All Good Things…

Indeed, our Painting the Piano Project came to an end last week and I liken my emotions to those that I get after finishing a good book… bittersweet; happy for the experience, wanting more and a little sad that’s it’s over. Charleen painted the finishing touches on the piano last Tuesday as well as the inscription on the back that acknowledges those involved.

The dedication inscription that can be found on the back of the Painted Piano.

The dedication inscription that can be found on the back of the Painted Piano.

Then, on Saturday about a dozen of us met up at the National Hotel Bar to share a toast to Charleen and pull the winning raffle ticket. We sold several hundreds of tickets during this project. Some people bought tickets because they want to help support AmadorArts (our fundraising beneficiary) but were honest in the fact that they hoped to not win the piano because they had no place for it. A few prickled with excitement over the idea of winning the piano and truly desired to own the piece of art. I’m thrilled to report that I recall personally selling what ended up being the winning ticket to Tina Brown and her husband. They were ticket buyers of the latter variety. Mr. Brown plays several instruments, including piano and even plays guitar for elderly folks suffering from dementia. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with the couple that day and I am truly happy to know that this piano is going home with folks that will not only appreciate it’s unique value with it’s new one-of-a-kind skin but plan on making good use of the instrument itself.

These past few weeks I have found myself going down a tiny rabbit hole and exploring the many tracts of opportunity and inspiration that have arisen from this endeavor… Our idea led one kind woman to donate a fully working piano and several others to offer theirs as well. Our beloved artist, Charleen took on her largest project ever and masterfully rose to the challenge to create something amazing. Friendships were born while some that already existed were strengthened. Awareness was raised for our local arts council. And several members of our community not only heard the call to be involved but more importantly, they answered it. I absolutely stayed true to my ways and did much learning and figuring it out as I went. At the end of it all, despite any challenges and disappointments, the victories and lessons-learned speak louder to me than the former and I still find myself saying “So, that was fun!”.

I only wish that the person that slapped the “free” sign on that random flea market piano (that we didn’t get) last year could know how they inspired me to think “What would I do with a free piano?”… because that’s where this whole thing started. Fourteen months later, here is where it ends…

Artist Charleen Tyson stands with her finished work on the Painting the Piano Project.

Artist Charleen Tyson stands with her finished work on the Painting the Piano Project.

Just Keep Painting

Just keep painting… or is it just keep swimming? Either way the message rings true with us as we enter the home stretch of our in-residence project and fundraising effort: Painting the Piano. Our dedicated artist, Charleen continues to visit the shop weekly to paint every square inch of the piano. She skillfully maps out geometric patterns with a pencil and ruler that will later be filled in with any unknown and exciting combination of color. In between brush strokes Charleen visits with customers. Some are learning about the project for the first time, others are fans that have made it a point to visit on a regular basis to follow her progress.

Nearly all who learn about it are thrilled by the idea. They can’t wait to see how it turns out and they love that we are trying to raise funds for our local arts council. Surprisingly however, their enthusiasm usually ends just shy of actually buying a raffle ticket. I have been dismayed and baffled by how many people show true interest in what’s happening here but stop short of handing over a five dollar bill. They inevitably say something that boils down to “I don’t need or want a piano”. I continue to shake it off and try to turn it around by offering to help them find a good home for the piano in the off-chance that they do win.

In all my efforts to plan and prepare for this project, I have to admit that I did not foresee the dilemma that would result from offering such a physically large raffle prize.  More than that, I find myself puzzled by self-declared fans of the project that refuse to pony up because they might win something as large as a piano. I’m left inwardly scratching my head wondering how I could miss this in all of my planning. And just in case I wasn’t beating myself up enough for not seeing this challenge coming, there has even been one person who had to put voice to my harshest inner-pessimist and tell me in no uncertain terms that the entire thing was a bad idea from the word go. Needless to say, they didn’t buy any tickets either.

