Thursday, March 15, 2012

refinishing antique furniture

We've been in our house 2.5 years now, so I'm starting to get the itch to redecorate.
This is my grandmother's china cabinet that I inherited when she passed away in 2009. I cherish it so much! My kitchen has white cabinetry and light granite countertops, so the dark wood did not really match the room.
It was alot of work. And it took me forever!
I was so happy with the finished product! I painted the whole thing with 2 coats of white, then I put a wood stain over it once it dried, then wiped that off for an "antique" look. It looks darker (more of a cream) in person.
Before and After :)

it's been awhile's been awhile. Two months, to be exact. Not only have we been the busiest we've been in a very long time over the last few months, but I also needed a break from blogging. It was turning into a chore for me - always hanging over my head if I didn't post one week or if I forgot to document something important. From the beginning (back in 2009) I wanted this to be fun; I also wanted a way to document our lives as newlyweds. After two years of blogging it began to feel more like a burden than anything else. So I took a break.

I really LOVE my blog because there are so many things I wouldn't remember otherwise. I'm going to start blogging again but I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I may post every couple of days, once a week or once a month - but I'm not going to let it stress me out anymore! :)

On January 12th we were forced to put down our sweet baby Luca. We'd only had her for one month. She had an infectious blood disease that was incurable and causing her tremendous pain, and the vet said it was our only option. We found out that morning, and we both took off work to spend the rest of the day with her. I cried and cried and cried. It was so hard. Danny cried, too. We took her home and buried her in our backyard. I just could not stop crying. It was the saddest thing we've been through as a couple and we both miss her so much :(

 I drove to Birmingham one Saturday for a one-on-one newborn photography mentoring session with the super talented Stephanie Fisher. Her studio is AMAZING and she is wealth of knowledge! I learned so much from her. She is seriously a newborn guru. We had the sweetest little baby as our model and she was precious. I had to drive down there in some pretty nasty weather but it was so worth it.

My photography was really keeping me busy in February, and Danny began studying for the GMAT which took up alot of his time. We went down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and stayed with my good friend Ruth at her house in uptown. We had so much fun! The only thing that could have made it better was if we could have stayed longer. We went to a parade right when we got there on Friday night and stayed out pretty late. The whole weekend was super fun! I also had to drive to Pensacola for work this month.

March has been great so far! Except for the fact that Danny broke his ankle playing soccer last weekend :(   I feel so sorry for him! He is on crutches and can't drive or anything. Hope he gets better soon! We're going to the St. Paddy's parade this weekend and I'm super excited! Talk to yall soon! :)