where the critters roam! Hi everyone. Well, it was another event filled weekend here at the Harper household. My plan of “crafting time” was waylaid by a mother raccoon and her babies in our chimney. We’ve heard scratching in the wall and since our house is over a hundred years old, I’ve been bracing myself that it could be mice. Living in a small town, in the country, I guess it’s the norm (um, not for this city girl!!!!) Then I thought it may be bats and started accumulating boxes because I was determined to follow through on my threat of “If I find a snake in the house/basement or attic, that’s it – I’m outta here!”
Hubby came into my craft room Saturday morning just as I was finishing up on a project and told me to come into the basement. “Do I want to?” and “This can’t be good” were my mumbled replies but I trudged behind him into the basement. Oh yeah, it’s a spooky, old dirt basement – you know the kind they had a hundred and some years ago. We get to the chimney and could clearly hear what sounded like puppies crying. That shot my hubby’s theory of birds all to hell. After getting the neighbor, it was decided that hubby would open the little trap door which was used in the old days to clean the coal out of the chimney and hope for the best.
Well, ever been charged by an angry momma raccoon? Ever been charged by an angry raccoon in a dark basement? Adult diapers recommended! Of course I was at the far end of our property, as far away from the house and the basement door as possible. I was NOT going to be anywhere close when any type of critter came out. If you’ve ever watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, that’s pretty much how it was at our house. Only instead of a squirrel, it was a raccoon.
And how funny is it that the project that I finally finished before the excitement was about Home, lol.
I stumbled across a Claudia Rossi YouTube video where she creates an art journal spread, paper piecing the houses. I loved the way it looked and CASED it. Now Claudia uses water soluble oil pastels but I used my Faber-Castell Gelatos and fingers. I also have some cheap (from a Michaels art kit) oil pastels and tried my hand using those. I started out by applying Peacock Feathers Distress Stain in my Dylusions journal:
Then I used Mowed Lawn Distress Stain along the edge. Next I dug through my scrapbox of papers and hand tore into house shapes. Believe it or not, that was a lot harder than Claudia makes it look, lo.
Once these were glued down, I brushed gesso over all of it and then rubbed it lightly off with a dry paper towel.
Then I just painted each of the houses and started to play with the gelatos and the oil pastels. I really love how that came out. I generally do not use the Glossy Multi Medium, but I did this time. I love it so much, that I think I’m going to re-create it on watercolor paper so I can frame it and hang it on the wall.
Only the framed version will have the sentiment either stamped or typed. Well, that’s it for me this morning, after a weekend of cleaning up a mess in the basement (dust, debris and other stuff), I really wish I could get a ‘do-over’ for the weekend. But we now have a very spiffy clean basement, and a critter free chimney. And no worries, hubby is fine. Although I haven’t seen him move so quickly in a long, long time .
Until next time……. have a fabulous Monday!