Friday, August 3, 2012


I am not accustomed to doing heavy duty labor, but I have certainly outdone myself in the last two months. I love painting, sculpture, and needlework, but I have done TOO much of the labor intensive work lately! Let's just say I am happy to be finished.  I probably refinish, on average, a piece of  furniture every 4 or five years.

In the past couple of months, in addition to my regular work, I have refinished a double pedestal dining room table, stripped 6 dining room chairs, stripped a large dresser and mirror, gilded the mirror and stripped it again, because I wasn't happy with the results. I rarely refinish furniture, but these pieces fell into my lap, and it is outrageously expensive to have it done, several thousand for the pieces I had to finish.

I have painted four oils, sewn and embroidered numerous linen towels, some of them bath size, and for all of the graduates I embroidered white linen hand towels with their initials in their favorite colors, and I can’t tell you how many pieces I embroidered for my daughter and myself.  I would not like to think that I had to do all of this for a living.  I will try to get some pictures made of all of this work soon.  

Summer is the time for me to get work like this done, because I detest the heat, and I try to stay inside as much as possible. Once I have all of my materials and machines out, I like to get it done and put it all away until another bout of insanity hits, usually once a year or longer. Spring, fall, and winter are my favorite seasons, and I love every minute of each.

I also plan to sculpt a few portrait busts to cast and revisit painting with watercolor, which I haven’t done in years. Most importantly, I have been spending time with my daughter, who is home from college and will be returning soon for her last year.

I am looking forward to getting back to my normal work schedule.  Thank you for your friendship, support, and loyalty to my blog, as it is my true labor of love. 

Have a great weekend, and ENJOY these images!

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