Yesterday was incredibly busy! It seemed like every second of the day was filled up, and while I felt I was really running, I did accomplish a great deal so it wasn’t a bad thing at all. I started out at 6am and didn’t call it a night until after midnight, but I am so happy with all that got done that until the very end, I didn’t even feel tired.
It started out with taking sweet Coco to the vet. Once again I have to give kudos to the new vet and office. Not only did they get me in there early, but they were very thorough in their care of Coco and hopefully she is on the road to recovery. The vet believes she has some sort of mild bacterial infection in her intestine and gave me some antibiotics to help clear it up. Hopefully that is all it is and she will feel better soon. She was the model traveler, and I was able to hold her on my lap for the hour long trip and let her sleep on the back seat of the car on the way home – even while doing all my errands. She was calm and didn’t yowl and I believe she knew we were trying to help her.
The late morning and afternoon was filled with errands. There is a time when you just have to get things done and I had to jump in and do everything that I needed. I had plenty of work to do at home, but getting things out of the way was also an accomplishment and I felt really good about that.
We got home late in the afternoon and Keith decided to take a drive to Bernie’s to plane and prep some more wood. We were actually getting low on some of our favorites and it was time to prep some more. I was surprised because he ran along side me all day, but his thinking was that most of the day was gone anyway so he may as well get that out of the way as well. I was happy however that he didn’t require me to go with, as I had plenty that I needed to get done here. As an added bargain, I told him that I would tend to the four loads of laundry that needed to be done. He hates doing laundry and it helped me being able to stay close by here so I could multi-task in the mean time.
So now the really fun part came in:
I had cut multiple sets of my key ornaments the other day because (as usual!) I had several finishing options in mind. I only completed two sets last night, but I was absolutely thrilled with the results so far and I wanted to share them with you all.
My first option was to first paint the 1/8” plywood keys solid black. I did this with acrylic paint. I then used DecoArt Glamour Dust Fine Glitter Paint (in black) on the faces of them. I had first tried the regular Craft Twinkles (in black), which were larger chunks of glitter, but I found that it didn’t cover as much and the chunks were too large for the fine detail of the work. There was a spot of glitter here and a spot of glitter there and it looked like it wasn’t fully covered. The Glamour Dust is a finely ground glitter, almost like a shimmery powder and gave a much better look for these pieces. I had also tried to use the sprinkle on Glamour Dust loose glitter, painting the piece with the black Glamour Dust Paint first to adhere it, but that only came in clear and gold and both colors overpowered the black and I lost the effect I wanted, so I went back to the black Glamour Dust Paint. I really, REALLY like this product because there is NO messy glitter dust all over and nothing is wasted. While I may use the loose GD for some things or accents, the GD Paint works far better for covering pieces such as this.
The results were really incredible! I then decided to accent the keys with some beautiful rhinestone BLING! Once again I used my heat-set stones from Rhinestone Canada and they looked really awesome! I know I am going to be using these a LOT to accent many of the projects that I make! Of course you could leave them off, but I ask one question – “Why?”
Here are pictures of the finished keys with the black Glamour Dust paint followed by “Black Diamond” rhinestones:
The “Black Diamond” rhinestones are a beautiful, deep charcoal color. I thought they went perfectly with the shimmery black GD paint. I know it is hard to get the full effect with the pictures, but I am going to get out my light box later today and try to take better shots.
For the other set, I decided I wanted to have a flat black base and use clear Crystal rhinestones. Even though I am the self-proclaimed “Queen of Bling” I must say that I almost liked this look even better:
The striking contrast of the flat black paint and the beautifully shiny rhinestones gave an absolutely stunning effect! I think it has a bit of a “retro” look to it and when the light catches the rhinestones, they are amazingly beautiful.
I pretty much accented the pieces here and there where I saw fit. To be honest – it was difficult to stop! At first I didn’t do the shoe buttons, but since I had some tiny 2mm rhinestones, I figured – why not? I honestly could have kept going and adding, but I think that the accents that I did are going to be fine!
I have another idea and another set to work on today, as well as the plaque that I previewed to you yesterday for the magazine. It is going to be another incredibly busy and fun day seeing all of these ideas come together.
I have had many people ask me when the key ornaments will be available on the site. I am looking to do an update probably tomorrow and will announce my progress here. I also have been asked by many to make this set into a painting packet, both in key and ornament form, and I am going to be working on that this weekend. Hopefully I will have packets ready for the painters by early next week.
So with that said, I need to get a move on and get this posted. It is overcast and misty here in our side of the country. I can’t tell if it is raining or not. It is cool as well and the air is crisp. My favorite time of the year is approaching. It is going to be a wonderful autumn.
Have a great day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"