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Three Little Paintings

three paintingsI really enjoy painting. I have since I was a kid, and I even minored in fine art in university. Lately, though, painting has taken a back seat to some of my many other interests. It’s tough being Jean of all Trades and having my fingers in so many pies!

This evening, however, I kept away from the television and brought out the paints. I chose acrylic for its fast drying time. I kept the paint flowing and worked on style and blending, not perfection.

I like creating painterly pieces and I wanted the bottles to have an element of whimsy to them and possibly even look like you’ve consumed the wine and can’t see straight. Or maybe they look like I drank the wine before embarking on this project!

I like deep yellows and blended a few colors together to come up with a marigold shade and some lighter yellow too. I thought that would be a good background for the richness of the bottles.

I painted the bottles with different tones too, so they look like glass. I didn’t try to make then photorealistic though. They float on a relatively flat plane (although I did add lighter and darker tones to create a sense of roundness).

Explanations aside, the main thing is that I had fun painting the bottles. I hung them in my kitchen (next to my wine rack) so I could take pictures for this site and for Etsy (I’ve posted them on my Etsy page so, yes, they are for sale).

Fortunately for me, they fit right into my kitchen where I’ll be keeping them on the wall until someone buys them.

I have a few other painting projects in mind. A coffee cup series is probably next. I also want to paint a giant enlargement of what viruses look like under a microscope, but I doubt people would want to hang those in their kitchens.

Do you paint? What type of creative endeavors are you interested in? What inspires you? Feel free to leave a comment and tell me about it.

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Boozy Boots: Refreshing Boot Shapers

Are the boots in your closet tipsy? Do you wish you were instead? If your boots have trouble standing on their own, here’s a sneaky little trick I learned recently. I saw a guest on the Today Show do this, so I can’t take credit. But I did road test it and I can attest to the effectiveness of a wine bottle boot shaper. 

boots before

Before: crumpled boots

Step 1: Drink two bottles of wine
Step 2: Rinse out the bottles and place one in each of your boots
Step 3: Put your boots in the closet

wine bottle in boot

During: giving wrinkles the boot

You might collapse after downing the second bottle, but your boots will stand at attention. Just be sure to rinse out the bottles before taking them to your closet. If there’s a bit of wine in them and you knock one over, you’ll mess up the carpet in your closet (and no, I’m not writing from experience…well, maybe).

After: boots in a row

Boots (l to r): Me Too, Liz & Co., Wanted

This isn’t just about aesthetics. Of course we all want nicely organized closets; however, keeping your boots in good form will prevent wear and tear around the ankles. Falling over in a closet isn’t good for anyone.

Note: For those of you who don’t drink wine, there are probably non-alcoholic beverages sold in a similar-sized bottles. I personally can’t think of any.

Experiment with bottles shapes. I find I need a Riesling bottle for my narrow boots; wider, more casual styles benefit from a nice Syrah.

If you wear a different pair of boots each day, and don’t return any of them to your closet, by the week’s end, your front hall will be cluttered with boots and your boot closet will look more like a booze closet. People might think you’ve been secretly stashing wine. So tidy up, and put the bottles back in the boots so no one will have any cause for concern.

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