Lots of Fun

There’s lots of fun stuff going on here at the Crazy House. Decorating, demo, building, painting, changing the countertops….. It’s a busy weekend.

The Mr. went to Home Depot and called me, “Hey, I found a better stove, the we ordered isn’t going to be here till sometime in March… (grrrr) So how about this one?” Well, let me tell you… it’s a nice stove. So yep, get it! Got it, get it home, install it and no joy, the gas pressure to the house isn’t enough to make it light! (grrrrrr) So I’ll be on the phone to the gas company Monday and I’ll bet the old stove will be back in its old home! (grrrrrr) But those are the breaks! So Monday it is… On to Demo, demo on the countertops started last night around 9pm….. while at Home Depot, The Mr. also pick up some new tile for the countertops, No, I don’t want granite… I think it’s overrated. I was kind of envisioning Soapstone… Well the tile The Mr. brought home has the soapstone feel. (How does he do that?) I can wait to see how it turns out! It’s bigger tile, with a grout that will blend in, instead of stand out. Plus he’s going to put them closer together.  Which equals smaller grout lines.

I’ve got just about all the sewing done for our bedroom make-over… Just one more pillow, a footstool to paint and re-cover, curtains. But today… today I paint! Yay! I just love to paint… 😉  And a surprise, but no hints. I’m going to see how it turns out first. Should be fun, ok… ok… one hint, It involves the stencils. There ya go… that’s your one hint.


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All the new pillows for the bed… Now all it needs is the new bed.

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Wouldn’t you know I didn’t take any before pictures… But here it is… all done!

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The footstool is next, this is pretty much what the chair looked like.

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The new tile for the countertops, I’m so excited!!



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He looks good swing a hammer! But talk about a mess, for the rest of the countertops , he’ll be replacing the plywood too.





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Done and cleaned up… needs backer board… and all the rest.




Till next time… XOXO



Hip Deep

So I’m hip deep in paint, varnish and silver leaf. I’m doing a master bedroom re-do. Remember the picture….




Yep, that one… Welp, I’m working on making our bedroom look mostly like this, or at least my vision of this. I’ve already got the duvet  cover in place. To knock off the mirrored furniture I’m using silver leaf on the drawers  of the night stands and the dresser, after painting them a rich brown color. I have the material to do the pillows and the throw. I just love Joann’s! Also I’m subbing the chase lounge (which I’d love to have) with an all ready owned rocker, that I’m gonna paint and recover in…..  fur. The Mr. is making me the bed… I feel like that show on HGTV, where the hostess knocks off a designer look for tons less. Now all that’s left is the lamps… umm… I’m thinking a trip to Goodwill is on my agenda, Oh, and curtains! Can’t forget the curtains!!

And I’m not doing the wallpaper… paint and stencils, that I found on-line, If y’all need big stencils, OMGstencils has some amazing stencils!!  Jimmy Black the owner will do customs! (Nope, he doesn’t know me from Adam… but the stencils are so cool and they got here so quick he deserves  the plug!)



So this is what I started with…. minus the drawers, I’ve noticed 98 was a good year for buying furniture. 😉



Just the top painted.




Silver leafing is really messy. But it’s pretty easy after you get the hang of it. Tutorial later? maybe for the dresser drawers.




Done with the leafing…. wait, it gets better.


After a coat of varnish, all the lines and such just disappear.


Waiting for the second coat to dry, hit it with some steel wool, and back to bedroom with these!

I’m hoping to get started on the sewing part of this project today, (keep your fingers crossed) cuz it’s also laundry day! And I should probably clean house… But ya know it won’t take long to knock out the sewing portion of this project, (she says hopefully). So I guess it’s time to wrap this up and get started.


