Saturday, November 2, 2019

"PLEASE DON'T THROW MY LEAVES AWAY"

"PLEASE DON'T THROW MY LEAVES AWAY"

Your trees are begging you not to throw their leaves away.
Their roots are deep and bring up the minerals and good things in the earth for nourishment.
Those minerals go straight to the leaves.  Then in the fall as they flutter to the ground, they are putting those minerals and good things back into the soil to nourish the roots.
Those leaves are organic matter and as they decay, all is returned to the soil.
Healthy soil is what makes a healthy garden.
(Be organic~no chemicals, please)
Most of the leaves in my yard are soft and will decay pretty quickly.  I don't mind the look of the fallen leaves.  If they bother you, you can mow over them to break them up.  Then you can rake over them and they will settle to the ground and be a good mulch, then compost for the grass and your landscape.
If you think you have too many leaves for your grass, rake them into the flower beds and extra piles around your trees.  Or, you can share them with your neighbors.

FALLING LEAVES IS HOW THE EARTH REPLENISHES ITSELF.
PLEASE DON'T THROW THE LEAVES AWAY.
11-20-16

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

PAINTING CABINETS WITH GEL STAIN & A REMODEL OF RUEBEN'S MASTER BATH

PAINTNG CABINETS WITH GEL STAIN & A REMODEL OF RUEBEN'S MASTER BATH

A few years ago, Carrie and Rueben asked me to paint their pickled oak wood guest bath and powder room cabinets to a darker stained finish.  Rueben liked the finish so much that he asked me to do the same technique on his cabinets in his master bath.  Recently, he was remodeling his master bath with new tile, flooring, glass shower enclosure and new granite counter tops.  He thought the stained cabinets would be the finishing touch to his new decor.
All of the colors blend so well and look so nice.  Everything looks "finer", now.
The large mirror did not have a frame, so he had someone make one.  All of that mitering is not easy.  At least, not easy for me!
New frame pieces.  Look at that mitering job.
I can't get over how well the miters match.
Picture of pickled oak cabinets "before".  And, new mirror frame.
I used a gel stain for the cabinet finish.
Gel stains can be used on an already painted or sealed surface.
Thank you, Rueben!

KELLY'S NEWLY REMODELED & NEWLY PAINTED POWDER ROOM & HALL BATH

KELLY'S NEWLY REMODELED & NEWLY PAINTED POWDER ROOM & HALL BATH

Kelly remodeled her hall bath and powder room.
She asked me to paint the cabinets, walls, ceiling and woodwork trim.
I like that she wanted white ceilings with the gray walls.
She got new granite counter tops, new flooring, new everything.
A carpenter built new cabinets for both rooms.
This is Buffy.  Sweet doggie.  The whole time I was painting she slept in the hallway nearby.
The tile people installed two new transition pieces between new tile and existing wood flooring.
They were unfinished.  I used two different gel stains to match the existing wood.
Then, sealed with three coats of clear sealer.
This is how the hall bath and powder room looked "before".  Really dark colors.
Kelly was ready for changes to a lighter decor.
Mirrors were changed to stainless silver frames.
Looks so nice now with all of the different shades of gray and white ceilings and white trim.

