I haven’t been on word-press lately. For that I apologize. I have been busy with life and other things. I really keep up with my Blogger blog most. That can be found at http://diygranny.blogspot.com. I also started a face book page for my crafts and creations which is at https://www.facebook.com/DiyGranny?ref=hl and last but not least I am Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/mamabevi5/
Now please remember, in all that I do and al that looks lame, or silly or whatever, it is because I am one of those people who has just started out with this crafting thing and do not have a creative bone in my body. LOL
Seriously, until a couple of months ago I had Zero interest in crafting of any kind. Couldn’t draw a half way decent stick man and definitely not a straight line,. Not a good cool either. My brother can atest to that!
So when I got a bug to get creative, it shocked me. Literally. Then I decided to roll with it. Now I am more determined than ever to work hard at it to supplement my income.
I live in an historical town in Eastern Oregon. I moved here 6 months ago to be closer to my elderly parents and ill brother. Although he has MS, he gets around pretty well…well enough in fact, that he bought a house and is in the midst of remodeling it. Every.Inch.Of.The.House! The dining room is his ‘shop’, and it is right outside my bedroom. That’s fun!
Anyway, here is what I have been up to lately.
The Auction. Oh my is it addictive! It is where I found this:
So I made this
It is painted in MMSMP Kitchen Scale. Just the right amount of chippy going on.
I got this telephone table at the Auction a while back and started to paint it MMSMP Luckett’s Green, but it was chipping before I could get a coat of paint on the whole thing. I wrote to Marian Parsons about it because I didn’t know what I had done wrong. She sent me a quart of paint to ‘play with’. Before the paint arrived, I was going nut with this itch to paint, so I mixed up some chalk paint, added some color to my base which was white. I get Paint pods from my local Ace Hardware and used that to add color. Works nicely when making small amounts of paint. I chose a peach color. Darker peachy sort of. Here are the pics of my epic fail on the MMSMP, and before and after pics of the table.
I beg anyone reading this to ignore the messy floors. With the house being remodeled and 4 pets here it is mighty hard to keep up and still do anything constructive to feed this burning desire to craft and paint! It is about to get worse because we have new kitchen cabinets arriving today. Very pretty Hickory cabinets, that will require the existing ones to be ripped out. Oh yay for us and the mess that will create!
Okay, so on to what I have been up to.
Last weekend I had waited all week long for the Auction to give me a sneak peek at the items coming up. They had scheduled a Saturday auction, a big one, and I was supposed to preview the furniture coming out of the storeroom. They got waylaid with a couple of estates coming in and had people dropping off tons of stuff, so the furniture in the back is still in the back. I was seriously bummed.
The thrift store here doesn’t get much in for decent pieces to paint. But there is another little second hand store that I stopped in at last week. I spotted something there that caught my attention. The store owner was busy with other folks so I didn’t talk to him, especially after I saw the price tags, but last night I got a magnificent idea and plan on going back in today. All I can say is that I hope the price tags on these things were for the pair, in which case I will snap them up and start building a very unique piece. I drew up my idea last night. Time will tell if I can pull it off.
Meanwhile, if that falls through, I plan on starting on that twin bed from an earlier post. I was lucky enough to talk my brother into letting me, and helping me to set up a craft room upstairs. It is filling up fast now, with my dad sending me his leftover paints and brushes(even watercolor brushes haha) and miscellaneous things, along with everything I find on the cheap. It is hard to come by things I need in this little historical town!
The picture above is right after we made the crafting table. It consists of two pallets and a sheet of particle board. We built supports under it to make it sturdier. It looks nothing like this now. It is pretty full.
And about to get a lot fuller too. I almost forgot to tell you all…I saw a post on facebook about a week ago, from The old Fashioned Milk Paint Company. They were giving away milk paint to try out in exchange for a review on blogs. I don’t know about what all the other’s signed up, but they are sending me 2 quarts of paint and some wax. That will hopefully be here late this week.Then I ordered more wax and paint from them that should arrive a few days later. I also have some antiquing wax from MMS coming from a retailer in state. And I ordered some stencils as well as found some at my local dollar store. So the twin bed will be an easy job. I finally have a vision for it too.
Stay tuned and I will be back to share pictures of my next project(s)!