Friday, February 28, 2014

Artist brush mishap

I was cleaning my artist brushes late last night at the kitchen sink when one of my favorite ones slipped out of my hand and into the drain.

Slick as a whistle.

This morning, as George was preparing to tear the drain apart, I decided to try my luck first with a pair of barber scissors. It worked! It took a few trys, but the blades were long enough and skinny enough to reach down and gingerly grab the brush.

But the story doesn't end there.

By the light of the flashlight, we saw a second brush! The barber scissors also pulled it out. Oh my. It had been there for a LONG time. It was covered with gunky goo to the point it was almost unrecognizable.

I know blog posts are all about the photos.

But believe me when I say, you don't want to see a picture of the gunky brush!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Trash to treasure - More old windows

Still playing with windows...........

We added hardware cloth to these ones. I've seen similar ones on Pinterest hung on the wall, with jewelry hanging on them. Great idea!

Can someone tell me why hardware cloth is made from metal, but called cloth? One of life's little mysteries. At least to me.

These are rather large windows. Around 4 feet long or so. (I'm guessing. They are at the store. I'm at home. And neither my arm nor my tape measure will reach the 7 miles between us.). We simply added an old board to the bottom for a shelf. Actually, it wasn't as simple as it sounds. The window bottom had a slant to it that had to be trimmed off.

Old feed sacks and old windows make the perfect pair. This sack is pretty faded out. But then so is the paint on the window, so they still make the perfect pair.

We still have a few more windows to work through. Truly a case of one man's junk is another man's treasure!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Trash to treasure - Old windows

What's your winter been like? Ours has consisted of this.........

Trudging through the snow.

It's been a rough winter.
Cold. Sooooo cold.
But that's ok. We made it through.

While it's cold outside, we've been working in our warm studio.

We are working through a stack of old windows.
This one is very unique.
The flowers are made from an old tin roof.
I painted the big fork & spoon to compliment the flowers, 
then we attached it all to the window.

On this next window, I cheated a bit.
Removable decals are a lot faster than painting!

It's a little hard to read here, it says
Always Kiss Me Goodnight.

The next one I did paint...

Look! It's flowers instead of the snowflakes we see 
everyday out of our own windows.

I also painted this one.
The picture didn't come out very well,
but there's a bunny in the top pane.

We are working now through another stack of windows.

I don't know which is more exciting...
all the new windows for the store,
or the space it freed up in our studio.

A win/win situation for sure!

Switching Gears to an Occasional Shop

For a loooooooooong time, I have wanted to switch our shop to an occasional shop. Until yesterday, we were open 5 ...