Mimi Sue's Cottage

A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. Thomas S Monson







Monday, August 25, 2008

An Award!














My new friend Donna had a surprise for me today. Thank you so much for the Friendship Award, Donna! She has a wonderful blog, you simply must go visit her. She is an artist and lives in beautiful North Carolina with her handsome husband and two adorable dogs. Her granddaughter is almost as cute as mine. Say hello to her from me.








The next thing on the agenda is, Joy at JOYS OF HOME, is having a Paint Outside the Box party. Since I love to use spray paint this was just up my alley. So here are a few of the things I have spray painted lately.


Did I mention we are still working on the yard? Well, we are. This is a mailbox post that we made. I really couldn't see spending $80.00 at the Home Depot for one so the Mister put this together with a 4X4 post and some scrap wood. That little decorative thing I got at the thrift store for $1.00. Then, black spray paint and you're ready for the junk mail. (Is that bird poop??)Yikes, sorry.


This settee is sitting on our front porch. Someday a swing will go here, I had the framers beef up the supports on the porch roof and install hardware so all we have to do is hang it. The swing is sitting in our garage. It's #459 on our things to do list! Anyway, I spray painted this thing a few years ago and it looks like it needs a little touch up! #460 on the list. I also found that little red "funeral basket" in a shed that was being torn down. It was rusty and bent so I unbent it some and sprayed it red.

(Sorry about the dark picture) I hardly ever buy a new frame. There are millions of frames at my favorite thrift store usually costing about 50 cents or $1.00. I bring them home, wash the glass, paint the frame and there you go. I love the look of a bunch of black frames hung together. Even if the frames are different the paint really unifies the look. I've painted a ton of stuff over the years, these are a few. Now, go see Joy and all the fun things she paints....

22 comments:

Tricia Anne said...

I am coveting your bench and pillows! Love it!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Oooh, a porch swing?! I'd move that to the top of my priority list!

~ Sarah

a day in the life of bella said...

I love that bench, makes me want some iced tea!!! :)

Bella

Joy said...

What a very nice custom made mailbox---so custom the birdies couldn't stay away (hee!hee!). It looks very nice painted black.
I like the beautiful and very comfy looking settee and the delightful red funeral basket. They both make for a welcoming front porch.
And I'm with you on spray painting thrift frames with a nice coat of black.

Joy said...

Mimi Sue,
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Nola @ AlamoNorth said...

It's been years since I've seen one of those old funeral baskets; it sure looks cute with a fresh coat of paint!

Cameo said...

I agree, any frame can look brand new with some black spray paint. Thanks for sharing your fun projects.

Krista ~ Bits and pieces said...

Congratulations on your reward and on all your beautiful project. It all looks so pretty

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Hi there! Glad you joined the paintin party...Ihave never been to visit but see you love red and black Like i do. I just posted projects with frames that I have painted and framed "art" in. I love to pick them up cheap too. will have to bookmark your site. cherry

Melissa Wertz said...

Nice things good job on the mail box. I love the settee.

Nicole said...

I love your front porch. I drove by is just today to check check it out. Sorry, hope that doesn't creep you out :) I love the toile fabric on your cusion and all your other fun stuff.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love all of your spray painted goodies! The toile on the bench is my fav!
Penny

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi,
All your projects look great. Love the settee on your porch and what you've done with the funeral basket!
Very creative!
Diane

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hey I enjoyed your post, and I loved your blog! Love that bench! And I'm with you on buying frames at the thrift store and spray painting them. Love to do that! Have a lovely day!
Debbie

jess @ lost button studio said...

Great painting ideas! Thanks for commenting on my blog...

Annie said...

Very cute! I'm enjoying your blog very much!

Donna said...

Hi Mimi Sue,

Your painted projects are great! Love the settee. I just spray painted some picture frames last week. I get a lot of mine at Goodwill.

Hugs,
Donna

Manuela said...

I absolutely love toile, especially red so I'm in love with that bench!

Manuela

Lallee said...

What would we do without spray paint????

Congratulations on your award!

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Mary Isabella said...

What a neat blog you have here. I have enjoyed my visit....m.

Bonnie the Boss said...

I love to recycle frames as well!!! I just did a memorial for my class reunion, I used all $1 frames that I sprayred black.
Love the patriotic frame and stitched thing. Way cute!

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