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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!



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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