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Entries in Spring 2014 (18)

Wednesday
Jan082014

spring favorites: megan

principal bench
this bench is so sophisticated. I love the size for a small entry way and
the nod to a traditional school chair.
avec chairs
I am so excited to finally introduce a chair to this hot collection. I think the look is still so fresh and it’s a great way to get a little look to a room if
you don’t want to commit to the
entire sofa.
kilim embroidery pillow
love the neon and the 3 dimensional embroidery!

Thanks to megan, associate product manager, for this submission.

Saturday
Jan042014

animal rescue: leffe

Nicknames: Lef, Little Brew, Lil Bud

Before he was famous: Leffe was found running as a stray in Estill County, Kentucky where he was brought to the county’s high-kill animal control facility. From there he was transported up to Second City Canine Rescue in Medinah Illinois—where he was rescued and got a fresh start in a new home.

Talent Show: Playing “fetch!” and sniffing out anything you try to hide from him.

Favorite Snack: Anything peanut butter-y.

With a Winning Lottery Ticket: He’d buy a lifetime supply of his favorite squeaky ball—and rescue a playmate to fight with over them.

Cat and dog adoption fast facts:
…approximately 4 million pet dogs and cats are euthanized each year due to overpopulation.
…25% of pet dogs euthanized in animal shelters are purebred.
…adopting a dog or cat from the Humane Society, ASPCA—any rescue group—can save their life.
…and, being a pet owner can add years to your life too.
To find your next pet, check out adoptapet.com

Thursday
Jan022014

how to: paint glass vases

Supplies:
clear glass vases
glass paint, paint-thinner
disposable bowls—paper, ceramic, foil
paintbrush
plastic utensils
drop cloth or kraft paper










Directions:
1. Prepare a work area by spreading the drop cloth or kraft paper over a work surface/area.

2. Select a color palette—we found that the darker colors were more successful, more opaque since there is more pigment in the liquid.

3. Pour glass paint into bowls and mix well with a plastic spoon—we also added glass-paint-thinner to make the quantity go farther.

4. Hold the glass vase by the rim and dip it into the bowl of paint.

5. Slowly rotate the vase around the bowl in a fluid movement until it has covered the vase as preferred.

6. Lift the vase and let excess paint drip into the bowl—it make take 5-10 minutes for the paint to stop dripping.

4-6 Alternate process: apply the paint using a paintbrush for a slightly different effect.




7. Carefully hold the vase at an angle equal to the dip-line and blow dry until the paint is semi-dry—about 10 minutes. Hold the hairdryer per the paint instructions—about 8” from the vase. Hint: we found a lower heat setting worked well.

8. Place the vase on a drop cloth or kraft paper so that it dries completely—we used upside down paper bowls.

9. To seal the paint, allow the vases to dry overnight or place them in the oven—follow the instructions on the paint bottle label as they will vary with each manufacturer.

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