Monday, June 20, 2016


We've been busy with 4 grandkids' baseball games.  Ayden's (age 9) team won all their games this season and was in the tournament on Saturday.  They had a game at 9am and won that one so had another one at 11:00 am, also won that one which meant they were in another game at 5 pm.  If they won this one they had one more at 8pm, if they lost they were done.  They lost.  It's not surprising considering these girls played 3 games already in 87 degree weather with that hot sun beating on them all day.  One of their coaches even collapsed during the third game with heat stroke ~ yet the games continued.  :/

     Yesterday, for Father's Day the family went to Kennywood Amusement Park.  We've been doing this for the last 16 years but Tom and I opted out last year because the temp was in the 90's.  We stayed home and enjoyed our nice cool pool.  Since our youngest grandchild is now 2 1/2 we thought we'd go this year to watch him enjoy Kiddie Land.  NOT.  Poor kid was terrified of everything but the baby swings.  It was a very hot day in the upper 80's, not too humid, but still too hot for ME.  While I did get that Cortizone shot in my hip for the bursitis last week, it was too much walking for me ( and trust me, I stopped and rested in the shade A LOT ) and I was hurting.  Tom and I left for home close to 6 pm ( 7 hrs at the park).  We were both beat and he was in bed by 10.  I stayed up to wait for granddaughters Jordyn (16) and Ayden as they wanted to spend the night.   When they got here though I gave them the TV remote and went to bed.  In the morning they told me they ended up going to sleep too.  It was an exhausting day.  Tom says he's 'rethinking' next year..and we may opt out again. We're sadly getting 'too old for this sh*t' he claims.  haha

   I've also been busy with the largest order I've ever received.  A customer saw one of my prim homespun rag garlands in my Etsy shop and ordered 9. 

 I have 3 finished so far.  I knew I'd be running out of the buttons that I use on the yoyo flowers in the garland and found them on eBay ~ purchased them on Friday and they've not even been shipped out yet - yikes!!  :/


Monday, June 06, 2016

 Spent the last 3 hours getting my annual physical, blood work for other health issues and hip Xrays.  My Dr. suspects Trochanteric bursitis.  If the Xrays confirm this, then I have to go back on Thursday for a steroid injection in the hip.  Not too crazy about shots, but if it will make this pain go away for a while, it will be worth it.  It's not too bad during the day, bearable, but it is agonizing at night, trying to sleep.  My whole left side from the knee down to my ankle and my groin aches like a horrible tooth ache.  Worse if I happen to lie on my side - and I am a side sleeper.  Sometimes the pain radiates from my left shoulder as well.  I honestly was thinking bone cancer. That's a bad thing when you have a computer - you look up your symptoms and try to diagnose yourself :/ 

On another note ~ My bedroom is nearly finished.  The last items to be painted is Tom's dresser and the headboard.  I've been holding off on that until we got those 2 monster TV's out of the room and the vanity put up.  The only problem now is unloading those TV's as the garbage men don't take them anymore.  Can't put them in landfills any longer.

If anyone is interested I currently have a 25% off sale going on in my Etsy Shop.  Use Coupon Code: SUMMER to get the discount when you check out.


Friday, May 20, 2016


 I've been busy all week making rag garlands both in primitive homespun fabrics and shabby chic fabrics.  I love the way they look, and plan to make matching valances for my bedroom windows eventually.

What I love about these is that you can use them for dressing up plain windows, with or without curtains ( I plan to hang mine over my white voile sheer curtains), hanging on fireplace mantles, over large mirrors, hanging over or on a cake table for decoration ( weddings, birthdays, baby showers, etc).   On my prim garlands I added matching yoyo flowers and on the shabby chic garlands I added lace flowers.  All four of these are listed in my Etsy shop.  The top 3 are 36" wide and the bottom blue is 48" wide.  Free shipping.

This has been an unusual May for us, has been colder than usual with lots of rain.  We had 2 sunny days out of 19.  Today is a really nice day and I feel crappy.  Have been sick with a head cold for 4 weeks now and worried it's going to go into my chest.  Tom has it too and we must be passing it back and forth to last this long.  I don't know about him, but I've been washing my hands more frequently and keep wiping down the computer keyboard.....just sayin'.  Better wipe down the phone too. . . .
Anyhoo, want to wish you a lovely weekend!


Friday, May 13, 2016


I finally got around to ordering the trim that I wanted to use on the new lampshade I purchased for my vintage floral lamp for the bedroom.  It arrived today and here are the before and after photos.
I'm happy with the way it turned out and Tom even likes it.

I added a few new shabby chic items to my Etsy shop.  The link is on the right side bar if interested.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Visit  KKL Primitives ETSY SHOP

I created a new shop banner collage from items I have made previously and my new cottage shabby chic/ vintage offerings.

