August 26, 2013

Beautiful weekend...

Our weekend was gorgeous...sunny, not too hot, not too humid. We worked around the yard (my hydrangea were cut, now drying) and caught up on some household maintenance. We enjoyed Prosecco, steaks and salad on Saturday evening. Freshly made tomato sauce on Pici for Sunday afternoon. Espresso after dinner. Perfect.

I also harvested lots of basil and froze some pesto for those long winter months ahead. What were you up to?

Back to the studio today...lots of work ahead, this week!

August 19, 2013

On my work table today...

Bella, Ava and I made these fun coasters today. Some terracotta, gesso, black ink and matte medium!
It was fun to have a day off to play and be with my grandchildren. A very busy week ahead.

August 16, 2013

Studio News...

We have moved into the studio and we are working hard to get it into shape. Mr. B. is thrilled to have a workshop that is much bigger and brighter than his previous spot, the one unfinished corner, and I do mean corner, of our basement. All large projects required moving tools and wood out to the garage, not much fun, especially in the winter. He is most excited however about the dock out back, that allows for easy shipping and receiving.

The painted concrete floors will be thoroughly cleaned next week, (thank you, Tom) and then I will paint the walls that are dry walled, including the vestibule area, so that some things can go up on the wall. Most of the space is white now, including some peeling brick (love that). I have decided to paint some of the walls in a charcoal color. I like Valspar's "muted ebony" in satin.  Here are a couple of inspiration photos:




If you want more studio inspiration photos, go nuts at my pinterest board, Studio.

My mixed media fiber and textile work has taken a back seat lately to the painting projects. We have sold a number of library catalogs, quite quickly, via Etsy. We have to pay the rent after all!! My painting room is even has an industrial exhaust fan. Alas, no sink, yet. Here is the room and the latest furniture projects.
paint room left

paint room right

solid walnut buffet in progress Annie Sloan Chalk paint in "old white"

no veneers will be distressed and waxed with Annie Sloan soft wax

map file drawers in progress

map file base (General Finishes Milk Paint, Lamp Black, Annie Sloan dark wax)

I will be back when these two pieces are finished...they will be available on Etsy.
Oh, and take a peek at the puppies new home at the studio...a ridiculous purchase from Restoration Hardware's Baby and Child pages. So spoiled!