Do I let this stop me? Not for a second. Why? Because I’m not in junior high anymore and I try not to pay any mind to people who just don’t get it. We press on, we send out more press releases, we keep smiling and we keep telling anyone that will listen about this lovely idea of ours! Because it is a good idea. Because it has been a joy watching Charleen transform this piano into a truly original piece of art. Because our idea is original and our intentions are sincere. Because it is awesome.

So, I understand if someone doesn’t want to win a piano and I of course understand if they just don’t have the cash to spare… but I hope they won’t take it personally if I don’t let that stop me and I look past them for the next person that might buy in. Because I have a fundraising promise to fulfill, an artist’s commitment to honor and a thousand tickets to sell. Like our blog title states… we are having adventures in figuring it out as we go, and this endeavor is no exception.

A trompe l’oeil keyboard rests atop the closed cover of the actual thing.

“Play as though no one can hear you” inscribed on the keyboard cover will only be glimpsed when it is being opened or closed.

Detail of gradient checkerboards that flank the keyboard.

Patterns that have been drawn and wait to be filled in with color.

Priming the Piano

Well, well… who knew watching Charleen paint the piano would be such a learning opportunity? It has been so wonderful to finally get the ball rolling and have Charleen here painting away on a regular basis (could I have taken any longer to get the damn thing sanded and ready for Charleen?). Her and I have both enjoyed having curious customers, art lovers and even children drop in to chat and observe while she works. More times than not, I still have to encourage observers to imagine the finished piece because they mistakenly think the primer white is all the painting she plans to do. (?)

Speaking of primer, Charleen had quite the challenge on her hands trying to find a primer opaque enough to hide the dark wood of the piano well enough. Much to her dismay, she found herself applying several coats of primer in addition to several layers of color and was still unhappy with the result. She tried and failed with several brands and varieties before hitting primer gold with Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Start. Hooray! It offered the coverage she required and still had an acceptable texture for applying the colored layers on top. I can’t wait to see what she does next!

Primed Piano

This baby’s primed and ready to become a one of a kind!

Penciled in design

The side panels of the piano are primed, next Charleen penciled in this design that waits to be made colorful!

Colorful side panel

The other side panel is already being filled in!

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It’s been a delight to have a few talented visitors take a seat and give an impromptu performance!

In other good news, raffle ticket sales have been picking up thanks largely to Lyla Osmundsen and her unending enthusiasm for this fundraiser project. She tells anyone that will listen about our efforts and has papered half the county with Painting the Piano fundraiser posters. She’s just a tiny ball of awesome! That being said, if you haven’t been in to buy your tickets (or buy more lately) then I encourage you to remedy that before they are all gone! Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

Painting the Piano Bench

It’s our first Painting the Piano update and I’m so excited to have pictures to share of Charleen’s progress! She’s been working on the bench at her home studio while waiting for us here at the shop to prepare the piano. The piano itself is (finally) done being prepped and sanded and we can’t wait to have Charleen in residence, painting away. I, personally, am interested in learning about her process and techniques and can’t wait to see what she does with such a large piece!

Also, the raffle tickets have been ordered and the date of the raffle is set for July 4, 2015. With the ticket pricing set, we’ve figured out that we have the chance to raise between $800 to $1,000 for AmadorArts!

I love the musically inspired harp shaped legs!

I love the musically inspired harp shaped legs!

If this is what she does with just the bench, imagine what she has in store for the piano!

If this is what she does with just the bench, imagine what she has in store for the piano!

These words make us want to play sweet music... or fast music... or loud music ;)

These words make us want to play sweet music… or fast music… or loud music 😉

Plenty of space for Mozart and Beethoven to rest comfortably.

Plenty of space for Mozart and Beethoven to rest comfortably.

Which classic Charleen Tyson Motif do you hope to see her include on the piano?

I put a spell on you!

Quick and Easy Halloween Awesomeness!

Quick and Easy Halloween Awesomeness!

