Saturday, August 28, 2010

Owl re-do

As I was browsing my local Goodwill store I found this little Home Interiors ceramic owl for 99 cents. Isn't he cute? Looks so real, eh? (up here in the north, we say "eh" a lot-we're close to Canada, you know) 

But seeing as how it's not 1980 any more, I gave this little guy a makeover, aka, there's nothing a little Krylon Gloss White spray paint can't fix. 

Dreary, dingy browns away!

Shiny, bright white, come to me (insert magic wand sound)! 

Doesn't he just look majestic now? 

My First Post!

I wonder how many times that title has been used?

I've been playing around with the idea of a blog since last year. First I thought it would be something about my dogs, of which I have three, hence the current url here on Blogger. I keep trying to tell my kids that someday when I'm old, I'll probably be a crazy, dog collecting lady. But in all seriousness, I have two Shih Tzus; ask any Shih Tzu rescuer, they are like potato chips: you can't only have one. My third dog is a rescued Lhasa Apso which I never intended to have, but thanks to my daughter, he's mine now. So much for more Shih Tzus!

Next, I went to the idea of something to do with food, but realized there was no way for me to measure up there. I mean, have you looked at some of the Foodies blogs? My gosh, what they cook! I'm salivating at pretty much all of it!

I finally decided on home re-do mainly because it's become a passion as well as a challenge AND a distraction. And it won't get me fatter!

So, perhaps you're wondering, does she have ADD? I will admit, that's a distinct possibility.

But in all seriousness, truth be told, I work many hours a week at a highly stressful job. Taking care of sick people is hard work. Throw in the fact that I usually drive at least 200 miles a day while doing it, at times it's insurmountable.

As an escape, I have turned to design blogs. In a sense, they have saved me in so many ways over the last few months.

I've been so inspired by many of the blogs I read on a mostly daily basis regularly. Totally amazed by some of the things I have seen self-taught men and women do with their own imaginations and a little ingenuity thrown in. I've probably filled up my daughter's inbox with so many links to before and afters. Amazing!

The end result is little old me playing this whole game myself. Mostly to have a record of my efforts, but also to share the thrill of the hunt and the joy (or defeat, but hopefully joy) of the end result, which, let's face it, is a big part of the deal.

To sum it up: finding a $10 chair and making it fabulous with some elbow grease, time, and a few dollars? Priceless.

If you happen to find my blog, please know you will be seeing the baby steps of a blogging virgin. Please don't be surprised at the bumbling and stumbling as I blindly find my way thru the learning curve of the blogging road.

I think I'm ready for the ride!