Monday, June 24, 2013

The one that got away

Last week I was scouring Craig's List and Kijiji ( American version of Ebay ) and came across this

FOR FREE !!!!!!!!!!
Now  you know you have to act quickly when you see something like this -
You cannot - simply cannot - spend a half hour arguing with your better half about it because every second is crucial..............
John thought it was the ugliest thing he had ever seen
I thought I could do something really special with it
That half hour was all it took for someone else to grab it.............
I'm still sulking.
But I've learned something very valuable here
In the future I'll contact the seller - and then speak to John - and that way we can argue for 3 hours
( because he'll come around - he always does ) and it'll be mine.
I'm starting to think he likes the arguing part as much as I like the painting part.
It's all part of the si do - away we go.............round 1

In the meantime I'm working on another Red Dresser

We went to pick this up at storage last night - it was dark and the storage place is kind of in a seedy part
of town - I was terrorized.
When we pulled up to this massive building my heart started beating a little too rapidly
You pull up to the loading dock - but you can't access the doors unless you go inside the building
and down a bunch of dimly lit corridors - and then open this big industrial door that leads you the basement where all the units are - of which you have to walk down many different sections to get to ours ( which is directly in front of the loading dock - just ridiculous!!!! )

John says - ok - so do you want to wait in the van?
Suzan says - yes - I'm not going through that building - I'm too terrified.
Suzan says - what if you're attacked in there ?  OMG - we shouldn't have come late at night
John says - don't be ridiculous and he leaves..............
he couldn't have gone more than 10 feet - when I see 2 young boys drive by me on their bikes and I was out of that van as quick as lightenening -
Suzan screams - JOHN - WAIT FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
John laughs - you weren't afraid of those kids, were you?

we go through this building - which felt like going through the opening segment of Get Smart - seriously -
big heavy doors clanking behind us as we went further and further into the abyss
and we get to our storage unit - ( I can hardly breathe at this point - my legs are weak ) open it up and start removing a dresser -
AND 3 MEN SHOW UP OUT OF NOWHERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  They must have had ballet slippers on because I never heard them until they were beside us.
I almost collapsed.
I seriously thought I was going to pass out.................
Big strapping mean looking men - and wow did they look mad.................scowling and coming towards us -

I ran into the storage unit - as if that little bit of corrugated steel was going to save me from a particularly gruesome death - my poor daughter is getting married on Saturday and she'd have to live with this?
The thoughts that went through my mind would put the True Crime channel to shame -

Once we were finished loading - with them standing and watching our every mood btw - and got into the van
I locked the door and looked at John

Suzan says - well that was one of the most terrifying episodes of my life
John says - what was?
Suzan says - we could have been murdered - did you see the look on those guys faces?
John says - they looked tired that's all
Suzan says - I worry about you - you're far too trusting - too naive - I could have been raped and murdered and there wouldn't have been a thing you could do about it
John says -  do me a favor - call a Doctor - you need to talk to someone
John says - you think everyone is a potential killer / rapist
John says - I can't believe how ridiculous you are - why don't you tell your blog friends about this?
Suzan says - I think I just had a very very close brush with death - and that's all you have to say?
John puts the radio on
Conversation over.......................

I'm very worried about John though - if he can't tell the difference between 3 murderers and 3 tired moving men...................all I can say is Thank God I'm so intuitive.
(and be weary of moving men who wear ballet slippers )

Have a good one all :)

Paris in my drawers.............

I'm so excited to show you guys this !!!!!!!!!!
Remember I posted this last week - my newest find?

Well this is the first time I've done a make over that I know will appeal to something in EVERYONE !!!!!!

Because even if you don't like that I went all white with this one

or that you like a " clean " look- not " busied " up with a transfer from the incredible Graphics Fairy

or that painting black and white horizontal stripes on the middle drawer was just a little too much
( but I was thinking of a typical Parisien outfit when I came up with that idea - does it make her look fat?)

If you were thinking - " ok - enough already Suzan - really?  back plates spray painted black for each side drawer - not necessary at all " and  " crystal knobs are just too glitzy for this piece "

Even if I've lost you by the time I tell you the bench is being reupholstered in a black and white check
" are you crazy?  checks AND stripes are a non non "

I can promise you - without a doubt - I'll win you all back with the interior of the drawers................
If it's very early in the morning when you're looking at this - try not to scream too loudly
but if you can't help yourself - just show your neighbors this- they'll " get " it immediately

You know me enough by now to know how impulsive I am - but this wall paper which I purchased a couple of years ago on-line has been stored away like the crown jewels - I'm so in love with it that I've been afraid to put it up anywhere in case it's not the perfect spot - ME - who'll paint a room 5 times in a week until I get it right - AFRAID to put up this paper.
Now that we're putting our house on the market - I'm dreaming of using it in another home - in the meantime I begrudgingly - ( very very begrudgingly ) cut off an end to line the drawers with

I could just melt looking at these - I've SAT beside that ferris wheel ( which is right beside the Eifel Tower ) many an afternoon, reading a book!!!!
( in the days when our business was still " good " )

Something for everyone!
Unless you hate Paris
and then there's no hope for you anyway ;)

Now speaking of the Can Can  I was lucky beyond belief to spend a magical mesmerizing out of body experience once by entertaining some clients at the Moulin Rouge in Gay Paree - if you'd like a glimpse of how incredible the night was - take a look at this!
This is the show we saw - did I mention Magical?
I can clearly remember thinking " How is it possible that I'm sitting here watching this - me - just a Suzan "

p.s. if you're not into burlesque - do not click ( simplement, non ? )

There's nothing like Paris - absolutely nothing..............even if it's just in my drawers.

Paint used - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - in pure white

Have a wonderful Monday all
Much love,


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