Thursday, May 11, 2017



finally done

Hello again.  I know back in January I promised to have another post soon, but when you have health issues sometimes that just goes out the window.  But I am back now. 

      Remember the January post about the practice lampshade I did?  It turned out okay, so I went ahead and redid the 10 shades for the chandelier that had been languishing in the bathtub for a year.  Hubs got it hung up and I got the shades on.  It’s in the master bathroom. 

      The first picture is Hubs holding it up just so you can see what it really looks like.  The next picture is a close-up of the shades, in process and done.

      This application was a bit different from the one in January’s post.  I discovered that on the shades with the braid trim all I had to do was lift the braid up and gently, but firmly, slide the fabric under and then re-glue (just a tiny bit of glue).  I, of course, painted  the glue on the back of the fabric with a small paintbrush, and a bit on the shade, especially around the edges where the fabric would be.


However, on the shades with the flat trim it was a bit more difficult.  The trim was firmly glued down so I had to approach it from a different direction.  As you can see from the pictures, I over lapped the trim then just added more trim over that.


     It wasn’t too difficult, just time consuming and patience exhausting.  Yes, I exhausted all my patience with this one, but it’s done now and I really like it.  Here it is all done and pretty.

     And that folks is all there is for now.  I am working on a post with my “garden” and painted pots, along with a nice post about fermenting veggies.  This should be of interest especially to those with any kind of Adrenal Insufficiency.  We tend to crave salt and fermented veggies are a bit saltier than regular veggies unless you load them up with table salt.  So, keep a look out, it shouldn’t be too long before I have it up.

      And as always, thank you for reading me and please bookmark me, pin me, and come back often.

      And remember – Never give in, Never surrender, and God bless.


a/k/a BizzyLizzy



I haven’t been doing a lot lately, it’s hot, it’s humid, and my allergies are acting up. The tissue people are making a fortune off me.  I did get my “garden” going and I already have baby squashes.  The peas are doing okay, just slow.  I thought by now they would have been a lot larger, and the okra is just sort of sitting there.  The tomatoes and green beans are healthy looking and growing, but in my opinion, slowly. 

We have been spending a lot of time just sitting on the deck this year and I just could not stand looking at all those mismatched pots. Some had something like cement on them, and others were just permanently dirty.  Some of the pots are over 20 years old (the small terra cotta ones). 

So what did I do?  I painted them, of course.  It’s one of the things left that I can do.

  Now I’m not going to tell you how to paint a pot, but I will give you a few pointers to make it easier if you are a beginner.

#1.  Have no fear.  If you mess up, just paint over it.

#2.  Soak your pots and saucers in warm water for at least two (2) hours before trying to paint them.  Sit them out in the sun to dry.

#3.  Spray paint is great.  Spray paint the pot, then get your craft paint and paint the top a different color, and stencil a pretty design on the lower part.  When dry, spray on a sealer.

#4.  If you are not a stenciler, there are a few things you need to know – less is more.  Use a stencil brush and almost no paint.  Look on Pinterest for more detailed stenciling instructions.

#5.  You don’t have to do it all at one time.  Take one day to spray paint, then decorate at your leisure.

I have sprinkled photos of my pots throughout this post.  Some are hand painted, some are stenciled and some are still unfinished.  I’ll get to them before summer is over.  

So just dig in and do it.  Your plants will thank you, your deck or patio will thank you and your family and neighbors will thank you.

And remember – Never give in, Never surrender and God bless.

And as always, thank you for reading me and please bookmark me, pin me, and come back often.

Until next time,

a/k/a BizzyLizzy

Sunday, January 29, 2017


     As I was surfing around Pinterest the other day I saw a tutorial recovering (updating – upcycling – revamping) a lampshade.  I have several that could use a makeover, but I also have a 10 light chandelier I purchased in Dec. 2015.  It has been languishing in the bathtub in the Master Bath.    I couldn’t decide where to hang it, it is, after all, 10 lights!!!  That’s quite large, but I decided this week to hang it in the bathroom. 

