Sunday, February 23, 2020

Junk Free January: New Home, New Projects

New state, new home, new projects to tackle. In January 2019, I began the process of working on this area off our kitchen, once used as a family entertainment room, now being used as a craft room and extra dining space.

Messy beginnings. Still a work in progress. More to come.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Paint a Shimmer Forest Mural (with reflections on the creative process)

I've been reminded once again that "revision is progress" and the willingness to edit ourselves helps us to uncover the art that was waiting to be found.

After a difficult year, I needed to gather courage to attempt anything creative.  Like all times that I've been stumped before, I looked toward my daughter's room - a blank canvas for some fun; a place to imagine and dream and be a little less serious. We decided that a mural behind her little bed would be a great beginning. While painting her mural, I found that my ability to achieve a desirable end wasn't the concern; it was my ability to step back, and be willing to revise the project as I worked on it that made all the difference.

And here is the final view I stepped back to see a few weekends ago.

But it began as an itch in my mind. Then it became a sketch, and then pencil marks, and white paint. And after a bit more editing, a shimmery copper paint outline of a forest. At first, I thought I would just keep the copper outline of the forest on the wall, but the expanse of space cried out for color.

So my daughter and I filled in the spaces with leftover wall paints we mixed together to create new hues.

After the second coat, the mural looked relieved, as if it had sighed after finishing its weekend long work of being born.

Sitting comfortably behind my daughter's day bed, which is now crying for a change since she's 6, and no longer so little anymore. But, I am happy for this whimsical, yet somehow sophisticated start to a new room for a growing girl.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Lace Inspired Door

In 2012, when I started the journey of hand-making our home furnishings and decor, I had attempted to salvage, repair, and refinish my daughter's existing bedroom door.  There were cracks in the door that I tried to smooth out with sanding and darker stain.

Now, 4 years later, I was inspired to add more personality to my daughter's bedroom by painting a lace inspired mural on her door.  It reminds me of zentangles, mandalas, and doodles on paper, but with such high contrast, and at a larger scale, this design has given my daughter's room a bold new look that I hope will coordinate with my other plans for designing her space. :)

Additionally, you can view the video here:

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Make a Tung Oil Wax Finish

This week, I attempted to make my first oil and wax polish.  I tried to follow other tutorials for this process from memory, and found that some tips did not work for this application.  It was fun to go through hand crafting my own wax finish, though!  :)

See it on youtube, at:

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Make a Compact Utensil Organizer

I re-made our compact utensil organizer to document my process on video.
You can see the step-by-step video tutorial on Youtube too:

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Make Window Valances from Beach Mats

I found a pair of beach mats in storage, and had a crazy idea to reuse them in my kitchen.
See the video on Youtube:

I originally tested out this idea in August 2014, and I've loved the wood-toned warmth and textural interest it has added to my black, white, and stainless steel kitchen. They've also held up impressively well!

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Adventures in Handmaking

I made a channel trailer using some used and unused footage from my first 5 videos.
The trailer is a 45 second overview of what viewers can expect from my channel, including:
-  Raw and reclaimed material projects
-  Repurposing everyday objects
-  Before and After refurbishing/remodeling
See it on Youtube here:

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Repair and Repaint a Stool in Silent Film Style

I repaired a stool using glue, a mallet, a sander, and some paint, then made a short silent film about it.  :)
You can also see the video here:

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Make Woodland Animal Stools from a Cabinet Door

Narrative-free video about how I turn reclaimed lumber into animal stools inspired by Killer B and her original project:

Music by Josh Woodward, "Frannie" and "Frannie, Instrumental"

You can also view the video on Youtube at:

Friday, April 10, 2015

Reclaimed Woodland Art on Etsy!

Something exciting happened yesterday. My second video posted to Youtube last week was shared to Hometalk's Facebook page, and it was viewed 120,000 times in 12 hours! I was so delighted to see something I made reach so many people.

On Fridays, I publish videos to my Youtube channel about my adventures in hand-making. Today, I'm sharing how I turned wood louvers and scrap wood into wall art. If anyone is interested in owning a digital copy of these paintings, I also opened an Etsy shop today. You can find the first 8 woodland paintings, digitized at:

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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