Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Fantastic Read

The book The Lost Wife by Alison Richman was on my request list at the local library for months. Finally it became available and I checked it out yesterday, started reading and couldn't put it down until finishing about 2AM this morning. The book tells the story of two Prague students who meet, fall in love and marry before the German invasion of Czechoslovakia only to lose each other shortly afterward. The book spans sixty years taking place in Europe and the US.

It's a book I won't soon forget. I recommend it...

Till later - Sondra

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lamp Light

A little family history here...bear with me.  My Dad died from cancer in 1992; four days later my mother had a massive stroke which she barely survived.  After weeks in the hospital, I (being an only child) had to put her in a nursing home in my hometown in Missouri.  Then began the task of clearing out their home.  Everything I wanted to keep - furniture, dishes, household items, etc., were moved to a locked room in the basement for security when I rented the house.  When Mother died in 1995 from stroke related health issues, hubby and I loaded up a U-Haul truck and brought the contents of that storage room back to Colorado.

Almost all of the items here on my blog came from that move.

When I first discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I remember an old brass lamp complete with dings and scrapes hidden away in our basement.  I figured even if the paint didn't stick or looked bad, nothing was lost since this old lamp hadn't been used in 20 or more years.  Aubusson Blue was applied in two coats, then clear and dark wax to highlight the features.

The paint job looked great, but there was no lampshade to go with it.  On the next trip to a local craft store, I found a lampshade that could be covered with fabric.  Since I often buy fabric without any purpose in mind, I have a fabric cabinet full of goodies waiting for the perfect project.  This great blue toile was just waiting...

Well...wadda ya think?

See ya later!

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