Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Oh Yes I Did Paint My Wood Floors, Thank You Very Much!

Look what I did!!!  Yep, I painted and distressed my wood floors and I LUV, LUV, LUV them!!

As I mentioned in my last post Mr. Flower Child and I have been doing some updates to the ol' family homestead.  One thing that I have been wanting to do for a while was paint and distress my wood floors.  I did not realize when we moved in about 10 years ago what bad shape they were in.  The people who lived here prior had a lot of furniture so I did not realize how scratched up they were until it was all gone.  Of course over the past ten years they have deteriorated even more.  Here's a close up so you can see how bad they were in some places:

I had suggested painting and distressing them a while back, but Mr. Flower Child wasn't real keen on the idea.  Then I went to the flooring store one day to see about having a rug made for his showroom and guess what they were selling, um hum, white distressed wood flooring.   Yeah, I know it takes the world a few years to catch up with me!  ha!  Of course, after Mr. Flower Child found out they were selling it at the store, THEN it was okay for me to paint the floors (I will refrain from commenting any further on that!) My only hold-back was top coating them.  I knew if I used polyurethane then we would have to leave the house for a few days because there is no way to get from the back of our house where all the bedrooms are located to other side where all the living spaces are located.  Then one day I was reading a Facebook post by the sweet Laura at The Ironstone Nest about the floors they had done in their new store.  They were really neat, they used plywood and milk paint!  but what really caught my attention was that she finished them off with Miss Mustard Seed HEMP OIL!!  That got my wheels to turning, 'cause if I could use hemp oil, then we wouldn't have to move out for several days, and that also meant I could do them in sections!  Oh yaaayyy!!  So this is what we did:

First I mixed up a large batch of homemade chalk paint.  (Ok, sorry, I thought I had written down the measurements to share, and I probably did, but only the Big Man upstairs knows where I put them...) First we "cut in" with a brush, then we rolled on two coats (the photo below shows one coat), just like painting a wall:

Here it is after the two coats have dried.  I had originally planned to randomly stencil a really large damask design, but Mr. Flower Child asked me not too (but who knows, if I ever get finished painting this house a gazillion years from now he might just come home one day to find a random damask here or there... *wink*wink*)

Then I got out my handy dandy little palm sander and I sanded it.  Uh huh, I said my handy dandy little palm sander.  Uh huh, on my hands and knees.  (I could not have done this without knee pads!!)  Yes, there is probably something larger that you can use, but I am too impatient to go to the store and find out.  I also felt like it would be too strong and would probably take too much off.  At this point Mr. Flower Child asks if I really want to distress it because he really likes the floor the way it is, but I knew it would be too difficult to maintain it weren't distressed.  I knew the first scratch was coming sooner rather than later and that it would be more difficult to keep clean.  To be honest, the sanding really didn't take that long, but it did make a HUGE mess!  There was dust EVERYWHERE!!  It didn't bother me because everything needed to be wiped off and cleaned anyway and this was a sure fire guarantee that it would actually get done!  

Now here is a little tip.  When rolling it on don't be all nice and neat.  Mr. Flower Child is a lot little OCD and so he rolled it on in nice little neat rows.  Well when the rows overlap and then you sand, it looks like this (see where the paint is darker in one spot, well it looks like that all the way across the room, but I've sanded in places so it doesn't look like a "row"):

Luckily it isn't that noticeable in the whole scheme of things, but when I painted the other side of the room I made sure to roll it on in random patterns as opposed to nice neat little rows.  There are still areas where it overlaps, but it is not in nice little neat rows all the way across the room.

