Sunday, August 12, 2012

Transfer Schmansfer

Here's my first feeble attempt at transferring an image - and I say feeble because it took me far too long to do this - and keep in mind the lettering is stencilled - I ONLY TRANSFERRED THE LAUREL WREATH LOL - and it took me like forEVAH

The stencilled lettering is the same as the one on my butcher block island -

I'm really not sure how I feel about it - looks a little blah, right? Missing something-something?

Especially when you see this from Kristi
if you click on the above she gives a fantastic tutorial on transferring images on to furniture -
and makes it sound easy - so take a look at her dresser one last time - the details on that image are amazing

and then my itsy bitsy laurel wreath again

I need practice - and as much as I love doing what I do, I am not, alas, a very patient person - in fact I have very little patience period - I get an idea in my head and I want to get it there pronto - ( that's why I always take photos before my furniture is completely finished - always - I can't wait for the paint to dry ) and this process takes patience, believe me.

I can't think of a single thing I do leisurely really - I whip through the house cleaning - I prepare my meals quickly - I paint quickly - I even read an entire book in a ridiculously fast amount of time. When we go for walks - I don't know how to "stroll".  I've mastered multi tasking down to a complete art and don't even understand the concept of stopping to smell the roses.  I can't  "lay" in the bathtub and absorb that luxury - I jump in while the water is running and am basically ready to jump out once it's filled.  I'm wrapping a towel around me while bending down to get the Vim out to clean the tub.
And though I was always in a hurry - menopause seems to take all your vices and magnify them ( not your virtues unfortunately - they seem to diminish during this process ) so I'm like some sort of manic mama -
And really, aren't you supposed to slow down as you age?

For me?  I think I'm best to stick to free hand and stencilling for now, lol
Unless I can figure out a way to transfer the image with one hand - and wax or paint another piece with the other...............................

Both images are from the incredible  GRAPHICS FAIRY - where there are tons and tons of free transferable images................

Paint colors used ASCP - Paris Grey - and Pure White



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  1. I always thought I'd have so much more time on my hands as I got older, but it hasn't happened here, so far! I think I do more! I'm your newest follower!

  2. I think a craft is supposed to be relaxing. I keep telling myself that as I race through them. lol The table is really cute and you'll get faster at it in time. ~ Maureen

  3. The table is beautiful you did a great job as ususal!


  4. With every post I realize more and more how much we are alike. After raising 5 kids on my own I don't know how to relax either always doing a million things at once, and I have no patience either. My first stenciling didn't turn out the way I wanted either, just takes practise I guess. Yours looks great and remember Kristy has been doing this for a while. I think you are being to hard on yourself, it looks great. As for menopause it sucks big time. I am just one big sweaty mess, been 33 to 38 degrees here all week, and I have been the bitch from hell lol.

  5. You are so funny! I wish you'd come visit...I would teach you how to slow down. I'm a pro at it! Seriously, it's important to do that from time to time. A couple years ago my d-i-l had a business trip to Stanford, CT. My granddaughter and I went along but we spent each day in NYC. LOVED it! We would return to Stamford late afternoon to have dinner with d-i-l in the evenings. The weather was so pleasant that we would walk to dinner...d-i-l on a mission and I was behind, trying to absorb the beauty of the area, flowers, landmarks, etc. It was very difficult to slow her down "to smell the roses".

    Your table looks great! Perhaps a glaze on it? That might make you feel better about it. I think you're too critical my friend ~ you are extremely talented!


  6. P.S. 106' here ~ you would slow down. LOL

  7. Personally, I think it looks great. :-) I must do something like that for England, and North Yorkshire specifically. Hmmm. For me it's not impatience, it's procrastination. lol So I'm wondering, are you an early riser? With your determination and speed, I bet you get a lot accomplished in a day.

  8. Oh- I did something very similar today,, SuzyQ! Yours looks a lot better than my own did. I used one of those paint pens to do the whole thing- I will post about it later in the week. I think you did a marvelous job- xo Diana

  9. I see you are at it again with another fabulous piece! Seriously I love it!!! You could be talking about me with the never stopping! Especially since school has started back, it's really cutting into my crafting time!! LOL


  10. lol! You are too funny, Suzann! You're certainly not alone with your manic-momma-ness. lol! I'm taking the ride with ya, girlie! lolol!

