Friday, October 17, 2014

It's THYME to talk about BIG BRUSHES!

Last week I blogged about how I had walked into my 
STUDIO
to find my 
LIL Elf HiNkLeY
hanging from the 
LARGE RULER
that I have in there


If you missed that post you can read about it
I had been talking to him about
how I was going to be attending
NET
New England Traditions


NET is a trade show for Decorative Painters
Click on the link HERE to visit their website.

HiNkLeY
asked 
"what do you do there?"

I've been decorating my new STUDIO 
and 
found some old paint brushes, and wooden boxes


I told HiNkLeY that you could take classes there, 
meet other decorative painters, shop till you drop 
and 
best of all 
you could meet 
BIG BRUSHES!
He looked at me with a confused look on his face and asked
"How do you meet a paintbrush?"
I just smiled and explained to him that 
BIG BRUSHES
was a term given to the well known Artist/Designers in the industry.
I told him I not only planned to BUY some new brushes there
 but
 I hoped to chat with some 
BIG BRUSHES


I not only bought new brushes 
but 
I also bought some wonderful patterns and surfaces.
I met some old and new painting friends .
I especially enjoyed chatting with 
Cynthia Erekson and Kim Hogue
who are
BIG BRUSHES!
Well imagine my surprise when I came home
 and 
opened the door to my STUDIO to this!


Now where in the world did HiNkLeY ever get that BIG BRUSH?

It looks like the MAGIC is beginning to happen here.

Which reminds me I need to get back to my painting table!




Happy Painting!
Lynn






Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's THYME to make some Candy Corn Ornies!

Eeeeek My Pretties!
HALLOWEEN
is
almost here!



Lets make some 
CANDY CORN ORNIES
using a
ORNAMENTAL GINGERBREAD DOUGH 

Here is my recipe!
3T Shortening
1/2 Cup  Sugar
1/2 Cup Molasses
1 Tsp Baking Soda
3/4 Cup Water
3 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Tsp each: ground cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg

Beat shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in molasses. Mix dry ingredients together. Stir them into sugar mixture and gradually add water. Dough will be very stiff! 
Refrigerate overnight.
Heat oven to 350. Cut dough into 3 pieces. Roll one piece at a time (between 2 pieces of wax paper) to a thickness of about 1/4" Cut out desired shapes and patterns. Bake for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool and harden for several hours or overnight.
Finished ornaments can be painted, sealed or dipped in melted wax. The possibilities are endless!





You can find cookie cutters like this in craft stores , tag sales etc.
I have a large jar of them for crafting!


I use an electric stand mixer to make these as it is 
a
VERY STIFF, HEAVY DOUGH

You will also need to refrigerate the dough overnight



Roll your dough thin as they will puff up some when baking!


I used
to paint my 
candy corn ornies

The colors that I used were


You can find out more 
about 
CHALKY FINISH PAINTS 



These were fun to make and paint!

 

After I finished painting them I varnished them 


When dry I drilled small holes in them and threaded twine thru them




Years ago I found this old tin in an antique store

My husband made a 
"wood tree" 
to go inside.
He cut a hole in the cover of the tin, and I filled the tin with plaster of paris
 and 
let it set
so the "tree" would stand upright in the tin



I enjoy making seasonal ornies to hang on this tree in my dining room


You can find more of my seasonal "trees" and ornies 
Or click on the links
 for 
ornamental gingerbread dough
 or 
salt dough ornaments 
in my side bar



I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!

Here is my completed tree in my dining room!

DecoArt Americana DECOR paints are so easy to work with!
The end result is always amazing!
DecoArt provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of their
Helping Artist Program

Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available 
at 
Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, A C Moore
or
possible other stores depending on where you live!

Visit the Deco Art Chalky Finish website
For more design ideas and inspiration!

Happy Painting !
Lynn





Friday, October 3, 2014

Thyme to figure out what HiNkLeY is up too....any ideas?

HiNkLeY
made his
HOLIDAY 
debut
 EARLY
this year!


I found him out on my porch earlier this week
you can read about that 
I usually don't expect to see him until sometime around 
Thanksgiving

That is when I normally step up the pace
to
MAKE THE MAGIC 
happen
for
CHRISTMAS

Soooooo that just gives him more
THYME
to get himself into mischief.