     When I saw the makeovers on those lampshades I was inspired.  I bought lampshades off e-bay as they were more affordable than the ones around town, even with the postage.  All 10 are not alike, 5 are the same, and 5 are different, but as I will recover them, they will be the same color, but not the same shape.

     I did not want to tackle this without knowing what I was doing, and I did have an extra one (well, actually two), so today was practice day.  I scoped out some leftover fabric from a few years ago, and started in on the shade.  The first thing I did was remove the banding at the top and bottom, then started taking off the banding down the sides.  After I had removed two, I realized I did not have to remove them completely, all I had to do was loosen the sides and I could slide the fabric underneath and glue it back down.  This saved umpteen hours and fingernails.  But the top and bottom banding had to be removed.  Then I set out to cut a paper pattern.  Easier said than done.  Ever tried to draw a straight line on a curved object.  It cannot be done.  What to do?  Get as close as possible, cut the fabric from the pattern, lay the fabric on the lampshade and cut away what’s not needed.  Be very careful doing this, you need enough to slide under the banding down the sides. 

This is not glued down, only at the top, this way I could see if it was the right size.  It wasn't.  This is the one that was a bit too narrow, but it's barely noticeable, and after all, it is just a practice piece. 

     Cut all the fabric panels at one time and clip them to the top with clothespins.  I did not think of this when I was trying to see if I had cut them correctly, it would have made things so much simpler if I had.  I used fabric glue, NOT hot glue.  This fabric glue will not get soft if the shade gets hot.  I have a sweatshirt jacket with decorations that are fabric glued on and it has been washed and dried numerous times.  This stuff is permanent, and it won’t hurt you, like hot glue, and if you wash up while it is still damp, warm water and soap will do the trick. Once it dries, however, nothing is going to dislodge it.  I have also seen a couple of Pinterest posts using E-6000.  DO NOT use this indoors.  It is toxic and smells to high heaven.  If you have any kind of breathing problems, even a cold, you will regret using this.  Fabric glue is the only way to go.  It does not smell and dries clear.
I “tacked” the top of the panels to the top of the shade to see if they were the right size, most were, one or two had to be trimmed.  One was too narrow, but since this is a practice piece, I just left it.  This shade probably won’t be used for anything, so no harm, no foul.

     Once I determined the pieces fit, I spread the fabric glue on the back of the fabric with a brush and just smoothed it down and under the banding.  This does take some practice, I got better as I went along.  The last few look so much better than the first ones.  After it dried for a while (actually it was about an hour – I needed a rest), I glued the top band and held it in place with clothes pins.  I let it sit for about an hour (needed another rest and a cookie), then glued the bottom band on.  Also held on with clothes pins. 

     Yes, I will put a list of materials you will need and clothes pins will definitely be there.  Luckily Hubs found a whole bag full in the “shed”.  Don’t know where they came from, but was lucky to have them.   

Materials needed:
Parchment Paper
Fabric glue
Clothes Pins
Bias Binding (unless you can reuse what’s on the shade)
Decorative Gimp, Rickrack, etc.
Paper Plate
Small Artists Brush


Remove banding from top and bottom of shade.
Loosen sides of banding down sides.
Cut parchment paper about 8 inches long by 6 inches wide.
Lay shade on side, lay paper inside shade between ribs, draw lines down ribs and across top and bottom.  Remove paper and trim.  This is your pattern.  Make sure it fits between the ribs, you need a little overhang.  It should fit just under the top fold over and the same at the bottom.

Cut out all fabric pieces.  I used 6 different fabrics. I used pinking shears so they would not fray, I also used Fray Stop on a couple. 

Decide which pattern goes where, you don’t want two florals next to each other if you are using mixed patterns.  Also separate the colors if using several different colors.  I reused the banding that came on the original shades.  Because I want some continuity and the white banding provides that, I will be using it on the 10 shades for the chandelier.    They're your shades so you can use whatever you want, but I believe all the shades should have at least one thing in common, and for me it is the banding.

