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Thursday, October 18, 2012

It's Been A Long Time

As you can imagine, it's been strange around here lately. The house fees so empty without a rabbit. For the first couple of weeks, I couldn't stand to be in the house. I was doing a lot of walking, and some gardening. Then, I decided to take on some home renovation. I have been working on giving the Oldest Daughter's room an update.

I have been stripping. Wallpaper, that is. What a messy job!

 
And then, there was some spackling and sanding. It's amazing how many tack holes a kid can put in a wall. There were even holes down near the floor. Why??? I can't imagine any reason to tack something to the wall that low....

 
Priming followed. See that fabric hanging by the window? That's the inspiration for the room.


The walls have now been painted to match the blue of the fabric (no picture yet). It's an odd blue, with a touch of green in it, and then greyed down. The color name on the paint chip is "Blue Stream".

Since the kid took her furniture with her when she moved south, we purchased a futon for the room. It will have a red cover, and eventually I will make a quilt to match. I'm also going to refinish the built-in drawers, replace the tacky old ceiling fan, and gather some of my treasures from my blogland friends into the room. Unfortunately there is no budget to replace the carpet with flooring, so a throw rug will have to cover that pink for now. I'll show you more pictures as the work goes on.

In other news, the Younger One was home from college this past weekend. It was actually parent's weekend at her college, but she came home to attend the opening of Tom Grady's show, 100 Portraits: A LifetimeAt A Glance, at the Sprinkler Factory in Worcester, Ma.  In a little over a year, he painted 100 portraits, one of someone for every year from 0 to 100. The Younger One was the model for 18. Here she is standing next to it. It was done back when she still had all her curls.

 
Here she is standing next to her sister, the model for 23. When I saw the photo of this one on his website, I didn't like it as much as her sister's. Then, I saw it in person, and was blown away. Tom totally captured her in this portrait. 
 

Quite a few of the models were at the show, and he did a wonderful job with all of them. The only ones who didn't look exactly like their portraits were the youngest kids, but that had more to do with them changing. Kids have a tendancy to do that. You can see all the portraits here.   But, if you are anywhere near Worcester, I encourage you to check out the show. It's on until October 28, 2012.

6 comments:

speedyrabbit said...

Thats quite a lot of work you are doing,have you read about Speedy's visitor yet?Hope you don't give up having a bunny or 2 yet,hugs Speedy and Rach

Crafty Green Poet said...

You seem to have been very productive with the DIY!

Nice paintings too.

brandi b said...

Yes, Karen. Rabbits Eat Quilts blog NEEDS a rabbit for us to drool over.
In time, in time, though. Finish your renovation and we can drool (and envy!) your new room. How cool to have your daughters caught forever in works of art!

Michelle May said...

Nothing like some redecorating to make you feel better and keep the mind busy. Looks great so far.
Looooooooove those portraits. How cool is that!

bunnits said...

You have been busy!

The paintings are awesome because of the great models.

Annette F Tait said...

I've been away for too long!! sorry to hear about precious Weasley,
Wes and I send our love to you xxx