Sunday, November 21, 2010

Happy Ever After

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm so excited to show you a little redo I've just completed! I'm always excited, aren't I?

Well, I wanted a highchair for our little granddaughter, Carter, to sit in when she comes to visit. Now that's not very often because they live so far away. But I do like to be prepared! :)

I could have bought her a new highchair and it would have worked just fine. But No, No Nannette!! I wanted an olden one like I had as a little baby ~ all wooden and very sturdy. On with the search - antique shops, junk shops, Goodwill and even Craigslist. Not one single olden wooden highchair. And then...

as I was browsing one of my favorite thrift shops, there to my wandering eyes should appear - standing in the corner an olden wooden highchair!! :) Hallelujah! Joyness!!

Brought her home and began to fill in the cracks with filler. Guess what? I only paid $22.50 for this lovely! The thrill of it all! Woo Hooness!!

Olden, but sturdy. She just needed some TLC and I was the one to give it!! ;)

Placed her in the garage and took off the little food tray and the foot rest, got out my electric mousey and went to town sanding away.

Then primed her all up. Now I used Kilz primer but someone said there was a Zinnsser primer you could use on wooden pieces and you didn't have to sand first. Have any of you used it and did it work okay? That would be so nice to skip sanding.

Brought her back in the house and painted her up with the same green paint I used on my little half island in the kitchen. She looked sweet but she needed something else.

I decided to maker her cutzy pootzy just for my little Carter. Painted on some Mary Englebreit fried egg flowers, well, I tried to but they look more like lollipops! :) I just used my little craft paints.

Then I painted on a little bunny, trying to make her look sweet. I almost used stencils, because I'm a little bit lazy, but now I'm glad I used my own dainty fingers to freehand my little artwork - the good, bad and ugly of it all! :)

I can't leave well enough alone so I painted one tiny little bunny's backside on the little tray. I was so proud that I was finished and grabbed my brush and polyed til late one evening. I must have been really tired not to notice but the next morning I came down to admire all my work and there was one of Chloe Dawn's silky little hairs all polyed down on the tray!! Yikes! I could have resanded, I guess and gotten it off, but heck, it's stayin'! :) I've just made some hairy little memories. No hair in Carter's food, but hair on the tray! :) I am thinking she'll probably scratch that little bunny to death trying to get him off! :)

Now my olden sturdy wooden highchair is all put back together and sitting in the breakfast room waiting for Carter.

Do you love her? Oh, I do, Dear Ones! She's olden and she's revived and she's green!

Here's where the little tray is attached...

and to place Carter in the chair and take her out - you just flip the tray to the back.

Little footrest all in place.

See? You can adjust it.

What do you think? Did I do good?

Well, I couldn't just leave this post and not poke something in the highchair now could I? So I grabbed Roscoe, my olden childhood bear, and poked him in the seat. He loved it and wanted something to eat. He cannot smell food anymore since his nose is gone but he can sure look at it and eat it! :) The darling little silver fork and spoon were given to Carter when she was born by my sweet friends, Sheila at Quintessential Magpie and Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor. Well, I decided to keep them here at grandma's house just for these special occasions. Does this qualify for a tabletop, Marty? :)

What have I started? Friends are gathering. :)

Hope you liked my little redo today and I'm awaiting a very special guest for Thanksgiving! :)

I'm joining Our Dear Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday,
Our Dear Sally for at Smiling Sally for Blue Monday,
Our Dear Cielo at The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday,
Our Dear Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday,
Our Dear Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday,
Our Dear Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Before and After Party on Wednesday,
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformations Thursday.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Ever Ever After

Storybook endings, fairy tales coming true
Deep down inside we want to believe they still do
In our secretest heart, it's our favorite part of the story
Let's just admit we all want to make it too

Ever ever after
If we just don't get it our own way
Ever ever after
It may only be a wish away

Start a new fashion, wear your heart on your sleeve
Sometimes you reach what's real just by making believe
Unafraid, unashamed
There is joy to be claimed in this world
You even might wind up being glad to be you

Ever ever after
Though the world will tell you it's not smart

Ever ever after
The world can be yours if you let your heart
Believe in ever after

No wonder your heart feels it's flying
Your head feels it's spinning
Each happy ending's a brand new beginning
Let yourself be enchanted, you just might break through

To ever ever after
Forever could even start today
Ever ever after
Maybe it's just one wish away
Your ever ever after

(I've been dreaming of a true love's kiss)

Oh, for ever ever after
~ sung by Carrie Underwood