The stockings were hung by the chimney with care and nary a problem......
A large piece of subway art I finished up as a gift turned out fantastic......
I managed to get all the presents wrapped and snap a picture of the tree in a sleep deprived haze.......
And then there was this....
This green monster, a dresser I was turning into a gift for my daughter.
I had excellent intentions of saving my husband time this year. He always has so many projects to work on and it gets down to the wire. So I decided I would just make a couple projects myself as gifts and start them in September so we didn't have to deal with that getting down to the wire part also known as saving things to the last minute.
HA. I said HA!!!! I didn't start this in September. Silly thought.
The green monster would of been done on Monday if all had gone well.
But it did not go well. It did not freaking go well. IT. DID. NOT. GO. WELL.
And this was a gift. A gift I was not willing to not have complete.
Here it is after it's cover in ASCP, Old White. Looking good, all laid on it's side ready to be completed.
Christmas carols playing in the background whilst I prepared to get this done in record time.
I had purchased an engineer size print from Staples last week. Of course this project was so easy and was going to go so quick I waited till Monday to work on it.
I won't mention the 15 web sites I used for tutorials, as I am quite sure it was me and not them that caused this project to fail.
Photo transfer with gel medium onto the front of the dresser. Easy.
It didn't transfer dark.....or transfer fully at all. Even after I could tell the project had turned to crap, I tried to salvage the photo parts by rubbing them with stain to darken them up.
Not sure why I tried that at all since most of it didn't take and rubbed right off, nor am I sure why I took photos at night and didn't even think to look at my camera settings.
Do not lecture me and try to help me figure out where I failed. It's over. Done. And I have more important things to think about now, like should I eat that last piece of triple berry pie?
My post photos turned out like $#!+ too. That is the ones I remembered to take.
Here is part of the mess from before I had to remove all the paper. By the time I was finished scrapping it all off the drawers it was everywhere.... and Christmas Eve was looming.
Have you heard the football term Hail Mary Pass? In football it's a desperation play and it applies to dresser projects on Christmas Eve as well.
I opted to paint words on the dresser as subway art, copying my other Christmas project. I was desperate to complete it and my ideas were empty like my head at that point.
I had visions of no dessert after the Christmas meal, because I had not yet made them, but by golly that darn dresser was going to be done!
In the end I got the food done in time to eat both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, even though I was waxing and buffing right up till 11:00 Christmas Eve. What I forgot to do or to clean in the house - no one but me noticed.
And no one knew I had little sleep for two days. I wasn't crabby, in fact I felt very content because I had finished the dresser.
Bet you would like to see the dresser huh? Maybe even the large framed subway wall art gift I made?
Here are a couple handles for the dresser.....
These were the original hardware, and of course they didn't all clean up the same color. I told myself it added to the uniqueness of the once green monster.
I'd love to show both projects to you, but I ran into a snag.
The dresser has left and gone to live at my oldest daughters house and the subway wall art went to my sons home.
And in true last minute, down to the wire Bliss fashion.........
I forgot to take a photo of either of them before they left.
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