Once I finished sanding I swept and vacuumed really good, and then I applied the hemp oil.  Now, I did not use Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil (although I have used it on furniture and I really like it!), but the closest retailer to me is about 40 minutes away, and I knew they did not stock the hemp oil in gallon sizes.  It is also a location that the person who sells the MMS products is not actually there so I knew I would not be able inquire about ordering a larger size, so I went to my local health food store and bought a different brand.  I don't know about all brands, but the Nutivia brand says it is "raw organic unrefined hempseed oil" so I thought I'd give it a shot.  I'm thinking hempseed oil is hempseed oil, right?  The really good part is it was about half the price as the MMS brand!  Not knocking MMS, but any time I can save some money, well, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!  I would also like to say that you can order the MMS Hemp Oil in the gallon size from Laura at The Irsonstone Nest.  She is very helpful and more than happy to help you (and had I not been so impatient I could have gotten it from her)!  After sweeping and vacuuming I just poured the hemp oil on my mop and "mopped" my floor with it.  

After applying it I flipped my mop over to the dry side and went over it to remove any excess oil.

And that groovy people is that!  The great thing about the hemp oil besides it being 100% natural is that you can walk on it immediately with socks!  and then with shoes after about 24 hours!  I was able to move everything back the next day and then painted the other side of the room.   

We absolutely love it!  and so has everyone who has seen it.  We did it about a month ago and so far I haven't had any problems.  I did get a little nervous the first time I mopped and it got really splotchy.  I thought "oh crap!  don't tell me I'm gonna have to get down on my hands and knees and scrub this every time I mop!" (there were a few choice words I can't repeat that were also running through my mind)  but then I sprayed some Clorox Clean-Up and mopped and it was just as pretty and clean as before!

Alright groovy people, I'm outa here for now, but I got lots of things in the works so hope to be back soon! 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

I appreciate everyone's kind words yesterday about my art!  Since so many of you said you'd like to see more of my art I thought y'all might enjoy this post I did back in January which you may have missed.  You can also click on the tab at the top that says "Artwork" and finally, if you do FaceBook then be sure to like my page because I'm a much better FaceBooker than I am a blogger - ha! and I share just about everything on FB.  

I'll shut up now, here's the post from January (for your convenience I just copied it for you so you didn't have to click on a link, and for those who may have seen it before I hope you enjoy it a second time):

So y'all know I paint furniture and do other crafty things, but few of you know that my first love is painting on canvas.  I only began painting about four years ago and with the exception of several workshops and a few classes at our local art center I am pretty much self-taught.  I had always wanted to paint, but because I am so anal/OCD I would never allow myself because I knew I would never be happy with what came out on the canvas. I knew I would never be able to get it to look like what was in my head and that it would drive me crazy.  Then one day a friend called me and said she and a group of her friends had been taking a workshop from a local artist in town and asked me to join them.  I was hesitant at first because I knew I'd probably drive myself crazy, but then decided to just go with a good attitude and just have fun.  Well, I had fun alright.  I cannot tell you what it felt like, like it was something I was always supposed to do.  I was so excited that when I got home I cried while telling my husband about it!  And that's how it started and I've been painting ever since! I do have my funny little rules tho, like you'll notice I mainly paint abstracts or in a whimsical nature.  I will NEVER allow myself to paint something that is supposed to look realistic.!  No.lie! 

Because of my limited experience and lack of formal training I do struggle quite a bit getting what I want on the canvas, but I persevere, sometimes repainting a canvas numerous times.  But when it's right and its flowing there is no better feeling!  That's how it was with this painting.  It just happened. Originally I was painting a corn field.  Yep, you read that right, a corn field. But this is what came out:

Nope, that's not a corn field.  Apparently God had something else in mind because this is what he guided my hands to do.  

It isn't often I am totally and completely happy with a painting.  There is always some little something I wish I had done differently.

But this one, well, I'm pretty happy with it.  

So happy, that when I was done, I cried.

I hope you like it too!  I have named it "Watching" because I feel like they are watching over me.

