Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Studio Spring / Early Summer pic post

Bailey is obsessed with the birds
Bailey loves our new digs and really LOVES the flock of pigeons that belong to our neighbor. I'm pretty sure she spends all day in the window when I'm not home.

Studio windows Basement on up New studio space...
New studio space is a bit of a work in progress, but there is much potential! 

 The Charlie Brown rug
I made this canvas rug/floor cloth one weekend just  for the heck of it out of some leftovers. It wasn't until a few days later that I found out they are a real thing, like people actually make them, and they even used to be quiet popular for a while. I ended up making a mini Bailey sized one.
the Bailey mini rug (in progress)
this is an in progress shot of Bailey's rug

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
And then I started thinking about those Tibetan Tiger rugs I'm in love with and decided to make my own version...
I cam upon a tiger in the kitchen Canvas rugs 
The rugs are finished but need to be coated still in poly urethane (so I'm told) before actual use as rugs. 

lil ink washes
Been drawing a lot of dogs, Bailey mostly since I spend the most time with her. 

 I feel like there's more. I've been pretty terrible at documenting and uploading stuff lately.

Also this week is the last week in the shop to buy any 2 drawings or prints and get an extra drawing or print of a similar nature included for for free in your package! Sale ends on July 1.


Project Furniture

Project: re-upholstery of footstool
picked up for 8$
This is the hair pin legged foot stool I found at the GBMC Nearly New Sale this spring.
Do over!
To which someone else did either a shoddy "make-over" or was cobbled together willy-nilly. Either way the only things original are the legs and the zig-zag springs (though not installed in the typical fashion so I think these were put together at a later date).

Current Status: Incomplete: Stripped down to wood and legs and zig-zag springs, springs hand tied together to prevent separation, "frame" sprayed black, trying to decide what end look I want- I'm thinking probably leather or hide of sorts.
Cost: $8 for foot stool so far.

Project: steel table refinish
I found a table on my way to the bar Walking home with my table balanced on my head
I found this table on my way to the bar, a scrapper was clearing out a local college renovation and when I expressed interest what he was up to and in the tables (there was a pile of them) he said I could take them if I wanted... But being that I was walking, I only took one.
Score free table!
Decent condition a few small bumps and dents and a few glops of painting medium but otherwise nice. Simple design, not overly heavy, and unobtrusive grey.

Current Status: In hiatus: AKA I ended up needing a small table in my bedroom and this was handy, so now it has stuff on top of it... so it's moved down on the list of things to do. This will be an easy project though, just needs a stripping of the artist gunk on it and a quick repaint and seal. Good as new.
Cost: Free so far!

Project: re-strapping vinyl
new vinyl samples
This chair belonged to my Grandpa, and lived on my patio for probably longer than I am old, I was the only one who liked it... so I took it to the city with me!
new vinyl samples
Just this  year some of the straps started to break and I decided to investigate how to fix it up.

Current Status: Incomplete: Removed broken straps, saved hardware, ordered color samples of strapping, decided to keep original color scheme of alternating off white and dark green, ordered strapping, awaiting arrival of supplies.
Cost: $43 for strapping, extra hardware, gloves, and shipping.

Project: refinishing wood
Yeah I still haven't finished stripping this table and re-staining it...

Current Status: Incomplete: I only finished stripping about half of this table and then abandoned it. Its still useable but is wide open to damage. I should probably finish it....
Cost: $5( to$10? somewhere in that range) for table.

Project: door turned into to printing table
Current Status: Incomplete: Sorry, no pics yet... Super-duper-heavy old wooden door put up on saw horses. The thought is to cover at least half the door with a piece of sheet metal and 1 set hinge clamps for a screen printing table.
Cost: $35 for door, and two saw horses (Thank you Sparks Studio!) so far.

Project: tree stump turned into foot stool/ end table/ thing
sanded stum

min waxed stump

in situ

 Current Status:COMPLETE! Cleaned and hand sanded stump, then MinWaxed, and air cured.
 Cost: FREE! (stump was in back yard and my dad had lots of sand paper and old cans of MinWax)
 I love stumpy.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Early Summer Flourish

Since mid March or so life has been coming at me fast and furious. I'd been looking at houses for almost a year now and all the sudden a potential housemate fell into my lap about a week before my dream house also fell into my lap and it was a mad dash to scoop up the house before anyone else placed their bets on it. Luck was on our side and we got the place. I've been moving stuff back and forth, rearranging, hanging art, buying new art and stuff for the place, trying to set up studio, throw in a late garden and revamp the backyard, and wrap up the school year with the kiddies and figure out plans for the summer.  I can't tell you how good it is to be back in my old neighborhood.... Despite not living here for the past 4 year I've still been working in the same neighborhood so it felt like I never left (minus the long haul commuting...). In the midst of housing transition there was also talk of doing an outdoor mural and an invite to a craft show in MD, both of which didn't pan out and I am totally ok with it, I had more than enough on my plate.

The writing bug hasn't gone anywhere. But lately I've been getting crafty in the new studio. I started making essentially canvas rugs born out of scraps of canvas I had and a need to protect my studio floors and a desire for a little pattern and excitement. I threw together two small black and white rugs over a weekend and when I showed a pic to a co worker she informed me of this long line tradition I had no idea about (mostly out of the same need and desire of cheap floor coverings). Then I started working on my own version of a Tibetan Tiger rug which is nearly finished (because I really really really want a Tibetan Tiger rug-read more about them here ! They all need some good coatings of polyurethane before they are truly floor ready (so I am told anyway). I'm pretty happy with my side venture, but I'm not sure how far down this road I will travel. I've also been collecting a pile of "fixer-uper" furniture: a mid century footstool in bad need of reupholster (I've gotten it to the stripped down and painted stage), a mid century steel table in need of a good stripping and painting, a not so sure what century patio chair in need of replacing the vinyl strapping (I've got color samples coming in the mail), a mid century telephone table in need of refinishing (its semi stripped), oh and big hunk of honed slate to be made into table top and  framed message board or something like that not sure... All of this I am learning as I go with one burst of energy a night tackling a stage or step at a time and blessed be the internet for it holds a vast wealth of information at my finger tips. It's all fun, I just hope I don't scare my new housemate with too much "project furniture". haha I also picked up several pieces of furniture from a studio closeout that well, it could be refinished and look just smashing, their is a certain time when its true patina and age outshines what it would be all bushed up and new.

photos to come soon....

Also I just relisted many items in the Etsy shop and I am running a super sweet deal to help me with lighten the load of my studio (and pay for a some new needed household and studio items). Buy any two drawings or prints and I will include a small drawing or print of a similar nature with your package for free! Yay for more art!