This blog is called Sew a Fine Seam (like you hadn’t figured that out 😉 ). Because sewing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Because no matter what else I do I will always sew (as long as I am able anyway!). It’s a part of who I am! It’s how God created me and I rejoice to be able to use the talents He has given me.
I struggled just a bit with the title Sew a Fine Seam because sewing isn’t the only thing I like to do. I like to craft with paper, I like to use my hot glue gun, ribbon, glitter, and lots of other crafty things. I like learning to play the piano. I like decorating my house and helping others with theirs. I like blogging. And I like to paint. I love photography. (this list may or may not be complete) In the end I always came back to the fact that I am always sewing something no matter what else I have going and ‘Sew a Fine Seam’ it became.
I have had a love for paints and brushes for most of my life too. My painting days began with the box of water paints all kids have at some point it seems. About 8 colors in a plastic box along with a brush. Cup of water and a piece of paper or coloring book and an artist is born!
In grade school I had an art teacher who brought her oil paints and some oak cupboard doors to school and gave us some lessons in oil painting. I began my own collection of oil paints sometime around junior high/high school. I still have a box of them stored somewhere around here. I enjoyed it, and even considered taking some professional lessons, but I moved on.
After I was married I eventually painted every room in our house – some more than once already 🙂 I enjoyed it although I will say I’m about ready to hand the painting of ceilings over to someone else when they need it again. I also started painting furniture here and there when I had a piece that needed an update. And then I started blogging.
And I was inspired by all the inspiration out there. One thing I never liked about painting furniture – it had to be a nice warm, not raining day so I could paint. And whatever I painted needed to dry well so I could distress it like I liked. And my husband did NOT like latex paint on furniture. So every time I painted something it was not really all that great to him. Then I found chalk paint and now milk paint. Now I can use my dining room table (covered with a drop cloth) as my work table, and I can paint in any kind of weather. Now Travis likes what I paint – it’s not rubbery latex. And I’ve found a passion for painting that I think might just stick around for a while!
I am contemplating finding a spot to set up a space with my handmade stuff. And furniture makeovers. And some fun vintage finds mixed in. I’ve always liked shops that used furniture and vintage pieces as props for the main items but also had those props for sale. This is the format I want to take. This is the format I plan to use at the event I’m doing in a few weeks. (yes, I know I said I’d share more about that. I will try to get that post written this week.)
The table in this post I found at a thrift shop a few months ago and I finally painted it during my painting frenzy a couple of weekends ago. I used a stencil I received from Royal Design Studio after winning a giveaway! I used AS Chalk Paint in Duck Egg and topped it with Paris Grey. Love those 2 colors together. The stencil I did in AS Chalk Paint Coco and distressed it lightly. I used clear and dark wax. I’m hoping someone wants to give this a new home because, much as I like it, I don’t have a spot for it in my house. It’s going to make a great piece to take to the event 🙂
What about you? Do you like to paint? What kind of painting do you do?
Sew a Fine Seam