Best wishes for a new year filled with blessings and lots of angels watching over you!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Glass Art

I know y'all won't believe you're getting another blog post from me, not only in the same month, but the same week!  I'm full of surprises!  Today I attended a monthly meeting of a local blogger's group I'm a member of, the Southern Jubilee Bloggers (yes, they let me participate even tho I never post, I think they really like me - ha!) On the way home my friend asked me how come I never blog about my art.  I started to say "helllooo I never blog about anything," but I kept my smartypants remark to myself.  The main reason I don't blog more often is because I do most of my photographs on my "big" computer and I'm always in a hurry.  At night I sit in my chair with my laptop and my photos aren't on that computer.  There is probably a way to rectify that, but I'm not tech savvy so unless someone shows me, well it ain't gonna happen.  So there ya go.  You're getting lucky 'cause today as I was getting ready to run some errands it started storming so I thought to myself, nope, not going out in that stuff so I sat down at the computer instead to share with you groovy people!  And thanks to my sweet friend I'm sharing some art.  Hope y'all like it!

I've been working with broken glass a lot lately, and if you follow my FB page you have probably seen things I've posted.  I saw this type of art several years ago and I have been fascinated by it ever since.  Plus, as many of you know, my husband owns a glass company so I thought it would behoove me to learn to work in this medium.  This is the first piece I did, entitled "First Bloom":

Then back in March right before the art show I participated in I asked my husband to bring me home a bucket of broken glass, and 3 days before the show I created "Ollie" (yes, just what I needed to be doing 3 days before the show!):

Well, Ollie was a BIG hit!  I ended up receiving 3 more orders, 2 more octopi and 1 crab. Here they are, these all measure approximately a little over 4'x4':

Then I created a smaller version (3'x3') for the Fairhope Artist Gallery where I display my work.  Here's a photo of it:

I'm happy to report that it sold not long ago, so yesterday I dropped off a couple more pieces.  "Speckled Steve" is a speckled trout measuring approx 16" x 49.5"

Here's a close up so you can see his spots:

Of course I had to make a peace sign, duh, it is titled "Peace Y'all" and measures approximately 2'x2'.

Here is a commissioned piece I dropped off today.  They wanted a cross and I think it turned out nice.

I have some other ideas floating around in my mind, and Mr. Flower Child is supposed to get me some other colors.  All of these were made from large pieces of broken glass he removed from a business or residence that were being thrown away, so not only pretty, but helping out Mother Earth too!



BTW, if you'd like to see more of my artwork, please click on the tab at the top of the blog entitled "Artwork."  You can also visit my FaceBook page.  :-)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mantle Expansion

Woodoggie it's still here!  I've been away so long I wasn't sure my blog would still be here, but it was, like it always is, just waiting for me to come visit and give it some luv.  I have been so neglectful these past few months, ever since I did the art show in March it seems I haven't been able to catch up. And  truthfully while I've been busy, there wasn't really anything exciting to share with you groovy people.   I did have a couple of really cool jobs, but they were on location and I forgot my camera.  And to be honest one of them I did in a garage and even if the lighting had been decent when I was finished I was so doggone tired I don't think I could have held the camera straight.  I really hate it too cause those pieces were fabulous (and if I'm saying they were fabulous then they were fabulous because I'm NEVER completely happy with any of my work!  Never.  Ever.) I just hate that none of you groovy people will ever see them.  

I have some news!  About this time last year I posted on my FB page that we had sold our house.  It wasn't on the market, but we have some friends who love it and wanted to buy it.  Unfortunately they never could get a good offer for their house so we all decided to stay where we were.  It is past time to paint and do some other things and about a month or two ago we got started on some projects, another reason I've been away so long.  Of course it wasn't planned.  It kinda happened like this:

Me to Mr. Flower Child: "I don't guess we're ever going to do any of the things I want to do to this house" (hint hint)

Mr. Flower Child:  "Well what do you want to do?"