    Your table looks great, too! Super job!

    xoxo laurie

  11. Suzan, I have changed my profile in Dashboard. Let me know if it worked. Thank you for taking the time on this. I appreciate it !!


  12. This is a cute project! I want to do something similar, but I can't stop distressing things. :P THat's how I cover up my mistakes....make it look like it was on purpose!

  13. lovely project. I think it worked and it's great to have a go and see what you end up with. I'd be happy with your coffee table :)

  14. Great project, I semi-retired but still don't have enough time to get everything done.

  15. Transfer with Mod Podge takes time, Suzan. Time is that thing you keep running after, but can never catch. I have slowed down since I retired, but still must have numerous projects going at once. I had a heart attack at 47 - that stopped menopause in its tracks and made me realize that time is real, not just a concept.

    Less seriously, I purchased some TAP - transfer artist paper. You are supposed to be able to iron images directly onto wood. I will let you know if this works!

    Take a chillax pill!

  16. You did a great job for the first time. I really like the simplicity of the black and white and as you see by the many complements others do as well. Like Tobey pointed out I have been doing this awhile and there were trials and many errors in the beginning. You have also reached out and utilized resources to achieve a one of a kind piece which many can't say they have done. We all have issues with our own work, even me, but plz take pride in what you can achieve. And try to find some extra patience for the next transfer, the more you have the more intrique you can make it. Keep up the great work!
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

  17. I've used a Sharpie marker with great success but it is time consuming. If you haven't seen the mod podge transfer method you should google it. It seems to give similar results with very minimal work! I still need to try it myself! Got to find the perfect piece first!

  18. I so can relate to you right now - hubs and I are stenciling a wall, a staircase wall - you know it goes up on an angle - not a good wall to choose for a stencil! I'm using every bit of patience, which I don't have much to get through this! I think it's pretty and like it. We look at our own work to critically! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success! PS - I thought I was following? but now am through linky!

  19. I'm just like you, no patience at all! I think yours turned out lovely! At least you can free hand. I can screw up stick people LOL! Thanks for sharing at the party this week ♥

  20. Oh and I featured your project on my facebook page :-)

  21. Your table looks great. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  22. I think your French table is pretty. I haven't done any transfers yet, but am tempted! What I learned from your post today is that I better start with a small project first. Take care--have a lovely week!

  23. Hey, Love your dresser!! Just popped over from Kathe With an E! Glad I clicked on your link, nice blog!

  24. very pretty! love the lines on those legs!

  25. I really like it. We are smack in the middle of re-working our bathroom. Something like this might work on the vanity! Thanks for the idea! -Marci

    1. No reply blogger!!!
      Thanks so much Marci - I think it would gorgeous on a vanity!

  26. did it! Things always looks so easy online don't they? We think it looks terrific, so keep up the good work :)

  27. Suzan, I personally think it looks great!! I have little patience for this kind of thing, too, so I totally understand what you mean! Hope you're having a great weekend!

  28. You did better that I could do! I think it looks great! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  29. It all looks wonderful to me! I've never even tried transfer projects!

  30. I actually really like it! I haven't attempted this, so you get kudos for even trying :)
    Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm and Link Up! Hope to see you again next week!
    Barbara @ Chase the Star

  31. I think it looks great Suzy. I get so excited I forget to take before pics most of the time. Thanks for sharing at Totally Transformed Tuesday. Hugs, Peggy

  32. Oh so pretty - love all your Frenchie things!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  33. I really like the table and all of that takes time...great job.

  34. Hi Suzan,
    I really like the transfers and stenciling. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  35. Hi Suzan.
    Scusa se ti scrivo in italiano ma non conosco bene l'inglese!
    Spero potrai tradurre!
    Adoro il tuo comò, in questi giorni ho ripatinato i mobili della mia casa e mi piacerebbe capire come posso farli diventare come il tuo comò.
    Tu vendi i ttransfer e gli stencil?
    Se si li spediresti anche in italia? Grazie per l'attenzione, Claudia.

  36. You can't compare your stuff to Kristy's because she has the golden touch and everything she does is fantastic, so having said that I say if you're feeling it looks a little blah...... glue an ice cream scoop on it. Worked for me!



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