Accent table Re-Do, from rags to riches

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Good evening my fellow bloggers.  I am stealing a few minutes to show you my latest redo project. I found an adorable solid wood end table at a yard sale. She told me to make an offer…..so I did!  $2 bucks? She said….SOLD! So off I went, me and the beat up end table. I had some ideas floating around my head and I decided that I would give it a good sanding, cleaning and finish it for my little beach room.  I chose a pretty ocean blue spray paint. I also gave it a good coat of primer before I painted.  The table was in decent condition. It had a few nicks and bumps, but it had great bones. The sanding really did smooth the finish and the paint sprayed on nicely.  Oddly, I loathe painting with a brush/roller. I find sanding somewhat therapeutic and I love smooth rounded clean edges. I also don’t mind spray painting. It’s easy, it looks even and hides a multitude of imperfections. It has a nice gloss in it and the end result, when applied properly is quite professional and finished.  I sanded and cleaned and prepped the table. A couple hours of labor and it was good to paint. It’s important to follow the directions to get the best results with your spray paint. It’s best to tackle each side as thorough as possible, you can always go back and touch up. I bought 2 cans. The first coat took a whole can. The 2nd coat required maybe 1/2 the can. Well, of course, I took before and after pics for you to browse. I really like the end result. Krylon products are excellent. It dried in a few hours. It  was really fun. I am eager to tackle some other wood pieces I have collected here and there. Enjoy the new end table, it fits lovely in the beach room <3 ~ leelee

A little bit of this & that, & some bric-a-brac

graphite set

graphite set

pottery teapots

pottery teapots

pottery stamped Ohio

pottery stamped Ohio

Germany (40)

Germany (40)

Hello lovely people. I had a nice relaxing vacation up at the lake in New Hampshire. We managed to sneak away to a couple of interesting flea markets. New England is known for all kinds of random, interesting and unique flea markets. Most are open on the weekends and since I am an early riser, they open them up early, however, not everyone is up and running by 8am. We browsed around the local fleamarket in Salem, NH. It was indoor and outdoor. The inside was quite a maze. Hundreds of vendors, lots and lots of random stuff. New and old. Most all of it cheap and imported from China, ummm no thanks. The next day I researched and found another one nearby in Londonderry. It was an outdoor market with lots of vendors. A good variety of stuff.  I was in the mood to browse and walk. The weather was beautiful all weekend. A cool breeze and sunshine. Mike was not “impressed” but seemed to be patient for a change. I like to look and hunt for treasures. I mentioned that I still search for water pitchers and creamer pitchers. I gave him some tips along the way. I LOVE pottery. Anything handcrafted. I am obsessed with porcelain and imported pitchers. I search for the unique one of a kind. Oh, and I only like to pay a buck or two for it. Size and color, doesn’t really matter. Condition must be Mint or new. I frantically searched for reusable bags in my trunk. He asked, what for?  I just smiled and thought to myself. He really has NO clue when I am in the mood to treasure hunt and bargain. I had a feeling he was going to learn quickly. So off we went. My first stop is a dusty, dirty table of junk. I scan and access quickly.  He has a dozen or so flower basket hangers. They have to be 20 years old, still in the package! I buy em all, 3 bucks for a bag full. Honestly, the metal ones retail for $5 each. Mike is unimpressed and a little confused.  I continue on my merry way and note they all negotiate with you. If you ask nicely, 99% of the time, they agree with your price! The next booth is a hot mess. Stuff piled all over. Every square inch has stuff piled on top of stuff. Sigh, I fight the urge to reorganize and redecorate these displays! I find 2 beautiful earthenware (pottery) teapots. I ask how much does he want? He says $2.00 each. I examine them close, brand new, no chips, scratches. I ask…will you take $3 for both?  Sold.  I wrap my teapots and head out and my eye catches a porcelain pitcher. I flip it. It it stamped GERMANY (40) is in the middle of stamp. I have no clue. I don’t have a pitcher from Germany. I offer him a dollar. He gladly accepts. So you get the jist of it…100′s and 100′s of vendors. I already know, this could become a full time obsession for me. I shop till I drop. I score a bunch of unique pitchers. All of them under a buck or two. My kind of morning. On the way out, Mike spots a side table for my daughter’s apartment. He texts her and asks if she is interested. She quickly replies YES! We find a few that would fit and negotiate a pretty white side table for $10.00. He is smitten and I can tell he feels he scored on that piece. Maybe the fever will rub off on him? I sure hope it does. In the meantime, I took some pics of my bric-a-brac treasures.  If by chance anyone knows the name of the Germany pattern, please send me a comment!  I will be sharing more and more of my finds with you. I have so much fun treasure hunting!  Enjoy the day! ~leelee

