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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cathedral Windows Quilt #1

The QUILT is FINISHED!!!!! (I started this quilt in 2004!)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Rocking Chair Before & After (many years!)

This is a rocking chair my dad picked from someone's trash sometime in the late 1950's, thrown out because it had a broken rocker, so he made a new one, refinished in mahogany, and recovered the seat. After my mom passed away eleven years ago, I took it and it sat in my living room until several years ago when I stripped it intending to refinish it in walnut, retying the springs, etc. Last month, after I repainted the guest room, I found over 1/2 gallon of the previous wall paint (too much to just throw away, tightwad that I am sometimes), so I decided to paint the chair with it. After two coats of white primer, I thought I had a good handle on this project. Turns out that paint was not a good idea as it was too old - it had gotten really thin and didn't cover very well so it took four coats of the stuff and still didn't cover very well so I gave up on that part of the project. I found a piece of heavy cotton fabric on the remnant table that had small dots of that exact color in it. This is also something I will never again try to do!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

New to Me Techniques

Today I attended a workshop with Donna & Emily where they taught a group of us how to do bleaching and embossing two different ways,

paper "felting" using paper napkins & plastic wrap;

how to make a paper pleated 'skirt' to use on a card

We also made two pop-up cards that hold gift cards inside using a die from Sixxix and sold through Stampin' Up. When I figure out how to keep it open to photograph, I'll post a picture here.
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