Friday, February 27, 2009

Garage Makeover - continued

With every plan there has to be a color selection. Our local JoAnn's fabrics had a sale in January with fabrics half off, plus we had 40% off coupons. Woo-hoo! Since the garage is dark, we decided to paint it a light color and since we had over a half gallon of yellow paint (honeysuckle beige) leftover from painting the hall bath, the plan was to make my new work space and Cassie's domain, yellow and blue. We only had to buy one more gallon of paint, instead of two, and it saved us nearly $30.

Why was fabric needed you ask? My new work space is in need of seating and we happened to have three old table chairs ($1 at a yard sale) that needed recovered. Chairs will be painted off-white and recovered in the fabric below along with pillows from coordinating fabrics. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Garage Makeover

Our garage serves two purposes, a home for our feral kitty, Cassie, and storage. For the past few weeks, Sweetbrier's garage (Cassie's domain) has been getting a makeover. We have three goals for the makeover: (1) remove all of the "junk" that has piled up over the years - this is sort of a mission organization project, (2) create some catwalks for Cassie to provide more exploration opportunities, and (3) create a work space for my craft projects. Oh, and one more thing - this has to be done on a budget!

Of course the first thing a crafter must do in re-creating a space is draw up a plan. This plan contains space for storage (Christmas, old toys from childhood, items that we can't part with just yet, etc), tools, paint, wood working supplies, and exercise equipment. And of course a desk for doing  the craft projects. Most importantly, there is space for Cassie's gym, AC and heater, TV, toys, plus additional space for her to explore. Whew!

Over the next few weeks, and hopefully not months, I will document the makeover. Wish me luck:)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Happiness is...

Lunch with mother who makes the best grilled cheese sandwiches (she adds sauteed onion and tomato),
Petting a cat on your lap, especially when she's feral and you know she "chooses" to be there,
Or a cup of tea (vanilla apricot) in a beautiful vintage cup and saucer.
What makes you happy?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Finders Keepers

is the name of a lovely antique shop in Lawrenceville, Georgia on Scenic Highway. There are a variety of antiques and collectibles to choose from and the prices are very reasonable. They usually have sale items on the front porch. Shop keepers are friendly and very helpful. Two of the items we picked up this past weekend are pictured below. We also purchased a chalkware cherub holding a dish (no picture available) that was on sale for $10!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Sweeti's horse

Sweeti, our 14-year old ragdoll kitty, has a little toy horse that she adopted when she first came to live with us. She takes the mane in her mouth and carries it around the house as if it were caught prey. She tries to meow with it, but the sound comes out like a muffled growl, and it can be heard any time of the day or night. The horse is usually standing but not always and you never know where it will show up.

In the kitchen...
On the porch...
Or in bed...

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Reminders of what is to come...

It's been in the teens at night with wind chills close to zero. For folks in the north, this probably sounds balmy, but for us southerners, it's cold!!! Spring is around the corner, but I'm thinking big - SUMMER! And when we think summer, we think beach. I decided to pull out our shells and take some pictures to remind us of what's to come.