Having alil Faith in me, prayers answered, little miracles happen

Today is a great day in Leelee’s world. So much goodness and humbleness. I just knew I had to share it with you.  For over a month, I have been waiting to hear about a promotion I applied for at my company. Well….sigh…sniffles…. I GOT THE JOB! Yes!  So many emotions, I’m so elated and honored to have been chosen. I was up against 10 strong applicants and sadly some underlying bullshit about “male code” that a coworker exposed to me recently. I ignored all the ignorance and bravado machoism’s and just went in head first, strong, prepared, confidant and I NAILED IT. I prayed.ALOT..I prayed to God to everyone and Jesus. I practiced some positive affirmations and I walked and burned off my anxiety. I forced myself to constantly think positive thoughts, I recited the “act as if”, “fake it till you make it”, believe in yourself Leelee. This is what you want. You want this promotion!, you are qualified for the job, and you are a born Sales girl! I talked to my Mama in heaven, everyday, asking, praying, pleading with her. Somehow,  many days I left it in God’s hands and God’s will. I am so grateful for the opportunity. Today, is my last day before my week long vacation. I mentioned it to my ” new” boss this week and low and behold she decided to secretly offer me the position before the day was out. I will officially begin in 2 weeks.Yea!  Pivotal changes and visualizing that in your mind, manifesting your gifts and sharing them. Precious moments in your life. They don’t come often, sometimes those moments are fleeing and momentary. Some are life changing and fulfilling on so many levels. I’ve learned to live in the moment….Leelee’s moments if you will. <grins>.  So prayer, and faith and soul searching and reaching for that star…it’s not bullshit, it’s real and I’m living proof that it certainly can work. It can work miracles in your life. Honestly, faith and prayer can change your life. Here’s a good example. I never visualized or thought I could really ever quit smoking. Cigarettes were just a part of me, always smoking, always stressing about them, but never believing I could actually quit. I smoked for 38 years. Never quit, ever. Well,  It’s 8 months now. It’s possible… is all I’m saying.  I didn’t think I could lose 75lbs, ever. I pretty much stayed the same for the last 33 years. I have never felt so healthy as I do now. At my interviews,  I shared life changing stories from customers and patients with my bosses, I showed my ambition and passion.  I shared a part of me, and they believed.  So, I am up for the challenge, the job obviously involves sales. I love commissions, that motivates me for sure. I love that the job requires some travelling. Lots of company seminars,  conventions and lots of social events :) year round. My company wines and dines our clients, treats them like Gold… I like it! I look forward to all the trainings, boot camps, you name it, I am up for it all! So, I will light a candle tonight and sit and pray and meditate my blessings and thankfulness. I will channel and connect with my Mom and sincerely thank her for guiding me and protecting me. #angelinheaven.

Ohhhh and I almost forgot! We are headed up north to the in-laws lake houses for a few days.  Our 4th of July reunion resumes and we are all excited to sneak away and enjoy the family and extended family and the beautiful lake.  I have been dreaming of the lake, each day I meditate and feel that energy. It has this aura,  serenity, beautiful sunsets, loons, happy smiley people everywhere.   I have a special surprise this year.  My in-laws have been grieving, and they lost 2 family members recently both young, the family was to say the least devastated and stunned. It has been so hard letting go and moving on and accepting.  I thought if we light those beautiful Chinese lanterns; the paper ones that float and soar, a Thailand tradition I believe, over the lake and watch them fly… we could each send lanterns and messages to the ones we love and miss.  I hope it brings them all some peace. Life is so very fragile, you must make time for love and family. Anyway,  I have some cooking to do and packing and lots to celebrate. Life is continuing, evolving, forever changing. It’s how we handle the changes and embrace the future, determines the outcome for sure. So enjoy the beautiful  Fireworks! Truly one of my most favorite things….God Bless America! Have a wonderful 4th. *peace ~ leelee xxx

