Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Year Of Art

Pastel Pet Portrait

I have been going back on forth as to whether or not I close this blog up.  There is still traffic coming in so I hesitate in doing so.   For now I leave it up.  The upkeep is no longer a priority to me as I grow as an artist and keep my focus there.  I invite you to visit me on Facebook or my art blog.  Thank you so much for taking time to stop by. ~Natalie

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kitchen Counters

chalkboard paint kitchen counters

I never could work up the willpower to paint my countertops black and seal them with poly resin poured finished.  I did latch on to the idea of painting them with chalkboard paint.

The surface had already been worn away after 20 years of scrubbing.  I lightly sanded them and painted away.

chalkboard paint kitchen counters

Three coats later and I am happy to say that I love the flat, dull finish of the paint.  It does scratch off so I am keeping the can of paint in my cupboard.  I’m hoping that with time it will cure to a much more durable finish. 

chalkboard paint kitchen counters

 

I’m happy that in a couple of years I gave myself a new kitchen for little money! 

Before

kitchen before

After

chalkboard paint kitchen counters

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Year of the Cozies

locker hooking, kindle cover, locker hooking pattern, sheep pattern
The one year I make all of my loved ones knitted gifts coincides with FedEx producing a snarky commercial about Nana knitting cozies.  I fell into factory mode around August knitting my grandson a sweater and it blossomed into a gift making frenzy from there with plenty of giggling from my family when the commercial started airing.  Five scarves, one shawl, five kindle cozies and three felted purses.  I’m in a rush to start and finish one more kindle cover by Wednesday for my daughter in-law.
The Kindle covers are made using a method called locker hooking with a great tutorial from here.  I had some design ideas I wanted to use from a few Fair Isle patterns that I found on Ravelry.  The process is enjoyable and depending on how you stitch your design there are a lot of different ways to achieve the same goal.
locker hooking kindle cover
locker hooking kindle cover
locker hooking, kindle cover, locker hooking pattern, sheep pattern
locker hooking kindle cover
Locker hooked fabric is for making rugs and the result is a light weight, cushioned material great for protecting electronic items.
locker hooking kindle cover
locker hooking, kindle cover, locker hooking pattern, sheep pattern
locker hooking, kindle cover, locker hooking pattern, sheep pattern