Wednesday, September 21, 2011

CHALK PAINT AND SOME FANTASTIC BIRDS


I haven't posted for a few days and it's because I've been working on these two pieces of furniture.  
I got the blue "hutch" painted using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Old White and I love it.  

Then.  

The chair.  

The upholstery is off the base (it was very creepy under there).  The cushion has been dismantled, and, thinking I had enough paint left I started painting the frame with Old White.  I thought wrong . . . I ran out of paint.  

Shoot.

That's expensive paint and I really didn't want to order any more.  Then, at just the right time, along came a wonderful blog visitor (Thank you, Elizabeth!) who was thoughtful enough to tell me about making your own chalk paint . . . she thought I might be interested!  She thought right - and I'm passing that information on to you, just in case you're interested too!  You can read about it here.  

So, that's what I've been up to instead of blogging for the last 2 days.  

Meanwhile, I have a great book to tell you about.  This is a book I've looked at off and on since it was published last January, and I finally ordered a copy for myself.   The author gives complete instructions and patterns for making all of these birds and more.  They look like challenging, patience-testing projects, but I think the finished products are well worth it.  
This woman makes some fabulous, quirky, stuffed birds.  They are realistic in many ways - for example, their size, shape, and poses.  But the quirkiness comes in with the fabrics they're made of.  I think they're wonderful and I'm looking forward to the day my book arrives in the mail and I can think about making one myself.   
I saved the best for last.  The owls are my all time favorites.   Aren't they awesome?  
This one is made entirely from a cloth flour sack - what a conversation piece!  With one of these in the room, you'd never feel alone!

Abigail Patner Glassenberg also has a great blog if you're interested in seeing more of her work.  

Now, back to that chair . . .

2 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Hello, I am happy to see the chalk paint recipe came in handy. Do tell if it worked when you made your own. These projects look fabulous, I cannot wait to see them.

The bird book also looks great, but I think that those birds are beyond my sewing capability.

I hope you have w wonderful week.

P.s. Thank you for the mention, and I do not know if I said, I am originally from Milwaukee. I do so miss the Midwest, but not the snow.

abby glassenberg said...

Thank you so much for showcasing my book and my birds. I really hope you enjoy sewing some birds of your own! They are wonderful fun!

Best,

-Abby

YOU COULD MAKE THAT IS ON FACEBOOK!

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