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Project Challenge #5- {Pulleys}

I will be honest. I truly just threw my project together this month. I know. Every single year around the end of school, there are so many things going on that it catches me off guard... like Christmas time...only much more unexpected. Then my head starts spinning in so many different directions, that I don't even know which way is up anymore. 

Another moment of honesty. Yeah, here ya go, confessions...
Originally this month's challenge was gears. 
I was very relieved when the item changed because gosh darn it if I couldn't get the gears off the old bicycle I picked up at the antique store to do  my project with anyway. So honestly, there was a great amount of relief in changing to something easy I already had on hand. 
Now, let's get on with it, shall we?! 
I bought a couple of awesome pulleys at my favorite antique store a few months back and had them stashed away. Originally I wanted to implement them in my youngest son's room that I just recently re-did. (I'm TERRIBLE at sharing projects!
Then my adorable little guy informed me that he didn't want "anything rusty" in his room. 
Is he really MINE?! 
But okay, fair enough. Needless to say I then had these pulleys with nothing to use them for. It wasn't until I decided what I could do with an old planter box I had kicking around in
 my garage (literally) that I realized how I could utilize a Pulley!! 
 I love those "Ahh-ha" moments, don't you?!   
 So I roped one of them deliciously rustic things up to a branch on our apple tree that is visible from my kitchen window...

 and attached the birdhouse I made from the old plant box to the bottom end. I truly wanted to string the "Feed the Birds" sign from the other part of the pulley, but it wasn't working out that way. Rolling with the nature of things, I decided I liked this look better anyway. Sometimes ya just gotta do that, right?!
Now, I know that this isn't the point of using a pulley, I think I'm going to re-adjust things over time, but this is my first experience using one, so anything goes right now, I guess. ;)
I do love the rustic look the old rusted pulley offers and compliments my birdhouse while hanging from the tree, even if it isn't serving it's full funcion.
This is the first bird house I've ever made!! 
I'm excited to share how I did it with you tomorrow, but for now...
Why not scatter some bird seed and enjoy nature for today? Hmm? 
Now it's time to go check out the other projects my sweet friends have to share, just click on the pictures below to see their amazing ideas...
OH...and see you back here tomorrow!!!

Furniture Refresh- {Pie Table}

Well what-d'ya-know?! It's another month beginning so we are kicking off another round of Furniture Refresh!!! I have a LOT of furniture to give new life to, so I love this monthly challenge. It's never hard to find a piece to re-do, just to figure out which one is "speaking to me" with inspiration. Speaking of inspiration, if you've never joined me for a Furniture Refresh yet, you are in for a treat! I team up with these other incredibly talented and amazing women to share with you. So you not only get to enjoy one project of inspiration with before and afters, but SEVEN! Who doesn't love a good before and after, right?! So be sure to check them all out at the end of this post. 
Now...on to my project. ;)
I bought this cute little pie table on craigslist for 5 bucks. WHAT?! Yeah. When I tried to pay the lady a little more for all her help in finding her house in the Portland hills, she refused. She was so sweet and went to so much trouble to sell her cute little pie table to me, that I felt like she should at least be compensated for her time. She wouldn't hear of it, there are pretty generous people in this world, and this lady is one of them.
Honestly, this piece was all ready for a new look. So much so, that it really didn't require any sanding, regardless of whether or not I was using chalk paint. It was so worn and tired, but so sweet! I did think I was going to paint it white in the beginning, but in the end, it was just screaming to be a part of the spring weather and the beautiful colored flowers I've been working on in my yard. I just keep thinking of moss, and birds, and nests. 
So I pulled out this color I have from Country Chic Paint called Rustic Charm
Anyone that is familiar with my blog knows that if I paint something green, it is typically apple green, naturally, cause it's my favorite! But this time I was up for something a little more mossy colored. It's interesting too, because this color is so much darker indoors. The lighting wasn't great in the house though, so that's why I have it outside...
we won't talk about the stepping stones
...or weeds.
Like I've mentioned before, we're working on getting things in shape at least an hour a day. I fell at the end of the summer last year and tore my ACL, so the yard was in pretty bad shape by the time winter was done with it.

I just love all the details of this sweet table.
  The curves and grooves are perfect.
But I especially love the claw feet. Aren't they amazing!! I didn't try to polish them. I'm not sure I want to. I love the old antiqued look they have.
At first I wasn't so sure about the color, but now I'm loving it! I'm still debating adding some detailing on the top. What d'ya think? Would you?

In the meantime, there's nothing like a nice cool glass of water any time of the day, it's my drink of choice...
especially after hours of working in the yard.
I love how it's coming along so far.
We're looking forward to 3 days of rain and then another week of sunshine and high temperatures. I do believe that mother nature has been good to us! 

Now, go and enjoy some more amazing before and afters by clicking on the following links!
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Happy May Day!

 I always think it would be fun to cheer up someone's day by bringing them flowers and wishing them a Happy May Day when I see that May is making it's entrance, but I always fall a little behind. I'm glad to see, though, that not everyone does. We had dinner guests yesterday, so while enjoying our company after our meal, we heard a knock at the door.

Royal Table Setting

A couple of weeks ago we had a birthday celebration for an organization in our church, called Relief Society. If you haven't ever heard of it, this organization is the largest women's organization in the world. It was first organized by church leader and Prophet Joseph Smith. His wife Emma was the first president in 1842. (You can read more about the purpose and history HERE.)  
For this celebration, we were asked to volunteer to decorate a birthday themed table. I chose to do a table themed "daughter of royal birth" to remind us that as members of this relief society, we are all God's children, which make us royal since he is a king. I figured the time invested played two parts, 1) to decorate a table for this celebration, 
2) to re-use these decorations for my youngest daughter's birthday. She's turning 6 today! (mixed emotions) 
I'm sharing these pictures of the decorated table the night of the celebration before the event started. If I wait until we celebrate my daughters birthday too, well, I may never end up sharing. Sadly, I'm just that way. Once an event is over, I move on and forget to share things I've done! (As I'm sure any regular reader may have noticed).

Project Challenge #4- Ticking or Burlap

Welcome to Project Challenge #4!!
This month's challenge is burlap or ticking. How exciting! 
I have to admit, that these are my two favorite fabrics and I thought of several projects I could use them on. However, these chairs won out because they were purchased after I had made the commitment that I wouldn't buy anymore to fill my garage until I had made a good dent in my project pile. 
Seriously though, look at that price tag, how could I pass them up all ready and waiting to just be finished?
So clearly, these had to come home with me and be finished and done, right? Gotta fulfill our commitments no matter who they're too, don't ya think? 
AND, in all honesty, I have been working on that garage stash as well, so technically, it's I'm trying to tell myself. 

Dose of DIY- Mason Jar Pazookie

Really?! Are we really here for another Dose of DIY again? You know what the theme is? Glass jars, mason jars, and vases. I know, pretty broad, huh?!
 You'd think this subject would be easy, and it appears that for my brilliant friends, it was (be sure to check them out in the end) but for me it was so broad that my little brain almost completely exploded, just ask my poor family.

Furniture Refresh Challenge- Entry Chair

Hey-LO my wonderful friends and readers!! I'm so excited today! Not only because it is our second Furniture Refresh, but also because I finished a long awaiting project as a result of this challenge. 
I LOVE a good refinish, 
don't you?! 
Today's refresh was this beauty. 
It was a craigslist find a few months ago.