Halloween is a day for eating candy and pretending to be someone you’re not. Or, pretending to be someone you admire and/or secretly wish to be, if only for a few hours. Or, pretending to be someone you would be terrified to be in any other situation. The point is, pretending. It’s the one big holiday where overt pretending is officially sanctioned. (Unlike, say, Thanksgiving, where covert pretending is expected, as in feigning enjoyment of Aunt Martha’s canned beef kidney and pumpkin stew. Lord help us all.)
Part of my recent bedroom makeover required the refinishing of a built-in desk. I’d refinished furniture before, and suffice it to say, I was dreading having to do it again. Painting furniture can be a slog of a project, requiring what feels like innumerable, annoying steps: disassembling, cleaning, sanding, sanding again, cleaning again, priming, possibly priming again – all before laboriously applying two to three coats of paint, then finishing it off with a varnish. Sometimes you even sand between coats. It’s a total bear.
Being so clued-in to social media can be a blessing and a curse. The blessing: One learns about new and amazing crafts and recipes that one must try. The curse: One learns about new and amazing crafts and recipes that one must try. At issue: My “must do” list stretches ahead into next January, while my budget limps along back in July somewhere.
String art has been growing in popularity over the past few years, with crafters finding ways to get increasingly involved and more intricate with their designs. From simple shapes with single-color creative threading, to positive messages in a rainbow of colors, the outcome of the pieces are always an intriguing way to enhance your decor.