    The bottom banding is a little crooked, but the glue was still wet so I could tweak it a bit, which I did.  As I said, this was a practice piece.  Now that I know what I'm doing, the others will be much easier to do.  

A few tips:

                  Don't get in a hurry.  Set aside enough time so you don't rush.  
                   Use fabric glue instead of hot glue or E-6000.
                   Use pinking shears instead of scissors.
                   Use a paper plate to squeeze out the glue onto, use an artists brush to apply glue.
                   Wash brush while glue is still damp.  After it dries you may as well throw the brush away.  
                   Use lots of clothes pins.
                   Use lots of glue.

 Here are the shades I'll be using for the chandelier and the fabrics.  

To be continued ............

depending on how long it takes me to cover 10 shades.  

I know on my last post I promised pictures of my dining room makeover and library makeover, but there are so few that I decided to just put them here.  

Dining room:

About the only thing changed in here were the windows.  I took down those plantation blinds and put up mini-blinds.  Hubs made the cornices and I painted them.  Just like in the Living Room, first I stained them and then painted over the stain with three different shades of gray.  I know they look blue, but believe me, I did not use any blue paint.  I think the room looks more open and with the plants, more airy.  One of these days I going to get around to getting slipcovers for the chairs.


This was the office/hobby room.  Because of a couple of conditions I have I had to give up my hobby of making jewelry, so I didn’t need a hobby room anymore.  But we had books, lots and lots of books.  After weeding out and donating a couple of boxes full, this is what we had left.  As of today, Hubs has added even more, so we are looking for places for more bookcases.  It still isn’t quite finished, so will be an on-going, never-ending project.

Hobby room - before

Now it's a library, sort on-going project.

     As it progresses I'll post more pictures.  One of these days I hope to be finished.  Unlike Ms. Remington, I will not build forever in hopes of making amends.  And hopefully someday I will learn how to take decent pictures.

     So until later, Rant, Rave, Redecorate and try new Recipes.  Hopefully next time I'll have some new recipes and a few Raves.  I've just about given up just takes too much energy.

     a/k/a Bizzylizzy

Any and all comments are welcomed.  And pin me on Pinterest.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Living Room Redecoration



     Gosh! I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since my last post.  Since I last talked with you I have broken my left leg, was in hospital 12 days with diverticulitis, and have been going to physical therapy for cervical spondylosis.  For those of you, like me, who have no idea what this is, the vertebra in my neck are collapsing and pinching the nerves.  Yikes!!!  It hurts, but PT is helping some, and pain meds.  Yes, YAY for pain meds.  
     So, in spite of all this I finally managed to finish the redecorating project called My Living Room.  I want right now to give a HUGE shout out to my Hubby. 
     Without him it never would have come to fruition.

     Now be prepared because this is going to be a long post.  There are tons of photos and lots of explanations.

     But first, the befores.  When we first moved in 15 years ago.  Very plain.  Now I know it doesn’t look bad, just plain, and brown. 

   Then there’s this version a few years later.  Couch reupholstered, no valance, but new pillows.   The coffee table was a gift from a very dear, now departed, friend.    
      Still brown!!!!   This is how it looked for years, how did I ever stand it? 

  Then it looked like this…….

     Some improvement, but not enough, AND the rug, although brightening, got dirty really easily.  And there was still too much brown. 
     So here we go.  A total re-do, except for the sofa.  I spent entirely too much on the reupholstery to have it done again so soon, so I’ll just have to live with it, or cover it up.  Notice the number of pillows!!

