No, don't panic, I'm not really distressed! It's just that I went on a one day workshop with daughter number two last Saturday, where we were taught how to distress furniture! Shabby Chic it's called, and I just love the effect.
I'm sure some of my American bloggy friends will be excellent at this, because they certainly seem to be into crafts in some form or another in quite a big way! However, my daughter and I were complete novices.
We could only take a small item of furniture each, as anything bigger wouldn't have fitted into the car. I found this old stool in the garage - very dark wood and absolutely splattered with paint marks. Just the job I thought. Unfortunately, I cannot let you see a 'before' photo, because my camera started to play up, and I ended up taking the other photos with the camera on my phone.
|This is the stool after being well rubbed down and the first coat of paint applied
My daughter and I both really enjoyed the day, and I can imagine that this 'distressing' lark could become quite addictive. I am now looking at all the pieces of furniture that we have in the house, to see where I can start! I did take along a lovely Duck Egg Blue paint, but, apparently, it was the wrong sort. DOH! I shall certainly be looking to use some lovely pastel colours in the future.
This photo is after it had been given a couple of coats of top coat, then distressed, and then waxed to give it a nice sheen. I must say that I was very pleased with my first attempt!
All I can say is that hubby had better not stand still too long, otherwise I shall be distressing him!
My facebook followers will know that a couple of weeks ago, our local Friends' Group of Children's Hospice South West (there are six of us in the group) held another fund-raising evening. This timed in the local Church. It was an evening of song, and everyone had donated their services for nothing. As we didn't have to pay for the Church, it meant that every single penny went direct to the Hospice. We were thrilled to raise £665 on the night, and then we were given a further donation of £50, and the Church gave us half of the monies raised during their Flower Festival, which was taking place at the same time. This amounted to £300, so imagine how thrilled we were that the total came to just over £1,000.
As I type this, unbelievably, September is coming to an end, and it will soon be time for my holiday in Gran Canaria with my lovely granddaughter, Eleanor.
Oh, we have a new kid on the block - fishducky. I remember how everyone made me very welcome when I first joined bloggyland almost two years ago now, and I would recommend that you go and pay fishducky a visit - just click on her name and (hopefully!) it will take you right to her blog. Although her blog is quite new, she has been commenting on blogs for some time, and I was always taken with her very funny comments on Carol's blog (facing50withhumour). So!, if you want a smile, pop on over there.
I know that I am now making this post a little longer than usual (and I do usually try to keep them fairly short) but I just wanted to say a huge "thank you" to all of you that come over to leave comments for me, especially the ones that comment on every single post - and you know who you are my friends! Because of time, I don't now respond to individual comments as I always did at the beginning, but I just wanted to let you know how much each and every comment is appreciated by me;
Take care everyone. I won't be posting my usual Sunday Snaps feature this weekend, but I will see you again on Monday.