As you probably know, I’ve been terribly behind at the shop lately and the same still goes for the Halloween display window. The cauldron is finally done and I’m terribly happy with it but there are other bits and pieces to be made before the entire thing can be installed. We are holding high hopes that I’ll actually be able to make this happen sometime before Thanksgiving.

This year’s theme for the Halloween window is “I put a spell on you” (cue The Divine Miss M sliding into “…and now you’re MIIIIIIIIINE!”)

Thank you Max for that marvelous introduction.

Thank you Max for that marvelous introduction.

Anyway, I wanted to include the actual name of the theme in the window but I didn’t feel like using my usual go to… a banner. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE making banners! I’m the woman that anytime she hears someone is engaged, having a party or giving birth to a baby decides that the one and only touch that they need to make the event perfectly special is a BANNER. But it just didn’t feel right for this project so after mulling it over I decided to do apothecary labels on old bottles. Luckily enough, my best friend just got married (YES, we made a banner for the wedding). Her and her lovely fiance had fun collecting old amber colored glass bottles for the center pieces and it just so happens they are out of town on their honeymoon and I have the key to their house. Sooooo…. I didn’t have to go searching all over and back for bottles. Thanks newlyweds! 🙂

I found some affordable digital blank apothecary labels here and went to town on them with Photoshop. The borders and clip art looked a little too new against the cool grungy label backgrounds so I swiped at them with the eraser using a texture brush set at 25-50% opacity. I purposely left the wording alone because I wanted them to stand out from the label… it’s hard sometimes to get people to catch smaller details in a display window so you have to give up a little subtlety for the sake of communicating the message. They still look pretty nifty though!

I put a spell on these bottles...

I put a spell on these bottles…

...and they're awesome!

…and they’re awesome!

I attached the labels to the bottles with hot glue in hopes of removing them as cleanly as possible so I may eventually return them unharmed to said newlyweds.

Soooooo, twelve bottles, thirty tiny spiders, eight ravens and five strands of orange twinkle lights later…Gifted Halloween Window at NightWhat? Too silhouetted? Sorry, I guess you’ll just have to drop by for a visit and get a close up look for yourself then. 😉

I’m still thrilled with how the cauldron turned out! If you missed that blog find it here.

Rusty Cauldron

Our Gifted WitchHappy Halloween and big thanks to Dana at Breed’s Magickal Notions & Potions for coming through with our Gifted witches hat and her amazing broom!

The Rusty Cauldron

DIY RUSTY CAULDRON

Get your hands dirty and make your own super size cauldron!

Oh goodness, it’s my favorite time of year and life is good! Sweater weather, rain, pumpkin flavored everything and not least of all… Halloween! That black and orange soaked holiday that brings out the lover of all things dark and macabre in me. Well, let’s be honest… I always love things that are dark and macabre but I feel especially excited to let that freaky flag fly at Halloween. Which is why the Halloween window here at the shop is always a special treat for me. It’s my own little installation of spooky joy and weirdness and I try a little harder every year to creep people out more than the year before. This year’s window (yet to be installed) called for a cauldron, but not just any cauldron! In my own true fashion I envisioned a huge bubbling, rusty cauldron… impossibly bigger than anything I could find online or at the party supply. Like most of my big ideas this would have to be made from scratch. So the project begins!

At the recommendation of this tutorial I began with a large bucket from the feed store

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It’s American made too!

We removed the rope handles and hot glued about sixteen half-moon-ish foam core cut outs to the sides. This left us with distinct ribs on the finished product… if you want a truly smooth, pot belly shape, use more cut outs (like DOUBLE, seriously). We then did a layer of duct tape to create the “skin” and two layers of paper mache on top of that. Scuff and wipe the exposed plastic that will get spray painted. Give it a good coat of flat black primer spray paint and have fun applying the glop recommended for improving a plastic cauldron. Don’t get too bogged down with being faithful to the ingredient list for the goo. I didn’t have any sand on hand and forgot to bring oats from home so I used some potting soil, gravel and a packet of instant oatmeal that I had here at the shop. Have fun, let it drip down the sides and pile it up here and there…

Looks good enough to eat!