 This morning when I came down for coffee
I could hear a voice coming from the STUDIO
saying
"HELP get me down from here"

Upon entering the 
STUDIO
this is what I see


hanging from the
GIANT RULER
I have in there!

Now something just doesn't quite 
MEASURE UP HERE!


I'm sure he has a perfect explanation as to
 WHY 
he is up there
SOoooooo
 I'm not going to RULE anything out for the THYME being.

Some friends have offered a few explanations for his behavior

* He's trying to measure how much he has grown since LAST year
* He has a hangover from last night
* Give him an inch and he will take a foot



Any guesses as to what he is up to now?????
sigh!


Hugs,
Lynn








Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's thyme to get INKED!

This morning I came down stairs
and
found this note from 
HINKLEY
on my counter


He was just no where to be found.....
I thought........oh myyyyy!

I went about my day doing various 
household chores
I even made up 
a
BIG 
batch 
of 


ORNAMENTAL GINGERBREAD DOUGH


tomorrow I will be rolling out some
FALL THYME
bowl fillers and ornies.
I was just beginning to wonder where 
HINKLEY
was.
I had been so busy all day I never made it into the
STUDIO!

I just went in and guess
 WHO
I found?



I guess he considers himself  "INKED"

Hugs,
Lynn

It's THYME to visit The Rusty Thimble for another giveaway!

My good friend 
Brenda Griffith
at


is having another
giveaway
 as she does each month.

I have purchased many wonderful pieces from 
Brenda Griffith
over the years!

I am proud to display them in my home!

Stop by  

THE RUSTY THIMBLE

to sign up!


Good Luck!

Lynn

Monday, September 29, 2014

Thyme to show you how you can re-purpose any piece of furniture and use it for something other than its intended use

I bought the vanity you see pictured
over 20 years ago


This was my dressing room 
in
the master suite of our former home.
I painted all the furniture in there.
I used a sponge and a stamping technique
to paint all the furniture


Thus the surface had a textured raised look.


I had always loved the graceful lines to this piece
but I no longer had use for it as a vanity once we moved.
I decided that I could use it as a writing/computer desk for my studio.


I choose to use
to complete my piece.
Normally you 
DO NOT
have to sand a piece prior to painting with 
chalky finish paints.
I choose to give my piece a light sand with my
 electric sander 
because of the previous application of paint that had left a 
textured surface

Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paints are specially formulated to provide excellent adhesion to wood, metal, laminate, decorative glass, terra cotta, ceramics, and more. There's no need to prep the surface with time-consuming stripping or sanding... you just clean it and go!
  • No priming or prep needed (Unless the surface has an old finish that may bleed when painted, then Stain Blocker should be used before painting.)
  • Excellent one-coat coverage with most colors and on most surfaces
  • Very matte, chalky finish
  • Durable due to the unique cross-linking feature of the paint resin system
  • Easily distresses for a vintage appearance
  • Can be buffed to a smooth, shiny finish when waxed
  • Water-based for easy clean-up
Besides the paint, which is available in 29 inter-mixable colors, the line also includes waxes, varnishes, brushes, stencils, and stain blocker, as well as image transfer and crackle mediums.


Before beginning your project
make sure you have the right brushes to ensure a perfect outcome for your piece.
DecoArt carries everything you will need!



I began by first painting my piece
using
Americana DECOR Rustic Chalky Finish Paint,



when dry I painted over it 
using
Americana DECOR Primitive Chalky Finish Paint




I let that dry completely


I then used my sanding block to WET sand my piece


Wet sanding
allows you to give your piece a more 
primitive antique 
look

Try to sand your piece in areas where they normally would see "wear"


DecoArt offers several different finishing options
I used



to complete my piece


I reused the original hardware






A whole NEW look!


I also refinished an old book case 
with the same colors




Here is my completed writing/computer desk and bookcase.

DecoArt Americana DECOR paints are so easy to work with!
The end result is always amazing!
DecoArt provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of their
Helping Artist Program

Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available 
at 
Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, A C Moore

Visit the Deco Art Chalky Finish website
For more design ideas and inspiration!

Happy Painting!

Lynn