Link Party #72 and Mes Préférés!


Happy almost weekend!!  I know it is Thursday, but it feels like it took forever to get here.  Did you know I had to go the DMV three times this week??   THREE TIMES!  My 15.5 year old is hoping to pass the driver’s permit test so she can begin the exciting road to being a licensed driver.  (you have been warned if you live near me).

Tuesday is our 1st appt.

DMV clerk: Ummmm, you need an ORIGINAL copy of her birth certificate.  (It says this nowhere on the DMV website, NOWHERE, only proof of age)

Wednesday is our 2nd appt.  Mind you, I have given up my morning, and my daughter is missing school again.  Sadly, there is no time for us to do this after school.  We get in the “appointment only” line.

DMV clerk:  Are you here to take your learner’s permit test?  Me: Yes.  DMV Clerk:  So sorry to tell you, the camera is not working for the Driver’s license and Learner’s permit.  You can wait as long as you like, but we have no idea when it will be back up.

Have you ever waited at an DMV?  It is like People of Walmart, come to life, all crammed in together on teeny plastic chairs, while 80’s funk and disco is blaring out of the sound system, intermixed with a computer voice announcing who is next.  (Maybe this is just my DMV, yours is probably much snazzier).

I could have sworn I saw this man taking a nap on the chairs at the DMV too.

We did not wait.  We chose to try a different DMV, so hopefully as you read this, my daughter will be a card carrying member of the Drivers learning club.

Enough about Moi, let’s talk about YOU!  What amazing things did you share last week.  Here are some of the projects that caught my eye.  Again, and I know I am  a broken record now, but goodness you people are talented!

This first project is from Sharon at Elizabeth and Company.  I love this project because it is like Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.  Sharon is quite the perfectionist, and it shows!

I always love a good Redoux, and this project was really fun.  Number Fifty Three took a tarnished old Thrift Store tray, an old frame, and put the two of them together for a really fun and beautiful piece of artwork.

I have been seeing half globes popping up everywhere.  This is the brightest idea I have seen so far.  Catherine from Freddy and Petunia made them into a light fixture!  If you haven’t been to see her blog, you should, she turns even the oldest junque into uber cool useable furniture.  And she has MAD power tool skills.

Here is an absolutely stunning chair makeover.  The wood was in poor condition, the original upholstery was just yuk, but The Ridiculous Redhead (love that name) did a perfect makeover.  She shares exactly what she did too, in case you have one of these in your garage….

This is a gorgeous makeover, this table was a three legged table, with one leg tied underneath it!  The top was in poor condition, but One Creative Couple rehabbed it.  Now it looks like  an expensive antique.  (You have to go check out this post to see some of their junque.  If I knew where they lived, I would be stopping by regularly to see if they wanted to get rid of anything…..)

Kristy from 4 the Love of Wood is a magician, she truly is.  She sees things from blah furniture that I would never see.  She adds legs made from things that were not meant to be legs, trim that wasn’t trim to begin with, and on and on.  She spied this on the side of the highway (my kind of shopping).  You would never guess the before and after were related.  Amazing.


Have you seen a Pallet Clock???? 2nd Essence made just that!  (decorative only), but it is so fun.  What a fantastique idea for using up those pallets, that I think are taking over the world.


Thank you to everyone who linked up!  I am sorry if I didn’t leave a comment, I really try to get to each link, and I am LOVE that you keep sharing your talent with me each week.

Now for “Le Rules”

#1 Please be considerate and take a “Fridays at Redoux” button from my BUTTONS page to display on your post that you are linking up here. If you are just joining for the first time, you can go back and add edit an already published post and add link buttons. Merci!

If you were featured this week, feel free to grab my “Celebre” Button from this page!

After you have linked up, please go visit my fantastic Friday Link Party friends. They all have wonderful projects linked up that you may not see here, so be sure to hop on over.

Stuff and Nonsense


  1. Shannon Fox

    I feel your pain! And NO, they don’t tell you that. We had to go home and get the birth certificate too. They also need a form for school (forget what?) so we were on trip 2. When we went back with it, there were 35 people ahead of us. Yeah… we left. Next day, he missed it by one question and we had to go back the next day for another shot at it. He passed! Yippee!!!! He’s got his learners permit now. HOPE you guys can say the same!

    PS- great features 😉 haha

  2. Laura @ Our Prairie Home

    Those are fantastic features, Karen! I can’t even begin to pick my favorite! WOW!

  3. kim @ too much time

    Hey Karen!
    Long time no party-I am glad to have finally settled down and get back to my obsessive blogging again! Thanks for another great party and I am so not envying your teenage/driving/dmv adventures.

  4. Kelly @ The Ridiculous Redhead

    Thank you, thank you for featuring my bentwood chair! It was so very nice of you. The link party is such a great opportunity to get inspired by everyone’s projects.

  5. denise

    Bonjour Karen, je vous remercie d’avoir organisé cette fête:)

  6. Suzan

    Fantastic features ( as always ) A big thanks for hosting a great party!

  7. cassie

    great features, and you know i have been there- waiting and waiting at the dmv…. the good news is once you’re done you don’t usually have yo go back for a while!

  8. Valerie Reid

    Thank you, for hosting the party! I am thrilled you chose to feature my pallet clock! I haven’t been feeling well and that totally made my evening! 🙂 Thank you, again!!

  9. Liz

    Well, it’s been a while, but I finally have something redone to link up. Woo hoo! Thanks for hosting the party. I appreciate being able to take part.

  10. Janel@nelliebellie

    Love the platter on the frame!! That is so cool! Thanks for the party…have a great weekend!

  11. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Thank you Karen! I’m honored to be included in a great lineup of features!

  12. Shari @ Turnstyle Vogue

    I dread the DMV just as much and get irritated before I reach the counter just knowing that whatever I’m there for won’t be easy. You are a brave woman – and a good mother for doing so. Have a great weekend!

  13. Shelly Andrade

    Gotta watch out for those strange looking men sleeping in stores and DMV’s, you never know… he may just follow you home 😀

  14. Vanessa

    Hey friend! We’ve been kind of lacking in the project department the last few days but we will definitely have something to link up next week. Hope you have a great weekend and no more trips to the DMV! 🙂

  15. Tanya

    Thank you for hosting Karen! And you were spot on with the DMV experience they are ALL the same. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

    xoxo, Tanya

  16. Cathy and

    Thanks so much for featuring us. We were so flattered to be chosen and it was the highlight of our week. You are very sweet!! Thanks for hosting this great party as well. We love participating in it.

  17. myric

    Hi! I just linked up and now a new follower!


  18. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

    HI, Karen, thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the tutorial on my new stairs. Left an answer on my blog, but wanted to be sure you saw it. I tried to make it as thorough as possible. If you look at the pics again, you can see the process. We ripped the 4×8′ sheet of smooth plywood down in long strips. Then used the miter saw to cut each piece to fit each step. That’s a necessary step to get your risers to fit on each step.

  19. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    The hubs and I just went to the DMV to renew out licenses! We vowed to not speak while in there – lest it lead to divorce! We kept quiet, people watched, laughed uproariously and ran screaming when done. Thank the lord it’s only once every 4 years!

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    I saw you commenting on someone else’s blog, and I was all… I know that face & that rad hair!!!

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