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Friday, September 23, 2011

What I've been up to lately and a sneak peak at...

Hello Everyone!

I promise I've been working on my chairs so I can show the whole school room done.  I still have the curtains and a few signs but that may have to come later.  Anyway, I have 2 out of 4 chairs complete and the others are almost there.  Hopefully, tomorrow (or is that today?  I think it is after midnight as I type this. Yikes!) I will finish the other two.  But, I have one niece that has bugged  asked me to show the chairs so here you go.

One green and one red that have been slightly distressed.  The green one has been a little more distressed than the red.  Red tends to turn pink if you sand it down too much so I just hit the edges on the red one.  And, I guess I'll go ahead and tell the colors of the other two, sigh, even though I really want to surprise you, sigh.  Just kidding.  The other two are yellow and turquoise.  I warned you they would be colorful.  

I have also been working on gathering up some ideas, frames and such for a gallery wall up my stairs.  I was able to find a few frames at the local Salvation Army.  All they needed was a little black spray paint.
I had two more in the house that I sprayed later so they didn't get in on this picture.  Anyway, they turned out nice and I'm anxious to start working on my wall.  I will share all that when I get it done.  Hopefully, I will be able to work on it some this weekend or next week.

Next, I did a little revamping of a bulletin board that was given to me.  It was really ugly.  I have to confess, I was in a bit of a rush to get this done.  I was putting it in a JBF children's consignment sale and had put it off until the last minute.  I say all that to say that I didn't get a good before picture.  However, through my first coat of brown paint, you can see how ugly it was.
It had stripes and triangles in not very pretty colors.  I actually ended up painting this white but I wanted a darker color underneath to kind of hide all the previous colorfulness. ( Is that a word?)
So then the white paint went on and then some distressing.
I finished up with a coat of Feddes & Sons light colored wax to seal it.
The cork part had a couple of minor scuffs that I would not have worried about if I was going to keep it myself but since it was for sale, something had to be done.
So, I added this really cute polka dot material from Michael Miller.  The dark dots are brown so that kind of picked up the brown from under the distressed spots on the frame.  However, my cutting job wasn't as perfect as I was hoping for.  Remember, I was in a hurry.  
So, I looked around my sewing room for something to use on the edges.  Brown seemed to be the color of the day.  I found this brown ribbon that was just the right width to cover but not "take over" the bulletin board.

There you have it; a revamped bulletin board perfect for a baby boys room, a laundry room, school room or just anywhere you want it to go.  If it does not sell at JBF, it will be available in my Etsy Shop.  Also for JBF, I have been making headbands for little girls, infant & toddler sizes.  I only had time to make 3 so if they don't sell, they will also go to the Etsy shop.  Once again, I forgot to take pics before I bagged them for the sale so you will have to excuse the pics.  I think you can get a general idea though.

So, that is just a little of what has been going on around here.  Besides the two chairs to finish, I have a dresser that I'm repainting, a little cabinet that is almost done, and a bridesmaid dress to finish.  It has been a busy week but nothing compared to last week with the whole hot water heater episode.  Next week is looking even better.  Tuesday I have scheduled to take pics of my sister-in-law and her family.  This is the one whose daughter is getting married on the 15th.  I am super excited to do this.  I have been stalking researching many photo blogs to get ideas and technical advice.  I am not a professional but I have always had a love for photography and have taken many portraits for friends and family.  I took some classes in high school and college but that was eons ago.  So many, in fact, that digital wasn't even an option.  Ok, I don't want to age myself that much.  Digital was just around the corner from my college days.  I really didn't get "into" digital until about 6 or 7 years ago.  I was a steadfast believer in 35mm film.  Now, I'm digital all the way.  So I say all that, to say I'm hoping for some really great shots next week.  I have some fun ideas up my sleeve.  We'll see how well they translate from my sleeve to the camera. ;)  Well, I guess that is it for now.  Stay tuned for more furniture redos, completed school room and maybe a few from the photo session.  Until next time...

Have a blessed day,

maggie jane

1 comment:

  1. Red does turn kinda pink when you sand it, but if you put wax (like the paste kind) over the scuffed areas, it will take on a warm wood color. In fact, we wax a lot of stuff around here. Or, you could dip a small brush into some brown/black paint and just hit the area you want to "highlight". Even some streaks on the seats and legs are popular. Just paint a bit and then take a dry brush and streak it. (or not, they are after all, your chairs) :>)