Maime Rae

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Little Somethin'

I decided to change the vignette in my kitchen window and I thought I would show you what I did with these insulators. I have a bunch of these and never knew what to do with them. I grabbed the candle holders and two battery operated mini candles placed the insulators over them and les voici!!! ( My french teacher would be proud. LOL) I am working on two new tables and will post them as soon as they are finished.

PS:  That is not an outhouse outside of my kitchen window, it is our wood box my husband built that I featured in my weekend warrior post.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

How An Ugly Little Table Renewed Me

My husband and I went to the Habitat Restore to do a little browsing. Hubby bought this homely little table and said now go paint on this. Normally this would not be a big deal but.....
I started decorative painting in '92. Oh I dabbled in painting when I was younger, my father is an incredible artist and I am by no means as talented but I enjoyed it.  My family and friends are wonderful and my biggest fans, they would say what I painted was beautiful even if it wasn't. I love them for that!! I painted up to about 3 years ago.
 A neighbor  lady down the street asked to see the things I painted, she was a mural artist with her own business and I was hoping she could  help and give me constructive criticism, what I got was,"Oh no one buys that type of painted stuff anymore!" Well I laughed and said I do it because I enjoy it. This rolled off my back like water off a duck. Or so I thought. Slowly I painted less and less. I had a bunch of excuses,
can't find anything worth painting, don't have enough time and my time can be better spent... etc.
The other day I was watching a motivational speaker on TV and I had, as Oprah says, an AH HA moment.
Rolled off my back!!!  NO IT DID NOT! I thought it had but it didn't. I let a women I hardly knew steal my joy! That comment all but stopped me from doing something I loved to do. I can not believe that one negative comment did that.  I am ashamed to admit that she had that much influence on me but I was in awe of her work. I have made a promise to myself that I will watch what I say to people. Not that I would EVER say to someone what was said to me, I wouldn't. We must all realize that words do hurt and may change someones course in life. If I change anyones direction, I want it to be for the better. I want to help and mentor and give them all the encouragement that I am able. Sure wish someone that I had looked up to had done that for Me!

So.. I picked up this little guy and I sanded and I primed....

.......and I painted.


 Ya know, it felt pretty good. I still have a long long way to go, this time with a renewed sense of why I paint! Because I want to and I like it and from now on I am going to enjoy this journey.


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