true love. :)

Have a great weekend!
Much love to all,
Paula

 

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