Friday, April 20, 2012

Here's My Spot!

I used to have a bigger spot a few months ago. Heck, I used to have a much larger spot a few years ago when I owned the whole store! But now I've cut back, and I'm lovin' the freedom a smaller spot allows me.

Here's my set up for April: a few chalkboards I made, a vintage metal dollhouse, a few painted step stools, and old Underwood typewriter are some of my favorite things I found for the sale this month (going on NOW!). Hope to see you THERE!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Nesting Instinct

It's a beautiful day here in northern California! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing in their little nests...

and if the birds aren't making a nest just outside your window, then make your own! That's what I did for my April project for the Whisker Graphics Design Team.

I started with a 5" Styrofoam ball cut in half and hollowed out to 1/2" thickness. (I used a grapefruit spoon to do my carving and it worked really good!)

Then I gave my nest-to-be a "crumb coat" with Tacky glue to prevent the crumbs from coming off.

After it dried, I brushed more glue on the outside bottom of the nest and started to coil my Brown Sugar Divine Twine on it. Add more glue as you go along. The twine sticks to it really quickly, making it easy to coil it on row by row.

And we're coiling, and we're coiling,

When you get to the top "lip" of the nest, you just keep on keepin' on until you finish the

whole thing, ending up on the inside center.

Then just to add a little interest, I cut a bunch of 3" length twines,

knotted them in the center, and

glued them on by the knot at about a 1/2" spacing around the lip.

I added a few feathers (from the craft store) around the inside of the bowl so the birdies would all be snug and cozy.

Tweet! Happy Spring!

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

It's A Grey Area

I've been discovered, exposed, ratted out. I am so ashamed to admit that all this time I've been lying to anyone who's read my blog. I tried to keep it hidden so deep that even I forgot about it for a while, until it was brought into the light yesterday: my grey little secret.

While searching in the depths of the paint storage cabinets for some paint to touch up my living room walls, I saw it.

The original (still viable?) remaining can of Montgomery Wards exterior paint. It was buried away for over 20 years (yes I'll admit it's been a long time since the outside has been spruced up) that was used on my "Pink" House.


It's GREY! And not just any Grey--it's the spelling of "grey" that I often use and my computer thinks is always spelled incorrectly! My God what have I done?!?!? I've led you all (and myself!) astray in thinking I lived in a sweet little pink house.

What's in a name? That which we call a pink by any other name would look as sweet. It still looks pink to me!