Painting techniques and hexagons….

Sounds like a perfectly fitting blog post title for a paper crafting site, right?  I thought so too.

Only, there’s very little paper crafting going on these days.  I had high hopes though.  I visited the Love is in the Details store in Winkler last Thursday, had a lovely visit with Lori and Chantel, came away with any number of creativity inspiring supplies….but nope.

It’s not that there’s any lack of creativity, it’s that life is getting in the way.  There has been no opportune time or decent space to pull out the scrappy supplies and play.  So I thought I’d show you what I’ve been doing instead!

A huge part of our summer has been focused on finishing the cottage reno-rebuild we began 3 years ago!  We were naive though, to think we’d find any experienced trades to help in the middle of a Manitoba summer, so we’ve had to resort to doing it ourselves.  Which is rewarding.  But also VERY time consuming.  My thing has been the painting.  I have had a certain look in mind as long as we’ve been planning the new and improved version.  Cottage 2.0 you might say.  Even though we are located in northern Canadian Shield country, the look we’re going for is a little more Nantucket meets Shabby Chic.  I wanted the interior walls to look like we’d whitewashed over grey barn board.  Even though we’re using new wood.


So, to mimic that look, I painted a coat of dark grey stain on the boards, let it dry and then painted another coat of thinned white paint, letting the grey stain show through.

hexpost11 It’s surprisingly fast and easy and looks exACTly the way I wanted!  (I can’t wait to show you the photos of the FINISHED project!  I can’t wait to see them myself!)

The other part of my summer has revolved around my parents.  My dad had a fall recently and ended up in the hospital.  It is what has precipitated the assessment that his care needs are beyond what my mom can provide and he needs long term nursing home care.  All that to say, that I’ve been spending MANY hours sitting with them both in his hospital room.  A perfect place and time to work on another project.

If you know anything about me, you might know I have a thing for hexagons.  And that I’ve learned to crochet in the last year or two.  So my current crochet project is making thousands and thousands of hexagon granny “squares”.  Ok, maybe not quite that many, but it seems that way.



I still have some more pastel-ly colored combos to add to these, but eventually they will all be randomly joined together with a cream colored border between each square.  And there will be a party.  With cake and streamers to celebrate.  And hopefully I won’t yet be on any list for nursing home placements myself!

But ok.  You came here for some paper crafting inspiration.  I did make a card last week for another DT assignment, and I used some Lasered Edge watercolor paper die cuts.  As well as a few feather die cuts that I scooped up from the pile on my table at home and brought along on my travels just because they were so pretty and I hadn’t used them for anything for too long.  I thought I’d share it with you!  And of course it wouldn’t be a card of mine, if it didn’t have a bit of water color on it too.



Yeah, so a bit of a mishmash here today, but hopefully you found it worth your stop!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  • Absolutely love this blog post, Norine!!  Love how you added personal things outside of scrapping!  Gives us another glimpse at YOU!  Can not wait to see the final touches to the cottage.. I’m all about the shabby chic and the paint you did is a great tip for future projects for me.  Love the card!  Recognize those feathers! lol  used the same ones last night on a project!  Great post!!

  • Norine I am so happy to see painted/stained walls at your cottage. I was looking at all the hexagon granny squares on Pinterest the other day and thought of you. LOL should have known you were already into it. I love that card and the feather die cuts. I love that card and the combination of colours. Thanks for sharing ?Norine!!

  • Wow the walls of your cottage look great, I can’t to see what you do to finish it all of with decor etc !! Don’t forget to send out the invites to your party to celebrate the finishing of your afghan !

  • So awesome to read!  Your cottage looks amazing!  Excited about this party you are having – can’t wait to see the finished product.  And … your card is absolutely stunning!

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