Sunday, July 27, 2014

Grey & White Nursery





Baby J. will be here soon.
His parents are so eager to meet him,
and I was delighted to help with this special room.

Our Mom-to-be had an idea,
but wasn't certain know to translate it onto the wall.
 She wanted a white tree in the corner behind the crib,
 but wondered how it would work
because as you can see in the photo,
 the room has angles and slopes to navigate.
No problem. 

 My "Low-Tech" overhead projector
would get the design onto the wall. 
 We adjusted the design on the wall
until we found just the right spot. 

From there it was simply a matter of tracing the design
and painting inside the lines!
Here we go!

Little blue owls (like the one hanging on the crib) and a bird house
added a touch of color to the grey and white scheme.
So very, very cute!

I really like the crib floating in the middle of the room,
don't you?

Enjoy!





Sunday, July 20, 2014

Picket Placemats

I'm not a crafty person. 
Artistic, yes. 
Crafty, no.  
Oh, there are clever people
who make their own lipstick from crayons
(really!)
instructables.com
and cute little bracelets from buttons,
but I'm not one of them!

However, my creative itch
does beg to be scratched occasionally,
so when something looks interesting,
I have to try it.
A few months ago,
I jumped on the burlap and ruffle bandwagon
and made this table runner.

While I was at it, an old wooden lazy-susan
got a splash of simple black and white checks.
Continuing with the rustic table top theme, 
I decided to make........
Gosh, what would you call them?
Trays? Chargers?
How about Picket Placemats?




I stumbled upon this clever idea
 at Claire Gillam's She Knows.
Thanks for the inspiration;
you provided me with an evening of entertainment!

Here's how I made my Picket Placemats.

The mats are made from 15" red cedar wooden shims.
The shims are readily available at any Big box Store
and cost $3.98.
Two placemats can be made from one bundle.
What could be more economical?


I lined up 12 shims,
then used 3 shims across the back to brace them.


Gorilla Glue held everything together.
The 2x variety dries extra fast --
letting me assemble 8 mats very quickly.



Adding 4 shims on the front, created a frame.



Once the edges were trimmed, 
I sanded the wood to soften the edges
and prevent slivers.




White-washing the wood gives a distressed Picket Fence look.
I recommend sanding after painting
 to eliminate any roughness. 
A clear cost of poly to finishes it off nicely
and makes the placemats easy to wipe clean. 

Once dry, it was time to set the mats the table.


True to form, anything new in the house
has to be thoroughly investigated
by Murphy,

who decided these placemats were just right.

 With her stamp of approval,
 I'll use them for a  "gal-pal" luncheon next week.

Tied up with ribbon or twine,
and a set of napkins,
wouldn't they'd make a great gift?




Enjoy! 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Room al a Mondriaan




 
When a designer brought me this inspiration photo,
I was intrigued.
 
It reminded me of Mondriaan's paintings,
but with more color.
 
 
 
Her client's son wanted all four walls colorfully striped,
but we worried that might be overpowering.
We compromised on two walls
and painted the other two walls his favorite color,
bright green.
 
To begin, the striped walls were painted Charcoal Grey.
Then the painters tape rolled out.
 
Lots and lots of tape.
 
The design was finessed to fit the scale of the room better,
and I freely admit that I grumbled a lot about
the red paint that didn't cover well.
 
After 5 or 6 coats of red, the room was done,
and the result was perfect for him.
 
(note:  new bed linens are on the way!)
 
 
 
 
 
What did I learn on this project?
 
I came a way with a sense of satisfaction
knowing that a child's vision had been fulfilled.
He wanted something bold,
and thanks to a Mother who understands,
this young boy's room fits his personality just right.
 
Have fun Scotty!
 
 
Enjoy!
  

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lamps 1 and 2

Usually, I'm not looking for anything specific
when I'm poking though estate sales
 
but if something interesting appears,
who am I to refuse it a ride home? 
 
This beauty caught my eye recently.
It's not my normal purchase - or style,
but it seduced me.


 

 
With it's distinctive woven metal shade,
the lamp vaguely looks mid-century modern.  
I like its texture and color and size -- a whopping  32" tall.
 
The base is silvery-gold, almost like mercury glass,
but I suspect it is pottery with a metallic ceramic glaze.

I'd love to know more about it,
so if you recognize this style, please let me know.

 _____________________ 
 
This vintage Lucite boudoir lamp came from junk shop
 and now is on the bathroom vanity. 
 However, before it could make its debut,
it needed a new shade. 
 
 
A treasured friend, Sherry,
taught me how to re-design a shade.
No one does it better than she,
but I'll give it a try.
 
Work along with me.
Here's her tutorial.
 
Heat from a hairdryer releases the old trim.
 

Then, cut away the fabric from the frame
and use it as a pattern for new fabric.


A glue gun holds the new fabric firmly in place
and snippets of trim finish the edges.
 
Love my new little lamp!
 
 
Enjoy!




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