Apr 11, 2018

As small as a bird or as big as a house,

the color is always a problem with me.
Hello folks.  Been down my aunt's house with her sons, sorting through the household.  I am uncomfortable at times, because she was vibrant a week ago and we have been dismantling her house already.  I know people that have left everything as is for a year until they were ready, some remove it all days later.  Maybe that's easier to do, before the shock wears off and emotions muddle the task.  She had removed much over the years to make it easier when the time came, and her sons are thankful for that. 
 
Also been playing with the stain colors again.  I like the color but would prefer it be darker.  I am really irked by the paint companies not offering sample sizes (or even quarts) for customers to test on their house without spending a fortune.  Sherwin Williams guaranteed to match the Cabot color, they didn't come close, and failed to tell me that was the last day of the 30% off sale.  When I walked in the next morning I was shocked to pay almost $60 for a gallon.  But the painter's estimate came in lower than I expected so I'm very relieved.
 
 As for stitching, I did not like the yellow bird on the blue and started another on the flax Belfast.  I haven't given up on the blue just yet.  The bottom area is stitched in 924 which I'm removing.  The yellow bird may look better with a softer neutral there.  I think there are times when introducing a color that doesn't work may be because of color in another area.  Does that make sense?
Whenever in doubt, I freeze.  Solid.  I stare at it for way too long, trying to visualize a change, which accomplishes nothing. 
 
Hope the week is going well.
 
Thanks for visiting.
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5 comments:

Amanda said...

You're absolutely right about colors being affected by colors nearby. There's enough color theory on the subject to drive you quite mad. But it certainly happens. Thanks for the warning about the lack or properly sized or priced house paint samples. I am the Paint Sample Queen; when I'm painting walls, they wind up looking like patchwork quilts before I'm done. I know I want to change my house color a bit when we paint, but it sounds like I won't be able to go my usual route. This is going to be even harder than I thought it was going to be!

Rugs and Pugs said...

I'm sure your cousins are most grateful for your help. It's not easy. I waited a couple years before emptying my mom's house.
SW seems to have a sale every few weeks, so hopefully you can get the paint on sale.
Good luck!
Lauren

Margaret said...

Been catching up on your posts. I'm sorry for your loss of your youngest Aunt. Your family's losses in threes -- you sent shivers up my spine with that. I hope it's not true this time. Good luck with the house painting, and the stitching.

Robin in Virginia said...

Marly, I am sorry to hear about your Aunt's passing. I totally agree with you about offering sample sizes in paint. I hope you find a suitable color. Your stitch looks good. I find myself stitching more things on Flax colored linen.

Karen Budnick said...

Thankfully, my mom pared down significantly as she aged. I'm all for doing the same as we're going to scale down our living space within the next couple of years. I'm starting to stitch a bit again after many years. Adding stash to the already existing yarn and fiber. And I have the nerve to nudge my husband to get rid of some of his books? I read somewhere that the goal should be to be able to put all your belongings into a few boxes when you die. It's going to take a while...

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