Sunday, May 20, 2012

ASCP Bust Makeover

I have been on an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint kick lately....

I received 2 cans of paint for Mother's I picked up a bust at Southern Hospitality in Plant City yesterday....just had to paint her last night. After church today gave her a wax and stained her up a bit....not bad for 1/2 day's work..... This is how she turned out....

This is how she started out.....all white and pitty....ful.....

She was very plain and dull at first....

Some residual pitting and scarring around her face??Acne?
Much improved with 2 coats of ASCP
First coat of plain wax....then dark wax making the dress and hair the darkest
Does anyone have a q-tip?
Here she is finished....with the Paris necklace I found at Lakeland's Fancy Flea several weekends ago.
She enjoys her jewelry....doesn't get out much though...

What project have you been up to lately?
Not all of mine come together so quickly....but I must 
agree ASCP does make it easy.....

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Graduation, 2012

This is one thankful Mom! Our son, Grant Harley, graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on Thursday, May 10, 2012. He received a doctoral degree in Philosophy, Major: Geography. He has accepted a position on staff at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg in August. He and his wife, Mandi, will move this summer.

Dr. Harley  ( hooded by Dr. Henri Grissino-Mayer)
B.A., University of South Florida, 2005
M.A., University of South Florida, 2007
Major: Geography
Dissertation: " Tree growth dynamics, fire history, and fire-climate relationships in pine
rocklands of the Florida Keys, USA
Dr. Grant Logan Harley and wife, Mandi McClellan Harley

Dr. Harley showing us his hood/UT colors....
Thankful Moms with the grad....
In front of the UT football stadium gates

Grant's sister, Lindsay will graduate from USF, Dec. 2013
I am thankful her husband, Douglas Heruska, stayed home
to take care of the dogs....we miss you too Doug! Doug I needed
you to take pics this weekend as you can see I still need a remedial class
in photography....

Girls with the grad....we were waiting on the Dad's to bring
the car for us....too far to walk in cute shoes...

Nice Grad hat, Lindsay! It tasted as good as it looked!
Raspberry filling, amazing buttercream icing....

My mother taught school for 42 years. All four of Mildred's daughters are in education....although
I remember declaring "I am going to be a nurse, not a teacher!" Be careful what you say
as the LORD may make you eat your words....I have been in education since 
1995. My sister Sabrina graduated with her Ph.D. in Education 2 years ago. Patsy has
been teaching for ? the last 10 years or so in Middle School( the armpit
of society....LORD bless her with patience)
Michelle, the youngest, has been an elementary assistant principal for 12 years.

As teachers we make a difference in the lives of students everyday. Most of the
time we do not see the end result. We are blessed to come from a 
line of educators. (English was not my don't grade me on
spelling, please....)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Union Flag Box

Finally painted with the Annie Sloan paint I ordered from the local gal Robyn Story Designs in Tampa. The box I chose to paint was found in my Dad's garage months ago.

I used the only quart I purchased.....cream was the color.....I did buy small samples of the 
Emperor's Silk(red), Old White, and Napoleonic Blue.

The paint went on rather well...smooth. The only prep I did was to clean it off. No sanding
was done.

The above pic after the 1st coat. I did another and let it dry.
Then I drew with pencil the outlines of the flag. I chose the British flag.
Why did I use the British flag? There are many projects showing up these days
with this flag. It is quite popular to use in decorating....after all Annie is British!
WOW! I lost a leg....this box is really antique!
After painting the flag, I sanded the piece, then I applied the 2 step crackle from 
Annie Sloan.....then the final step.....dark wax.
It's too dark outside to take a great I'll try to add one later.
I think I'll use the box for old post cards when I finish the inside.
My husband could not believe I could sand the project so quickly.
He kept telling me I needed to let it dry.
I was surprised at the fast drying time.
If I didn't have to work tomorrow....I'll find something else to paint!

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