Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Little Christmas Dresses

These are two of my "great" nieces that I had the privilege to keep this weekend. Of course, at the last minute, I decided they needed Christmas dresses to wear to church on Sunday. I had planned ahead just enough to have purchased red turtle necks shirts with hopes that I had enough fabric and trim in my stash to come up with something. So, late Saturday evening, during and after dinner preparations, I just whipped these out! I cut off the bottom of the shirts and gathered up some Christmas fabric and attached to make the dress part. When the girls tried them on I could see that they still needed a little something....... so, I looked through my trims and found this beautiful gold wired ribbon that I had been saving for something special, and this was it! The gold belts added just the right touch, don't you think? I still have one more dress to make for my other niece and will probably do that in the morning so I can get in the mail so that they can wear to their church this next Sunday. I can't believe that Christmas is almost here and then right around the corner a new year! Is it just me, or is time speeding up?
Sew it seems to me...... I will try to get in a few more posts before next year, lol.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Baby Quilt

This is going out in the mail today for my friend Meghan's newborn niece. I actually started and finished it all in one day and was prepared to mail it in time to arrive for the baby shower on Saturday. Just as I was about to finish, I checked my email and found out that mom and baby were on the way to the hospital. Sure enough, when I finally get something done on time, it is still late because baby decided to come early. The Baby arrived yesterday weighing in at 6lbs 6 ounces. I think this quilt weighs more than she does!! Anyway, I think it turned out cute. Meghan picked all the fabrics and just handed me the sack. So, Meghan, this is how it turned out. I hope you and new mom and baby like it!!

FBC - Zavalla - Trunk or Treat 09

Here I am with my mom and that's my sister in the pilgrim outfit above. We parked in our church lot and gave candy from our trunks. Everyone that participated did great jobs decorating up their vehicle. Mom and I are dressed as beauty pageant contestants. You can't tell from the picture, but mom is Miss Understood, and I am Miss Demeanor. The weather was perfect and we all had a great time. Lots of kids came by to get candy and several parties on hayrides. Can't wait to decide what to do for next year!

Pretty Little Purse

Yesterday I was looking through my favorite craft blog, www.oneprettything.com and I found this purse shown with a free pattern so I downloaded and made it all in the same day. Whoo Hoo! That's a first for me! The designer is Lazy Girl designs and you can find it here: www.lazygirldesigns.com. I will definitely be making more of these and experimenting with different fabrics. The website has a free download of the pattern. It is called the Noriko Handbag. Anyway, super fast to make and requires very little fabric. A great way to use up my stash!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I've Got Spirit Yes I Do.....

At least I am trying anyway. The weather here is bad, therefore the light in the house is dark and gloomy, so you probably can't appreciate how cute my t-shirt is after I added some bling to the sleeves and neck. Tonight is "Meet the Eagles" night at the high school. Ethan is on the basketball team and we are excited to see him as they perform the drill they have been practicing. I don't know what position he will play but I am just very excited to see him out there finally. It has been a long couple of years and I feel like we are at last on the right track to getting him involved and successful in high school. So far he has done very well and we are sew proud! I will wait before I add his name and number to the back of my shirt, but I can't help wanting to show off just a bit. The gold sequins will be quite the understatement compared to how excited I am that he is out there on the court. Of course, this shirt will probably embarrass him but at least my kids can look back on their lives and know that I loved them and participated in their activities and showed some spunk and spirit while I did it! If you read my last post then you may have already figured out that I have still not started on the main "time sensitive" projects that I have committed to working on before I begin anything new. This shirt doesn't count does it?? Ok, I really am going to start working on the big stuff next! I sew promise!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fabric Fun

This, not so attractive:

Take some of this

And Get This!

Sew, today I decided to clean up in the sewing room just a bit. Which really just means, move stuff around and to another spot in the house which will have to be cleaned up as well! Anyway, I have a three projects that I need to finish this week and I get too distracted when things are messy. While I was putting away fabric that would distract me from my current projects, I came across this piece from Hobby Lobby that I just love. I don't have any plans for it just now, but I will, oh, I will. Anyway, I was afraid that if I put it away I would forget about it, so... I came up with a really quick project (less than 5 minutes) to make sure that fabric stays where I can see it so I will remember that I have it for inspiration. I took my old mouse pad that works great but looks bad, used the iron and some heat and bond stuff and ta-da: A newly covered mouse pad! Now, everyday when I get on the computer, I will see this fabric and dream about how I will use, someday, when current projects are finished. So see my dilemma, I wasn't suppose to do any other projects until these 3 are done and not only did I do another project, I had to stop and blog about it! I have all these great ideas, but I can't remember them. I even write them down sometimes, and usually I can't even understand what I meant when I go back to review my notes. I think I need a remedial craft class or something. Anyway, I must go now and finish cleaning off the dining table (where all the stuff from sewing room landed) and start one of the time sensitive projects that is waiting for me. I'll just run in here every now and then to gaze upon my new mouse pad with the cute fabric, and dream about what .....it........will......be.....some....day........oh well.........

