So here’s what Jim wanted me to make him.
A box for his Nintendo.
It’s similar to the folding box. In fact it started out like the folding box but then I closed up the sides so that it would be easier to use the DS while it was still in the box. (Hence the drop front.) In this case the back side corners are closed only by the book cloth liner. If I had it to make again I’d glue the side boards together.
The box is closed with a button and a loop of elastic.
All together not bad for something I made up on the fly.
One thing that I love about drop front boxes is how they seem to be a part of whatever they hold rather than just incidental to it.
I got a kit for making a paper box last week. It was from Books by Hand. They have a number of kits for making books/albums and boxes using book board, book cloth, and decorative papers. Ben Franklin sells the kits. Mostly they sell complete kits but if you scout around you can find kits labeled “Just the Pieces” These contain just the die-cut book board pieces and the directions you supply your own paper and book cloth. I bought the kit to make the Japanese Folding Box.
I used some celery colored book cloth and a piece of silk screened paper that I had in my stash.
It’s interesting because it unties and lays flat.
You build the box by folding in the sides and then the folding over the tops and tying. Kind of like this:
There ends up being a lot of extra board wrapped around whatever you’ve got in there. Still it’s cool that it all falls flat when you undo it. think this would make a great container for a book or a set of cards.
In fact Jim came up with a great idea for something to put in it…
There’s an magazine called Antenna, that showcases “street wear” Something that, as a middle aged white lady, I know little or nothing about. However, the magazine is a treasure trove of images of things (shoes, sweatshirts, toothbrushes(?)) laid out against a white background.
Each issue has several pages of — shoes.
Some of which were cut out and attached to a model of an accordion fold booklet with a pocket turn-up on the bottom that had then had a bunch of triangle pop-up supports folded in.
If manipulated carefully the shoes kick in and out. I feel another book coming into focus. Though perhaps without the hot pink background. Or maybe…
lousy photo — i took it in the barn at twilight.
nonetheless — he’s the first swallow of spring.
We did way too much farm stuff this weekend.
We’ve known that the chicken coop needed work before it could house the new laying flock. We got carried away. Or rather the chicken coop got carried away. We moved it from behind the barn out to the house-side edge of the pasture. We’ll be able to build a bigger yard there without having to make it wonky shaped to leave room for the tractor to get in and out of the barn.
It’s amazing what you can do with 2x8s some chain and a reasonably capable tractor!
Here’s what it looked like:
And here’s how we made it work.
The 2x8s and cross pieces are screwed together to make a pair of skids and then chains are hung on the bucket of the tractor and it’s all lifted just a bit to get the front edges clear.
Then it’s a slow pull and a bit of tricky maneuvering at the end (we turned the coop 180 degrees) and the coop is now in it’s new place.
It also go a bit of new wall, a quarter section of new floor and a new pop-hole door. Oh, and some gutters! Now it needs paint — badly. The only draw back to the new spot is that it is visible from the house. So chicken coop aesthetics now matter!
That all happened Saturday. Sunday we sheared. It’s amazingly fast for such hard work.
That’s Jim holding Satchmo by the head and Jason Black trying not to get kicked. Satch hates having his feet touched!
ColourLovers posted a list of all 120 Crayola crayon colors and their (approximate) hex and RGB codes. The list was complied by Aaron at ColorSchemer.com.
I am now going to waste several hours creating a custom Photoshop palette of these colors.
BTW When did the Crayola site change so much? I remember it as being a much sweeter and less loudly marketing driven place. They do still provide nice images of their products.
I’m a fan of birdfeeders and clever product design. The Architect’s Birdfeeder, designed by Doug Patt
Pratt, is good looking and an intriguing engineering solution.
The key feature — it ships like flat-pack furniture but better because it goes together without that nasty cheap little hex wrench thing.
The animation of the assembly of the birdfeeder on the home page of the site is brilliant.
- It takes up only part of the page — good for those on slow connections as you can start using the page before the animation finishes loading.
- It offers information about the product that can best (perhaps only) be communicated using animation.
- There’s very little excess information in the animation. Just a little sparkle toward the end of the assembly on the hanging wire. Very effective in signaling the end of the process.
I first saw this in one of my RSS feeds (can’t find it again — drat) and I’m hoping that I can get one. Though with the publicity I wouldn’t be surprised to find that they are sold out. I’m not sure how well it will work in the ridiculous amount of rain we get here in the winter but as a summer feeder feeder it’s going to be aces.
We have new chicks. 12 arrived this morning.
Here’s my favorite. (A rooster with my luck!)
More info and updates on the chicken page.
This weekend was garage and barn tidy time. Which inevitably results in a trip to the local transfer station.
Load up the flatbed trailer and hitch it up to the adventure truck (don’t forget to take a dog along!) and off we go.
40 minutes later we pull onto the scale at the transfer station and the cheerful lady looks us over and says “Hey you just slid right in here didn’t you. Nice job with covering your load.” and I’m thinking well duh.
- First thought- it’s the law that you have to cover your load and
- Second though — yeah I know no-one else does it but I don’t feel like being that kind of asshole.
- Oh, third thought coming up here. That state trooper that we saw sitting at the corner…
That’s right — taking advantage of the first nice weekend of the year to do a little lurking outside the transfer station ticketing the Escalade and Avalance drivers for uncovered loads.
Note that here in the progressive Pacific Northwest we do not have “dumps” we have transfer stations. Because we sure as hell aren’t keeping our trash here. Also note that irony of the fact that we who live in the middle of nowhere must drive into Kirkland (trendy midtown) to get rid of our junk.
Work on the balloon seller picture is complete. You can see a full-size digital version here.
(no small version today — can’t get it to resize correctly — maybe tomorrow)
The image in the gallery is a digital version that I made for Jim to use on his desktop. It mimics the effect of being printed on Arches 140 CP watercolor paper by using a colored background and an applied texture. It’s much closer to the actual printed version that I can get with a camera.
Another of the Oaxaca pictures that I’ve been working with is not so complete.
I started with this picture of the old power house in Vista Hermosa that is now the Taller de Arte Papel Oaxaca. (Art paper workshop — makers of very cool handmade papers.)
The blocking for the piece isn’t great on screen:
It prints as an even murkier mess. I think the problem is losing the detail in the shadows in the foliage. I’m going to leave well enough alone for a while and work on some other images. I like this one too much to just abandon it but I’m not making any progress for the moment.