Thursday, December 27, 2012

December’s - Before and Afters

With all the craziness that December brings, Christmas, birthdays, Anniversaries (18 yrs), just to name a few, you can imagine what a whirlwind it has been for me. I’m quite sure yours was the same.
I got furniture in my booth as quickly as I could so I could hopefully make extra Christmas cash and thankfully I was able to. Unfortunately within all the chaos I didn’t get to take great shots nor was I able to blog about it but lucky for you I took some in my booth and can show you now.
Ready, here they are!
Garage sale cabinet:

Sunday, December 16, 2012

What’s On My Tree?

I LOOOVEE this time of the year and although I can’t decide what my favorite part of the holiday season is, one is definitely the Christmas Tree.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Estate Sale Before and After

One thing you missed from me for sure is a good before and after!

I claimed this small table from an estate sale for a few bucks and although I was kinda partial to the green and gold finish it had, I decided it needed a slight upgrade:


I honestly think that was the original color but can’t be sure. That sure looks like years of wear to me, does it to you??

It was with a heavy hear that I took my brush and went to town with left over blue Annie Sloan paint and distressed it with her dark wax as well Smile


I only have a couple of pictures form the store but you can see the gorgeous (and I do mean that) finish!  LOVE!!

Got to go watch “Grey’s Anatomy” with Sammy now.  We are spending quality time…yay!!!

See you Soon!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Hindsight is 20/20

Since I've been out of pocket for a while I thought rather than do my Tossed and Turned Tuesday and Thrown Away Thursday this month, your just gonna get a mod podge of before and after’s, updates and Christmas posts --so be warned!

I almost forgot to tell you that I do have the almost "after" photos of the Dresser/nightstands I picked up from the church sale for $3!!

I really wished this was a great post but it SOOOO isn’t!  See the thing about me is I'm not a great planner….No, not me.. Not at all. I TRY, of course, but it doesn’t ever really pan out for me. So what happened??? As you are probably squinting as if to get ready for someone to shoot you with a rubber band! Well I made my own paint and didn't make enough  AAAUUUGGHHH  (GASP!!).

Granted I got the majority of it done but not the touch ups (see here):




I decided to paint this a lighter gray (hey I'm on a gray kick and it's selling, ok) and draw “You & Me”on the nightstands and dresser. In my funny little head, I thought that would look AWESOME and DIFFERENT and FRESH.

Problem is, after I painted these on with white, I needed to outline the white with the same gray (key word) "SAME" to make it look perfect! Well it didn't happen.

I thought …maybe… I could get away with a different gray, but to no avail (tear).


So as you laugh at my pictures and feel bad for me, just know I'll  try to fix this when I get time and hopefully remedy the problem. THEN you'll get some better photos!

Oh crap, and the  “You” nightstand I forgot to add here!

Another day in the life of Rita!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

New Camera! New Cat~

I’m crazy, I know this!

Yes, I have a house full of animals and I don’t need to add one more…but….I just had to. I couldn’t help it.



I KNOW, ADORABLE RIGHT!!??!! And NO, I’m not a cat person! In fact, I’m allergic (or so the doctor says) but I haven’t flared up around Kunu so I guess God cut me a break when it comes to opening my home to less fortunate animals!!

I know I’m gonna get a call from Cindy on this post eventually! She’s my best friend who only allows me to have animals she approves and she doesn’t approve of Cats! Sounds weird but you have to know her.

Before I tell you how I acquired such a cute kitty, let me first tell you that her picture was taken on MY BRAND NEW EOS CANON REBEL!!  Thank you Sammy and Black Friday! I’ll show you the difference of what I had to deal with before in a little bit.

Ok, so I picked up this cute girl (well at least we think it’s a girl)at a yard sale a couple of weekends ago. I purchased a frame for a quarter and she popped out of no where and started to play. The lady looked at me as I gave her the quarter and said “the cat’s free”. I just laughed and began to walk off and the cat followed. She kept wanting to play to which I would have totally ignored but the lady said “really take her, we don’t want her”. I asked her if the cat was hers and she said it wandered to her house but they don’t like cats so if I want her take her.

I’m like, are you serious?? Mind you she’s a corner house near a main street and she said she didn’t want to feed the cat because she wanted it to go away.

Seriously, what could I do? I picked her up and took her home.

