Yes. Yes. You can paint brass. Just like anything else. You just have to be careful with preparation – no surprise there. Continue reading
I have been working on this afghan for nearly a year now. My big plans were to get one square done every 2 weeks, finishing it in 18 months max (which would be Fall 2017). I’m Continue reading
My 4-year-old grandson is into dinosaurs, a pretty common love of this age group. He’s got dinosaurs and he’s got books about dinosaurs. So I decided to make a play mat for him.
Play mats should be simple affairs, although I see an awful lot of people making them more detailed than they need to be. You see, kids have tremendous imaginations that don’t need much stimulation… mainly just the dinosaurs!
It’s been 9 months. ‘Nuff said. But I’m back in action with a new focus – more laid back, more varied, less detailed perhaps. Still lots of tutorials and lots of photos but more for personal pleasure than an attempt to get stuff ready for sale.
You’ll discover a brand new website as I include projects over and above painting and refinishing. More sewing. More papercrafts. I may still put things up for sale – I’ll surely let you know – but the core will be tutorials for creations and techniques that I’d like to share.
What have I been up to? Enjoying the company of my extended family dispersed hither and yon. Creating stuff for them. Five grandchildren now! And they all touch my soul.
Aaaah. The stockings. For grandkids.
I’ve always liked knitting. The demand for patience and concentration is neverending with those ridiculous abbreviations and that strange, traditional way in which instructions are given.
These tested my limits. I made patterned stockings for my own kids… but I notched up the detailing here and it was hard. Really hard. But they’re finished and I’m excited with the colourful results.!
I used patterns from Mary Maxim, adapted some online photos of cross-stitch patterns, and added a few ideas of my own. But I must say, I’m thankful they’re essentially a “once-only-my-darlins'” kind of project!
I’ve been eyeing old jewel boxes at Value Village. Cheap, scratched, missing the odd knob or two – just waiting for a makeover. I picked up a few and got hooked!
There are always a fair number of them at the stores. They were made in the 1980s and have gone out of vogue.
The first task was to get rid of the insides – the tacky velveteen liners in the drawers, the foam-filled sections for rings, and the rotating hooks for necklaces. Each of the spaces behind the doors was lined with rough-cut mirrors, not the safest for small hands. Clearing this stuff out was a pain – the glue was top notch!
Removing the surface finishes was much faster. It was a matter of some stripper and sandpaper to smooth the surfaces, removing the doors to work on them separately. I ended up with 5 ready-to-finish frames and a bunch of doors and drawers!
Even though it takes a while to get these little wooden pieces paint-ready, I am always impressed by the workmanship. The components fit perfectly and the detailing is precise.
At any rate, on to the most fun! The colours!
I had a mess of jewel box parts on my painting table for weeks, all in various states of completion, drying and waiting while I did other things at the same time.
In the end, 5 wonderful doll dressers emerged.
(Minor detail… I had to REPAINT the purple door and the green door because I had them on the WRONG frames! Oh well – a momentary lapse of attention created another couple of hours of work… sigh).
I can hardly wait to do some more!