First let me tell you about a little give away. There is a remarkable young Bloglandian sister who lives in Puerta Vallarta (Mexico) which is about 7 hours from us on the coast of the state of Jalisco. Let me introduce you to Sara. She is a young Mexican single mom, who works full time to support herself and her daughter. Sara's mom also lives with them, so there is 3 generations of women caring, loving and supporting each other. Along with working full time Sara tries to feed her artistic soul with any free moments she can steal (sound familiar??) She also is working in her spare time (??) establishing her own translating / interpretation business.(Psst she speaks better English then I do). No small feat for any young woman up north. Here it's even harder. As I've mentioned a couple of times women here are a long way away from getting to the "glass ceiling" What that means for her is no bank is going to lend her start up money, nor is her employer going to cut her any slack in order for her to establish a foot hold. For every interpretation job she gets she has had to bust her bottom, without any referrals to get!! :)
Hmmmm you might ask just when does she have time to post on her blog Locuasia??? Well she squeezes a little time from here and there, but that's understandably sporadic. Be that as it may Sara is celebrating her 50th post with a bit of a give away!!!!!! I would like to invite you all to bop over to her blog (maybe when you finish reading mine??), leave her a huge atta boy, and sign up for her give away. When you get there take a look around her little corner of Bloglandia.
Okay now about the chair needing a hair cut. As any professional junker..er..treasure hunter knows, you never say no to an offer of free jun....treasures. A friend is having a new chair made for her living room and needed a home for the old wicker one she had. It would be the one pictured above. Of course I said yes even as I could feel LW eye roll behind me :) Gads that man has earned his wings and halo living with me!! The thing is the chair has been used a bit as a scratching toy for 3 siamese cats. There is a spot on one arm and on the top of the back that have been given a bit of "character". But it's just perfect for my girly girl room :)
That's little miss Rubi Ru checking out a bit of the wicker from the hair cut to the chair.
As you can see some places are rather narly
My plan is to give both places a nice close shearing and the use a bit of shoe dye to add back the color to the raw places. Then whip our my super secret, antiquing medium (Kiwi shoe wax) and buff a nice hand rubbed finish on it. I thought about painting it white but I really like the honey color of this wicker. I guess I I always paint it white if the shoe dye-shoe wax trick doesn't work. :)
Of course if all else really fails I can drape one of my Mum's hand made antique antimacassars on the back to cover it.
Huh have you been smelling home made Bolognese sauce while you have been here visiting??? Well your nose hasn't failed ya. Since it's still a bit cool, the clouds have the sun covered, and the humidity is still livable I threw together a big pot of sauce. LW will help me get it filled into dinner size portions that we'll freeze. Anything that keep us far away from the hot stove is a way good thing!!!