Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I Will Be A Beautiful Chair!

It's trash to treasure night at http://www.primchat.com/   I must admit I have been distracted for the past 3 weeks getting ready  for my in laws 50th anni.  I will be cooking for 100 friends and relatives 850 miles from home. 
The CARjunkOL collection is bulging and my dear husband has ordered me to finish at least a few " priceless" pieces of dare I say with a cringe....JUNK!  
Well this chair is the specimen I chose.  I have a real problem painting  wood.  I am tempted on this piece. Should I just go nuts and paint it like a crazy quilt... then add faux leopard print cushion....I think I will go more subtle with black aged it up and add a handpainted something to the back panel.  
Time will tell... don't hold your breathe girls!

We found this1940-50's toy chest in a curbside pile. ... could not resist the graphic.  There was no lid and bottom.  We used nice pine, a few different stains, and a lite coat of poly. It blends well together and still looks vintage.  This is so strong it will last another 100 years.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

My First Time......A Honeymoon Memory

Our eighth anniversary is fast approaching, and I have several dozen stories I could tell.   "My first time" is very pertinent to the art that most of us finds ourselves immersed in; I just did not realize it at the time.
We started our honeymoon in Duluth. We would travel the Lake Superior Coastline stopping at several Bed and Breakfasts along the way  headed to our destination of Mackinaw Island.
Our car was packed to the radiator with gifts.....  The front of the car was aimed for outer space..... the trunk toward hell.  I had to stop at this rock shop and I found a fifty pound amethyst rock that "I just have to have  it Tim"!  ( I knew he would never say no to his new bride).
Next door to the rock shop was  a small old factory building that is now an arts and craft gift shop.
Walking into this high ceilinged  room, I never to this day have ever seen so many of the signs that are popular to hang in your house...you know....All BECAUSE TWO PEOPLE FELL IN LOVE.   Floor to ceiling every wall.  Nuggets to live by.  Then I saw it....I was shocked!!!!! What in the world are they selling  a doll like that for....I don't know what that is but it was  wrong on so many levels.....!!  I turned to find Tim and sure as heck there is another one!!!  The two ladies at the counter were jovial lassies...."What kind of people are you?"  I thought.
 With my devilish red tail wagging like a cat's ....I wanted to ask them if I could take a closer look at the sign nearest to the ceiling in the far corner.  Tim then reminded me to be nice to the ladies or they may turn you into one of those UGLY DOLLS!
 We were smelling pizza in the establishment... so we asked were the Pizza was sold?  The ladies looked puzzled and said, " no pizza here".  "I 'm smelling Pizza" , I commented....."OH NO that's a skunk under the building!!".   Tim we are so out of here.!!!  I think we were in the twilight zone episode.."When Skunks are Pizzas".
Fast forward to 2006....I am searching e-Bay for a customers request for a primitive cloth strawberry.
 I was seeing a lot of dolls that we had seen at "THAT SHOP".   I spent the next 8 months researching, trying to figure out this style.   I remember seeing Olde Homestead Barn,  Lucy's Lazy Dayz, Tennessee Ridge Primitive, Moonchild Primitives....many  patterns were available and I bought one that was a strawberry garland....and the rest is history and a future....in folkart!  
This past Monday I was a featured guest artist on "PRIM CHAT"  with Lucy and Vicky....Just goes to show there are so many first times!

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Girl Has To Dream..Doesn't She?

I tend to have huge dreams! I look at things, especially properties and say "What if we....?" This is certainly that dreamy, what if, property for me. I have always wanted a Bed and Breakfast/ Artist Retreat Center. This masterpiece of a property is perfect for such an endevour...........I gotta go and buy a lottery ticket.... I hope I win!
Moral of the post is ...It doesn't hurt anyone if you have big dreams and lofty goals. I have made a dream board with pictures of all the little and big things I would like to have and accomplish... You'll never know what can happen!

I have posted 2 new recipes at www.twodeadbananas.blogspot.com