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Inspiration from the Flea Market

Thrift Store Jeans and Dirt Cheap Skirt

Recently I visited the bi-annual Antique's Market in Warrington and Round Top Texas. (Blogged about a few weeks ago). We found a cute booth I believe called Junky Chic or something like that and saw some really cool embellished jeans, so....... I copy catted their idea. Yes, this is not original to me, but I did end up with one of a kind jeans! I started with a $2.00 pair of jeans from the thrift shop, my favorite right now is Alley Cat in Lufkin, Tx. I then found a $3.00 skirt at a Dirt Cheap store in Mississippi. The zipper was broken and it was the wrong size, but it had the most beautiful embroidery work and the price was right. Right away, I knew what I could do with that skirt. So I did some cutting, some ironing and adhering and I ended up with a fabulous pair of jeans. I'm sure these sell for at least $alot somewhere! Maybe my Etsy store??! When I find some other good jeans at a great price I will make some and put in the store. I love thrift shopping and creating new looks so this project combined my two favorite activities. Plus, now I have some cool jeans to wear to our church's fall festival tomorrow. I am sure no one will believe that they only cost $5.00! I'm sew not telling.....

Monday, October 19, 2009

Etsy Store Finally Open!

Whew, I finnaly did it and posted some items in my online store www.lisassewfun.etsy.com. Now I just have to sit back and wait for the sales to start rolling in! Right? I have way more where this stuff came from so help me out and get over there and start filling up your cart and crossing off your Christmas list. Just think, you can give homemade items to everyone on your list, and they will be delivered right to your door. If all goes well, I might even offer some already gift wrapped! Now that is service with a smile. You'll just have to take my word for it that I will be smiling... all the way to the post office and bank! Plus, if you mention this blog when you make your purchase I might even include a free gift! How can you top that? Ok, get busy, I am sew looking forward to your orders!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Just a Little Sewing Today

Wow, who'da thought that you can make an entire wardrobe in just one evening? Well, for an American Girl doll that is. These cute little outfits will be going out in the mail tomorrow to two of my girl friends for their dolls. I hope they like the styles that I picked. As you can see there is a dress, pants suit, complete with blouse and vest, 2 night gowns and one apron. What more does a girl need? I wish it was this easy to sew for myself. I did make one dress last week but I don't like the way it fits or looks! Why can't I make cute clothes for myself? Is it because I am not shaped like a doll? Could that possibly be the problem? Well, anyway, stay tuned in because soon I am going to be making a dress form of my own body, with all it's imperfections. I may still not like what I sew for myself, but I can make sure that it fits from now on. I will be sure to take pictures of the entire process. Should be good for a few laughs! :)

Green House Work

This is my mom's green house. My dad built it a long time ago and we decided that it was time for it to be cleaned out and remodeled. Mom emptied almost everything out and then I went in for the demolition. The tables were rotted and lopsided so I took them apart and Steve went over and rebuilt them. He has 2 of them ready to go and I think I will try my carpentry skills at one more. We plan to have it finished before it turns out cold around here. Mom has tons of plants that are going to need to be moved inside for the winter. She also has about a million of those black plastic planters you get when you buy plants from the nursery. I have banned her from buying any more plants until next spring. I don't even know if what she has will all fit in there. I do know that as soon as I left last week, she went out and planted about 25 peach tree seeds. "Now, where?", I ask you, "Are these going to go?" I might can build a small rustic table but I sure don't know how to build a green house addition! If they all sprout and start growing, she may have to move them inside the house.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Raining Cats and Dogs

Aren't these just the cutest faces? They are so sweet and love everyone, even strangers! It is hard to train a dog to bark at strangers and not at everything else that moves in the night. Mena and Mac both just lay around all day, very relaxed and quiet and as soon as we go to bed at night they start barking. I have been out numerous occassions (whew big words..) with the flashlight to see what they are barking about. Don't worry, I'm in no danger, didn't you just read that they don't bark at people. I guess there could be a wild animal in our yard but hey, they would be hiding as well so I guess they just like to bark at the moon. Of course it could be a raccoon,oppossum or armidello (spelling makes me tired). Something has been digging deep small holes in the front yard. Anyway, I just wanted to put their pictures out there again. They are so loveable and very photogenic!

