Monday, August 22, 2016

28 Things - The 2016 Olympic Version

Hello fine folks!

I'm glad you're here!

Well the Olympics are over.

I can't help but feel a little empty.

It's been a good two weeks.

My TV said "thank you" when I finally changed the channel from NBC. I mean it has all that variety to offer and I just ran the same channel for two whole weeks.

Here are some thoughts I have about the whole dang thing...

1.Probably the most important thing that happened in the Olympics as a whole was the introduction of the Refugee Olympic Team. A ten person team was chosen from a body of 43 potential refugee athletes. In the words of Thomas Bach, IOC President, "This will be a symbol of hope for all the refugees in our world, and will make the world better aware of the magnitude of this crisis. It is also a signal to the international community that refugees are our fellow human beings and are an enrichment to society. These refugee athletes will show the world that despite the unimaginable tragedies that they have faced, anyone can contribute to society through their talent, skills and strength of the human spirit.” 
I encourage you to read more about this and view the stories of the refugee athletes here.

I say "Thank yo" to the Olympic International Committee, from the bottom of my heart.

2. Am I the only one that noticed the different arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner? Am I crazy? I mean, I don't blame anyone if they didn't notice, because it wasn't like it was THAT different. But it was different. I swear.

3. One of the wonderful things that you can observe at the Olympics is the joy of the athletes who come in 2nd and 3rd. You very seldom see this at other sporting events. In a world that often says "coming in 2nd just means you're the first loser," I found this very refreshing.

4. And speaking of refreshing ... did you know they have chick (females, not ducks) wrestling in the Olympics? I did not either. I thought that was a boy thing. Of course they didn't actually SHOW the matches on TV, but they did manage to cover the United States female wrestler (Helen Maroulis) that won a Gold Medal. You may have already seen this on facebook, but if not, you might want to know that there are some really great young people with fantastic perspectives in the world. I am including here a portion of her response when she was asked about a particular Olympian who appeared to 'steal her thunder' by monopolizing all the attention and press on the day she won her gold medal - ... "Not surprisingly, Maroulis is as poised and comfortable off the mat as she is on it. She was asked whether she was bothered that the controversy surrounding swimmer Ryan Lochte overshadowed her big day, and her answer was a reminder of what drives most Olympians to compete at this level. Hint: It’s not mega-sponsorship checks and primetime interviews with Billy Bush.
“I didn’t come here to win a gold medal for the media attention,” she said. “I didn’t come here to win a gold medal in order to find something within myself or some peace within myself. I found that self-worth before I stepped on the mat. I think that’s why I won the gold medal.
“Yesterday was about stepping on the mat and just wrestling to the best of my ability and really taking joy in what I do. If they covered Ryan Lochte over my match, well, I think that’s a poor decision on their part, but I’m not running the show. My job is to be a wrestler, and I stepped on the mat and did what I needed to do. I’m happy with the results.” source Rick Maese, The Washington Post

5. Since you brought up Ryan Locthe, I'll say this - In the early days of the Olympics, when the focus was primarily on the swimming and gymnastics teams, a lot of Ryan's publicity focused on his age, 32, and how he was finally growing up and maturing. And I thought, "well it's about time!" Hmmmm, it appears that perhaps he is has not matured quite as much as he would like us to think.  And to quote Forest Gump "That's all I've got to say about that."

6. Somewhere on facebook I saw an article entitled "Why Women Beach Volleyball Players Still Wear Bikini's. I didn't read it. But I should have because I had been asking myself that over and over again.

7. Man those female gymnasts are good!!!! Well spoken and gracious as well. Did you know that one of their outfits - the ones they wear while performing - cost over $1200? That's a lot.

8. Did you catch my rant on facebook about the pigs on Fox News who felt it necessary to engage in a discussion about how the females in the Olympics should wear makeup so that they (the men) didn't have to look at the athlete's zits and other imperfections. You can see it all on my facebook. I can't figure out how to link it so if you want to see it you will have to look. sorry.
It still makes my heart race!

9. My favorite little diddys in the TV coverage were the flashes of the flag of whatever country that they were talking about. They had done mosaic reproductions of the flags of many of the participating nations. They were gorgeous. And I kept asking myself, "where on earth did they find all of that red ceramic tile? I've NEVER been able to find red tile for MY projects!" 

10. My favorite athlete in these Olympics? Katie Ledecky.  The most poised, accomplished 19 year old I've ever seen.  DANNNNNNG GIRL!!!! You're GOOD!

