I have a rather wordy post today and it might get a little long.
A story for you, but it's not really mine to tell so I won't be including many of the more personal details.
Just enough information to explain about a stinky pine box no one else wanted at a garage sale.
We have some friends. Close ones.
Our families are pretty entwined, we have the old friends thing, the Godparent thing, the mentor thing, the previous boss thing, the kids are all friends thing, the be in each others weddings things, etc. etc. etc..
Even the family tree thing - some sort of third cousin deal I can never remember. I think the grandparents were first cousins.
Of course what I really mean is the state of the blog address, I just couldn't resist a tiny bit of presidential talk with the election coming up.
Besides, my blog is in by far better shape than the union!
It might seem like I've been sluff'n with no recent project posts, and I assure you that is the truth, that yes I have been sluff'n.
For someone who has had jars of paint on her dining room table for the past three weeks I'm sort of at a loss for what I've been getting done. In fact it looks to me like I've been getting a whole lotta nothing done.
There is one project started that with any luck will be done this weekend.
I've got a thing for totes, and for being thrifty.
Metal ones, wood ones, ones with wood and metal, and especially free or cheap ones, which I like to refer to as the "thrifty" ones. I picked this one up at a garage sale a couple years ago. It was filled with tools, which makes sense because it's a tool tote, duh Bliss.
In July I decided to try my hand at painting a faded but otherwise intact oversize front door mat.
The mat was a more expensive one that didn't last any longer than the cheap ones, and I didn't want to toss it out so figured I had nothing to lose.
My mat would have actually looked better if all the color had worn off leaving it a solid looking gray rather than the half worn off look it had going on.
But painting it worked, and I was very happy with the outcome. You can see the whole easy process by clicking here.
I didn't know that posting about my door mat was going to inspire others to break out a sponge and give it a whirl, but it did, and I'd like to show you some of the door mats that readers brought back to life.
This wasn't the kind of fever that makes a person sick, nope this was the kind of fever that gets the creative juices flowing, and might just have sparked a Fall painting frenzy for me here at the ranch.
Call it painting fever, call it a hot fever, call it a flushed face, whatever you want, but it's all about Fusion Mineral Paints and the ladies that share the same love of this paint brand that I do.
I mentioned in the first fever post with Homeroad and Orphans With Makeup, that these are not sponsored posts, I'm just burning to introduce you to some other blogs and their Fusion Mineral Paint projects.
My fever is real.
This post is all about the pig.
And a couple Tones For Tots projects in Little Piggy.
I'm not in the mood to do any two or three part'ers, in fact I might be downright cranky lately.
If you stopped in today to see the latest dresser I painted you will be disappointed. My apologies to both you and my sponsors, but you'll have to get over it. And if you don't want to read a few condensed real life chapters in the book of Bliss Ranch without pretty DIY photos, well then - auf Wiedersehen, adiós, and sayonara.
Everyone knows that life comes with ups and downs, major and minor crisis's, and then there are the things that are really nothing more than an inconvenience and a pain in the butt.
This is a post about nothing more than inconveniences and pains in the butt.....and maybe a silver lining.
For those inconvenient things that are just more of an annoyance I am pretty able to see the humor and make a little lemonade. Just not the kind of lemonade Beyonce makes.
This is where I announce there is no need to leave pity
comments like I'm soooo sorry you have to deal with this. The truth is - no one is more annoyed than me that I have to deal with these messes - it's all gonna pass - and it's not a big deal in the overall picture of life, so lets laugh about this schmidt shall we?
Like I do every time I start a post about food I must once again announce....
If you are just joining me here at Bliss Ranch, what that means is I've cooked and baked more than my fair share, but when the food is done I want to get right to the tasting, and while you won't usually find me taking pretty photos of my grub, it doesn't mean I don't know how to cook.
Also sealing the poured concrete counter tops. Washing the rest of the haze off the floor tiles.... hanging mirrors, electrical for lights, finish the plumbing, you get the idea - the list goes on and on.
Math fact - most patio tables will not seat the amount of people that my family needs to seat for a meal outdoors.
Which actually means most tables won't do that for a price I'm willing to pay.
And then there is the fact that if something I desire can be made by the man with the power tools, basically that adds up to I won't be making a purchase of the item even if I found an affordable one I liked.
You know how someone can look at something and see it in a new light, update it, and the next thing you know you're looking at something similar that you own and thinking, hey I can do that!
That was the case with this old scaly chipping fish decoration that I had setting next to our pond for ten years, and I'm going to show you how easy it is to update something with a fresh coat of paint.
On a recent outing with daughter #2, cruising around at some city wide garage sales in I don't even remember what town, there was nothing extraordinary going on even though we did have two large furniture pieces stuffed into the back of my vehicle.
One for me, one for her.
We came to a house that had a mattress set and a sea of pink kids clothes in the yard, and as I hit the gas to keep on going I saw it....
is that a pond bridge sitting among-est their sale items?
Before I even got out of the car I decided the odds were against me finding the one thing we really could use, at of all places... someones garage sale.
When I host a party I usually gather all these great ideas that I want to incorporate into the event.
Trouble is many of those ideas have to be assembled or carried out at the last minute while I'm running around making sure my hors 'd oeuvres don't burn, as guests arrive early and my hair is still in a towel, so lets just say it's not unusual for a great idea to be forgotten.
Sweepovac is an in wall vacuum unit that has helped me keep up with all the dog hair and dust on the floor around here.
I've ditched the dustpan and I'm pretty tickled about that.
From the Sweepovac web site:
"Sweepovac is a revolutionary kitchen vacuum that eliminates that pesky
dirt-line often left behind by using a dustpan! It is easily placed in
any kitchen by installing
it in the bottom of the cabinets and does not require a central vac
system. Its strong suction, removes dirt in seconds and its sleek design
allows for no loss of space".
There's a group of six ladies who host a weekly link party titled "Creativity Unleashed", and they also host giveaways.
Who doesn't like to win a prize right? I know I do.
So when time is on both Mick Jagger's side and on mine, I cruise around to my favorite blogs. If it happens to be a day I've got a project to link I will include it, and if there is a giveaway I'll follow the rules and enter.
For sure I can't win if I don't enter, so why not throw my name in the hat since I'm already there.
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