Sunday, 30 March 2014

Beautiful Ballinahinch

I always think that Connemara looks its best this time of year, the light on a good day is far sharper than it is during the summer, the shadows are more pronounced and the mountains can be that special "Paul Henry blue " I was in Ballynahinch Castle  last Sunday and it was beautiful, it is a luxuary Hotel that has recently changed ownership and has under gone some refurbishment but thankfully they have not altered its character and have improved many of the wonderful walks around the grounds. Here are some pictures I took on one of the walks.






Saturday, 22 March 2014

Restoration Project

Old pharmacy drawer run.
I love old furniture, the craftsmanship and durability of it, and if the piece has drawers then I'm in heaven. What is it about drawers that are so appealing? secret hiding places or the idea that we can file and order out bits and bobs? I was fortunate enough to acquire an authentic very old " drawer run" from a pharmacy. It is in need of allot of T.L.C. but I feel the effort and work will be more than worth it. Here is a picture of it in situ before I brought it home.
When I got it home I realized that it is in 3 separate pieces one on top of another, so now its not so daunting because when I complete a 3rd of it I will  have a finished piece, I have already decided where I am putting it in my house. I bought a little sander, paint stripper, turps and linseed oil, and watched lots of videos on you-tube, some good and others not so good so I'm ready to start. I'm hoping to clean a few drawers every week that way I'll have it done by May, I will get a local carpenter to fix the damaged pieces and I hope to put it on legs so that the drawers will be at eye level. I'll keep you posted of my progress.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Art book

I made another little art book in the same style as the one I made for A.L.A.W.2013. I feel I should add some text to it but am unsure as to what will be suitable.







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