Saturday, June 9, 2012

Gallery Walls and Fingerprints

I  have a "thing" for gallery walls.They intrigue me in a variety of ways!
I love a little something unexpected, and they offer that in spades!

I love it that you can assemble deer antlers,
a vintage Souvenir de Paris,
house numbers and thrift store mirrors
and somehow make it work.

Gallery walls  tell more about who we are,
where we've been and what we like
than any single art piece can do. They are
as unique as their makers. No two
are ever exactly alike - just like fingerprints.

At least that's what Ky told me.
She's making herself at home on the new sofa.
I have a piece of plastic floor cover on it that
deterred her for a while. Now, she's ok with it.

I enjoyed hanging things on the wall this week.
So much that I also did another little gallery across the room...
It's not finished and won't be for a while, but I have kept you in suspense
for so long I decided to show you some progress this week!
If you look closely, you'll notice items from
my garage as well as recent thrifting adventures.

UPDATE:  Several friends reminded me in comments
another reason I love gallery walls: they are able to evolve.
Just like our lives are added to and changed, so are they.
We can tweak one part without changing the whole thing.
Soon, I will be experimenting on the sofa - something I've
seen other bloggers do. If it doesn't work, I'll redo it.
Check back this week for more living room details!

Word for the Day:
Psalm 42:1
   As the deer pants for streams of water, 
so my soul pants for you, my God.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

And the Winner Is....

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Anita of Cedar Hill Ranch!

I plugged the number of people who commented
into the random number generator at 
and Anita's number came up!

The random number thing is sort of interesting.
I believe nothing is random.
I believe our God is so big and so omnipotent,
he knows all and is in control of all. 

I believe in blessings and curses and not luck.
In ancient Israel, they cast lots to decide things.
This reminds me of that a little.

Congrats Anita!
I'll email you and we can discuss details.

It's the weekend, people!


Word for the Day:

1 Chronicles 25:8
And they cast lots for their duties, 
small and great, teacher and pupil alike.

Last Chance...

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If you have not yet entered the giveaway for
an amazing French-style enamel number sign,
you have just a few more hours to do it!

The winner will be announced tonight!

The winner may choose a house number sign of any size and design.

from Ramsign - makers of fine Porcelain Enamel Signs.
(The give-away does not include name signs or address plaques.)

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You may choose up to 5 digits
from a selection of color styles and borders.

To enter this giveaway, click here and
follow the simple instructions!

Wishing you all the best,

Word for the Day:

Matthew 18:19

“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything
you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Serendipity or Not?

If I haven't shared this with you before,
after this post, my secret will be out.

I'm a klutz.

But first, a little history for those of you
who may not have visited before.

I've had this primitive cabinet for several years.

Since last year, I've been on a mission
to paint my home and everything in it
some shade of white, taupe or gray. 

I'm neutralizing. home...
Next...THE WORLD! (Not really. I love color.)

after seeing similar pieces on Swedish blogs.

I liked  it. Primitive and pristine.

So, today, I was taking some of my project stuff
out of my living room, and somehow, I dropped
a little can of Minwax onyx stain, and of course
the lid came off, and stain splashed on my 
pristine cabinet. I suppose one can be pristine
only so long in this world with out divine intervention.

It is painted in Rustoleum flat white oil paint. 
I thought,"I wonder if it will wipe off?"
So I got a clean towel and tried it. No soap.

What should I do?
 Paint the place where the stain splashed?
Rub stain everywhere?

I sort of liked what I saw. The "character" stood out.
So, I thought, "Maybe I'll do this all over!"

So I brushed some on. Oh my. Lord, what have I done???

The stain was black. It did not wipe off like the spill did.
I suppose there was more pigment on the bottom, and
what splashed was on the top of the can. Oy.

Then I remembered - I have a can of turpentine. 
I'll see if that will take some of the stain off.

And it did. And I liked it. 

You can see the alligatoring from the old green paint.

So I brushed on more stain.

And kept rubbing more turpentine on. 

And I kept liking it.
So I painted the side of the thing. And then I ran out of turpentine.

So I have to run to the store to get more turpentine.
But I'll have bad light when I get back, so I'll
have to show you the finished product this weekend.
See the "character" on the right door?
Do you prefer the pristine left door,
or the stained right door?

I think the stain adds interest and character. 
Just like our "flaws" and "age" and "character"
make us more interesting and beautiful.

Word for the Day:

Song of Solomon 4:7
You are altogether beautiful, my love; 
there is no flaw in you.

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