Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New Kitchen Island!

Here she is, my new improved kitchen island!





In her new spot in the kitchen!

...and in case you were wondering...these letters stand for:
Sammy, Rita, Ashley, Brianna, Tubby, Reese and Kunu.



I wanted the top to look like vintage crates so I had fun with all these ideas that crossed my mind and endedu up going with just about all of them. I wont be using this top for cutting but more as an additional space.


This is before the new top:










And this is when I brought it home from the church garage sale!


Also I need to add that the only way I could get inside photos of this island was with the help of my photographer friend Susie. She seems to always be helping me out of binds these days. Check out her site SusieOtto Photography!






Thanks again!
Rita






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Monday, August 29, 2011

Just in case you were wondering where I've been...trust me not too far. I'm having my friend give my blog a much needed face lift but html hasn't been too friendly. But thank you anyway Susie for helping me out!!

She thinks she's pinpointed it down to an Internet explorer issue so if y'all can help me out and let me know what you see on my blog that would help. The left side bar should be on the left. If it's not would you please let me know? Right now I see it on the bottom but if I look at it through my husbands IPad, it looks just fine.

I wanted to post once everything was up and ready but to heck with it. I warned you that I'm impatient!!

While I've been twiddling my thumbs (yeah right!) I've also gotten my girls into their Freshman and Senior year in high school. Two separate schools, so that's been fun. I've also been elected for two committees at one school which I'm super excited about (Que "Grease" quote where Rizzo says "and we're gonna rule the school!" ) that's me right now. Good times!

Oh...almost forgot to mention the photo above. Thought I'd give you a sneak peak of my finally completed kitchen island. Remember I said the top needed something...well it got something alright. I'll be posting pictures of it in my kitchen soon. Think you'll LOVE it. I know I did and it's not too feminine which is a good thing around my house.

Ahhh...it feels so good to type again:)

Lastly, I have a question for you. Since I've been on a creative slump the past few weeks or as Ashley says "a hiatus", I've been blog hopping for inspiration. My all time favorite gal is Cassie (OF COURSE) where on Wednesday's I can go through her linky party and pick and choose from all of those creative geniuses for ideas. What are some good resources you go to when you're in the creative dump pool too? I want to see what I'm missing out there.

Hope you have a good Monday and I'll be back to show you my island soon.
Rita

Friday, August 26, 2011

Construction Zone ---AGAIN!

Just in case you were wondering, I'm under construction again. This was totally my fault as I completely screwed up my layout and am having a friend try to fix it so that you're not just looking at a stark white background.

I'll be back soon once this gets worked out *sigh* :(
Rita

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tossed and Turned Tuesday-
Nancy's Modern Mirror



I don't know if someone will tell me this mirror was worth millions and I ruined it, but I have to say Nancy did look into it and made the decision to repurpose it (so don't hate me).

We both agreed that gold is a little dated unless you really know how to make it work in a room, but with her decor, we knew nickel would work best.

We actually did try different color options from tan, to marble decorative balls, to finally nickel and black. Simple yet strong!
Since Nancy just moved into her new home in Houston,she hasn't sent me a picture of it hanging yet but when she does I'll post it here.

This is what it looked like before.



It's amazing how you take a photo and then later realize what's in the reflection. Like her cat Buddy in this one. In the one above, you can see me all sweated up trying to crop myself out of the picture while getting a good shot...not pretty.

Do you spy a drill in any of these photos?

Also on a good note, the creativity fairy paid me a visit today so I'll have a surprise coming up in a day or so. Yay, can't wait to share!

See you guys with some cool photos very soon!!
Rita

The When I Grow Up Coach!

If you haven't heard of Michelle Ward, You are really missing out on a great (SPECTACULAR REALLY) Gal!!

She is a life coach and if you don't know what that means or think you need one, pop on over to her website and then you'll end up thinking "How do I maintain without her??". I know I do.

I love that she is a cheerleader in her own rite! She makes me want to shake up my life and make things happen because they can and it should be taking place right now!!

Today I was feeling a little overwhelmed, which is seems to be the case a lot these days, and I didn't feel like I had the strength to blog hop so instead I went to her website/blog. She always has these amazing pictures and this one was the one for today!



Talk about my must read for today!! Here's the link so you can read it too http://whenigrowupcoach.com/blog/

So, in case you're feeling overwhelmed with school starting this week, or trying to get your small business off the ground like me :) , or just need a little break, I suggest you take a look. Something will click...trust me...It just does!!

