Monday, March 22, 2010

Makeover Monday and a finished afghan!

Good Monday morning everyone! Whew, last week was so full of ups and downs and it just about did me in. Wednesday was my son's car accident, Thursday was a day off work to go to driver's license court for my son to get his permanent driver's license (how ironic is that??), then Friday, we had a layoff of about 10% of our workforce at the clinic where I work. Talk about a stressful week!!! I'm hoping for a calmer, more productive week this week.

For this Monday makeover, hubby brought me home a piece of discarded lumber from his work. I have been wanting to try my hand at making a sign so I got to work. This is what I started with:

I decided to paint it a creamy off white color and then I added some light touches of brown to it. I then free handed the words Live, Laugh, Love and used a star stencil. Hubby and I decided to add a chain to it to hang it since the board was a bit warped and probably wouldn't hang exactly flat on the wall. Overall, I am pleased with how it turned out:

After hanging it on the wall, I decided it needed something up there with it, so I had these old shiny gold candle sconces from way back when. I decided to paint them black and this is what I ended up with:


I just stuck two plain off white candles in there for now. I plan on making these grubby, just ran out of time for them this weekend! Here's how everything looks up on the wall:

Not too bad for a first timer, huh? Well, I finally finished the afghan for my Easter/Spring giveaway. It turned out pretty good, I think. Deadline for signing up is tomorrow so if you haven't already signed up, please do so!! Scroll down to find the giveaway post and sign up there. Here's a pic of the finished afghan:

Well, I've got to get off here and finish getting ready for work while I still have a job to go to!! Everyone is on edge because we all think they aren't done with the cuts just yet. All thoughts and prayers for a calm, non stressful week are appreciated! I hope everyone has a great Monday!

Until next time. . .



  1. Good morning=) I hope you have a less stressful week & I will be praying for you! You did a great job on your sign & the sconces look great too!

  2. Your blanket is so beautiful Donna! i love the sign and wall sconces too, you did a great job!!! hope you enjoy the day, we are having a dreary, rainy day here:(

  3. I love your sign Donna and the curves on the candle sconces goes perfect with the lettering you chose for your sign. Great job. I'm sorry last week was so stressful for you. Praying for a better week this week. You did a wonderful job on your afghan. The winner of this is going to be very lucky and extremely happy.
    Enjoy your day,

  4. Donna, your sign turned out so well I can hardly believe you free handed it as it looks stenciled!
    Great job!
    Hope you have a better week!

  5. Hi Donna, first off....I hope your son wasn't hurt in the accident...but I'm assuming he wasn't being he's out and about and going for his license...

    Your attempt WAS SUCCESSFUL at the sign...very nice work and the sconces seem to mimic your lettering with the scroll look of the letter L

    Wonderful afghan kiddo...someone is going to be very lucky.


  6. Very nice work! I wish I was creative like that ; )

  7. I love your afghan giveaway. Please sign me up.

    I know the feeling about still having a job. Our company has had lots of layoffs in the last several years.

    Good Luck!

  8. Morning Donna, I hope you have a calmer and creative week! *hugs*

    I love how the sign turned out and the sconce 're-do' was just the right touch! Great job.

    Take Care,
    Debbie K.

  9. Donna, I will have you in my prayers! So many people are without jobs it seems. I keep saying a prayer that my DH doesn't get cut from his work..

    Your afghan is beautiful! I love the beautiful colors! You sure do crochet them up fast girl! I'm barely started on mine. I find that my fingers and hands tire out on me when I'm working on my afghan.. then I get discouraged and give up. Maybe sometime I'll get back to crocheting it. We shall see... Wish me luck on doing so!

    Have a great day and week too!


  10. Donna, I'm so very sorry to hear about your son's accident - I hope he's okay. My son is 16 and will be going for driver's ed this summer - it sure does scare me! You really did have a stressful week, girl!
    You did a wonderful job with your sign! Isn't spray paint a wonderful thing?
    Have a good rest of your week!

  11. The sign and the candle holders turned out great! You did a really great job! I hope you are having a great day! ~Dan~

  12. Donna,
    The afghan is beautiful!

    Great work on your first sign! LOVE IT!

    Sorry to hear that you're having such a week! I hope things calm down.


  13. Oh, Donna, I hope your son is ok! Yes, 3 days in a row like that would stress anyone a wee bit. BUT look at the gorgeous afghan ... & wonderful sign.

    Happy spring.
    Have a beautiful week.
    TTFN, Hugs ~ Marydon

  14. Love the afghan! And you did awesome on the sign! I could never print that good!

  15. The sign is AWESOME! I love the way you set it up on the wall, too! The afghan is just INCREDIBLE!! Hope this week is a better one for you.... Take Care.....

  16. Great sign Donna, I could never free hand that well! Your afghan is quite gorgeous too! Here's to a calmer week for you!
    Hugs, Cindy

  17. I love the afghan. It makes me want to settle in on the recliner all wrapped up and with a good book and cup of java.

  18. You did a great job on your sign, there is no way I would try and free hand... it would be a mess. Lol! Your handwriting is beautiful! I love the scones with it, it really completes the look. Again, your afghan is so pretty! I can't believe I missed a chance to win one AGAIN!