Stuff, Stuff, and More Stuff

If you know me, you know I don’t need anything. But, as a life long antique collector it is so hard to break the habit. Even with the addition of things from Mama’s house and a truck load of stuff sent to be sold in Little Rock my sickness continues. I am still looking and finding and searching for stuff. I went to help unload a cabinet at Crystal Hills Antique Store and ended up buying a department store shoe display. Why, you asked? Well, I have a small one and they are really neat. AND I have Mama’s and TeeTee’s alligator shoes from the 1940’s. Perfect for displaying family shoes. They told me back then the alligator dscn0688shoes cost $100 a pair back then. I have been looking for one chair for my living room. I have been in 20 different furniture stores and couldn’t find anything under $500.00 that I would have. I found a heavy black and red chair that was only $80.00 that went perfectly where I needed it. At the antique store across the road I found one of those Victorian watercolors I collect. It is the side view of a lady in a hat. Different and will be an added item in that collection. Yesterday, on the way home from Searcy, I hadn’t planned to stop in Beebe at the antique shops, but I did. I found a red Viking sandwich plate for only $10.00. What a steal! Unused complete with label. It matches all my red glass dishes. The dinner plates are now $35.00 if you can find them. I found some craft beads for an artsy thing I’m planning to do, a glass paper weight for only $5.00, a wooden table small art easel for a painting, a set of doll furniture chairs and a table to do petit point on, a cut crystal plate for $2.00, a crystal tooth pick holder for $3.00, several small cheap frames to do watercolors in, and a brass Victorian frame for only $7.00. I, also, found a  metal cross for Mrs. Barbi’s office. All  weren’t needed, but were so cheap I couldn’t resist. After 9 months of doing, cleaning out, remodeling, repairing, and cleaning out Mama’s house I can start my retirement and can be creative again.

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The Last Three Weeks

dscn0689-2dscn0691dscn0692dscn0693dscn0695dscn0696dscn0698dscn0701dscn0703dscn0704The last three weeks, for me, has been a very stressful and emotional time.  You know my mother died in May right before school was out and I was retiring from Sacred Heart. Well, we sold the house and to make a very long story short, our plans were for a company to take ALL of the items in Mama’s house to Little Rock to sell fell through. Complications arose and that didn’t happen. We had four weeks to get rid of 88 years of EVERYTHING in Mama’s house. So, with a lot of help from my sister-in-law, my brother from Forrest City, and lots of friends, we had a three week sale. There was so much that we had to clear out the furniture first to be able to get to all the rest. Multiple numbers of tables and rack had to be brought in. Signs had to be made. Everything had to be priced. We moved some items six or seven times as we were getting rid. Of course, we took what we wanted.  Since I had been remodeling and cleaning out I tried to be very selective. I swapped two tables, got grandmother TeeTee’s china cabinet, got two lamps that I already had the match to, got the dining room chairs that had needlepoint seats, a couple of pieces of crystal that were sentimental, the recipes, and several small items. Over the weeks little things came in and now are just part of my house. It was a sad time, but I thoroughly enjoyed being with my SIL and my friends. The all helped me get through the memories and bad times. As my brother said, “We grieve and remember in different ways.” I am still going through the process, but everyday is getting easier to accept our loss.

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New Cross for the Sacred Heart

thumbnail_photo[1]One of the things I was asked to do this summer while I was subbing in the Sacred Heart School office was to straighten and decorate the office and the teacher’s lounge. Mrs. Barbi, her mother, Grandmaw Peggy, and I went shopping to find things that would represent the school and church. We found lots of stuff, but we had to be frugal.  Couldn’t spend a lot. One of the things I wanted to do before I left was to wood burn a big wooden cross for the office. I finished up this weekend nd will go Monday to hang it.  I always draw off in pencil my designs first. I have to remember if it is white on black or black on white designs. Makes a big deal if you mess up. really hard to fix things burnt into wood. I finished it and I think it turned out pretty. What do you think??????

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Floral Painting for Ashleigh

After I got home from supper the Friday night, I decided to do another smaller painting to match Ashleigh’s big painting for her apartment in Fayetteville. Got a smaller canvas, spray painted it silver, let it dry and sorta did tole painting with few brush strokes of acrylic with the colors in the bigger painting. It turn out really neat. New look on and old floral still-life. It really shines in her dining room.

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Ashleigh’s Big Painting

When we were furniture shopping for Liz’s daughter’s apartment, Ashleigh saw a painting she liked in a store. I took a picture of it and she said she wanted one like it for her kitchen. She wanted pink. It was just overlapping squares and rectangles of color on a silver textured background. I had a big canvas and paint so after about 9 months on not being creative I decided that Friday was the day to paint again. I textured the canvas with Gesso and then spray painted it with silver. Then I added the first layer of white squares and rectangles and filled up the canvas. The next phase was to add light pink and get darker. She has some sea foam green and turquoise, so I added a little of those colors. The plan was to get darker toward the bottom. it turned out really pretty. I texted her some pictures and she like it. Yea! Yesterday her family and I went up to give it to her and pick up a few more things she needed. Fun day.

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Stephanie’s Painted Samples

Last week when Precious Stephanie came over she brought me some painted wood samples. She said they were outdated, but she knew I could make something out of them. It only took me a second to realize that the would make great key holders. I went to Ace and bought $27.00 worth of stuff to make key holders. I got fan pull chain, connectors, cup hooks, sea grass rope, and gray acrylic. I had to drill one hole in each board. The small samples had a hole already. I painted the back of the small boards gray so the raw wood and the marker writing would not show. Got the rope and mad hangers, and then put the cup hooks in. I wrote on some of them “Keys” in gold paint pen. I put chains on the small board samples and hung them off the chains. Simple and easy.

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Precious Stephanie needed a Favor

The other day I get a text from Stephanie, the Queen of Donuts and the first lady of Morrilton. (She owns a donut shop and is the mayor’s wife.) She wanted some poster board cut face cut outs for the first day of school. Kids that come to the donut shop on the first day of school could get a funny picture made by sticking their head through a hole in a cartoon. I decided they all had to have donuts on them somewhere. I made a princess, Batman, Mickey, Mouse, a man carrying a stack of donuts, and two big donuts with sprinkles. She liked them and was so excited. I had Stephanie in school, and she is so funny. She calls me “Precious.” LOL!


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