Looks good enough to eat!

I let it dry for a few hours and bounced back and forth between stopping there (it looked gross like a boiled over pot) or trying my hand at a faux rust technique because it started to just look like a cauldron with oatmeal on it!

I found the world’s simplest explanation for a faux rust painting technique that convinced me I could do it with ease… and I did! I’m not usually a big fan of painting but this was FUN. Plus I enjoyed getting my Bob Ross on with that satisfying “tap, tap, tap” noise that the brush makes as you pounce the paint on. Except I was making rust while Mr. Ross painted lovely trees 😉

The finished rusty cauldron waiting for a skull base and tissue paper "fire".

The finished rusty cauldron waiting for a skull base and tissue paper “fire”.

So there’s our perfectly imperfect version of a DIY rusty cauldron. It will do nicely for our Halloween window but I think this would make an amazing candy cauldron to impress your neighborhood trick or treaters! How would use it?

Painting the Piano

Well, well… Where has the time gone? I won’t ask why you haven’t called me lately if you do the same for me, okay? 😉

With that awkwardness out of the way, I have exciting news to share!  Gifted has invited artist Charleen Tyson to apply her unique painting techniques to a 1924 Gulbransen piano in residence as a fundraising effort for AmadorArts. A raffle will be held offering a lucky ticket holder the chance to win the one of a kind piece. Our proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to AmadorArts to help support their continuing efforts to promote the arts in Amador County.

The 1924 Gulbransen was once a player piano but no longer has the player parts.

The 1924 Gulbransen was once a player piano but no longer has the player parts.

The idea for this crazy collaboration hit me when I was wandering through the annual flea market called Trash to Treasures in Sutter Creek.  In the way, way back of an old mechanic’s shop was a lovely but humble piano with a sign saying “FREE”.  Anyone who knows me knows that I do not pass up anything that is free. So naturally I started wondering what useful thing I could do with a free piano… Charleen and her amazing painting style popped into my head and the rest is history!

An urn shaped lamp painted by the artist.

Well… not quite.  The idea quickly evolved and soon I was asking Charleen if she would like to paint the piano in residence here at the shop and then raffle it off to help raise money for AmadorArts.  I was so thrilled to find out that Charleen was on board and excited about the idea of tackling something so different as a piano.  My thrill was short lived because by the time I went back to ask for the piano, it was gone.  By this time we had all become very attached to the idea and decided to carry on anyway and find another piano. And we did… after 1 newspaper ad, a little networking, 8 offers and 2 visits to see pianos in person.  Our piano actually ended up being donated by a neighbor of mine that I had never met.  A sweet woman named Tommie whose only request was a “donated by” mention on the back to the piano when it is done. Can do, Tommie.

So now we get to work on a few minor repairs and clean up before Charleen can dive in and start her magic. I’ll keep you posted on our progress!

 

Here’s a little about the parties involved:

Charleen Tyson is a treasured local artist that has lived in West Point, California since 2002. Her whimsically painted furniture and domed pedestals on display at Gifted were inspired by the work of New York company, MacKenzie-Childs. Charleen says, “Loving their products but not loving their prices I decided to try to do something similar myself. The result is just FUN!” Charleen, who has been showing at Gifted since the first year they opened, also designs two lines of unique jewelry made from semi-precious stones and Chinese gaming tokens.

Gifted is a one of a kind shop that exclusively carries locally made and American manufactured gifts and goods. In addition to Charleen Tyson, some of the artists and artisans showing at Gifted include Rosemarie Silva, Leon and Cheryl Parkey and Christy McAdams. The shop is operated out of the ground floor of the majestic three story Odd Fellows building on Historic Jackson Main Street. Owners, Jeannette McDonald and Terry Scott feel strongly about supporting local needs where they can and have raised over $1,500 for the Interfaith Food Bank with sales of their limited edition shopping bags. They are excited to help raise funds for an organization like AmadorArts that speaks so directly to the spirit of their business.

