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Another Light Shade Rescue

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Another Light Shade Rescue

Last week I showed you how to line an overhead light shade that I redid because the light would shine right in our eyes on the couch. Well today I have another light shade problem and it is a bit different. This light is another light we purchased to install in our living room. 

Sun Light Shade rescue Tutorial Making on the Mountain cymberrain

My husband and I have quite different tastes but there is a small space where they overlap. It is sometimes quite a struggle to find that small space.
    Me: "Do you like this cabinet? I just adore it!"
    Him, flatly: "No."
    ME: "This one? or How about this one, or this?"
    Him, again flatly: "No, no, no."
    This can go on for awhile and then finally, "That one is ok."
That is about as much enthusiasm as I can raise out of him when it comes to decorating. But he is sure to make it clear when he doesn't like something. 
So I think you can get an idea of what an accomplishment it is when we finally agree on something. I can't even remember how many lights were vetoed before we came to an agreement on this one. It wasn't my favorite, it wasn't his either but we both agreed it was ok. So we brought it home and Frenchie installed it. I really liked it up on the wall, Frenchie...not so much. Once again we crash up against the light in the eyes problem. This light is right above and to the left of his desk. I had to agree when sitting there that it did glare a bit on the eyes. He works at home one day of the week to cut down on the exhaustion of the commute to Switzerland so he needs a comfortable work environment. The light had to go or it had to be fixed.

Sun Light Shade rescue Tutorial Making on the Mountain cymberrain

          I tried cutting out a crescent moon of aluminum foil and sticking it behind the glass to redirect the light a bit. It didn't look too bad but still didn't help much. I would have went for a dimmer bulb but we needed light in that corner so I stewed on it a bit longer and came up with this idea.

Sun Light Shade rescue Tutorial Making on the Mountain cymberrain

I love glass paint. I have played with it for years and done countless windows with it. It's quick, easy and brings beautiful results. I decided to give it a try. I bought these paints off of ebay about 7 years ago. I haven't really done much painting since then and they sat in a box in my studio. I was sure they would be bad but surprise! They were fine. I decided using the opaque snow white, gold and silver would be a perfect fit for this lamp.

Sun Light Shade rescue Tutorial Making on the Mountain cymberrain

First I sketched up a simple moon and star theme on the back of the glass using a fabric chalk pencil. I decided instead of painting the gold smooth for the moon I would give it a textured look. 

Sun Light Shade rescue Tutorial Making on the Mountain cymberrain

Of course I couldn't find my stippling brush anywhere.
(you don't even want to try finding something in my studio right now)
So I took an old brush that was somewhat stiff and stippled away. 
Sun Light Shade rescue Tutorial Making on the Mountain cymberrain

It created quite a few bubbles but I wasn't worried. I planned on fixing that later

Sun Light Shade rescue Tutorial Making on the Mountain cymberrain

Next I went and painted the stars. Now the silver was a bit runny and I didn't have the control I wanted from the tip so I simply put a blob where the center of the star would be and then dragged the paint out to the five points.

Sun Light Shade rescue Tutorial Making on the Mountain cymberrain

 It would seem that dragging the paint with the tip of a pin would be a bit difficult but it isn't. It follows the pin quite easily and makes nice points. Since the surface was curved I had to watch the paint a bit on the bigger stars as it wanted to pool towards the bottom. 

Sun Light Shade rescue Tutorial Making on the Mountain cymberrain

I just took the pin and did the same thing as I did with the points. just moved the paint up towards the top a bit, It starts setting up quickly so I only needed to do this a few times with each big star.

Sun Light Shade rescue Tutorial Making on the Mountain cymberrain

Once the stars were done I filled it in with more stippling. Snow white this time. You can go right up to and even onto the stars if they are dry. After this I redid the gold on the moon and the white one more time to make them thicker. Then when they had set up a bit I went through and poked my pin into the bigger bubbles. They don't pop very easy when the paint is first applied but only take a second when it is a bit set up. Don't wait too long or they will leave noticeable rings.

Sun Light Shade rescue Tutorial Making on the Mountain cymberrain

After this had all set up I flipped the light over and painted the moon and stars on the outside also. I wanted the beautiful gold and silver accents to show but I didn't want real thick layers on the outside which is why I chose to make most of the layers on the inside. 


Sun Light Shade rescue Tutorial Making on the Mountain cymberrain

And there you have it, the finished light!
It has cut down on the glare quite a bit but still gives off plenty of light. I love the gold and silver on the outside. They look quite elegant. This glass paint brand makes a very nice metallic line. They also have a really nice clear glitter that is so fun to use for making snowflakes for your windows in the winter!

