Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
My taggers were sweet Eve of Creations by Eve. You can read her answers to these questions here. And check out her Etsy shop: http://www.creationsbyeve.etsy.com/
And Leina Neima of http://xbyleinaneima.etsy.com/ see her answers here
Here are the rules of being tagged:
Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Here are the 7 weird and random facts about me!
1.When my boyfriend told his friend he was in love with me his friend said" What?! She's weird!"
2.I write for a fashion magazine, under a false name.
3.I think men are the best and worst in this world. Women are the most beautiful.
4.I dream of Canada's nature nearly every day.
5.I still miss my horse from since I was 16.
6.If I don't have cold hands, I am probably ill.
7.I am always kind to people who are kind to me, if not I am merciless bwhahahahaha.
These are the people I am going to tag because they are so friggin' talented:
Genuine article: http://www.the-genuine-article.blogspot.com/
Too Aquarius: http://www.tooaquarius.com/
I have 6 chairs, 4 of which I have re done before, but lost interest in, they needed a change. In our new house I want a new mood and feel, so they all had to be stripped down. But the problem then is, do they look the same underneath that paint, or did the white paint colour the wood slightly different than the old chairs?
Now to make the chairs look older I am going to sand away any sharp edges and corners, so they look like they've had to withstand something. Also this makes the painting easier because the paint slides along the corners instead of being held back by the corners.I remove all the trims and fabric, but NOT the original fabric on the seating. why not? Well if I do, I don't know what I am going to find. And if the fabric is still ok, it is safer to let it sit where it is and it will come in handy. If you want to remove the fabric too, you have to take half the chair apart, because with most chairs the fabric is tucked behind the wood. Reconstructing the chairs is not what I had in mind. This bit here is where the dust of all those years stays. So I am taking that off too, placing a new piece of cloth here is a piece of cake with a tagger so fret not.
Now they are stripped!!
See the next step here.
I turn the chairs upside down and paint everything, even under the chair. If the wood will expand and shrink still, it will do it less if all is painted.
I paint 3 thin layers, and then I have a nearly perfect match with our dining table. The thinner the better, it dries easily and it won't leave dark 'teardrops' of paint.
At this point I am going to cover the bottom with cotton sheeting. Pre-iron the sheeting because cotton shrinking is strong enough to pull your chair apart. I use a small nailgun to secure the cotton over the bottom. Be careful with this tool. I have a very light weight version, which does the trick perfectly well. But if you have something bigger and electric, I would advise you to google "nail gun accident" and you will see that this is not a toy.First place the sheeting over the bottom, secure the middle of each side and then work your way to the corners, folding the cotton as you go.
You don't have to do this very tightly. I always use a hammer to ram the nails in a little further. I'd hate it if my guest would hurt themselves sitting down at my table.
The last step can be seen here.
Because we didn't take the chair apart and we took this project on the easy way, we now have a frayed fabric edge which needs to be covered with trim or tape. I chose an off-white colour because I have 6 different fabrics and I want to give it some cohesion this way. Make sure the trim you choose is a little flexible. Fabric strips are not recommended because they will form a fold in the rounded corners. As you can see in the picture below you need the trim to follow the shape of the chair a little.
I start at a point that is least in plain sight and I place a big drop of glue there. I place my trim edge in it to prevent it from fraying. The glue will dry and capture all threads of the trim.This spot is the finish too, and again I cover the end of the trim in glue to prevent it from fraying.
RIGHT, now we've done all 3 segments of the chair. And the bottom of the legs of the chairs need some lovin'. I bought felt bottoms for this with a nail attached to it. I have to drill a hole for them, otherwise you will hit the nail through the plastic and the felt instead of the wood. This hole should be slightly smaller than the nail so it gets squeezed in and won't fall out. If it does fall out, just put a drop of glue around the bottom of the chair's leg and press the nail back in.
If you have questions, feel free to ask me!
See step 1
See step 2
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
It was cold on Saturday and rainy and cold on sunday, but MirthQuake survived her first craftshow! And with success too. It was a great way not only to make some sales but also to hear what people liked about my products. Some feedback is so important, especially when you're just starting out. I received a lot of compliments, met a lot of very nice and talented other artists: http://houseofmouse.etsy.com , http://bndesign.etsy.com , http://www.poptasi.nl The Poptasi people were fantastic for giving me their table on a perfect spot where people could see me very well, out of the wind and rain on sunday-Thanks SO much. Oh and I shouldn't forget the girls next to us on saturday who gave us hot chocolate with rum, good job! Also a big thank you should go out to Ester who gave us hot tea, a warm bed and a good breakfast.
Not only the fair was great, the museum itself is a very interesting place to visit. I can certainly recommend it. If you like " How do they do it" on Discovery, you'll love this. You get to see how tablecloths, carpets, gloves and whatnot are made. This weekend there were all kinds of workshops too because of "Textielweekend" but also on a normal day it is definately worth your time. Check www.textielmuseum.nl
Het was koud zaterdag, en regenachtig en koud op zondag, maar MirthQuake heeft haar eerste kunstmarkt overleefd! ..En met succes. Het was een nuttig uitstapje niet alleen vanwege de verkopen, maar vooral om gezien te worden. Het is fijn om reacties te horen op mijn werk, al helemaal als je nog maar net begint. Ik heb een hoop complimenten gekregen en dat was het allemaal meer dan waard. Ik heb een hoop aardige getalenteerde mensen ontmoet waaronder: http://houseofmouse.etsy.com , http://bndesign.etsy.com , http://www.poptasi.nl De mensen van Poptasi zijn o aardig geweest om ons hun tafel te geven die uit de wind en regen stond aan het begin van de markt. Enorm bedankt daarvoor! Oh en de meiden naast ons op zaterdag die een dansfeest aan het promoten waren: bedankt voor de chocolademelk met rum!!
En een enorm warm dankjewel voor Ester die ons voorzag van warme thee, een warm bed en een heerlijk ontbijt.
De markt zelf was niet alleen leuk, het museum zelf is ook een aanrader.
Als je houdt van "How do they do it" op Discovery channel, dan vind je dit ook leuk. Sowieso zullen creatieven het museum leuk vinden. Check www.textielmuseum.nl
Een foto impressie:here Mijn foto's volgen binnenkort. De deelnemers lijst kun je here zien.