Me:  "Well, for one thing I want to expand the mantle."

and that groovy people is how it started.  Next thing I know we're on our way to Lowe's and by that afternoon my mantle was longer and wider!!  yaaaayyy!!  I had done lots of reading up on the subject, and truth be told I could have done it by myself, but sometimes I have to let Mr. Flower Child help so he feels all manly and stuff (plus, then I don't have to to do it! ha!) There are lots of blog posts out there on the subject, and they're all very similar.  This is what we did:

We started with this (btw, all that stuff around it isn't usually there, it just got stuck there as we were moving things out of the way and I was too lazy to move it for the picture):

It measured 8" wide, which isn't as narrow as some, but it was never quite wide enough.

Originally I wanted to add a 1 x 10 and then a 1 x 12, but I was to cheap budget conscience to go to that expense so we just added a 1 x 12.  (It's kinda hard to see it in the pic below, and if I was a really good blogger, which we have already established that I am not, but if I were I would edit my photo and add some cute little arrows pointing to the board, but since we're all lucky I'm getting this far let's make life simple and pretend like I put a couple of arrows pointing to the board on top.  The plus side to pretending is that you can make the arrows any color you want!  *wink*wink*)

We secured it by adding some wood glue and screwing it down on the top.

I filled the holes with some wood putty and sanded it after it dried (I promise it was much smoother than it looks in the photo). 

We also added some shims because, and get ready to alert the world, MR. FLOWER CHILD WAS RIGHT when he told me the board I picked out was too bowed.  I didn't think it was that bad, but when we put it on top of the existing mantle and you looked at it from the side, oh my goodness it was bad! Sadly, it was the best one out of what they had there.  I think everyone had decided to expand their mantles on the same day any they bought all the 1 x 12's!  Luckily this little piece of wood solved the problem!  (Okay, once again pretend like there are cute little arrows pointing to that little piece of wood right there - go ahead and make that arrow any color you want!)

After we got the 1 x 12 secured we added the trim molding.  First we added some around the side. (I'm not even touching the subject of mitering the corners, just not gonna go there, but you can Google it and people far more experienced than me can explain it to ya.)  We attached it using some wood glue and my brad/nail gun and I filled the holes with some wood putty.  If you don't have a nail gun I suggest you run to the store and buy one cause it is the greatest thing evah!  Seriously, if you don't have a nail gun you can attach the molding the old-fashioned way with a real hammer and brads.

Then we added some trim molding on the underside using the same method.  This also covered up the shim we used to level out the bowed board.

After the trim molding was attached I got out my handy dandy caulking gun and caulked all the cracks.  (awe, did you notice that hubby bought me a caulking gun in my fave color?  he's so sweet!)

When I was done all of that fake black marble ceramic tile stuck out like a sore thumb and I knew it was not going to work with the new color scheme that was happening in my mind.

So I taped and covered all of it (sorry, I neglected to take a photo of this step and I did such a good job.  BTW, do you know it takes FOREVER to tape and cover, ugghh!!) and I painted it.  Yep, you read that right, I painted it using this stuff:

This stuff is fabulous!  It's like magic in a can!  I really like the "Charcoal" color and originally started with that, but it was a little too dark for what I have in mind so I changed to the "Granite."   Check it out!  

Pretty cool, huh?!  In person it really feels like stone, kind of has a texture like cement.

I also painted all that "brass" a pewter color.  I used a product called Sophisticated Finishes in "Pewter."  I meant to take a picture of the bottle, but forgot, sorry.  I just love this product!  I will be honest and say that I haven't used any other color, but I can testify that the Pewter is great!

And here it is all finished!  

You'll probably notice that I painted the wall, which I was going to reveal in another post, but of course when I painted the mantle I got paint on the wall so I went ahead and painted the walls too since they were going to get painted anyway.  Can you say SNOWBALL EFFECT?  but more  on that later, and I mean later because EVERYTHING in my house is getting painted, from the ceiling to the floor and everything in between!

I just love the way the fireplace turned out!  (Ignore that spot of trim paint on the wall, it has been fixed!)

