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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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…
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.