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Yes, they are, Joel!
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2016 on Paint Sprayer vs. Spray Paint at Patina General
Yep, we've been a little MIA lately on this old blogsite, for many different reasons. Life after PG is moving forward, which we knew it would around this time. Cheryl has been keeping herself busy at some new job endeavors, and I've been anticipating Mr. Freckles' recent heart surgery, which... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at Patina General
When I went to my client's home to assemble the drawer memory boxes, I really didn't know what I would want to use to affix the wide variety of items that would create the 3D collages. And when I'm somewhere other than home, I like to bring absolutely everything I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Patina General
Awesome, Diana! Knew they were more old book lovers out there:)
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2016 on Textbooks, Vintage and Antique at Patina General
Thanks, Diana! Will certainly have to join your party more often, now that we found you!
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2016 on Drawer Memory Boxes at Patina General
It all started with a little visit to a Home Goods I hadn't been to before to pick up "a few things". The Eden Prairie location had a lot more decorating items than I'd ever seen at the Plymouth location. And I came across an isle with curtains...quite a few... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Patina General
Thanks, Sharon! It was a fun project!
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2016 on Wool Blanket Bunting at Patina General
I was hoping we'd have enough time to visit Franklin, because I'd noticed there were quite a few of my kind of shops there...goal for next time, I guess! Thanks for reading!
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2016 on Nashville: Sights and Sounds at Patina General
Finally finished up a client project last week that I thought would be fun to share. It's a great way to use up some extra drawers that you may have laying around, and create some sentimental art for your home. The project started with my client's desire to preserve and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Patina General
This was the week; I was determined to get the new SLR camera out of the box, put the lens on, and start taking some pictures. And what better subject matter to learn on, then pretty flowers?! It's not like I need to be nervous about wasting film developing any... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Patina General
Last week was the beginning of "The Great Minnesota Get Together", and the weather was perfect to enjoy it fully without getting too hot or wet! We went the first day, and what struck me the most this year was the beautiful gardens and foliage everywhere. In the past, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Patina General
Said so beautifully, Tonia:) Thanks for reading & sharing.
I have been reading a lot these last few months. Books. Not magazines with pretty pictures; books with no pictures and lots of words. Inspiring words from inspiring authors. Which is unusual for me, because I'm usually more of a doer and not a reader. Maybe it's because my hands,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Patina General
Cheryl, Oh, the challenge of will never end, will it? I'm hoping for a technology-free Heaven;)
I went to National Camera's annual tent sale last week in search of an SLR camera. I've blogged for 6 years now with a point and shoot Canon, and it's served me well, but the beautifully, clear images I'm seeing all over the internet made this vintage-paced lady decide I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Patina General
For the first summer ever in my gardening life, I decided to try out a collage of low succulents for my tabletop containers. I've loved the subtle textures and colors of these beauties for years, but haven't been able to stomach their prices. But this year, at Lowe's, a full... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Patina General
My kiddos are too big for fun themed birthday parties, so guess I have to live vicariously through my sister's chubby-cheeked littles. Mr. Freckles, my baby, is going to be turning 16 soon, and think I'm having kind of an empty nest, emotional kind of summer, especially without the busy-ness... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Patina General
We ended our College Visits and College Friends Tour on the Michigan side of Lake Michigan. Rather than drive back down through Chicago, we decided to go on an adventure by taking a ferry ride across the Lake from Ludington, Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. What a historic, slice of Americana!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Patina General
When we finally found our hotel, at the end of a long day of Chicago college visiting, we were pleasantly surprised that it was not just another hum-drum, modern high rise. We threw this trip together rather quickly, and I was honestly just happy to be able to book a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Patina General
A lot of this summer has been about getting Happy Girl ready for senior year, and college thereafter. The school year just seems to be too busy to really concentrate our search, so taking some trips this summer, mother/daughter style was at the top of the agenda. I decided if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Patina General
Oh, boy! This makes me so thankful for my screen porch where I shoved everything, until I have the patience & cooler weather to go through it all!
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2016 on Making Room For What Matters Most at Patina General
This chicken salad recipe is so simple and easy, and it always tastes refreshing. I first start craving it in early spring when my taste buds are changing seasons, and I'm usually still making in in the heat of August days. I love it either on a croissant, or with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Patina General
Bread & Wine, by Shauna Niequist has been my summer read. Sister, who lent it to me, seems to be the one to get me to read anything other than a decorating magazine. Guess she's promoting my deeper-thinking self, which is definitely working, now that I'm not cranking out furniture... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Patina General
There are a couple great vintage kitchen tables at the cabin that have probably been there since my Dad and Grandpa built it. I first gave them my personal touch back in college in the late 80's, when country stenciling was all the rage. My mom wrote in the cabin... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Patina General
This is a one picture post! If you're going away for a couple days and haven't planted some plants yet (story of my life!), place them in a container with a couple inches of water in the shade. They can drink as they need, and will still be happy to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Patina General