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World travelling, north of the 49th living, Caribbean born, Barcelona dreaming makeup artist. A motionless perpetual motion machine.
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Treasured Chests

I have always liked chests. They make me think of treasure; gold, jewels, family keepsakes, stashes of yarn, what have you. I also think of pleasant surprises and long forgotten joys. They also make me think of long voyages and new experiences. A lot of this is tied up in my memories of moving to Canada and the chests which followed us from new adventure to new adventure.

I have had this old pine chest for nearly a couple of decades, it has housed lingerie, sleepwear, blankets, yarn, and old clothes. It lived at the foot of my bed for years until it was banished to the back of my closet. Pulling it out and emptying it was like a treasure hunt, its contents taking me down memory lane.

I've decided to bring my long time friend out and renew it and give it a new home in the livingroom.

old friend

After emptying I wiped down the inside of the chest with Cedar essential oil and marked off the pattern in pencil. I let it sit overnight for the oil to absorb.

outlined and taped off the St George's Cross portion of the flag

For the paint I have decided to use some of the many many colours currently taking up so much room in my home. It works out well that the colours I've used for my bedroom happen to be variations of the colours of the Union Flag I've chosen to adorn the chest.

one coat of Chili applied and the St Andrew's Cross roughed in

St Andrew's Cross, the saltire, taped up and ready to go

not sure if I like the blue, may be too pale but it does give me an idea

This may take me a bit to finish but I have 2.5 weeks left of free time before the Listener season 4 starts shooting. More than enough time to get this and a couple more projects done. Woohoo.

Canadian Passage

There are very few things we owned when we moved to Canada which remain in my possession today. The few things which I do still own have taken on incredible sentimental value. One of said items is an old chest I claimed from my mother. It is one of a set of two we had when we moved here. I can't remember what happened to the other in the set.

Anyway, a couple of decades or more ago I stripped the blue coating from the chest, sanded it, applied gold foil and layers of paint before finally deeming it renewed. Recently, I have thought of redoing this family friend but, I have to say, once I dusted it off and took a look at it, I could not think of what I would change. I may just touch it up instead. I shall definitely need to update the hardware on it and change the handles. We'll see.

built when things were meant to last

Worth Treasuring

There are a few chest at Morningstar Trading which I really like. Definitely not the repainting type of items; deep glowing wood, smoothly finished, solid pieces of wood. Very possibly a purchase needs to be made in the near future.

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