My headboard

Somebody asked about my headboard… about a dozen years ago we put picket fence around all the back yard gardens, and I used this leftover piece to make the headboard for our bedroom. We have a big slider door that looks out at the back yard and I wanted the bedroom to seem like an extension of the outside. We put up a screened gazebo on the deck so we can walk out in nice weather, even maybe have coffee out there in our jammies. With that in mind, I put up a clothesline inside the screen house frame and hung curtains. Disclaimer: my room is a mess. In order to take this picture I threw all the mess to the back of the room and stood in the pile to take the picture. I can’t be expected to CLEAN MY HOUSE, you know. I am WAY too busy making odd decorating projects, lol. ImageImageImage

Globe lamp shade

Globe lamp shade

I had a cardboard globe somewhere but this curb harvested plastic one lets light through. The base said “Room 205”. It might hold a bird bath one day.

Molly’s Christmas surprise

Molly's Christmas surprise

Jeff and I installed this as Molly’s bedroom door as a surprise on Christmas eve. She’s a Doctor Who fan, and the time traveling machine from that series is The Tardis, a British police phone box.

Her room has an odd sized doorway, so we had to cut down the length of a hollow core bifold door. That involves removing the block of wood at the bottom (predrilled with hardware holes), sawing off the required inches, and reinstalling the blocks of wood with a little carpenter’s glue.

I turned the door upside down because I needed to cut out panels to make windows, and the long panels are usually at the bottom. I laid it on the table and used an exacto knife to make repeated cuts around the grooves of the top panels, on either side, until I could saw/pop them out with a steak knife.

I cut plexiglas to fit onto those holes and glued it in there with liquid nails, thick like glazing putty.

I made the white privacy glass effect with a cut-and-apply film. I mitered (kinda) the half-round molding to make window vanes. really, it looks better from a distance… lol

The pic was taken from the clothes closet across the hall — the blue looks too dark because of the lighting but it’s Who blue, really. The two side boards are the door frame. The top is a one by four and a taller board with notches Jeff cut. The sign is just a painted board with blackboard paint on it and I printed and cut out the alphabet letters and mod-podged them on there. The sign rim is made of wooden yardsticks.

Jeff printed the sign for the front and that’s mod-podged to the door.

All that’s missing is the door handles — looking for a spare moment and the right drill bit.

Oh, and the little light thingy on top. I’m almost done with it but have to rig a thin, hidden extension cord to plug an electric eye night light inside of it.

It looks awesome in the dark when M is in there, and it’s all lit from inside.

Somebody offered to pay me to make one for their house, but I said I would rather do something that takes less time and effort for the money… like, say, a surrogate pregnancy. (kidding.)

Making spring

I cobbled together a quick cold frame in front of my house where the sun comes early… mesclun on the left, bok choi on the right. It’s been below freezing at night but it all looks happy ;0)

Making nonstop, daily…

It’s not a thing-a-day fail, really… though it’s a post-a-day fail.  I’m making a big, complicated, multifaceted thing, a thing that involves the making of more things, by more hands, in a way that has me loving the dance of work, and rest, and plan, and work some more.

I can’t officially “go public” with my big big big project — the one I go to bed scheming about, wake up excited about, and race home from work to go work on… I can’t crow until it’s official, and appears in print, and that’s a few weeks away. never scoop your own story.

But meanwhile, I am deeply and truly happy.  Here’s a pic of me doing some late night window trim painting in what promises to be a space full of good energy and joyful pursuit.. Jeff took it from outside the window.

Make 50: Hand made hand decals

The project I am working on involves the phrase “Hands On” — and these are for that.  I’ve made six or seven more since I took this pix. It’s hard to photograph suncatchers on a cloudy day, but these are really fun to make. Klutz squirty bottles full of stuff that looks like bright colored elmer’s glue. You draw a design in black goop on a ziploc bag, let it dry, and then go back and fill in the colors with the other tubes.  My kids are making stuff, too. It’s been a monochromatic march so far and I am ready for some COLOR!

Makes lately: Not telling.

Really, I’m not.  Makes 47, 48 and 49 are on a really big project that will consume a lot of my spring and summer, but I can’t really go public with it yet. Hint: It has to do with restoring a grubby place with amazing potential and lovely surroundings, for use in a joyful and artistic community-focused pursuit.  Trust me.  I’ll post a whole bundle of these when the moment is right.. for now a few cryptic glimpses and no details.  If you’re guessing… shhhh.

Make 46: rabbit ocarina.

I made these with my grown up arty playgroup over the weekend — just finished this one. There is still tissue stuck to the wet clay but I peeled it off so you can see the rabbit.

Make 45: Gooseberry whole grain breakfast cereal.

No picture, but I wish you could smell it. I used the rice cooker, ten grain cereal (which my kids used to call “bird seed”), half a cup of wheat berries, extra flax seeds, raisins, rolled oats, butter, and a quart of gooseberries I canned last summer in apple juice syrup.  I cooked it tonight so everybody can just nuke it on the morning. It’s spring break for one of my 3 teaching gigs, so I’m working on the overlooked domestic projects. I miss cooking/baking!

Make 44: made my kid look normal again.

Connor performed in TSA’s Xzibit Red at the Valentine Theater, and decided that traffic-cone-red hair would be festive.  His friends helped and mom was quite surprised when he walked in.

After a few days he was tired of it, and I was happy to restore him to a darker-if-still-not-natural shade.  I’m grateful that a) he’s a boy and can cut all that off soon, and b) it’s not a tattoo.

Make 43: The steamer trunk is done.

Well, mostly done. I want to find those little brass library drawer window-thingies and label which drawers containe liniments and pomades, and which contain remedies and tinctures. And we nneed to resolve the series of boxes and such supporting the trunk… but I got towels to go with the colors of the drawers, and hung them. This trunk was once a steamer trunk for traveling that would stand up on end and become a closet with hangers and drawers upon arrival. In my case it’s a fixture in our retro-steampunky bathroom… I also finished the trim on some woodwork and Jeff put in a copper pipe shower rod. We’re on our way, but taking it one project at a time…

Makes 41 and 42

Two days worth in one blog — I had trouble gettign a picture off my phone and had to retake it.

The octopus I bought as a shiny new thing and then antiqued and sanded it… really a remake more than a make.

The plant lights are kind of cobbled from a bookshelf, shop lights and bungee cords. They make me happy.

More tomorrow…

Make 40: henna again

This time Tyler, who wanted to do something interesting for the Xhibit Red performance tomorrow night.