I am completely recharged and ready to work.
I cooked for over three hours last night. I made food for the week.
I met someone on OKCupid. They seem too good to be true, but for right now I am over the moon with the possibilities and anticipation.
I went through the vintage glass with Doc that he got me. I wanted to see if he wanted any of it, once I had cleaned it up. But he declined. So it is all getting silver leafed once the sun comes up and I can see what I am doing outside with the clear spray coat on the glass. I also need to get the leaf off of the protective sheets before I start working. I learned that before. They are stuck on (why it was on clearance, I suppose), and need to be finessed. While the gloss is drying is not the time to be messing with that. So preparation is the key. The leafing is the easy part. I’m just worried about the adhesive. I’ve never used this technique before, and though it seems foolproof, I am more than a fool with some things.
But I really think they would make a great addition to the shop, class it up a little. So I will work slowly and try my best to make them look great.
I’ve also decided to sell my set of mid-century silver-etched designer cocktail glasses. I can get about $50 for the set. And they are just sitting here. Taking up space. I don’t appreciate them. They don’t belong. I loved them for as long as I could. It’s time to pass them on to a collector who will appreciate them. So I will gather the information today and list them. In fact, I’m going to sell off as much off the clutter that is either valuable and vintage/antique, or can be upcycled. Ikea is opening here in a few days. And we will be on top of our finances again in a month or so. I want to start decorating in this century. That means clearing out the old stuff we have. I can do that. I’m creative.
I found this neat way to cover cheap wine/champagne glass stems with polymer clay. I can use Mokume Gane designs and make them really nice. Same thing with cheap thrift store flatware. I am wondering if I do that to my old flatware, if Doc will get me new, matching flatware, or new, specialized flatware, since I have special forks and spoons.
So much to do. Frankly, doing it on Etsy has really simplified my life for now. Setting up the shop on the website was, at the very least, daunting. It is something I am going to have to take time with. With Etsy, I just fill out a form and upload a photo and I’m done. It’s over. Everything else is automatic. For right now, it is what’s right for me. Plus the built in traffic. That can’t be beat.
Oooh, the silver leaf looks cool. Antiqued, coming off. I glazed over it, so no more will come off. I did it firs on an 80’s piece that was smooth, to try it out. Looks great. On the textured pieces, like the candy dish and the rocks glass, it’s going to look amazing. And the rocks glass should be used as a votive candle holder, so the light will shine through the cracks in the leaf, and that will reflect on the nearest wall and will look amazing. I may keep that. I also have a pair of candle sticks I hate hate hate. They are getting the same treatment. This is great!
I fucked up one of my photo trasnfers, though. I’m going to have to decoupage over it. Pity, but it will still look good. No one will know the difference by the time I’m finished. I’ll print the decoupage piece on photo paper, to justify the thickness of it. Aha.
Hmmm, looking at the textured pieces, I think I’m going to leaf the smooth insides and save myself some grief. Yes, that is the way to go. There is no point frustrating myself. And all of the tutorials I found say to do the inside, anyway. So, that is what I will do.
I have the screen door open, so now it smells like spray paint in here. How many minutes before Doc emerges to loudly complain that he can’t breathe? Ooops.
I would start work on the next glass piece, but the only thing I had to dry the first piece on was the spray paint can. So I have to wait a bit. Maybe I should have a smoke. I’ve kind of been going for a couple of hours.
Dry. Dry. Dry. Dry. Mod Podge takes too long to dry. Spray paint takes too long to dry. Gel medium takes WAY too long to cure. Oh. It’s only 8. Still two or three more hours before Doc gets up. Okay, I have plenty of time to finish and clean up. I can take photos after he gets up, he always helps me with angles and stuff. And the replacement photos, what a pain in the ass that will be, but it will be worth it if I can get better shots than what I have up now.
I was just invited by a South African “Personal Story and Self-Help” site to be a contributing writer. They have been following my poetry and my website/journal posts, and say they like what they read. They are following Fabulous Disaster on FB now, and following me on Twitter. They sent me a long introductory message today. It was really nice, and professional, and personalized. So I’m really interested. I’m going to read around the site and see if I have anything useful to contribute to them. International exposure, I’m into that. Very into that. Another publishing credit, to boot. So, it’s a good day.
Doc and I haven’t really talked for a couple of days. Nothing is going on, I’ve just been asleep while he has been up, and up while he is asleep and at work. So we really haven’t been able to talk about anything but the important stuff. I guess that’s okay. I haven’t been able to tell him about my new friend. I hope they message me today. I hope it wasn’t a one-day-stand. I really felt a connection, like I haven’t felt since I met Doc. And I am SO not one to buy into the internet connection to people thing. This is totally unlike me. I have “stranger danger” warnings going off in my head, don’t worry. But there is a draw, and I can’t help but feel anticipation for their first note of the day. I even told them to Google me, so they know I am who I say I am, and that I am a real person. I warned that they may not like what they find, but that’s me.
Okay, I think things are dry enough for me to move on to the next phase of things. Have a nice day, you guys!