Thursday, June 14, 2018

Letting Your Love One's the hardest thing you'll ever do.

I have spent nearly the entire month of May in tears and unspeakable sorrow.  On May 26 at 5:30 a.m. my brothers, sisters and my brother's wife and children held hands, cried and prayed over my brother Kenny as he quietly and peacefully left this earth and joined our loving God in Heaven.

Just eighteen days before his passing, Kenny wasn't feeling well.  His back hurt and he had indigestion.  He thought he was having a heart attack and drove himself to the hospital.  
It wasn't a heart attack, it was an aggressive and rare form of cancer called,  Cholangiocarcinoma, which is bile duct cancer.
His medical team gave us little hope but the family decided on chemotherapy to give him a few more months.  Sadly that did not happen.  His liver stopped functioning and he developed sepsis.  There was nothing they could do. In just a few weeks he was gone.

 Hospice was called, we made him comfortable as possible and waited for God to come.  During this time our emotions were out of control, our hearts were heavy as we held on to a glimmer of hope that he might pull through.  He was only 63 with a  birthday in July.  It was way to early for him to leave us.

We are a family of six.  Three brothers and three sisters.  Kenny was my baby brother.  He was always the laughter in the room, the adventurous one, the hard worker, the best hugger and the one brother that held all of us together.  He loved his family, he loved West Virginia where he was born.  He loved his friends and never lost touch with them.  He loved Harley Motorcycles which he built and collected.  He loved sports and loved antiques. He's the brother that I spoke about on my blog when my sister Kim and I spent the weekend with him antiquing and shopping. His biggest passion was gardening and landscaping. But most of all he loved his wife, his two sons and his daughter. 
He was planning to retire next year from his job as a supervisor for Barnhill Construction and had plans to finish the landscaping the gardens of their new home.  It never happened.

God had other plans for Kenny.  
I'm not sure that I will ever get over losing Kenny.  Life feels really sad right now and it's like a big chunk of my heart has been ripped from me.  My entire family is hurting so bad and every day is a challenge to stay strong and positive.  It's so hard returning to everyday life without Kenny with us.  I will always honor his life and his legacy.  He will forever be in my heart.

So, I'll leave you all with this.  Make that phone call, make that visit, hug your loved ones and tell them how much they mean to you.  Don't put it off until tomorrow, because tomorrow might not come.  Kenny only had eighteen days.  He waited for each one of his brothers and sisters to arrive.  He asked if we were all there.  When he heard our voices he seemed at peace.  But how do you tell someone how much you love them within a short amount of time...somehow you just do.  We each one kissed him and quietly whispered to him that he could go.  You'll never know how hard it is to tell someone you love that they are free to go.  The selfish side of us wants them to never leave, but you know they must.

I love you Kenny.  Thank you for the love you have given to us.  You will be forever in our hearts.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Are you into the Rae Dunn craze???

Are you into the Rae Dunn craze???  Or, have you been in the dark about the Rae Dunn madness or are you not interested at all???
If you are on Instagram, then I know you have seen it all over the place.  First of all, Rae Dunn is a pottery with words.  Yep, big words. 
Here's how the designer, Rae Dunn describes her designs...
 "Rae's inspiration comes from the earth, and she finds beauty in simple shapes, natural forms and found objects. Her utilitarian approach to designing ceramics is strongly based on the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi; the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete" 
Now all that stuff aside, I like it cause it's white and cute!

Do you like it?  Well, if you do then here's the kicker...IT'S VERY, VERY HARD TO FIND!
It first appeared a few years ago on the shelves of  HomeGoods, TJMaxx and Marshall's and no one was buying it!  Then, the rage hit and now, it has become the thrill of the hunt to find it.
My Sister Kim and I started with a few pieces and we have been lucky to find quite a lot!  I think what we love the most is finding it when we least expect to. But, as you can see from my collection, we have been able to get a nice start on our collections.  If I find it and there are two, it's "one for sister and one for the other sister!"    If you are interested in starting a collection or if you have already started,  then here are a few tips that she and I have learned along the way.
1.)  It's mostly found at HomeGoods, TJMaxx and Marshall's, so frequent those shops and go early because if you don't the "Dunn" people are going to beat you to it!  In fact, we have encountered a few NOT SO NICE "Dunn" people who are most likely  greedy sellers that will stop at nothing to get it.  We have had it grabbed right out of our hands and shoved out of the way so they can get it all!
2.) Be nice to the employees.   This is key to finding Rae Dunn.  The employees bring the merchandise out onto the floor, so they know if it's available.  However, I will warn you that we have also encountered not so nice employees at HomeGoods.  My sister and I never,  ever ask them to go in the back and look for it nor do we rush them to get it out to the floor.  We are always polite and sometimes ask if they received any and we always tell them we will return later after they've had time to get it on the floor. This isn't always the case with some . We have heard that the greedy bunch yell at the employees, stand at the back room doors and demand they bring it out immediately.  I'd say that's a real NO NO.
3.) Check on Instagram for sellers and traders.  You can also buy it on Ebay and the maker of Ray Dunn, (Majenta) has a website called Majenta-Inc. 
Here's how I am displaying my collection:

So there you have take on collecting Rae Dunn.  If you are interested and want to start collecting it be sure and check on Instagram and before long you'll be hooked!

Now on another note, my Sister Kim is making these adorable, cuddly "Chunky Hugs" throws and they are selling like crazy!  If you want one, just let me know because she is taking orders.
That's it for now!  Let me know if you collect Rae Dunn and what you think of Kim's "Chunky Hugs."  I'd love to hear your thoughts.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Painting the whole chair. Fabric and All and a Pep Talk....

Let's talk about this chair...this Bergere chair (French Arm Chair) that has given me fits for several weeks.  She, the chair, was determined to stay ugly. And, me the rescuer, was determined to make her pretty or die. trying.  Well she almost won.

Like all my projects I forgot to get a good before photo.  Here you can see the ugly brown and tan striped fabric.
After nearly five coats of paint and several outbursts of, "why did I ever start this darn project and maybe I can take it apart and throw it in the dumpster random thoughts," I decided not to give up.
So here she is and I have to say looking very pretty...

So now that I've inspired you, (probably not) to paint an ugly chair, here's how to do it.
1.) Make sure that you have lots of energy and coffee before starting the projects.
2.) I suggest that you use less expensive paint as your base coats.
3.) Use Chalk paint as your top coat.
4.) Sand in between coats of paint.  
5.) Try not to use curse words.
6.) Keeping repeating over and over again that it will be beautiful, it will be beautiful...
7.) When you are done, finally, give yourself a nice pat on the back for a job well done.

Okay, she there you have it, my ever so encouraging pep talk!   You can thank me later.  Be sure and show me your completed project.  You're welcome.


My favorite stuff

  • Donuts
  • Iced Vanilla Coffee
  • Finding Junk and making it beautiful
  • Spending Time with my Sister
  • Holidays with my family
  • Poirot movies
  • reading murder mysteries
  • searching shabby chic stuff on ebay
  • writing stories and blogging
  • snuggling with my husband and my kitty kats
  • comfortable pajamas
  • slot machines
  • yard sales
  • hunting through estate sales and thrift shops
  • going to antique shops
  • eating out with my sister
  • having lunch with my husband
  • having lunch with my son
  • vanilla wafer cookies
  • pedicures and pink toenail polish
  • Lavender scented soaps and body wash
  • Good makeup