11.I'm glad I took the time to really listen and watch this year. The stories are incredible. So many men and women who's lives are filled with challenges that would have wiped out a lot of us.

12. Good story. The guy who won the bronze medal for the U.S in the marathon - Galen Rupp - was running his second marathon. EVER. His first? In the Olympic trials.  I mean, he is an Olympic quality runner - in the 10,000 meters. That's nothing compared to 26.2 miles.

13. Volleyball is fun. I don't know when, but they changed the rules from the old-fashioned ones I remembered. Remember how when you play volleyball and the other team is serving and the other team lost service when you won the point?  Except you didn't actually get a point, you only got the ball back? Well all that has changed. Now every point is scored whether you are the serving team or not. If you win the point you get serve back as well. That makes the games go a lot faster. And they're more exciting.

14. One morning I wasted like two hours watching single white water kayaking. Wow! That looks so fun! I'm sure it's difficult as hell, but it sure looked fun!

15. Basketball players are tall. Even when they look short on TV they are still tall.

16 Gymnasts are short. Even when they look tall on TV they are still short.

17. The most important (favorite) sports in Brazil? Soccer of course, but also volleyball and beach volleyball. Even this American could get excited about their men's teams winning the gold medal in ALL THREE!

18. I'm sold. Brazil has got to be an amazing place to visit. And fun.

19. I thought I was watching a video game the first time I saw the basketball courts. They were bright green! Not the whole court, but enough that the green kind of jumped off the TV screen.

20. Michael Phelps. I'm glad you are growing up.

21. It must be hard to live your teenage and college years in the public eye.

22. I love watching people who don't expect to win medals win medals. It's the sweetest thing.

23. Those guys who wanted the girls to wear makeup? Hope they were happy with the track athletes. There's some serious bling in track running.

24. A surprising number of sprinters wear wigs when they run.

25. Hmmmmm. That wouldn't work for me.

26. Aren't you glad that I'm on 26?

27. I didn't think I would make it this far!

28. Synchronized swimming. People still do that.

and just for fun . . .

I'm sure that a lot of you did not watch the Olympics. I hope some of you did.

Are you a watcher? A non-watcher?

What was your favorite thing?

I'm sure I forgot something very important. I should have written this as I was watching.

Oh well. 

It's on to American Ninja Warrior for me . . .

Saturday, August 20, 2016

How To Build Peg Board Storage For Your Kitchen

Hello, wonderful people!

It's deep couch sitting, Olympic watching, me.

I forgot how much I love volleyball.

Watching volleyball, I mean.

I don't remember watching ANY of the London Summer Olympics.


I haven't been completely unproductive.

I've been rebuilding a roadside find for the August Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest.

So I'm committed to this piece.

Otherwise I would have put it back on the curb after I looked at it more closely.

But let's not talk about that.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mimi La Rou Designs

Have you been wondering what I've been up to?

I have been doing my share of deep couch sitting - I mean, it's the Olympics and all.

Except for the two and a half weeks I spent traveling and visiting in Oklahoma in July, I have been spending at least part of three days a week at Mimi LaRou Designs in Roseville, Michigan.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

How To Make A Cutting Board Tablet or Recipe Holder


I'm glad you are here - because you may have been feeling a bit deserted 

Have you been feeling deserted?

I've been trying to decide why I have been hesitant to get back to posting regularly.

Probably the main thing is that deep down I don't like the pictures I've been taking. Some of them I don't like because the project or location of the project is just difficult to photograph. 

I try to hide the fact that I'm a perfectionist.

Normally I am easier on myself and try not to let myself get stymied by lack of perfection. I mean, have I EVER done ANYTHING perfectly?


I have not.

So why stop now?

I'm forcing myself to post all of my imperfection.

Bit by bit . . .

day by day . . . 

starting now.

Here goes . . .

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Saltwash Costal Inspiration - A Dresser


I hope like heck that you haven't been waiting with bated breath for a new post from me.

Because if you were, you're probably in the hospital, or worse, right now.

I've been sort of preoccupied with some stuff going on - which I will post about very soon.

I had to stop this very exciting life I have and share my latest furniture transformation with you.

This one is for the June Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest.  The theme is Coastal Inspiration

The contest sponsor is Saltwash.

Have you heard about Saltwash?

Saltwash is an easy to use base coat formula to give a layered and textured effect when mixed with any brand or type of paint.

You will want to take a look at this video to see how fast and easy it is to completely transform practically anything into layered, textured, beachy goodness.