Ridiculous I know but what can I say, I have a big heart.

So now for the whole family (taken on the new camera of course)


I love that both cats look the same. It’s kinda uncanny!!
Now for the difference in camera.

Sammy asked me if I could tell a difference so far in my new camera versus my old $99 Nikon.  I was like “UHHH YESSSSS”!! So being the anal person he is, he said he really couldn’t see the difference. So I showed him older pictures vs. new ones, granted I’m still learning my new camera. Still no difference (rolling eyes).

I told him that obviously I had touched up the old Nikon ones but he still didn’t see it. (ugh)

My biggest concern before was I could not for the life of me take a photo inside. They would come out orange and blurred. I figured this would be the best proof so I got both cameras and went into the living room and photographed Tubby. I downloaded both cameras and here are the results with out touching up either photo:

NIKON- (being as still as possible)




Sammy is a believer now!

And one more for good measure!


Ahhh it feels so great to be back!


Friday, November 30, 2012

The Past Few Weeks


First of all, thank you Sammy for getting my computer back on track. I don't know what you did but I'm glad (for now )it's working!!  I’m so used to seeing a black screen with only the cursor showing and feeling like I was in black hole! Thank you, thank you!!

Second, let me just say my booth at Lula b's is doing spectacular and I'm thrilled to see my furniture go to good homes. I get so excited when I see people actually getting thrilled at my pieces! It's as if I made it for them and that feeling is AWESOME!!

This booth is seriously looking a little scarce right now and I couldn’t be happier!!



I keep trying to take pictures so I can keep track mentally of what's selling. I get paid on the 1st and the 15th and get all of my tags and receipts but I like to try to stay on top of things and really don't like to wait that long to see what's sold! So far the results are great!!  I couldn't be happier! I'm really being embraced by this artsy community...ahhh love.

So what have you missed in my life?

  • Awesome things at Lula B's
  • Not so awesome things in the world of Brianna's depression (novel waiting to be written there)
  • I got a new camera FINALLY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!
  • I picked up a kitten at a garage sale (small story there too) - Ashley named her Chrysanthemum
  • Next month is my 18th year anniversary of marriage to my favorite most literal and anal person I know! The love of my life - Sammy
  • Ashley's 19th birthday is next month and she wants to have it Chuck E Cheese - She's having a hard time holding on to her youth.

Hmmmm... I think that about covers it.  I think I just outlined blog topics for the next few days huh!? So here's what you have to do, comment on which of the above you want to hear about and I'll cover it in next. So many awesome/ boring things to talk about and you get to hear it all from me for free. It may be like reading War and Peace for you but for me, it's a free trip to the therapist!

I also can't wait to work on Christmas Holiday fun projects!!  I promise I would make a wonderful PTA mom!! I really miss that. Did I tell you I used to be a Girl Scout Troop Leader? Yes... my troop majored in arts & crafts" and we kicked the other troops butts!

I'll leave you with that for now and will show you loads of pictures of whatever you want! Just a little camera happy right now!

Missed you!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Technical Difficulty Tuesday :(

So no post for today but I PROMISE I'll be back.  My computer is on the fritz and EVERYTHING is lost!!! At least that's what it looks like so far unless Sammy can fix it.

Until then just know I'm working hard over here!!

...OH and have a great Thanksgiving!!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thrown Away Thursday–Gotta Love Church Sales!

I honestly don’t know if you all really like my Thursday trash posts but I’m showin’ ya anyway.

I apologize for the picture but I took it on my camera phone and have already started painting it so this will have to do as my “before” shot.

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It has two matching night stands but they are outside and I’m too cold and lazy to get them right now.  You’ll have to use your imagination as they look EXACTLY like this guy. I’ll get better pictures of them tomorrow during the day.

I’ve never purchased a set like this before but have to say the price tag caught my eye!! Let me also add that I found this at a church sale on the last day of the sale within the last few hours.

OK, don’t hate me when I tell you this price but I paid $3.00 for the set.  Ok, you can hate me now Smile

No lie! It was originally $30, then $20, then  somewhere in the ballpark of $15, then down to $3. Heck I would have carried that thing on my back for that price!! I really think the price tag reflected the ugly paint job it has on it now. I’ll try to get some good shots of it but can’t promise anything with my little trusty camera that takes miserable shots. I’m seriously hoping it’s not user error as I plan on getting an expensive one on Black Friday!