Look Who Came to Play and Stay?

Friday, as I stepped outside, these fellows/gals were all curled up by my kitchen door. The mom is close (she is laying on the orange box). These are our neighbor's kittens but for some reason they like it here. We have big dogs, one little dog and lots of other cats, so I am suprised they aren't afraid. I take that back, they are afraid of the humans here and we are the only ones that don't want to eat them!! Anyway, they have been here for several days now and we have been contacted by their rightful owner. He emailed and asked us if his momma cat and her kittens were here. We thought there were just 4 but he had already given away one of them. We sure don't need anymore cats around here, but we love watching them play and cuddle. No wonder you hear about lonely old people with a house full of cats. I can so be that person. Even Steve, our big bad daddy of the house here, hasn't tried to run them off. He was the first one to feed them! Boy is he slipping. I think once he found out that their owner did have formal plans for their future, he relaxed. I hope we get to keep them for several more days. They are just the sweetest little things and I have fallen in love with at least one of them. I am hoping that one gets to stay permanently.

One of them likes to drink coffee with me and one is really good with plants? Which to chose?? No doubt it will be sew hard to decide!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Suitcase Slipcovers

Do you have ugly, dirty suitcases? Well, when I first started traveling as a "Spa Girl"
we thought it would be fun to have lime green suitcases. They were so cute and very noticeable, until our first flight and then they were very dirty and embarrassing. Loving to sew like you know I do.., I decided to make a slipcover for our luggage. I have not ever seen any and I was sure if I came up with a good design, I could make them and become rich! The luggage was still in good shape and we hated to replace it just because of looks so I went into the sewing room and began my creative process. That didn't last long. I love to sew but I cannot make patterns or design anything, so I started trying to figure out how to do this. I had really cute pink and green polka-dot fabric but no real idea how to make it work. So, I spent the better part of the day measuring, thinking, drawing and finally cutting out and sewing the first prototype. I got it ready, placed it on the suitcase and proceeded to roll it out of the sewing room. It tore apart before I could get it out the door! I was devastated! The wheels were the problem. I had made these huge buttonholes for the wheels to fit through but as they starting to roll the fabric got caught up in them and tore. So, I sat there in the sewing room thinking that I needed something kind of stretchy for give, with a hole in the top for the handle and completely open at the bottom as not the get stuck in the wheels, but it had to fit down tight so it would stay covered. Now, as I was thinking about all this you might be interested to know that at that time all of the Spa Girl t-shirts were stored in the sewing room, so I was literally surrounded by stacks of shirts. Finally, I saw what I had been starting at all day. An big t-shirt fit all of my requirements. It is stretchy, has a neck hole perfect for the handle and is open at the bottom. Plus, as it is wheeled through airports, it is a perfect advertising billboard. I took one of the shirts off the shelf and it fit perfectly! I'm thinking that you could use your favorite sports team or your school shirt, anything you like and are proud to show. Now, no matter how ugly and torn your luggage is, it can have a brand new look and get some free publicity for your favorite cause. If you can't think of a favorite team or school to use then by all means, put a Spa Girl shirt on there. It is the "Practical" (P in Spa) thing to do. Don't you agree?

First Day of School

After I dropped Ethan off for first day at his new school, I came home and saw tons of pictures of my friend's kids on facebook. He would not let me take his picture this year, so at the end of the day when I picked him up I took some secretly. By the time he got to the car window he made me put the camera away, that is why I don't have a very clear picture of him. He was making a mean face and I didn't want to post that! Anyway, he had a good day and I am so excited that he is going to the high school where I attended and graduated in 198.....?? Actually, one of my teachers has returned to teach high school math so Ethan will get to have one of my same teachers as well. The school is very small compared to Langham Creek in Cy Fair School district, but that is what we like so well. The kids seem very friendly to Ethan and are making him feel welcome. We are currently in the second week of school and so far so good. I am excited to be where my family can participate in his education and activities. His grandmothers will actually be able to attend a lot of his school functions. I can't believe it has been twenty something years since I attended there. It seems like just yesterday..... until I look in the mirror that is! Several of my fellow classmates still live in the area and it has been fun getting reacquainted and meeting their kids. We have prayed for this for a long time and as I know, God still answers prayers! And I am sew thankful!

