Sometimes the good and the bad go hand-in-hand.
Good: The weather has taken a dramatic turn. Here in Tampa, we celebrate summer about nine months out of the year. But it finally feels like autumn around here, and I love it. There’s a chill in the air. People are wearing sweaters. The stores are selling wool coats and scarves. That’s going a bit overboard, since it only gets that cold for about three weeks in January, but I still love it.
Bad: Along with the wonderful weather change came that fateful day last weekend when we turned back our clocks. Although I enjoyed gaining an extra hour of play time on Sunday, I really don’t like that it gets dark so early now. I get home at about 5:30 each day, and by 6, the sun has dipped too far beneath the horizon to make it possible to take decent photos.
Alex has been trying for a week to refinish these bedside tables that we found on the side of the road several months ago.
He’s only able to work on them for about 45 minutes each evening before the sun goes down. Because the wood is so dark, he has to do four coats of paint. There’s only enough daylight to do one coat of paint per evening. (Look at my man, hard at work, hand all blurry because he’s painting so fast!)
The plan is to paint them white and then brush on an antiquing stain. Because there are two tables, we each picked out our own drawer pulls for the table that will be on our side of the bed. Alex picked brushed dark silver knobs, and I spent an hour at Anthropologie picking out three beautiful aqua blue knobs.
I can’t wait to see what the tables look like when they’re done.
In the meantime, I’ve been working on two private orders, one of which needs to be completed and shipped by November 16. It includes a messenger bag that’s turning out beautifully.
Reminder — Fat Orange Cat: The Boutique is now open. Happy shopping! 🙂