Hmmm. Should I have made this project less complicated? Maybe.
So far, there’s been a lot of taping. I’d say about three parts taping to one part painting, not the happiest ratio. Not to mention the significant amount of time I’ve spent cleaning paintbrushes.
If you can’t tell what I’m up to, let me summarize: triangles. So far, I have red, pink, and yellow, but soon I’ll add orange and white. (For Benjamin Moore acolytes, I’m referring to Red, Strawberry Sorbet, Sun Kissed Yellow, Tangelo, and Simply White.) By the way, these are my back steps–used mostly for grocery schlepping, muddy boot stomping, and kitty box visits. So does it really matter how it turns out? Well, after drawing all those little triangles, taping and painting, I can honestly answer: Yes. It really does matter how it turns out.
Wish me luck and a steady hand.
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OK, after the euphoria from my ombre* porch swing project finally died down, I’ve been fixating on what glorious thing I could do bedazzle and otherwise beautify my back staircase. I mean, look at all the possibilities:
Source: La Belette Rose
I’m so inspired (read confused) that I’m in a state of inertia. I keep reminding myself that it’s just the back staircase–it’s where the litter box is, for God’s sake! We’re not talking about the grand entrance of Tara in Gone With the Wind. Whatever I manage to do to the stair risers, they’re going to be scuffed and sprinkled in kitty litter, so it should be all in good fun.
*ombre–for folks who don’t frequent Pinterest and aren’t in the know about the world of ombre, the term is French for shaded. It’s very, very sophisticated.
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Would you build a boat out of cardboard, cover it in copious amounts of duct tape, and set it afloat (with your children inside) in the Hudson River? Apparently, I would. And I did.
Well, to be more accurate, my kids were set afloat in the narrowest part of the Hudson River, which is located in Schyulerville, New York, where they host the annual Hudson Crossing Park Cardboard Boat Race. And it might be a stretch to imply that I built the boat, because I contributed to the effort not at all. My husband, my kids, and Pop did the work, with Gramma making countless runs to the hardware store for duct tape.
Our boat (modeled after a 1973 Plymouth Barracuda–don’t even ask) was wobbly but it didn’t capsize–at least until its second race. A group of local firemen had the most spectacular collapse of the event. They dive-bombed their own craft mid-river, earning themselves the coveted Titanic Award. Yet no matter how you do in the Cardboard Boat Race, it’s a transient glory. Afterward, the soggy boats wilt into an amorphous sponginess, and most are unceremoniously tossed in a dumpster nearby. Until next year!
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A rainy week at the lake with the tremendous trio of Zeke, Lila and Allie (my son & niece & nephew) resulted in a craft bonanza. We made and we made and we made. Some projects created tangible results, while others were just about the process, man.
Tie-dye spirals–in process
The list of our productivity is long: salt dough beads (a blast, and with many production stages so we could drag it on a bit–but the wet weather made the beads kind of soggy); paper beads (less soggy); marble painting (our paintings faded but rolling marbles through paint puddles was very intriguing); and tie-dye tees (and undies for those who just couldn’t get enough tie-dye!).
Salt dough beads–somewhat soggy!
Here are some helpful links if you happen to find yourself in a damp summer cottage with a few stir-crazy kids:
Salt dough recipe from Crafting Connections
We used this recycled paper bead kit from Green Creativity but you can make them with skewers with instructions from Rookie
Marble painting instructions from First Palette
This youtube video from Jacquard Products really helped me perfect the tie-dye spiral
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I’ve been meaning to paint something pink, so this project satisfied that urge–times five. The whitewash on the porch swing at our family’s summer cottage had turned dishwater gray so it seemed perfect for a little ombre. I bought Benjamin Moore color samples in a range of five pinks: elephant pink, ribbon pink, strawberry sorbet, autumn red, and italiano rose. I mean, who could resist those names?
This paint job was deeply pleasing but also time intensive and tedious–all those little spaces! I used to painter’s tape to demarcate the ombre pattern on the runners on the back of the swing, which I mention here out of pride (I think it looks swell). I’m hooked now–and considering painting the risers on my back stairwell in ombre . . . stay tuned.
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