Tuesday, April 29, 2003  

New Project

Here we are in amazingly sunny Las Vegas... with the famous Stratosphere sprouting like an over-excited asparagus. Pretty cute bunch, if I do say so myself (and I do!!) I'm still in the process of dealing with all the pictures from the trip... I need to get them all cropped etc... and burned to cd's for the girls. And order a big set of prints from Shutterfly or Ofoto so I can put together a little album... :)

I started knitting with the mill-end cotton last night- a simple dishcloth to start, then branching out to swatches of possible aran patterns for an upcoming sweater. So far, the cotton is fine... I think it'll soften up a lot with washing. I do have to put a band-aid on the finger I use to control tension- the cotton is a little rough running over the skin. But I do love to natural color, and hope the sweater will work out (since I can't wear wool next to my skin!) I had a very co-ordinated night last night... knitting with creamy colored cotton, eating creamy custard. MMMMMM- I love custard, so I finally bought some custard cups and made my own. Yummers! Cricket helped wash the bowls. :)

Last night, as the title of today's post suggests, I started a new project. Just in case I needed one. I had an old "regular" bulletin board- you know, the brown cork color:

Nothing exciting. If it is going to be hanging on my wall, it needs to be exciting. I'm like that. :) I thought about covering it with fabric, or pretty wrapping paper or something, but I thought that would get messed up too quickly. Then, in the mail, I got one of my purchases from the craft books club... Celtic Designs. Inspiration hit, and I will (hopefully) jazz up the board with a cool celtic border, and, depending on how hard that was to do, a central design as well. The first step (after a trip to the craft store) was to spray paint the bulletin board black:

I did 2 more coats after this picture was taken to make sure it was well-covered. Now I have to get the border template put together, and hopefully Wednesday (after the paint is VERY dry) I can start transfering the design to the board. After that, painting... not my forte, but I can definitely (usually) color in the lines. I will just have to remember to be extremely CAREFUL throughout this whole process, and do everything VERY slowly. I guess if I totally screw up I can always cover the mistakes with black spray paint... but it would be REALLY cool if this works out. I'll make sure I take lots of pictures as I go.... :)

And if I'm successful with my bulletin board project, I'll have:
difficiles nugae
"hard-earned trifles"


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