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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