So yesterday I told you guys I was pretty sure my mojo was MIA. Sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration. I found it today at The Barn Show in Gambrills, MD. My good friend Gail of The Kramer Angle is one of “The Barn Girls” and is also one of the nicest people I know. She’s a whirlwind of inspiration! If I could carry her around in my pocket I would pull her out any time I needed kind blue eyes and words of inspiration. Seriously. My friend Jessica and I went shopping their today with our daughters, and had a blast! Jessica found an awesome chair, but it was already spoken for. Bummer! I found an adorable bistro set that was the exact same color as my newly painted front door. Now, I had been looking for a garden bench as we have an area of our garden where there are so many tree roots underground from our huge rhododendron, that nothing grows well there. But then I saw the bistro set and it was PERFECT. Check it out…. oh, and it was a steal at $95!
And I discovered just how practical and wonderful it was today! We had an afternoon playdate, and the dad and I sat in the chairs while all 4 kids played in the front yard! It was gorgeous here today, so the kids have been outside since Sawyer got off the bus. They even ate dinner at the little table while I weeded the garden! It just felt great to have something so bright and happy that was also so useful, and it felt great to be outside, working on a little curb appeal.
I also managed to finish up the dresser disaster! I had purchased this adorable pink dresser to paint. It had been waxed by the previous owner, and I lightly sanded it and tested an area with my Kilz Clean Start. The area I tested worked out great… but turns out was the exception to the rule. I discovered this after priming the whole piece and painting it with two coats of yellow. So the next step was to scrape as much of the yellow off as I could and then strip the pink. Talk about taking steps backwards!!!
I stripped it to discover scrapes and wood filler in the wood, so it definitely needed to be repainted. This time, I primed it and went with a different color… Ben Moore’s Wedgewood Blue. I wanted to give it a beachy look after all that…. something soft and soothing! I distressed it to expose hints of white, and added white melon shaped porcelain knobs. And here it is now! And I am truly happy with it!!! And I am feeling like I have been inspired again, and my mojo is coming home!
And now, I am off to have some dinner finally, and read more of Sarah’s Key, which is phenomenal by the way, and get rested up for race day tomorrow!!! Thank you so much for all your support, kind words and donations! As I run tomorrow, I will be thinking of all of you, as well as those I have lost to breast cancer, and I will also be sending up thanks for all the survivors.