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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Trees galore.

I have a very special friend who blogs almost daily.  I am amazed at how easily she can produce an interesting "read" with no real effort.  Most of her blogs are from her wonderful memories of her childhood, her parents and the beautiful area where she grew up.  Each and every one is filled with so many interesting tidbits, recipes accompanied by photos, especially if she had just baked using her mother's tried and proved favourite recipes.  Ah, I do envy her ability to bring all this to life on a regular basis.  I wish I had half her talent and could blog as often but that is not the case.

This blog of mine is to show you what I have been up to since the last time we came together and to be honest, there really isn't too much to show you.  I have been commissioned by two separate ladies to create button trees.

The first lady had purchased one of my trees and liked it so much that she wanted me to paint one for her, in red and black, to give to a friend who was coming to Canada for a visit.  So, this beauty will end up in Ireland.  I hope it makes it in one piece.


This one wasn't too difficult to create, afterall, I have made about eight others in different colours, but the next commission was a little more scarey.  I lady I had recently met, who seemed to like a lot of my "creations" and had purchased quite a few in one visit to my Boutique, asked me if I would like to take on a project..... to create two larger canvases with trees and, wait for it, antique buttons.  She had quite a large amount of gorgeous buttons which she had saved over the years and after purchasing two of my smaller button trees, she thought it would be an unique idea if I could put her precious buttons to good use and create two larger button trees.  Afterall, what good was it to have all these beauties if you couldn't see them and admire them.

Well, I sure was honoured that she would make that request of me but also quite nervous because I normally don't take on requests.  Anyway, she brought over her buttons and left it up to me how I would do this.  After some research and trial runs, these are what I ended up with....

Gave the canvases a wash of different colours
in the hope that they would fit on any
wall, no matter what colour.


Sketched in the trees and then sponge painted
the foliage so that some of the green would
show through once the buttons were placed.


Painted the trunks,  trying to give them some texture.


Then placed and glued the buttons on the canvases,
being very careful to balance the colours and styles
of the buttons between the two canvases.


I must say that I was very pleased with the final
outcome.  I just hope she will be too.




I found a cute little telephone table and changed it from this...


To this....


It sold immediately.

How about a little loonie piggy bank?  From this....


To this....


Just one more item, a very simple item really but fun to do.....
A kitchen paper towel holder from this...


To this...


That's about if, apart from recycling old picture frames to give them a new lease on life.




Well, that's it for now.  Please stay healthy and happy and I'll catch up with you again soon.  A couple of photos of my darling grands.





Hugs, 



Tuesday, 29 July 2014

"Lucy"

Had a lovely evening with Helena and Janis at the movies and then still had time for coffee afterwards.  It has been ages since we have been able to get together because of "life getting in the way", so it was a real treat.  Hope it won't be so long until the next time.



Lucy is a 25-year-old American woman living and studying in Taipai, Taiwan. She is tricked to work as a drug mule by her new boyfriend for his employer, a Korean gangster and drug lord named Mr. Jang. Lucy delivers a briefcase to Mr. Jang's hotel room that is handcuffed to her wrist containing a highly valuable synthetic superdrug called CPH4 that can increase the user's brain function capacity. Through a turn of events the packaged drug is forcefully sewn into Lucy's abdomen and that of others who will also transport the drug for sales in Europe. While in captivity, one of Lucy's captors tries to rape her and kicks her mercilessly in the stomach, causing the bag inside her to leak, releasing the brain-enhancing drug into her system. As a result, she begins acquiring increasingly powerful mental talents and enhanced physical capabilities, such as absorbing information instantaneously, telekinesis, mental time travel, and can choose not to feel pain or other discomforts, in addition to other abilities. She fends off her present captors and arranges herself with the newly gained abilities.
Lucy travels to a nearby hospital to remove the leaking container of drugs from her abdomen. The bag of drugs is successfully removed, and Lucy realizes that she requires the bags inside the other three drug mules in order to continue expanding her neural capacity and that the process of rapid cell growth the drug is stimulating will eventually kill her. Returning to Mr. Jang's hotel, Lucy assaults him and telepathically extracts the locations of all three drug mules from his mind.
At her shared apartment, in which she had resided with an actor friend, Lucy starts a research about her condition and connected scientific material in order to find experienced and trustworthy support. She contacts a well-known scientist and doctor, Professor Norman, whose research may be the key to saving her. After Lucy speaks with the professor and provides proof of her developed abilities, she flies to Paris and contacts a local policeman, Del Rio, to help her find the remaining three packets of the drug. Her powers continue to grow, leaving her able to mentally disable an entire police force followed by the men who made her a drug mule. Lucy recovers the drug and must hurry to meet the doctor, with whom she agrees to share everything she now knows, once each cell in her body is controlled. Mr. Jang and his henchmen also want the drug and a gunfight ensues with the French police.
While in the doctor's lab and in the midst of a time and space journey, Mr. Jang enters and points a gun at Lucy's head from behind, intending to kill her. He shoots, but in an instant before the bullet strikes, Lucy disappears within the space time continuum where everything is connected and existence is only proven through time. Only her clothes are left behind. The French policeman Del Rio enters and fatally shoots Mr. Jang. Del Rio asks where Lucy is. Norman takes a flash drive from the advanced supercomputer created by Lucy's body using the matter in the room and a text message from her answering the question appears on Del Rio's phone: "I AM EVERYWHERE." An overhead shot of Mr. Jang's body follows with Lucy's voice heard off-screen: "Life was given to us a billion years ago, and now you know what to do with it." - Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Here are a few projects I have been working on this past month.  You can't see the true colour of this table, but it is a light peach which of course has been dirtied up to look shabby.





This small pedestal table is also the same colour....


Changed this picture frame from this....


To this......


Here are a couple of shelves I had fun painting and shabbying up.  It's so strange how one can get such a kick out of turning something reasonably new into an item which looks like it has been left outside for years, LOL



This is an older mirror I picked up from a local shop - even the owner of the store said it was waiting for someone to come and take it home and re-paint it and she was right!!



My favourite piece of all is this bureau/desk which I have had in my Boutique for quite a few months and even though there were positive comments on this well-made Canadian item, no offers for purchase came my way.  I had been toying with the idea of painting it for months and finally decided to do it.  I love the new look and I am quite confident that this will sell very soon.






And here is the result.....


Well, that's it for any projects so I will leave you with a couple of photos of my darling grandkids, who incidentally I can't wait to visit again - just a few more weeks.





Well, that's it for now.  Please stay healthy and happy and I'll catch up with you again soon.

Hugs, 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Touching Base

Just stopping by today to touch base with all of you.  I had a wonderful vacation with my son, his lovely wife and my two adorable grandchildren.  Ten days went by so quickly and I think that this was one of the best visits to date.  I managed to treat my sons (twins) to a birthday supper whilst I was there and was able to take part in my grandson's fifth birthday.

Unfortunately, when I returned home I indulged myself in a really fine dose of 'flu', or something resembling it..... fever, chest and nasal infection, sore throat, general malaise, no appetite and nausea.  So, for a week or more, I really did nothing and hardly even left my apartment.  I'm pleased to report that I am greatly improved and hoping for more strength every day.

This last month I haven't made anything exciting for my Boutique but I do have a couple of items on the go so I will show them next posting.  So, that's it - pretty uneventful really so I will leave you with a couple of photos of my little darlings.  I can't wait to go and visit them again.  I figure in about another month-six weeks.








So my lovely blogging buddies, sorry for the lack of projects but I make up for it with delightful photos, LOL  I hope you all will be well and happy - until we meet again......

Hugs,