Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lamp Post

A post about a lamp...lamp post...play on words?....ahem


I posted earlier that I intended to redo this lamp I wound up with, from my mother's household things. She was famous for having U G L Y lamps all over the house and it was a family joke. Since I needed a lamp, I took the least ugly one and decided to fix her up some.  Sister #1 doubted the possibility of making it usable and I took that challenge.

Plan A
I first thought to paint the entire thing shades of white and gray. Therefore I primed the base, and painted the shade. It took three good coats of gray paint to block out any light flowing through. I left the white on the base, and painted the wood parts gray. Hmmmm, not so happy with this.


Plan B
I bought a can of silver metallic spray paint and decided to make the base look like metal. With the first spray I didn't like it. And I also realized that everything in my house is either gold or brushed nickle finish.


Plan C
While trying to decide what to do to it now, I just covered the base with a red rusty brown looking primer and set it and the shade aside in my sewing room.


Plan D
While I looked at it every day for several days, I decided I kinda liked it this way. The color was more of a chocolate brown than red and it seemed to "fit" the lamp somehow. So, I decided to look for some fabric to cover the shade to match. I looked online and found something I absolutely loved, and it was perfect for what I had in mind.

I couldn't buy it, and had a revelation that I could paint the shade something like it. Sooo, here I go with cream colored spray paint to coat the shade first. While the shade dried, I coated the base with a glaze because I wanted it glossy.


Then I took out my trusty watercolor pencils to draw the design, and my craft paints. Let the fun begin!
When it was all finished, I put it together, stuck in a bulb, put it on the buffet and stepped back for a look see.

Before:


After:


As you can see, I reversed the dark and light from the fabric and am pretty pleased with the result.


I'm happy with my lamp post. *grin*

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

#craftingfail

Here is my latest creation that I was so proud of. I think it turned out beautifully. My son had taken an extremely long nap one day and I had time to roll up all the rosettes and pin them on (I had previously wrapped the wreath and it took me three nights to do it because I double-wrapped it) and get it hung up. Isn't it lovely? Yeah, I'm pretty humble. :-/


I hung it on our front door temporarily with a shower suction-cup hook thingie. I don't have a real wreath hanger and just wanted to see what it looked like for the time-being. I kept it up and called my mom and dad to come over to look at it and play with LMW.

We were playing outside and Dad said, "Something just fell in the house and broke." I thought, "Oh, the wreath fell but it couldn't have broken. It's styrofoam protected by yarn." I looked inside and sure enough, it was in the floor broken in three places.


Talk about heart-broken. I haven't had the gumption to tape it up/glue it back together and re-wrap it. I don't know if my heart can take it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oil and Water


Here is the finished redo of an old table. It's the first of many projects I mentioned in an earlier post.


The process was a bit aggravating, because of operator error, but I started out sanding and filling in cracks in the old lady.

It originally had a glass top, but when we bought it second hand, the glass was missing. My husband just put a piece of plywood in it and we used it that way for umpteen years. 

Next I primed it with just an average water based white primer. It had been in the garage for a while, and was a little globby, but seemed to smooth out as I worked. So far, so good.


Our local Walmart didn't have the color of paint I wanted without having to get it mixed, and that gets pricey, so I headed 30+ miles away to the nearest Home Depot. Found a lovely oil rubbed bronze color that I wanted to try. I didn't know if it would look right on a piece of furniture like this, but was willing to experiment.

Got home, set everything up and opened the can...I didn't pay attention bought the wrong type of paint! That's right, oil based. Grumble grumble. Well, let me see how this will play out. Can you use oil based over water based??

Stirred the paint and it was thick as MO-Lasses. I had a bit of paint thinner, and added that, but it really didn't help much. The more I painted, the thicker it got. It was labeled "Fast Drying" but it took a whole day and night to dry enough to see how it was going to look. I was wailing and pulling on my hair by this time. 
I seem to always have issues when I try to paint something. I just don't understand this!!

Next day, I checked on it, and other than smelling to high heaven, it looked better than I'd hoped. But it needed another coat. I had to run to the local wally world this time and get some mineral spirits. Poured it into a bowl with a bit of paint and the process was much easier.

