Janne Robberstad

Welcome to my site! I work as an eco-designer, an artist, as a teacher and as a researcher, and creating, or ARTING as I prefer, makes me happy! This is both a portfolio of things I´ve made and a blog meant to inspire.

Give Away




Hit Counter
Hit Counters

« | Home | »

20 – candy-colored quotes

By spotogspindel | December 20, 2011

I am working, really I am! But my arm usually doesn´t want to work at the computer 10 hours a day. So I have to find some other things to keep be busy. This weekend, it´s been one of my work-tables that had it coming!

An ordinary oak table-top with black metal feet from IKEA. It´s been with me for … probably 20 years now. Wow! Time flies!

Only a few little paint-marks on it, I´ve been pretty good to it, haven´t I?! Oiling it every second year or so…

But you know how it is. Sometimes all the color inside of me, just spontaneously bursts out, and on to whatever happens to be around me!  Which is why the table now looks like this:


With a little race-track stamped around the edges. (Need to go over them again, with more paint). There is a 45 degree angle about 1/2 cm along the edge. I wanted a bit of lime in there, so I glued down a lime ribbon I had lying around. Nifty, huh!? 🙂

I actually want to stamp or paint a quote around the edges too, on the top, over the pink and yellow. I have these alphabet stamps from Teesha Moore. I have a couple of good quotes, but wanted to ask if you had any favorite quotes to share? I´ll probably need a few to get all the way around the table.

A couple of my favorites are:

Start turning your dreams into plans.

Your imagination is your preview of life´s coming attractions.

In many ways, this table, with the sweet colors, is exactly that, too sweet for my taste.  But the good thing about painting is that it is re-paintable! People shouldn´t be so afraid of colors! It you paint something, and it turns out horrible, no need to cry, just paint over it! Again and again, until you´re happy with it (and have become an expert painter along the way)

Ok. Enough with the moral-lecture already!

Let´s just swiftly move on to the Advent Activity calendar:

Make a list of ten things you are grateful for.

Or more. Write it down, and hang it somewhere you can see it, read it, and remember to appreciate it all over again.

Topics: Christmas, Diverse, interior | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “20 – candy-colored quotes”

  1. gail Says:
    December 21st, 2011 at 00:16

    I love sweetly colored painted furniture! It is such an island look. I have always wanted to own some but I don’t think I have the talent or patience to do one myself! One of my favorite quotes was told to me by an old lady; she said it was an old liberian saying: life is like licking honey off a thorn. I just love the taste and feeling it evokes in me, the combination of realism and hope. I also like, ‘feel it, release it, move on,’ as a reminder not to be stuck in the negative. But for a table I might want to look for lighter sayings, lol! Maybe ‘eat, drink and be merry!’

  2. andrew finnie Says:
    December 22nd, 2011 at 02:12

    ‘Your imagination is your preview of life´s coming attractions.’

    Boy I am going to be very happy, but awfully tired. 🙂

    I think you have done this table proud. If I was a 20 year old table from Ikea I would love to wake up with a few ribbons and a splash of paint one day.

  3. bjorgnin Says:
    January 1st, 2012 at 15:54


    Et annerledes nyttårsbrev på bloggen min framover -handler nettopp om dette.
    Lista er lang over hva vi kan være takknemlige for ;:OD)