Monday, March 15, 2010


You girls are the best, you know that??

Thanks for all the "where have you been?" emails...I really didn't think anyone would miss me if I was gone from blogland for a week! You sure know how to make a girl feel good!

I have had a lot going on around here...some small things...and some really big things. I am trying to tie up loose ends on something super-exciting so I can make a little announcement to you all next week.

It is something fabulous but scary all at the same time. Aren't those kind of things just the best??...ok, for me only when I look back on them, NOT when they are happening! 

I've been trying to get a few new projects projects started...and finished...around the house...

I've been painting furniture for clients like a crazy woman...I just finished piece #13 this morning...I need a break. And some Girl Scount cookies.

While the paint is drying on those pieces...I try to sneak in a little work on that g-i-a-n-t cabinet I told you about a few weeks ago...I am soooo close to having it done. Hoping to finish it tomorrow and so I can have new glass shelves cut and have it loaded by next week. Here's hoping...

On top of house projects and furniture painting...spring is right around the corner and I am trying to figure out a landscape plan. Lets just say I am much better at painting furniture than designing a landscape. I decided today to hire someone. I just don't have time to do it all. I do need sleep, afterall!

Note to self: Next time I buy a house, I will NOT rip out every plant, every bush and every weed until I have a plan on paper for how to replace it. My poor old house was being swallowed by bushes when I bought it, and I got a little happy with my girl-sized chainsaw.

(all photos from here...I am totally obsessed with her work)

Oh, and I am on the hunt for a spiffy new pair of Hunter rain boots...did you see the ones on Oprah last week with warm little liners you can take out? I fell in Zappos, here I come! I will be needing them when show season rolls around for me in May! It always seems to be cold and rainy that first show of the year! Now...what color to get...hmmmm....

Happy Monday, girls.

Its good to be back.


  1. busy is a good thing i suppose! i'm so jealous, i'd love to paint something everyday. constantly creating. good for you! love it.

    i seriously can't wait to see what you've done with the hugh piece of furniture!

  2. ohh girl, you sound like you have something fabulous to share, and now I am sooo curious, you better not make me wait long!!! Love those photos so gorgeous!

  3. Welcome back! I'm dying to see what you are up to - you have to post that giant beast of a cabinet soon! Also, Homestyle books - I order a gob of books & landscaping books have saved me - I now adore plants & can't wait to get landscaping this spring!!

  4. I am really looking forward to seeing that cabinet of yours....and of course now seeing what your exciting news is.


  5. Can not wait to see the giant cabinet!!! Hope you share some of these painted pieces too. Welcome back!

  6. I can't wait to see your cabinet and hear your announcement! And where is your show at in the spring? You know that I am from Chicago, don't you? I hope to make it if it is in the area!

    I am over hauling our backyard this spring. I have never done much with it and I am ready to start the sketches. Yay!! Spring is almost here! :-)


  7. I love my Hunter rain boots! I bought the Huntress style as I have more athletic calves, but they are so comfortable and stylish. Beware though, they run one full size large. I am normally a 9 1/2 and I am wearing an 8 in the Hunter boots. Good luck!

  8. Good to have you back. You have been busy:) Now I'm addicted to that person's flickr photos...just lovely. I'll have to look into those boots!

  9. Can't wait to hear your exciting news!! yippee ...
    wishing you a wonderful almost Spring day!

  10. I am going to Zappo's next to get those boots too!! Planning on coming north to see you at a show with my daughters! Can't wait!

  11. Hi Mary! I can NOT wait to see the big cabinet -I keep trying to imagine what you have done with it. And I can't express enough how jealous I am that you actually got it and it's yours! :) Can't wait to hear your good news -
    When I tire of my new chair, I will definately send it on over! :)

  12. Welcome Spring. It's been rain rain rain in my parts. Looking forward to seeing your projects come to life.

  13. I too ripped out thirty years of overgrowth when I bought my house, It is a slow process back, not to mention a dollar drainer. I would do it again though. Love your blog, mine is very rough and new, stop by sometime, my pictures are upside down today from a kink in the system. Who knew.

  14. I have a horrible crush on Andie - she lives within visiting distance so I am stalking her until she will hang out with me!
    Glad to see you are back my friend~
    Have a marvelous week,

  15. So excited for you! I did the same thing when we moved rid of alot of beautiful bushes thinking..ahh I will start from scratch..ugh..need to mabe think about hiring someone't wait to see that hutch! ~lulu

  16. Hello~I love rain boots as well and Hunter makes the coolest!

    Sounds like you are making money that is a good sign.Busy, busy.

    Great photos.~Kim

  17. hmmm will have to check out those boots you mentioned they sound intriguing!

  18. So glad you are back!!!! I cannot wait to hear your exciting news and see your wonderful projects!!! You were missed Mary:)

  19. I came across this gorgeous photo and it reminded me of your new cabinet.

  20. Glad your back. Can't wait to see the cabinet reveal!

    So I think you have me beat for #1 top KC fan. As I knew nothing about the movie!! eek. That's awesome I can't wait.

  21. I did the exact same thing in my yard...and now it looks like crap. I finally broke down and am looking into landscapers. Good luck with all of your projects!

  22. Me too. With the chain saw. Even have pictures on my blog to prove it. And then I put in the small economy plants, thinking they would grown and I would save the money. CRAP. If they don't get going, they are gone and I am splurging on some bigger ones! I did have a landscaper draw out the design and tell me what plants to put where. But I bought the plants and put them in. Cause I'm like that. Farm girls.

  23. I posted a blog award for you over on my blog, come check it out!

  24. so happy to have found you... and i cant wait to hear the NEWS...

  25. Ok Mary, you and Kim (mimi) are now on my stalker alert list...KIDDING, lol! Can't wait to see your new cab. I had a similar one that I redid last summer too.
    Thanks for linking me btw in the pics.

  26. Hey Mary,
    I love all the pictures you used. I went to here, and who is that, does she have a blog?
    Hope you are having a wonderful day.
    Take Care,