Oh and one more picture (since I’m kind of lacking in that area today) of my new oops paint collection. $0.50 each people!

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Hard to believe I took both of these pictures with my phone. What a difference. One is way too dark and the other is too dang bright… I give up!

See you Tuesday ( I hope),

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tossed and Turned Tuesday- What does CC really stand for???

I did it guys…I copied you. But truth is I don’t feel bad about it at all.  Does this mean I’m a bad person?? I hope not!

What did I copy? Well let me show you?


Yes, this fabulous piece was copied by yours truly.  I’ve seen this done by so many of you out there and I just had to try it for myself and am so pleased with the results. So do I mind that today you say “she totally copied this”…Heck-to-the-NO. I love it! In fact I’m going to show you more of this mint green (make my heart go pitter patter) retro dresser!


And can you see where it is already? Waiting for someone to snatch it up!

It goes without saying that the “before” photos are up next:


This next part I’m only showing because I’m a nerd like that and while some people love their fashion products, I feel strongly about my furniture products. ALSO, so you know, while some people are darn lucky and get their products FREE to try and test out…I’m not that lucky.

Bitter, well maybe a tad.

Regardless, I had to show you what my citristrip (paint stripper mom) did on this piece. Let’s just say I got really lucky!!


Isn’t that FREAKIN’ AWESOME!! 

As always, thanks for tuning in and checking out the latest from “CC”!!


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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Thrown Away Thursday- Where have you been all my life?

The reason for my title is I found this at a yard sale the other day and have been looking for one like it all over the world. Trouble is, I would find something like it but didn’t want to pay the crazy cost so I’d pass it up. BUT THEN… Saturday morning, I came across a yard sale that had a shelf which caught my eye. I needed one small enough for my booth so I stopped. I had $7 with me and the girl said the shelf was $3. As reached for the shelf I happen to glance over and see this…


B E A U T I F U L   G I F T   F R O M   G O D!!!!!

I politely ask the lady how much (trying not to salivate) and she shrugs and says “$10.00”. Without hesitating I ask “will you take$7 ?” and she said, “sure”.  Just so you know I’m not a haggler!! I pay the asking price, so the fact that I even asked is crazy to me.  And the fact that she went down and threw in the shelf for free is even crazier!!!!

I have to say I’m torn on what to do to this guy because 75% of me already sees it one way (which I’m not telling how I see it), and the other part wants to try something I’ve seen done everywhere.  It may just come down to how much paint is on this guy to determine the outcome.

Guess we’ll have to wait and see (don’t you love this sneaky side of me?)

Catch you later!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Tossed and Turned Tuesday- Retro Chic Is Here To Stay!

I’m such a fan of this type of style! This chair in fact, is such a statement piece I LOOOVVEE it!.


Love that he’s so hip and modern (yet so old). Hey there’s nothing wrong with statement!!

Especially when you look at the aged look he was before:


I mean, who doesn’t’ like an old flower pattern right??!! (Not I).

He’ll be going in my booth for sure, so keep your eye out for him if your local.


My first couple of days there were great. I loved setting up my space and Ashley even  came down to help me (she surprised me and I cried)…big ‘ol sap!

We set up on Saturday and part of the contract is you have to volunteer two Eight hour shifts. Since I signed up late, I had to take what was left so I worked half a day on Saturday  (after setting up my booth) and all day Sunday.  Not to mention my already 50 hour week from work …which meant I was pretty much a zombie on Monday. ugh…tired! 


I met some great people and the customers were great! I even sold a table my first day there which I hear is pretty rare.  I also haven’t worked a register since high school or so, and got to do that too. Good to know my math isn’t too terrible since it all checked out by the end of the night – whew!

My boss Terri even visited me which was awesome and so very sweet. I never would have gotten that from my old job, that’s for sure (with the exception of my old boss who loved everyone!!).

The other little detail that I found so amazing for some reason, is this girl came in and dropped over $500.00 cash on costume jewelry and gold plated tea cups!!  FIVE  HUNDERED  BUCKS Cash on crap. Sorry, but really?!!?!  Amazing!

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my weekly trash to treasures, just in case I forget to tell ya! And don’t forget to leave me a comment telling me if you love it or hate it or if I need to try something new!! I love the feedback.


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