Picture Perfect Weekends

Good day, beautiful people. I’ve been super busy the last few weeks. I still managed to sneak in some treasure hunting. Hey! It relaxes me, it centers me. I have had several weeks of interviews for a new position at my firm and I had my final interview yesterday with the VP  Regional Director of the company. I was relieved it was the final step, the last formal interview. The process has been long and tedious. My daughter asked if I was applying for the CEO or the Presidents position LOL.  Not even close I told her. I simply believe in timing, faith, passion and the desire to grow. More importantly, and I must be quite frank and honest, its alot about  the gift of “gab”. I’ve observed and concluded, you either  Have it…or you don’t.  My mama would say, I was born a “salesgirl”. I have the gift, the ability to connect with people, to humor them and to be just leelee. I try and stay true to myself. I bring that energy into the interview. I share my experiences and my desire to truly help others and improve the quality of people’s lives.  I shared parts of myself and felt the energy rise and the connection happen. I am hopeful and praying that I land this job. It’s a dream, a goal and it’s obtainable.  My gut tells me,  I did well, better than I had imagined.  Now, if I can only channel all this nervous energy and anxiety into something creative…hmmmm, my mind is racing, it has been for over 24 hours. I also note that I tend to organize, frantically clean and scrub and rearrange things. I mentally organize and the adrenaline just won’t stop. I contemplated going out to a bar and getting loaded, have good sex, spend pocketfull of $$$ on clothes and  frivalous  things. All those things are momentary. I thought about visiting the cemetery and have a good cry. I have meditated and prayed to my parents daily for weeks, I miss them terribly. I also need to breathe, and hydrate. I noticed that I am feeling dehydrated and that is not good. I made my daily protein shake and scrubbed the bathroom and applied a green tea mask to rejuvenate my tired and stressed body. I knew I needed to write and journal my thoughts and feelings.  I miss the days when I could sit with my parents and share my soul. I try and channel what they would say and how they would support and hold me and reassure me.  I told myself to remember how much they believed in me. I told myself that they would insist I be myself, share my gift and my strength and I would knock em dead.  So that part is over, just waiting for the final result. 

It’s a fact, we truly never stop dreaming. Our journey, our purpose and happiness is ever evolving. What we work towards, how we treat others, to respect ourselves and nourish our bodies and our spirit with faith and hope and kindness is crucial to achieving inner peace and individual satisfaction.  I live my life simply. I don’t envy or compare what I have or am to anyone. I find what moves me, what warms my heart and inspires me and I try and drown in the moment. I constantly remind myself to try and SLOW down. It’s hard lately, my energy levels are sky high. I reached a small goal today. My total loss is 75 lbs in just 7 months. I am so grateful and feel elated that I run up stairs and I don’t get winded and I am active and present each day. I had insomnia last night and it was the first time I even allowed myself to think about a cigarette. I was thinking of how the tabacco and nicotine relaxed your “nerves”. How I chain smoked during a crisis. As soon as the thought started to become appealing, I remembered this….Just one cigarette and you will be back. I finally fell asleep. Thank you Jesus for giving me the strength.

So, what’s a hyper girl to do with all this energy? Read my lips    S H O P.  It works for leelee, what can I say.  Last week, I found a really cute solid wood nightstand. I sanded it down abit and I have been thinking all week about what color it will be transformed into.  I am leaning towards the light blue palette. I have a spare room, it’s my beach room and I think it will fit in there nicely. I took some before photo’s to share with you, and of course I will post them soon!  I think I have enough projects and chores to keep me busy all weekend.  I will boast abit about the gorgeous Long Island June weather. I say it each and every spring and summer. Who would ever travel and leave such perfect paradise? You can’t fly or even buy this kind of sparkling sunshine, light breezes and perfect 70′s temps. #SpoiledrottenonLongIsland <3. We have had  picture perfect weekends, 3 in a row so far.  I’m gonna go out and enjoy them while

 

they last. Wishing you the same picture perfect day in your world. ~*peace   leeleelong island