Saturday, November 19, 2011

An Autumn Display

For my Fall display I started by moving all the plants out of this wheel barrow. They still had so much life left in them that they could still brighten up a corner of the yard.

I put in some mums and ornamental kale. Placed some gourds around for the fall look.

I also put in some mums and ornamental kale by the fence with some bigger pumkins just love the look.

If you look at the top of the photo you can see the plants I moved from the wheel barrow.

Happy Fall!!!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kitchen Redo

When i first moved into my house we just threw some white paint up thinking we would come back to the kitchen later and repaint to a color we liked better. That was over 8 years ago. Time sure does fly. It was definitly time for a repaint

This past summer I had bought paint and all the supplies to paint the kitchen but as it happens plans don't always work out the way you had thought. I never got around to painting the kitchen over the summer. Now it's October and my Father's up coming visit finally spured me into finally getting the kitchen painted.  The colors I choose was orange for the walls and a grey for the cabinets. Once I started painting I realized the undertones of the orange were not exactly what I was looking for. They seemed very pinkish to me durning the day. At night, when this picture was taken, I'm fine with the color.

In order to bring out more of the brown in the orange I stained the wall unit and the shelves I put up a dark brown.   I distressed the edges giving it a really nice worn look. Anyone who knows me knows I really don't like dark wood but I fell in love with the way they turned out.  It really didn't help the orange and the jury is still out on the color. My Aunt and sister suggested doing a glaze over the top. I'm considering it.

Remember these corbels I bought at the Brimfield Antique Market here goes a set holding up one of the shelves I put up. More will follow they need to be prepped.

Here is a look when everything was put in place.

Here are things I learned while doing my Kitchen. Look at tons of pictures that inspire you and  create a mood board to keep you on track for the look you are after. Something I didn't do and therefore didn't quite get the look I wanted. I was after a tuscan farmhouse look.

Here are a couple of pictures of what I was looking for and being honest with myself the only thing that was on track is the shelves and bookcase.

Can you feel a kitchen redo in the making. And yes a mood board will be done before I even hit the stores to buy paint again LOL

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Waiting for the paint to dry

The last couple of projects I have been working on, like my kitchen

this piece of art work

the Halloween cards

I have been faced with waiting for paint/ink/glue to dry. This has been a source of major frustration for me. I start a project thinking it  will only take one week, as in the kitchen, and it ends up being two weeks. Or a couple of hours, as in the painting, and it takes a couple of days. All because I'm waiting for the paint to dry.

As I sat and pondered why all these projects kept coming up with the same issue. Here is what I found out to be true for me. Waiting for the paint to dry is about stepping back, giving myself time to think and examine. To allow for questions to raise up from my soul as in...  Is this really the color, image, placement that I'm looking for. It's about taking my time and enjoying the process of creating rather than getting something done. Like signing the Alphabet song it just isn't the same if you only sing ABC XYZ. All of the letters make up the song as waiting for the paint to dry is part of the process of creating something.

Even though waiting for the paint to dry can be frustrating I have learned that it is necessary. That  some times it is in the waiting that the greatest gifts come. Such as mastering a technique or seeing a new way to approach something because you had to step back.

So next time I find myself waiting for the paint to dry, I think I'll just start a new project in the mean time so I won't get so frustrated... just kidding.

I'll ask myself "Is there something  that I should really be paying attention to?"

Leave a comment and tell me where you been running into "waiting for the paint to dry"

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