Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Chalk-painted Cabinet

This peice had seen better days, for sure, from many years of kids and use.

But it was made by my father-in-law and had wonderful diamond detail in the doors.  We wanted to keep it. 

Here it is before
This is my second trial of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint.  I am really starting to love this stuff.  I used old white for the base, and paris grey for the doors. 
This time I didn't hesitate to sand.  It really brought out details in the peice and gave the paint some depth. 

I also used the clear wax and applied it with a natural bristle brush. 
It's looking great in my living room, with some spring flowers and my knitting basket.
So many yarns, so little time.  Endless possibilities!
Another ASCP success!!  More to come.  I have so many brown peices to paint.  Can't wait, but I'm out of paint for now.
Linking up to Tuesday's Treasures

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Finished Citron

Just in time for Spring

We are starting to see signs of Spring everywhere.

It is rare that I actually knit something for myself.

I went to to buy yarn to make a gift. 

And this green yarn jumped out at me, insisting that I make it into something lovely.

It is 100% baby merino wool. 

I've been wanting to knit something in this color for awhile.

And I've had my eye on this pattern called Citron.

And I finished, just in time for some sunshine.

It may only be another day or so, before we get another deluge of rain. 

Or sooner.

But I got to spend some lovely time outdoors with the kids.


And a peaceful evening.

I'm so glad Spring is on the way.

Linking to Frontier Dreams Keep Calm Craft On
Tami Ami's Finished Objects Friday
Natural Suburbia's Creative Friday.
And Savvy Southern Style's Wow us Wednesday.

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Kraft Brown Paper

My Love Affair with Kraft Brown Paper

It all began many years ago, when I found tiny paper mache boxes at the craft store.

I was struck!!

They had this natural, earthy, quality to them.

And a lovely texture.

And looked good with any kind of ribbon or bow they were adorned with.

I fell in love with Kraft Brown Paper Everything!!

Here's a few of my supplies, or staples, that I keep on hand.  Adapted of course, for birthdays, homeade treats, baby showers, weddings, and most especially, my choice for wrapping ALL my hand-knits.

My stash of card supplies

Mailing Labels with many Purposes
Postal Paper
Even Brown Paper Towels
Parchment - looks great in the Macaron Boxes
Tissue Paper- made flowers with these to adorn boxes

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String

Here's My latest KBP (Kraft Brown Paper) find. 
CD Sleeves from Walmart.  So cheap.

So many possibilities!
Linking up today to My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

My Secret Romantic Gardens

We have all this lovely landscaping.

But, it's all in a state of beautiful neglect right now. 

That just makes it all the more enchanting. 

Did you ever dream of having a secret garden?

Or read a novel about a magical garden space?


We have our work cut out for us this year.

But for now, I like things just the way they are. 

We are quite anxious to see what comes up this spring.  Better than Christmas!!


I am such a romantic.

When I was a child we moved here from Central Utah.  I had never before seen moss, ferns, frogs, or trees like this.  I found the forest so enchanting, and had a secret place of my own deep in the woods. 

There are lots of natural 'rooms' here where my own kids can let their imagination roam.


Linking up to French Country Cottage
and Jennifer Rizzo's Fabulously Creative Friday Party