Friday, July 29, 2011


Greetings again from Murray.

Today I'd like to show you a little project I completed a few weeks ago and I thought it turned out pretty good.
We purchased a smaller TV armoire for our family room and I decided to re-do the monstrosity that was my old one and put my crafting supplies in it.
I used the idea from the very talented folks at
I'm sorry I forgot to take a before picture, but just imagine a bulky big cabinet in a light oak stain.
I started out and removed all the hardward and then primed  the entire piece with Kilz for latex paint.
After that dried I painted the entire piece with Valspar semi-gloss "Fabulous Red".  To get a real good coverage it took me about 3 coats.

After that completely dried, and believe me it took a while to get the tackiness dried as it is so humid and hot in Murray, KY  right now, I painted on a tintable glaze and wiped it off.  I think I glazed it twice for a better coverage.

I used Valspar glaze with a black tint that the dudes from Lowes mixed for me.
I spray painted the hardware black and placed them back on and put it back together.
I love it, what do you think? 
I'm so excited about the outcome that I have a dresser and headboard that I have deemed as my next project.
From Murray,

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July Work party

Greetings from Murray!
Hope everyone had a great 4th of July and got to spend it with family and friends.  I get a little emotional as I am very patriotic and love my country.  We had a good time at work and here's  our little spread in labor and delivery.
On the menu:  hotdogs, fresh corn on the cob, fresh tomatoes, boiled shrimp, chips and dip, fresh watermelon, and fruit pizza with fruit tea, water, and soda.

The drink table.
Fruit pizza,  easy.  Roll out a package of sugar cookie dough (I used Pillsbury) on a cooking stone, cook it according to the package instructions.  After it cools, make a topping of one container of whipped cream cheese with added powdered sugar and then embellish the top with your favorite fruits.  I used blueberries and strawberries for the colors of the 4th of July.

I used printables from
As always God Bless you and God Bless America,
From Murray,

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy 4th of July, 2011

Happy 4th of July.  It's been a while since I have posted.  Wow, really busy, but I wanted to share a few little things I did for the 4th. 
I  saw this in a magazine and it was pricey so I asked my dad to cut some wood out for me and here's my rendition of firecrackers on my mantle.

(sorry I couldn't get the picture to rotate after I downloaded it)

My dad spray painted them red, white and blue, then I sanded them lightly and he had previously drilled a hole for the rope (aka, the wick) and I glued the rope in.  Then I sprayed them with a satin polyurethane and tied raffia around each.  I love them, hope you do too.

Then I made my sons and daughter-in-laws a little surprise.  I took some canvases I had here and simply made a flag out of my granddaughter and grandson's hand and foot prints.
This one is of my granddaughter, Annie's prints.
This one is of Evan's prints.
Pretty cute, huh?
As always, hope you have a great day and a very happy 4th of July.  I am a very patriotic person and I love my country.
From Murray,