Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I bought it about 8 maybe 9 years ago because I loved the pattern, it was a steal and I knew one day I could use it to re-cover something fun. Well, saddle up cowboy because you now have a new canvas.
This sad little chair was snatched up a few months ago from my neighborhood curb. Whenever I start the restoration process, I often let the object inspire me. Does the design, materials, structure, time period lend itself to a certain style ? Sometimes I can see it instantly. On this one, the long metal strips on the back and the simple curved lines kept making me think barbed wire. Now, after some textured rusty copper paint paired with that re-upholstered seat, this little buckaroo is going to be a real show stopper.
And, just because I was so productive this week, I am giving an extra peek at what goes on behind the world of Green Cricket.
I guess it is all my years in the retail business, but as I am coming to the 1/2 way part of the challenge, I have started to notice a certain color palette emerging. Citron yellow, grape and this retro aqua are present in more than one of the projects. Not only are they current with what is going on in the house ware market, they will also provide a nice coordinated visual collection for the show.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Enjoy the day and check back tomorrow for another sneak peek of one of my 30 redo's.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
On our first overseas flight together, I picked up a book for Nate at a gift shop in O'Hare. I had heard about this number game for a few months and although not a game person myself, I knew he would find it entertaining. Well, entertaining is an understatement....he jokes now it is more of an addiction. I can find him for hours and hours sitting on the couch, in bed, in the tub working on the same puzzle. It boggles my mind how he can focus on it for so long.
He turned out so cute, I added a desk accessory...this clipboard. Both will be for sale at the fair as well as whatever I decide to give you a peek of next week.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Since the chain was already attached, I just unscrewed some bolts and removed the socket. Hung so that it gets plenty of light angles, it is like a mini chandelier.
Friday, June 12, 2009
I have been reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig, a book Nathan has been suggesting for me to pick up for years. It's core theme is... whatever you decide to do, do it the BEST you can. A simple philosophy, but I admit, am not always one to practice it. Today's run was the perfect example of this principle. I was not thinking about what I was going to do later that day, how hard I was breathing, why was I doing this, or any of those other distracting thoughts, I just ran in the moment. I ran that course faster than I ever had before and at a lower than average heartrate to boot. So, after today's stellar performance...I am signing up for the race and am looking forward to a whole new Zen way of training.
Whatever it is you are doing this weekend, running, gardening, just being with your family, try doing it as if (for just that moment) it was the only thing in the world....you will love the feeling.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Viola- now you are ready for your close-up.
I was at a local junk store where they sell the stuff by the pound, (so you know it is the end of the road), when I saw this large painting of a quite sad looking peacock. Maybe it was the artists vision to make him with a lack of color, or maybe they just never finished, but either way, I knew I could do a little transformation that would make this ugly duckling into the bird of grandeur it should be.
I am using the original as a guide and adding in some 3 dimensional elements...
Check back next week for another sneak peek of one of my 30 redo's in 8 weeks.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Anyway- this week is BIKE TO WORK week here in Madison. Coffee and donuts on the paths, tune ups by local bike shops and even an address today by our Mayor Dave at the capital are all part of the festivities...yes he is biking to. Since the weather has warmed, I have biked at least once, maybe twice, a week to work at the coffee shop...even when I have to open at 5 :30 am. The sun is just rising and it is quite a beautiful, and bloodflowing, way to start the day
So dust off that cruiser and hit the road for your next destination. Your legs as well as your gas tank will love you for it.
Monday, June 8, 2009
This weekend, I helped make paper mache puppets for the upcoming Summer Solstice parade at Olbrich Park. The theme is Origin of the Species. 2009 marks the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his work ‘On the origin of Species
Saturday, June 6, 2009
I N G R E D I E N T S
1 1/2 cups fresh whole-milk ricotta
Combine the ricotta, green garlic and 1 tablespoon of the parsley in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Just before pasta is done, remove 1/2 cup of the boiling water. Whisk enough of the hot water into the ricotta to make a smooth, creamy sauce. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce along with the butter. Toss well. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and toss again, adding a little more of the hot water if needed to thin the sauce. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve on warm plates, topping each portion with some of the remaining parsley. Pass additional Parmesan at the table.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I started a few years back with zip top freezer bags. I often freeze nuts to extend their life, and found each time we ran out, I threw out the bag. I few days/weeks when we replenished the stock, I would start a new bag. My solution was to not only curb my usage of the bags, but also to re-use the ones for the same items. So now when, when I finish the contents, I roll up the labeled bag and store in freezer door until I need it next. It eventually will need replacing, but the bags you will save will astound you. Re-using also makes you more conscious of "where will this go" after I toss it. An invention of convenience, using these bags in excess can reek havoc on our eco system. There are some that maybe can't get the mileage. The chicken you are storing in the freezer for example. Even after washing, it might not be the best to re-use, BUT you can certainly use that same bag for the marinade. One extra time is better than none.
When you start thinking, the possibilities are endless. Use the last of the bread for today's lunch box, why not use the bread bag as your wrap. Deli or take home containers are perfect for a picnic or storing another days leftovers, and all that junk mail.....before recycling, tear open and use the envelope for scratch paper then recycle it. Once you start it is eco-addicting.Extending the life of an item by using it just one more time is a simple thing all of us can do to make the world a greener place. What are some of the things you have found to re-use ?
Monday, June 1, 2009
Expect updates and sneak peaks thru out the 8 weeks, but in no means will my posts become a play by play of each project. That would stress me out even more. Besides, with all the fun summer things going on, you know I can't just limit myself to one topic.