I have been stuck in bed recovering from pneumonia! It finally snowed here in Illinois and I can't go out and play in it yet! I have been praying that it stays cold enough so that I can share a few toboggan rides with my family! Handsome Husband and Gracie have kept the backyard snow pristine so we can all build a snowman together; hopefully tomorrow!
I watched the bunnies play outside in the snow last night. One little guy hopped over to the Sunroom door, placed his little paws on the glass and peered inside. My heart melted in a thousand different directions! His footprints remain. I think I will photograph them before they...and the memory..melt away!
I have been fussing with Pixlr, a free online photo editing tool.
In the Before shot, you can see the orangey railing that the tapestry hangs on. I never really liked that railing. I know you have heard me complain about it often enough. I will be painting it but, still, this railing is like a balcony to nowhere. I edited the photo to make it look as if the tapestry were hanging on a wall. It looks better but I would then have a half wall leading to nowhere. I really love the tapestry here but it had to go. *cue violins*
This architectural fragment was in the basement. I dragged it up when Handsome Husband was running errands (he would have killed me himself if he caught me)! It just barely fit above the desk and beneath the railing.
He cannot lift it because he injured his shoulder at work when he fell down a flight of stairs (!)
We make a lovely pair, no?
Here is the same image as above with the Hagrid effect and the Soft Vignette overlay.
Then there is the issue of the gap. I cannot edit that out. I had to move the Breakfast Room rug when I put the new armoire in because the room was all cattywampus...asymmetry as far as the eye could see...more on that another day!
Here is the same vignette as directly above, but with the Hagrid effect and a Bronze Vignette overlay.
This is the first piece of furniture I painted when we moved in...craft paint rubbed with aluminum foil. For those of you who don’t know about my aluminum foil technique, it is found in my Rags to Riches post. I added the gilt onlay to the front drawer. I wish I had a before photo of this desk!
In case you cannot tell, there are feathers under the cloches. I found the tall jar at the Grocery Store!
Here is the same image as above, but with the pixlr Hagrid effect.
Here is a photo showing the railing above the desk. In case you noticed, yes, that is a cat toy to the right of the desk! One of thousands!
Stefan, of the always fascinating Architect Design Blog , suggested I paint the railings high gloss white and the rail high gloss black. It will be stunning when complete!
The image editor is an awesome tool to show you how your ideas will look without actually having to move a thing. However, not all of those ideas can be conveyed into the real world! Well, they can be, of course, but at great expense. Sometimes we just have to work with what we have!