Sunday, May 31, 2009

back home from Indiana, with more things made

Two of my favorite things to take pictures of are my grandfather's barn in Indiana and cats! I got back from Indiana about a week ago, and since being back I've made more progress in my effort to restock my Etsy shop. I've got tons more too, in varying stages of completeness.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


I put together my first clock today. I think it looks pretty neat hanging on my parents' gray cedar siding, but it will be on its way to Alaska soon enough. I think these pictures of the clock on the house look really Alaska-ish, strangely enough.

While I'm really happy with the look of this clock, it sucked me into my usual black hole of sanding, painting, sanding, painting, etc. I always seem to prefer forms that are difficult to cut, sand, and paint. So, my next clock goal is SIMPLE. The things I make are almost never simple, but the things I buy (ok, the brand new furniture I buy) are usually pretty sleek and simple.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

new colors and new photos

I love this new purple! I also will start making my FLIGHT birds in this color, too. I painted up my THORN jewelry display and bird in semi-gloss white as well. The light on my parents' front porch is so nice. I'm trying to get one of my items in each color finished so that I can take photos of them here, but it seems like I'm sanding and spraypainting my life away and I'm still not there yet.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thorn CNC

Yesterday my dad and I cut out a bunch of assorted jewelry displays- Thorn, Sappling, and more Cacti. Then my mom and I sanded but didn't even make a dent in all of the CNCed parts. I'm certainly going to miss this cheap labor when I'm living in Anchorage! I used to spend all of my Etsy time after my job just working on only Cacti, and in turn I never really dedicated much time to making Thorns. So, once I'm settled in Anchorage, I hope to have a few standard colors of Thorns in stock all the time. I need better pictures of them as well, as you can see from my awesome astroturf days:

Monday, May 11, 2009

freshly primed cacti

I had 2 sanding helpers today. While they sanded, I painted and we got all of these done in maybe an hour. Unfortunately, they still need 2 more coats of paint which means a lot more sanding. But, I was pretty impressed with how much progress I could make a day if I had some people to help. I'm thinking that I could pay someone to sand by the part in Alaska and leave myself so much more time for designing new things, and of course band sawing and spray painting.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Jacksonville, FL to Anchorage, AK

Everything I own (except my car and cats) are in a truck headed to Anchorage, Alaska. Goodbye Jacksonville! My stuff is currently somewhere between Omaha, NE and Tacoma, WA. Good luck, pretty furniture!