 I don't really want to change my shop name since I've been KKL Primitives for 10 years now, but hoping the banner depicts all that I can do.


Friday, April 08, 2016


I purchased this cute little wooden music box at an antique store on our trip to Chicago last week.
The music played is 'Teardrops Keep Falling On My Head'.
I upcycled it into a shabby chic style box with some paint, bling and silk flower with feathers.

 I bought several pieces of Syroco Home Interior decor to upcycle into Shabby Chic style.
These were the original GOLD butterflies and I painted them aqua blue/distressed them so the gold shows through.
I have a few other Syroco pieces that I will be painting up this week.
My daughter gave me this iron cast double light switch ( it was silver colored ) and I painted it antique white and distressed it so some of the silver shows through the paint.


Thursday, April 07, 2016


 While on our latest trip,  I found these 'vintage' Syroco Home Interior items in an antique booth.  They were the original color of gold but I had Tom spray paint them white for me.  I love how they turned out.
I also bought this lamp, but was not crazy about the shade.
 So I bought a new one from Bed Bath & Beyond in a bell shape.  I'm going to be adding some trim to the bottom, but haven't decided yet if it will be white fringe trim or something else.
I also bought this lamp ( antique store) and while I do like the shade, I'm just not sure it looks right with this decor.
I'm also undecided right now about the base.  My original plan was to paint it white, but the more I look at it, the more I like it just as it is.  So for now, I'm not going to do anything.

Another antique store purchase is this framed picture.  I loved the colors, it matches the room.  My original plan was to paint the frame white but I thought I'd ask Tom what he thought.  He won't admit it, but he does like when I ask his opinion.  He thinks there is too much white in the room and he likes the gold in the frame, plus there is gold in the art work itself.  
Those are silk hand made flowers in the 'art work' with gemstones in the centers.
I forgot to take a photo of this decorative piece before Tom painted it for me, it was black with bronze tones.  Again, it was going to be 'white' but since we went with the gold frame and this is hung on the same wall, I had him paint the accent piece gold too.
The picture on the left is one our daughter bought him for Father's day about 10 years ago and I'm going to have him paint the frame gold as well.
Can't see the print, but it's very meaningful and beautiful.

Had to order more of the mint green chalky paint so I can do Tom's dresser, then the furniture will be all finished.  The last thing will be area rugs.  Those ARE going to be WHITE if I have my way.  I found this rug in a local store we have here called  Home Store and I fell in love with them, they were SO SOFT - perfect for a bedroom.  I found them online HERE  at Target and I learned that it is made of 50% recycled paper!!!  They are rather expensive.  I would need a 5x8 and a 3x5.  With shipping they would cost me over $400.  Will have to do some comparison shopping.
The care instructions say they need to be professionally cleaned, but I'm wondering what running a vacuum cleaner over them would do.  Do any readers have any experience with this type of rug?


Thursday, March 24, 2016


 I found this cute little wooden jewelry box for $2.99 at the 'junk shop' near our home.  I didn't think to take a before photo but it was a light golden oak color.
I removed the part that holds rings, I wanted to put my bracelets in it.  I painted the box the same chalky green as my furniture and used the soft touch varnish on it ( same as the shelves).  I cut out a cute image  from an old greeting card and put it behind the glass window.  What's nice is I can interchange the image any time I want.  I would LOVE to have a photo of all 5 of my grandchildren together to put in the heart.  They will all be here for Easter, hopefully I can get them to cooperate.  There's always ONE who doesn't want their photo taken.
I glued some eyelet lace around the box and a eyelet fabric flower in the front.
I was planning to put something decorative on the top of the box but  I didn't have anything on hand that didn't make it look 'overdone' so for now I'm keeping it as it is.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016


 I'm feeling like I'm finally accomplishing what I set out to do, and that was/is : If I can't BUY new furniture, my own old furniture is going to LOOK new.
The very bottom and back sides of this piece were in really bad shape.  The pressed board was beginning to crumble.  I sanded as much as I could without doing more damage and just painted over it all and hoping that the 3 coats of polycrylic that I applied will prevent further crumbling.  In my AFTER photo you can barely tell.
I had 'hoped' that the monster TV's would be out of here by this past weekend, but now I'm going to have to wait until after our Chicago trip.  We will be doing a lot of antiquing along the way so I hope to find a cute shabby chic lamp for this dresser.  I have a BIG list of items I'll be looking for.

I went to the zoo today with 2 of my daughters and 4 of the grand kids.  It was 70 degrees with a light wind. My girls usually ask me along during the summer months and I always decline because I just can't handle the heat and humidity so this day was just perfect.  I really enjoyed watching the faces of the kids, especially 2 year old Rami.  We brought along the stroller in case he got tired, but he wanted to walk like the 'big kids'.

Miss Bella was a tad upset that Gramma didn't have another arm to hug her too.  I put Rami down and hugged her to me and it all worked out.