Milk Paint from Miss Mustard Seed

It’s taken a good many months to pick up my milk paint from our local distributor and then a few more months to actually use it.  And to be honest, when I first brushed it on I was a bit confused. But I’ve learned a thing or two about paint and patience.

I had found this little, sad, cottage table with water marks on the top and thought Miss Mustard Seed was just the one to give it new life. So it became my first victim.

I had been chintzy and mixed it watery so it went on thin. I then put my doubts to bed and let it dry over night. In the morning, with help from a rag, it became some kind of chippy wonderful I’ll tell you! Just like Miss Mustard Seed said it would be.

But I wanted a little more coverage so I add a second coat before I went to work. It was looking quite appealing when I got home that night. I waxed it with a clear wax and buffed it to a dull finish.  I think I like it. What do you think?

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                                     Cheers,

                                     Miss Ellie

I’m sharing this post with Courtney’s Feather Nest Friday at French Country Cottage. 

I’m sharing this post with Marian’s Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed.

I’m sharing this post with Donna’s Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors.

I’m sharing this post with Debra’s Be Inspired at Common Ground. 

the Gift of Time

the Gift of Time

With more light at the end of the work day there is a whole lot more to see and photograph.

When I arrived home from work around 5 (which felt like 4) I venture out to the yard as I could see signs of spring. It is the most beautiful and non threatening time of year.  The grass is green but doesn’t scream to be mowed.  The trees are blooming and leafing-out and hide the fact I haven’t pruned them yet. The ground is still wet so planting much of anything is ill-advised. I have yet to notice that the garden shed and the fences and the clubhouse all need some kind of wood protection. Oh! And the deck too.

“But chippy, aged wood is my friend.” I say to myself.

I see the stack, or six, of lumber my Dad and I have collect from old barns and sheds, and a coral and horse shelter. There is some lapped siding from Restore and some deck railings from a friends old deck. They’re neatly stack on pallets in my future vegetable garden.

Barn wood

When I pull back the recycled rubber roof membrane that has kept the lumber dry all winter, a sense of wonder comes over me as all my dreams and aspiration come flooding back. The barn wood is destined to become an outdoor farm table. There are two shed doors, with the ‘Z’ bracing that will make a great head-board or garden shed table. The coral 2 x 6s and 4 x 4s are the beginnings of the raised beds so mandatory in my red clay, water-logged soil.  And the old 16 feet long foundation forms that are the future home of the blue berry patch.

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I see the mountain of crushed granite and rock that the dump truck driver left in the middle of the road to the back forty, because it was so soppy last January the dump truck sunk to its axles.  I’m in denial about its relocation to the rest of the road. I can only see the beautiful boulders mixed in that will one day be part of the rock borders on either side of the walkways.

Rock wall

With more light after work, I’ll have some time to work on these projects and others. As part of the effort to bring balance to my second life, working in many smaller increments rather than an all out push in a single day is more effective. It also gives my creativity an opportunity to evolve.

And though I’ll get use to the time change, this time of year feels like a gift. How are your spring projects shaping up?

Cheers,

Miss Ellie

Word of the Year… Balance

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The future lies beyond.

That’s what I’m going for this year. B A L A N C E. In Blogging. In Family. In Career. In Finances. In Service. In Faith. In Exercise. In housework and socializing. In home maintenance and decorating. In gardening and farming. And maybe even in treasure hunting. But will see about that one.

I’ll write about it all. The hopes and the dreams. The failures and the successes and all that stuff in between. It’ll be maddening and fun all at the same time.

Am I setting myself up?

Cheers,  Miss Ellie

P.S. This is a Word press ‘Quick press’. Kinda like a status update on Facebook but different. It might help bring balance to blogging.

Weekly photo challenge is Purple

I love the color purple.

It’s all over the east wall of my room. But it’s hard to photograph so there are not any photos of it.

Dahlias and gladiolias at the farmers market

So I went to the farmer’s market and took pictures of my favorite flowers.

Dahlias and sunflowers

And one more for the road.

Black purple ‘cattail’ looking things

I did find an interesting lamp on my way to market. I’ll try to get a daylight picture of it tomorrow.

Got any purple in your life?

                                                                  Cheers,

                                                                       Miss Ellie

Vintage Architecture

The Rust Report

On the first evening of June, the elite of the high school choir, sang their last performance of the year in an old building near down town. I was there like a fly on the wall. I spent my time appreciating the old buildings.  As the choir sang I wondered the perimeter.

St. Joseph Cultural Center

The building was completed in 1866 by members of the local community as a convent for the Sisters of Mercy. It soon became an orphanage with over 400 children. The nuns left 100 years later and the community has worked to preserve the site. Here is what I saw.

If walls could talk…

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Cheers!                    

Miss Ellie                

Mes Amis Vintage Antiques Show

Sun, Breeze and a Little Shade

I took my sister to the  Mes Amis Vintage Antiques Show last weekend and her head nearly popped off with all the swiveling she did trying to see everything. So many beautiful things. And some very inventive re-purposing. Being the Spring show there were a lot of garden pieces. I love galvanized containers and industrial elements, so my pictures are quite ‘industrial’.

My pictures are another story. Still learning to use the edit tools. But here they are in all their glory. I didn’t keep very good track of the venders names I was so busy looking. Sorry about that. Enjoy the tour.

I’m really in love with this clock table. Round is such a great shape for a coffee table. And check out the picture holder made from a rack.

Hey Mom! This is what your dinning room chairs will look like when I get done with them. Are you ready?

Turquoise chair! I love the pop of color.

Nice way to end the day.

Did you do something fun this weekend?

                                           Cheers!

                                           Miss Ellie

Spring and Snow

Spring, Spring, Spring, where are you?

Spring in my part of California means snow or a least a lot of rain. A. lot. of. rain.

But in my head spring is all light and fresh and short skirts.

But it’s freeeezzzzing! And wet, wet, wet. And my pictures look like crap!

OK, enough whining.

Today I hope to find a way to paint.

I have tons of projects I want to share and a few I need feed-back on.

Hope your weekend goes well.

Cheers!
Miss Ellie