Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday–A little too SHABBY, not enough CHIC!

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Today’s project was given to me by a client who actually purchased one of my nightstands to replace this one. 

It’s very cute and small but could really use some sprucing up, wouldn’t you say

Side note:

This week I’m working on a bedroom set in a super hero theme. I’m pretty excited and nervous about it.  I’ll show you before and after photos when I’m done.  Wish me luck!!

Rita Smile

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Kunu The Wonder Cat (The Saga)

I bet you’re thinking this post will be a long boring one about how I love and adore my cat right?  Well it’s not. It’s a long funny tale about a book I’ve never written and it stars Sammy’s cat.

You see I’ve always wanted to write a children's book OR have my name attached to a book somehow so I figure rather than take a creative writing course and submit my work of art to Random House, why not start here and see what my friends think first.

Intro:

The star of this book is Kunu our (crazy, darn) lovable cat that adopted us not too long ago and the apple of my husband’s eye.

On to my story:

Kunu The Wonder Cat

I wonder where Kunu is?
Could he be outside playing with butterflies?

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No, he’s asleep in a basket in Mom’s room.
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I wonder where Kunu is?
Could he be outside singing sweet songs with the birds?

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No, he’s asleep again on Mom’s dresser kicking everything to the floor. He’s so cute!

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I wonder where Kunu is?
Could he be flying kites with the dogs?

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No, but I found him! He’s in Mom’s furniture she’ getting ready to sell at the flea market!
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I wonder where Kunu is?
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No. I mean why the heck would he when he can be hiding in a project Mom’s working on.  He’s never in the way!

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I wonder where Kunu is?
Could he be helping the kids with their chores?

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Hell No, he’s standing inside the dishwasher where everyone thinks he looks SO adorable!
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I wonder where Kunu is?
Could he be playing hide and seek?

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No, he’s just playing HIDE in another of Mom’s chest of drawers she’s trying to work on but can’t because there’s an animal in side!
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I wonder where Kunu is?
Could he be helping with Thanksgiving dinner?

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OF COURSE NOT!  I mean why help when you can sit your behind right smack in the middle of the d├ęcor. Right??

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So where is Kunu the wonder cat? He’s asleep in and on everything because it’s his world after all. I just pay the bills011

I’m not bitter.

THE END

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pictures taken by Brianna Mireles via my iphone to capture every moment of Kunu’s precious existence.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tossed and Turned Tuesday- OmG it looks like Pottery Barn!

So maybe my title needs a little work but I didn’t know how to incorporate OG (Olive Garden) and still make it catchy…oh well, maybe next time.

This post will be short since I’m in the middle of cooking dinner which I absolutely LOATHE. I’d rather gouge my eyes. Ridiculous but true. I was the kind of mother that was sad when my children got off of baby food because that meant I had to cook. (sad)

Now on to my table.

This is my Pottery Barn Inspired table:

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What do you think? Far stretch from red and green huh?!

Here’s what it looked like before again.

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I don’t know if anyone noticed but my short post has lots of detail like the text on the before photo. Hence my dinner came out crappy. Story of my life! Guess that’s why Sammy always yells when I’m trying to multitask with dinner and blog reading. Some things I’ll never learn.

Love and always hating dinner,

Rita

p.s.
If you love cats look a post soon about KUNU, the darn cat! He gets on my nerves and is always in and on EVERYTHING.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thrown Away Wednesday’s Olive Garden Table

I decided to move Thrown Away Thursday to Wednesday since most of the world will be out shopping getting ready for Thanksgiving.

Now let me explain the reason for my title.

I think the only thing that really screamed out to me with this table is the choice of colors (well that and the horrible paint job). With a few coats of maroon on top and green on the bottom, all I could think of was Olive Garden. 

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This thing is in desperate need of paint stripper wouldn’t you say?!

Well I’m officially off of blogging for the week, so I’ll catch up with you all on Monday and reveal this O.G. table to you on Tuesday.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Much Love,
Rita

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tossed and Turned Tuesday- The Dashing Duo

You saw them last week when I found this dashing pair for $5.00 each at a yard sale. I couldn’t believe their sticker price!!

Even in such great shape, a little paint couldn’t hurt this pair.

This is what they look like now!

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And before:

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Since Thanksgiving is Thursday, I’ll post Thrown Away Thursday tomorrow since I’m sure I’ll be in the kitchen for the next couple of days.

See you tomorrow,

Rita

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fabric Topped Table

I’ve posted about this table before, then I had some issues with my pictures and I had to take it off! Also, in all honesty they weren’t even great pictures so I’m just going to post about it again!