Monday, September 9, 2019

AN EXCITING NEW & MODERN LAUNDRY ROOM FOR MY CLIENT ~ PAINTING & REMODELING

AN EXCITING NEW & MODERN LAUNDRY ROOM FOR MY CLIENT ~ PAINTING & REMODELING

My client wanted to remodel her laundry room.  She asked me to paint her cabinets, walls and ceiling.  The darker color in this picture is the actual color I painted on the cabinets.  The light from the window is playing tricks with the new paint colors.
She added new granite counter tops and flooring.  A newly built cabinet is on the left of this picture by the sink.  It goes all the way to the ceiling.  To make the cabinets look consistent, she had her carpenter add new panels above the existing cabinets.  (picture below) 
The overall look is so nice, now.  One of my favorite things is the new enclosure and granite top added over her washer and dryer.  Before, the washer and dryer were free standing.  Her carpenter building and adding this enclosure gives my client more flat surface for folding clothes, etc.  
These two are new cabinets.  I think they were just doors and cabinet, before.  These new enclosures are room for tall clothes hampers.
New tile flooring.  I love her new floor!
New light fixture with a fan in it.  
On the left is the newly built cabinet that goes all the way to the ceiling.
This pictures shows you the new panels the carpenter built and installed so the cabinets would be consistently tall to the ceiling.  It makes the whole room look better.
Me painting the new upper panels and trim.
I forgot to take a picture of "before".  This is a wonderful laundry room re-do with lots more cabinet/storage space and it is really beautifully decorated.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

HAYLEY REDECORATING LITTLE GIRL BEDROOM WITH NATURE WALLPAPER

HAYLEY REDECORATING LITTLE GIRL BEDROOM WITH NATURE WALLPAPER

Hayley was redecorating June's bedroom and found this wonderful wallpaper.
Isn't it the sweetest!
The one wall had very dark boards that were glued on.
 She asked me to paint the boards to match the other pink walls.
I painted on and wiped off with a rag, making the color uneven.
Hayley liked it.
Love the wallpaper!

Friday, May 31, 2019

SIGNS OF AN ORPHANED FAWN ~ TIPS OF EARS ARE CURLED

SIGNS OF AN ORPHANED FAWN ~ TIPS OF EARS ARE CURLED

Wild Heart Ranch The ears stand back up after a few days of eating. So far after at least 10 years of using this sign with callers that if ears are straight, watch from a distance for mom and let us know, 100% of the fawns with straight ears who were NOT suffering from another issue, (dogs, flood, dead mom) were claimed by mom. They DO dehydrate before the ears curl, but this is a sure way to tell from a distance you have an orphan or if ears are straight, lets give mom a chance without spooking the fawn off its spot, potentially sending it into danger or getting it lost. I trust it and I would never deny an orphan, but nothing is a bigger fail to me than taking a baby from a healthy mom.

"Ears are straight, fawn is great. Ears are curled, fawn alone in the world." Look at the ears before picking up a fawn. It takes a few days of not eating for the ears to curl. Here's a photo of both scenarios."


Friday, May 24, 2019

PAINTING ARTWORK ON A HUGE CANVAS TO COVER A HEADBOARD

PAINTING ARTWORK ON A HUGE CANVAS TO COVER A HEADBOARD

My client showed me a photograph and said she had an idea for a headboard for her bed.
She had a king size bed and wanted me to paint something similar to the photo onto a huge canvas for her bedroom.  Her idea was to have the canvas attached to a large piece of plywood.
I purchased a huge piece of canvas cloth.  
Then, I couldn't figure out how in the world! I was going to paint on it.  
My neighbor is always there to figure these things out for me!  He brought over a 4'x8' piece of plywood and set it up in my studio.  I taped the canvas to it and started prepping it for painting.  I wondered what kind of trees these were.  I still don't know.
When I finished painting the canvas I had to figure out a way to get it rolled up to deliver it.  I had to be very careful.  I was afraid the paint might crack or be creased if it got folded. 
So, my neighbors, Betty and Lulu, helped me carry the large canvas out to the driveway. 
I laid drop cloths on it for a cushion protection and we rolled it up.  
That worked! and made it easy for me to carry.
When I got the canvas to my client's home she had a guy waiting to attach it to a very large piece of wood.  First, they laid and attached a lot of batting to the wood.  They wrapped the canvas around the wood and stapled it on the back side.  Then, her guy attached the wood to the wall and pushed the bed against it.  So pretty!
It looked so, so nice in my client's bedroom.  She designed this very special headboard.
I think it was a GREAT idea!!!
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(Original post September 24, 2012)