I decided I wanted to high light the scroll work, so I took out a can of rusty brown spray paint, sprayed it on a rag, and dabbed it on the raised part. Hmmmm, that looks ok thinks me. Added a coat of what was supposed to be "satin" poly, and wound up with a shiney shiney thing. Oh well.

It's done, it looks nice, I like it and it will still hold up for another generation....I hope. :)

Before:


After:


Note and question: I edited the photos to rub out the cord to the lamp. Anyone have any good ideas for camouflaging an ugly cord where it's in plain sight?

Friday, October 21, 2011

The First Ornament

I finished the first ornament of the 2011 Christmas season. I learned that I painted the face a little too large, and maybe made the fur on his hat a little too wide, but other than that, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. It wasn't too difficult either.


Actually, I did create another ornament, but it's for the ornament exchange and I don't want to reveal it just yet.
Soooo, it begins....HO! HO! HO!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Construction Junction

There's a song going on in my head now from "Schoolhouse Rock"...
Conjunction Junction, what's your function?......
That will be an earworm all day, I can see that now. *grin*

Here is the latest NICU quilt. Nothing intricate or involved.


I found a throw at our local "Spirit of Sharing" facility. (Goodwill type place) It seemed to be in pretty good shape, almost new, so I purchased it for a couple of bucks and washed it well. I thought it would be a fast, easy top for a quilt, since I wanted one more done before I delivered to St. Vincent's. I added the border to enlarge it, since it wasn't as big as I wanted, and then quilted it to some more fleece.


I learned that fleece on fleece can wind up just a tad wonky. But, I'm not worried about it since it's not terribly noticeable. And I'm sure if it were me receiving it, I wouldn't care how wonky it was. I hope and pray it blesses the child and parents who receive it.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekend Work 10-17-11

I finished a NICU quilt and I'm happier with it than with any I've done before.


I think it was a combination of things. Blue and green are my favorite colors, I tried something new with the bow ties...


And my new machine is working like a dream. (After I've figured out more things about it.)
So, this one is my favorite so far.


I also began working on some furniture painting and lamp reconfiguring. It's been a frustrating process that I'll tell you about in a later post. In the meantime, here are some of the items I have plans to upgrade. Can anyone say U G L Y?

Lamp rejected from my Mom's home.

Beaten and bruised.


My first attempt as making a plain bench into a seat. Epic fail.


At least it matches the truck here...

We've had this table ever since my children were little. It just needs a facelift and it'll be good as new! It's still sturdy and usable and I don't want to trash it.

My, I didn't realize how much work I had ahead of me until I posted all the photos! Fortunately, the two tables are close to being done, and I have a good plan for the lamp. The chair will be a major undertaking. It belonged to my grandmother. I really would like most of this done by Thanksgiving, so wish me luck!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A ME Day

On the advice of dear Mr. BLine, I took a ME day today. That means I didn't do any "need to do" jobs, and only ones I wanted to do.  I've been in the sewing room all day. What joy!! I started out with this...


And completed the top.


I tweaked a pattern I found online, and again (unintentionally) I failed to note the url. If you know where it is, please tell me so I can give credit to the creator. I have a hard time following a pattern, so I normally draw it out on graph paper and figure things out in my head. That's what I did here, and scatter brained me, measured wrong. So, my blocks are smaller than intended, and I had to add a bit of sashing to the sides. But, it's a happy little quilt and will be my next NICU gift.

You see this book?

I've had it since 1994. Yes, it's gone through that many Christmases and has stood the test of time. There is something on the front of it I want to try. I'm not telling you what. Heh Heh! You'll see... well, if it turns out like I want. *grin*

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Weekend Work 10-01-11

Here are two or three things I'm working on this weekend.


In case you couldn't tell, this is a table runner. I have all the leaves machine appliqued and need to do some decorative stitching and bind it.  It's laying on a quilt I have just begun to quilt. I was going to do it all by hand, but decided to try the sewing machine, since I have a newer, better machine.


I'm going to take. my. time. with it and do only a bit at each sitting. I'm hoping that will alleviate mistakes and frustration.

These two shots are for a Christmas ornament exchange I've joined. I won't show you what I have so far, because I don't want the recipient to get any ideas....



I'm having a productive and joyful day. Woo Hoo!