Monday, July 7, 2014

The Training Wheel Stage

Since returning from the retreat, I've been working off and on with paints although most of what I've created so far isn't ready for public consumption. It's in the training wheel stage where I'm learning what my tools can do although I was pleased with how the skirt turned out. That was an all over pattern which is what I'm working on right now while moving toward added details. I can buy patterned fabric.





I've been using bottles of decor paint mixed with textile medium. It's not my first choice but it's here and paid for and worth utilizing before stocking up on more textile friendly supplies. If nothing else, using up these bottles will clean out my paint cupboard. On Saturday, I went to The Re-Store run by Habitat for Humanity to get some white plates for mixing paints. These seven saucers were $4.00 in total which would have been great if...





... I hadn't looked around. I can't help myself. I love this store. It's filled with all sorts of possibilities just like a fabric store. The metal bed frame is the third headboard I've purchased for our guest room and my favourite. It's actually going to get installed. The other two are still waiting to be refashioned and will now be re-donated. I plan to spray the metal ends a glossy black and am debating whether to leave them all black or add silver elements instead of the gold ones. Our daughter is our most frequent guest and she prefers silver while I would -. LOL - prefer lime or hot pink or polka dots or stripes or something funky so we'll see what shows up.





AND... I found a coffee table for $10.00. It's not the shape that I talked about in an earlier posting, Bucket Of Buttons, but it's one that's entirely workable. If possible, I may add more ornate legs before I start working with it however, ten dollars is a great price for an experiment.





I intend to cover the surface with buttons like the mirror I did several years ago and add some raised supports for a sheet of glass over top.





While we were in Kelowna, my friend and I stopped at Fabricland. They're having a moving sale and this black wool coating with velvet dots was marked down 75%. I bought four meters for the price of one and saved $113.40. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE that.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a weekend of great finds and good prices

Gently I told her I thought she might get more blocked shopping for brilliance, that she might do better simply to be willing to write - badly if necessary - and then see what comes of that. Very often our "bad" writing contains the seeds of our good writing within it. We resign from being perfect and when we do perfection steals in unawares.
- Julia Cameron, Finding Water

(When I read this I thought or our bad painting... or our bad sewing... or our bad...)

11 comments:

  1. Love the table idea!

    And love AND agree with the quote!

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    1. I thought the quote was right on since we learn to do by doing but it's that fear of not being able to do well that can really hold us back. I'm excited about the table possibilities.

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  2. That bed was a great find! I am loving the button frame, too...thinking of copying that idea! Just glue on and paint?

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    1. Thanks. I thought so too. I used a glue gun to glue on the buttons, then primed with white, then spray painted with a black base coat, then spritzed with copper spray paint. Next time, I'd use a spray primer or just two coats of the black as the painted on primer left thick spots and marks.

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  3. I cannot wait to see your dotted coat. I hope it's going to be adult-sized just for you.

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    1. It will and I imagine there will be enough left for a child sized one as well.

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  4. The quote reminded me of the quote about The Gap - which I came across on my computer last month, and I'm doing my best to remember as I get more into knitting...

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    1. Very much so. I like both quotes. Today, I'm working on inset corners. They too are in training wheels. I need to remind myself of the quote - LOL - and keep on going.

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    2. Have not had to do those yet; although I do like the look of them, rather architectural.

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  5. I am in love with your wool fabric, just spectacular. I haven't been to a reStore in a while so thanks for the reminder since I have some garden projects in mind.

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