     And here’s the beginning……

     I wanted something unusual for a TV stand.  Hubs and I are old and we watch a lot of TV, and I had seen several sideboards on Pinterest that were used as TV stands.  Since my Living Room is part of a Great Room, a sideboard is just the right size.  We bought this one from a local “antique” shop.  It was in the back room with a bunch of unsellables because of damage or just plain uglies.  We got it for $80.  I still think it was too much, but it was solid and the only damage was on the top.  ~side note: later the same afternoon we visited another “antique” shop around the corner and there was a sideboard there all done over, the price $375.~  
     Hubs got to it before I did and had it partially disassembled when I took this picture.  With a load of sandpaper, lots of elbow grease, and some great paint from Sherwin-Williams, it is now a great piece of furniture. 
     Here it is several months ago.  It still looks like this, but the rest of the room doesn’t. 

     The next thing I would like to show-off is the rocking chair.  You see it above.  It’s been in Hubs family for close to 90 years and it looks it.  And it’s not very comfortable, the seat being very hard and those slats on your spine – painful!!! 
     Again, another idea from Pinterest.  Here’s the Pinterest post and my rocker.  A bit of difference, but you can see where I got the inspiration.

LOVE this!!!! Tutorial, too!!! Heart Heart Heart:

     I think I like mine better.  I know it’s a lot more comfortable.  I did not paint it, nor did I even clean it.  Hubs likes it the way it is, and since it is actually his, I just left.  I can tell you it is really comfortable to sit in now. 
     What did I do?  Nothing. Because of my neck problems, it is impossible for me to sew although I did manage to make a few pillows before having to give it up, so I hired it out.  We have a company in town called American Mills and they do sewing for you, just take them what you want (you can buy their fabric or take your own) and tell them what you want and they do it, for a fee, of course, but they are really reasonable. 
     I knew I wanted ruffles, but not on the seat cushion.  I wanted the cushion to be removable for washing, stuff tends to get really dirty around my house. And I wanted the ruffles removable in case I got tired of them or just wanted a different fabric.  The “throw” I have had for years.  When I washed it the fringe got all tangled, and having no patience, I just cut it off.
     That’s Audrey in the background. When I lived in Atlanta I bought Audrey from a neighbor in 1994, and she was 6 then, so she’s 28 years old now. 

     She loves to spend the summer on the back porch, lots of light, but no sun.  
     This is her third pot, which I painted.  I have more painted pots to show you, but that’s another post.  The blue and white pot was a gift from my kids years ago, I can’t even remember now.  The three other pots were gifts from Hubs Grandmother when we got married.  I think she just wanted to get them out of her house! 

     Next is the coffee table. The one gifted to me by a friend.  This is part of my new design style – I call it Shabby Eclectic.  If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know I REALLY, REALLY do not like (read HATE) brown.  I loved the lines on this table, but IT WAS BROWN.  I thought about just getting rid of it, but every time I tried, I thought of my friend, hence, the make-over.  You’ve seen the before, NOW THE AFTER:

     That’s Hubs foot on the right.  He was resting as I was putting him to work trying to finish all these projects.  That’s what it looked like a few months ago.  We’ll get to the now in a moment.  Quite an improvement, yes?  My son had a fit that I actually painted an honest to goodness antique.  BUT IT WAS BROWN, and not an attractive brown at that.  I really like it so much more now.  All it took was a ruler, some tape, some paint and a little imagination.  It really (there’s that word again – but what else can I use) brightens up the room and it makes me smile every time I look at it. 
     Notice the leopard skin rug?  It was in the “hobby/computer room/office”.   When I decided to re-do that room into a library (next post) the rug didn’t fit because of the bookcases; where else to put it – in the Living Room, of course.  I know, it’s brown, but so is the floor, so it doesn’t count.

The picture frames have been painted Wicker White.
The rocking chair got a make-over.
The coffee table got an update.
New pillows on the sofa.
New curtains and a cornice board.
The pink and white star is actually a cake pan I painted.  I think it looks like a peppermint candy.  Makes me want candy every time I look at it.

     I think I overdecorated my coffee table, but I couldn’t decide which to use, so I used them all.

