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DIY Finials

DIY Finial

You know how you see decorative finials in all of the home decor books and for sale at home decor stores. I have seen these online and in stores ranging from 40.00 to over 100.00… each!! I like them but this is just decorative doo-hickies and nothing I would feel like I should splash out on. I decided to try to make my own. I made two so far and plan to make at least one more.



I took a quick trip to Lowes and wandered up and down the aisles I picked up a Cedar Hatteras Castine 4×4 (fencing), a 15.5 Pine table leg  and a medium craft finial to make my first large finial.

Lamp Finials

For the smaller finial I still used the Hatteras Castine 4×4, a tulip bun foot and a Artesian 7″ leg – all from Lowes and then I bought a couple of lamp finials off of Ebay for $2.50. I did need to drill a couple of holes for this project because the items are actually feet for furniture and has a screw in metal piece on the end. I put these things together using wood glue for extra stability.

Used wood filler and sanded the area a tiny bit

Preview-before paint

Later, I did use just a touch of wood filler to make sure there was no huge crevice between pieces but it probably would have been fine without it.  I sprayed a couple coats of black paint (from another project) on these in the garage (farewell brain cells) and they look pretty good. I might need one more. I love the shape of the lamp finial, it looks so elegant and sleek in comparison to my first bash at it. Figures!  This is a quick and easy decor project. and would be great in any color to match any room… plus as an added bonus its a great club if anyone is misbehaving!



Map Coasters

We often sit in the living room and surf the web or watch television. We found this lovely dark reddish brown table with a lift top online at Sams Club and I’d like to keep it looking nice. I need some coasters and I really dislike those ugly cheapie looking ones I seem to see all over the place.

I have to admit I do LOVE maps. I love to travel and my list of places I want to see is constantly growing. When I saw the coaster project I thought I need to do this to protect the new table and force everyone to use them.  I found old maps on ebay, I think they were from old National Geographic Magazines. I paid under a dollar for each map I chose (Pinterest says I have several map related projects to do so I did buy a few).

I found the basic coaster forms at Jo-ann’s, they were cheap in the area where they have all the $1.00 craft items. This would make a great project to do with the kids.


Coaster Forms


Mod Podge


Place forms over map area you want to use. I traced around the forms and cut them out.

Cut to fit


Drag out your trusty Mod Podge and one of those inexpensive foam craft brushes we all seem to have.

Mod Podge and Foam Brush

Apply Mod Podge to form and map. You could also use spray adhesive for this step if you did not have any Mod Podge around.

Apply Mod Podge

Line it up and put the map onto the coaster form

Line up your map and coaster

I let my coasters dry. I am not sure if I needed to do this or not but that’s what I did.  After they were dry I applied Mod Podge to the top.

Apply Mod Podge to top

I did let them dry and re-apply Mod Podge two more times for a total of three coats. They look great and are ready to use.

Finished Coasters


I really like the way these look, they were super easy to do. and you could go with a theme… instead of maps you could do pages from old books or sheets of music. I think my girlfriend Susie would be perfect for music coasters.  If you did old book pages you could even embellish those further by adding a vinyl figure or stencil (a crown, fleur de lis, a bird etc…) . Maybe even make some from wrapping paper for the holiday season. They would make good gifts for teachers an think how much fun the kids would have making them.


Wooden Sphere Decor

I have been feeling a little crafty and Pinterest has only made this worse… now I have more than 400 craft/furniture projects to work on. Many are easy peasy so it sounds much worse than it really is. I did turn the seldom used (and yet to be painted) dining room into my craft room. Paul is thrilled with this new change. Ok not really but.. we rarely use it.

I saw the wooden Spheres from West Elm, and seriously these look like they are begging to be in an office on a shelf next to some big important books.

Then I found this metal sphere at Artco for use in your garden.


Since I don’t have any big important books and my garden is well.. non existent I thought I might be able to copy a fabulous knock off that I found on Knock Off Decor, which is now a favorite website that I hit every day.  This has led me to find more projects and some fantastic blogs to read. This project was done by Hill Country Homebody, this gal did an amazing job… I totally missed a step but I don’t think Paul will notice the error (these will be in his office on the book case).

I bought the embroidery hoops at Micheal’s and picked up some acrylic craft paint (Americana in Slate Grey), after they were painted.. Paul said he thought they should be shiny so I went out and got Krylon Clear Glaze spray.   In retrospect I should have stained the spheres but at the time the craft paint seemed like a better idea (and way cheaper of course).  I used those el cheap-o little foam brush thingies. These took me forever (but any normal person could have these done in a day).

My Spheres




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Oct 10 Saw "Elsa's" profile for the first time

Dec 1 Saw Paisley's little face and asked for her file

Dec 15th Got files for Paisley and another girl from agency

Dec 16th Read files and called to find IA doctor

Dec 17th I spent all day on e-mail and the phone with IA doctor

Dec 19th we sent a check for $600 and official application to the Agency

Dec 22nd we got an e-mail we had been approved by the Agency

Dec 22nd I wrote a Letter of Intent for the CCCWA that we intend to adopt Zou Bing Jie

Dec 23 we finished the Agency contracts and paid $140 to have 14 signatures notarized (OMG!)

Dec 26 Sent contracts and $3500 International program fee to Agency - Lucky for us Zou Bing Jie has already been locked to us

Dec 27-Jan 5 CCCWA will be closed so NOTHING will happen.

Jan 4 H.S Agency Suspended

Jan 8 Received P.A. from China

Jan 19 Found Fu Chen You on Shared File

Jan 21 Wrote LOI for Fu Chen You

Jan 31 Home Study Visit and Paid $1550

Feb 2 Received P.A. for Fu Chen You

Feb 4 Home Study Visit

Feb 22 Home Study Finished by SW

Feb 25 Home Study Approved by Agency

Mar 6 Picked up Home Study

Mar 6 Sent I800A

Mar 9 USCIS Received i-800a via Fed Ex

Mar 11 Official USCIS notice I-800a Received

Mar 24 Finally have all Fingerprint cards

Mar 25 Did a walk in at USCIS Biometrics

Mar 25 USCIS approved our Expedite

Mar 25 Received USCIS RFE

Apr 3 I800A Approved

Apr 3 I797 Received Via E-mai

Apr 4 I797's Notarized

Apr 6 I797's State Authenticated

Apr 8 Dossier to Embassy

Apr 23 Dossier to China

Apr 27 Dossier arrived at CCCWA

May 4 I-800 Sent

May 6 Found out about input issue & incorrect name on PA

May 8 Input issue supposedly corrected

May 13 LID (Log In Date)

May 26 Soft LOA

May 28 Hard LOA

June 1 USCIS sends Pkt to NVC

June 5 Receive PDF with GUZ and Invoice #'s

June 8 Article 5 Drop Off

June 9 Article 5 Pick Up and mailed to CCCWA

June 19 Soft Travel Approval

June 19 Recieved Consulate Appointment

June 24 TRAVEL to Beijing

June 28 Fly to Nanjing

June 29 Isabella Gotcha

June 30 Sign for Izzy

June 30 Fly to Chengdu

July 1 Gabriella Gotcha

July 2 Sign for Gabby

July 3 Fly to Guangzhou

July 7 Consulate Appointment

July 9 Van to Hong Kong

July 10 Fly Home