Painted Brass Chandelier

Does your home have some outdated lighting?  Our does.  Well, did.  We had a big brass chandelier that was probably really nice whenever someone bought it but it really needed some love.

Here’s how we did it.

Take the light down and prep it for paint.
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Then hang the light somewhere safe for a big cloud of paint and high enough to get all the different angles.

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Next a coat of primer.

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Then spray your fav color. Lots of it. We have a thing for Aqua.

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While this is drying clean the crystals.  Our chandelier had a billion and this part was painful but worth it in the end.

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After a bit of attention to the wiring, testing the bulbs, and not getting electrocuted, hang the chandelier.

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and… We love how it turned out.

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Garage Makeover

Remember This:

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and this

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Another dingy boring garage.  Yet, it served it’s purpose.  To store the things one’s life requires and then acquires.  Only it made the “projects” that Jeff and I have decided to make our life’s work since buying this 1960’s home, a bit chaotic.  We, mostly Jeff, decided organize our base camp with would make things less stressful and he promised I would be happy with the results.  So off into the sunset we worked.  For three day.  Memorial weekend.  I wasn’t thrill about our holiday plans but I knew he was probably right.

So I got started.  Yes, I.   Thursday because I was off and Friday because Jeff had a migraine.   Oh, you tricky husband.

Just a short nap and big glass of our half & half (half sweet tea-half unsweet for you yanks) and Jeff was back, paint roller in hand, and praising my superb painting skills. I’ve clearly had much more practice.

There is something calming and fulfilling about making your home.  The process is hard and frustrating and in Florida full of mosquito’s but the results humbling and joyful. We ended with weekend sitting in our new garage with a cold one, tea of coarse, and a smile from ear to ear.

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I always wanted a mud room or something like it. Jeff built this for me. Love Him.

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Jeff fixed up this old chart to organize wood scraps.

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Did I mention we bought “our” first lawn mower? And no, I have no plans of using it.

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Prep work for new shelves

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And TA DA…

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” When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables happy in his work – this is a gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 5.19
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The ULTIMATE Sugar Scrub

If you’re like me you have tried every pinterest recipe out there to find a scrub that you can make at home to keep your skin silky smooth.  Look no more.  This recipe is legit!  Basic ingredients with all the Benefits.

Great scrub anatomy:

Sugar.   Is a great exfoliate and really helps severe dry skin.  I would know! I live in 100% humidity and still have rough dry skin.  Sugar scrubs remove dry rough patches, promotes the growth of healthy new skin, are non drying like some salt rubs can be, and have alpha-hydroxy which is supposed to give the skin extra glow.

Coffee.  Oh how we love caffeine.  Im a non coffee drinker, but like the smell, and crave caffeine like every good American.  Good news is you don’t have to just drink the stuff.  The skin will absorb it! Praise the Lord! In using caffeine in you skin treatments it plumps the skin cell and can’t help reduce the look of cellulite.

Honey.  The sticky goodness isn’t just for sweet tooth.  It is natural antioxidant which when used outside the body protects the skin like a natural form of sunscreen.  It also promotes wound healing and prevents infection due to its natural anitmicrobial properties.

Oil.  Lock in all the goodness with your favorite oil.  Each one has different pros and cons so take you pick.  Lately, Ive been mixing coconut oil with baby oil.

And that is it.

Recap:

Brown Sugar

Ground Coffee

Honey

Oil of Choice.  I have used olive oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, &  baby oil.

Simply, Right?

Fill your container 3/4 full with brown sugar. Then fill with ground coffee, leave room to stir.  A big squeeze of honey.  Then add oil to a consistency that you like.  I like a lot of oil.

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GRILL ON THE HILL. 2013.

Who doesn’t love a little BBQ? Especially when it’s a fundraiser all about the kids! Will’s son Liam used to attended EDS which is how all this started. Liam has since transferred schools, however, no one wanted to miss out on the competition. Did I mention we took home multiple awards last year? Check it out.

Team “Willy Good Q” consisted of my hubby Jeff, his co-worker Stephen, and Willy himself.

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The weather was typical Florida spring. Gorgeous! Everything was grilling up nicely until one of the smokers died, uh oh. Lucky for us the neighbor grillers has this sweet toy.

An electric flame thrower! The guys weren’t so sad after all.
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But BBQ must go on.

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Stephen’s wife Becky and their sweet baby girl Payton came to join the party as well.
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After all the grillin, smokin, saucin, and sass talkin we DIDN’T win. Turns out you can’t win if you don’t have a kid at the school. BUMMER.
We knew they had to give the ‘W’ to the parents who still pay to have their children enrolled, so we let it slide 😉

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Ah Saturday how I love you. Jeff spent the day playing golf while some friends and I had a puppy play date. I thought I had it good living in paradise but these furry friends of ours aren’t lacking.

Meet Cielo. Rachel and Dan’s 5 month old husky. She is Adorable. Still has those little puppy teeth and playful bite. Oh, and Dan is Columbian and Cielo is spanish for sky. And yes Dan’s pronunciation is much better than mine. None the less this little spit fire pup is a heart breaker.

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This eyes!

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She is a total babe and loves the camera. Did I mention Bear has a crush on her too. Who wouldn’t.

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Rachel + Dan + Cielo

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Oh and then there’s my Bear Bear.

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And they were the two very best friends.

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Tricks.

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“Mommy, I so tired”

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