BOWtique kitTIE

My best friend from high school (we have been friends for a long, long time now) just opened a new Etsy shop!

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^ One of my favorite pictures of us at Clearwater Beach, Florida this past summer. ^

She makes the cutest bow ties for cats, dogs and any pet you’d like if you just ask. They range from cute everyday bow ties to special holiday and birthday bow ties. She recently made some for my beautiful Tiny cat and Emma dog.

Of course, Tiny Cat never cooperates for a picture but Emma is a great dog model. bowtiquekittie2

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Her Etsy shop is called BOWtiquekitTIE! Sooooo cute!!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BOWtiquekitTIE

Make sure to go check it out. Every pet needs at least a Birthday Bow Tie for sure!

Here are a couple pictures of her two adorable cats sporting some BOWtiquekitTIE Bow Ties!

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I was trying to get a picture of Tiny cat wearing his bow tie last night and he just was not having it, so Jacob volunteered to model.

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^ Cute accessory for babies too! ^

~Until next week XOXO~

Painting Restoration

This week, I thought I would share some tips on restoring old paintings. My husband’s grandmother was a wonderful artist, but after many years of completing pieces, some get neglected. I found some pieces that especially spoke to me but were never really finished. After years of sitting around, they were pretty dirty too. This is especially useful if you like finding and fixing up garage sale, thrift store or flea market type items.

First, you must very carefully clean the piece. For these pieces, I just used water and a cloth. I wasn’t sure the media used, so I did not want to use something too harsh and destroy the piece. Be very careful cleaning with anything other than water.

Second, if you need it, find a frame that compliments the piece well. I usually try to find frames that have elements in the frame design that reflect elements from the piece itself.

Third, make sure to coat the painting in a protective sealer to help continue to preserve and protect it. There are all different types for different media and have matte or varnish finishes depending on how you want it to look. I use this brand.

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Once the finish dries, go ahead and put the piece in the frame and assemble any other hardware to go with it. A good strong frame helps to keep the canvas from warping which can ruin paintings.

These are the three paintings I restored and hung in our house. They are beautiful Paula Pigott works!

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