Monday, April 18, 2011

Happy Birthday

This past weekend was so beautiful. It was the perfect weekend to celebrate a birthday. Landon, my stepson, has been into Thomas the Train for about 4 years now. This year I didn't want a Thomas birthday party we decided to do puppy dogs! It was so fun decorating for the party and he had a blast! Here are a few pictures from the event.

My mom was painting face

Landon helped me decorate this dog bowl birthday cake

Landon thought no one would recognize him with his painted face, he was a dog for the day

I hope that everyone has a great Easter week, and remembers the importance of this week.
"Via Dolorosa" -- Way of Suffering
This photo is from Sacred Treasures.

xoxo Lauren

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Before and Afters

So I have not posted in awhile. I have been working on an some new projects, and I wanted to share them with everyone.  Here are a few before and afters.

Lauren and I went to an antique shop that was going out of business awhile back and I picked up this little end table for 10 bucks, and was not sure what i was going to do with it: It was very wobbly, coming unglued, and the paint was pealing.  So I took it apart, sanded it down, and and painted it.  I then sanded it again and added some stain.  
Another trip Lauren and I made was to a place called the Green project, we bought old spindles and cut them in half, then I had my hubby drill holes in the top to use them as candle stick holders.  I also had this little stool, and my sister in law was throwing this black candle holder.  I knew I could find something to do with them.
I painted the spindles and then antiqued them, I did the same with the stool and then painted a typography from Graphics Fairy.  With the black candle holder I decided that I would use it as a stand for an old hat of my grandmothers.
The little white one is form Canton it was and old spindle as well but all I did to it was add some stain.
And this is the stool that i am now using in my kitchen.
This is the black candle stick holder, I spray painted it gold.  I am not done though, I am going to get a styrofoam ball and cover it fabric so the hat can have something to sit on.  Sorry for the glare.
I am working on some really cute Easter baskets for my nieces and nephews here is a sneek peek, they are not painted yet.  When I finish them I will post and picture and explain what I did.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Big Reveal

Remember on my first post when I showed a sneak peak at something that I was working on. Well, I completed the project. Here are some before and after pictures. 
I found this old sidebar in Canton, TX on our trip that Megan was talking about. I love it and eventually my TV will be on top. I stripped the top and stained the wood a dark walnut. The rest of the piece was painted white and I came back with an antiquing glaze to rough it up. I didn't want to sand away too much because I didn't want the yellow to show through. 

This is the before picture

And these are the after pictures. Sorry I will try and get a better picture later. 

xoxo Lauren

Monday, April 4, 2011

Happy Monday

Is it Monday already? This weekend went by way too fast. The weather was great and I could have stayed outside all day. I did work on a few peices on Saturday, but I had a cake due Sunday afternoon for a First Communion. I am so happy with the way that it came out. I was even more satisfied with it once I dropped it off. They loved it! The little boy receiving his first communion sat at the dining room table and just admired the cake. Hope they enjoyed it.

xoxo Lauren

Sunday, April 3, 2011

one man's trash is anothers women's treasure!!

I am very new at this, my good friend Lauren and I caught a wild hair and decided to give blogging a try.  So this is my first post.  Let me know what you think of my before and afters. I have recently started to follow Miss Mustard seed and she inspired me so much, that I decided to give it a try. A few weeks back Lauren and I had a mother daughter trip to Canton, TX, where we found many cheap goodies to redo, this is where my new island is from (a $20 purchase), that my husband just made a few adjustments to. This is the before:

Also one day while digging in my mother-in-laws shed i came across this small chest of drawer that needed some TLC.

After i got rid of the butterflies, because I was so scared of how they would turn out (how bad i would mess them up) I decided to just go for and am thrilled with the way they turned out.

This is the island after
And the detail of the parts i distressed:
And this is the old piece i found in the shed:
And this is the top of it that i just left stained

XOXO Megan

Friday, April 1, 2011


Megan and I would like to welcome you to our blog! We are working on many projects that we cannot wait to share with everyone! Here is a sneak peak at something that I am working on...

xoxo Lauren