Friday, June 18, 2010

Dining Room Remodel

As many of you know, I have been in somewhat of a creative slump lately wth my glass work. Since I am very "project" oriented and like to do a variety of things, that slump has extended to other areas as well. Then we had a minor catastrophe here at home and everthing changed. The ice maker on our refrigerator sprang a leak behind the wall and damaged a portion of the floor and the dry wall in one area of the dining room had to be replaced. Since I had already knocked a hole in the wall to let it start drying out I decided to experiment with painting it. I tried stripes and that didn't work. I considered stenciling and decided against that. Then I got the bright idea to texture the bottom half of the short walls and paint them a different color from the top. I theorized that the texturing would also save a day or two of the drywaller's time to come back and apply another coat of "mud" and that would be more economical for us. After our repairman had applied one initial heavy coat and it had dried for 24 hours, I applied joint compound in random swirls. I let that dry for another day before I painted it. It looked nice but it still needed something else. I went to Lowe's and found a nice unfinished wood chair rail strip with a design I liked. I stained it a medium oak stain and we put it on the wall. I love the end result and guess what? I now have glass in the kiln, have painted a chair, made a new chair cushion and hopefully am on my way out of my creative slump.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Restored Access to Blog

I am feeling so relieved tonight. I accidentally deleted my ability to post to my own blog day before yesterday and I have tried everything to correct it. My dashboard would come up "Create New Blog" and I couldn't even do that with my Eccentricity name because it was not available (since I already had it.) It has been a "Catch 22" and I have been so stressed out about this. Both my husband and I have tried to restore my computer to correct this and haven't been able to do so. Finally a few moments ago by some miracle I was able to restore my computer back to the 10th and now have regained access to my blog. Miracles do happen. Keep your fingers crossed it is still working tomorrow,

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Updating Blog Settings

It has been forever since I have posted anything. My life has just gotten too overwhelming I guess. I am even having trouble keeping up with my e-mails and spent several hours last night catching up with FB fans. Today I realized I had several of my blog settings wrong so am correcting those. I am not the most computer savvy person in the world and have so much to learn about blogging. For those of you not familiar with, this is a great source of "how to" for blogging, marketing, showcasing and selling your work. It also features other artists and their work along with things they have learned along the way. Be sure and check it out.