AmadorArts, the Amador County Arts Council, is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to encouraging, supporting, and promoting the arts in our schools and community. In order to nurture the cultural vitality of Amador County, they offer arts education programs, free concerts, community events, gallery exhibits and arts mixers throughout the year, in addition to providing resources and opportunities to local artists.

Happy Birthday Gifted!

Independence Day / Anniversary Display window at Gifted Gift Shop

Two years ago on July 1st of 2011 I, along with my equally crazy mother, opened Gifted’s doors for the first time.  It took the better part of five months to refurbish our location. The bulk of which was done by my husband after work and on weekends.  With the selfless help of a few of our friends we stripped layers of bad pegboard facades, cleaned, painted, painted some more and then cleaned some more. In all honesty when it comes to handyman work I am mostly useless. I come up with great ideas and then will cheer you on every step of the way but that’s about all I’m good for. Which was fine because my hands were full with recruiting artists to show here at the shop and the myriad of other things that need to be done to get the business ball rolling.

Independence Day / Anniversary Display window at Gifted Gift ShopI will never forget our opening morning. I was running on less that 3 hours of sleep, had failed to figure out how to program the cash register (two years later we still do all of our tickets by hand… the register is just a glorified cash box at this point and we’re fine with that) and was hustling around the store alongside Mom trying to get everything perfect before we would open our doors at 10am.  Amid the last minute sweeping, display adjustments and quiet inward worries of failure, Mom and I stopped suddenly and looked at each other.  It had dawned on us simultaneously that this was not the opening of a new Costco or Macy’s.  Nobody would be waiting at the door stacked nine people deep pressed to the window chanting “Open, open, open” like the Mervyns’ Lady.  With this realization, amid our exhaustion we broke out into giddy laughter and finally relaxed a little.  We were right, the Mervyn’s Lady did not leave nose prints on our door that day, however many others came through and even made purchases. What was better is that everybody supported, applauded and generally loved our commitment to local and American made goods.  That Friday, July 1st, 2011 Mom and I had our crazy idea validated and we haven’t looked back since.

Independence Day / Anniversary Display window at Gifted Gift ShopTwo years later, one of my very favorite parts of my job still is doing up the display window.  I have far less time for creative endeavors here at the shop than I had originally imagined so it’s nice that once a month or so I just have to do the window!  Mom and Melisa (one of the said dedicated friends mentioned earlier) join me here at the shop Thursday evenings for “work night”. When it’s window time you can find us working hard on stringing hundreds of fall leaves cut from paper, fashioning dandelions from tulle or creating a colorful curtain from dozens of lengths of ribbon. This month for our Independence Day / Anniversary window we made folded paper rosettes, some as big as 20 inches across!

Independence Day / Anniversary Display window at Gifted Gift ShopI can’t tell you that I have a favorite holiday because I really do love them all. Want to see me break down, twisting with indecision? Just try to make be pick between Christmas, Halloween, Easter or Independence Day!  That being said, our July window always holds special importance to me because I feel it is the epitome of who we are and what we do. I love that our anniversary and Independence Day are the same week… I think it’s very fitting for a shop that carries only locally made and American manufactured products, don’t you? 

Useful Things

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I’m a romantic dinosaur, I’ll admit it.  I enjoy things that aren’t necessarily useful or needed for everyday use anymore.  Greeting cards, bookmarks, book plates and even journals are all things that I have made or aspire to make to sell here at the shop.  With our super useful technology having become the norm, many of these things are vanishing into the ether of our secondary memories.  Who has time to get a birthday card sent off  in the mail these days and why would you buy printed books when you can carry thousands in your Kindle? Oh, my friend because nothing’s quite as nice as the real thing.  Admit it, the first time you received birthday greetings via email or worse yet on your facebook page instead of a phone call or a card… you were just a little disappointed, weren’t you? I’m just as guilty of doing these things as the next guy but it never sets well with me.  I think the world would be a sadder place if nobody ever got to experience that tiny half heart-beat of joy had upon spying what must be thoughtful birthday greetings (“It is the week before my birthday after all…”) stacked in amongst the bills and junk mail.

