Around the Homestead

I've been hard at work this last week - painting the living room, revamping some furniture, and doing some decorating around the house.
Don't mess with a girl wearing a mask!
I will also quickly profess my love for these two tools: 
Frog Tape 82011 Pro Painters Masking Tape, Green 1-Inch by 60-Yards
First off is Frog Tape  - I've used blue painters tape, and honestly, it works alright, but this stuff works amazingly.  I usually just use it for the ceilings, and hand cut around the molding, windows, and doors by hand.  For that I use this Shortcut Angle Sash Paintbrush,
 Wooster Brush Q3211-2 Shortcut Angle Sash Paintbrush, 2-Inch
It is really easy to control in tight areas, and holds a surprising amount of paint.  I've used it for four rooms now, and it is still in tip top shape. 
If only I could paint over the carpet...
Don't you love the floral pattern?  Ugh, this stuff is in the living room and all of the bedrooms.  I can't wait to get it out of the house!  We are planning on installing hardwood floors in the living room, and replacing the carpet in the bedrooms.  That day cannot come soon enough!  Until then we are stuck in blue floral purgatory.  
But, in good news, my studio is coming together, and I am starting some new projects that I am excited about.
Also, I've finally started to get some furniture for the living room.  Up until a few days ago, it was just a couple chairs!  I picked up this mid-century broyhill credenza for a cool $10!  
Amazingly, I fit it in my Corolla!  I was determined, and with a little twine and some ingenuity, I succeeded. 


My cats are adorable.  


He's sticking out his tongue! :)

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Masonite Panel Hanging Tutorial

I spent a good part of the last few days getting some work matted, framed, and packed for a show that I'm a part of next month (more on that later).  I figured I would share with you the way that I hang my masonite panel paintings.  I wanted them to float off the wall while also being stable, and easy to hang.  I've used this method for both small and large panels, and it seems to work wonderfully.
So here is my panel:
It is about 1/8" thick, so most traditional ways of hanging panels are ruled out.
Here are the supplies you'll need (plus glue!)
*please note, the phrase 'baby saw' is referring to the size of the saw, not the intended use.
You should be able to screw the screw eyes in with your hands, no special tools needed.  Then simply glue it to the back of the panel.
When you nail the nails into the wall, you can angle them up to make sure the panels stay flush to the wall.  The second wood strip is glued to the bottom of the panel - this keeps the panel floating off the wall at a consistent depth.
I've used this method to hang both paintings on, and photographs mounted to masonite panels.  The finished image appears to float on the wall, and doesn't need any additional framing.  I think it is the perfect solution when you want a minimal way to present your work without the distraction of a frame.
If you use this method to hang a piece, let me know in the comments to this post, I'd love to see what you do!
--Cassie Marie

Slow Progress

I've been working on a lot of unexciting house stuff these last few days.  Painting, pulling up carpet, cleaning, etc, but hopefully soon I'll get to the more fun parts - like buying furniture!  But, I'm working my way through the painting and major basement overhaul first, so I can have the windows open while I work.  It is getting so cold outside -- I keep wondering where summer went!

I'm working on the porch today, I can no longer stand the bright country yellow paint.  So, it is getting painted a light grey.  We'll also be replacing the carpeting on the porch, but that may wait until the spring. right now it is forest green. Ack.  At least it will be a little better with the walls painted.
Despite the awful color scheme out on the porch, I've been loving spending time out there.  It is really nice to be able to enjoy it now that the temps have gone down a bit and it isn't like a sauna in there.
After all of our hard work the last few days, I decided to make us a wonderful dinner last night.  It is my specialty chicken zuchinni curry with flat noodles.
zuke and chicken curry
I was thrilled to find there were a few oriental grocery stores in Sioux Falls.  There will be many more curries to come this fall!  :)