Ok I have got to get busy painting. This is my next piece to re-purpose. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to put on it. I'm hoping to get it done quickly so I can get it on my etsy for Christmas. Work got really busy and I have been putting in some over time which was badly needed. It should slow back down now. Anyway, I'll leave you with your minds turning.
My brother has recently passed a few brush cleaning tips along to me. The first is a cleaning tip. He uses Fels Naptha to clean his brushes. You can find this in the laundry detergent section in the grocery store. It comes in the form of a bar. After you are finished painting rub the brush across the bar a few times, then swish in some water, repeat until brush is clean. He also suggests using Masters brush cleaner after this to condition your brushes but it is not necessary as the Masters can be quite expensive. Now for my tip. He said to always dry your brushes with the ferrule down so water doesn't collect (which until talking with him I've never done). So my idea is to take a coat hanger and clothes pins and after each brush is cleaned simply clip by the handle to the hanger to dry. You could fit several on one hanger.
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This year has surely flown by. November already and Thanksgiving is well on it's way. Then Christmas. Whew it's a whirlwind for sure. If you scroll down and look at my earlier posts you will see a photo of my kitchen counter full of "in progress" stuff. Well, it's all been painted up and listed on my Etsy site. I add a few photos at the end of this post. I have an interview tomorrow for a part time job that will last through Christmas. It is going to make for some burning of the midnight oil but I need the extra income. So I will work my full time job and permitting I get the 2nd job then it will be home to paint or bake, which is a new venture I will talk more about in another post. It is almost time for bed so I will post a few photos and talk with you soon.
Wow where did the warm weather go? It has been dreary, rainy and chilly all week here. I am not a cold weather person at all anymore. Age does change you. However, the chilly days do put you in the mood for the fast approaching holidays. I've been doing some more painting and I'll post some pics soon. I was just getting into the fall theme and now it's time to put those down and get some Christmas/Winter themes going. Time is surely flying by. Time to get back to work for the remainder of the day, then home to paint some more. I hope everyone has a peaceful day doing what ever it is you might be into. See you soon!
Busy day at work then home, dinner, and painted the evening away. It was probably not such a good idea to get so many at one time started as now I have to come up with something to put On them. I have a few ideas for a couple of the pieces. Maybe I will have it all sorted out tomorrow. My etsy is in the makings so I've got to fill it up now. Keep checking...I'll be sure to post and update and link when I actually open up Andrea's Alley on Etsy.
Hi everyone! This is all new to me so be patient I will get the hang of it soon. My first post is going to be a "what's to come of sorts". So what is to come? I want to share with you the crafts I make, tips that I want to share, maybe even a how to here and there, or a recipe. As I have arrived at a new point in my life I am hoping to take a new path "or alley as it were" and see where I go from here. Stay with me as I stroll down this path and I'll be sure to share what I see and learn as I go.
Crafts have been a part of my life since I was a child. I guess you could say I come by it honestly. My mother was always making something and even supplemented the household income with them. That is now what I hope to do. My brother is a Fine Arts professor at the University of Alabama and my sister is a Potter. The tradition has carried on down through the years now with my children who love to make things whether it be in drawing, or my daugher enjoys many mediums just as I do.
I am a transplanted southern girl who began in Florida and moved to North Carolina when I was 13, and I have been here ever since.
I hope to share my thoughts, my musings and even a tip or two as I go along. This is a new venue for me so please bear with me as I embark on a new part of my life and won't you come along on the journey with me?