Wednesday, July 29, 2009

not all new birds are blue birds

I had some smaller birds laser cut and finally got around to giving them a paint-stain. I really like the effect of this, since you can still see a hint of the grain through the paint.

I also have been toying with making things out of acrylic, but I just can't seem to find the right thickness. This bird is made out of 1/8" thick acrylic, but I'm afraid that it is just too fragile. Back to the drawing board!

Monday, July 20, 2009

mustard bathroom

I undertook the massive task of removing the old wallpaper in our downstairs bathroom and painted the walls a warm mustard yellow color. I don't think these photos do the color any justice. We also replaced the vanity, towel ring, and switch covers.
I got this shelf a few years ago at a thrift store, and I still think it is so super cool. It is flat-pack and was injection molded. It has a lot of neat detail and assembles so nicely.
I also hung up some Charlie Harper-inspired paintings I did a few years ago. We're going to be putting slate floors in this bathroom, too, so no talk of the old floors just yet!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

another 3 months, another woodcut

I finally finished the woodcut that I started 3 months ago in Florida! What I really like about woodcuts is that they are hard work! And, they take such a long time! I generally work very quickly and have a natural urge to produce multiples of whatever I'm making, which can sometimes get a little out of hand- sometimes I have too many of things I've made that I don't know what to do with. So, making something that can produce prints is a good solution for this urge, since it takes forever and I can make multiples that are very easy to store!
Sometimes I get so used to seeing the carved wood block that I feel almost a disconnect from the actual print, since it is positive and backward compared to how I originally envisioned the scene in my head.

I tried this one on white and tan-ish paper, but I can't decide which I prefer since they both change the feel of the print dramatically, I think.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Holy clock

I put together another clock recently. The design is much more simple than my previous clock, but I think it lets the pretty Birch be the star. I've got some ideas for screenprinting this type of clock, but nothing to show quite yet.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

the new (furniture) love of my life

I recently found probably the coolest coffee table ever. By Blu Dot for Urban Outfitters, this table is made of walnut veneer and white-painted metal. A friend of mine in the lower 48 (where there actually are UO stores) confirmed that it looks just as good in person, too. Since UO doesn't ship to Alaska, I might have to buy it and have it shipped to my parents' house, then have them ship it to me!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

new SAPPLING photos

I took some new photos of my white SAPPLING. I really like how they turned out and I think the wood siding and deck, along with the chair (made by me!) and owl, give it a much more modern feel than my previous photography.

This SAPPLING is for sale in my Etsy shop.

Monday, July 6, 2009

unpacking & shop restocking

I'm finally getting all of my things unpacked from my move, which means I'm restocking my etsy shop. It has been dormant for a while so it might take a little bit to pick up some steam. I've added some new colors of existing items and hope to list some brand new things very soon!