Friday, November 23, 2012

Zebra Love

Literally, I've been wanting to draw this for months. I saw it on an album cover when I was fishing through iTunes, except there were bloody slash marks. I also love the boldness of zebra print.

This represents my love life. Initially I thought of that too, yes with the slash marks. As I was doing the preliminary sketch, though, I decided to take the positive route & focus on what I want.

Here's to finding my zebra (just like black & white, my complimentary match).

Medium: BR & 2 Pigma pens

Kitchen, longest ongoing project ever

Does this wall below & above the cabinets look purple to you?

It fricking looks purple to me, when it's supposed to be a shade of grey! Just one though. (pun intended)

Back in July, I painted my kitchen cabinets & walls. Back then, I thought it would be a good idea to modify & paint over the yellow on the walls white. So, after the paint sitting on the counter waiting for me to make the time, I made time a couple weeks ago & painted the walls white.

Still unsatisfied by the stark, too bright, too clean (temporarily) white I thought it'd be a good idea to make it a light grey. That way it'd match the cabinets, but not be so dark. ... Went to the hardware store, picked a swatch, & decided on a color of light grey (Dance Light). I let the color dry on top of the can, so I can see what it'll do. It still looked white. So I dabbed a bit on top of the first coat. Maybe the second would make it look darker. That didn't work.

The hardware store doesn't take back specialized-color paint, so I asked that they look at the difference between the last formula for Dance Light & program in the difference for the Gizmo color, next on the swatch value line. Sounds like a reasonable idea, right?

... Dab of paint on the top of the can. Wait for drying. Looks like the color on the swatch. Great!

... Wait another week, because that's how long it takes me to get around to painting again. Have I mentioned that I don't really like to paint? I put it on the wall. And it looks p-u-r-p-l-e!

I'm going to do the second coat, just for the hell of it & PRAY that it looks grey. :-) This wall already has five layers of paint from me, plus a couple from the previous owner. I'm not sure when it will start to rebel.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

New Paint Makes Everything Feel So. New.


You get the picture. Even though the wall is partially covered, you can see that (below) the end result is so fantastic.

My theme music? Loud. Blaring. Insane Clown Posse & Lindsey Stirling. Separately, of course.

& Now:

Clearly, Baker is practicing for his career in modeling. Is it for the paint? The pictures? The projector screen? Who can tell?

The next project: A contraption to hold my projector, & all of it's appendages, on the ceiling. It's going to have to be able to pull back, so that I don't hit my head all the time.

Medium: Satin, Pinot Noir.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Too archaic for the 21st Century?

I designed this CD after making a playlist for a friend.

He laughed, then said he didn't have a Discman any more.

Are CDs really archaic now? They play in laptop computers, people.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Kitchen Cabinets

I've been meaning to do this one for a while too. Thanks to my sister & dad being here, I finally kicked into gear. Tess washed down all of the cabinets, walls & stove. Thanks, sis!!



The gray has non-sanded grout in it to make it a chalkboard.

I'm contemplating repainting the walls to make them white & leaving the cabinets yellow & gray.

(Warning: Add water to the paint & grout, or just mix what you need! After sitting overnight the left over paint turned to putty. I added a lot of water & took it back to the store to be crazilly shaken, which helped.)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Shower curtain

This was just a tiny sewing project, but it took me months to actually do it! I adore this shower curtain.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pallet Bench

I've been doing more home improvement things this summer than crafty things. But, I seriously think these count towards being creative, especially when trying to do things cheaply.

This pallet bench on the back porch. Now I have permanent seating for the lake view. It can also be used for so many other things: plants, a grill prop, napping bed...

This was easy to make & cheep (free pallets)!

1) Using a circular saw I cut the pallets in half, saving the middle brace for support.

2) I ended up buying 1x4 pine boards for the top of the bench. Those were just washed with stain before nailing them on. But, after getting a lot of rain, I'm going to coat them with Polyacrylic too.