Monday, June 25, 2007

Trash to Treasure

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My family and I built this house for 4 years, following a design we drew up on paper. Sometimes, i'd get out of bed at night, living 30 miles away in a dangerous city, and drive out here just to see the moon beams falling down upon her. I dreamed of living here.

Yesterday, my DeeDee and me, tea stained some buntings and hung them up. She has no short term memory, and was footing the ladder for me. One time, when I felt as if I might fall, I looked down to see her casually dusting off the bottom two rungs. Ha ha ha...we had a nice day.

When I went back into the house, I realized the buntings made a pretty treatment from the inside too.

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We were so proud of ourselves! And ignored my husband's pleas to NOT put holes in the house.

This morning, I took some more pictures around the house.

Here's one of my shelving unit in the loft. It houses an old oven that my grandfather bought me on the side of the road. Inside is where I keep my stereo.

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On top, is an old mantel clock from my Aunt Ida. She's gone now, and was my DeeDee's favorite sister.

But the prize is at the very top.

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An old breadbox filled with love letters between my grandparents while he was away at war.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

My Nerve AHH!

I bought this little Minerva on eb@y a couple of weeks ago. When I got her home, I wasn't as thrilled with her as I usually am with my castaway dolls. So I hung her up in my studio, and promised her daily that I would make her spirit shine.



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Last night, while working on Estella and sipping Chardonay, I took the little Minerva down and removed her clothing. What I found beneath was, to me, quite beautiful. What I didn't like was the cool tone of her skin against the warm, aged plum color of her body.

So I grabbed my toolbox and chose my paint and repainted her sweet face with a hit or miss type of painting method. Then I hand rubbed her prominent features down and antiqued her. This is how she looks now.

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Finally, I added a rusty safety pin and a Sworavski Crystal heart, a kiss on the cheek, and displayed her proudly on one of my 8x8 timbers, under a beautiful assemblage by etsy artist, sewmanyroses.

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She just couldn't be happier.

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