Friday, June 21, 2019

Step-by-step painting of a step

Not Exactly step-by-step, but a series of photos.

We have a couple of nice wooden step stools that the kids got from their grandparents long ago. The kids are taller and no longer need them to reach the sink(!), but we still use them. They both are (were) in need of new paint. I started with Brian's blue stool. I cleaned it up, scrubbed off stickers, and slapped on some white paint. I wasn't too concerned about it being even or completely covered. I simply wanted a 'mostly' white/neutral background.

I picked out a bunch of images that appealed to me from a coloring book of tattoo art and I traced/drew the images free hand onto the legs and top of the stool.

I had help.

Anyway, this... 
Became this... 
Which end up like this... 

I coated the whole thing in clear spray paint to protect it - it IS a step stool and is meant to be used!

Here are some more details  - leg by leg... 


and then....

 And then this...

Now, does this step-stool match anything in any room in the house? No. But I don't really care. I had fun painting it. Ha!

Random Pixie photo: summer attitude - Have a blessed Solstice!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Our first Fly-in as volunteers

We've been to Fly-ins before as we worked to learn more about opportunities for youth and flying. The 80th Anniversary of the AOPA was the first Fly-In Honor and I got to participate in as volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol.

There were tons of aircraft, booths and displays all over, some amazing WWII era aircraft and a veteran's paratrooper jump. CAP cadets helped with crowd control, serving breakfast, color guard, etc. It was a fun two days' work... despite part of it getting rained out!

I was able to grab some great photos - (photos are clickable for full size)

When the rain came.

That sky...

Prepping for flight

Crowd control

Getting ready to jump

Starting up

Taxi out with the door open

Heading out

The flyovers were awesome! 

AOPA banner

Sixteen? Seriously?!?

Guess who turned sweet 16 recently? Honor! Yeah, I'm late. Not to celebrate. We managed to catch the right day, just late to post about it. Honor had a ton of school responsibilities and Brian was off at college, but we did our best to make her special day a happy one. Her friends at school did a great job too. 

Happy Birthday to my awesome daughter! You are amazing!! Now, have been, and always will be. 

The cats were NOT sure about the cat balloon

This is Honor's gift, but Pixie likes it too

Honor trying on her momster's hair... 

Did I mention how talented she is?