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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 p…

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. …

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.

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.