Till next time… XOXO


The Friday 5

So this post is from 3 Fridays ago and 2 Fridays and last Friday and finally today… Talk about changes, we made the big switch, from PC to Apple. It’s like trying to fly a new airplane. I can make a PC sing or do jumping jacks, if I so desired but Apple? I have no clue! The Biddy girl has been pretty helpful, she’s had a Mac for a few years, so she has shown me a few things. Mostly it’s that I haven’t sat down and really played with it. So many projects so little time. So playing with a new computer is low on the list. So my parents stopped by and guess what… My Dad is an Apple expert! YAY!! So he showed me how to get around, hooked up my router, so now it’s faster and less likely to make me crazy. The Mr. went ahead and moved my Dropbox to the computer instead of the external drive, so now that faster and really doesn’t make me crazy. So needless to say we’re BACK!

Happy Friday to you all! It’s a new year… woohoo for 2015! Any New Year’s resolutions? I, myself, don’t make any… I’m horrid at keeping them, and you know what they say about good intentions… so it’s better for me to make any, then I don’t feel guilty for not keeping them!

It’s been a really good, well… decent couple of weeks!  We had a big tado with Nicky Baby’s meds, I had a prescription for his adhd meds, from VA, but since it’s a controlled substance, nobody in LA would fill it. Grrrr, while I get it… people abuse it and rules are rules, it was still frustrating! So found a Dr. she had to review his records, which I had sent to me here in LA, (thank God!) and then we could set an appoint…. well…. they set one, for the 8th of Jan, 3 days after they go back to school…. And I can’t send him to school without it! It’s one thing if he’s bouncing off the walls at home, but to sic him on an unsuspecting teacher… just can’t do it! So the Mr. called and got him on New Year’s eve. I don’t what he said different, but it worked!! Yay!! Other than that it’s been pretty smooth sailing, ‘cepting the disagreement I had with the alarm system. Which was to say the least was entertaining!

We’ve changed the carpet in the boyz’s  rooms. Got a new stove that will be here in Feb. Painted walls, trim and ceiling. Whew, no wonder we’re tired! I know the Mr. looks forward to Mondays after the Honey-Do lists I have for him! Poor Mr!

So here’s a peek….

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Padding work, Cricket (formally known as Easy E) helping and learning from his Dad




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Aww, nothing like new carpet

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With the 2 little boys sharing a smallish room, how to floor space? Bunk beds, I looked and looked and kept coming back to this picture.


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See The Mr. build, I love that I can show him a picture and he can build it… in this case part of a design.


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Amazing what he can do with 2×4’s and MDF. All it needs now is paint.










Plus he modified it to work for our little Boyz. Navy blue on the beds, Lighthouse shadows on the walls and I’m thinking some kind of graphics? Maybe graffiti?










There’s a small peek at what we’ve done to the Boyz rooms. Cricket’s bed is going up… He loves the idea of a loft bed and give him more room. The living room is done… well for the most part, some touch up paint, pictures and the like. I’ve got a plan and the stuff to redo my bedroom and the plans for a new bed myself… heheh, The Mr’s weekends are planed out from now till the end of March! Poor guy!!


But I’ve gotta run… stuff to do and a craft room to organize.

Till next time…. XOXO




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Unpacking and Merry Christmas

So the move to Louisiana went fairly smooth. We got here on Friday afternoon, a whole day ahead of scheduled…. The packers in VA got done lighting quick, so they loaded us out a day early. Anywho, we packed up, and plunked us down back in our old neighborhood. Which is great, I’m so happy to be back! With one little exception… the unpacking part. This house (which I love, love, love!) is still a whole basement smaller. I had tons of storage in the basement as well as the Biddy’s room, a craft room and the like, So I’m now wondering what to do with all this stuff, ( I didn’t listen to myself and get rid of most of it) So I still have boxes and boxes to unpack. It is coming together, mostly, just slower than I’d like.  All my craft stuff is in the garage, where I’m going to have my craft room… be looking for that makeover sometime in the new year, I have ideas…. muhaha.

