well, my main computer has crashed, just as i was getting ready to open my brand new etsy store...."mouse calls" is running diagnostics on it now. :0(
my dishwasher won't close properly, most likely due to the extra weight of the slip cover i made for it....yes, i slip covered my dishwasher....you can read more about that here (.http://erin-artandgardens.blogspot.com/2012/06/call-me-crazy-but-i-slip-covered-my.html)
and i took a hard fall onto my knees, 2/3 of the way, on a 5 mile hike through the woods....knees and pride, bruised and battered, but nothing serious.
i am also gearing up for my super fun trip to chicago in a couple of days to see my friend, anna.....did i tell you she is throwing a college reunion party? i have not seen some of those people for over 30 years....i wonder if i can loose 10 lbs. in the next 2 days....hmmmmm.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Posted by erin's art and gardens at 7:08 AM
Saturday, February 9, 2013
|and here is the "after" shot.|
love, love, LOVE it!!
|i started by simply washing on a very diluted mixture of annie sloan chalk paint in paris grey...|
in this shot you can see that i have painted about 2/3 of the stone (the grout too).....
already seeing a huge difference.
|here you can see one layer of the wash...but some brown tones were still showing through.|
|so i added another layer of wash...at this point the brown tones were gone but the stones looked too flat.|
|so i dry brushed lighter shades of the gray |
(just added some white house paint to the grey wash)
until i liked the effect.
|so much better!!|
this easy peasy project took just a few hours and very, very little paint.
what a difference!
what do you think?
please click here
for an updated post about my fireplace where i have answered some questions about this painting technique.
Posted by erin's art and gardens at 7:26 AM
Monday, February 4, 2013
|we woke up to our first real snowfall in two winters....|
|right in our own backyard...|
|my house is at the bottom of one of the best sledding hills around...|
|walk right out to the golf course behind my house|
and this is what we see...
|the snow barely covered the grass....but us southerners dig a rare play day like this!|
|our white carpet melted by noon...|
sure was fun while it lasted.
~i hope you are enjoying your winter~
Posted by erin's art and gardens at 2:11 PM