Friday, November 20, 2015

A Special Birthday Gift

My crazy talented blog buddy created an amazing work of art for Mr. FT's birthday.
Being a "special" birthday, I wanted something that
would be unique and memorable.
to the rescue. 
I ran a few personalized ideas by her and she did the rest...EVERYTHING, PERFECTLY!

This is what Mr. FT calls his home brewery.  He's a craft beer maker!

This is the pillow Heather created for me!!

She had the pillow crafted two months early! 
 I think it took her two weeks to complete and send.

Me on the other hand, took three months to get this post written up.
So here we are, five months later!

But in my defense, to write this post, I had to do a temporary fix on my
 never ending project, the ghetto bedroom.

A quick paint job for Mr. FT'S bedside table. 
 A bit of white glue and flat latex paint over the original brown paint.

More Excuses.

 An aged finish using white glue and flat latex paint.
No fancy crackle paint used and
Sorry Annie Sloan, no chalk paint used here either.
The headboard.

 One last excuse, this nasty wall.
This is a picture from a previous post which you can read all about here
Had to add a bit of paint for a temporary fix.

Our matching pillows...priceless!

Check her out!!! and thank you Heather!!!

He loved it.  I think I even spotted a tear.
BTW what does special birthday mean? Old or young?
I guess it's from which end of the age spectrum you're looking from.

 For the finale.....go and check out my nieces latest creation.
  She built this fantastic loft bed for her daughter!

 It only cost her $52.00 Canadian dollars.
 I think that's about 63 cents U.S. 

 It's amazing.
You can find the link here:
Shhhh.  Don't tell her I showed you but here's a sneak peak at the start of the bed.



  1. I love the pillow(s) your friend made. She is talented! I remember seeing yours on an earlier post, too, adn thought it was so cute.
    Love the headboard. I kind of forgot about that glue technique but your project turned out great! It will be nice when you can get the window in, too. Know you are looking forward to that. xo Diana

  2. Those pillows are fabulous!! And the bed turned out wonderful, too! I am going to have to build a headboard for our bed, as we are going to have less space for our bed when we fix up our master bedroom.

  3. Hi Karen, WOW love the pillows your friend made for you and your birthday guy. (Happy Birthday to him) The pillows look great on your bed with your awesome headboard. I always thought the glue process worked like a charm and have used this myself instead of expensive crackle finishes especially for a large piece like this. The window will be the perfect finish.
    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend. xo

  4. The pillows are perfect, and look great on your bed with the new headboard! Great idea for creating crackle paint! I see your daughter is following in her talented mother's footsteps!

  5. Wow, I am pretty sure the paisley on the back almost matches the paisley on your bed spread. Damn I'm good. ;) Your bed looks so darn cute. Thanks for the this sweet post. I also love your orange lamps! They add such a cute pop of color. And the bedside table is gorgeous. I've been meaning to paint my bedroom furniture...maybe I'll have to do it now that yours is so cute. Love ya!

  6. Your room is so shabby chic, I love it! And the pillows make the perfect finishing touch! You are blessed to have such a talented bloggy friend to help with the perfect gift for Mr. Turtle!

  7. How wonderful to have a buddy who truly understands.

  8. Wow! Your headboard turned out just amazing. Love the old school crackle technique. It looks great! Heather is so talented. Love the pillows. They're so fun!

  9. that little bedtable is lovely! And making headboards is such an amusing DIY job, isn't it? Love the blue and white bedspread too and the pillows!

  10. I just love the headboard, I have seen them made from doors before, but yours is so beautiful with the trim added! Love the paint finish you did too! And the side table!!
    Wow, your blogging friend is very talented, those cushions are amazing and what a great gift for Mr. FT!
    I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend!!

  11. Well, THERE you are! You've been missed :).

    That 'ghetto' bedroom is looking mighty spiffy if you ask me, and the pillows are perfect!

    You done good with that headboard Karen! Love the trim.


  12. Hi Karen, I see you've been busy working on your bedroom! I love how you turned the door into such a beautiful headboard! You need a new name for this room, it's looking great!
    Heading over to your niece's place, you know I love that stuff too. And hey, I like your currency calculator. :)

  13. Okay... I guess you HAVE been busy :) Love the pillows that Heather made. She's got some skills! Now, how do you get the glue and flat paint to look crackled??

  14. Love those pillows, Karen! Heather had a blast making those for you, I'm sure! LOL Geez, you've been busy but it's looking great!
    xoxo, T.

  15. Oh Karen, the headboard is GORGEOUS! You are one seriously talented lady.....PLEASE come to my house next :)

    Love the pillow {{smiles}} Your friend is very talented and creative. Hugs to you!


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