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Below is a photo of the table I stared off with.  It’s a $2 garage sale find (those are the best ones, I know!)

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Then of course I have great plans for it and it bombed!

I was so excited to use my blue tape but when I pulled it up, up came the paint too.  Never underestimate the importance of primer!

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So as I say with all my furniture pieces, if it isn’t meant to be, it just isn’t. I decided to do something quite different than the original idea I had.

I found some old fabric at a vintage shop. In my mind it was AMAZING!!  It even had an old smell to it….you know the kind that makes your heart skip and your husband gag.  That’s the one!!

I used fabric stiffener on it and the end result was a paper like material.  I cut it down to size and used spray adhesive to glue it down and believe me it’s not going anywhere. 

So now we have this cute retro rocking table. I think it was meant to be this way.  If furniture could talk…I think this one would say “Thank You”!

Just look at this freakin’ AWESOME material!!

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This table went from unprimed and peeling to Pretty and Perfect!!

It’s currently for sale at my etsy shop. If you’re looking for a piece that is perfect for your room, it is well behaved, house trained, obedient, and loves children!

See you tomorrow!

Rita

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Ashley's Senior Pics

I forgot to post about Ashley's senior pictures. I remembered on Facebook but forgot about it here. There were tons to choose from but these were Ashley's favorite. Hope you like them and remember my friend Susie Otto did them. She's for hire!!!


Rita

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday- Dashing Duo

It’s rare that I come across end tables as striking as these. Especially for $5 each (Yes, I said that correctly)!

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A few questions rolled through my mind after I asked the lady “how much for the set?”.

  1. Did she just say $5 each….surely not!
  2. Why are they still here? What’s wrong with them?
  3. Could she be on something?
  4. I’m in my car so both won’t fit…where am I going to put Brianna? (kidding- I made two trips…for the table not the kid)
  5. Did I do something totally awesome that I’m being rewarded for?

I accepted #5 and went with it!

Now here they are (with absolutely nothing wrong), ready to get a small facelift.

They’ll be on sale at Deep Ellum this weekend. If you can’t make it out, you’ll have to wait till Tuesday to see how they look now.

Wish me luck this weekend…mama needs some mulah!

Love you all (especially you Debs)

Rita

Monday, November 14, 2011

Tossed and Turned Tuesday- Tuxedo Table

The reason I call this the Tuxedo table is because of its likeness to a pin striped suit. I guess I should have called it a pin stipe suit table (???) but it just doesn’t roll off the tongue well.

Without further ado, this is the new Tuxedo Table:

Before  and after - front shot:

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Before and after – side shot:

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And just a few more for your viewing pleasure:

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UPDATE ON RITA’S LIFE:

ahem…

I totally forgot to post about this earlier but I’ve been out of the old job now for a few weeks. I’ve been busier than I could have ever imagined but thoroughly enjoying every minute of it.  And the kids (and dogs) love me being home when they get here after school. 

I start a new job the first week of December. It’s working with a special friend of mine so that is always a blessing….and guess what, she says more than good morning when prompted (that’s an inside joke). It’s temporary but it’s sounds interesting.  Plus I realize I can’t stay home forever as much as I’d like. So I’m pretty excited

Curbside Creations…this is always a good topic. I’ve been selling furniture just about every week but know it’s not a fulltime gig. NOT YET! It never really was which is why I stayed so comfortably at my old job. I have a child going to college and a child with depression not to mention I have my own meds so between the three of us I know how much I need a month and don’t cut it with my furniture biz.  It’s enough to give me spending money and a fun creative outlet, but I just don’t have the following I need to do it alone.  I need to start investigating cheap advertising!!

I hope I didn’t bore anyone and if you actually read all of this, I love you!

If you feel you must comment and tell me what an extra special person I am, I won’t stop you.

HUGS!

Rita

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Thrown Away Thursday–Tuxedo Table

You’ll see why this is called the tuxedo table later. For now, I’ve picked this table from the ones I posted about yesterday.

I love the details on this table. Too bad they aren’t more prominent (foreshadowing *wink*).

Front View:

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Side View:

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See you Tuesday!

Rita

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Furniture in the Raw

I asked, and you guys responded that you wanted to see what I’m working on, so here are some photos of the stuff that I’m going to be reviving in their current raw state.

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Hope you guys are as inspired as I am and if you have any suggestions or ideas, let me know! Happy blogging!

Rita