Friday, August 13, 2010

The Old Table

Chuck's mom had an old table at her house, which we then had at the cabin, then in a basement closet. After I'm off of work for a while in the summer, my creativity comes back. (Plus a few rainy days lately.) I started with Kilz primer.
I used acrylics in little bottles that I bought at Ben Franklin in Alexandria for both the background colors and the Rosemaling. I'd always used oils, but the joy of acrylics is they dry right away, and that's also the pain of using them. It's not easy to fix mistakes.

The designs are adapted from "Rosemaling fra hele Norge" edited by Bjørg Oseid Kleivi. The main design is from a Rosemaler named Marie Strædet, from Marnardal. The style is from Vest Agder county in southern Norway. The lacy border is from a Bjørg Oseid Kleivi design.

Road work continues

Taken from the front door.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Bedman Freeway

The road at Lake Ida reminds me of the book "The Little House" by Virginia Lee Burton.
If you want to watch the Disney video of the book,
In 1985 our road was a narrow two track road with grass growing down the middle, that wound right through the resort yard.
I don't have a before photo from 1985, but here is the road this week, in progress. One more layer of tar to go.

Friday, August 6, 2010


Renee and I went fishing today. Without any high tech stuff we caught 15 nice sunnies down by Bedman's.