Tuesday, February 22, 2022

GOSH, I'M HERE SOONER THAN I THOUGHT!!

This months has flown by for me - maybe because
we had this big project to do.
So in the last post I showed that we were making our first ever painted floor cloth.
It's turning out just how we wanted it to.

3 coats of base color


Turning the hem - we used two sided carpet tape.
Tried the Gorilla glue but it didn't work.

Starting the border


Border finished

Made grids for the center designs

Ready to stencil designs - we were going to do
the one design in black but decided against it.

Stencil designs

Designs finished

Painting on antique glaze

Antique glaze wiped off - I like it!!!
Next step is 3 coats of latex polyurethane and then it is done!!!

Comparison - antique glaze is on the right.


A couple of my newest designs I made into patterns

Love Birds


Peacock


Fraktur vase of flowers

Designing punch needle patterns


The rest of these aren't my designs
but ones that will be for sale 'finished' at some point





This is about all I can add this post - all this has kept me/us busy.
Thanks for stopping by today!!
Karen

Friday, February 4, 2022

HAS IT REALLY BEEN THAT LONG??

Holy Moly I can't believe I haven't posted since August!
A lot has happened since then...we had another great In-Home show the first of October
and did a little mini vacation to PA and then up into NY to visit our grandson
who is working on a drilling team.  It was short but fun.

In November we went to IL to a few antique/primitive shows and found a few things.
Some for us some for our business.
And also saw a few friends from FB
(and one who lives near us)

Here's just a few items we found


Chalkware Santa



Wonderful old sled

Old metal skates


Wool roving to use for sheep and hair

Favorite purchase
Tin light from Carriage House Lighting

And we found a few more vintage ornaments

These note pads were hard to pass up so I bought 2!!

2 pieces of res/ivory wool and
and an army blanket

Small little blackened beeswax turkey

We met a great antique dealer "Joe Cardetti'
Friend from FB


Another FB friend Sally Strom Joller

Tina Nikkila who lives near us was there as well
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Look at this gorgeous turkey!
It looks like blackened beeswax doesn't it?
It's not though - made from some kind of resin
and I got it from Hobby Lobby!!


If you were bored with the first part of this post
I'm sorry - but it has been so long there's lots stored up.

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Jan. 14th my husband Doug celebrated his 80th birthday.
I threw him a birthday party for a few friends and relatives.
It was such a great day.
Our granddaughter wanted to contribute so she asked if she could
 make the cake...yes..for sure you can I said.
It was her first ever attempt at baking from scratch
and especially a birthday cake.
I told her to keep it simple and not fru-fru looking.
She did a great job. 
 



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Two weeks ago we saw a chair on FB Markeplace
in Illinois about 45 minute drive for us 
so we went to look at the chair and loved it.
We love having the Chair and a half instead of a 
single chair - we sold the one chair we had so this 
one would work...and we love it..
Now we have two Chair and a half
The picture isn't bright so I took a shot of the chair by itself
It shows the true colors and they work great with
our other furniture colors.
(they both have footstools but we stored them, it would be too cluttered with them)

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Oh one more thing...our winter project
We are trying our hand at making a floorcloth!

Doug making a large flat surface to work on

Canvas has been primed with two coats of primer

Need to put 2-3 coats of base color on
Next step will be stenciling the designs.
Stencils are being shipped today.
Then it will get an antique glaze to tone down the color.
Then the sealer.
Keep tuned!!!

Karen





Monday, August 16, 2021

Wishing for Fall

I know it's not right to wish time away but I sure would
love Fall to be here - I'm so over Summer!!!
I've not gone outside much when the temps get above 75 with humidity.
The last couple days though have been just gorgeous!!!

I've also been working hard on products for our
upcoming October 2nd show.
I feel I've gotten a lot done and then I look
at my list of 'to-do's' and I panic!!!

Last week Doug started cutting up the blocks of bees wax
I purchased from a friend.
He cut up 20lbs of it and his hand was cramped all night!!!

Now I need to start making some silicone molds and start pouring.

I made up a little collage of
some of the products we'll be offering at our show.
This is just the tip of the items - it's going to be
an even bigger show this year!!!

We'll be offering two 'Chair and a Half' chairs this year.
(Also known as a Grandmas Chair)
They are done in a black and gold (caramel) check.
They are basically new chairs...they were show samples
at the order writing show we went to in February.

Last Saturday one of our neighbors daughters got married
and we were invited - there's a little story to this one...they had a venue and were all set but 3 weeks ago (well, 4 weeks now) they went there to double check things and saw that it was all dug up around the venue and diggers there. They asked what was happening
and were told they probably should get a new venue!!!  WHAT???
Yep....never got a phone call, email or text letting them know about this
so they scrambled and had it at their home.
They got permission to close off the street and had the reception in the street and their yard.
Fortunately we are the only driveway (besides them) on this street so we were okay with it.
It really turned out beautiful in the end and the 
great part was it was right outside our house so we 
didn't have to travel far for it.








As we get older we find ourselves being
'that generation'.
You know, the last of your generation.
Well I was the one that always got our family reunions together
but I really got tired of it - no one wanted to help so our last
one was in 2005.
I have a cousin living in an assisted living home
so now and then Doug and I go visit here and I got to thinking
that time is really running out for all of us - there are only 8 of us (besides our spouses of course) living now.
So I got us all together for lunch last Thursday and we 
had the best time!!!
I like that it was a small group so we could all talk to one another.





Well I hope I didn't bore you with this long post!
Karen