Greatest Before and After

My brother-in-law, Gary, has really had a rough year. He only has 22% lung capacity. Then he found out he had blockage in his heart. Methodist Hospital in Houston did a great job repairing his heart while keeping his lungs working. He was sent back to Vidor doing well. Then he started having trouble with low blood pressure so he made the mistake of going to St Elizabeth’s Hospital in Beaumont. He developed pneumonia and they put him on a ventilator. He was medically sedated and left that way for 45 days. He dwindled to almost nothing. They were talking to us about taking him off of life support and letting him die. A very smart nephew advised us to move him back to Houston. This is a picture of him when he was really bad.

When I saw him at Methodist after his return he was worse than this. Well he is now in a long-term rehab facility in San Antonio. Here are some after pictures.

God really does the best Before and After.

This is truly the power of prayer.

Pumpkins and More!

Thursday night we had a fun and inspirational Ladies’ gathering at church. I was in charge of decorations. So, I made some pumpkins to go in the table with the fall leaf garlands. The pumpkins were inspired by trash2treasure http://trash2treasure.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/pumpkins-plain-fancy-funky/

I drew them on a piece of MDF that I found in someone’s trash. After I cut them out and sanded out my mistakes, I gave them a base coat of some brown OOPS paint and put some dimension with other fall colors. I had a stencil that I used on the red plate shelf so I just put it down and stenciled across the pumpkins. On the little pumpkins, the stencil looks like a face. Do you believe I planned that…no, just luck.

By the way, Diana Bradshaw gave a very inspirational talk on listening to God. He will break through in your life if you are open to his voice.

I took some other things to the shop on Friday.

There is the little table that my mother had. I first painted it white, but it was too plain. I free-handed some flowers and vines. In Bridge City I had painted something similar to this on the wall in the entry hall. I had just finished the walls when hurricane Ike came through. We tried to save some of the sheet-rock, but it didn’t work.

My nephew, Michael, gave me a table and 4 chairs to put in the shop. I didn’t do anything to it. It is the new cabinet height and only about 4′ square.

I now have 3 red pieces. I took an old self and added the side rail from a Radio Flyer wagon. Then I also have to plate self and the spice rack.

I made a spice rack or small table top shelf from an old drawer. I just added shelves and feet.

Someone gave me this mirror. I just repainted it and also the coat rack.

Random pictures from the Antiques and Crafts Mall in Pasadena.

Challenge!

Well, here is a challenge for all of my followers. I had a productive trash excursion today.This is the back of my car when I got home.

What should I do with all of it?

Take a look and tell me what you would do with these things.

This is a twin bed headboard. The bottom edge is damaged. I could take it apart and make lots of things or keep it together and make one thing. What can it be?

Here is the wood that I found on this trip. The dowels still have the bar code on them. What do you see?

Can you believe I found this very old corset in someone’s trash? Now I don’t dig. These things are found in plain sight on top of someone’s trash at the curb. What should I do with this?

I’m not sure what this was. It is made out of wood and has some nice details. The top board must be replaced. It looks like it had another piece on top. I don’t know what. What do you think?

I think these are cabinet doors. Who knows?

Now stealing this street sign is a crime. Is it a crime to take it out of someone’s trash? It was not under the pole. I promise. It was at a house in a pile of trash. What should I do?

The frame is cheap, but the glass is still good.

You will notice that this beautiful leather chair has a crooked leg. There is a bolt inside that needs to be tightened. That is all! This is a nice, expensive chair. The leather is very soft. I wish I needed it.

Now aren’t these pretty hanging glass jars?

This is why I like wood.

And then there was one.

Now I need some suggestions. What should I do with this stuff?

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