And look at that width!  I can't wait to decorate!

Alrighty groovy people, I'm outa here, but bear with me 'cause I'm gonna have lots more to show ya! 



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Prayer

Well hello groovy people!!  I'm so terribly sorry I haven't posted in so long! Shortly after my last post I jumped into finishing some client projects so that I could start on inventory for the Eastern Shore Outdoor Show that is held in conjunction with the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Arts and Crafts Festival in Fairhope every year.  I'll post more on this later, just mentioning it now because it is the reason I haven't posted in so long.  I have been trying to catch up ever since the show!

My son is on spring break and today I am chaperoning a bunch of teenage boys. Since the weather is so bad today we are all stuck inside sooooooo that means I have time to post. Lucky you!! You might even get more than one post!  I know, you're thrilled aren't you?!  haha  

Here is a sweet project I did a while back that I have really been wanting to share. My client recently built a house and everyday she would visit the site and say this prayer:

And every morning since they moved in she says this prayer

So she asked me to paint it for her and now it hangs in the kitchen of her new home.  How sweet is that?!

Hoping your home is filled with love, laughter, birthdays and anniversaries!!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

What's Your Fave Color?

Y'all will be surprised when you figure out that this post is not about painting.  Not about furniture. Not about art.  Nope, it is about football.  Those who know me personally know that the extent of my knowledge regarding the game of football includes touch downs and field goals, and sadly that's about it.  When my son played I had to pretend I knew what was going on.  One game when Mr. Flower Child wasn't there to explain everything to me I completely missed Flower Bud playing altogether.  At the end of the game I was trying to comfort him because he didn't get to play when he says "Mom, I played the whole second half, I played nose guard!"  Oops!  I tried to cover my you-know-what and immediately responded "Oh!  Well, that's why I didn't see you because you always play in that other position."  Secretly I'm thinking "Oh crap!"  and then I was thinking "What the heck is a nose guard? and what is that other position he normally plays?  crap, crap, crap, totally messed up on this one."  I tried to tell him that I had missed seeing him go in because I was giving play-by-plays via text to his daddy.  Pretty sure he didn't fall for it, but hey, what else are you supposed to say to your child when you've already admitted that you didn't even know he was in the game????  That was the night I knew I had to get my act together and learn about this game that my son enjoyed playing so much.

But, then I was saved because he started high school the next year and while he had planned to play football AND do band AND do the IB program, the high school told him differently so he had to make a choice.  He agonized for weeks, but then he finally chose band.  Secretly I was glad.  Mainly because I no longer had to worry about him getting hurt, but selfishly I was relieved that I didn't have to actually learn all those dang rules.  I could stick with my normal plan of action.  Pick the team with the colors I liked best, or the cutest quarterback.  Seriously, that's what I do.  I mean other than the Auburn Tigers and the Fairhope Pirates, I could care less. 

I love going to the games.  I love the atmosphere and the socialization.  I like going to the parties  and tailgating because there is always yummy food.  But the only time I have ever really paid attention to what was happening on the field was when my son was on it, and then only so I could make sure he didn't get hurt and so I could take pictures.  (In the pic below he is #73)

So tonight at the dinner table the subject of "the" game comes up.  Mr. Flower Child and Flower Bud are discussing logistics and what-not when I pipe in and say that I just didn't know who I was going to pull for.  They kindly stop and look at me so I continue.  I explained that I thought that I had it all figured out because you know the Broncos had my favorite colors of orange and blue AND that yummy Peyton Manning.

But then I found out that the Seahawks had Derrick Coleman on their team and I so admired his determination and the fact that he never gave up even when they told him he couldn't play football because he was deaf.  And, although their colors aren't blue and gold, they are blue and lime green and lime green is like my all time fave color.  

Mr. Flower Child politely says, well now, that is a good reason to pull for a team, and then continues his conversation with Flower Bud.

Yep, they love me.

So which team has your favorite colors?