Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Becoming Solvent

I love scrounging for treasure, and often these treasures have been bound up by well intentioned folks with horrible cello tape. Or perhaps, decades old masking tape. What cleans the residue?

I start out simple...a warm water bath with a drop of dish soap.
If that doesn't cut it,
my cleanser of choice...Simple Green

Nice fresh scent, earth friendly and concentrated so that you can dilute it depending on the job. Full strength will tackle oily dirt.

Another product that I love is an orange peel based solvent, CitraSolv that absolutely removes grease pen or glue residue from glass, metal or wood. However, you must be very careful using it on any resin or plastic based product as it will dissolve the finish as well as the offending stain. I've ruined an antique lacquered canister.

Today's little cleaning project was an acrylic desk organizer that had cellophane adhesive that would not budge. I finally resorted to vegetable oil on a soft cloth and a whole lot of elbow grease.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

In 28 Minutes I Will be Restored

I have been dragging around all day.
Too much rich food last night.
A funeral this morning.
Running ragged, I'm not complaining really, shipping, shopping, tipping.

There is a group of people assembling for the Restorative Yoga that I teach on Thursday nights.
In 24 minutes, I will be honing in to what it is I've been unable to feel all day.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Warm Blue

We are here in Minnesota, under a shifting, eight inch blanket of snow.

Richard had moved some furniture around in Caroline's bedroom, aka Studio B. I took advantage of all the ambient, white light to shoot some new items for the shop that will post tomorrow. The warm blue walls are a nice respite to all the holly dazzle color of the season. I remember going three rounds on the paint for her room, continuing to add black and orange pigment.
The first picture of the Frankoma urn was taken in Studio A, our bedroom. The walls are painted buff biege but often take a blue cast in digital photography.