Friday, April 18, 2014


Happy Friday!  No furniture today but I do have something to share.  I opened an Instagram account. Well, I opened an account years ago but never used it.

Truthfully, this is not something I wanted to deal with.  I have plenty to do and the thought of one more social media to keep up with gives me a headache.  But here is my problem.....

I have 750+ Facebook followers.  Facebook is my main source of sharing and social media.  Anytime I post pictures, share other's pictures, or share links and blog posts, only a small fraction of my followers will see the post.  EXAMPLE:  Yesterday's post, Polishing Brass Tutorial, was published at 11:00 AM CST and only 65 out of 750+ Facebook followers saw it.  65!  Some of that is because of the time, who is on Facebook looking at their news feeds, who has chosen to get all notifications, etc. but a lot of it is Facebook hiding posts from followers.

The other problem, I can't see pictures from people I am following.  Their pictures are being hidden from me too.  I went to several of my favorite blogs the other day and checked out their Instagram pages.  They put so many more pictures on Instagram than on Facebook and add more info.  Those things will NEVER be hidden from me like it is on Facebook.  This is really what made the decision for me.

I only have one photo posted and I am sure there are going to be some growing pains but I will get there.  If you have an Instagram account and would like to follow me here is a link to my profile:

I already added the badge to the blog.

I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend.  My plan is to finish sewing curtains, finish staining the fence, and Blittle and I have to decide if we are going to build the new dock or re-do the railing and stairs first.  If you missed it on Facebook, we finally got our pilings!  After a month of waiting they are in.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Polishing Brass Tutorial

In yesterday's post, Brass is Back, I showed y'all a few accessories I have inherited recently.  Both are brass pieces and were tarnished.  I cleaned and polished them to the shiny, brass they were meant to be.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Brass is Back

My body is in shock and is protesting this cold weather.  I mean, really.  Did Mother Nature forget it is Spring?  It is mid-April in Southeast Texas and feels like 35 degrees outside.  Yesterday, I sewed curtains all day to be productive and hide from the weather.   Let's just say, it wasn't an overly productive day with the curtains.  I did however, get a few things done around the house and worked on a few little brass treasures I have inherited recently.

These are before pictures.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Family Photos - Galveston 2014

Hi all.  I hope everyone is having a great week so far.  Today, I want to share something personal.  A few weeks ago, we had family photos taken.  BLittle and I have not had professional pictures taken since 2010.  It was time.

I researched photographers for the Houston/Galveston area and found Ever and Anon.  Jessica does a lot of engagements, bridals and weddings but will also do couples sessions.  I LOVE HER WORK.  She was willing to work with the dogs (which potentially could have been a train wreck) and drive to the beach so I booked a session with her.

I was recovering from being sick, the wind picked up that afternoon, Blittle and I are not the most photogenic people, and we had the dogs.  Needless to say, I had no idea how we were going to get any good pictures.  Jessica was able to get several beautiful shots of us.  Now is the hard part....deciding which one to put on canvas to hang in the dining area.  :)

Please go check out Ever and Anon's website and like her Facebook page.  We do not do justice to her work.  You have to see the beautiful pictures she captures.  GORGEOUS!  If you live in the Houston/Galveston area and are getting married soon or are a couple needing some updated photos, I highly recommend Ever and Anon.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

1920s Painted Cabinet

I have finished the cabinet...finally!  Illness, weather, other projects and a bit of lazy made this project drag on a lot longer than it should have but it is now ready for a new home!

Monday, April 7, 2014

DIY Concrete Extension

And it is Monday already?  The weekend flew by.  We worked late Friday night and were up early Saturday to prep and pour our concrete extension.

I have to say, this was a scary DIY.  All DIY's can be intimidating and the unknown is scary but this was life threatening scary.  The bottom of our posts were rotted and the large support beam in the corner of the house wasn't even touching the ground.  We made temporary supports and cut all the posts to a length that would put them right at the new concrete level.  Cutting off the supports was scary!  But everything is still standing and looking good.

Side note:  I did work this weekend. A lot.  I was also the photographer so I am not in any of the pictures.  BLittle did not have to do this alone.  :)

A reminder of what we started with.