Saturday, October 8, 2011

Time Will Be Spent Waiting For The Paint To Dry

Given the state of our finances and the time of year it is, I'm going to have to be somewhat creative when it comes to gift giving. Which is perfectly all right since I am somewhat creative. A little paint, some dollar store stemware, some stemware not from the dollar store, some candles, glass plates, inexpensive hurricane glass chimneys for those popular oil lamps and I'm thinking the Season of Giving might just be a winner in my house.

Same ideas can be used on the 4" ceramic wall tiles available at Lowes. With the addition of felt on the backs, the tiles can be combined in sets of 4 or 6, packaged with some attractive ribbon and voila! Coasters to protect the wood table tops from damage caused by wet glasses.

Of course, all of this takes time, and since I thought of it early, I will have the time to do some unique and elegant items. Not just flowers, but fruits of the vine would work for much of what I'm planning. I should even be able to find the time to post a couple of times a week since there is always that stage of painting where one must have patience while the paint cures.

I haven't been painting much since I no longer do craft shows. Once in awhile I paint a piece for me, but for the most part, the table sits unused. I need to change that since one of my stress relieving tools is painting. That's the one area in which I cut myself some slack since paint can be washed off when mistakes are made. Too bad I can't do that with the rest of my life. Seems like the perfect stress relief. Wash it away.


  1. The glasses are beautiful. I think they'll make terrific gifts.

  2. Beautiful work Sherry. Great gifts. I admire the skill in the flowers. Do you still paint your rock kitties?

  3. Skinny,

    I am fortunate in that much of my family appreciates the handmade more than they do the commercial. We have such a large family, the kids and grandkids, plus there's a tradition in my family of Christmas at an Aunt and Uncle's where gifts are exchanged. No matter what, there's always a way, and I found one that will work well for me.

  4. Bupu,.

    The pictures aren't of my work, I just included them to show the technique I use. It's called One Stroke and was invented by Donna Dewberry. I have a picture that I submitted to a magazine back in 1996 I think, of what I had managed with her technique. She autographed it, commented on it and the magazine sent it back to me.

    Yes, I still do the rocks. Last one I did was a fawn for a friend. Since I'm no longer selling, I don't get to do too many things, so this will be fun.