Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Give Away & A Chair in Need of a Haircut ??

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 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!!!

Yum a bit of pasta, fresh grated Romano and life is GOOD!

Have a most audacious today or tomorrow depending on where in the world you are ;)


Anonymous said...

Oh Pattie, how wonderful you are to me! I feel so undeserving of your beautiful and kind words! Thank you so much for mentioning my giveaway in your post - yes, I am thrilled to have more than two comments this time :)
Your sauce looks delicious, we love pasta, Renata could be Italian - Buen provecho!

sharon said...

Hi Patti!! I commented on Sara's blog the other day due to your linking on your post. Her work is so darling!! Even more appreciated now that I know her whole story! WOW! I'm hungry!

The Feathered Nest said...

Yummmmmm, Pattie, can I come for dinner???? You are such an angel for promoting this wonderful woman and her giveaway ~ what an inspiration to us all, right?? Love your new chair and I believe you can charm it right sure to show the "after" too. I love your little bitty pup! Have a wonderful weekend sweet friend, xxoo, Dawn

Charmingdesigns said...

LOL I post on Fri because I never get around to it on Sat for pink Sat. lol. Have a wonderful weekend!! Laurie

Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva said...

.i am having my tea by the sea...with flowers in my hair...come join me...hugs, rebecca/cre8tiva

LuLu Kellogg said...

I wish I was there for dinner!

Nothing like a little dental surgery to knock a gal off her feet for a few days....then a case of a stomach bug (on our 3rd anniversary no doubt)! ICK!!

I "think" I am on the mend...hopefully! I have so many blogs to visit and catch up on so I stopped by yours first this morning!

Love the chair!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to see the results. Let Rubi Roo supervise.

Love to you, LW and the babies!
LS, The Commander and our Pack

LW said...

Lest there be any misconceptions, Rubi is not a puppy. That little bundle is over a year old now, and almost two whole pounds! She's becoming a young woman, and she's so full of happy it just leaks out.


sharon said...

Hi Patti, I got your message!!!

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