Thursday, October 29

Stool Pigeon

It's an old idea. Take a vintage piece of furniture - in this case a small stool - then paint it to give it new life. Simple, right? When we bought it, the stool was covered with a dusty, crusted yellow paint which came off on my hands. My wife wanted this specific look that she had seen somewhere. As often happens in these sort of cases, the challenge is communication of what she wants from her brain to mine. I thought, "Sure, I'll repaint the stool for her, no problem." Little did I know that this small project will require sanding, priming, two coats of base color, black accents requiring both taping (the stripes) and hand painting (both stripes and dots), then a very carefully applied glaze, then a clear coat. I think I may have been suckered. Not that Linda would ever do that to me - of course not.

It was more work than I thought it would be, but I'll admit it was fun as well. I always enjoy doing things I haven't done before. However, unless we end up selling it to a multi-millionaire with a highly developed sense of the ridiculous, there is no way I can come close to recouping my cost in time spent. But I guess that would probably be true of most things I fix up. I try not to look too closely at the bottom line, being afraid of what I'll see. I'm not the only one, am I?

I wish I had thought ahead far enough to take a "before" picture, but here is the "after".

What do you think?

Wednesday, October 28

Speaking of H1N1...

As I mentioned in the last post, Kristen came down with the H1N1 virus and couldn't work the sale on Saturday. Well, she had also been told that she couldn't have any contact with her 3 month old daughter, Summer. Her husband had to work on Monday, so Grandpa "had" to watch her. Believe me, I didn't mind. We had a fun time together. I may be an old softie, but there is nothing more endearing than a baby who smiles at you like she thinks you are the the most loveable and entertaining person on the planet. And there's nothing more peaceful than a baby asleep. I took this picture when she got here, asleep in her car seat. In fact, this entire post really was just an excuse to show you our little Summer.

While I am at it, here is our other baby granddaughter, Jillian (Jessica's daughter). She just turned 1.

Are we lucky or what?

There's a First Time For Everything

We want to thank everyone who came to our first ever open house. Angel's Attic was launched on Saturday and was a great success. We received a lot of positive comments about our decor inside and out, as well as the products we were selling. The weather even played along, giving us a sunny mild day. After the pseudo-monsoon of the previous Friday, the sun was a gift!