It’s ALIVE!!!!

Not much going on around here. Still not tiring of my cheap entertainment: reading. Although I have added some new cheap entertainment: watching my amaryllis grow. I got it a year ago during the sale after the holidays. Then I kinda forgot about it for a couple months. I wondered if it would still grow so I followed the instructions and planted the bulb. It didn’t do much for a while but then finally started to grow two freaking huge leaves. They grew so fast you could practically watch them get taller by the minute. But that was all it did. No flower at all. When the leaves died I trimmed them off and left it on the counter (partly out of laziness but I think mostly because I was curious to see if it would come back). I watered it occasionally and then a few weeks ago… lookie here!

I was glad it was a persistent little bugger. But then it got even better.

Sweet.

This is what it looks like today. Nature is so cool. And I am easily amused.

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I wish I could find cool chairs like these at a local thrift store! These were featured last week on Addicted2Decorating.com among others who posted to the link party. Rachel linked them from her blog i like what i’m herring.

Kristi says: I Like What I’m Herring bought these incredible chairs at the Salvation Army for $3.75 each!  Of course, they weren’t originally so incredible.  They were a drab gray, but that’s nothing that a bit of glossy white spray paint can’t fix!

And there’s another link party!

Linking up with addicted2decorating.com.

Check out lots more DIY, design, and home stuff on this great site!

Goodwill Item Makeover

I am happy with this little project. And I am happy to finish something, unlike my unfinished project of painting my kitchen cabinets. But this was easier of course.

I found these small boxes/trays (whatever you want to call them) for about $2 at Goodwill.

 

 

 

 

I thought they could use an update. So I picked out some scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby when it was 40% off.

 

 

 

 

I already had paint and primer on hand from my unfinished kitchen project. So I slapped on a few coats. Well, more like prime, wait, prime, wait, paint, wait….etc. Then I glued the paper in with Mod Podge.

 

 

 

Much better.

Want to share your project? Leave a comment and a link!

Ready for Spring

I’m ready for spring. Not because I hate winter, I don’t. I’m not one of those people who complains about the weather every day unless it’s bright and hot and sunny, and justthewaytheylikeit. I actually like cool, partly cloudy days. Super sunny days just make me squint so much I get that annoying bit of a headache right between the eyes that just gets more annoying when people are fawning all over how BEE-U-TEE-FULL the hot, blinding sun is.

Anywho, back to whatever point I was getting at.

Right, spring. I’m looking forward to spring because the weather will be warming up enough to get outside and spray paint again. I just got into this whole craze last year and got a few things painted. Seeing other bloggers find cool stuff at Goodwill and other thrift stores gets me itching to find some more treasures, too.

For example: Thrifty Decor Chick found this pitcher at Goodwill and made it so much better simply with paint.

 

 

Before:

After:

It looks 30 years newer!

And another example from Sherry’s growing menagerie at Young House Love:

Before:

A year ago, I would have surely walked right past this thing in a thrift store. But Sherry made this dude totally strut like the bird he was always meant to be.

After:

So, since I can’t spray paint yet, I have a little project I’ve been working on with slow-as-molasses-brush-or-roll-on paint. Hopefully I’ll have time to finish it in a day or two. And hopefully it won’t be lame. Have a project like these, or not like these, and want to share? Leave a comment and/or a link!