Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Makey Makey

Hello hello! 


 Canary & Co have finally moved to a bigger aviary. Ahhh, finally some room to spread my wings and and get up to some crafty mess-making. So I thought I would share with you some of my current creative muses as well as some that took place at the old nest. Heh heh, sorry if you are not appreciating all the bird puns. I blame Curious Acorn; whenever my blog hiatuses go on too long, she sends me a barrage of canary related puns on how I have to get back to my blog. 


Anyhow, so far today I've done some sewing (more on that at a later date) and attempted my first batch of homemade baby food. No, I am not an Earth mother; while I love farmer's markets, I ashamedly admit that I love out of season fruits and vegetables as well. I don't worry too much about the hazards of store bought things although I do love to cook. Mostly, Tilly is a hungry hungry hippo and baby food is expensive! So while I'm not an Earth mother, I'm feeling like a domestic goddess today. 


One of my most recent and finished projects was sprucing up a piece of furniture. In case you haven't noticed already, I love vintage. I also love French country style. There is a French antique shop near my house that I love to peruse from time to time. Believe me, I must be a glutton for punishment because everything in the shop is amazingly beautiful and exceedingly expensive. I drool the whole time and I always imagine the the shop keepers are whispering in French, "ugh, there's that girl that never buys anything."


Since I cannot afford real French antiques and since I loving doing things myself, I decided to try my hand at antiquing furniture. I started by consulting the great and powerful Google to learn how.  After watching a wonderful tutorial on how to do antiquing, I then set to work scoring the internet and local antique shops for the perfect piece. In the process, I'd like to think I've be come a bit of a pro on furniture names and styles. I finally decided on a hulking, break-your-back-carrying manrobe. It's a great art deco piece and perfect for giving a makeover. 


After showing Rhys the tutorial, he wanted to help out too which was good since I was still pregnant and wasn't really meant to be painting. I did, however, get to use the power sander and beat up on the manrobe a bit. I also picked the color; French blue, which seemed fitting. I have to apologize for the poor photos as the manrobe was in a tight space for photographing but I think you can still get the idea. I will include a better photo in a later post.

Before


After



Now that it's done, the manrobe actually belongs to Tilly (the lucky duck!) though, I have thought of usurping it many a time. Let me tell you, it's love between this manrobe and I...and commitment; when we were looking at flats, a few had to be turned down because the manrobe wouldn't have fit through the door or up the stairs. In any case, it was a very fun experience and one that I hope to repeat.