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Fountain Balance

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Three years ago, I asked the nice people that owned the building (and that hold the license to our studio) if we could paint our studio space.  It was white and dirty from hands and feet.  I offered to do all the work and purchase the paint, after all, it was my idea.  On Memorial Day they called and asked me to come down and check out the paint they tested on the walls.  They’d had someone paint the entire place.  The whole thing.  All of it, and it’s quite a large space.  I stayed all day that day, and helped as we moved stuff around.  Our massage therapist had moved out, so they let the studio take over her space as well.  We now had our own entryway, lounge space and boutique.

The lounge, entryway and our boutique areas, have been this color you see above for a long time.  Neutral flesh is what we’ve decided it call it.  It’s OK.  It went with our eclectic array of stuff and our funky rugs and whimsies.  Rugs are great.  Especially on a concrete floor in the winter time in a basement.  But on occasion we have a lot of rain, or ice or snow that will melt.  Wet rugs are not fun.  Then there’s the funk and the weight that goes with that.  I like to improve stuff.  It was time.  A couple of us picked out this great color of paint.  It was a metallic, silvery jade.  We wanted shimmer and we needed shine.  I went to purchase that cool paint to find it was a two part process.  Yep.  That’s right.  The first gallon is a base coat that costs $30.  The second gallon, the shimmer coat, costs $40.  What?  I about died.  What if we had to paint this area twice?  No can do. 

This time, I didn’t ask.  I just went for it.  Hope I’m not in trouble!

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So there I was.  At Lowe’s.  All alone with no swatches of anything for ideas except the thought that I’d already painted the cabinetry, our lamp and our bookcase black.  The studio is already green, so Wasabi was out.  I went for an antique gold.  It has hues of green and it’s warm and bright at the same time.   I picked up the flower panels at Tuesday Morning.  Uh oh.  We forgot to paint underneath the counter.  Amanda and I painted the entryway.  

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I found an affordable place online to purchase some interlocking foam squares for the floor.  They can get wet and they came in lots of colors.  Sold.  We got black and red.  I also recovered our barstools that used to be covered with this dated tapestry.  This area turned out amazing.  It looked so good that in fact, it made our lounge and fountain area (which is quite large) look bad.   So all alone yesterday and the night before, I tackled the job.  Flesh color be gone.  I also removed a door which we never close, it’s pictured in the before photo, it’s a big, white door.  I jacked my shoulder up moving that, so I’m hoping it’ll work itself out in class tomorrow.  Granted I can get out bed.

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 Fountain area before and after. 

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The balance practice that I taught all week really came in handy while wielding a paint brush and standing on the edge of this fountain.  I’m not a tall person.  It was quite the stretch for me.  I was so tired afterwards I failed to get a photo of the completed area.  That’s OK.  There’s always later as I need to get the artwork back on the walls.

The students that don’t read this blog, will be in for a BIG surprise next week.

Happy Fourth and 5th and 6th……………

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This And That

*Updated the appearance of this blog, used my own garden photo.  Perhaps I’ll start up a website with header photos that I’ve taken.  Do I need another business?

*Sister update.  The job offer never happened.  Just from that lack of communication, I told her that she most likely does not want to work there anyways.  Easy for me to say as I’m not the one without a job.  Her mortgage modification has not gone through yet, so this is looking bleak.  I hate it.

*Getting ready to break from MSU yoga!  Nice to have a bit more free time.  To do what?  Clean my house.

*Our son will turn 16 on March 8.  He purchased his first vehicle, a 1987 Dodge Dakota.  It’s a real lemon.  My husband can rebuild and loves any small engine repair.  He’s never overhauled a vehicle before.  But guess what?  He has now!  In our backyard he self taught himself how to change bearings and an oil pump in a vehicle engine.  In the cold weather at that. 

*I wish my kitchen was a small engine.

*When you own a truck, everyone wants your help.  When you can fix stuff, everyone wants your help.

*It’s sunny today and I am really glad.  Tomorrow it’s supposed to be in the 70’s.

*I have an infection of some sort on my eyelids.  Make-up, bacteria, viral or an allergy?  I don’t know.  It’s been a week and it’s not all the way gone.  I’m thinking about checking out the new walk-in clinic at Wal-Mart.  They take our insurance.  Now if they just had a post office!

