Milk Paint, Tomatoes, and Tea Parties. It’s just a few of the things we’ve had going on around here in the past few days (the days I’ve been pretending I don’t have a blog to update). Along with the milk paint, tomatoes (which we’ve just been eating a lot of, not canning or anything so ambitious) and tea parties (which was attended by several dollys, a teddy bear, and my two daughters) we have had a flea market, a garage sale, pillows, school work, laundry, voice lessons, a ‘field trip’, and a myriad of life in general – all with Dad gone for 3 weeks. (he was home on weekends but weekends are not enough! We are very thankful he doesn’t have to travel too often)
A few weeks ago my Mom’s new kitchen cabinets were ready for paint. And I was privileged to get the job of painting them! With MILK PAINT! I’m so excited to have this project finished and see these cabinets installed. These are just some of the cabinets. Maple wood, constructed by my cousin in his cabinet shop. Then he cleaned out his garage for me to use as the paint shop.
I loaded up my paint and supplies in a basket and headed over to start painting.
Ironstone has been a bit of a challenge for me. Something about the pigments in this color just want to give me fits! But I have tackled it and I am winning! It takes lots of stirring and a bit of patience when mixing and you end up with a beautiful milk paint.
At the end of my first day there. Everything was a bit in the ‘ugly’ stage of milk paint. One thing to know when using milk paint – the first coat doesn’t look the best. Just keep going! The second coat will look amazing. And if you want even more coverage add the third coat. Yesterday I was working at home on some of the cupboard doors. Most of the cupboards looked like I wanted them to with 2 coats of paint. One or two of them got a third coat. The doors I did today got a third coat on the outsides. It all depends on the paint and the paint depends on the weather and the mood it is in! Sort of like bread dough and pie dough. Not exactly the same every time – lots of things play into the end result. Part of what makes playing with milk paint so much fun!
Tomatoes. Ripe, red, delicious goodness. We were blessed to be given the surplus from a couple of friends gardens and we have been thoroughly enjoying every bite. We have tried to grow tomatoes here and it just doesn’t work well. There is a walnut tree on our property line and walnut trees do not lend themselves to promoting growth in vegetables. I will be thrilled the day the walnut tree is cut down.
Tea parties. My almost-9-year-0ld still likes to set up her dollys and have tea parties now and then. She made some pb&j sandwiches and the ‘tea’ was milk. It was enjoyed by all the party attendees very much!
A few new pillows – this one sold at the Springfield flea. I wasn’t going to do the flea this fall but a couple of weeks before a friend asked if I would share her space so I did. I have some pics on my iPhone I’ll share of that soon too. (it’s high time I quit pretending I don’t have a blog!)
More latitude pillows. These are at the shop I fondly call ‘my’ storefront. More coming on that and our upcoming Christmas open house too! There are LOTS going on behind the scenes around here (thus the pretending the blog doesn’t exist 😀 )
This is a favorite at a couple of shops that carry these. There are a few available at Smith’s and they can be custom ordered with the heart on any location. I do other states too!
And believe it or not it’s time to get out the 2015 calendars. I ordered mine and it arrived last week. I’ll be sharing more about my calendar – what I got, where I got it, and the one I wish was still in print. I try to get my new calendar about this time every year – I always have appointments and deadlines that are already stretching into the new year. My how time does fly.
In other news, I have a designer working on a new logo for me and we will soon be overhauling the blog, making new business cards and I will finally have a cool watermark for my photos. I’m excited about the changes. AND – I just bought a new camera! Well, new to me, it’s used but it comes from someone I know and I’m so very excited about it. It’s the camera I wanted when I bought mine but couldn’t afford it then. This deal popped up Sunday afternoon and I couldn’t pass it up. I have plans of going to a professional, full-frame camera in the future but will wait till I have more cash built up for that purchase! I’ll be sharing all about my camera when it arrives.
I have lots to share – now to keep myself on task to getting it all photographed, edited, written, and shared 😀