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Showing posts from January, 2018

Sneak Peek At The Studio

The Studio is just about done! I've been planning out where I'm putting things and finishing the painting. I'm happy to say I did get all the trim painted and the floor is all stained! Bruce and our neighbor moved the lockers into the studio for me. I cleaned them up then Bruce reattached the side that was loose. The patina on these are great! One side has turquoise paint under the red  And the other side has yellow There were 3-4 of these tables left at the farm that we found in the barn and shop. I snagged one to use in the studio. It will hold my palette next to the easel. It's the perfect height and size.  This one needed a new top so Bruce cut one out of a scrap of plywood. I still need to sand it. The chippy paint is perfection! I'll be moving this shelf unit and this small drafting table from the city house. (Sorry about the bad pictures - they are from 4 years ago). They will be getting a makeover! After reading

How I Stained My Concrete Floors

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen me working on the studio floor. It was plain concrete and I wanted to seal it and give it color.  I honestly didn't want to worry about messing it up if I dropped paint on it. My idea was to stain the concrete and thankfully, I had a good resource for information. My friend, Cecilia, at My Thrift Store Addiction stained her concrete floor . She assured me it wouldn't be hard so I decided to go for it. I was fortunate I didn't have carpet to remove like Cecilia did. I just needed to clean the floor really good first - you can see from the picture  how dirty it was. So I began by sweeping then vacuuming all the Sheetrock and joint compound dust up. Next I pulled out my wet vac and gave the floor a good scrubbing. I let it dry overnight. The next day, I looked to see what kind of stain I had. I found a quart of Minwax Early American wood stain that was almost full. I figured I'd try it out so I started in the bac

Enjoying Snow At The Farm

Last weekend we were going to stay in the city - we had a family get together at my mother-in-law's Saturday to go to. But as we looked at the forecast,  snow plus very cold temperatures were headed for the farm. So after we left Bonnie's, we packed up and headed to the farm to take care of things. The weather was still mild on Sunday but Monday that all changed! Not only did it snow; we had temperatures way below freezing! The road to our driveway up the driveway Bruce brought the beehive into the garage to protect the bees as much as possible. They've been struggling so we want to give them as much a chance as we can for them to survive. road to the actually froze I loved seeing snow at the farm! It was so pretty! (yes, I still have pumpkins in the flowerbed...guess it's time to throw them away. ha.)  But it was so cold! Tuesday it stayed in the 20's and Wednesday morning it was 9 degrees! Say what? Tuesday after walking

Ideas For The Art Studio

I'm off to the farm this week to paint trim and stain the floor in the studio - the last bit of work to do before I can start setting up the space. Since there's really not much to show, I thought I'd share some ideas I've gathered for the space. I need shelving as I have books, frames, canvases...all that need a home. This bookcase is nice and I really like the brush holder. source  I like the shallow shelves in this picture. They'd be great for all the cans and bottles of paint. The inspiration/bulletin board area is also really great. I do have an idea for an area to hang photos I'm working off of. source This one is one I really like - notice the canvas storage above the bookshelves and worktable. I want to replicate this is some form or fashion. source These shelves are only one can deep -I'd love something like this so I could see at a glance what paints I had. Loads of them too...I don't think you can have too many shelves. 😊

2017 Was A Good Year

2017 was quite the year. We spent most of it getting ready for our daughter's wedding: mowing and grooming the wedding and reception spots, planting the front flower bed, and working on the art studio (thought we might need the space for guests to stay in) and we got a beehive. Megan and Dylan working on the Spot It started off a little bare but filled in nicely by the wedding Front of studio getting closed in Exterior of studio done and walkway added putting the beehive up Then there was the wedding - it was beautiful and perfectly Megan and Dylan. We had near perfect weather (just a tiny bit hot but nice and sunny) and everyone had a wonderful time. Lastly, Bruce with occasional help from family and friends got my art studio closed in and done! He finished up all the construction part the week between Christmas and New Years. The walls and ceiling were textured and painted, the ceiling fan and lights were hung, and trim added around the