I’m not M.I.A, I’m BUSY!


Double Oy…

This has been a busy week so far, and it’s showing no signs of letting up. What happened to lazy, sleep in, do a bunch of nuthin’ retirement??

Yesterday, I did a bunch of laundry for the Hubs,  then I ran multiple errands. I’m not a fan of errand running…I am however a fan of refinishing furniture so I came home and did 2 end tables! Fun for me!!


I’m so fired. Seriously…..

One table is an old one I bought at a garage sale about 22 years ago. It was nice at the time but life with my daughters was not kind to it….it was ugly. Early American style, with spindles and an ugly maple finish and a marble top. I was soooooo over it. So it got a couple coats of paint….

I’ve been reading all over the place about chalk paint. It’s a new trend in the crafty world. It’s UBER expensive, like $35 smackaroo’s for a quart. So like everything else, some brilliant craft Queen figured out how to DIY the stuff. That’s the version I used, I wanted to try it for a couple of reasons;  one being that you don’t have to prep the wood (or whatever surface you’re using it on) so no sanding, no stripping, no primer paint. I am on board for that! Second reason being it gives a nice matte finish that distresses beautifully….

So I bought a $3 dollar 2 oz sample jar of a nice taupe-y color latex at Lowes. Mixed it 2:1 with Plaster of Paris and a little water per the DIY instructions. I sanded only the rough chipped places on the tables to smooth the edges, I did not sand the gloss off the surface….and I painted away. It left kinda bad brush stroke marks, but I’d read that was normal so I let the first coat dry (it dries really fast, like in 10 minutes) and then gave it a second coat. Much better! The only place it needed a third coat was the stupid spindles. I HATE SPINDLES!!! When it dries it has a slightly rough texture so I lightly sanded it with a 220 grit sanding block, did my distressing thing and gave it 3 coats of finishing wax, buffing thoroughly in between. I’ve never used finishing wax before either. I like it….it gives just a nice soft sheen instead of a super shiny gloss like most sealers do. It’s supposed to be super durable plus it smoothed out all the brush strokes….

This table is the end table my Hubs uses so I wanted to cover the worn out marble with something MAN friendly….which ruled out all of my scrapbook paper I normally use to decoupage! I decided on covering it with a map. I went to the used book store hoping to find an old world map, and instead found a topography map of our beloved Black Hills! It was perfect….

Course, me being me, I had to take a brand new map and crumple it up, tear the edges, poke holes in it and make it look old and dirty!

Cuz there’s zero fun in a shiny new map….

I love how it turned out, and more importantly so does the Hubs!

If anyone ever catches me buying another piece of furniture with spindles, slap me silly!  I’m totally serious….

I don’t know that the chalk paint is really any less work than regular latex paint because of the waxing process but I like the end results so I’ll use it again.

The other table is one of my super awesome $4 finds at Chef Vivi’s Goodwill. It’s going to be used as a night stand in my spare bedroom. I got it painted and distressed yesterday as well but I want to do some stenciling on it so it’s not finished. It will be part of the upcoming spare bedroom re-do post!

Today I have a double batch of chili and a double batch of beef stew simmering on my stove, both for Hubs to take with him on his Elk hunting trip to Colorado later this week….

Tomorrow I’m going to hold Bambi-Lou’s hand while her daughter has surgery to fix a broken ankle….(say little prayers for them both ok?)

Thursday Little Miss Peanut is coming to see us and spend some time with her Poppa before he leaves for 10 days. I’ll also be baking cornbread muffins, 2 loaves of beer bread and a batch of cookies for him to take as well….

See? Busy Grammy. And, happy Grammy!


A night to remember…

10:15 p.m:

Hubs: “Night Baby”

Me: “Night Honey”

10:42 p,m:

Hubs: “Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”


Me: *blink*

11:05 p.m:

Hubs: “Zzzzzzzzzz”

Me: *blink, blink”

Me: “one…..two……three……”

Hubs: *snort*

12:44 a.m:

Me: “three hundred sixty two…..three hundred sixty three……

I get up and tiptoe into the living room. I read. I have a cup of tea with milk and honey….

2:14 a.m:

Back to bed, eyes drooping….

Me: “one……two…….”

2:57 a.m.

Me: *blink* *blinkety blink*

Me: “yawwwwwwwwwwwn”

Me: “Seven hundred twenty four…..Seven hundred twenty five….”

Hubs: “ZZzzzz”

Me: “Stupid f*ing sheep”

Me: *sigh*

4:44 a.m:

Me: “zzzzzzzzz”


Hubs: *snort*

Hubs: “ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz”

Me: *blink*

Me: *blinkety effin’ blink blink”









The End.


I forgive…

I forgive you.

For whatever wrongs (perceived or imagined) you’ve done me….

I forgive you for my own peace of mind, and yours…

For misunderstandings, misconceptions, misconstrued actions….

I forgive you.

I ask that you forgive me, same reasons…

Only when we learn to forgive ourselves as well, will we be truly at peace….

So I forgive me.

For any pain I have caused, intended or not….















I forgive you, because the people we love need it…


Let there be light….

Well….maybe I can’t make light, but I can re-do the crap out of lighting fixtures!

This has been a crafty week for me, I seem to run in cycles of creativity and sloth. You get one or the other, occasionally you get both as I can be pretty creatively slothful!

Apparently it’s lamp week at the Self house, I’ve redone 3 in the last 3 days, one of them had a table attached….

My carpet is a light tan-ish/sage-y/grey-ish color. My living room sectional is chocolate brown and while the walls are a soft, happy butter yellow this room is dying for some COLOR which I have to add in the form of accessories.

