Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Kitchen Revamp vol. I

 
Slowly slowly the tiny kitchen is being made over. It started with a fresh coat of $10 oops paint - a nice grown-up pinky grey beige - and fresh white glossy trim. The plan is to have a new sink area with new fixtures in the next month or two, and the long work counter will be covered with my handmade tiles. Plus a heavy de-cluttering. And a pot rack would be nice. Damn it adds up quick! No major reno though, just trying to work with what we have. You'll get proper befores and afters when we're done
Sneak peak of the tiles - "can't wait" is an understatement.
 
This louvered pantry door was also not our favorite feature in there, so Daniel suggested we put in a beaded curtain. He is a genius. But have you ever priced those things? If you want one of wood or shell (and shells are never ethically harvested unless you do it yourself) then it's over $100 and they are, of course, the wrong size.

 

I did the math and ordered 2000 unfinished wood beads from china (and one small fancy bag of those stripey lacquered spheres). Three cans of spray paint (metal blue, keylime and a little gold) later and they were just what I wanted. Cost was about the same as a store-bought beaded curtain in the end, but it's exactly what we want/need. Plus I really like doing this stuff, so there's that.

Then three days of stringing on hemp twine commenced. Knots every 10 beads or so, letting myself lose count so the knots didn't all line up too much. Then they got tied to a metal rod I had around that happened to be the right length, which got finished with a wrapping of more hemp.
It's only held up there by two coffee cup hooks wedged in along the old metal door track, but they seem to be hanging in tight. It weighs about 25 lbs BTW. You can make it cheaper and lighter with plastic, but the sound of the heavy wood knocking about is really lovely.
Since we always left the pantry door open unless company was over we have gained about a square foot in the kitchen around an awkward corner with this change. Bonus! I still need to install a tie-back for putting away loads of dishes and groceries.
So anybody need about 200 wooden beads of the above-pictured variety? Send me an email using the link over yonder

 

 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Luster

When I first started making sculptures everyone at the studio said "you're not going to glaze them are you?" Of course not.

Yeah We were wrong about that. Turns out everything is better covered in copper luster -

 
This is the second sculpture I ever made, finally finished many years later.
 

 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Closet

It only took me 2 years to get it organized, but here it is in all its glory...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Sad Clown

 

 
I obvs need to have fresh flowers all the time now for my hilarious clown vase. Found for a quarter at the thrift and spraypainted.

 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

For Jen - How to Make Those Tasty Little Pickles

The only parts you truly need are the cukes, sugar, salt, and vinegar. I like mine with lots of thyme and whatever's in the garden, and a drop of sesame oil.

 
 
 
That there is about 1/4 C sugar and a t salt. Then drown it all with the rice vinegar.

Try to wait at least 3 hours, but best tomorrow.

Wanna see the "new" kitchen curtains while we wait? Thought so

1950s Mexico print that i found stashed away in the shed. A bit less pink since a boy lives here now.
 

Some ceramic stuff I made there - the tiny key lime juicer and berry bowl.

I'm quite fond of these little Flintstoney "shell" dishes I made as well.. for pickles of course.
 

And those pickles are already not bad btw

 

 

 

Friday, July 12, 2013

New Work

A couple of new pieces in the shop for you -

 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/bowlfullofjelly