6.26.2018

Door Numbers for the Commitment Phobic

Finally! I've installed some numbers on my house. I've lived in my home for ten years now without having bona-fide house numbers. Say what? The reason? I just couldn't commit to anything and I was terrified of drilling into either the Douglas Fir door or the plaster facade around the door and garage.

A few years back, in order to have some identification, I sprayed the number on the sidewalk, which looked great but was not particularly visible from a car on the street. I always had to identify the house as "the shingled one with green trim" whenever I was giving directions.

6.19.2018

Under Stair Closet: Final Edition

This is boring, I know. That said, I have found the completion of this project to be pretty high up there on the satisfaction chart, because I actually. got. something. done. 

This year (I measure by school calendar year, September being the start) has been a doozy, actually a real shit show.  While keeping some things private, I'll just say that my younger guy has had a rough go of it and was unable to attend school full time. This has resulted in a lot of commuting and shortened days for me. Read: little time for other pursuits. So actually banging out a project like this in a very short period of time has been, just, yay.

6.03.2018

Under Stair Closet Redo

Remember this closet? The one I stated I was going to redo, like four years ago? The plan was to gaffer tape the walls and build some shelves. 

5.16.2018

An Upholstery Project: Final Edition

Well how fun and satisfying has this little project been?!

5.01.2018

Linocut and Printing Fabric!

Things have been proceeding just swimmingly here on my boudoir chair reupholstery project. (This is why this post title is written with an exclamation point!) Last week found me completely engrossed in creating a repeat pattern and making a linocut block.

First things first though, I bought a Speedball linocut starter kit and some 2x3" blocks. I bought both the traditional board backed linoleum block and some of the softer pink Speedy Cut type. I bought both because my only real recollection of linocutting must be from like grade school, when I found that it was friggin impossible to cut at all, never mind with any precision. On the other hand, the softer types, I read, can be prone to crumbling and I was going to be trying to cut some thin crisp lines.

4.22.2018

An Upholstery Project: Part Two

The title of this post ought to be "Where I remove all the upholstery from a chair and humbly face my overconfidence". That, my friends, has been what has transpired here these past two weeks.

4.09.2018

Spring in the Garden

Finally spring has come to the garden. We had a very late winter in Norcal this year with a lot of rain and cold temperatures very late in the season (I know everything is relative, my east coast friends). Rain is always good in California but I'm ready for the dreariness to move on.

4.04.2018

Attack of the Killer Kombucha

For many months now, I've been cheating on my kombucha... I've been drinking store bought.  I love the taste of my home brew so I guess this is purely due to laziness or business or whatever. I love kombucha and will usually drink it daily if it is available. Buying from the store can get pretty pricey (which is why I started brewing my own in the first place).

4.02.2018

An Upholstery Project

I have a new distraction, er, I mean project. I have so many things stacked up on my to do list, but for some reason this has been especially compelling.

3.29.2018

The 100 Year Project: An Update

I was recently asked about my tapestry project, aka the 100 year project. I can say, unequivocally, that this project continues to be a labor of love. I have been finding such zen in stitching this that by the end of this project, I may just find total consciousness. Ha ha ha, kidding, not about enjoying the stitching, just the consciousness thing.

3.19.2018

Thrift

I don't know what the hell happened here. This is one of my snazzy new black toilet seats (this one from the top floor bath) -almost brand new. The hinge to the seat lid totally blew out. It's like a ghost did this or something because for real no one has owned to it. In reality, Kit probably stood on the seat and it became tweaked somehow. 

2.26.2018

A Ship Ladder for the Hot Tub

I finally got around to building a little step for the hot tub. 

2.06.2018

Switcheroo

I recently rotated around the furniture on the east wall of my living room. The sole purpose for this was that my fiddle fig tree was not getting enough light and threatening to misbehave with falling, rigid leaves and very minimal growth. I'm pretty sure it's main complaint is just not enough sun. 

1.28.2018

A Good Blog Is Hard To Find: An Inquiry

Hello Friends. 

I'm looking for some new design blogs to follow. It seems that the type of blog that I enjoy reading has become harder to find. Many of my favorites are so longer active, and I've been unable to find new ones because generally I enjoy a non-commercial blog and these can often be hard to find and happened upon only by luck. 

1.17.2018

Progress: The 100 Year Project

Remember that post about the 100 year project, in which I create a fabulous modernist needlepoint to upholster a bench? Well, it is underway and I am ridiculously enthralled by this. 

In that post I was thinking that I would copy a Picasso for this project. I don't know why it didn't occur to me at the time that I should recreate the textile with which I was so enamored. Well I have done just that and here it is.

12.25.2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry everything from me to you. I hope your holiday was filled with joy and love. 

We kept it simple this year and it was wonderful. I am looking forward to a new year with fresh beginnings.

11.09.2017

The 100 Year Project

I can't get this chair off my mind.
The interiors are the work of Richard Pettit of the Archers. The upholstery is a reworked mid-century wool wall hanging from the French Artist Buberoff. The home owner, who I believe was the driving force behind this chair, was inspired by the infamous Gertrude Stein Picasso armchairs.