Saturday, September 15, 2012


Beach stones set in sterling and fine silver

It only took me 6 years, but it's finally done.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Things are Stirring! - 2

We've been working on the solarium!!!! 
Then we started on the framing; walls and roof.


Not easy but very rewarding.
Next we did some fancy pants cross bracing.

Isn't that pretty?
Once the cross bracing was complete on the side walls and roof, 
we installed the french doors that make up the side walls.

It's finally starting to look like something.  It's so exciting.
Next up, the back wall.  It's ready for windows to be Install
and we have to add the pretty cross bracing to the bottom.

Just 2,000 more steps to go and we'll have a beautiful solarium.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Place to Hang My Hat


Salvage and Anthropologie hooks and an old board.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Making a Mark

I have these ugly sliding doors in my studio

....or I should say I did!

With a little help from Martha Stewart's recipe for making your own Chalkboard Paint.  

2 Tablespoons of non-sanded grout added to 1 cup of paint.

The grout makes this mixture start to dry quicker than regular paint, 
so you will want to work fairly quickly.

I ended up mixing several small batches, because the 
calendar needed to be painted in multiple stages.

Not a great picture but you get the idea.


This project took more time than I could of imagined, but 
it was worth it, definitely a change for the better.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Things are Stirring!!!!!

This is the site of my future solarium. 

 So far, we have a deck.  Made from 100 year old douglas fir salvaged, 
with permission, from a construction site in Culver City.  
And we have the 1,000,000 pulled nails to prove it.  
This is going to be a major up-cycle.

And it's a beautiful deck.  The color has me so happy.  No stain, just sealer, incredible!

The walls will be recycled doors and windows.

Which require primer, paint, and putty.  Puttying windows is not easy.


I'm getting better.  Luckily you have a lot of "working time" with putty.

Today we're framing the walls.  Woo Hoo!!!