Monday, October 20, 2014

Good-bye to the Horrible, Terrible Pink Paint


So, the Fall Open House is over,
just over,
like 14 hours over
and
I have always hated
that
horrible, terrible pink paint. 
 
I picked it out,
it was supposed to be a lovely shade of beige
soon 12 years ago
when the addition was built.
 
I should have repainted it right away.
But, I didn't.
 
For almost 12 years I have seriously disliked the color of that room.
 
Why did I wait so long to repaint?
While all my d├ęcor was scattered everywhere,
I decided it was time to paint!
I mean, why put it back just to move it again.
Perfect Timing.

See that pink paint on the right side?

You see, it is a big job.
Starts at the kitchen, through the family room
up the stairs
and
into my paint room.
 
And JWS...he hates things tore up.
 
So, I am painting a section and putting it back.

The things I do to keep that man calm.
The kitchen was finished yesterday
Part of the family room is done...
and
I ran out of paint.
 
So,
I am off to the paint store before work today
so I can make more progress tonight!

This was a before
and
yes, I painted over that hand-painted border.
Am I going to replace it?
 
I don't think so,
I am liking the clean, uncluttered look!

And
LOVING
every inch of pink that disappears!  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another Snowman Tutorial - Free Painting Pattern



Before you cringe and run the other direction,
get ready...
there is no pattern. 

C'mon, you can do it, 
it's just circles....
really. 


You want to cut a piece of 
Roclon Multipurpose Cloth, 
roughly
10 x 18  
I always cut them a little bigger, 
paint over the edges and then trim it last. 

I used a quart paint can for the circles  
Overlap them on the bottom a little.
Trace another line in 1 1/4 inch in  on each side. 

These are the blues that I used 


Sprinkle them on liberally and paint them in. 

Everyone's background will be different. 
Beautiful!  
Don't overblend.  

Allow that to dry. 

Sand lightly.


Next you will need these colors. 

You can use a stencil for the star or freehand it 
Trace in the circles again
and 
add the noses
and 
let's basecoat 
everything! 




Now you should have this....
Easy so far, 
right? 

Now you will need these colors
and 
shade and highlight everything! 

Follow the pics....
you can do it! 


Don't forget to add the blue on the bottom of the snowmen
that is what really makes the circles
round! 

Details in black,
a few highlights, 
get out the scissors and cut away all the excess. 



Varnish 
Add a dowel rod 
and 
some twine 
and 
you are done!   


As always, I love to see what you have done. 

Email me at 
cathystrate@gmail.com
if you have pics...
or questions! 

Paint away 
and 
if you are lucky enough, 
sell away. 

No restrictions
other than
please don't republish 
these directions as your own....
that really would not be fair, 
now would it?

Half Finished



That is what I am choosing to call all this stuff. 

UNFINISHED
sounds so 
"glass half empty"

The quilt was started last weekend
at 
Ladies Sewing Retreat. 

What fun! 


The afghan is for 
Shelby's class' 
Linus Project. 

Not needed until January-ish.


Tons of doodles....in progress. 


And this.
The little quilt and pillow is finished. 

Now to paint the cradle. 

Cramming for the open house now! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Junk Collages and Jewelry Hangers




Just putting together junk
and 
making some of it into jewelry hangers.




And having fun collecting 
STUFF!