I keep trying to get this blog updated… and Facebook keeps pulling me away…. “Hi my name is Kathy and I am a Facebook addict”….
Hold the horses! I am not addicted to facebook, no really I am not, it is just all the pretty pictures and great ideas…. and I love to share them, besides…. no one comments here and I am not so sure too many people are reading this dribble that flows from my head to my fingers…. But I do love to tell the story!
So hear goes,
“Once upon a time…. There was a beautiful portmanteau that had survived two ocean voyages and more train and bus trips than she could ever calculate and sadly she was beginning to show her age…..”
At this point, I had already painted the leather bands around the ends. I used CeCe Caldwell’s Portland Rose…. it is a soft peachy pink and oh so beautiful!
After painting the portmanteau with one coat of Portland Rose I let it dry completely and then added a second coat.
You can really see the difference a second coat of paint makes! I am really loving this and the look I am getting!
Next I painted the leather bands with Virginia Chestnut and then dry brushed Portland Rose over the Virginia Chestnut for that aged leather look!
I also painted the hardware with Virginia Chestnut. Next comes the fun part! I chose one of my new French stencils or should I say this French stencil chose the the portmanteau. At the time I had no idea what this stencil was saying, I liked the size and it was perfect fit for my portmanteau.
I did not take pictures of this step, but this is what I did… using painters blue tape (that I borrowed from the hubbies paint store) and after deciding the perfect position for the stencil, measuring a little, I taped it down. Using my stencil brush and Virginia Chestnut I dabbed paint all over the stencil… well actually just where the letters were cut out.
Can you say LOVE!!! Now I know this looks perfect…. but if you get up close, you will see that it is not…. and I did have some bleed after I removed the stencil… I just repainted those letters with the Portland Rose and then stenciled them again…. Don’t be afraid of stencils, they are really easy and fun!
The next step was to apply a sealing coat. I chose to use CeCe Caldwell’s new Waxing Cream. This was the first time I had used our Waxing Cream. It gives you a harder finish then our Clear Wax and a great hand rubbed shine. Also, you use very, very little…. watch for a waxing video from moi in the near future! My first wax love is CeCe’s Clear Wax, but I have to tell you… I am really loving this Waxing Cream! There is virtually no dry time. You come back and wipe off excess, if there is any and you are buffing before you know it, the finish changes before you eyes! AMAZING!
See what I mean!!! I LOVE IT!
Laine Et Coton Tisse
Doux au Toucher
Tres Longue Duree
Bon pour repriser et coudre
(whats this mean?)
Earlier I told you the stencil picked the portmanteau… I had no idea what the stencil meant when I used it, so I looked it up on http://translate.reference.com/translate and this is what it means….
Wool and Cotton Weave
soft with the touch
very long life
good to darn and sew
Perfect for a portmanteau that has had a “very long life” transporting from city to city, country to country fine “Wool and Cotton Weave” for many a her sojourn friends!
May my “Chocolate Rose” have many a added years to her “Very Long Life” as she journeys near and far!
Until next time…
…and hopefully not so long from now
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I have been asked by several “where did you get your stencil”
answer: I purchased the stencil from Maison De Stencils
Laine Et Coton Tisse 12×18 Stencil