Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Piece of Time

She made me angry.
She made me feel confused and uncertain.
And so I prayed that God would give me another job,
a way to escape.

Shortly after that prayer,
His sister needed a nanny/housekeeper to help with her triplet babies.

God gave me relief from my conflict,
and the avenue by which I would meet the next phase of my life
with my Farmer.

But God has a way for bringing about healing,
of mending wounded hearts and angry frustrations.

Time has a way, sometimes, of being a medicine of it's own.

As Christians, we both knew that forgiveness,
although sometimes a hard choice to make,
needs to be grasped at the foot of the cross
where the Master of forgiveness set the standard.

The person that she is,
she didn't take offense too personally to my stepping away from the friendship,
didn't hold to the words that had expressed my feelings.

Mending went out one day through a card in the mail,
and a returning one came that promptly responded.

Since I have moved back to the area,
she has helped me with things,
 as she is such a giving type of person.

She told me she'd found a piece of furniture at a yard sale
and didn't really have a place for it
or the time to refinish it.

She wondered if I'd want it.

I had the perfect place for it,
so I stripped the top through several layers of colored paints,
and painted the base first with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Arles.

What a happy color it is.

I wanted to stain the stripped wood with a dark color,
so I stained with dark walnut mixed with a bit of red oak.

The Arles was such a contrast with the stained top,
but I knew the Arles was just an undercoat:

 I wanted to tint it a green over it,
so I mixed some Arles with the Antibes green.

After a sand-paper rub down
and some Rugger Brown and Clear wax to the whole thing,

the piece was done.

She will be over to help me with a project in a few weeks.
She'll see the refinished piece
and know that I appreciated her thoughtfulness in letting me take a chance with it.

After all,
I suspect we're are all unfinished pieces in this life,
don't you think?


  1. It turned out wonderful and green isn't even my favorite color! Beautiful job and beautifully written. TFS.

  2. Love the color the combo made! Turned out beautifully.

  3. So very beautiful! And it appears you have the perfect spot for it, too! Lovely! Thank you for sharing.
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  4. You did a really fantastic job on the piece giving it beauty and character. The story is a special one too.

  5. Well said. And the dresser is beautiful too!

  6. It turned out really nice. Love the color.

    Special story too. Forgiveness is a wonderful thing.

    Lee Laurie

  7. I do love what you did with this piece and also how the Lord brought a healing to you and your friend.

  8. What a dramatic look you gave that piece. I love it!

    Great analogy, too. I love how you see analogies in life...


  9. Just beautiful! and it fits SO perfectly where you have it!!

  10. What a gorgeous Piece!!!! You did a fantastic job! The wax made it blend so well with the stained top.

  11. WOW! What I loved most about your blog was how amazingly well you write! Seriously! So many of us "blog"- but your told a story. Very nicely done and I loved that you enjoyed using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (TM)! I am a stockist and certified trainer in upstate NY. The photos of your dresser and the stenciled floor reminded me of many houses here around the Finger Lakes. Becoming an avid follower of yours- which I do not casually do.
    Take care and God Bless!


  12. Beautiful! I love what you did with the dresser. But I really love the words you wrote ♥

  13. Green. One of my all time favorite colors. It's perfect.


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