Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
When you turn off your lights this Saturday you are casting a vote that will be presented at the Global Climate Change Conference later this year in Copenhagen. Sign up today at Earth Hour and let your voice be heard and on Saturday at 8:30 (your time) flip those switches. Light some candles, cuddle up by a fire and get your kids involved so they will see that one family CAN make a difference. We are all in this together, so see you in the dark.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
As you remember, this is what she looked like before when I rescued her from a thrift store in Chicago....great bones, but quite lack luster.
After trying a few different shades of fuchsia, I finally found the perfect match. Allium Poof from Dutch Boy (don't you love the name). I used semi-gloss latex for that super sleek boutique feel and gave it many, many coats....like 7
Finishing her off, I tacked on a heavy, almost pique, black and white floral print. It resembles cherry blossom branches, but from some angles it looks a little animal print-ish. Something for everyone.
A real showpiece for that special nook or boudoir. It is quite lightweight, yet very sturdy with a nice roomy seat and curvy armrests. I am putting this one up in my shop later today for others to enjoy.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
When I investigate, I see that it is a 12 foot long 1 X 4 plank mostly covered in a really fabulous mosaic pattern. Before I look at the price, I usually try to guess what I think it would be. (helps me decide if it is really a value or something I can live without.) This one, $5.00 ...are you kidding me? Although I am not very knowledgeable about mosaics, to think of all the work someone put in to make that... I just had to give it a new life. The really cool thing is although about 30% of the tiles are missing, there are lines where the new ones need to go. Like paint by numbers, but with grout and tile. I have been wanting to give mosaics a try, but have always been a bit intimidated. This is a perfect way to jump in, use some old glass bits, and give this beauty a new home in my backyard. I am thinking of using it as a decorative trim along the wall of the patio.So to the great people who thought enough to salvage and donate this to the ReStore "thank you" and to the artist (wherever you may be) know that your work will soon be appreciated in a whole new light.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
For those of you not familiar, St. Urho is famous for ridding ancient Finland of all the pesky grasshoppers that were destroying the grape crops (or so the myth states). Created in Northern Minnesota in the early 1950's, St. Urho's day is held the day before that "other saint" Patrick's big day and instead of wearing just green...one should wear green and purple, to symbolize the grapes of course.
Although I am all for another excuse for celebrating, with the grasshopper being so closely related to the beloved CRICKET...I am not sure I am a fan of this one. Case in point, the statue above located in Menagha, MN. Yes, that is St Urho impaling a grasshopper, with his trident. Now that just seems like overkill, right ?
This holiday trivia brought to you by my mom. Reason #1259 why I love her...as a retired elementary school teacher, she is always enlightening us with random fun facts - St. Urho being just one of them. Thanks Mom !
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I heard about the Wolfman right after we had finished our first tri a few years back and have wanted to apply ever since. Held in Langlade, Wisconsin (near Green Bay), this rather small 300 person sprint tri is a bit different than most in that the swim leg is substituted with a 3 mile kayak down the Wolf River, followed by a 13 mile mountain bike and ending with a 3.5 mile trail run. Since space is so limited, they choose the participants based on who gets their application in first. We had ours ready and postmarked Jan 31st and have been anxiously awaiting ever since.
The really cool thing is now we need to get kayaks. Ever since we moved to Madison (which is surrounded by lakes) we have wanted to get our own and now we have the perfect excuse....training!
Although they are not cheap, if you get the right one, they can last you a lifetime. Lucky for us, this weekend there is a HUGE paddlesport exhibition and sale at the Alliant Energy Center here in Madison - Canoecopia ! Put on by a local outfitter, it is a mecca of all things paddle related. Hopefully we will score some good deals and we will soon be spending many a summer afternoon paddling across the calm waters watching the sunset.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
After brushing off any loose paint or dirt with a wire brush, I painted the frame with multiple coats of a very Spring-y greenish yellow.
Using a piece of MDF (medium density fiberboard) that Nathan so kindly cut for me, I glued on a reproduction of a Paris street map.
Since the MDF was cut so it popped right in, Nate had the great idea of making it reversible. Brilliant...two tables in one! So on the other side, I have a vintage looking street map of London. The lacquer on top had not quite curred (it can take 72 hrs), so this is how it looks from underneath.
It is going to be fabulous on our porch and will be perfect for happy hour. Feeling like a pint ? Use the London side. A glass of Bordeaux ? Then Paris it is. To prevent any staining or watermarks, I finished it off by pouring on a thick poly resin. It gives it a nice glassy look, as well as being very durable.
I really enjoyed this one week challenge. It was great to give myself a timeline and really discipline myself to focus on just one thing.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
For almost a year now, the faucet that came with our house has been getting more and more corroded and the drips started becoming more and more regular. We hated to invest the money to put a new one in, knowing that when we do start the kitchen redo, we would just have to replace it again. But, after finding a basic economy model for under $20 bucks (and the guilt of knowing how much water we were wasting) the mission had begun.
As a have mentioned before, I am very lucky to have Nate (for numerous reasons), but local handymen or even neighbors are a great (and economical) alternative to the contracted union plumber. Craigslist, Angielist, Rent a Husband or your neighborhood association are great resources to tackle those nagging and wasteful projects.
Monday, March 2, 2009
There are some castoffs that sit in my studio for months before inspiration strikes, for others, it is instantaneous. As I was loading this one into my truck, the color scheme, the idea for a new top, and an image of the finished product was clear in my head. I love it when that happens.
Because of this flood of inspiration, both from the table and a new found fellow salvage blogger, I am challenging myself to present a finished product to you all by this Friday. Wish me luck.