See what I mean? 

I particularly like it that with Saltwash it REALLY doesn't matter how gross the piece is that you're starting with.

Case and point -


But free.

On the side of the road free.

The only redeeming factor was the knobs.

Someday I'm going to do something with these knobs.

I feel sure of it.

But not this time.

But I did use the dresser.

I mixed up some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence with the Saltwash powder and blobbed it on just like the instructions said.

Note: I found out that I liked the look better if I stippled the paint (just punching the paint on to the surface rather than raising it with the side of the brush like this picture shows. I didn't like the way the longer strips of bumpy paint sanded.

When this coat was dry I covered it with a layer of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.

Then I sanded with my random orbit sander and started sanding.

I hated it.

So I sanded pretty heavily to remove a lot of the texture from the Saltwash mix and started again.

This time I did the first coat as the lighter color. I used some leftover Plaster Paint in Ivory Lace - which by the way I'd never used before. I was just looking for something "white" to use and a friend had it to give me so I took it.  It worked fine with the Saltwash mix.

I didn't bother to completely cover the already painted surface.

I also used strictly a stippling stroke with the brush. No side of brush strokes.

The second coat was Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg.

When everything was dry I sanded.  By hand.  With 80 grit paper.

I started out just gently sanding and then pressed harder in some spots where I wanted more white to show through.

Then I waxed the whole thing with a combo of clear wax and liming wax. This softened the contrast a little and I liked that.

I bought the knobs at Hobby Lobby.

A little bonus for the chippy, casual look is that I didn't feel compelled to replace the area where the underside of the corner was chipped off. It just matched. Chippy paint, chippy corner.

If the original finish had been wood (and not bright orange and yellow) I would have probably sanded to the wood in several places. Wood certainly fits with this look. But not bright orange or yellow.

The finish ends up being textured but smooth to the touch.

I have a lot left so I will certainly be experimenting with it more in the future.

Thanks to Saltwash for providing the Saltwash I needed for this project. Someone will win this contest and they will receive a prize package from Saltwash and Saltwater Salvage Design.

Thanks to the stellar women that coordinate this whole Fab Furniture Flippin' thing.

Hostesses for this month are

Click on one of their blogs to see all the Coastal Inspirations that were created this month!

The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest is open only to the entrants who have signed up through the group Facebook page. If you are an active, furniture flippin' blogger, and you'd like to participate in future contests, you are welcome to join in! Just reach out to the hosts to find out how.

something beachy!                                                         

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Turn A Vintage Mirror Into Shelving


It's spring!

I can tell because I'm spending A LOT of time pulling up the weeds that took over the area (grass) that I dug up two falls ago which I never dealt with last year. Last year I spent my spring in Oklahoma with my grandson and other family. Then somehow the summer got away from me and I never got ANY of the gardening done last year. I did kill the saw fly larvae that try to eat up my creeping Jenny every May.  All that said, I'm a full year behind in all my gardening.

And it sucks.

Remember this shelf? I liked that shelf.

But it was too small.

And it was missing something.

Like a mirror.

I had this mirror . . .

In my shower.

It was the perfect size for my space.

I just had to cut off the trim on the right side. The left side trim was already missing.

So I painted it up and added 3 sets of brackets. Some I had already and some I bought at the Hobby Lobby half-price.

I painted them, too. 

Then I distressed it and waxed it.


I hung it on the same cleat I put up for the shelf.

Remember, I use cleats when I want great stability and even weight-bearing.

Until the white shelf moved in, I always had a mirror in that spot.

And it was right.

The mirror there does something very important.

It reflects light.

From some angles it reflects light from the living room windows.

From other angles it reflects the light from the dining room.

And in the magical world of mirrors, it continues to reflect, which continues to reflect, which continues to reflect . . .

It's miraculous.

And important in the greylands where I live.

I know what you're thinking.

You're thinking that the black walls make the room dark.

But you are wrong.

And that is a discussion for another day.

I really didn't like the closed in sides of the first shelf.

These metal brackets I used to hold the shelves leave the sides open with just a hint of interest.


Truth be told.

The first shelf was a little traditional for my taste.

This shelf is perfectly me.

But I said I would let you vote.

So please vote.

The old one


the new one.


I live in anticipation of your answer.

Please don't let me die.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Making A Wreath From Wooden Spoons


I've been doing stuff.

I've been finishing stuff.

I've been re-doing stuff.

I've taken pictures of stuff.


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