Just Hanging Out

I am so excited that my new hammock is ready for hanging out. Erin brought this one back from Brazil this summer. She was there on a mission trip with Copperfield Baptist Church and before she came home she had about 2 hours to shop. I am proud to say that a "hammock for mom" was on the top of her list. I have had for about 4 weeks and she and her dad just got it hung this weekend when she came home to visit. Josie and I have been enjoying it ever since. Especially since the weather has started cooling off, it is a great place to spend a lazy afternoon. So, if you try to call me and I have forgotten to take the phone out there, don't worry, leave a message and I will get back to you later, or much later....

Good Clean Fun

Start with these:

Do This

Mix it Up

You Get This!

Right up front let me state that this is not my original idea. I got the recipe for making homemade laundry detergent from www.littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com. Their recipe is slightly different than mine so go there if you want to do this yourself. I spent a total of $8.17 to make five gallons of laundry detergent. Mine did not want to dissolve and mix up well, so I have to shake it or stir it a lot before I use it. I have done one load of laundry and it seems to work very well so far. I added about 1/3 bottle of Calgon water softener to my mix. The original recipe does not call for that. I also used the big box of baking soda and their recipe calls for washing soda. Apparently there is a difference although I could not find the washing soda. The box shows that the one I bought can be used for laundry, and I found it on the laundry isle so I am giving it a shot. It might still need some tweeking, but it this should last me for several months and at 1.63 per gallon it is a great bargain. I also had lots of fun making it and my kitchen was very clean after I got done cleaning up my mess. If I ever run out of this I am going to try my friend, Wendy's recipe for dry detergent. She uses Zote laundry soap bar, ivory soap, washing soda and I think borax, I will double check. Anyway, she loves it and it only takes one tablespoon per wash. I will be sure to let you know when I try that recipe and how I think they compare. Now, off to do more laundry!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Gourmet Popsicles

I found a great recipe at www.cooks.com recipe search for popsicles and fudgesicles. Popsicles have been my staple food item all summer long and the front porch swing is the best place to enjoy. That is how I have been keeping my cool all summer. I even enjoy the cheapest, plastic sleeve ones and so does my dog Mena. She likes the grape ones best and waits patiently for me to almost finish because she knows I will share the last bite. Anyway, I live several miles from the store and sometimes I run out so I was looking for a recipe that would be a little bit better than just freezing kool-aid (although there's nothing wrong with that!). I tried the popsicle recipe first:

1 (3 oc) pkg. jello, any flavor

1 pkg. kool-aid, any flavor

1 c sugar

2 c hot water

2 c cold water

They are soooo goood and actually have more of the texture of a "pink thing" remember those?

I tried out the fudgesicle recipe next for my 3 young friends that visited. It was a big hit as well.

1 (3 oz) pkg. chocolate instant pudding

1/2 c sugar

1/2 c cream

2 c milk

I also found these push up pop things at a kitchen store. They are for serving ice cream to little kids. You pack it in and then they can eat off the stick by pushing up from the bottom. I tried freezing the popsicles and fudgesicles in them and they work great. I filled them up, put the lids on and then slipped them through one of the shelf racks in my freezer. That held them in upright position while they froze. I am definitely going to get more of these the next time I find them. They were actually featured in this month's Woman's Day magazine. At least that is where I saw them first. The other containers are the regular ones for making homemade frozen treats. Even though school starts Monday, and Hobby Lobby already has Christmas decor on display, we know here in Texas it will hot for a lot longer. So, give these recipes a try and cool yourself off on your front porch while the hot summer afternoons are still here. Sew long..

Friends Reunite

Campbell and Gator met a couple of months ago, but they still remembered each other when she came to visit this week. Gator loves Campbell and just about knocked us down trying to sniff her hair and face checking to see if she had sugar cubes in her pockets. Campbell loves anything outdoors so she made quick friends will all the animals. We had 2 dogs and 3 cats at the house plus the neighbor's horse next door and she spent a lot of quality time playing with them. They look sad today because they haven't had much attention since she went home. We can't wait for her to come back to visit. We took lots of pictures and I will post more later. Hello my little friends, I miss all of you!!!!!

