Friday, February 11, 2011

New Creations

The past few weeks have been super busy for us! I have been working on a lot of projects (which I love) and Tanner has been having to work some conferences at church. We finished up our Upwards season a couple of Saturdays ago.  I cherished the time I got to spend with my cheerleading squad and I'm thankful for the experience and can't wait until next year - but at the same time, I'm glad to have our Saturdays back.    The most exciting thing that has happened since my last post is that we became an aunt and uncle!! Meet Larisa Ryan Lott

She has not even been here a week and already she has stolen the entire family's heart! How could she not with those chubby little cheeks! I cannot wait to spoil her rotten =) I am starting early by doing a painting for her nursery...

Jennifer, my sister-in-law, requested this pattern because it goes with her room.  I'm also in the process of making a dress for her.  Or should I say TRYING to make a dress for her.  At the same time, I am learning how to sew...soooo she may or may not receive the dress...ha.

I've also been working on a TV cabinet (a once white kitchen hutch turned TV cabinet because it was the only thing in our house that the TV would fit on). I'm extremely excited about how it turned out.  The inspiration for the finish was an end table that my mom gave us for Christmas.


It was really simple to do, just time consuming.  I painted the entire piece black then did a layer of brown over it using the dry brush technique so it looks somewhat distressed.  Then, on the doors, I glued broken mirror and fogged it by using a mixture of baking soda/water.  Finally, I poked a hole in the back to fit the Wii cords through and sprayed it with a finishing gloss! I'd say it goes much better with our decor and best of all we didn't spend a penny! I already had all of the supplies on hand from other projects. It's a secret dream of mine to one day own a shop with redone and unique pieces of furniture and art. Not so secret anymore, I guess. Hopefully, this dream will be a reality someday =) But for now, I guess I will just have to stick to household projects.

In my spare time (3 1/2 minutes a day), I have been reading a book that my friend gave us called "Sacred Marriage."  I HIGHLY recommend it and want to share some things I have learned from it, but supper is calling at the moment, so it will have to wait for another day. Hope you have a marvelous day and thanks for reading!