A Raised Dog Bed for Belka


Belka needed a raised dog bed. She is small, 9 years old, has arthritis, and cannot jump. Belka is our third dog, our latest pet addition. Her name means “squirrel” in Russian. She is from Kazakhstan. She used to be a stray her whole life. Well, she stationed herself at a municipal garage, for the most part, where a couple of drivers cared for her, brought her food from time to time, and found adoptive parents for her puppies. But she was never inside a house and still had to roam the neighborhood for sustenance. This is how my husband first met her – she was searching for food. Then one day he was walking down the street and saw her sitting on the side of the road and nursing her front leg. He picked her up and took her to a vet and then to another, more capable, one. She ended up having a surgery to fix her broken elbow and another one to have her spayed. She was very ill and very confused. My husband cared for her day and night. And then- bam! she got on a plane (three, actually), crossed a half of the globe, and joined our family. Here she is. Everyone, meet our Belka!  Continue reading


Spray painting again – a French style desk with Ormolu

spray painting desk

I’ve just started remodeling my guest room. So many upcycling projects planned! This is the room where my daughter stays when she is in town. Because she visits Europe, France in particular, very often, she loves old Europe flavor in interior design. So I decided to add some French flavor to the room while reusing most of the furniture.  One thing I had to replace, though, was a Shaker style, small desk. It absolutely did not fit in. Craig’s list, then! Sure enough, I found a very nicely shaped, French style desk with Ormolu (bronze ornaments on the legs) for $95. It was heavily nicked and scratched, especially the top and needed refinishing. A spray painting candidate? Will see, first I need to remove the old finish.

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Wall Art For Free – Upcycling Driftwood

Upcycling, pure and simple. Just by having a nice walk in a park and picking a piece of driftwood, you will end up with a gorgeous wall art. For free.

I didn’t even plan on searching for driftwood when my husband and I took our dogs to the Mason Neck State Park. As usual, we headed for the water. If we didn’t, our dogs would drag us to it anyway. Our labmaraner Raya goes simply insane if she is near water and not allowed to wade in. Styopa, who is a German shorthaired pointer is not as much enthusiastic about the water as about keeping Raya company and being mischievous in general. So, why bother fighting water dogs wanting to get their hides wet? Continue reading