*We sold our ugly loveseat on Craig’s List for $30 in less than 24 hours.

*We also got rid of our ginormous blue, velour sectional. 

*We inherited a sofa (below) that my sister purchased from Burdine’s. It will be slipcovered soon as we cannot have anything that light of a color in our house!  We also inherited a barrel chair from the house I grew up in, a cool white end table from Pottery Barn and a leather ottoman/coffee table.

*On the way to Pier 1 to check out a  $375 chair, I stopped at a flea market and found two chairs for $129.  Totally awesome.  I’m not into antiques, but I think they’re from the 30’s or 40’s and man, are they comfortable!  They do look cool and they’re in great condition.

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*The round glass coffee table is a split tree trunk and my sister made it.  I’m keeping it, but taking it apart and using the trunks for extra seating or something.  We’ve had it a long time and it went great with our sectional.

*Anyone need a huge piece of super heavy, circular glass? 

*Ignore the floor as it will be refinished and of course, doesn’t everyone keep sheet rock in their hallway!  We’ve been consumed by a 1987 Dodge Dakota!

 *I’m painting the frontroom and hallway blue. 

*You can park for 30 minutes at MSU for a quarter!  Perfect for dropping off paper work.  Beats an $18 ticket!

*Things that are marked “Dresden” and “Nippon” are great items to put on e-bay!

*I am so ready for the grass to turn green!


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Wishing

moms-backyardThis is my mom’s backyard right now in Florida.  They’re all the time sending me pics like this, rubbing it in about how they’re freezing and it’s down to 60 degrees.  Give…..me……a……break!  Of course I love seeing these photos that they send.  I love flowers, gardening and spring time.  Which got me thinking about my new and cool spring time stuff.

 

 

 birdfeeder-and-jacksonFirst up, is this huge awesome bird feeder built by my dad (biological dad) who lives in the K.C. area now.  He makes these to sell as a hobby.  They had already reserved a space at the craft fair in Ozark this past October (my stepmom does beautiful floral work and I’m certain she made that green bow out of ribbon) and planned to peddle these bird feeders and her arrangements.  Anyways, they got sick and didn’t get to the show!  We lucked out and were given a bird feeder for the holidays.  It’s made of cedar and they sell for around $70 if you’re interested.  It’s a big bird feeder and I would like to put it out front, so I can see it through our huge picture window.  Jackson (the white cat) is pretty excited about it too!  I can just see him now, chirping at the birds and trying to jump through the window!! 

  

recycled-birdfeeder1Craft fairs have their share of crap, but when we did the one in Ozark (our first experience ever) I got a chance to leave our space and browse.  I love pottery, and there was lots of it!  I don’t necessarily dig country quilts, I cannot sew, but I have great appreciation for those who can, my sister included.  I ran across this tent with these sunflower things.  What in the heck is that?  It’s a bird feeder, it cost $16, and it’s made out of the side wall of a tire.  I watched the guy and his wife make these.  They took a tire, they had several side walls ready to go.  He would then scallop the edges with some sort of saw.  Some were flowers with pointed edges, some were rounded, some were larger, and some were smaller.  After that, they whipped out the spray paint, mostly using yellow, the underside is painted all green.  Then they spray-stenciled a little ladybug on the edge.  Next up was the soft screen center that they stapled in with a staple gun.  Then they hooked a chain on all three sides and brought it together in the middle with one of those heavy duty, plastic, no-slip ties.  Amazing!  What you see on mine, is the pulp from three apples and two pears after the kids juiced this morning.  Squirrels and birds, love it alike!

 gnomesI love garden ornaments and sculptures.  My favorite set of gnomes, was purchased at a garage sale.  Four gnomes, a mushroom and a snail to be exact, all made out of ceramic for $10.  They’re getting chipped, I didn’t even bother to bring them in this winter like I usually do.  Before Christmas, I was at Hobby Lobby gathering some stuff for the craft fair this year.  Almost everything in the store was 50% off.  Even the holiday stuff, it was wild.  Of course, I always get sucked into the garden decor, it was 1/2 off as well.  I got these two guys (made of resin) and this mushroom with bits of glass pressed into it, as it’s made of heavy ceramic.  Can’t wait to plant some stuff, but I guess I’ll have to be patient.  Just like I have been, while I wait for our big front porch/deck to appear, so I can landscape the front of the house!!

In time.