Painted a very dark grey candle holder white and added a white pumpkin.
Painted three Mason jars, distressed them and decorated with pumpkins, bittersweet, burlap, pinecones, and an old crocheted doily.
The glass pumpkin I bought at a local outlet store.
The milk glass candy dish I have had for years and years.  Don’t even remember where I got it.
The pillows on the sofa – some were made by the nice people at American Mills and some were bought at my favorite outlet store in town.

I painted the owl and the pig white.  Now they look like porcelain, not acrylic (owl) or brown chalk ware (pig).

Hubs made me a sofa table (next photo).  The tool box on the sofa table was my GrandDad’s.  It had been sitting in the shed for years, I had actually forgotten it was out there.  Brought it in, dusted it off, sanded it down a bit, and there it is.  Gorgeous.

     That poor little table by the door has been hanging around half naked since January 2016.  I will get around to finishing the painting probably in January 2017!
     Close ups of the owl and the pig.  Don’t they look like porcelain?  It’s just glossy white spray paint.


 This lamp was a find at The Christian's Women's Center in town for $7.99.  It worked and looked like it had recently been rewired, but it was bronze.  I loved the glass, but not the bronze, so it got a coat (actually two) of silver. Painted the mahogany stained side tables.  It looks sort of yellow, but it’s not.  Hubs just used some left over paint from when he painted the porches and banisters last summer.  It is sort of a light buttercream with polyurethane over it.

     Sorry about no before pictures of the lamps.  I had not been feeling well and Hubs got to them before I could snap a pic.  But just image bronze.

     The Dining Room in the background, the Kitchen is on the right, you can just see the faucet if you look real close.  There’s the other lamp I painted silver.  It was a good lamp and only cost $2.99 at the thrift store.  The shade was so filthy I thought it was ruined until I vacuumed it.  The only thing bad was the tape around the bottom was loose.  A little fabric glue and voila! it’s as good as new.  The little table with the squiggly legs between the chairs was purchased a few years ago.  It has not undergone a makeover, that’s the way it came.

     Hubs made the cornices.  Here’s my inspiration, and a close up of mine.

The inspiration.                                                  Mine:

DIY Wooden Window Cornice. Easy and inexpensive way to dress up any window! I want to do this to every window in my house!:
     It’s not an exact match, but I like it.  It’s supposed to be barn wood, but it’s really (that word again) expensive and we didn’t have any suitable out at the old homestead, this is new wood.  First it was put together, then distressed. ((If you are interested I can probably get Hubs to write about how he made the cornices and got them up.))
     I beat on it a bit with a hammer and sanded the edges then stained it a dark brown stain.  After that dried, I painted it with three different shades of grey.  Then sanded it down a bit so some of the actual wood and the stain would show.  I probably could have sanded it a bit more, but I got tired and my neck was beginning to hurt.  And yes, it does look blue, but I did not use any blue paint.  When I took this pic, we had not gotten around to touching up the holes where the curtain rod used to hang. 

     Well, here’s the end.  This is what it looks like now.  I like it, Hubs likes it, and that’s all that matters.  It's cozy, homey, and comfortable AND you don't have to worry about messing up anything.  It's made to live in, and on. 

     Look out for my next post – it will be short – The Dining Room.  It’s a small room and there wasn’t much to do to it.  And next the Library, since these two will be relatively short, maybe I’ll just combine them into one blog post. 
     Then there’s my miscellaneous projects.  I promise I’ll get to it before Christmas.  I have a couple more I want to finish before I post, but I won’t keep you waiting too long.

     Until next time, Rant, Rave and Redecorate.

a//k/a Bizzylizzy

Sorry, have been too busy to notice anything to Rant about, and since this is a non-political blog there will be no mention of the election, and because of the neck pain, I haven’t been cooking, Hubs has, so there’s no Recipes this time. 
I do have a Rave – Hubs.  He has been great helping out and doing the cooking.  I’ve got to get him something really (that word again) terrific for Christmas.  Any suggestions?

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