Thursday, November 27, 2014

It's a Blu Christmas without you or How to decorate a dog for Christmas

I recently ran across these photos of styling our gone-but-not-forgotten dog, Blu, for our Christmas card back in 2005. I had forgotten that we had them!

I miss Blu. He was too smart, too stubborn, too opinionated and had too many rules. Blu's rules. We had rules, he had rules. Quid pro quo.

A lot of people weren't real fond of Blu. He didn't allow himself to be petted. That 'rule' caused a great deal of drama. A great deal of drama.

So this post is to remember Blu at this time of year, for he died near Christmas, and also to show the REAL Blu to those who only saw him glaring at them, showing a fang.

 Here we are, Blu is wondering what the what?

Getting the pose right.

Starting the string lights.

Then came the garland.

Adjust adjust adjust

Blu waiting while I straighten out the antlers.

 Ahhh, almost there.

Hanging the ornaments.

Plugging in the lights.

Our 2005 Christmas card photo.

And the quid pro quo part? Blu got McDonald's french fries for his efforts.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I am thankful for having known Blu Tougher.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

I have met the enemy and it is ..... soy sauce

or maybe it's worcestershire sauce.

Who knows? They both gave me a run for my money recently.

At the local once-a-month flea market a vendor told me of another furniture painter who used soy sauce as a glaze. She also used car wax instead of furniture wax. I'm always eager to try something new so I picked up some Turtle Wax on the way home.

The victim.

This is one end of a vanity. I take vanities apart and make the ends into side tables. There are a lot of wood pieces that need replaced when doing this. And a lot of wood filler gets used. A lot. But the end result is worth it.

I had two red pieces done and ready for glaze so I tried using soy sauce. Bwah ha ha ha ha. Maybe cornstarch is supposed to be mixed in? I dunno. Whatever the case, the soy sauce stuck to the paint just like water. Wipe wipe, dab dab. Wipe wipe, dab dab. And so the minutes turned to days and the days into weeks ..... 

Wipe wipe, dab dab.

Remember in Indian Jones, the scene where the last of many swordsmen came at Indy and all exasperated he just drew his gun and shot the guy? Well, after my last wipe wipe I put regular old glaze on the little cabinet and called it a day.

Are those not the cutest little casters?

 I continued using regular Ralph Lauren glaze.

The third piece in the red group never suffered soy sauce torment.

However, just because soy sauce didn't work, that didn't mean worcestershire sauce wouldn't, right?
So I brushed worcestershire sauce onto a red frame I had and waited for that to dry. And waited. It didn't seem inclined to dry so I left it overnight. The next day I had a sticky, smelly red frame. It really smelled like food. It smelled like food for a couple weeks.

I knew I was in trouble when I caught one of the kitties licking the frame. I washed it in the sink three times to no avail. It was still stinky.

The white residue? That is dried Turtle Wax and I'll have to brush it out. The wax didn't work so well on the red frame, but I had another thought that might work better. I had painted a frame with Annie Sloane CoCo and It was a nice flat neutral color. Just right for a Turtle Wax test.

I brushed wax on and made sure to get into the nooks and crannies. I set it aside until the next day.
Then a pleasant surprise!

The wax worked as a patina. The whole frame looked like it was oxidized by the elements. It's pretty awesome. I'm going to try Turtle Wax on a gold frame and see what happens.

Could be fun.

Did you notice the new background? I've done really well on my junking expeditions lately!