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A Mermaid 'Tail'

How's your week been?  It's been pretty cold here and we've had some snow - a bit of an adjustment after spending 6 weeks in the desert!   In addition to getting home and back into a routine, my brand-new laptop needed some attention. It's been randomly shutting itself off and generally being a nuisance.  So, I contacted the support line and after 2 hours, it was supposed to be fixed...until the next day when it shut itself off again!  Back to tech support for another hour and then the decision to re-image the computer and bring it back to 'factory'.  Did I mention it's a brand-new laptop???  Three hours later, it was done and then I had to spend time putting it back the way I needed it.  There's still more to do, but, I had enough to get this post written - fingers crossed that this is the end of my technology troubles!!

So I guess I'll be like a mermaid and 'roll with the tide', since there isn't much else I can do!  

This mermaid was my daughter's Christmas present.  She's loved mermaids since she was a little girl (remember Ariel?) and even has a Pinterest board dedicated to them.  

I started by looking at LOTS of images on the internet.  I had an idea of what I was looking for and started drawing the different elements like the hair and tail.  When I was done, she was about 3 feet tall.  I got out pallet wood and started 'fitting' her on the wood.
The goal was getting her to fit on as few pieces of wood as possible.  Once I was happy with the layout, I traced the pattern with a marker.
Out came the jigsaw and before you knew it, she was completely cut out.
The wood from this pallet was very light, almost white and I thought about just putting a light stain on her; but, since blue was a color in my daughter's house, I went with that.  I used chalk paint, some light distressing and clear wax.  

In case you're wondering how I held her together, I used paint stirrers to strap the pieces and screwed them into the wood - just like I did with the Pallet Pumpkins.  You can take a look HERE

My efforts were a success.  The mermaid is now hanging in her home.  I suggested putting a starfish in her hand and the only reason I didn't do it was the fear of it breaking in transit; although, gluing the starfish to a thumbtack and using the thumbtack to mount it is always a good option.

My daughter just sent me a picture of a pineapple, so I guess that will be my next design.  It's nice to have something to work on while it's snowing outside!  Silly me, I thought it would be a seahorse!
Well, I've come to the end of this mermaid's 'tail'.  I hope you're having a great week and keeping warm!

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  1. Gorgeous! Cute for all ages

    1. Thank you, glad you stopped by!

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    1. Thank you, Fiona. I'm so glad you stopped by..come back again soon, won't you?

  3. I bet your daughter loved her mermaid and even better that her mom made it for her! A very precious gift -- cute too!

    1. Aww, thank you. She did have it hanging on the wall pretty fast!
      I'm so glad you stopped by the Cottage, come back again soon.

  4. I'm totally impressed at your precision with a jigsaw. So far I can make a somewhat straight line...the curves in this project look intimidating! Cute mermaid!

    1. Thank you, Audra. I've been using a jigsaw for a couple of years now, and am better at it now than when I first started! Another factor is the blade - makes a big difference! Keep practicing and come back again soon, won't you?

  5. She's just lovely, your daughter is very lucky to have such a talented mum.

    1. That's so sweet of you, Julie. Thank you!

  6. She's a beauty! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  7. What a great job you did on your mermaid. I am sure your daughter loves it.
    Hope you stop by Thursday Favorite Things since you are being featured.

    1. Thank you so much, Bev. I really appreciate the feature!


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