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Yesterday Pam and I went for a day of window shopping and fun in Franklin TN. It's just about 20 min from Nashville and the down town area is very cool. Lots of nice little shops and I do think we went into at least every other one. Then we had lunch at Merridees Bread Basket which was oh so good. I couldn't eat all my yummy but it's in the fridge and may get polished off tonight. (curried chicken salad on viking bread)


Saw this in one of the shops we went into and it cracked me up.
Of course we hit the local quilt shop while we were in the area. 
I got fabric for 2 lap quilts I need to have done by Christmas.


We are selling this chalk paint at JoAnn's and I needed to
learn how to do the technique so I can teach some classes. 


I started off with this box which
is on display at the store


 Then I attacked this little table which Angel picked up at a yard sale for
next to nothing and I'm going to use it as my bedside table. 

I used one of my quilt stencils for the design on top.
It took longer to sand it than it did to paint. 
Over all a pretty quick little fix er upper.

If you haven't seen this paint before it's to age/distress furniture
and other little things. I put the yellow paint on first, then the oatmeal color. 
Then I added some dark brown in the creases for an antiqued look. 
Then you sand and sand and sand. Over an hour to take tiny bits
of the top coat of paint off so the bottom coat shows threw in places.
In some areas I sanded down to the wood. So the edges look
worn and old. It was fun and I think looks a bit 30's now.

So even thou my creative zen hasn't returned for quilting and
jewelry making I am doing something. I have started doodling
again too. 




Comments

Gene Black said…
You did a great job on that table.

Your doodle is amazing. I wish it were a digitized embroidery design.

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