Hello, Summertime // Refinishing Oak Floors


The last of the peonies are blooming in the yard and slowly dropping their petals.  Summertime is here!  I managed to snag these few and throw them in some water before they got too hot and wilty outdoors.  Peonies don't get as much love as they should.  Man, I think these babies smell better, or at least more than roses do.  They are, in my opinion, as pretty, and they are just so fluffy and feminine!  Some day, when we buy a house, the first thing I'm going to do is plant lilacs, forsythia, & peonies.  Lots of peonies.

On another note: we refinished our wood floors last weekend and they're finally cured enough to let us put our furniture back in.  We had all of our living room and dining room furnishings crammed in to one room for about two weeks and looked like crazy antique dealers.

Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure (pictures of the floors, probably won't be any of our crazy junk hoard).

Here are the floors before/during sanding.  You can see the oil based polyurethane makes the wood have a warm yellow glow.   Normally, this doesn't bother me, but with such wonderful light oak, we wanted the natural oak to show through.  So, we opted for water-based poly.

Here is the after, with the flowers, and the fat-cat.  The water-based polyurethane doesn't leave that yellow tone, dries in about three hours, and doesn't smell nearly as bad as the oil based.  However, you need to put on more coats.  Which, if you're impatient like me, it might just kill ya.  Good thing the husband is reasonable and made me wait before slathering on more poly.

Before & After // Midcentury Lamp Gets a Little Love


A mid century lamp gets a little love.  

I found this sad little lamp for free at a church rummage sale.  If you don't go to church rummage sales, well, you should start.  Who knows what kind of treasures those sweet old ladies are going to pull out of their linen closets or basements?  Plus, most church sales feature a "little lunch" which consists of the most delicious bars a 1960s cookbook can offer, as well as the classic: sloppy joes (maderites, loose meat sandwiches, etc).  Before this post turns in to a eulogy on the glories of a Made-rite, I'll tell you about my little lamp. 

From Ugly to Lovely // Tripod Table Before and After // DIY Hexagon Table


I came home the other day to find this little lovely sitting by my garbage can.  It was as though God had smiled at me and said, "oh, Mandy!  you finished your other projects (finally) here's something to occupy you and take up more space in your house and drive your husband crazy!"  Well, it did occupy me, but only for one evening.  I transformed this baby in 2 hours (which is a record for me).   I'm going on about 5 months for a side chair and ottoman.... oops.

Fresh Apple, Honey & Vanilla Wine Cocktail // Spring Sangria


Hello, Springtime.  Welcome to my mouth.  Recipe for White Apple Wine Sangria with Apples, Vanilla & Honey.
I have the wonderful fortune of having a father who just so happens to have a vineyard.  I just so happen to handle the marketing and graphic design aspects of said vineyard.  This means I have the odious (ha!) task of sampling the wine and dreaming up new ways to drink it.  One of my favorite varieties we make is our apple wine.  It's so warm and summery, with hints of apples, cinnamon, and sunshine.  It was a rainy April Saturday, and I cleaned the house - which means I deserve a little glass of the good stuff, right?