Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Christmas Story...

Yes, I know that Christmas is over but I wanted to share a story with you.
Every year I try to paint something special for my husband.  I had this huge box that measures 16 inches wide by 7 inches tall with a very decorative wood cut lid (actually it was one of my first seminar pieces that I tried to paint).  I did not like what was on it originally and sanded it off.
There it sat waiting for me to get some time to paint it.  This was the year!!!
This was also the year that I was a bit behind, so on top of the procrastination the light in my paint zone burned out.  No problems change the florescent bulb, right?  No the ballast was gone-whatever that is.  So now I have to ask my husband to change the light.  Which he doesn't think needs to be done right away because I am done painting or so he thinks. 
This was also the week of dark clouds, cold temperatures and no light into my work room.  The way our house faces I do not get a whole lot of light during the winter months.  Struggle to paint it not only without light but by now I need bi-focals for about everything.   Stressed!!  AAUGH ! 
Then there was the gold leafing I had everywhere.  I had only done that one time before so it was a mess and another huge learning curve.
I finally got it done including touching up the places I really messed up on and putting a sealer on it. 
My New Year's goal is to start his Christmas gift now so that I don't have to go through that again!! 
He never figured out my hiding place for it to dry-that place is now filled with chocolate!
I will go have some chocolate now!


  1. Beautiful! Happy New Year to you and yours!

    Bear Hugs & Blessings~Karen

  2. I bet he was thrilled with that box, I would be. Your work is fantastic. Hope you have a great New Year.

  3. Oh my gosh, that is absolutely beautiful. Your did a wonderful job on it. I have had ballasts go before. They can really smell up a place. Love to gold leaf things, you did a perfect job on that, just like a pro!

  4. LOL can I come eat chocolate with you Barb
    What a sweet box. love it!!
    I know I want a light in my kitchen over the table to see better, right now the small one does no good and I have two lamps to work by, but still feel blind. Somehow due to me showing him the light I wanted BEFORE christmas, he must of assumed we would just get that someday?? UGH...........so no light for me yet either LOL maybe I need to hire an elf instead of said *no go* SANTA LOL......oops shame on me!

  5. Lovely box, Barb. You do such nice work!!!

  6. Hi Barb,
    that's a cute story. I'm sure he loved the box because it was made by you.

  7. Cute story and I can so relate to your husbands idea that time is not of the essence. heheh. My Dear Sweet Hubby always says to me, is there anything I can do for you. I usually never have anything that he needs to do but when I do come up with something, he comes back with, do you want me to do that now??? No, dear sometime before I grow my third set of teeth will do. heheh. I hate to ask him to do anything as he works 6 days a week, 12 hours a day, so when he gets a day off, he really does need to rest. He isn't getting any younger and neither am I, Dang It! hehe
    Hugs and blessings and Happy New Year to you.

  8. Thanks for sharing the story of the box with us!It is lovely and I am sure that your husband will always treasure it.Hugs,Jen

  9. Hello Barb, so nice to meet you. Thanks for becoming a follower on my blog.
    I love this piece you did for your hubs. I agree starting earlier is sometimes the best. I know all about glittery stuff all over the place too. Still sweeping it up from before Christmas. LOL
    Take care and Happy New Year.

  10. What a beautiful (and amusing) Christmas story...and an even more beautiful box! I know he loved it! And hope you got your ballast changed! :) ~~Annie

  11. Another beautiful piece...your work is wonderful.


  12. Hey Barb,
    cute story and wow, you did a great job on his Christmas present, so pretty. I can relate too, my eyeballs aren't what they used to be either, hate that!! My hubby is a procrastinator, so I have learned to do a lot of things myself, I am an "I need/want it done NOW" kinda girl, LOL. It gets interesting around here sometimes, lol.
    Warm Wishes,

  13. really cute, Barb! You did a great job.
    P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  14. Hi Barb! I was going through the list of followers on my blog and came across your blog. So I thought I would come over here and meet you.

    You do beautiful work! The box is wonderful and I'm sure your husband loved it. You are so creative and I just know that I'm going to enjoy following your blog. =]

    Have a delightful week~

  15. Hi Barb...as always, gorgeous work. I painted my hubby the Debbie Mitchell firescreen bears years ago. He asked where it was this year....'under the bed', I said.

  16. Barb!,
    This is SOOOOO beautiful! Hope you got your light fixed so you can paint more of these wonderful projects!
    (PS) Thanks for spreading the word for my Giveaway!


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