Monday, February 15, 2010

I love houses...

I'm not sure where it has come from since I grew up in the same house for almost 18 years never moving but always LONGING to move. Maybe that's where my love for houses has come from!?!

I have a love for houses new and old, historic, log cabins, rustic homes, castles, victorians...I just LOVE houses!!!

I often try to think of what my favorite or forever house would be like...would it be large or small, new or old, historic, log cabins, rustic homes, castle or victorian...I still haven't figured it out...I just LOVE houses!!!

Since leaving my parents home at 18 years old I have moved 10 times in 21 years and this is the longest time I have been in the same place for more than 4 years. I love our house...it's beautifully decorated and paid for...what more could a girl ask for...except to maybe have the rest of the house finished. Yet, I still get pleasure looking at houses, touring houses, dreaming of houses...I just LOVE houses!!!

I love the architectural details, the wood, the brick ~ pretty much everything but a dual & boring house.



The "Tiffany" castle in Kansas City ~ photo courtesy of Dupont Castle.



The "Stuart" castle in Eureka, MO ~ photo courtesy of Dupont Castle.



The "Montebello" castle in Imperial, MO ~ photo courtesy of Dupont Castle.

What about you...what kind of house do you like?

Monday, February 08, 2010

From Junkie to Spunkie!!!

I have always loved before and after shots and taking old things and making them "new to you".

I have happened upon a couple of new loves lately on the WWW ~ with my two favorites of them being Betterafter and the other one Mod Podge Rocks. Who would have thought all these years I could been taking before and afters of my Modge Podge projects...what a cleaver idea! I'm LOVING all the creativity that's out there and am gleening on new ideas!

My uncle died in October and I've landed a few pieces of extra furniture and primer. Thanks to some inspiration at Mod Podge Rocks I decided to try my hand at redoing the dresser...I think it turned out FABULOUSLY...What do you think!?! It's DEFINATELY from Junkie to Spunkie to me!

From Junkie...


To Spunkie...


Some of you may wish to know: HOW did she do that!?! (LOL) So I'll give you the specs, First, my daughter and I took the handles off and primered the entire chest. Next we painted it a nice white trim color our builder had left over from when he built our house (thank you Mr. Dace :). Once all that was dry, I cut 12X12 scrapbook papers from "Close to My Heart" (LOVE their papers!!!) to 6"x12". Lastly, I put a coat of Glossy Modge Podge by Plaid across 1/2 of the front of the drawer and placed my 6x12 scrapbook paper on it (where I thought it was straight and even :) and then located the hole for the handle to go back into the drawer, stuck a nice round object in the hole so it would pierce the paper and then I did a coat of modge podge across the top of the paper. I continued this all the way through and tried NOT to freak out because it had a million bubbles all through out the paper...don't freak out when this happens, ours went away and it looks great! We were thinking of redoing the handles to be white but when we laid them back on the drawer we loved this look so we kept it.

Happy treasure finding and let me know if you turn anything from Junkie to Spunkie!!!