Sunday, November 16, 2014

French Country Style Small Table

The last few years I find I becoming more inspired by French Style, I like the quaint look of distressed wood, antiques, softer tones, and comfortable relaxed atmosphere mixing old items with the new.

This small table project is a practice run, before I start a bigger project to take on an old chest and re-purpose into a television stand.

I read about using chalk paint which can be a bit pricey. Since I will be doing a larger project I decided to make my own chalk paint, and test it out on a small table.

The Internet is filled with various DIY instruction on how to create your own chalk paint, I went with Salvaged Inspirations homemade chalk paint recipes and I am glad I did. I was going to use Plaster of Paris but switched to the No. 1 choice Calcium Carbonate which I bought on Amazon as the chalk agent to add to my Eggshell paint.

I did come across Plaid Home Decor Chalk Paint in 8 oz size, plus clear wax, white wax and antiquing wax. I picked up a few colors at Jo-Ann for future projects.

I found the French Typography on The Graphic Fairy, and use Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to transfer the image to the table I got it at Michaels. A Beautiful Mess Blog  outline how the transfer process works on canvas (it is the same for wood), plus on blog they answered a few questions on the process

After painting and transferring image, I did some sanding to distress the table, then wax table first with clear wax then a bit of antiquing dark wax to give the table an aged look to complete.  I did hours of research but once I started it took me only fours days till completion on Friday.

It is hard to let a project go after completing, but this small table is ready for the spotlight...ready for some cafe or tea.




After Gel Transfer the width of paper 
created an edge I had add gel to fill
 in the sides to get the top uniform


Wax sitting on top of table before it was painted

For my first chalk paint project I am happy how it turned out, and for developing my French Style I invested in a magazine and a few books  to help me achieve those looks.

French Style magazine early summer issue
Creating the French Look by Annie Sloan
Inspired You by Marian Parsons (Miss Mustard Seed)
Dramatic Faux Finishes by Louse Hennigs and Marina Niven

Friday, November 14, 2014

Metropolitan Opera Aida

I experienced my first live Opera, Aida at the Metropolitan Opera house on Oct 30th, I picked Aida because the set design was magnificent, during the time of the Pharaoh, the story was one I knew I would like and the music was enchanting.



Why the Opera?  It is a byproduct of my new love for classic music, because of that growing love I now listen to our local classical radio station WQXR 105.9 FM  I can also stream on my phone using the app or online directly from the website.  Classical music is also a byproduct, one from my long standing love of medieval/Renaissance movies.  Slowly over time of watching those ballroom scenes and listening to the score from the film the music seeps into my awareness and an appreciation developed.



Before my live experience I watch my first full length Opera on PBS Great Performance earlier last year, L'Eisir D'Amore staring Anna Nebrebko, it was subtitled and for the first time I understood what was going on and I was curious to learn more. While I have seen countless plays, I only saw my first Broadway show back in Oct 2013, ironical I saw the Phantom of the Opera.



This will not be my last Opera, the Opera house have these smart display in the back of each seat so you can understand what the scenes/opera is about. Photography was not allowed once the Opera starts, but I was able to capture the Grand Chandeliers on arrival.

I am now intrigued by the Ballet and Classical Concert. 


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Storm King and Ft Tryon Medieval Festival

Had a very good summer, the weather was not too hot, and there was much going and September was especially fun. 

I visited Storm King Art Center the size and expanse of the grounds is incredible, wear your best walking shoes, or ride the trolley, it is definitely worth visiting.  I expected to see Giants come stomping out of the forest or Jacks bean stalk climbing to the clouds.






Ft Tryon Medieval Festival


I had the pleasure of serving as a volunteer at the annual Ft Tryon Medieval Festival in the costume tent, it was fun helping the vendors choose their costumes, and learned how to make a simple medieval headbands, using ribbon.  The USA Knights armored combat put on a good show, the sword fights were convincingly real.
 




To top off my day I had the opportunity of visiting the Cloisters again located at Ft Tryon Park.  The tranquility is nice, even with the crowds that were milling about you still get a sense of peace.






Old Westbury Gardens Annual Scottish Games

The Scotts sure knows how to throw a party. August was Scottish Games at Old Westbury, there was Caber TossPutting The Stone, and Tossing The Sheaf, yes I know, I too had no clue what either of those activity were, had to Google each. Shot put which I am aware of is similar to Putting the Stone.

The clear winner for me was the Caber tossing, never knew it could be done until I saw it with my own eyes, both male and female attempt the tossing of the taper telephone pole tall log, and the contestants did it with such gusto.



Not to be out done the flowers at Old Westbury were beautiful





Fitted Blouse Contest

I entered the Pattern Review, Fitted Blouse contest back in March and sewed the McCall pattern M5433 AA.  

Had a bit of computer problem uploading photos, which makes it challenging to blog, so I gave it a break tried a few times over the past months still not working, until I tried it again today, and what do you know, it is working, the universe is great.

My blouse is a bit more looser, because I went a size bigger, I was worried about the fit, I also machine sew the hem to save time.  I would definitely sew this pattern again and more true to my size.



Saturday, March 8, 2014

Recycle Fashion Buys

On a recent trip to Florida I came across a cute little store called Plato's Closet that buys and sells used clothing, naturally I had to go in and see what it was like. The stuff was good, like what you would find in your "closet" so naturally I bought 3 items on sale, who doesn't love a sale.