Saturday, February 25, 2012

Suddenly Recycling is Sentimental

While I was looking for some props to photograph with a girls apron for my Etsy shop, I saw this darling cup I keep my pencils in. It was made by my daughter when she was in preschool. That was more than a few years ago. I distinctly remember when she brought it home. It was the Friday before Mother's Day. She had "wrapped" it in a paper bag that she had carefully written "To Mommy" on and tied closed with red yarn. She was grinning ear to ear.
I adore the sunshine smiling on the chicks playing all around the bottom of the can. Just look at that darling little canary...

...and the pretty pink and orange butterfly. She proudly reported that she colored it ALL BY HERSELF! The teacher cut the pictures  out and helped her glue them to an empty can - green beans were in there before she told me. Such a sweet memory and it brings me joy every time I see it. It really is the little blessings that make life so wonderful, isn't it?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Rascally Rabbits

I bought this fabulous book by Barbara Pleasant yesterday at the B&N next to my office.
I love it! It has nice photos, beautiful illustrations by William Howell Golson and lots of information for a novice veggie gardener with very little time – like me! 
The only thing it’s missing is even the tiniest clue how to protect your garden from those voracious rodents who are so cute you don’t want to hurt them. That is until they’ve munched even your shrubs down to the ground.  

My sweet Mocha will chase them –
ALL THE WAY out of the yard and down the street, so she’s no help.

And Sequoia is much too…um…lets just say she likes to nap – a lot.

If anyone with a knack for growing veggies and a rabbit problem has a solution
PLEASE share!
  I would be forever indebted. I would even share my mama’s
secret family bread and butter pickle recipe!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Muse Hangs Out With the Pep Boys

Auto Pinstripe Tape

I adore French Country and Shabby Chic and lots of things in between, but Art Deco has always been my biggest love.  As Encyclopedia Britannica describes it, the “anti-traditional elegance” and “modernism turned into fashion” appeal to my longing for the elegance of 1920s Hollywood I also gravitate toward all things cocktail glamour, so when I found this 1960s rolling mini bar with its art deco curves and black and gold stripes, I knew I had to have it. It was missing its knobs, many of the wood slats were loose or missing, and the lower section of striped glass was gone. I used it for many years just as it was but eventually I decided I had to restore it. I only took one before photo because I didn’t know at the time I was going to share my project.

I carefully dismantled it and took one of the wood strips to a mill where they were able to duplicate it. After painting the new strips I glued them to a piece of heavy cotton fabric so they would be flexible and still fit into the track. The biggest challenge lay ahead. What to do about the missing glass. I considered replacing it with a sheet of plain black glass but I really wanted to duplicate those elegant stripes.  As often happens, the answer came to me in the middle of the night – 4:44 to be exact (much to my chagrin on a work day, that seems to be my muse’s favorite hour). Auto pinstriping! It comes in many widths and colors and is made to stay on your car through rain and wind and weather, so surely it would stick to glass. I stuck gold pinstripe tape to a piece of clear glass and then painted over it with black spray paint to make the black stripes. I’m thrilled with the way it turned out.

Thank you muse!  Now I need some inspiration for new knobs…and if I could just get that photography thing down…

Thanks for letting me share my project!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

At Last I've Finished Something

Phew! I've been crazy busy at the office, traffic was yucky all week, and by the time I got home I just wanted to crawl under a quilt and hibernate. I finally finished my candlestick birdhouses for my Etsy shop and they're ready to list! I feel so much better now. I think I'll paint ALL  weekend! Thank you so much for taking a moment from your busy day to stop by.

Blessings, Linda