I’d like to think I was a hip and happening teen.
A concert going cool girl.
Now, I’m not exactly sure why I equated attending rock concerts with being cool. Maybe because your coolness factor rose a bit in High School if (your parents let you) go see the currently popular rock stars perform.
But sadly, I didn’t attend a single show. (You may now shed a tear.) I was invited to attend a Scorpions concert (age alert) but that idea received a firm parental veto. (And it’s a mystery why my parents weren’t jazzed about sending their 15yr old daughter to a heavy metal concert with her “friend” who was a boy. As I’m sure all the reports on rampant concert drug use and violence were just rumor and speculation.)
Now that my parents are no longer the boss of me, I have been to a few concerts. None that would earn me any cool points, though.
1) Michael Bolton. (Yes, he was my first.) For those who are unfamiliar with this popular singer, just imagine a crooning lion with a mullet.
2) American Idol. (I will openly admit that I used to be a big fan.) A friend and I spent a girls’ weekend in Houston and caught the Season 5 concert. Highlights were Chris Daughtry and Katharine McPhee (now on the t.v. show “SMASH”.) That was the year what’s his name won.
3) Kellie Pickler. (It was at the State Rodeo, does that count?) Kellie was actually quite good but the music was so incredibly loud that we had to leave about half way into it.
4) American Idol. (Yep, I did it again.) This time it was season 8 and I brought my daughter. Kris Allen (the winner) was a cutie and Adam Lambert was simply awesome.
5) Death Cab For Cutie. (I have the t-shirt to prove it.) Rule in my family: Teenagers cannot attend concerts unless a parent accompanies. So I ended up being the chaperon on this one. It was pretty good. (Despite the fact that I only knew about 30% of the songs.)
So what do you think? Has my cool factor bumped up (or down) a notch?
One of my daughter’s friends (who is quite cool already) won free concert tickets and a back stage pass to a Taylor Swift concert. Not only was the music part fun for her, but it was interesting seeing all the workings of the concert behind the scenes. And that is what I’m going to do with my serving tray transformation project. I’m giving a back stage pass. A peek of the workings behind the scenes. The good, the bad and the ugly.
I started out with a dusty serving tray I found at a thrift store. (It actually came in a set of three.) The tray itself, was fine. It was just a little too boring. And boring just would not do. So I decided to use a medium that I have never used before. (As I hang my head in crafting shame.) I have never made anything with Mod Podge. (gasp!)
The plan was to paint the tray gold and then mod podge the black and white scrapbooking paper onto the inside bottom of the tray. (Sounds a bit glamorous, doesn’t it?)
Well, everything started off okay. I cleaned, primed and painted the tray. (Part of my gold obsession.)
Then I cut the paper to size and painted the Mod Podge on the tray bottom with a foam brush. I attached the paper and then applied the sticky Mod Podge on top of the paper to create a good seal. Unfortunately, the paper started bubbling up and showed brush strokes. Some of the Mod Podge crept up on the sides of the tray and started to discolor the gold. But no worries. It dries clear and the bubbles go away…don’t they?
So here is the finished tray topped with a glittery mini disco ball. (I was obviously not a stylist in my previous life. Maybe a goat herder.)
FYI: It does NOT dry clear on gold paint. (Just in case you were wondering.) Now, I could have tried to cover up the mistakes and claim to be an awesome mod podger, but because I issued the back stage project pass, my tray failure has nowhere to hide.
I am going to try to fix it by repainting the gold edge. (It’s on the schedule for 2017.) In the mean time, the tray is fully functional and if I squint my eyes, then I hardly even notice the smudges or bubbles. Snazzy indeed!
So what about you? Are you a maestro with the Mod Podge? Or a cool girl (or guy) concert goer?
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