Jan 22, 2014

The cats the cold the colors

What's happening?  Looks like another polar blast in the east and we're freezing again, but not much snow here.  I'm about halfway with my painting and wanted to show you a few things.  But before I forget, I mentioned about using jute knots for cat toys - found something better. 
 
 They shredded the jute so I used leather laces and knotted them.  The hockey rink is singing!  Even old man Bud who never played before is wearing himself out.  Because of the cold, I made a makeshift litter box for them because Mark wanted to keep them in, and they used it!  Progress!!  Bud will NOT allow me near him for fear of being put outside so he is camping out in the corner under the chair. 
 Here's the Studio Taupe color that I had Home Depot mix for me in an eggshell enamel.  The close up door on the right is the old color. I don't like a lot of sheen and this has just enough, plus being enamel, it's a very hard finish making for easy cleaning.  It's a taupe that's not pinkish, slightly on the green side, not real light, and not dark.  Just love it.  I'm thinking of stenciling in this foyer.  Now for the big question - am I going to use this over the other darker custom color in the new room?  That decision needs to be made today since it's the next to be painted and that will start late today.
 After my whining about whether or not to dye the Amsterdam Blue a little darker, I did. My home made black walnut stain is kept in the fridge and while sneaking some Genoa salami, I spotted the container.  I'm good.  Take a look at how close this is to the original.  The Amsterdam was just fine the way it was and I took a chance staining it, but it was an impulse and thank goodness it worked out.  This was after three 30 second dips.  I pulled the colors and will be changing one group.  See that long middle leaf starting at the fold?  It's the same as the background colors so I will change the greens to bluish teal.  Still no word from the owner and she may have sold this piece since she is an antique dealer.  After seeing wallets stitched by a reader (whose work I will show in a future post), I realized that the background teal is not linen, it's stitches.  I'll use the linen!  Of course it would be stunning entirely in thread, but I also like to see linen with the texture of the raised areas created by the floss.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it. I started a few stitches and I think this should be done on 40 count, but I'll continue and see if detail is possible on 32 while attempting to keep it small.
See the streak on the printed copy?  Remember my new HP printer and how disappointed I was?  This happens for no reason and at any time and wastes a lot of my ink and paper when making labels.  I need to contact tech service again and demand a replacement.  Enough is enough.
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Back to painting!
Enjoy the day and stay safe - thanks for visiting.
  
 


29 comments:

Robin said...

What a great looking paint color, Marly! Your linen dunking turned out super as well.

Stay warm!

Robin in Virginia

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Ahhh cute cat! I love the paint color you chose! Is this going to be the final color? That fabric turned out perfect!

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

I LoVe your new color doors. The fabric is a Gorgeous dye . Just prim perfect!
Very cold here too. BRrrrrrrrrrr.

Melissa said...

I would love to see the inside of your house!

I'm also looking forward to seeing more of this new sampler you are making - love all the colours!

moosecraft said...

Mahvelous paint! Looks great! Poor Mr. Bud... i think he probably sleeps with one eye open... lol! I can't imagine how long it would take to stitch the background teal of that purse... the stained teal linen will mighty fine.... We received just about a foot of the white crap here in central nj... so dang bitterly cold...

Evelyne said...

The fabric colour looks great!
I also love the painting colour.

Stay warm,
Evelyne

Mugwump Woolies said...

Gorgeous paint...gorgeous linen...gorgeous cat!
Robyn

Maggee said...

The paint is a good color--you done good! And the fabric color change is perfect to me! Great dye job! You didn't show the leather lace toys! I can just picture them having fun all over your wood floors!

samplerlover said...

Love the paint colour that you have chosen Marly. Really lovely. I also love looking at your house. It's lovely.
It's raining where I am. Thank goodness the heat wave has gone.
Oh I love our wallet. It should look really lovely when you get it done. I would also forget about doing the backing. I think that you have chosen the right linen for the job :). - Sandra.

CJ said...

I really like the linen shade for that project. Good job. Now where did I put my walnut stain???

Hope you get your painting finished soon. Are you able to properly ventilate with the cold weather?

CJ

C. M. Designs said...

Good for the kitties using the litter box.. They know when they have a good thing and toys "to boot".
You did an amazing job dyeing the fabric.. I know you'll be thrilled when the two horses are finished..
Your paint color and finish is beautiful and so "prim".. I love it. Stenciling would be gorgeous.
Stay warm and full of comfort food. ;o)
Charlotte in Virginia

Anonymous said...

Your paint job is so professional looking!!
The cats are so lucky to have you and your husband looking out for them! (They are stray/feral/wild cats,right?)
Mouse

Anonymous said...

Oh! And it's exciting to see the colors you're considering for Two Horses. Mouse

Faye said...

Taupe is spot on..... And, your dyeing skills are also!!!

Barb said...

Taupe is wonderful. It looks just right for the look of your home, at least what I see on the blog! Two Horses is looking great.

Margaret said...

I love the paint color! I love your dyed fabric! LOVE it!

Judy said...

Your paint color is really nice. I always enjoy seeing your dyeing of your linen...I have not taken that plunge yet. Especially after stitching. Perhaps it would be good to give it a go before stitching. Is winter over yet?

Judy heartland stitcher

Pondside said...

I love the doors - beautiful shade.

Ginny said...

You've made a great color choice!

Chris said...

Funny cats! smart too.
That color looks great on the door.
Looks like a wonderful project, I love that teal color.

Annmarie said...

Wonderful colors in every way - the taupe doors, the linen dye and the individual choices of thread color. I'm so excited to see the WIP. I look forward to your post always.

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Love your paint color...that is the exact color I want for the lower half of my front room...how I wish I had wood floors..love the de job too..it already looks antique! Stay warm!...Jan

Melody said...

Your new paint color is great. I too, would love to see more pictures of your house. I'm glad the cats accepted the litter box and are staying inside more when it's so cold.

butterfly said...

Stay warm Marly , love the colour on the doors .

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Like the stained version! Non-pink taupe is right on, too.

Penny Shepherd said...

Marly your linen turned out beautiful!! I'm excited to watch your progress on the Two Horses again.

Pam in IL said...

I like the linen color and I'm sure your piece will look great. Sorry you're having issues with the HP printer. I have completely given up on HP anything and everything because of the continuous problems.

Catherine said...

Love your paint color and your doors!! Your fabric and fibers look great for your next project!

Suzanne said...

You have made a great change in colours, subtle but noticeable.

Love the choice in linen and thread.

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