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A New Year!




Everyone wants to do something festive on New Year's Eve -- what's more festive than watching two people get married and then toasting them all night?
Just before Christmas I met a bride-to-be who was putting the final touches on her New Year's Eve wedding.  She was planning a party with her bridesmaids and wanted me to paint the wine glasses with each girl's initial and some whimsical icy-blue polka dots that matched their gowns.
You don't have to be planning a wedding to enjoy painting some wine glasses.  They are a great gift for the wine-lover in your family, or a teriffic hostess gift.  But you may be tempted to keep them for yourself.  I'm planning to paint some for our home.

These are basic white wine glasses, purchased at K-mart (by Jacklyn Smith $8 for a set of four). 
My local sign shop made a stencil of each initial.  Cut from vinyl, the paper easily stuck to the glass and fit nicely onto the curved surface of the glass.  Don't you love the quir…

Merry Christmas

One Solitary Life
Here is a man who was born of Jewish parents, The child of a peasant woman. He never wrote a book. He never held office. He never went to college. He never put foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles  from the place he was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials But himself.............
While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied him. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. His executioners gambled for the only piece of property he had on earth...his coat. When he was dead, he was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.
Twenty wide centuries have come and gone, and he is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that were ever built.... have not effected the life of man upon earth as powerfully…

Detour Around Town: Wrap it Up, I'll take it!

Days spent with girlfriends are such a rare treat, which is why I was thrilled to spend an afternoon with two of my Book Club friends recently, as we prowled the local Potters Market.  The three day event was huge -- over 130 potters filling 12,000 sqft with all sorts of hand crafted pottery. 

It was a feast for the eyes.  We roamed the aisles enjoying it all - sculpture, cachepots and teapots, lamps, tiles, bowls and serving dishes, ornaments and jewelry.  Everywhere I looked there was something to admire and tempt me.  (Oh, how that green serving platter called my name!)  But I resisted, focusing instead on finding a hostess gift for an upcoming holiday party.


When I saw these cat bowls, I knew I'd found the gift.  Our hostess has two cats and just adopted a black and white kitten who now rules her home.   Her kitties will be dining fashionably with these cute bowls, but she easily could use them for breakfast cereal instead!

Uh-oh.  I didn't have a box to wrap them in, nor a s…

It's Friezing!

The month of December always is busy as people scramble
 to get their homes ready for the holidays. 
Large  projects will wait until the New Year,
but right smaller ones are plentiful.     One of  this week's projects. I was in a bathroom re-working an impressive wallpaper frieze so that it went with the new decor.  This is Lincrusta, a deeply embossed wallpaper made from linoleum.  


The plan was to lighten the colors using grey and silver, and add some sparkle, too.  But first it had to be painted to match the wood trim. 

  Rather than use silver leaf, which would have been messy and time consuming, I opted for a jar of Silver Leaf paint found at the craft store.  The silver paint highlighted the edges of the design.  Next, a grey glaze went over everything giving it an aged effect. 



Overall it looked like a wonderfully aged tin ceiling.  But we weren't finished quite yet. 
The client wanted the bathroom to sparkle like snowflakes!  A sprinkling of Swarovski …

Looking Up

Ceilings often get neglected. We spend a lot of time and energy selecting the perfect paint color for our walls, but we often forget to consider the ceilings…and they comprise a large portion of our room’s real estate!  While WHITEalways has been the safest and therefore the preferred color for a ceiling, it may be time to re-think that idea.
Ceilings offer a unique opportunity for self-expression. Adding a color, even a whisper of color, will change the entire mood of the room. 
But this ceiling isn't whispering, is it? 
With vibrant green, turquoise and bronze swirling like a wild sky, this ceiling was definitely fun to paint. Because the walls are so colorful, the ceiling needed drama for balance. But what gives this space its sophistication are the designer's carefully planned window treatments. The tailored design of the cornice boards is a perfect marriage with the bold color in the room.


Here's another ceiling.  It's a bit more understated, but still quite artist…