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The Sad Little Chair

25 Sep

Last week I popped by my favorite local Mercatino Usato (2nd hand shop) because I was on the hunt for some vintage fabrics.  While there I came across this very old, sturdy and sad looking child’s chair.

Obviously I didn’t need the chair because all of my kids are big and lanky and tall.  But for 3 euro I just had to take it home with me.

First I gave it a few coats of primer (because I hate to sand).  Then I gave it a coat of a nice white high gloss paint.

And then I started washi-ing it.  I couldn’t stop.

Like the old Japanese proverb says “Washi makes everything more beautiful”.  It’s a very old saying.

After I had finished taping it I sprayed it with an acrylic paint varnish.  That way the tape is on there sicurely and won’t peel off.
I might have gone a little overboard but the chair is definitely not sad anymore.  And now I must go clean those windows in the picture.

Casa

16 Apr

Back in rainy Italy and happy to be home.  We’re all suffering from some pretty serious jet-lag though (everyone up and ready for breakfast at 3:30am).

We spent the day unpacking, sorting through our Japanese souvenirs, doing laundry and talking a lot about our Japan adventures.

After two weeks of delicious Japanese food we had a typical Italian lunch of mozzarella and tomato salad, prosciutto, assorted cheeses and bread.  It was delicious.

It’s always great to travel and see the world but it’s also great to come back home.

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