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So you might remember a while back I mentioned that Hubs had sent a package home while he was in Europe recently?  Well that package finally showed up on our doorstep on Friday evening.

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There were several items inside including, a nutcracker {I heart nutcrackers!}, some nutcracker ornaments, and a Cuckoo clock!  I was really excited about the clock because we have a small clock collection. To be honest I wasn’t quite sure if a cuckoo clock would fit in with the style of our home but once it was hung it actually fit quite nicely in our living room.

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I must say that the whole family is pretty smitten with our new clock but Noah just thinks it is the best thing since sliced bread Chick-fil-a nuggets!! Every time it goes off {which is every 30 minutes} he comes running into the living room and says, “Wow!  NEAT!!! Birdie!!!}”  And then as soon as it stops making sounds he looks at you and says, ” Broke?”  He apparently thinks it should constantly make noise and that if it is not it’s broke.  That kid sure cracks me up sometimes!!

Here is a little snippet of what it sounds like in case you are interested.

{The song the clock plays is Edelweiss from the Sound of Music in case anyone was trying to figure that out.}

A few weeks ago I mentioned how I had found a mirror at a yard sale.  When I stumbled across it I knew I had to have it right away.  It was just the finishing touch for the master bedroom makeover I was in the process of completing.

I always forget to take before pictures but I remembered at the last second as I was hauling the mirror into my studio storage shed/barn.  Here it is in it’s original state of  “oh so blah, GREY.”

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I had a different look in mind for the mirror so I gave it a fresh coat of paint.  The paint color is essentially a light blue with a hint of grey in it.  {The official color is Valspar Woodlawn Silver Brook in semi-gloss.}  I had practically a whole can of this paint left over from when I painted my son’s bed side table and it coordinated perfectly with the bedding I had purchased for our master bedroom.

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I liked the mirror painted blue but all the detail on the frame got lost in the solid color.  My friend Erin suggested I try using stain on top of the color to make all the detailing pop.  I thought about it for a good two weeks and then finally decided what the heck I can always repaint it if I don’t like it.

We already has some dark brown stain{english chestnut I believe} leftover from our armoire. I used a sponge brush to liberally apply stain to small sections of the frame at a time. I then quickly used a dry cloth {I used an old t-shirt} to wipe off as much stain as I could. Next I took a damp cloth and wiped away a little bit more stain. The damp cloth really does help you too get off even more stain so I would highly suggest that if you aren’t getting the results you want by using a dry cloth. Thanks Erin for that little tip!

Here is the mirror, all gussied up!

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{Excuse the mess reflected in this shot! Yesterday my project was to pack away all of the baby clothes that the Graham has outgrown. Quite a chore, I tell you.}

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  I think it looks better against our “camel’ colored walls now and compliments the dresser more.  Before it just seemed a little too “baby blue” for a grown up space.  Now all I need are a few accessories and/or some lamps to flank either side of the mirror to finish off the master bedroom re-do!

 

The clouds finally parted today and out came the sun. PRAISE the Lord! I think all us Georgians were in need of a little relief from the rain.  I really was not exaggerating about all the rain we were getting.

Not to change the subject or anything…….. but isn’t this little guy the cutest!!

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I always feel a little guilty that I haven’t taken as many pics of Graham as we have of Noah so this week I have been trying to snap a few when I think about it.

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He makes this serious face all day long and it cracks me up every time I see him. Oh how I love this little guy!

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Welcome to my little corner of the world. Nothing too serious here for you to read about. Just the comings and goings of my day to day life. I blog about the trials of being a military wife, tales of my role as “Mommy Dear”, recipes I love, my DIY projects, and our home renovations. Happy reading!