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
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.
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.
I’m happy that in a couple of years I gave myself a new kitchen for little money!
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Sunday, January 5, 2014
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 hooked fabric is for making rugs and the result is a light weight, cushioned material great for protecting electronic items.