Friday, April 23, 2010

I've Been Painting...


Two rooms, two closets, a hallway, baseboards, trim and a bookcase...Whew! And in between drying time I've been cleaning, organizing, arranging, rearranging, decorating, redecorating and a bit of blogging...Whew!

Sadly, nothing is show off show and tell ready yet. I'm going as fast as I can, promise, but some of the work needs to be done by my sweet, wonderful, loving, handy, (did I say wonderful?) and very, very tired hubby. Poor thing I've been working him so hard...Love you Babe. So needless to say, I'll just have to wait to show you what we've been up to...I've got to give my hubby some time to recharge :-)

Oh, but there is one thing I can show you today... My mantel.

Recently I redecorated it.

This piece was my inspiration...I got the frame with the pretty moth print at a little shop call Country Roads a few weeks back...It was from my sweet friend Kate's booth...Love it.

I made this topiary out of a 99 cent store urn/pot, a couple of styrofoam balls and some moss. And the mirror behind it is from a thrift store that I bought for a couple of dollars...It's an old medicine cabinet door.

Here's a closer look. I just gave it some paint and antiqued it a bit.
No vignette of mine is complete without a pair of birds. These two were a gift from my cousin Irma. She knows me oh so well...Love them.
This iron piece is another thrift store find and the hurricane glass and stand were a great deal at Michael's. Sweet!

And inside the hurricane glass, all safe and protected, is a little nest I found abandoned in my back yard.
Well, I think it's time for me to get back to my painting...second coat on the bookcase...

I do hope you enjoyed your visit today.
Thank you for stopping by.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs and Kisses,


Rebecca said...

I always LOVE my visits to you Sweet Ana! I love your mantle!


Denise Auras said...

Muilindo Ana, de extremo bom gosto!!

BellaRosa said...

Ana amor, everything looks beautiful! I can't wait to see what other lovelies you come up with :) I love your mantle, there is only so much I can decorate with mine since my amor took it over for his big flat screen but I can't complain because he traded that for room that is now my bebe art studio...Besos, Rose

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

hi Ana, I love these cute little butterflies! Wishing you a great weekend with a lot of sunshine. xoxo

Cindy said...

Ana, I'm looking forward to seeing the rooms when you are finished. I love your mantel, sooo pretty! I made a little chicken wire cage like you have on your candle. You inspired me and it turned out well, I put it on my mantel.
Hugs to you my sweet friend, Cindy

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Oooh Ana, what a beautiful post! You know me and Nature... your mantel is simply gorgeous! The moth print is so pretty, as are all of the little Nature treasures you have created yourself... that little topiary is adorable! And I really love your obelisk with the twigs and vines... and of course the lovely birdie couple... simply perfect! Love to you... xoxo Julie Marie

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Ana...Thanks for visiting and looking at my island! I think I am liking my black hanging pendants more and more and will keep them that color. First of all I love the new look of your blog! Very pretty! Also your mantle looks so nice with all of your decorating. I want to pick one thing out but I love it all! The moth picture is very nice too! I really like that! Don't work too hard now....I hate to paint but it is kind of a necessity now and then especially when I get a new "idea" in my head! Hugs~Patti


Your mantle is lovely. I have a big tv above mine, I have a difficult time decorating it.

mary said...

beautiful ana!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The mantel is stunning. I love the layering of the print and frames with the mirror. The birds and topiary are gorgeous. Beautiful. I can't wait to see all your hard work. Hugs, Marty

Kate said...

Everything looks amazingly beautiful I had no idea that you bought the moth picture. Hope that you are having much fun with all of your DIY. I've had a rough week so hopefully your package will go out to you by Monday. Love you much sweet friend. Kate

Willow said...

Your mantel looks lovely and I like all the things on it. When you are done come over and paint my rooms. They are on my to do list this year. I like the new background on your blog. Have a nice weekend.


Vicki said...

Hi, Ana,
You have been very busy. We are waiting patiently to see your new rooms when they are finished. Your mantle looks wonderful. Your topiary is so pretty and what a great idea to make your own. I, too, love birds and nests and yours are the sweetest! Have a fun weekend and don't work too hard! Love to you! Vicki

Gina said...

Your mantel looks lovely! Enjoy your weekend...while your hubby relaxes, you should relax too. (easier said than done right?)
I love your new blog design.

Shirley said...

I really like your mantel. It is amazing how chicken wire items is showing up. Have a wonderful weekend and i will look forward to the pictures when your finished.

maría cecilia said...

Querida Ana, I`m so happy to visit your wonderful blog again, it looks lovely in the new "dress". I have loved your mantel vignettes and the topiary you made is beautiful!! Have seen the wire works you been doing and those are one of my favorites. Will be great to see your new painted rooms and the and your husband have had lots of work and hope you can relax soon and be happy for the work done.
Thank you so much for your message on Feb. and the words for me and my country... things are very slowly getting better here but there`s so much to do still, the 8.8 earthquake was a very huga one and we are survivors!!!
Muchos cariños,
Maria Cecilia

Atelier de Charo said...

Muy bonito, excelentes toques decorativos!!!


One Blessed Mommie said...

Hello there Ana,
I just found your blog from Bella Rosa's blog. I was so blessed by your post about Kate from Salvage Dior. Both of your posts made me cry. What a blessing that the Lord lead you to each other. I don't even know either of you and I am so touched.
I am new to blogging, I was introduced to it by a dear friend of mine that also loves the Lord. Every time I spend hours linking from blog to blog, I am so amazed at how many women in this crazy junkin' business are also Christians.
As I read posts like these, I have joy in my heart that this is what God wants me to do.

PS Your pictures are just lovely. I'll be waching for the updates!

Natasha said...

Ana, you always manage to create the most beautiful things! Your mantel looks amazing.

I just love this new format for your blog too. The pictures look fantastic!

Blessings and best wishes to you my dear friend,

Rita said...

Dear Ana,
it's been indeed ages since our last visits: when life gets in between blogging, time is so little, isn't it my dear?
See you've up to a lot of redecorating and all and bet you've deone a great job and that yet to be done by your DH will be as great!!
love your mantle and all the details are so precious.
can't wait to see the rest.

maria elena said...

Ana...tu sabes que me encanta todo lo que haces y te sigo hace mucho tiempo!!sobre todo me gusta el color manteca o marfil que pintas los marcos..las macetas..!!le da un toque más de fineza!!un beso grande

Deb said... is beautiful....have a great weekend..

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Love your sweet mantel, Ana. Charming!!

Misborda2 said...

Hola Ana: te a quedado un repisa preciosa, muy acertada la decoración que elegiste, así que felicidades. Feliz Semana, un abrazo, Laura.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Looking forward to your reveal after all the hard work. Your mantel is lovely with so many thrifty finds. That topiary turned out great! Have a wonderful week. :) Tammy

June said...

Ana happy birthday to your wonderful guy!!! It sounds like you have been so busy!
I LOVE your mantel! You did a beautiful job on the vignettes on your mantel. I love what you did with the mirror frame. What a lovely finish on it.

junkdreams said...

Hi Ana,
Your mantle is so pretty! I scored a huge gorgeous frame yesterday at the thrift store and was going to paint it black, but I think I have changed my mind seeing yours...the white is so pretty!!
Happy day!