Friday, 12 August 2016

Celebrate the small things

The summer break seems to be racing by and I am left with a feeling of things slipping away . . . what have I achieved in my time away from the day job? Where am I going?  Celebrating the little things that make me smile and give me a rosy glow is one way to do that.

I started outlining a new story. A lot of it is still in my head but the main character is nagging at me! I also have a title which I am loving and I feel it is going to be fun to write. 

The weather here is better. We have had some sunshine and I have been out for a few walks. They can be excellent for helping to think through plot ideas.

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that my daughter was painting up some old furniture . . . I decided I couldn't let her have all the fun so I had a go myself and painted an old pine chest. 


I've done it in a rich burgundy colour and finished with a dark wax. You can't really see the effect in the photo as the light is shining on it but I am pleased with it. I have been told it looks purple . . . but honestly it isn't, it's burgundy!

And finally, tomorrow we hope the fine weather continues so that we can have a game of croquet! It's a great game to play with a group of friends. We are lucky enough to have a large back lawn which lends itself quite nicely to the past time.  

   Happy Friday


       

       Thanks to Lexa and her lovely co-hosts
            L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge 
     Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog


29 comments:

  1. I agree Suzanne the summer is going way too fast. Lucky you having a large lawn I hope you enjoy your game. I haven't got a garden but do have the beach nearby if one can find a space as we're in the height of the holiday season. Enjoy your week-end.
    Yvonne.

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    1. The lawn is great - though it does need a lot of mowing! Thanks for stopping by, Yvonne.

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  2. Great job with the chest - it looks great. I'm enjoying the weather too, hope it lasts!

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    1. I hope so too, they say we are in for a heatwave!

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  3. Love the chest, you did a fine job! We love playing croquet too!!! Hope the weather holds and have fun!

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    1. It can get quite competitive! Thanks, Cathrina.

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  4. The chest turned out great indeed, doesn't look purple, maybe purplish lol

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    1. Purplish! Have you been talking to my family Pat?! Lol!

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  5. I love painted furniture! I always feel like everyone always does it better than me though. =/ The chest looks great!

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    1. Thank You! I'm sure your furniture looks great, Leandra.

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  6. You did a great job on that old chest!

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  7. Love the pine chest, you did a good job on it. My mother many years ago refinished a lot of furniture, we still have some of it around. I'm glad you are outlining on the new story, new beginnings are always exciting.

    Nissa
    http:/myantimatterlife.wordpress.com

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    1. New beginnings are good, Nissa. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. That chest is so pretty! Great job. It looks burgundy to me!

    Hope the weather cooperates for your game.

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  9. I'm afraid our lawn is dead from lack of water. Sniff. I'm hoping it will resurrect itself next spring. At least I didn't have it cut it.

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  10. The chest looks beautiful Suzanne. You did a great job. Hope the weather stays nice for you. Happy weekend.

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  11. Hi Suzanne - enjoy that croquet game today - it is a fun game to play - we've even got a professional club here - I must get down and see how it's 'professionally' played - not the kitchen garden stuff we tend to play!

    Well done on copying your daughter with your sprucing up the chest - looks good and burgundy is a challenging colour to describe ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Not sure we could be described as 'professional' it gets competitive though!

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  12. The weather has been lovely, hasn't it? That chest looks great, it's a lovely colour :)

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  13. I love croquet! Hope you have a fun game. The chest looks wonderful!

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  14. Glad you've been having some nicer weather. Taking walks definitely helps me with story ideas. What a great job you did on that chest! I haven't played croquet in years. Makes me want to get the game out again. Enjoy the weekend and the croquet!

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  15. That chest looks great! I thought it looked burgundy until you mentioned purple - and now it looks purple to me. LOL The power of suggestion! I loved to play croquet when I was young. Have a great time!

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  16. The chest looks beautiful! I'm glad you are having nice weather. Enjoy writing your new story. Its always such fun to start out a new venture like that.

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  17. I've never tried croquet; I don't think I move in the right circles! I love the chest - you've done a great job there. And don't worry: there's still plenty of summer left (she says, with her fingers crossed).

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  18. Our summer break is already over - the kids went back today and as tradition dictates in Scotland the sun is shining for the first time in weeks! Glad to hear you're feeling inspired to work on a new story. You did a great paint job on the chest and I hope the croquet was fun.

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  19. Hi Suzanne,

    You've done very well with that old pine chest. All the best outlining your new story. The weather has been nice, even here up north. Croquet reminds me of Alice in Wonderland....

    Gary :)

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  20. Love the pine chest. And yay for a new story!

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  21. How exciting about the new story! Best of luck with it. And that chest you painted is gorgeous! Definitely looks burgundy to me... :)

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  22. Nicely done! I think the chest looks fabulous. (And you're way braver than me. I would have chickened out when it came to picking up the paint brush.)

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