Sunday, December 14, 2014

Food Storage Stockup

 Now that the year is coming to a close and the next 5 months will be cold and snowy, its wise to make sure our homes are full of food & water. Here is how I keep my home full of all my needs year round...and most of it has been free with manufacturer's coupons.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Christmas Craft for the Entire Family to Make

 Every year my grand-daughter Natalia and I make a Christmas craft. This year we found our craft on Pintrest. Its a Christmas tree made out of empty toilet paper rolls. My grand-daughter painted each roll first, then she hot glued them together in a tree form and then she finished it off by adding the ornaments inside each roll. She also made and painted the star from the toilet paper roll. I think she did a great job and she was thrilled when it was completed.

Take a look at the photos.
Here it is completed.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Used End Tables Repainted and Stained

Hi everyone...I am so happy to be back home after 2 weeks in Puerto Rico. Unfortunately my trip there was not a pleasure trip but a loving humanitarian one. One of the great highlights of my trip was the happy time I had to be around my family and to see my ailing and dying aunt.

Now that I am back I have returned to my decorating.

When I was managing my Father's rental properties about 7 years ago I reaped many rewards. One of them was getting to find many furniture my tenants left behind. One tenant left behind these two small tables. I finally took the time to paint them and refinish the top. 

This is how they were in the before stage. Though they may seem okay they were outdated and very scratched up.

I got this cranberry paint which looks pink but it isn't pink. Its a beautiful deep cranberry which I got at Walmart in their oops paint section for $5.00 dollars.

Every time I open a can of paint I always take a screwdriver and hammer and I make about 5 holes around the inside rim of the can, as shown below. This allows the paint to drip inside the can preventing an overflow of paint on the outside of the can.

After sanding the furniture I gave it 3 good coats of my semi-gloss paint. It looked great.

Then I stained the top (2 times) with a medium stain. Then I gave the top 3 coats of a water base clear gloss to protect the stain. It is beautiful.

Thought the flash makes it look pink, its actually a dark cranberry. Both tables look fabulous.

Not bad for free furniture and only $5 dollars for a gallon of paint.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

My Puerto Rico Trip

Puerto Rico...The Island Of Enchantment

My two week stay in Puerto Rico was very nice even though it was not a pleasure trip. I went on an urgent call because my aunt is very ill. My time there was of more work than pleasure and caring for her was a joy. She is still alive but we know her time here on earth will end soon. Her cancer has spread and there is nothing the doctors can do for her anymore.  But when I visited my Dad I got to take this lovely photo of the beautiful home in front of his house.

Isn't this house a beauty.

Here is my Dad's green home.

This is his back yard

And this is part of his side yard, a beautiful embankment full of banana plants, mango trees and Kenepa fruit trees...just lovely.

I stayed for 2 weeks with my cousin and his wife caring for my ailing aunt. Their small wooden house was dreamy. She has a green thumb for plants, so check out her beautiful plants...they are gorgeous and God waters them every morning from 4am to 6am. Her front entrance is full of palms, ferns and colorful plants.

 Her car port is full of plants of every kind.

Even the back of their house where the horses are is gorgeous full of plants.

Banana plants everywhere

And of course there are palm trees throughout the island which measures only 35 miles by 100 miles.
Puerto Rico was beautiful but too hot for me. I was dying to come home to Fall weather.