Friday, February 13, 2009
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Back home, we spent the first week in August tearing out all our carpet, and moving furniture--getting a little old for this kind of work!
Then Ramon totally demolished and painted our master bedroom closet. We were never too fond of its layout. Lots of trips to the Goodwill and the dump in this process! Look mom, our closet is really clean now!In mid July, the wood for our new floors was delivered in order to aclimatize to the house environment. So we have had piles of wood sitting around in all the rooms for the past four weeks. Just before the wood delivery, I re-painted the walls in this room terra cotta, to better go with the new fireplace tiles, but missed the turquoise walls that I'd originally fauxed there. So....I decided to paint our study turquoise, which at the moment, looks like the Bahama room as it is just flat paint color and still needs to be fauxed to look old. Took me two days to paint this room by myself while Ramon was on a business trip. That's my massive treadmill in the up position.I'm beginning to miss my playtime down at the studio, as it would appear that I am back to my temporary incarnation as a professional painter---who did I get this from???? As if painting the studio weren't enough, I then decided to faux Marisa's old bedroom before they started the floors. No problem, I said to myself. I can do that room in a couple of days also. Which is either outrageous self-esteem or simply delusions of grandeur, depending on how you look at it. Six full days of rubbing three colors on the wall with cheese cloth in order to make the walls look like suede. Ugh! Who else is crazy enough to spend nearly a week of their life painting a bedroom?????? Michaelangelita. I hate faux painting, unfortunately, I love the end result. Thank goodness for audio books that's all I have to say.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
So this is what my Frida retablo looks like at the moment. Sitting on my half of one of our studio desks.. and I actually cleaned it up a bit for this photo. Looks messy I know, but I'm thinking creative chaos. Things are obviously stewing here. A slow simmer for months and months. The basic wood retablo is cut (although not exactly obvious in construction here. Looks like one long rectangle, but it really has two levels and an arched top. And this is where everything "Frida" gets thrown at the moment, with the exception of the many photos I want to incorporate...they are safe in my drawer. OOps, the little froggie tile on the right bottom corner won't be on this piece. Frida preferred monkeys, cats and parrots....will have to see how good I am at sculpting one of those? Played around with making a flat tile inspired by one of her pictures called, "The Broken Column." But seems kind of boring. Besides this baby needs to be vibrantly colored!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Hurray! Ramon finished the new cabinets for the studio over the weekend I was in Fort Collins. He decided to forego hiring our carpenter and invest the money doing so would have cost him in purchasing a new set of tools and doing the job himself. This proved to be a smart decision. His shelves are everybit as well constructed and he is now the proud owner of a fine new skill saw and nail gun. It took a few coats of paint, but at last the job is done and all the goodies laying around on other surfaces of the studio can be brought back and put into some sort of organization on the shelves. Still need to refinish the concrete floor and put in the moldings. But that is a job for another day.
Marisa has left for a week's vacation with family in Southern California, wish I could say she took her crazy dog, Lola with her, but I'm babysitting. (Personally, I think Lola is Schizophrenic, she makes my childhood dog, Muffin, look like Lassie in comparison.) As you can see in the above photo, last month Lola had fading green colored ears. This month, she has her ears dyed red. (Evan says Lola now looks like one of the "Fraggle Rock" puppets from the childhood program the kids used to watch. I believe he's on to something here.) Is Marisa practicing to become a hairdresser to the dogs? She keeps threatening to dye Ripley's ears. Heaven forbid! Anyhow, while the mouse is away, I am busy trying to pique-assiette an early birthday present--a head board for her queensize bed. The frame is another creation by hubby, who is enjoying using his new toys, I mean tools. I have been collecting china for the past month to complete this project, in addition to a few ceramic pieces I made in the kiln. Still in the process of buying and putting together all the "shabby-chic" linens for the bedding-- going for that cottage look. Here's a peek at the main comforter.
Ramon took Marisa's chest of drawers, and bedside tables outside, sanded and primed them, and then used the paint sprayer to refinish them in the same white I've painted the bed frame. A considerable project for a Sunday. Decided to start with a pink and white heart in the middle. The pink ceramic arch says, "Paths are made by dreaming," which is a line from a poem I like. Finished the heart on Friday. (Took yesterday off to make 27 half-pints and 10 whole pints of my infamous pluot jam. This took a good 15 pounds of sugar and most all of the day to accomplish!) Here's the heart finished before I surrounded it with glass beads and miliflori. In the lower right corner it says, "To My Darling Daughter 2008," using alphabet beads.
As of Sunday evening, I've got a portion of it filled in, but still a long, long way to go. Thank goodness for books on tape. (Marisa gets back in a week and I need to have everything done and put together so that when she walks in her room, Voila! Instant makeover. I'm a nice mommie for doing her bedroom, but I'm going to deserve some kind of serious award for taking care of her neurotic dog!!!
Grouted with Teacups and all.Finshed product.Happy daughter!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Looking down that path in the opposite direction, you will notice the pluot tree ( a 75% plum and 25% apricot hybrid) is bending like an umbrella. I've thinned it twice and it's still hanging heavy with green globes of fruit. What a harvest of pluots, plums, apricots and apriums we will have this year! A branch on the pluot tree, ripening its way to becoming the best homemade preserves in the world.