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A little side trip

It’s not exactly a newsflash when I say that I’m easily side tracked. It’s the dark side of being interested in a lot of stuff. When something new comes along, it’s always more interesting than the same old thing. One of my guidelines that I am following i s to complete a project before going on to another one. That doesn’t mean that I can’t have more than one thing happening because even I can’t crochet non-stop. In this instance I’m talking about the home redecorating project. While I have made great strides in the dining room, building a farmhouse style table, repainting the china cabinet and framing some art, I’m only about 70% done. One of the things about having a plan, it’s okay to deviate from it, a long as there is a good reason. A couple of months back, I bought a king size head board and foot board. I was concerned that it would be a ...

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Cabinet post

Emboldened by table building success I decided to raise up our hutch. I thought that would make it look more interesting. Off I went to the Madería Villalobos. Heavy provincial legs completely fit the bill, they looked sturdy enough that the breakfront wouldn’t look like a stilt walker, they were a little taller than I wanted but I thought that it would still be okay. Unfortunately, there were only three left. Why is someone going to all the lumberyards and buying only one leg? After much deliberating, I finally decided on some shorter, sturdier and more practical legs. As in many of my great ideas, this one crashed when confronted with reality. After consulting with my team of advisors, I came to the conclusion that while it was a feasible project, it was going to involve more than just slapping a set of feet onto the bottom. Words like cross bracing and weight bearing were bandied about. The legs are ...

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My apprenticeship continues

Now that I had my key element for the table, A.M. and I walked  five houses down the street to buy the rest of the lumber and have the legs cut shorter. A.M. had expressed concern that the legs looked too long, but I measured them against my body and I thought that they hit my hip in exactly the same place as our current table. As my husband tells me, if it’s possible to mess something up, an apprentice will find the most creative way to do it. With that sage advice in mind, I compared the legs to the table. I was correct, they were the same height, but I had forgotten that the table top would add another inch. Since the table was already on the tall side, another inch would have made it too high for comfortable dining. So as a neophyte, I decided to follow the plans as given. I like to be open to new experiences. ...

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Looking for paws

Orderly, organized and planned, not the words often used to describe my endevours. Vowing that this project would be different, I started a Pinterest board, titled Dining Room Redo (I’m prone to obvious clever names like that, I also named my gray mare Silver and an orange tom, Rusty). My first stop was Ana White’s amazing website of free and easy building plans, I found a couple of  farmhouse style tables that I liked. Not being certain that they were easy enough, I found this blog post after several hours of wandering the net eventually. It was exactly what I wanted. First order of business was to buy four legs in the appropriate style. Table legs in Spanish are called patas, this actually doesn’t feature into my story, but I thought you might like to know that little tidbit. There is an excellent lumber yard a 100 yards from our home. There I found the perfect turned leg, the price ridiculously ...

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You can’t always get what you want

Music is not my strong suit, often I wander off in search of a note and deviate to uncharted territory. Lyrics often elude me, but I think that this Rolling Stone song should be mandatory listening for anyone moving to Mexico. Our dining room table seats four comfortably, which means we don’t ever have dinner parties. Informal gatherings with people sitting around the coffee table, plates perched on their laps or just drinks and appetizers but never anything a real table. So I went off in search for either another table the same size and height as the one we already have or a new table entirely. When I use the word new, it’s understood that I mean new to me, not brand new from the store. Turns out that our table is an odd height,a little taller than most tables. The sides didn’t seem to match up well with any others either. One of the secrets of being a ...

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Time for some changes

My dad wants to know what I’ve been up to, not enough to call me on the phone and ask, but enough to chide me about my lack of posting when I call him. Apparently, phones only work with outgoing calls in Mexico, because while my siblings, offspring and other relatives (with the notable exception of my oldest brother ) no one calls us. Monday, a cold that I have been fighting won the battle. Due to lack of experience, I am a dreadful person to be around when I am ill. My frustration level is low and according to Husband I am less than nice. Today, I feel a little better and in order to take my mind off my aches and pains I’m blogging. I was going to sew but my machine had other ideas. Speaking of sewing, I decided to redecorate the terraza by making slip covers and new decorative cushions.  True to form, I forgot to ...

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before and after photos,the chandelier so far

This is the floor tile, this shot includes both shades of green on the floor. I don’t know if they replaced tiles or just didn’t notice that they weren’t exactly the same shade when they were laid. the hurricane lamps before and after the entire chandelier before the chandelier after painting The dangles look worse with the nail polish so I will be cleaning them with acetone and figuring out something else to do with them.

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almost done….maybe

I got the easy part done on the chandelier. After Husband helped me take it apart as much as possible, I finished painting it today.Miguels only had one colour of glass paint plus black simulated leading for stained glass style painting, so I went with plan B.Having reviewed my acrylic paints before going shopping and found that my collection was very limited, I went overboard buying 17 tiny jars of liquid acrylics in an assortment of likely colours. Luckily, there were still two dozen tiny plastic condiment cups in my paint box, left over from a previous paint project which I filled half full with white glue ( from the half gallon jug that I bought because you can’t ever have too much white glue), into that I mixed in approximately 1/4 teaspoon of paint. In order to check the transparency and final colour, I painted stripes on a glass jar. After reviewing the results, I further mixed some custom ...

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identity crisis

I have been looking at ideas online. Searching for colour palettes to use on my chandelier project. Plus ideas for my recibidor (entry hall/parlor) and I have come to the conclusion that I really am more Victorian/Bohemian/Gypsy inspired than a bright tropical Mexican theme. Oh don’t get me wrong, I have a couple of bright cheery Mexican spaces in our house. The terraza especially is full of colour but I don’t think I want to do the recibidor like that. I want an eclectic space, an exotic space but not so stage set Mexican, it doesn’t go with me, and it certainly isn’t what Yucatan looks like.Whenever I find myself immersed in these big projects, I often discover that my original path leads me to another direction all together. After all the best part of having a plan is knowing when you deviate from it. The view changes as you near the goal.Speaking of goals, USA is playing Mexico at ...

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Just use a little imagination

You are just going to have to trust me on this one. Use a little imagination and remember that I tend towards Bohemian and over the top.The chandelier project is evolving. Husband and I checked out the hanging lamps at Home Depot, there wasn’t anything that I really liked for less than $1,500 and even those weren’t great. I asked about lamp kits but they don’t carry them anymore. The clerk directed me to a store on Paseo Montejo that might have the kits. I didn’t even bother going there.While I was at the IWC retreat, one of the members mentioned that she had a glass chandelier that she bought in Monterrey (Mexico) which she wasn’t using. It has two arms, not exactly right.Today, after Crafts, Husband and I went to one of the used furniture shops. There, I found the perfect chandelier. It was $1400 which is about $110 usd at today’s rate. It is a beauty, five arms, ...

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