Have a good Monday and hope all you mom's out there have a good back to school week!
Rita

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday- Nancy's Mirror


With "back to school" next week, I don't know how much time I'll have to dedicate to projects so I decided to show a mirror I did for Nancy.

She found me through Etsy and asked me to modernize a family mirror since she was moving and wanted to hang it in her new place.

Two days later I received this gold beauty and Nancy and I Skyped until we got the look she was going for.

Come back Tuesday and I'll show you this modern mirror. Hopefully she'll have a picture of it on her wall by then so I can post that too!

See you later,
Rita

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wedding Invites!

My friend Susie (the awesome girl that did my website) needs help choosing a wedding invite for a bridal show she is working.

Please link to her site and help her choose a card and you're entered to win 10 custom invites from her as well!!

Oh and tell her I sent you!! thanks!!

http://papiersanctum.com/blog/new-line-of-wedding-invitations

Rita

Monday, August 15, 2011

Tossed and Turned Tuesday-
TOTALLY TERRA COTTA

Pretend this has a beautiful background before continuing on. Got it?? OK now you can continue looking...

This is the kitchen island I picked up at a church garage sale for $25.00. It's more than I ever pay but so needed. And I'm totally loving the way the color looks.



Sammy gave his input to the colors and mentioned it should match our stone back splash so I kept that in mind when painting the shelf. Does it pass for stone ?? Hope so.



I'm not quite finished with the top. Still needs a coat of stain and maybe a little embellishment in the "stencil" field without having Sammy scream that it's too girly. We'll see about it anyway.

Once it's in the kitchen I'll rephotograph it and follow up with a post-post (get it, haha, I crack myself up)!!

Once again, here is what it looked like before it was Terra Cotta transformed...I'm on a roll!!



Rita

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday- Where's My Mojo???

PLEASE...let me not screw this one up!! I swear my mojo is around somewhere, I just can't seem to find it at the moment!!

I found this island at a garage sale for $25. More than I ususally pay but I need one for my kitchen and the little table I have there now gets more than it's fair share of laughs!! Or if your like my mom, you'll see it and say "why do you have a small table in the middle of your kitchen??" ...humph. So you see I could use a replacement and this should do it.

I've got a busy weekend with SonsStock 2011 and back to school errands but I hope to fit this guy in.

I'll be back on Monday to let you know how the weekend went so until then, have a safe and happy weekend!!

Rita

Monday, August 08, 2011

Tuesday Construction Zone!!


I thought I could finish by Tuesday but to no avail!! My vintage buffet has really got me spinning my wheels here. I've gone three different routes with it and nothing "speaks" to me. I took pictures of what it looks like now but at the last minute I pulled it from this post. Nope! Just couldn't do it. I can't take another chevron post just yet.

Sorry guys but you'll have to wait until it is picture perfect and my heart is content with it.
...now to start thinking about transformation #4....hmmmm....
Rita

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday-
My FREEEEE Jewel!!

Once again...I didn't get the memo that today's Thursday!!

Now on to my JEWEL!! Can we say "AMAZING"? I know I did when I spotted this at a garage sale and then I shed a tear when the guy said "you can have it for free if you want". God was smiling on me that day.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this and can't wait to get it painted and into the house and get my stupid computer out of the way. Yes the computer that ate my pictures and is just a paperweight sitting in living room.


The white blob on the middle drawer was me testing out a color.



(did you see the knob) ...it's gorgeous!!(angels singing, harps playing)

Alrighty, lots of work to do on this for Tuesday.

See you then!
Rita

Monday, August 01, 2011

Tossed and Turned Tuesday-
Let Me Explain...

First, let me say this is a work in progress..

I've seen Chevron stripes everywhere and have been dying to try it myself. Well come to find out, chevron stripes don't like me very much. Part of the reason I totally messed up on the drawers is I took them inside to paint (too hot out) and didn't line them up correctly. Turns out there are two top drawers and two bottom drawers that only fit in those sections. I learned that the hard way.

It took me forever to get my stripes straight and at that, they were still not perfect. So after taping, painting, etc, I took them outside and WaaaaWaaaaWaaa... they didn't line up.

Oh and I painted the handles Green (Icing from last post) and yep... still not feeling it. After my long, hot day, I gave up, snapped a shot and called it a day.

Here's my work in progress:


Once I realized they didn't line up, I stopped painting (just incase you were wondering why this looks half done...it is).





The desk before:

Interested to hear your take on this. Let me know :)


Rita