Sunday, November 20, 2016

"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.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

REUPHOLSTERING LIVING ROOM CHAIRS & PAINTING LEGS TO MATCH THE FABRIC

REUPHOLSTERING LIVING ROOM CHAIRS & PAINTING LEGS TO MATCH THE FABRIC

My client is redecorating her living room.
She's painting walls a gray brown and found this new fabric for her chairs.
It is so beautiful with grays and browns.  It looks like a silk blend.
Originally the legs of these chairs were a pickled oak.
Several years ago when she was redecorating and recovering the chairs
 she asked me to paint the legs a brown to go with the new fabric back then.
This time I rubbed a gray brown color over the existing brown stain that I painted before.
This is how the legs looked when I painted the pickled oak with the brown gel stain.
They felt the brown was a little too outdated for this new fabric.
I do appreciate her remembering to call me again because
 This is the work I love to do.
This is wonderful, sweet Dallas. 
 He was born on Christmas day.  Many years ago I met him in the winter after he was born.
They had just gotten him and LOVED LOVED LOVED him!!
This Christmas he will be 14 years old. 
 He's looking at his daddy.
My client is redecorating this powder room, too.
I painted the cabinets with a gel stain over pickled oak.
And I applied a tissue paper technique on her walls. 
 I think it still looks really good, but she's wanting to change things.
Well ok, then!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

HAND PAINTING ARTWORK ON ANTIQUE CEILING TINS

HAND PAINTING ARTWORK ON ANTIQUE CEILING TINS

This is an old metal ceiling tin I found at an antique salvage store.
As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to paint it.
It had some rust on it, so I washed it well and primed it, hoping the rust would not come back through the paint.  If a little rust came back through the paint that would look good, too.
 After priming, I painted the artwork on the corners.
Then, painted an antiquing glaze on top of all of the paint.
When my client saw the ceiling tin above she wanted me to paint two of her antique ceiling tins. She had just built a new home out in the country and was still having fun decorating.  There was a little rust on these and I did not prime them.  I swiped paint over the whole tin.  When I saw that scrollie design at the bottom, I knew they would be really beautiful on a vase.  
So, I painted the vases with flowers right over the embossed design.
I used her colors and she hung them over her bed.
Later when I visited I knew they were in the perfect place. 
 So pretty!!