Also in the mist of unpacking, it’s also Christmas… The only decorating we’ve done is… The tree, the tree is up. But none of the other christmas craziness that normally goes on is going on. I tried to talk the Mr. into getting a table top tree and calling that good… but no such luck. I know he’s right, (but don’t tell him I said so.) with the boyz we needed to put the tree up. But no baking this year, and that’s what I miss! I love being elbow deep in cookie dough! For all those I bake for… next year, I’ll make up for it next year! Promise!! We did find time to shop… and shop….and shop! But the boyz are done, and I do believe they’ll be very happy. (I hope)



Here’s the new living room… of course it looks somewhat better now.


Guaranteed to make me crazy… but we finally pick a paint color.


See… tree up! We have Eazy E to thank for decorating this year.


The bedroom I want!


Merry Christmas to all!!  Until next time XOXO



Cleaning Up and Out




Needless to say once again, we’re moving. But this time, it feels like we’re going home!  Yes, that’s right… back to Louisiana! I’m so excited, I can’t hardly stand myself!! I will miss the friends I’ve made here, and hope they’ll take me up on coming down!! It’ll be a bit strange not having them in my day-to-day life. But with Facebook and SnapChat they won’t be as far away as some we’ve left.

So with the few days I have left, before the packers get here to pack our life up, I’ve been cleaning up and out, the random cereal boxes, shoe boxes and jars that I thought I make something out of. Is crafting synonymous with hoarding? I couldn’t believe all the stuff I’ve collected! It’s truly mind-boggling.  The Mr. blithely went through his half of the closet pitching this or that without thought. It was educational watching him… none of the, “maybe I’ll be able to get back into this” or “I just got this but didn’t like it when I got home but I might like it later.”  He just jumped in and poof  half his clothes were history!

I have decided GoodWill is either going to love us, or hate us. I’ve given them tons of stuff this past couple of weeks, with another pickup load to go… (how do I collect so much stuff?) I’m trying to be ruthless… I tell myself daily please get rid of this or that… it’s either get rid of it now… or get rid of it in Louisiana, we’ll see how well I listen to myself. Mostly it’s working, mostly I’m  thinking about unpacking it, the burning question is: Is it worth unpacking? If the answer is, NO, then it’s gone. If it’s maybe, Still should be gone. But I have to admit that’s only working sometimes.

The Boyz are pretty excited about the move but we’ve been hyping it up pretty good, I hope without going overboard. The facts are the Mr. will be home more, no more being gone for weeks at a time, shorter commute, (not that they care about that) but it’ll mean he’s home more. The weather is fantastic!  The food is great! The only downside that Eazy E can see is Louisiana is a uniform state. But I’m hoping that when he sees everybody else in a uniform he’ll be ok with it. The little boys don’t care what they wear. But at 11… and being a clotheshorse, Eazy E is feeling the pinch. I expect he’ll get over it soon enough.

So along with the move I’m thinking a name change for the blog… Tales of a housewife, nothing, is a mouth full. What do y’all think of “tales of a southern wife” ? or maybe “tales from a southern wife”.   With that last thought I’m off, more to do …. of course!





Till next time… XOXO


Newborn Shots

There’s been a new addition to the Crazy family…. Yes, the Bug had her little critter, The Monkey!! And what a cute Monkey she is. She is a month old now, which shows you how behind I am on post. But I’ll catch up, eventually.  The Bug made it through like a champ. With the wrinkle of an unplanned C-section but still trooped right through! And home within a couple of days… (sure wasn’t like that when I had her.)

Here is mha little Monkey!



The Bug, her Man and introducing The Monkey


Monkey and DaDa


Looking like a Princess


The Man and Bug are Star Wars crazy





There she is!!  Till next time… XOXO


Table Thursday

I’ve been so wrapped up in redoing my living room tables I haven’t done any ,uh, hardly anything else… strip, sand, chase sanding dust, stain…. wait to dry…. well you get the picture. My project started, as all good projects do, on Pintrest. When I came across this picture

I got my craft skills and my maniac need to finish what I start as quickly as possible from my mama.   Typically, my mom does big crafts like building a glass block wall in her shower and stenciling entire rooms. A few weekends ago, she bought a new wood coffee table, and decided it needed a …

Pretty isn’t it. Click the picture to see how she did her’s!

