Friday, August 26, 2011

Chalkboard Paint and Cranberries

If you read my recent post you know I parted with a bunch of stuff at two recent garage sales.

I put this metal tray out for the sale but during pricing it was granted a reprieve.  At that moment I had an idea for how I could use it, and it was tucked from eager buyers.
I decided it would be great as a magnet board.  I could display snapshots, or use it to hold tickets or invitations to upcoming events.
I wanted to paint a border on the lip and that required some planning and measuring.  I started to paint my first idea....didn't like how it looked....eliminated the idea of letting the white show....remeasured and marked off the new pattern.......and started painting again.

 This one I liked better so I completed the border in geranium and black
The black I used is actually chalkboard paint.  And that is what I used to paint the body of the tray as well.

I had the little circular magnets and I found some silver buttons that did not have to be glued onto the magnet.  The magnet itself is stronger than any glue and I can switch them out at any time.

 The tray can be used in a variety of ways.

Even the magnet caps can be switched out.

I thought it would be fun to post a recipe that I'm serving to friends.  Let them get a preview of what will be in front of them when they are seated.

And, the simplest idea of all!  Use it as a tray.

PS:  The cranberry salsa is pretty spectacular but I'm a fan of cranberries.  If you are too, check out the recipe.  (Yes, I keep a few bags in the freezer so I'm prepared when the craving strikes.)

Cranberry Salsa
12 ounce bag cranberries
4 Tbsp. fresh cilantro chopped
1/3 cup lime juice
1/2 teasp. salt
1/4 teasp. pepper
2 minced jalapeno peppers, minced
2 Tbsp. grated onion
1/2 cup sugar

Begin by blanching the cranberries.  This only takes a few minutes.  When they begin to pop and split open, remove from heat and drain in a colander.  Place them in a blender.

Add the fresh cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper.

Add minced jalapeno peppers,grated onion and sugar.

Blend.  Put in container and chill.

Serve on crackers with cream cheese.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Repertory Theatre Apartments

It has been awhile since I have done a painting project with parameters not of my own making. This one came to me with creative license and enough guidelines to stretch my imagination.

My friend, Vicki Dreste, is doing one of the apartments in the Repertory Theatre Showcase Project. Fourteen apartments are being renovated and decorated by local interior designers for a Showcase sponsored by St. Louis At Home Magazine that opens to the public on Aug. 27th.

My assignment is to make this lampshade work in a bedroom with a dark brown headboard, neutral cream colored bedspread and these fabrics and artwork.

Several ideas have been mulled over and rejected for one reason or another. These apartments will be occupied by visiting actors and directors following the showcase event.  So along with the color boundaries already established, it is important to keep it gender neutral.  Some of what is taking place in the other rooms of this apartment can be seen on Vicki's blog.

I started by painting the inside of the lampshade.
The color is called Terra Cotta and was a good compliment to the plaid fabric.

Because I was given two matching lampshades, I tested my outside color choice on the other shade.  Since I was almost out of Terra Cotta paint, I thought that might save me from screwing up the first one.

I brushed on a metallic paint from Blue Pearl called Coco Boca.  Although I have not seen the headboard, I'm hoping they work together.  At least the chocolate metallic works well with the brushed nickel base.
I debated for awhile about what to do next and finally settled on a shell stencil.  I decided to keep going with this shade as the test model.

I used Charred Lemon Gold metallic as my stencil color which worked well with the drapery fabric.  Now the question was:  Stop with one shell pattern or use my other shell stencils on the other three sides?  Given the simplicity of the room in general, Vicki and I agreed to stop with one.

Simple?  Finished?
Not quite!

Turns out the Terra Cotta cast a lovely glow when the lamp was lit but did not give off enough light for reading.  So that idea was nixed.

The Coco Boca color looked great when the lamp was turned off.

But when lit the shade became too transparent.  Since the Terra Cotta shade was out of the picture, that meant second coating this one and losing the stencil....for now.  Turns out it needed a couple more coats to get the desired coverage.

The shell was reapplied and given three coats as well.

I gave it the light bulb test and it passed.

Things are taking shape at the showcase apts.  Just 5 more days until opening night.

The bedroom is looking good.

My small contribution is in place.  Now I'm looking forward to the weekend when all the apartments will be on display.

Funky Junk Interiors

Friday, August 19, 2011

Annie Sloan Giveaway

I could not pass up this opportunity at a chance to win every single color in the Annie Sloan paint line. 

I have three chances to win on:

I have many projects waiting for that paint so I just have to win!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Checking In

It has been awhile since the last post and with several good reasons.  I moved everything out of my storage area, had two garage sales two Saturdays in a row,  and then repacked and rearranged and organized my entire studio.  Big sigh, sore muscles, tired feet, and a great sense of accomplishment and relief.

I let go of things I was tired of, things I had purchased on a whim that really stopped working for me as soon as I unloaded them, and some things I liked but knew were near the bottom of the redo list.  Yes, we all know what that means....I'm ready for more stuff. 

Maybe yes and maybe not.  I went to an estate sale and one of my favorite resale shops without purchasing a single item.  However, my daughter was cleaning out the basement of her rental unit and I could not let these three items end up in the dumpster.

Cute little ladder that won't take up much space in my already fully stocked studio.

What used to be a chair...
is now referred to as a stool.  Can't have too many places to take a load off these days.

And then this little upstairs, downstairs.

I thought it would be handy for displaying and staging for photo shots.

This is not all I have been doing.  Other things I'm working on are close to publishing but just not quite complete.  Sometimes we are at the mercy of someone else's schedule. 

So please check back.  There are some interesting posts on the horizon.