Getting to the Point!

Here are 2 of my friends that came to visit this week. I don't know why their mom's worry so much. They pretty much take care of themselves! He just got the archery set the day before and already he is doing great! His sister barely even got a scrape! Not really, we just set it up to give the mom a fright, but she picked them up yesterday and they were still happy and healthy.
I had so much fun playing with my friends. We fed the horse, played dress-up, colored, sat on porch swing, went to park and Boykin Springs, fed the goats, ate snowcones, ate homemade fudge pops, had weiner roast, made smores, laid down under the stars and talked about God and did a bunch of other stuff. Wow, in only 1 and 1/2 days. I can't wait for their next visit. I'm sure we can find a lot of other stuff to do (I can still hear Campbell in background doing her spooky laugh as I think about what to plan next!).

Friday, August 14, 2009

Before and After

Gold Thrifted Frame

Pretty Pink Bulletin Board

Sewing Room Before

Sewing Room After

Just a few before and after photos to help keep me inspired. I might remind you though, that the gold frame was only purchased 2 days ago and I actually re-created it yesterday. Now, that is a super fast turn around. The sewing room, not so fast. Notice the pink desk. That was a project from last week. This is just about as neat as this room gets. I work in here a lot so the ironing board is always up. When I have company, I clean up all the sewing stuff (lol, by stuffing it somewhere) and fold up the ironing board. It almost looks like a guest room then. This week my two young girlfriends are visiting and I will spruce up the room for them. I will have to add another sleeping space but I am prepared. There is a blow up mattress under the bed and we will get that out and make a very comfortable sleep spot.
The weekend looms before me and I always feel pressure to do something extra around the house, but then I get stage fright, and end up doing nothing. It seems that no matter how much I get done during the week, I feel the need to do something major on Saturday. I guess left over feelings from working and school. Anyway, tomorrow my goal is to pay bills, vacuum all the floors (ulterior motive with that, I plan to vacuum in the morning to help son wake up at a decent hour), mop some of the floors and then crochet or sew. Plus, tomorrow is my 29th wedding anniversary. That is a long time and I feel that couples who stay married that long should get an extra stimulus check from the government or somebody. Hey, this is quite an accomplishment! Hubby and I will go out tomorrow night and celebrate with dinner out. Maybe I will get motivated and make that dress I was talking about earlier for something new to wear. Let's see, if we leave for dinner at 5:30, I need to start working on it by 4:00. That sounds about right. Don't you think sew?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wait There's More (goes with article below)

These are the goodies I found in the Goodwill "as is" store. I got all this loot for 1.00. Amazing! And, I have plans for all of it. The books are for me and a few of my young friends that will be visiting next week. I am so excited that Campbell, Eden and Lucas are coming to spend a few days. The plate which is very vintage looking will be a bird feeder in one of my gardens and the big mug, a planter for a small ivy cutting. However, the find of the day, the brown mug, is my souvenir from Washington D.C. where my best friend Melissa and her husband will be visiting next week. What's wrong with finding your souvenir before you go? Mel and I do it all the time. It is way cheaper and you don't have to worry about it breaking in transit. I hurried and called her so that she could stop worrying about what to bring me back when she goes. For just about .10 I have a good as new cup from Washington D.C. I bet when she goes there she will find the same one for at least 8.99 or more. So, I saved her money, time shopping and worries packing all for .10 for me PRICELESS for her! Now that's a good day's thrifting!

Goodwill to Me!

So, mom and I decided to swing by the Goodwill store in Lufkin to do a little bit of treasure hunting. Look what I found! A platter/plate (1.49) which I will save to use for a cake plate when I take someone a cake for a gift and a gold, plastic, picture frame that has no picture. I know, how lucky you must think I am. I have big plans for that picture frame. Just keep watching blog, it will definitely show up again and for just .99 you will be amazed at the treasure it will become. Mom found a very nice Bill Blass blouse (say that 3 times fast) for 1.00 and a brand new scrapbook photo album for .99. Not bad for a day thrifting!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Finally, a Sewing Project