I’ve been so tired of my tables…. we bought them in 1999, so we’ve had them awhile. I do like them, they’re well made and heavy suckers. I was just tired of looking at ’em. But I didn’t really want to replace them, I like the shape and that they aren’t matchy match. So anyway, I showed the Mr. and shock and amazement  he said he liked that look, but why didn’t I just redo the whole table. What I thought was gonna be a fairly quick project has turned into a long project since each table takes a couple of days to do with dry time and picky diamond drawing.

Come in to my living room and I’ll show you how I did mine…


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This is what I started with… well-loved coffee table


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It all starts with this, I love this stripper. Easy to use and the best part is it works! 😉

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Before sanding, see the stripper really, really works







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Diamonds all taped, wrong but taped.

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Taped right, at least for what I wanted. I took the measurements (The Mr. did the math.) then I divided the table in quarters and drew the diamonds on the diagonal with my quilting ruler. Starting in the middle. Yes the middle… It worked that’s all I know


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I taped every other one, in every other row.

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Tons of taping and sanding, with Anna to help make sure I got it right.

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Border time…

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Diamonds done, border done, now for the second color of stain

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See, subtle.

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All done. New pulls added to lighter stain gives a whole new feel.


Now only 2 more tables, well, really one. A little twist to the tops, they are all gonna have different patterns… all still diamonds, but different.


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See different

I’m off to finish the last one…. whew! Till next time …XOXO




Yup, it’s Monday

With the time change the J-boy is back to his old habits, jeez, hopefully he’ll get used to the change and start sleeping till at least the alarm going off. (but already I miss daylight saving time.) Did y’all remember to turn your clocks back? I already can’t wait till we get to spring forward! I hate it gets dark at 4:30.



Today we have puppy school… yay. Where Anna is learning manners and I’m learning not to be a wimp. So far she’s got  “sit” and “down” pretty good. At home we are working on, Quite! She barks at the boyz… she barks at the Mr…. she barks and growls at anybody who dares come in “her” house. She does wag her tail while barking and growling so I’m not really worried about it. But… she scares the bejesus outta everybody. So it’s got to stop. I know she’s doing her job, so I’m good with one or two barks to let me know the kids are home…. (as if I’d miss it!)  So we’re working on it.

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Now that the coffee table is done… twice, I didn’t like the color of the teak oil, so I had to re-strip the top and do it over, on the huge up side the diamonds came out tons better. I did learn a thing or two, like when the stripper says wear gloves, really wear the gloves!

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Ouch, wear GLOVES!

Sanding in the house is fun… chasing the dust after… not so much. Not to mention how the ceiling catches lots of the dust. But since it’s cold outside I’m will to chase the dust… wherever it may hide! 🙂 I also learned diamonds are hard to draw and get even! But if you get one right… you can draw them all.

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Lighter and brighter

With new pulls and a much lighter stain, I can live with these tables another 20 years. Now on to the next one….. later after puppy school.



I love this… I’m gonna have to make this!


I’m off… Till next time, XOXO






Friday 5

It’s FFRRIIDDAAYYYYY… and Halloween, so 2 thumbs up. Also, once again early release day, umm, 1/2 thumb down. But really , not an entirely bad thing.  The Mr. will be home today, the Biddy Girl will be home today so all good things come to those that live through the week. 😉


A few of my favorite things this week… and boy, dontcha know I have a few. So without further ado…. The Friday 5


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What is it about this song? I love this song!!

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Coffee table redo, tutorial later?

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Meet Anna….

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Woo Hoo… finally a serger! Not to mention classes on Crafty to learn how to use it!

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The Boyz are gonna be “Stick Figures” with the meme faces to match.


And speaking of costumes, they call, (nothing like leaving to the last-minute!) So have a great Halloween…


Till next time, XOXO



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