Sunday, October 20, 2013

Origami Owl

I'm pretty sure I was the last person to hear about this jewelry line.  I live under a rock, a very decorated and organized rock!
You all know my hubby lives in Afghanistan, so I don't get out much.  My main focus has been the kids and the house.  Recently I thought maybe I should do something fun for me.
Insert Origami Owl consultant Kim Wilt, she came over and set up the cutest jewelry bar ever!  I invited my friends, we had treats and drinks and shopped.  It was a fun evening.  Plus I bought some really cute stuff for me and the girl!  Christmas is coming, great gift idea.

This is mine, gold of course.  I really love the selection of chains, charms and lockets.  I will have to buy more soon!
A few close ups. 
I think my favorite charm is the Buddha, it has been my daughters nick name since she was about 3 months old.  She had a round belly, what can I say, I'm not that original! 
 This is for Lauren, she wanted silver, so silver it is.  I'm hoping she will come to the gold side as she gets older. 
 I let her pick out everything, it's going to be a stocking stuffer.  I love that she wanted a 'MOM' charm, cause she loves me so much!
 If you have a necklace or get one, I would love to see it!
Thanks for stopping by! 


Saturday, October 19, 2013

I Heart Metalics!

I especially heart metallic of the GOLD variety.  Is that wrong?  Not sure really where this love of Gold came from, my wedding rings are white gold, but when it comes to decorating I'm all about the yellow gold.
I've had this piece in my dining room since I moved in, I bought it for this house, but for over a year it has sat around in a sad state of old wood.  Not the most beautiful piece, but it does the job, holds all my precious gold dishes! 
This week I had a client that wanted her piece painted Primer Red, and I thought what am I going to do with the rest of this can?  I don't get a lot of clients that want this color and I don't have anything this color in my home.  I should point out that I love RED too, but more like an accent.
It got me thinking, and I came up with this idea, based on every thing I've read about gold leafing.  Which isn't a ton, but I did notice a reoccurring theme, most pieces are primed with dark red or brown paint.  Apparently it works well under the gold.
Here is the only decent before picture I could find, but you see what I mean by boring wood?  It had a  ton of potential and good lines, very sturdy.
This is where Primer Red comes to play, two coats with a top coat of clear wax.  I did not photograph this step.  Honestly I've been so bad about blogging this last year, I didn't even think I would do a post, and then I just couldn't help myself....
I wish I could play music at this point to intro this piece to the blog world!  But let's face it, when it comes to every thing tech like, I'm lucky to use my phone...
A couple close ups...I just can't get enough of this piece.  It's my new favorite baby, it makes me want to paint the whole house gold! 
And I know you want to know how I got the gold finish.  I used two tubes of Antique Gold Rub N Buff.  The actual gold leave process was more than I wanted to do, I may try it down the road on a smaller piece.  I love the Rub N Buff, amazing product.  (I wasn't paid to say that, just my opinion)
Thanks for stopping by!  Love you guys. 
Stop by later this week, I'm going to have a give away!!!!
xoxo Tammy


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