This is what I worked on yesterday, and I gotta say I adore it finished even more than I did when it was just a picture in my head!


















I’m so in love with this lampshade!! It took me about 8 hours to tear the strips and tie them on but it made good use of some of that fabric I bought to make bags WHICH AREN’T SELLING and although it took a bit of time, I worked on it while watching TV and waiting for the dryer to buzz….and it re-purposed the existing lampshade as I just cut the icky plain beige fabric off of it and made use of the frame! The wood table top had been discolored by spilled fingernail polish remover and was honestly nothing special to begin with. I sanded it down just to get the varnish off and painted it with a couple shades of turquoise acrylic craft paint, then finished with 2 coats of clear sealer…

Wha La! Fun, funky, definitely original new table! It adds so much color and whimsy to my boring living room….makes me smile!

Also, I promised pics of the redone bedside lamps…




































It’s the 2nd time I’ve redone these lamps that I got for half price at Hobby Lobby about 7 years ago! This time, just red spray paint, black glaze and a little sanding to distress them, with fabric rosettes glued to the existing shades. I was trying to coordinate fabrics for the flowers with this gorgeous paisley fabric I had and didn’t realize until they were on the lamps that they might be misconstrued as being a little “Red Hat Society”….they’re not! I swear! The whole re-do took me maybe an hour, hour and a half tops….But I’d gotten pretty tired of them and now I love them again! I also love getting my money’s worth out of stuff I already own!

Last but not least, I did one little project that has nothing whatsoever to do with lighting…unless you count the sunshine happiness it brings to my little Kid heart!



















Just a candle holder and a funky tea cup glued together to hold Q-tips in my bathroom, I found both pieces at Chef Vivi’s Goodwill for a buck apiece…I spray painted the wooden candle holder with orange spray paint left over from another project, roughed it up a little with the sander and glazed it with black glaze then glued the cup on with E-6000 glue. The teacup was so fun just the way it was that I did nothing to it! Another fun but useful project completely done with re-purposed materials….

I don’t remember who it was that expressed concern that I’d end up bored in retirement but they clearly don’t know me very well! Bored??? Me?? With all this stuff I have that needs a face lift and all these cans of colorful paint in my garage??


What’s next you ask??? A manicure….I gotta go redo my nails, all this refinishing furniture, painting, sanding, etc. has ruined my polish job!



I no longer hate Mondays, but I’m starting to dislike Monday mornings as I’ve somehow gotten into a Monday morning grocery shopping at Hell(wal)Mart habit. Not sure how that happened….pretty sure I’m about to break it cuz I like being able to gloat that Monday’s are my favorite day of the week! ***insert ornery grin here***

Sticking to my weekly grocery budget, staying about $20-25 bucks under it pretty consistently. Go me! And it’s a good thing as any funds left over from groceries goes into my craft supply fund….and by craft supply I mean thrift/junk/resale shop treasures and the stuff I need to redo/alter/restore said treasures. My Hubs is eternally grateful that our Goodwill store is not as fabulous as the one Chef Vivi has access to, he’s fairly certain if it was the grocery list would consist of Ramen noodles and hot dogs so I had more money for spending on junk we don’t need but I want to sand/paint/distress/decoupage/glaze….glazing stuff after painting it has become my new obsession. Blame Chef Vivi….

Speaking of restoring old stuff, I spent this morning (after Hellmart) lovingly working on bringing back to life the bedroom set we inherited from the Dearly Departed M.I.L….it’s been in storage for several years waiting for us to make room for it and replace the beveled mirror on the vanity table that got broken. $300+ bucks later the mirror is finished and looks beautiful. We gave our old bedroom furniture to Avery’s Mom to make room for the heirloom set. The beautiful new mirror really reflected how beat up and neglected the wood on the set was…..so I went to work restoring it, without stripping it.

I’ve used Old English Scratch Cover before and knew it would be too dark for this wood, but I’d read that using a mix of olive oil and lemon juice made a really great furniture polish for old dry wood so I mixed equal parts olive oil with the Scratch cover and added a half measure of lemon juice in an old baby food jar (thanks Peanut!) and shook it all up. I was hoping that the oil/juice would dilute the walnut oil in the scratch cover so it would be lighter and it worked BEAUTIFULLY! Because I’m a friggin’ genius….:)

Yep, I’m such a friggin’  genius that I forgot to take any “before” pics until I got to the very last side of the very last piece I had to work on…..


So you only get one before pic, you’ll just have to take my word for how well this worked!

And this wasn’t even close to the worst damage….the armoire doors had been DUCT TAPED shut before it was put into a hot Florida storage building after Mom passed away. Who put’s duct tape on antique furniture??? So there was this icky residue from the tape, luckily it didn’t ruin the finish. There were water rings on the dresser and the vanity and all three pieces were scratched all to hell. Gouged in places. Really wish I’d taken before pics…..

Anyhoo, peanut butter (the kind you eat, not the Grandbaby kind!) left on the tape residue for about a half hour took it right off, and the polish mixture covered all the scratches and gouges as well as the water rings! I was amazed and tickled pink!

So here it is, in all it’s glory….Mom Willie’s 100+ year old bedroom suit:

Ignore the ginormous dog bed next to the dresser. Pug needs A LOT of space to stretch out….


See the ugly brown lamp? It’s being painted RED as we speak! Yippee for me!


See?? No stupid duct tape residue!


Mom, your stuff is in good hands….and your Son will NOT let me paint/glaze or otherwise alter it so Rest in Peace!

It really was a labor of love, I know how much this set means to my Hubs and I’m so happy to have it in our home and thrilled at how great it looks now!

Can’t wait for the paint to dry on the lamps so I can distress and glaze them, pics to come on that project!