I finally finished the mosaic tray I was working on. I ran into a number of finishing issues that had me considering sitting the tray out in the middle of the road for traffic to “fix” for me. It took a little while to figure out a working solution and I think I succeeded. This project had a lot more of a learning curve than I expected. I will do more of it, but I’ll do things in a very different order next time.
The interior I painted a dark berry wine color to set off the pale pink of the grout and pick up the deep burgundy on some of the tile pieces. I was going to paint the entire tray, but the more I looked at it the more I liked it this way. I rubbed the wood with food grade mineral oil to give it a bit of protection and to make the wood stand out a bit more. I ended up using white cotton cord in the corners of the interior of the tray. This covered a multitude of those problems I was talking about.
The sealer I bought did not work the way I wanted/expected it to and I’ll be looking into another type for the next project. All it really did was make all the tile pieces look a little hazy. I ended up hitting each piece of tile with polish to make them pretty again.
Overall, I like my tray, but it’s definitely a first attempt. Not sure what I will ultimately end up using it for, but I do still think it’s pretty, if a little quirky in places. lol.
As for what else I’ve done lately… mostly working on these projects. lol.
I’m trying to make a game plan for streamlining my kitchen. I want to get back to making basics from scratch as I used to do, but until I can get the kitchen cleaned out, it’s difficult.
I’ve gone through my old t-shirts and the ones getting retired are going to start getting cut up for t-shirt yarn. I have enough now that I think I could feasibly make something with it. I’ve tried to organize my yarns. I gutted where they were being shoved and bought some huge totes. I bagged up a lot of it in gallon Ziploc bags so I can see it, but it would stay somewhat protected and packed it into the totes. I filled 2 huge totes with just the stash in my room. Next to tackle the barrels upstairs.
Also, doing the A-Z Blogging Challenge. I’m doing A-Z Knitting Stitches. Today’s got published about an hour early because I forgot and just pubbed it when I finished it. I think they’ll forgive me. hehe.
What have you all been working on lately?