Yesterday, mom and I made plans to go shopping and I planned to meet her at her house at 10:00 am. At about 8:30 am, I decided to make myself a new blouse to wear. Ok, stop right now and understand that this is very normal for me. I will go days without sewing, but then, as soon as the mood strikes, I am there! I had this fabric already picked for this blouse pattern so all I had to do was cut it out really fast, (make a few alterations) sew it up and then get a quick shower and meet her by 10:00. I did it and was only about 5 minutes late. How about that?! I love this blouse. This is my third from Simplicity 4177 and so far my favorite. The pattern calls for elastic around the sleeve, but of course, I left that out. Saved me about 20 minutes and I prefer the loose sleeve anyway. I lengthened the blouse as well thinking that it could also double as a dress, but it is not quite long enough. I had to guess how much to add to the hips when I lengthened and I guessed wrong, so it will just have to be a little bit bunched up, tunic style top. I still love it and wore it all day long. I used a little less than 2 yards of $2.00 fabric so the top ended up costing about $3.75. The next time I make this pattern and yes, I will make more, I am going to make it into a dress, with maybe a loose hip style belt. Even Ethan said he liked it on me when he had to take the picture, so I will definitely wear it many more times.

Inspired by a Movie - Julie and Julia

Looking good

Almost ready!

Fried Pickles!
So, on Monday night my friends from the city went to see the movie Julie and Julia that has just come out. Of course, they called and invited me to join them, but since it was a 2.5 hour drive and we already had a doctor's appointment, I had to decline. The next day, Mel called to tell me that the movie was great and they all had a great time. So, I decided to invite my mom to go out with me to see the movie.
Before we left for the movie, I got on facebook and invited one of my friends from here, to join us at the movie when she got off work. I even suggested she call up her sister also to meet us there. Then, as often happens, I was distracted from the computer and did not return to see her reply. When mom and I got to the movie the previews had already begun so we were trying to feel our way in the dark to find seats. I heard someone wispering my name and it was facebook friend Debbie and her sister. I realized then that I had forgotten to go back and check to see if she would take up my invite. Good thing she came on anyway. We sat right in front of her and her sister and we all enjoyed the movie.
Now, about the movie. It was really good and was all about cooking. It made me so hungry just watching it. Ironically, it was about a young woman who was writing a blog.... hello, I am writing a blog.... she also had dreams to one day write a book.... hello, I have a dream to write a book. Anyway, tonight when I started making my son and me a "vegetarian dinner" of "fried pickles", I decided to take pictures and add it to my blog. So I did. Have you ever had fried pickles. They are yummy. I started with big, kosher dill, pickles. I sliced them up pretty thick, made up a batter of flour, egg and milk and then deep fried them until brown. To eat them, you just put them on a plate and then dip them in cold ranch dressing. You can eat with your fingers. And the best part... NO LEFTOVERS! Now, neither Julie or Julia demonstrated fried pickles last night on the movie, neverless, I felt very inspired as I cooked, ran and got the camera and took pictures of the process. I think that might be one of the symtoms of ADD, but that is what makes a blog so special. Right in the middle of everyday routine boring stuff, you can get an idea for the blog and then all of a sudden, something as boring as fried pickles becomes an inspiring article. At least to me it does. So, in short, I had something good to eat and new material for the blog. Plus I mentioned two friends names here, so there, I think this is a great blog entry!! Sew hoping you think sew too!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Things I Painted Last Week

Kitchen Door

Return Air Vent

Josie's Bottom

My Fingernails

Mom's Bedroom Ceiling

Blue Desk, Now Pink

Blue Desk

Wow, I must be really tired. "Yes, I am". I painted and painted and painted last week. It all started when mom went out of town. I decided to finally paint her bedroom ceiling which was a very old gray/brown tile. It actually started out as white with gold veining that I think my Dad thought would help hide spider webs. That was over 30 years ago, and yep it did hide them. Anyway, I had been telling her I would paint it for about 5 years at least, so I finally did it. It turned out great. Then, I got inspired and decided to paint my sewing desk that I have been intending to paint ever since I bought it at a garage sale about 8 years ago. I painted it pink to match my sewing room and it turned out great. Then, there it was, the old dirty, half paint scrapped off return air vent in the farmhouse we are currently restoring. (restoring sounds better than fixin up). That led to the back door of the kitchen and that's when Josie curled up in the drop cloth and got kilz on her behind. After all that, of course I needed to do my nails. So, that is how one project can get you into trouble. I finally ran out of paint and rested. Wow, I don't even like to paint and am not good at it at all. I make huge messes and waste a lot of paint, but for some reason it all turned out well. This week I am resting, unless of course I decide to ......