No! I will not give up useful things of days gone by! I want to smell my book in all it’s ink and paper glory as I read and when I put it down… a handy bookmark shall hold my spot until I return.  And should I choose to loan out said book, a thoughtful bookplate inside the front cover to encourage it to come back home to it’s rightful owner.

They tell aspiring writers to “write what you know”. I think the crafting/creative version of that statement would be “make what you love”.  I love old and useful things (witness my undying passion for my husband) and I think these paperclip bookmarks made from vintage buttons is a beautiful representation of making what I love.

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Useful… and damn cute!

Step one: Have fun shopping for old buttons! Ahhh… I love any project that starts with an excuse to rummage through our wonderful antique shops here on Jackson Main Street.  The materials list actually is pretty basic…

-vintage and/or new buttons usually no larger that 1 1/4″ . Both sew through and shaft buttons are fine as long as the shafts can be cut off.

-jumbo paper clips.

-wire cutters

-hot glue gun

-assorted bling if desired

-needle and thread

-something to cover the dot of glue on the back of the buttons. I used an old pack of Candi embellishments.

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Sort your buttons.

So after your happy button hunting gleefully dump them out across the table and start sorting! No? Too messy? Then timidly and neatly pour them onto a paper plate or into a bowl or something equally boring.  Some buttons will stand on their own while others will look great stacked two or three high.

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Trim the shank… protect your eyes!

Once you’ve organized your buttons into their proper sets (I make mine in coordinated sets of three but if you want to make yourself a dozen in hot pink then go for it.) use the wire cutters to cut the shanks of any that have them. You may want to wear protective eye gear or your sunglasses or something to protect your ojos from flying shanks. When the wire cutters finally snap through the shank… it can go flying pretty much anywhere!  Sidebar… I know wire cutters are probably not the husband recommended tool for shank removal but they work for me.  Also, I have never, ever used my wire cutters for cutting wire so I’m not worried about keeping my set sharp and at the ready for that specific task.  Do what works for you, just please keep your fingers in tact 🙂

If the top of your button stack finishes with a sew through button, cover the tiny holes with a aptly placed bling or fill them in with a few passes with the needle and thread to keep the hot glue from coming through. Use your hot glue (set on high) to glue your stacks of buttons and bling together. Once your stacks are all set, flip them bad boys over and apply a healthy dollop of hot glue and set your paper clip.

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Set your glue gun temp to high.

Add a paper punch to finish it off like I did or try a small felt circle.

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Finish it off!

The detail photo below is to highlight the overage of glue that may happen while applying the backing.  I make no apologies for this.  My two rules for great projects are beauty and function. The front of these bookmarks are beautiful… no hot glue poking out.  The backs are where the function cannot hide.  I will not abide the thought of a customer going to use one of these for the first time only to have the button stack pop off the paperclip and fall into their lap. No, no, no.

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Pretty and functional… the extra bit of glue showing is ensuring the latter.

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All done!

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Anchors aweigh! I love this vintage Navy button.

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Quick and dirty backing cards printed waiting to be cut in half.

I use old rsvp cards cut in half to package my bookmarks but you could have fun and use almost anything. Playing cards… fronts of old greeting cards… card stock…

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Ready to go!

So my friends, I hope the next time you feel silly for wishing monogrammed stationery would come back in vogue, just don’t.  You are not alone.  I am reminded that I am not alone in my love of old and useful things every time someone that could remember Oregon Trail on green screen comes in to Gifted and buys a set of bookplates or bookmarks.

