Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Finishes, Yes, I actually finished two things!


I finished the piece I was working on and the piece I finished earlier. The old houses is a design by Primitive Spirits, gifted to me by a friend. I loved the design and had thought I would mount it on wood and add nail hooks for a key holder, but I changed my mind.

I remembered I had a square box and it was the perfect size for this piece. The box was gray, but I painted it white, then sage green and sanded it down. I was hoping for more white to show, but my hand is still messed up, so not strong enough for heavy sanding. I ended up antiquing it to match the piece. The punch looks lighter than it is, it is more stained than shows, so it goes perfectly with the box. I think it would make a nice gift and something they can use to put items in.


The second piece was a free design by Julie of The Old Tattered Flag. Another design I loved when I saw it and the perfect gift for a friend who has a birthday coming up. I like making pillows, they are small enough to fit anywhere and go nice in settings. I also remembered why I don't use java stain on punched pieces, it leaked out and the hidden colors like green, came out. I had to rinse it a few times to get it out, but it left some darker staining.


Today was one of those days when I felt overwhelmed with all I had to do. We are heading to camp tomorrow for a 3 day weekend. I had to cook food, clean up all the messes, pack clothing, laundry, clean house and finish some rocks to take with me, but I got most of it done. Just a few more dishes and I will vacuum and tomorrow I can get last minute things done. The nice thing about camping nearby is we can leave later and only a half hour away. We are camping at the state park on the lake with a spot next to the boat launch, so I plan on relaxing and paddling and getting some bike riding in, this time.

I wasn't doing very well with my painting last week, so I took a few that weren't too bad and finished them up quickly. Not the best, but I am sure, whoever finds them will have fun and that is what counts. I can do the rest, next week, to take on our next trip. Then that will be it, I have lots of quilting and things to make and the holidays will be here before I know it.

I hope  you all have a nice weekend, and prayers for those in the hurricane's path.


11 comments:

Rugs and Pugs said...

I just love your punch needle finishes. The box is perfect!
Have fun camping!
Lauren

Kate said...

Beautiful finishes, Debbie! Anyone who finds your rocks will be delighted. Enjoy your time at camp.

Karen said...

The Old Houses piece is my favorite. You are very creative with the use of your pieces.

Denise Russell said...

You got a lot done! Love the box, the painting, everything. I hope you have a fantastic time at camp.

Sandi said...

Both your projects look wonderful, lucky friends to get them from you Debbie. I like how the painted box colour turned out and the needlepunch design is lovely.

Your rocks are wonderful. How deid you manage to find the one oerfect for the crocodile/alligator. Great find for someone lucky. Cute bees?

Hope you have lovely weather for the weekend and have a good time paddling,

Julie Fukuda said...

The box is so sweet and the pillow, charming. Visiting my kids I see today's style is a conglomeration of pillows artfully arranged at the top of the bed. I guess sleeping on a semi-single futon on the floor is not the best place to show off such darling pieces of work. Someone is going to snatch up those rocks with a big smile,

Fiona said...

I love how you finished off the box and the little cushion is lovely too.... great stone painting. HOpe your camping is lovely and relaxing.. there is always so much to think about at home but the washing and dusting etc will always be there....
Hugz

Allie-oops Designs said...

Oh my golly that box is STUNNING!!! Truly gorgeous, Debbie, and I love the pillow too! The rocks are awesome - I don't know why you say "not the best", I really don't, I think they're fabulous. I hope you're having a grand time!

Robin Klein said...

Love all your items! Why are we so strongly self critical eveyone else likes our stuff? Replies: robinsbusiness@hotmail.com

acorn hollow said...

You are always so creative I sure wish I would take the time to do the same. I hope you enjoyed your camping wonderful weather
Cathy

Jennie in GA said...

Those rocks will make for the most fun finds!!! Love your sweet punchneedle pieces, too. You have been a busy girl.