09 June 2011

. . . happy/bassett . . .

. . . once upon a time . . .
. . . probably about nineteen years ago . . .
. . . i let myself get talked into
getting a puppy for our kids
for christmas . . .
. . . she was a basset hound . . .
. . . she looked kind of like this . . .
. . . but with no white on her at all . . .
. . . just brown and black . . .
. . . she was really pretty . . .
. . . and we named her happy . . .
{i'll give you a second to think about that, because it's pretty funny!}

. . . then ~ as puppies always do . . .

. . . happy grew . . .
. . . and grew . . .
. . . and grew . . .
. . . her ears were
always dragging
in her water dish . . .
. . . aka: forever soggy/dripping everywhere . . .
. . . her feet were huge . . .
. . . as was everything else about her . . .
{and i think you know what i'm talking about}
. . . she would come galloping across the yard . . .
. . . put her paws on drew's shoulders . . .
{he was about three}
. . . and absolutely flatten him . . .
. . . the next fall, we took our kids to disney world . . .
. . . happy went to stay with lori ~ her groomer . . .
. . . with special instructions for lori
to find a new place for her live . . .
. . . when we returned from vacation . . .
. . . it took about a week
for any of the kids
to notice/ask where happy was . . .
. . . and then we told them that
happy went to live happily ever after
with a new family . . .
. . . and i was really happy about that! . . .

. . . sorry ~ tangent . . .

. . . anyway ~ one saturday afternoon . . .
. . . after scouring craigslist . . .
. . . i drove about 80 miles round trip . . .
. . . to buy this . . .
. . . and when i looked inside the drawer . . .
. . . guess what it said? . . .

. . . and that made me happy . . .
. . . see? that first story does tie in . . .
. . . sort of . . .
. . . so the seller and i loaded it into my car . . .
. . . and wrapped it lovingly
in a thirty-two-year-old quilt . . .
{made for me by the sweet ladies in good ol' nineteenth ward when i got married.
the arizona temple is quilted into the center of it}

. . . and i drove around with it in there for a week . . .
. . . looking like i was hiding a casket or something . . .

. . . because believe me . . .
. . . it's heavy . . .
. . . i could barely even lift the mirror . . .

. . . then i took it to a pro for refinishing . . .
. . . and hello, gorgeous . . .

. . . natalie is a miracle worker . . .
. . . even the original hardware looks fabulous . . .
. . . after she scrubbed and polished it . . .

. . . her photos are fantastic . . .
. . . but, the funniest thing about her post
was when she called me a quilter extraordinaire . . .
. . . since i haven't touched a quilt
since about november . . .
. . . i've seriously gotta do something about that! . . .

. . . next step was altering the mirror . . .
. . . it originally sat right on the dresser . . .
. . . supporting the weight . . .
. . . but i wanted it to hang on the wall ~
adding visual height to the piece . . .
. . . enter rob brinton of matage . . .
. . . he worked magic with an mdf template
and some nifty z bar hardware . . .

. . . this kind of project takes a village . . .
. . . and the next player was son-in-law, chris . . .
. . . he helped me unload and carry the dresser . . .
. . . then he hung the mirror . . .
. . . and it's level and everything! . . .
. . . good job, christopher . . .

. . . now don't worry . . .
. . . i'm definitely keeping
great grandma rogers'
antique buffet . . .

. . . but i'm loving this update . . .
. . . and there's even more space
for seasonal doodads and decorating . . .
. . . so to sum up . . .
. . . this bassett makes me happy . . .

{also . . . hello old friends who tell me they read this blog! it was great to see you!}


9 comments:

vicki said...

Oh the memories of "Happy".
The dresser/mirror/doodads/etc. look fabulous! Good work Steph and all you "village people"!

cheryl said...

It looks awesome & this post made me "happy" :-D

chris+amber said...

I loved that dog, even though she was extra-slobbery. She was so sweet. Your "Bassett" is a beaut. Natalie is amazing.

Peg and Parker said...

I love the new entry piece. Perfect for the wonderful stuff that adorns the entry seasonally. Loved the post also and glad that I totally followed where you were going with it!

L.Duncan said...

Natty really did a great job on your dresser! It's fabulous!

becky+cade said...

cute!!

Anonymous said...

Oh My Goodness, I have not thought of Happy in a 100 years!
Love your dresser. This post made me very Happy. Love ya, Frani

manders said...

that dresser is amazing. as was your tangent.

Shellene said...

i ♥ your new dresser/buffet. i have the same mirror hanging in my bedroom from a garage sell...now i know where it came from :)