I’ve finally found someone…

It feels like I have not typed for a social reason (except for Facebook posts) in decades. I have missed blogging and I have missed you.

But once you know what’s been happening in my life, I’m pretty sure you will forgive me.

My last post was on May 14, 2013 and featured my makeover of a cane chair. I was looking forward to moving the piece into our master bedroom. But God had better plans….

The chair ended up in our NURSERY!

Yeah, that’s right. Right then in May we found out we were expecting our first child. 2013 became a year of much celebrations: turning 30, buying our first home in Canada, moving to a new city, and the icing on the cake- becoming parents. So things have been quite busy. Settling into a new city, new community, setting up a new home, preparing for a baby, and doing it all during fall/winter.

On December 28th we welcomed our biggest blessing with tears of joy (and pain :)).

So you can understand why I have been MIA for such a long time.

This has been the greatest task given me. And if you know me- I’m gonna give it my all. I must admit, it hasn’t been easy. There are days I really don’t know what to do when the fussiness takes over. There are times I miss my quiet space and being able to do whatever I want to do whenever I want to- like blogging :). There are days when I do not like the feel of pee soaking my clothes, or having to wake up at odd hours of the night. There are days when I want to be the introvert that I am- but my child seems to be an extrovert! I watched him yesterday on a play date with some friends and he was having a blast. There’s no dull moment when he’s around.

I still look at him in awe and now that I can touch him and cuddle him my favourite song while pregnant has taken on an even stronger meaning:

A Mother’s Prayer

 Verse:
My sweet baby on loan from above.
No better treasure could I more love.
I stand here beside your bed as I pray
Ilay my hand on your head and I say:

Chorus:
May you grow up to serve Him
all of your days.
May He lead you and guide you
in all of your ways.
May His hand bless your future with
friendships that last.
May you cherish your youth
and not grow up too fast

Verse:
I stare in wonder at your tiny frame.
Just to think that God knows you by name.
He knows every hair on your beautiful head.
He knows your thoughts before they are said.

Chorus:
May you grow up to serve Him
all of your days
May He lead you and guide you
in all of your ways.
May His Hand bless your future with
friendships that last.
May you cherish your youth
and not grow up too fast.

Prayer:
May God grant you peace
in the midst of a storm.
May God give you strength even
when you’re forlorn.
May you answer the door when
Jesus comes knocking.
May wisdom guide when
your mouth is talking.
May discretion protect you
and keep you pure.
May you never stumble
or fall for a lure.
May your heart remain humble
to the very end.
May uprightness and truth
be what you defend.
May the world not ensnare
or change who you are.
May the light that’s within you
shine like the stars.
May angels surround you
body, spirit, mind.
May favor and peace be yours to find.
May rejection and pain
never reach you.
May your spirit grow bold
for what you’re called to.

Chorus:
May you grow up to serve Him
all of your days
May He lead you and guide you
in all of your ways
May His Hand bless your future with
friendships that last.
May you cherish your youth
and not grow up too fast.

Singing:
As you rest in God’s care I will rest, too.
Knowing that Jesus is watching over you.
Amen

I finally found someone who throws me completely off my game and I just have to go along with it – no complaints. I love him. He’s the guy I spend my days with, make silly faces and sounds for, sing to without a care of who’s listening, read the same stories to over and over again, listen to the same CDs with on our drives. He”s turned me into a ‘morning person,’ a late-night laundry queen, a germaphobe, a crazy dancer, an expert bottle washer, a baby food puree’ chef, a ladder, a bouncy seat, a big toy (teddy bear), a lighter sleeper and a candid photographer/ videographer. But most of all He’s turned me into a MOM.

SD

Red Velvet Chair: The Makeover

You will remember my failed attempts at painting this ‘beauty.’

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Take a look at her now!

Front View

Front View

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Sideview

Sideview

Backview

Backview

Isn’t she a beauty?!

Forgive the poor lighting in the photos. I promise to share the steps I took for this makeover.

My Red Velvet Cane Chair

I was in luck a few months ago when I scored this chair for $34! For weeks I played with different ideas of how to make this chair my own.

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I soon found my inspiration chair at Dimples and Tangles

 

My first attempt to transform my chair was inspired by this post I found via Pinterest by Pinterest Addict, she used Tulip Fabric Spray Paint to paint her chair. Hers turned out quite well after 5 bottles; I can only imagine how many I would need to turn my chair from red to snow white! I realized that this would be an expensive venture when one bottle failed to cover the front side of the cushion adequately, and I did not like the texture  (with a 40% discount at Michaels each bottle cost 6.90!).

