Monthly Archives: May 2009

You Know It’s Sunday… You Hold Me Now

From Hillsong United’s newly released album [a_Cross//the_EARTH]  Tear Down The walls

wow…. this album is awesome… Arms Open Wide,  Soon,  Oh You Bring,  just to name a few others.      Have a wonderful week!  Mine will be spent jamming to my IPOD 🙂


Tweeking Samples, New Workshops and More…

This time of year gets pretty hectic – the kids school year is coming to an end,  travel soccer is in full gear, and tryouts just around the corner.  Combo that with Spring showers and the need for flowers, weed pulling,  outdoor cleanup… gads, I can’t keep up with the inside!

But regardless of what is happening behind the scenes, my work requirements still must go on.   Heres a look-see into my present world of painting, and what I need to finish by Monday-

This is the finish sample my client chose for her master bathroom.  It will look great with their new tile, except I need to tweek the color.  The background layer of this sample is a mix of Portofino Chinchilla (like a rustic orange) and a white Shimmered Suede mixed with a Blue Pearl Metallic blue paint.  I need to swap out the Chinchilla for, say, a Lusterstone Antique Parchment-

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This is a sample I created for another client’s Dining Room ceiling that I posted about here. She liked a sample that was a mix of Lusterstone Sage Green and Silver Taupe, but it needed a little more something, and a little less green.  This is one version, I have another in process that will have  a little dark brown glaze over top –

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This is a larger sample of the finish going in the two niches.  I love this finish so much I have started up another color version sample of it.  This is  a dark basecoat, then an allover damask stencil using Portofino Jasmine Metallic Plaster, then over top I troweled activated RS bronze glaze –

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This glass beads sample,  thanks to Kathy Carroll of The Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes,  was a big hit with one of my ID’s, but she’d like either a blue or silver version for her client.  I have two boards started, one a metallic silver, the other a metallic aqua/turquoise color –

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And last but not least, I was getting tired of the kid’s bathroom art sitting on my work cart … remember this post on the Acid Trip?   Well, I started the two side canvases that will accompany the Acid Trip.  I know, I know!  They are butt ugly right now…. but just wait,  I won’t fail you.   Not sure exactly what I’m going to do, but it WILL turn out cool!

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The other obligation I have to complete is posting my updated Caromal Colours Workshop dates, and emailing it out to my mailing list.    I am introducing a new ‘ Comprehensive Workshop’  which will cover all four product lines.  I will also be discussing the  “Craft Your Own Class” Workshop –  if you can round up 6 or more friends/family/workmates/neighbors to join you for a workshop (max class size 8),  then I will work with you on creating a date/time that works for your group,  or I can even bring it to you!   If you’d like to be on my mailing list,  please  email me the email address you’d like to use to Continue reading

We Did The Cupid Shuffle….

It began this past holiday weekend – Jules had a soccer tournament on the west side of town.  Games on Saturday, into the evening, then back Sunday morning for more.    To save on the back and forth driving,  I called my sister, who lives on that side of town, for overnight lodging.

The weather was beautiful Saturday.  We won our first game, then camped out on a grassy hill for a picnic lunch.   My parents and sister, her husband and a couple of their kids came to watch Julia’s team as well.   We won game two.

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Julia and Grandpa

After the game we headed to my sisters house, 15 minutes away.   They had recently opened their pool,  the water was just warm enough, so the kids went for a swim while we kicked back and shared  a few drinks.

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My niece’s IPOD was jamming with great music –  suddenly, a song called The Cupid Shuffle came on.  If you haven’t heard it before, listen to this clip-

My sister disappears, coming back a couple minutes later  with her arms full of bizarro instruments.  A huge gourd thing that you spank to make noise,   a pair of shakers, a set of wooden sticks,  and then ‘The Frogger.”  The frogger  is made out of wood, and resembles a Frog (who’d have thought).  You take the stick and drag it along the spine of the frog’s back and it makes a really cool funky sound.   Okey, so…….?

My sis grabs the gourd and starts jamming, to the beat.  At first it was funny,  then catchy.   Mark grabbed the frogger,  I the maracas, and my nephew went on drums –

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she started dancing….  I was so glad we didn’t do a L O C O M O T I O N dance behind her…..

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the kids were doing the shuffle in the pool –

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It was a fun time,  but soccer princess needed sleep so we called it a night –

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Sunday?   The girls won both their games, and brought home a division championship-

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No painting, but a fun weekend we indeed had!

Fun Followings In Blogspace…

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Decor 8 with a clever way to display art


Made by Girl offers a great Chandelier link

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Design Amour ,  for a handy IPHONE color application