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Good Luck Mic!

I’m not a runner. Let’s just put that out there. I’ve tried – I joined a gym a little over a month ago but on my second time there I had a very embarrassing incident with the treadmill and I haven’t been back (those things can really speed up pretty fast!!).

I didn’t get the athletic genes of the family but both of my sisters did. And I’m so very, very proud to say that my middle sister, Michelle, is going to be running the “Grandma’s Marathon” in Duluth tomorrow.

This is something that she’s always wanted to do and it has been on her “bucket list”. This year she decided to go for it and run in memory of my brother. I’m sooo very sad I can’t be there in person (on the sidelines) to cheer her on because of an obligation I have for my daughter, but I just want her to know I’m going to be there every step of the way in spirit and want to wish her the best of luck!!

Good luck Mic – I know you’ll do great!!  In honor of your success I’m going to get back on the treadmill next week – maybe I’ll be able to keep up with you the marathon in September.  LOL.

Love you! ~Jess

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Rustic Stool Makeover

This stool has been with me for a long time. I bought it in 2004 to use in my photography sessions and I used it in pretty much every session including this one from my daughter taken in 2005.

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Taylor 2005

Since then it’s seen better days. It’s still a nice, sturdy old stool but the finish was rubbing off and you were bound to get a sliver if you rubbed it the wrong way. I struggled with redoing it because of the memories, but ultimately decided that it’s doing me no good hiding in the basement and I really wanted to see what this stool would look like with a makeover and I just love the results – I’m so glad I finally did it.

Here is a before picture of the stool in it’s current 2013 state (along with some other pots I plan to repaint to fit my current décor)….

Stool Before

And here are the afters…

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Stool Closeup 1

Stool Closeup 2

Stool Full 1

I used two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint on this one and was starting to panic a little as the paint was drying. It was looking like a bright, bright red. But after the initial paint layer dried I applied a layer of clear wax and then went over it with the dark wax and immediately started to love it again. I absolutely love how the dark wax fills in where it needs to and showcases the years of age and memories this stool has been through. Thanks for looking! ~Jess