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My second attempt was inspired by Hyphen Interiors and Vintage Revivals . I got my paint at Home Depot and my fabric medium at Michaels. I painted, painted and painted.  After my fourth coating, I knew this too was a fail. I felt better knowing I had lots of company in the ‘fail category’.

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Maybe, if I had persevered for a few more coats the turnout would have been different, but the texture of the chair wasn’t appealing – it was too coarse for my liking. I wanted something that would be comfortable to sit in.

Throughout my attempts at painting my chair, I had my back up plan. If painting failed I would strip her all down and start afresh. That I did. And I am pleased with the outcome: Red Velvet Chair: The Makeover!

Master Bedroom Inspirations

It’s been awhile since I have shared anything new. These past weeks have been quite busy. I am shopping around for key pieces that fit my inspirational photos.

These are some inspirational photos that I’m using for our master bedroom :

Of course, to buy key items from these photos would cause me to break the bank, which I have no intention of doing. So I am shopping around and will update you on my finds!

A Perfect End to a Monday: Great Thrift Finds!

Three thrift stores in one day!

BOARD GAMES

I love board games but they can be quite pricey. I took a trip to one of my favourite thrift shops just to see what was new and came across a stash of board games- including 3 of my favourites!

5 board games for $7.95! That less than $2 bucks each!

 

 

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These were my finds:

Gesstures

Paid- .99c

Online for a low of $21.79 at Targets and a high of $199 on Amazon.com

And yes- all the parts, including instruction sheets were available J and the timer works!

Scattergories- I already have the Bible Version which I enjoy playing. Now I have the original!

Paid: $1.99

Online for a low of $37.03 on Amazon  and a high of 79.99 for the 1988 version (mine is 1989).

Probe- I’ve never played this game before, but the write-up was intriguing, plus it’s a word game!

Paid: $1.99

Online both on Amazon.com - $99.49 and $159.99

Twister

Paid .99c

Online for $19.99 on Amazon (the box is slightly different)   and $24.95 on Ebay

Chinese Checkers (Solid Wood) (2 pieces, one with  a chess board on the reverse)

Paid: $1.99 (missing marbles)

Online low of  a high of $37.99 on Ebay (one piece)

The other piece $40 on Ebay

High of $58.36 on Amazon.com

Total cost (brand new- high)- $522.29+ tax

SAVINGS- $514+ tax

Total cost (brand new- low)- $215.8+ tax

SAVINGS – $207.85+tax

I can’t wait for our next GAMES NIGHT!

THE LAMPS

As if that was not enough, I found two lamps that resembles my inspiration pieces. I can’t wait to transform these beauties!

Thrift Find:


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Updates for my lamps will follow soon!

SKD

On Turning 30 Prt 1: “Don’t say 30, say Triple X”

“Don’t say 30, say ‘triple-x!':

Not Going Gracefully
By Tom Mulhern

It isn’t fair, that’s what I say
To go from twenty-nine to thirty in just one day

It’s much too drastic, it’s too big a change
It’s got me unsettled and it feels all strange

This shift is too sudden, it doesn’t seem right
To be twenties for ten years, then thirty overnight?

From twenties to thirties is heartless and mean
There really should be something in-between.

Well, the truth is there is nothing in between- at Sunset on April 8th 2013 I crossed over into triple X.

On my birthday I was alone for the mid portion of the day and used this time to reflect on my 30 years and what I have been…

I have been hurt yet cared for

I have been downcast yet hopeful

I have been hungry yet had much to eat

I have been backstabbed, yet learnt to forgive

I have been broken yet healed

I have been broke yet had enough to share

I have been angry yet looked past my anger

I have been depressed yet found peace

I have been preyed at yet prayed up

And I have seen much

I have seen pain, experienced pain, given pain, yet eased pain,

I have been hugged, respected, disrespected, cared for and loved.

I have seen death,

I have mourned, been comforted and left with memories

I have seen relatives with cancer, gunshots, ALS, pain

I have wept, I have bawled, I have cried

I have laughed, smile and grinned

So in 30 years, triple X, if you may

I have seen a lot. More than some have seen in a lifetime.

But nothing compares to the mercies of God that I have seen

I have lived through much, more than most even know

And my strength has failed me, but in times when I don’t know

God has always known and He has KEPT me.

So in this new decade, I will see lots more

Some will be good, some will be bad

But whatever I will see or feel

I pray by God’s grace, that I will never forget what God has done in my life,

Will continue to do in my life

And what joy my eyes will behold when He comes again!

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