Thursday, January 16, 2014

~FRESH NEW WHITES FOR YOU~

Dear Friends...

I hope 2014 brings to you good things...only good things.  After some trying twists and turns in 2013 we are truly looking forward to a wonderful New Year!

After returning from Nebraska (where we celebrated my father-in-love's life) we welcomed my big sister and her hubby (from TN)  to our home and enjoyed a week with them just visiting and sharing.  It was soooo good to have fun, junk and shop and then just talk and talk and talk and LAUGH.  With the death of my Mr. AGPMan's father combined with the loss of his longtime job last July I think I sort of forgot how to do that for a little while.  When my beautiful sister left last Sunday, and our home returned to a quieter state of normal, we were finally able to breathe in all the happenings from the last few weeks...  This morning we woke up to bright, clear skies and a renewed hope that life indeed presses on.  
 
So must we.

On Monday I finished making over a charming vintage cabinet I picked up at a local thrift.  I'm sick I didn't take a BEFORE PICTURE of it, but given all we've been through of late it's no wonder I forgot.  Originally the piece had a tacky Formica top and lots of scalloped trim across the top of the cabinet.  They both had to go and I love how the cabinet (or cupboard) looks with the natural wood top (just stained 2" x 4" 's) and plain wood trim!  Kudos to my talented hubster!  He's the man!
 
The second photo shows a sweet little desk and chair also recently transformed.  Aside from the little Disney stickers that were stuck all over the original yellow paint (above) the two pieces were in awesome condition.  I changed out the cheap faux brass knobs and handles and replaced them with vintage brass pulls with their original patina left in place.  You can't tell from the photos, but the desk and chair are gently distressed and it really looks amazing!  Simple and uncomplicated.

Love that!

I'm just now getting back to working on new product for my AGP Website and I hope to have some fresh things soon...  The needed rest has been good and I just now have the energy to work...

Incredibly, this year I have started my sixth year of blogging!!!  I can't believe it.  Seems like it was just yesterday I first popped in to say HELLO for the first time.

It's been quite a ride.

Looking forward to sharing more thoughts, ideas and pictures with you in the future.

Thanks for hanging in...

Love to you~

17 comments:

Teresa said...

Here is a BIG welcome back Rebbecca!!! Missed you. I am so glad that 2014 is looking up for you. 2013 sure wasn't your year! You sound like you got your spunk back! Thank God that out of adversities comes triumph! You are a strong lady. But I guess you really know that now! I am so looking forward to seeing what creative pieces you are working on. Hugs, Teresa

Lululiz said...

Wonderful transformations, Rebecca, and I am so glad to hear that you are starting the year so positively.

La Petite Gallery said...

Glad things are getting back to normal. I think I would have bought that desk. Love the 3 little drawers.
yvonne

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

They both look beautiful, Rebecca! I love how you styled that hutch piece, too. I have some work in the coming weeks. I'll be bringing pieces home to re-update for my booth. Those things I painted in a "color" don't seem to do as well as neutrals {or plain old black and white}, so I will be repainting those one at a time.

ga447 said...

Welcome back but the rest is good for everyone's soul. I didn't make resolution for 2014 but my word for the year is to 'laugh' more. I love the desk and all your goodies. Have a great day!

Melissa Bishop said...

What an amazing transformation! Hugs!

Marilyn said...

It's good that 2014 is looking brighter. Matches the Colorado sunshine at the moment, but the wind...it's here and I suppose it will be blustery many days now that the days seem to be getting longer and making me think of spring.♥♫

Theresa said...

It is hard to let a loved one go! I know that you all will cherish the memories! Love your creations dear friend, it is always great to see what you are working on:) BIG HUGS and continued prayers coming your way!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Glad you had fun! And I love those pieces!

xo

Sheila

NanaDiana said...

I am so glad to see you back and posting, Rebecca. You have always been a soft, warm spot in my heart and I have prayed for you and Mr AGP many times over the past couple of years. You have had quite a run with your surgeries, the job situation, the remodeling stress and the loss of those you love...just a lot on your plate.

Onward and Upward in 2014, sweet lady. It is going to be a GOOD year!!!! xo Diana

White Lace and Promises said...

You have a way of making all things beautiful! That's what God is doing in your life-all the pain and heartache-He will make new. Praying that God will restore you and give you peace as you look with promise to a new year.

Praying for Blessing for You!
Bonnie

Sonia said...

Always love a visit to your facebook page or blog! Love your booth at Serendipity...going to have to visit next week...looking for some pretties and you always have something I fall in love with in your booth! Blessings to you in 2014!
Miss Bloomers

joanne said...

I'm so glad to see you moving forward with renewed hope and a new product line. I am looking forward to seeing more of you...congrats on you 6th blogaversary!

Glamour Girls said...

Great to hear from you Rebecca. I'm glad things are looking up for you and your family. Thanks for sharing those beautiful projects, hopefully they will motivate me. Take care,
Vikki

Amy Jo said...

Rebecca,

Life certainly does move forward. It doesn't seem that way in the midst of our trials and tribulations. I am so sorry for your AGP man. Losing someone as important as your father is never easy no matter the circumstances. I definitely see the hidden hand of our Heavenly Father in your life....and you are truly blessed.
Love in Him,
Amy Jo

Victorian1885 said...

Hello Rebecca
Happy New Year my Dear friend! I love your new white pieces, thank you for sharing.
2014 will be a wonderful year for you, I just know it!
Off now to check out your new items in the shoppe.
Sending hugs from here...

Wanda

Lady Pamela said...

So glad to here from you. Glad that you had some sunshine and laughter. Looking forward to seeing some new things in your shops.
*Smiles*

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