Chillin' at CRT on Xpu Ha Beach

Chillin' at CRT on Xpu Ha Beach
How I'd spend every day if I weren't redecorating, cooking, sewing and blogging!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gel Staining the Guest Bath Cabinets

Our guest bathroom got some updates quite a while ago, you can see that here. (always strange to go back and look at old posts!)  But the cabinets, like our kitchen, were a golden oak color that seems really dated.  I guess that was "the thing" in 1986.  

See the one door with one coat of gel stain?  I'm embarrassed to tell you how long ago I removed that knob and applied the stain to ONE door of the cabinet in our guest bathroom.  And also, honestly, I don't remember how long ago it started.  But we'll say it was approximately ONE YEAR AGO.  


The bathroom is small and hard to photograph. It has a matching cabinet over the toilet, which I would remove completely - except the storage is so nice.



The week after Christmas I took some vacation and ended up with a couple days home alone.  I completed one project and this was it!



This stuff is messy - wear gloves!  It gets a little darker each coat.  It really brings out the wood grain and with the three coats I applied, also the imperfections. But I like a distressed look.  I can identify with distressed. 



Time wise, it really didn't take all that long.  I think it was the messiness I was avoiding.  I was very happy with the way it looked when I finished. I kept going back several times a day to look again. Do you do that when you finish a project?



Thankfully, when SuperDave came home from work he liked the new look - because there was no going back at that point.



Several weeks later, I've forgotten about it a little, so when I go in there it's a nice surprise.  And I'm still pleased every time!

Much love and laughter,

Laura


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

A perfect outfit feels like pajamas and looks like a million bucks

Wow! I've been gone from my blog a long time.  I need to try to visit more often the rest of 2015 - which is already flying by!  I do have some projects underway, but none are finished.  I don't like to share until the project is finished, but finishing projects seems to take me longer every year!

Here's a confession. I have a closet FULL of clothes. A big closet.  I love fashion. I'm all about a cute outfit that makes you feel good about the way you look. I love when I buy a new piece of clothing and find that it is the perfect thing I needed to pull together a great outfit when paired with other items I already own.

My mantra is, "A perfect outfit feels like pajamas and looks like a million bucks!"

You should understand that, I'm also all about comfort.  And the older I get the more important the comfort factor is to me, but I'm not willing to completely give up the wow factor, even if I am a grandmother. After all, I'm also still a woman and a wife.  Gotta look good for SuperDave!

When we got married (many years ago) I had a fairly limited wardrobe for a teenage girl.  My new husband must of been surprised when he moved my stuff from my home to our apartment, because he asked if that was all the clothes I had. So I've been making up for that ever since. 



Now if we move, he would be asking, "How many more clothes do you have?"

Sometimes I buy something that seems awesome in the store, but when I wear it, it just isn't as great I thought.  Case in point, this sweater I bought a few years ago.  


I love this sweater, because
it's a great color - matches almost everything, 
it's long - mid-thigh long, 
it has patch pockets - very handy for keys or phone, 
it's warm - snugly on a cold February day.  

But, this furry collar is itchy and in my face.  


There are times and places that I would put up with fur for the luxe look.  But let's face it, most of the time when I leave the house I'm going to work.  And sitting in front of a computer 8 hours with a fur ball around my neck doesn't meet the feels like pajamas rule. I don't want to THINK about my clothes during the day. I want to look good and not feel a pinch, or a bind, or an itchy fur collar.


I love that texture too!

Anyway, most every time I took the sweater out and put it on, I removed it and returned it to the closet. And I told myself, "I'm going to take that collar off." But modifying a piece of clothing I paid good money for is always a difficult step for me to take. Why? I don't know.  I'm just like that.

I finally looked at it carefully and determined that I could remove the faux fur and if I wasn't happy I could easily sew it back on.  A hazard of being a seamstress!


Out came the seam ripper and in a few minutes the sweater had a regular collar that wasn't all up in my face (or itchy on the back of my neck).  And once it was done, I was no longer thinking about my sweater at all!


There's just no point in having it at all if I keep putting it back in the closet. And of course I can always add buttons and loops if I want it to be convertible, but for now I think it's just fine with no fur.

Stay safe and warm my friends!  Spring is just around the corner, regardless of what a groundhog may have said on Monday.

Much love and laughter,

Laura


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Throughout the Home

My husband likes to tell people I decorate the entire house, every room, for Christmas.  And for the most part that is true. But I'm not going to show you every tree in the house today.  I have a small one in the guest bedroom, another on the stair landing, one in the master bedroom, one in the master bath, one in the family room.  You get the idea.  And that's not counting the ceramic one in the kitchen, the Pfaltzgraff cookie jar or the little Christmas tree lamp in the guest bathroom.

But it looks a lot like Christmas in almost every room of our home.

There's the mantle in the not formal living room.



Where the stocking are hung by the chimney with care. 
But the nativity is the focal point.


The not formal dining room is joyful and fun.  I call them not formal because there are no formal rooms in our house, just comfortable ones.


My decorating style is eclectic for sure, a collection of things I love.
Bright, shiny and sparkling things that I love!



The true meaning of Christmas is front and center as you step into the foyer.



I added an ivory and gold ribbon to the stair garland this year.  
It says, Holy One, Good Shepherd, Son of God, etc.



I put our vintage homemade stockings along the staircase because I bought new ones for the living room last year that hold more goodies and match the tree skirt.



The breakfast room is ready for guests with the cross stitch table cloth that was a gift from my Mom, a tray that was a gift from a neighbor many years ago and these beautiful silver deer that I adore. And more Joyful wishes.



Our family room tree is filled with some of the oldest ornaments we own. Many of them are from the years when my kids were small and nothing breakable was on the tree. Except this porcelain angel that I've had on a tree in our house since the early 1980s, but she was up high so little hands couldn't reach her.



I've even got my desk at work decorated for Christmas! 
After all, I spend 40 hours a week here.


I hope you all have a blessed and joyful Christmas filled with love and family.

Joy to the World!

Laura


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