Saturday, May 28, 2011

Updated Old Dry Sink and BLOGGER Craziness

First I hope each and every one of you reading this post will go on to have a fun Holiday, whether it be with family or friends or just doing whatever makes you happy.

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Here is an unfinished dry sink I got back in the 80's;  painted and stenciled it for our dining room.  I even wallpapered the inside with blue and white checked wallpaper.

A few years ago I really starting getting interested in Primitive Style so last fall when redoing the Great Room I had the side edges, front and taller back removed and the carpenter replaced all four sides with pieces of flooring that had been removed from a school that was being torn down.  It was a really old school so I figured: "Good, now it is PRIM."  LOL  I did it black over red but when I sanded it (even as carefully as I could) it went right down to the white so I had to go to Plan "B."  So I took the red paint and painted it over the black where the white showed through and rubbed it slightly with a rag.; then antiqued it with dark walnut stain.  Came out great and looks like an old red piece that had been re-painted black

Oh yes, see that lamp?  It used to be Shiny Brass and I didn't like it that way so I had a can of (would you believe?) Black TEXTURED Spray Paint.  Poof, I sprayed that whole lamp; when it dried I figured "now I have really messed that lamp up!"  It was SO ROUGH I never could have dusted it!  (Oh, am I supposed to DUST??)  Anyway I took some medium SANDPAPER and sanded the heck out of it.  Now it looks as good as any expensive antique.  I even hit is with a hammer so it has a dent in it!  Ha Ha!   .

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Now a 
Note to My Dear Followers and Commentors:

You can be more than sure that I read each and every comment and get incredibly excited when I get a new Follower!  When I do a new post I check a couple of times a day...almost as much as my e-mail!  Well, the first thing I try to do is answer each one of you. " HA! You Say...I never heard from Joy:
after I took my time to follow or comment."  Well, let me tell you BLOGGER must be mad at me and a bunch of you, too since I have not been able to connect in any way, shape or form for many weeks now.  Google gives me the ugly message to try again later and I have even asked Mr. Google, since "He Knows Everything" and even he doesn't seem to have a clue.  Yesterday he even took my Followers off my blog for a while, then phoof, they were back on later today!  Wow that was scary!   :-(.  I have since read on several blogs that tons of us are having the same problems so I just wanted you all to know how I cherish your comments and have hopes of some day getting to 100 Followers.  I try to comment frequently because I LOVE reading your blogs  and want you to continue commenting on mine.  I have met so many wonderful friends here!
So  Thank You and keep coming back, (in spite of Blogger!)

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So, that being said, 
in two days I will be off to visit family in the midwest
 with the high point of this visit being my first 
Granddaughter's Wedding  
on June 11

So, please dear blogettes, don't forget me...I may get to play around on a computer while I am away, but generally I seem to be there when all computers are down.  8-(

Hugs to all, Joy


Sunday, May 15, 2011


Just as we all love our Primitive Style, I have learned to appreciate almost  all other styles, as I have worked with so many other homeowner's as their Redesigner.  Sometimes a certain style will "speak to me" and I would like to share that with  you today.  Our Needle Arts Club here in Sun City has several activities during the year that are wonderful to see.  This past week we sponsored a wonderful Home-Garden-Quilt Show which was truly a treat for the eyes

I was so fortunate to be assigned to my favorite home on the tour as a hostess so I had the wonderful opportunity to "really get a good look around!"  (We nosy types like to do that!)  

Not worrying about my picture-taking skills, I hope you can see enough detail so you can enjoy the details.  I find this style refreshing after all the Primitive use of more dull, grayed-off colors.  I am so lucky that this friend-homeowner used to have Primitive decorating in her home and therefore she has given me several wonderful pieces of pewter, lamps, and accessories   She is truly a sweetheart and can you believe she is a Senior???

Gotta love that girl!  She's as sweet as she is cute!  And she is SMART!  She teaches quilting and you will only see a small sample of her quilts   That would be for another post....

This is Kathy 

Here are a couple of her quilts in her Sun Porch 

Is this window just too hangs in an opening next to her front door

This is her kitchen eating area where there is a marvelous yellow hutch just out of the picture to the left.
The chair seats are upholstered in "old" quilt pieces in blue and white
with yellow & white checked place-mats on the table

This is the end of her Great Room with a marvelous "Hoosier" and Dry Sink

This is the Guest Bath with red checked wallpaper and Yellow checked shower drape.

Here is one of Kathy's quilts.  I don't know how she does it!!!

I thought you would enjoy this shot in her hallway...that is a black and white little plaid with a fun country border...and look at all the hanging goodies!

These are two shots of her Master Bath.  All I can say is I am so fortunate to know such a talented person!  
That sunflower is a candle

This is Kathy's Bedroom.  A beautiful black Four Poster, a white lace half-canopy, Black and white toile accented by black and white checks and a Red Cherry Quilt.  And then add in a ruffly black pillow!  
The bench at the foot of the bed is in the same "cherries," checks and toile.  
A Winning Combination.

I hope I didn't get too far off the "Prim" track but I do think it is fun to admire another style and you can even borrow a styling trick or two from any design.  

Until next time, I hope you will have fun viewing these pictures.


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