“Dare to wear the foolish clown face.” Frank Sinatra
My college roommate and I have stayed close for the past 20-some years, and after marriages, children, and all sorts of life-experiences together, she is getting ready to turn the big 4-0. She epitomizes the phrase “forty and fabulous.” One thing that she has always loved is clowns. Some people hate them, but she used to dress up as a clown to entertain children in hospitals, and the interest became a collection. I used to always look for cute clowns in second-hand stores and antique shops. Last summer I found this great antique clown cookie jar in a dusty little shop in my home town of Libby, Montana. However, someone and painted it with a hideous gold paint. I though, “I’ll just strip the paint, and it will be fit for display.” Well, the paint removal became a huge task. I thought it would scrape right off, but I didn’t want to scratch the ceramic, nor did I want to remove the shiny glaze. I finally found a trick on e-how (http://www.ehow.com/how_5561574_remove-paint-ceramic.html). I had to go to my local health food store to find the whiting material, and it required several applications, but I finally got the paint off. I love the way it turned out, there are some flaws that show its age, but give it character. I guess you could say the same for us 40-somethings!!