…And then I fell kinda alone again when a shopper too young to know the joy of the original incarnation of Strawberry Shortcake points to a pair of earrings adorned with birds and says “Oh Mom, I like the earrings with the twitter symbol on them!”  *sigh.

Good Golly Ms. Molly

One of the fun things about being a local business owner is the myriad of opportunities out there to support our community through sponsorships, donations and promotion. Here at Gifted, we carry limited edition, house designed (that’s code for “Jeannette does the best she can and people don’t seem to hate it too much”) over-sized canvas shopping bags. All the profits from these bags go to our local food bank and we are very proud of ourselves for having this program in place since day one here at the shop. Our 4th edition bag is being printed as I write this and I promise to share pictures when they come in.

In addition to our in-house food bank fundraiser we also support the annual Bunco for Breast Cancer…

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Hooray for boobies! Our donation to the Amador S.T.A.R.S. Bunco for Breast Cancer 2013

I thought the gift basket/crate turned out nicely and I smile to myself every time I think about how people either grinned inwardly or smirked with a raised eyebrow when they would see the “Gifted loves boobies” tag.  Yup, I like to live of the edge and raise eyebrows with controversial words like boobies. It’s how I roll 😉

Which leads me to one of the funnest fundraisers of the year for business owners like me.  The Amador County Recreation Agency’s Annual Duck Race!  For the regular leg of the duck race people buy tickets that represent one of the thousands of tiny ducks that get dumped into Sutter Creek. They ride the current down stream to the finish line. Something like this but on a smaller scale….

Rubber duck race on the Wupper river in Leichl...

The real fun however is buying an over sized merchant duck and getting your creative kung-fu on. These ducks get painted, altered and tricked out every which way to aid in race quality and visibility while representing the business that sponsors it. It’s the thunder-dome of the duck world.

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This is what the merchant ducks look like before the business owners get creative.

Like any good duck parent, the first thing we did was find a name for our girl. I settled on Molly Ringwald… because this ducky’s no sidekick! Get it? Get it? If you don’t get that reference your homework assignment is to watch the 1986 John Hughes classic, Pretty in Pink starring said red-headed eighties super-starlet.

So, anyone that knows me knows that I love glitter in a serious way. No, not in a cute girly squeal at that shiny object because it’s glittery and pink sort of way. I’m talking about a deep abiding almost holy respect for it as a true artistic medium. Behold…. the Gifted Glitter Shrine!

Why yes, the glitter is divided by warm and cool colors!
Why yes, the glitter is divided by warm and cool colors. Thanks for noticing!

Oooooh, the glitter shrine…. *o_O*  Eh hem! So! Yes! Back to Molly Ringwald!

I lined up chipboard letters to spell out our shop name on Molly’s back and strapped them down with a few rubber bands. Then I outlined the letters so I would have a placement guide after I smeared E-6000 on them and put them back in place.

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Don’t worry about getting messy with the pen markings because everything gets covered later with the mod podge and glitter.

I glued them down and used the rubber bands to hold them in place until the E-6000 stiffened up.

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I gave the letters a day to dry then I mixed up our Mod Podge and glitter and got to painting!

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Mix the glue and glitter in smaller batches or you might want to have an airtight container ready to hold the left overs.
Molly's beak had extra shiny paint so it got a light scuffing first. The rest of the body just got a quick swipe with alcohol to make sure she was good and clean!
Molly’s beak had extra shiny paint so it got a light scuffing first. The rest of the body just got a quick swipe with alcohol to make sure she was good and clean!

After a few coats for good coverage, some button eyes and a coat of sealer, Molly was bound for the races!

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We went with something close to our shop color (blue) for her body… we thought it would stand out nicely amongst all the other yellow ducks!

Molly made us proud and represented Gifted quite nicely. She didn’t place in the duck races but I say, when you look this fabulous… who cares! You were already a winner in my book Ms. Molly Ringwald.