Stenciling the Laundry Room

I did this last month. (in one day) I made about 20 test runs on white butch­er paper to find just the right col­or com­bi­na­tion. And set­tled on this: And here’s all the stuff it took to get the paint onto the wall. The sten­cil is from Trim­belle Riv­er Stu­dios. The room doesn’t have much […]

Passing Time Outside of the Studio

The painters arrive tomor­row to fin­ish the great house paint­ing project. They will be paint­ing my office, the DH’s office, and my stu­dio. I am work­ing out of a lit­tle rolling cart on the kitchen counter. Severe­ly lim­it­ed in terms of mate­ri­als and tools. The House of Myth­i­cal Crea­tures is on hold for the week. […]

Yellow Walls

The painters are done and I have reclaimed my space. The move out and back into the stu­dio was almost pain­less. Prob­a­bly because I had recent­ly reor­ga­nized all the crap and there had not been much time for cruft to accu­mu­late. My office is anoth­er sto­ry. edit­ed 25.june.2008 to cor­rect image links

Birdfeeder Design and a Good Use of Website Animation

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 […]

Purple is a Good Thing

Took an uphol­stery class at Pacif­ic Fab­rics over the week­end. I want to make new cush­ions for the porch fur­ni­ture. The result of about 5 hours of work is this love­ly and quite use­less cush­ion. I like the drip effect of the stripes and dots. It’s not as hard as I thought but not easy either. […]

Stenciling a Three Panel Screen

In order to hide the backs of a num­ber of mon­i­tors and com­put­ers in Jim’s office we put up a cheap three pan­el screen. It’s very bor­ing thing. But… the pan­els are white “can­vas” and that means they don’t have to stay bor­ing. So I final­ly found a sten­cil that I want­ed to use in […]

New Tools, Continuing Upholstry and No More Room

I got tools from Rio Grande this after­noon. Clock­wise from the top. Ring man­drel — very pleased with the qual­i­ty and heft. Par­al­lel pli­ers — thank you Sarah L. for get­ting me addict­ed to those expen­sive lit­tle dears. Raw hide mal­let for bang­ing on met­al. Ring clamp for hold­ing onto things and not sand­ing my fin­gers, and a pair […]