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)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

UPDATING HAYLEY'S STAIRWELL FROM VERTICAL WHITE SPINDLES TO PAINTED BLACK HORIZONTAL IRON RODS

UPDATING HAYLEY'S STAIRWELL FROM VERTICAL  WHITE SPINDLES TO PAINTED BLACK HORIZONTAL IRON RODS

Hayley has such good ideas for decorating her home.
She wanted something different for her stairwell.
It had white spindles, oak handrails and finials on the posts.  (picture below)
She wanted a horizontal design, so she asked her carpenter to remove the existing wooden vertical white spindles and install these iron rods.
Doesn't it look wonderful, now!!
Hayley asked the carpenter to remove the finials.
Then, she asked me to paint the new iron rods, oak handrail and top of posts to black.
To get any oil residue off of the new, unpainted iron rods the paint store told me to use alcohol with a rag and clean them really well before painting.
Hayley is very happy with her new look.  I think it looks great, too!
The carpenter removed the vertical spindles then he drilled alllll of those square holes for the new iron pieces.  That was a lot of measuring, leveling and drilling.  He did a great job.
"Before" looked nice, but it's updated and young again.