Sun Light Shade rescue Tutorial Making on the Mountain cymberrain


Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are having a good week!

Until next time,


Sun Light Shade rescue Tutorial Making on the Mountain cymberrain














Remaking the Kitchen ~ Chalkboard Spice Jar Labels

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Remaking the Kitchen ~ Chalkboard Spice Jar Labels


 I have been busy learning this week, all about how to make editable PDF's. I can proudly say that I figured it out and it wasn't so difficult. So I can now happily offer you my spice labels I made for my kitchen. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I did. They sure did brighten the place up!

Chalkboard Spice labels Making on the Mountain Cymberrain

These are all editable with whatever you want to put on them, there is one sheet with a single line, then one with a script on top and one with script on bottom. So you can organize in whatever way suits you best.
Chalkboard Spice labels Making on the Mountain Cymberrain

Download Single Line Template HERE

Chalkboard Spice labels Making on the Mountain Cymberrain
Download Bottom Script Spice Label Template HERE
Chalkboard Spice labels Making on the Mountain Cymberrain

Download Top Script Spice Labels HERE

Hope you are having a great week there, I have been keeping cozy by the fire. Spring is on it's way, right?

Art in Life

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Art in Life


Each day when I wake up it's like waking up to a monster. 
This beast in front of me that I must conquer. 
It's size is overwhelming, it's complexity perplexing and it's depth is monumental.
 What beast do I speak of? 
My house.


I am an artist first and foremost. I think, eat and breathe art. 
If I must do something I want to put all of me into it. 
It MUST be creative. 
I don't think I am capable of doing anything without throwing a touch of color, of design, MY idea of style into it. I realize that that in itself makes life more complicated, but I never said I was simple.


       I am one of those people who can get lost in intricacy. 
I love to delve deep into the making of EVERYTHING. Some of my favorite things to do are the most complicated, tiny, intricate things that a person could imagine. Mastering something like that is more satisfying than anything else I can think of.

       So possibly, you can imagine what a monster my house is.
 It is wonderful with it's little foibles, its funky little corners and interesting elements. 
It is also a mess, at almost every turn there is something else that needs fixing, cleaning, patching, building. This is not creativity, this is not design. This is hard work and simple construction. 
The artist in me feels hampered.

         Some days I dream of what this house will be when we are finished, All the rough spots smoothed, the broken replaced and everything streamlined into a home. 
Then I think, I can go back to doing my art full time! 
I wonder though how true that would be. I have found in my life that my art shines brightest when I am in the middle of intense emotion. I don't care if I am sad or mad or deeply head over heels in love, that is when it chooses to shine. Will having my house all nice and bright and fixed bring about those strong emotions? I doubt it. I think that maybe that would be the time when my art would be it's dullest. 

          And I guess that is where my deepest frustration lies right now. On the one hand my time is needed here, making my house a home and on the other my time is right to make my art, to work now when my passion runs so deep. 
The excitement of living in this place, of making something new...of creating this thing, this home is rejuvenating. It is a strong and powerful emotion, one that could make much art. But who has time for art when the kitchen needs organized? The garden needs planning and oops, Iota made another mess in the front yard. 
Who can make art in chaos like this anyway? 
My studio is overran with things that don't belong there...and too cold to work in anyway. There are not enough hours in the day to do both what I want and what I need. 

          So right now to survive, I try to see the art in little things. Did I just cut out a small horde of little labels to put on my spice jars? Yes...yes I really did. 

Is it silly? Oh that is truly is. 

Was it necessary? As necessary as the air I breathe.

It might not seem like much to most but it is my little mark here. It is my art of the moment, little as it may be. 

Overhead Light Rescue

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Overhead Light Rescue


Hello, I hope you are somewhere warm and cozy! Today is cold and gray and I have a nice fire going here next to me. We are having a bit of a cold snap right now but I know spring is hiding around here somewhere!
         Most of you know that we are in the middle of remodeling our little chalet. We built the addition on this last summer and went out quickly the night before our housewarming party to buy lights for it. Frenchie hates lights that you can see the light bulbs through, I can't say I am too crazy about them either. We thought we did good when we bought this light but after we put it up and sat down on the couch...light right in our eyes. *sigh*

A Day Trip to Colmar

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A Day Trip to Colmar
   Hello Everybody, I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It was a bit cold and gray here but today made up for that with clear blue skies and lots of sun. We took a trip over to the valley next to ours...the Munster valley and I will show you pictures of our trip soon enough but I promised you I would show you a bit of Colmar first.
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