Friday, August 31, 2012


As I go about my search for a new career I have eliminated some choices. Baker? Nope. Cake Decorator? Nope. Furniture builder? Nope. (More on that later.)
I have talents, really I do, but these cakes are not my best result. The vision (picture this): small individual personal cakes with smooth sides iced with creamy frosting. The result: well you can see that for yourself. But hey, throw some red sparkling sugar on top of them and they're almost perfect. Right?
They smell good....
 Filled Bailey's door with balloons for when he wakes up. This was much harder than I thought it would be but should be a fun surprise for him when he wakes up. :-)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Up To My Ears in Photos

Last weekend, I was honored to be invited to do the photography for my husband's cousin Joe and his (now) wife Ashley. Myself and the other photographer, Trisha, took thousands of pictures between the two of us. Yes, I wrote THOUSANDS.

It took several hours to review them all, toss out or reject the ones that weren't the best. I will be giving the bride all the originals on a CD/DVD so she can review her options.

Ultimately, I'm still working my way through a now couple of hundred pictures or so. I'm tweaking them in Photoshop to make sure the colors and everything else is stunning because this was such an important day.

I apologize for not posting anything current but this has been where a lot of my computer time has gone.

I promise I will have pictures and updates on some other projects soon. It's been a busy week or so and I have lots to share.

Until next time...

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Patio Set Update

This week I have been rejoicing in my week off of work. I made a list last weekend of all the things I wanted to get done while I was off. I admit I didn't get to them all but I got many of my projects done. I figure I can always work an oil change in after work one day. Right?

Next up on my project list was re-painting my patio furniture. Again, this is a set that was my mom's but I inherited when it didn't fit her new place (a gazillion years ago). I think I was a high-school senior when she got this originally. That was many moons ago! When I got it, it was white, peeling and had attractive orange rust spots. I immediately painted it black. You know, like wrought iron...I was dreaming.

After a decade of sitting out on the back porch it was chipping again and the original white was showing through in places. So, it was time for a make-over.

I used sandpaper and sanded down/off the flaking paint to help reduce the chance of the new paint from chipping.

Next, i used the handy-dandy spray paint that is for plastic and did the top in a soft yellow.

I waited a day and then I masked off top and painted the chairs and the body of the table a bright orange. Now the table stands out as a sunny spot on the back deck.

Sadly, I have to admit the tape pulled up yellow paint on top where I had stuck it so it will need another coat. Can't scratch it off but the tape took it right up. Bizarre! I have temporalily disguised this with some colorful placemats I had on hand and a candle. Tricky huh?

I'm going to give it another day or so to make sure the orange paint is completely set before taping off the top again. What do you think of my sunny makeover?

Saturday, August 4, 2012

China Cabinet Redo

I have been planning and wanting to paint my china cabinet forever. When we moved into our house 11 years ago my mom and brother were also in the process of moving. We did a little musical furniture game and everyone rotated tables so we would all have pieces that fit better in our new dining areas.

My mom's table and china cabinet went to my Grandma's house since my mom would be moving into a mother-in-law unit there, my table went to my brother and my grandma's table and china cabinet came to me. (did you all follow that?)

A few years ago, my grandma decided she wanted a smaller table and I got my mom's table (pictured above). The matching china cabinet is still at her house.

So now that you have the history...I was not particularly fond of the dark wood tones and it just didn't match my decor style. I'm slowly but surely heading for a beach cottage feel. I live in the Puget Sound but truly I belong somewhere warm. :-)

I did a light sanding over the whole piece to make it more paintable. I taped off the glass windows on the front.
 Then I painted the whole thing white. (Technically, Italian Ice since that is what I had on hand).
 I waited several hours and then did a second coat in Gem Turquiose. I left the inside white so my dishes would contrast better. This looks a little more blue in the picture than it really is since it was night.
 In the morning, I used a 100 grit sanding sponge and rubbed some of the edges down to distress the piece. I used a piece of 100 grit paper to add some scuffing as well on a couple of the flat areas.
 Here's a close up of the distressing on the bottom panel. You can sort of see some of the brown popping through. There are areas of white coming out as well but they don't really show up in the picture.
 Here is the final piece put back in it's corner. Don't my rainbow dishes look fabulous in it? They were lost in the shadows before.
I'm so excited to have this project done and wish I hadn't put it off for so long. In two days I have added color and interest to a previously dull area.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Go Team!

Soccer season has kicked off and Bailey played in his first tournament last weekend. His team played four games in three days. They lost one, tied one and won two. The weather was beautiful. Great for the parents on the sidelines but he said it was a little too toasty for him. Here in the Puget Sound, anything over 70 degrees is considered a heat wave and the weather on Saturday was 75. He drank 5 bottles of water on Saturday during his two games.

This is his first year playing for a Select team and he has improved a lot just in the last couple of months. It's definitely a different dynamic out on the field. The kids are all playing more skillfully and it's a much more aggressive playing field. It's been fun watching the evolution.

Here's a few pictures from the games this weekend. They are the team in black/blue and white/grey depending on the game.