Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Crocheted Fish Hat

I've been out of town for a couple days so I haven't had time to finish up my table and chair from the previous post.  Hopefully I'll get those finished soon.  But, in the meantime, I keep forgetting to share this cute hat that I crocheted for a sweet little boy that has a birthday coming up.  If you'd like to try this for yourself you can order the Fish Hat PDF instructions on Etsy.

Mary offers a wide variety of adorable crochet patterns at her shop Angels Chest.

I just ordered her new Bee Hat and can't wait to get started!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Table and Chair Makeover Beginning Stages

I've finally started my furniture makeover that I had planned for January.  There's nothing like waiting until the end of the month to do a monthly project.  If I hadn't mentioned in my blog that I was going to paint these two pieces, it would still be on my list of things to do.   Once I start a project though, I finish it.

I started by taking the seat off the chair and giving it a good sanding.   The table I did not sand because I'm doing a test to see how well my primer adheres without sanding first.  I used Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 Primer.  It is supposed to work on glossy surfaces without sanding.  An end table doesn't get as much abuse as a chair plus with all the detail it would not have been much fun to sand.  I'm not lazy; this is a test.  Just keep that in mind.  I've used a deglosser before and don't like using products that require ventilation in the middle of winter.

The above photo shows the pieces with one coat of primer.  Today I decided to add a second coat of primer and one coat of paint and will share that with you soon.  

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cherry Chocolate Cake Painting

I love working on these little 4" x 4" paintings.  When I'm finished, I tie it up in a coordinating bow and "wah lah" it's ready to list on Ebay.  

Three bright red cherries top this milk chocolate layer cake frosted with pink cherry frosting.  This sweet treat is displayed under a glass dome on a beautiful aqua cake plate.  

Painted on a black background with black edges and tied off with a brown and pint dotted bow, this painting would be a delightful reminder in your kitchen to bake up something for your loving family! could just show it to them and say, "Dream on", if you don't like to bake, or you're on a diet, or the kids have tracked mud all over your freshly mopped floor, or.....fill in the blank.

Remember this is a great calorie free way to enjoy your cake and not eat it. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cupcake Painting Makeover

I listed this painting before Christmas on Ebay.  I kept rushing this painting as I mentioned in a previous post.  You'd think I'd learn my lesson.  But against my better judgement, I went ahead and listed it.   There is way too much empty space in this painting and I knew the vision I had in my mind, but I just wasn't taking the time to finish it that way.  The Christmas rush was on and now I still own this painting.

This is how it looks today:

What do you think?  Am I truly done?

is now up for auction on Ebay.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Makeover Projects For January

I found this table over a year ago at my neighbor's garage sale and posted about it here.  

I had big plans for this table and it still looks like this.

A good friend gave me this chair a while back and I put it in the basement until I had time to work on it.  This Christmas we needed some extra seating so we brought this up and put it at the dining table.  Believe it or not, before I show you the next photo, this chair is extremely sturdy.  It held up all through Christmas dinner.  

Looks like we definitely need to cut a new seat before I recover it.  What do you think?

Now take a closer look at that tag.  Just in case you can't read the writing, it says Montgomery Ward, Kansas City, MO.  
Probably not what some people would consider quality furniture, but Montgomery Ward sure brings back childhood memories.

I will be painting and sharing the process soon.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Sick Days and Planning Projects

I've been adding projects to my "To Do List" on my ipad since I'm actually too sick to do any of the projects.  At the rate that I'm getting over this cold, I could end up with a very long list of things to do. 

I'll be back soon, hopefully.  As of right now I can't download any photos on my blog because the download box doesn't even come up.  Is this happening to anyone else?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Looking back over the year, here are a few paintings that I completed in 2012:
(The second one is a collage of prints celebrating my favorite color, red).

In July we lost our long time companion of 12 years, Annie:

Overwhelmed with sadness, God blessed us with Grandma's dog, Lady, a few months before we lost Annie to cancer.

Lady's name is truly what it implies.  She is part Golden Retriever and part Collie, which makes her a Gollie.  Gollie's are so sweet and gentle and she makes very strange noises, which is common for this breed.  She has been quite the blessing!

This year we did some remodeling in the kitchen:

Painting these knotty pine cabinets, changing out the hardware, and addinging new light fixtures made a huge difference.

Today I will be taking it easy and watching a little of this before getting back to the drawing table:

If you've never seen this British series, it's available on Netflix.  I love it because it's very quirky.

I will also be putting up my feet in my old, fluffy pink slippers....

and having some of this...

Since everyone in blogland seems to be picking a word for 2013, I've decided that mine will be "Dream". 
Keep your dreams alive in 2013 and if you don't have any it's time to start.  Your God given talents are a good place to start.
Have a blessed and wonderful New Year!