June 30, 2011

Have to Have this Herringbone

This is going into my future-unlimited budget-imaginary-home inspiration file!

So amazing, so many possibilities! 

Read more about the installation HERE.

- Found via the lovely Kurbits blog - Who I discovered because she kindly posted about Quivver - thanks Frida!

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June 29, 2011

Baby Shower Invitation

Two of my close friends will be welcoming their firstborn into the world this fall, and I'm happy to be organizing their baby party - they're throwing a co-ed lunch in the backyard. I've been busy with other craft projects for the event, but I don't want to ruin the surprise, so I promise plenty of pics and a tutorial (Ooo!) afterwards.

Here's the design I made for the invitation in Illustrator:

And here's the Gocco printed version:

I love my Gocco, but this was a tough project! I had plenty of supplies except for bulbs. Based on info gathered from searching the internet, it was suggested that using #5 or #5B flashbulbs would work as well as Gooco brand bulbs. I ordered some of both from ebay, and I'm not convinced they work as well. I used the blue filter, and properly prepared my masters, but the screen came out pretty clogged - resulting in a more, shall we say... "textured" print. Overall they came out pretty cute, but I need to get the proper bulbs next time.

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June 24, 2011

Reader Email!

Image: Apartment Therapy

Thought I'd share a reader email exchange about re-doing Eames-style chairs on the cheap:

Hello Amanda,

I am a recent college graduate, and I live in Washington DC. I am a big fan of your awesome blog. I am emailing you because I recently found a lovely Eames style chair for $80! However, the leather on the seat is quite damaged, some buttons are missing, and the wood is slightly scratched.

I saw on your blog that you have done some projects doing the upholstery of a similar chair. I was hoping I could get some advice from you. As a recent college graduate my budget is super tight right now, but I love to start fixing this chair somehow. Do you have any tips/links of places where I can purchase the buttons, the leather, and any other materials I need use?--hopefully on the cheaper side. I don't have any experience nor have any materials (i.e. sander, sawing machine, stapler, etc), but also don't have the moeny to get someone to do thing kind of job. 

I will appreciate any help/advice. Thank you for your time! 

And my response:

Buttons - you can get self coverable buttons at JoAnn's or Michaels's craft stores for a few dollars, but since there's a lot of stress on the them, I'd use epoxy or another strong glue when you put them together. I didn't want to risk them popping off, so I had an upholstery shop make them for $40 through a connection at work. You could ask around local upholstery shops to see if they will make your buttons - you might get lucky with a nice shop owner.

Materials - this can really range depending on what you're doing, if you're interested in "restoring" the chair, you'll have to find leather - I don't have a secret source for leather unfortunately, but I do know people sometimes get lucky on ebay. If you are okay with making the chair to your own liking, there's a lot of option for fabrics or vinyls at all different costs. Heck, you could use a heavy canvas drop cloth from Home Depot for $20, or discounted upholstery from online retailers like Modern Fabrics - keep in mind that you could always use cheaper fabric now, and re-do it again in the future with leather. If you want to stick to the original look on the cheap - I'd suggest using vinyl which you can find or at local sewing/hobby shops. (JoAnn's has a decent selection of vinyl and if you sign up for their online newsletter, they send you 40% off coupons)

Wood - stain/poly are fairly reasonably priced, you should be okay there, and as far as tools - you can use a heavy duty hand stapler (they're about $20 I think) and also sand by hand, it will just be more sweat and labor on your part! You could also probably skip the sewing machine if you glued your cording instead of sewing, since it's all stapled in anyway.

It's been a while so I thought I'd also link to my post that summarized my costs - Eames Lounge Upholstery Project DONE!

I also wanted to re-post the link to buy replacement Plycraft swivel/tiliter parts: Swivel Chair, and a great forum post on these projects from Design Addict.

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June 23, 2011

Quivver: All Racked Up!

So remember this project pile?

The previous owners of this house were hoarders, and one of the remaining hoards was a huge collection of lumber and assorted wood scraps hidden under the front porch. One morning on my way to work, my landlord had it all out and on a trailer to get rid of it, and offered me whatever I wanted. Of course I froze up and couldn't think of a single thing to take, even though I wanted it all! I did manage to grab these two lengths with pre-drilled holes, though, because they seemed useful in some unknown way.

Cut to..mmmm three months later and it finally hit me! An arrow rack! I picked up the right size dowel, cut 1" pieces, a coat of paint, and bingo - awesome arrow storage.

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June 22, 2011

Quivver: Shop Update

I've recently updated my Quivver shop in anticipation of joining this month's Poppytalk Handmade Market.  I'm particularly proud of a new collection - Spiral Hitched Arrows! These are stained white, and then woven/knotted/embroidered with brightly colored crochet thread. I'm in love with hem and plan on adding some more to the shop in a variety of colors.

** I just noticed these got posted over on Craft Magazine! wicked!

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June 21, 2011

Brass Monkey

Okay I could not resist, so this is what you do when you find a vintage set of brass stencils - you make a Brass Monkey!!! ha ha ha.

Brass Monkey - that funky Monkey
Brass Monkey - junkie
That funky Monkey

Cause I drink it anytime - and anyplace
When it's time to get ill - I pour it on my face
Monkey tastes Def when you pour it on ice
Come on y'all it's time to get nice

-Beastie Boys

I love these stencils, but have no idea what to do with them, except this silliness.

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June 13, 2011

Base Crazy

So I was flipping throughRenovation Style at work and got stuck on this image of a desk/vanity made from corbels and a piece of glass. Even though I don't like the fabric on the bench, the color on the walls, or the stupid orchid, I still think it's kind of a genius solution.

Photo: Werner Straube, Summer 2011 Renovation Style

I think I paused on this because for weeks now I have been obsessed with table tops and bases ever since I picked up this beautiful 36" round marble table top for 10 smackers. Now I'm trying to find some kind of interesting base for it. (Never mind that I have no need for another coffee table, much less a 3' one) When I was at Brimfield, I picked up these hair pin legs because they were cheap and are always useful. Now, I know that I can cut a round piece of plywood, screw on the hairpins and be done, but it's a bit BORING.

My "Project Pile"
 I want some kind of thing, a big sturdy, interesting but cheap thing to hold up this slab!!!!!! Something shiny and brass, please. Or some sort of normal height base. I really try not to do this anymore, buying 1/2 of a project thinking the other 1/2 will just appear magically. (I cracked up when I read the woman in the article had moved those corbels from house to house with her for 20 years, because that's me!)

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June 8, 2011

June 2, 2011

BG Galleries

Let's see, two weeks ago I think, a friend and I headed out to Hingham to check out BG Galleries "BG Galleries is a lively 6500 square foot showroom featuring a curated collection of fine 20th century design with an emphasis on mid-century modern Italian, French and American designed furniture and lighting from the 1940's, 1950's 1960's and 1970's."

and how! While the prices were way too rich for my blood, if you go, and as my friend said, "think of it as a museum", you'll have an awesome time oohing and aahing all over everything. The owner, Peter Levis, was kind enough to let us take some pictures!

blue rocker! yellow lamp! joy!

I really wanted both of these fixtures!!!

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