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Got Paint? A Guilty Pleasure Post by Marcia A. Richards

Hi, All! Jess left me in charge of this week’s Guilty Pleasure Friday. She sure is a trusting soul. I won’t mess with anything, though I’d really love to paint the walls a pretty pink, with opaque white stripes.

No? Okay, I’ll just tell you about my Guilty Pleasure and hope I can inspire the creative genius in your heart!

I paint old furniture.

Doesn’t sound exciting to you? That’s okay. I LOVE it! When I look at an old piece of furniture, one with some character in its lines, I get goosebumps thinking about how beautiful I can make it!

Give me your old scratched and marred desk, chair, hutch, table, whatever…and I’ll make it look better than new!
I don’t refinish furniture, but I paint it. I stencil designs and I paint free-hand funky, quirky, cute and wild designs.

Got a thing for animal prints? No problem.

Prefer something more conservative like a floral design? You’ve got it.

How about a retro look? I can do that.

Sanding the wood until it’s silky smooth; planning the design that perfectly suits the receiver of the piece; brushing on the creamy paints from a massive spectrum of colors.

I love the scent of sawdust and acrylic paints!
It’s definitely my passion.  Chairs are, by far, my favorite pieces to paint.

A child-size chair can be hung on the wall as a shelf.

An ordinary wood chair can be repurposed as a flower planter in the garden.

A set of pastel painted chairs can freshen the look of your dining room or kitchen.

Oh, then there are old trunks, the odd end table or occasional table, wood trays, wood stools, an outdated china cabinet, and even kitchen cupboards!

How do you find pieces to paint? You’ll see the signs of our disposable society everywhere.

  • Garage sales
  • Piles of junk at the side of the road
  • Your mother’s attic
  • Your basement
  • Flea markets
  • Ask your friends
  • …you’ll stumble on the one piece that catches your eye and won’t let you go without loading it in your trunk.

If you go searching for something to paint, don’t pass up old tins, old windows, old watering cans  and planters. They can be painted, too! I’ll tell you how to paint and repurpose some of those things in a future post at my website, Sexy, Smart and Strong.

Set me up with a cup of spicy tea and a few pieces of dark chocolate and I’ll paint all afternoon.

What’s your guilty pleasure?  Does it have anything to do with paint?

Marcia Richards is the author of Marcia Richards’ Blog…Sexy. Smart. From The Heart. Marcia writes about women, history, and the path to realizing your dreams. She has a Historical Trilogy and a collection of Short Stories in progress. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing with the grandkids or her husband, traveling or turning old furniture into works of art. She believes there is always something new to learn.

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Crafts for Poor People

It’s official.  I’m poor.

For those of you who tuned in to the Life List Club’s last Friday post, I had a little truth to tell regarding one of my life goals.  I desperately need to start saving money.  You can hear more about it at my guest post for our newest Life List Club contributor, Lara Schiffbauer, in Confessions of a Shopaholic.

With the New Year still looming over me and a reflective eye on my 2011 Life List, the shortcomings of my big plans were staring me square face in the eye.  The biggest barrier to making some of my dreams happen:  money.  So the first thing I did was make a new plan and commit to a visit with a personal banker.  I WILL also finish reading Women and Money.  I joined piggymojo.com which lets me track the money I save from not buying every impulsive thought that crosses through my brain via text or tweet so I get a nifty graph that shows me what dollar amount I could place in *gasp* savings!

photo source: americancraftmag.org

But, I’m a visual learner, so with a little helpful advice from one of my favorite comedic actresses, Amy Sedaris, I took a cue from her latest book, Simple Times:  Crafts for Poor People.  Amy is full of ideas on what to do with used matchsticks and a jar of modge podge!  She’s really my kinda gal.

So in the spirit of Ms. Sedaris, I made myself a little chart, complete with gold stars, cause I’m traditional like that.  Please clap for my newest money saving technique: Jess’ $$ Saving Chart for Poor People!

     I’m aware the picture isn’t the greatest, but you can’t miss it’s childish stunning charm!

Simply put, I get a gold star whenever I:

  • Eat at Home
  • Don’t Spend Money at Work (and I work in retail)
  • Only Buy Coffee When I Am Writing for an Extended Time
  • DON’T Spend Money Frivolously
  • Enjoy Free Entertainment
  • Put $$ in Savings

At the bottom, I wrote down all my goals that required money to achieve:  Visiting South Korea, attending the DFW conference in Texas, visiting Yellowstone National Park, paying off student loans, and having back up for life emergencies (such as, oh I don’t know, getting into a four car pile up on the first big snowfall day – Thanks for nothing, Wisconsin!) 

So you see, my method of money saving may be childish and not even particularly pretty to look at, but so far, I’m liking it.  It’s doing it’s job, which is keeping me accountable.

And now that I’ve got my crafting feet wet, I’m ready to get started on a whole series of burned matchstick crafts which I will be handing out for Christmas this year!  Maybe I’ll auction one off on my blog!  If you’re lucky!  😉

Talk to me crafters!  Should I add rainbows to my money tracker sheet?  What about in the form a thermometer gage?  You know ROYGBIV your way to financial freedom?! 

How are you all spending less/saving more these days?  What are you saving for?

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