twist is this weekend! something you may not know about this excellent event is that the first 200 visitors get a free gift bag! well miss mia has been working tirelessly making these lovely bookmarks on behalf of sticks and bricks and I couldn't be more pleased with how they've turned out!
it's getting to be that time of year when all I can think about is backyards and patios. so it was perfect timing for me to end up with a cast iron table base.
the glass was missing and the metal was pretty rusted (sorry I didn't take a before). I sanded and spray painted the base, called our local glass place and ordered a piece of tempered glass. after about a week the glass came in. I used the stencil I had made for the floor and spray painted glass frosting on the underside of the table.
I must have old farmer blood in my genes because I like to talk about the weather (complain, compare, contrast) like my crops depend on it. moving onto new projects- my actual job and the other thing I've been known to obsessively talk about- here are my latest completed pieces.
this was a custom job- her color choice, my design. we made a good team!
i'm back in western MA, looking forward to warmer weather and TWIST! a wonderful craft fair featuring funky crafters and artists right here in northampton. for any of you who are looking for a great way to spend the first weekend in may- you've found it! my shop will be open on saturday and sunday that weekend and i'm looking forward to chating with all the creative folks in town for the fair. click here to see a preview of who'll be there.
I've been busy at another dream job this week. I'm out in ptown working with two WONDERFUL ladies on a big remodel. of course I neglected to take before pics because I was too excited to get right to work, but I did get some great afters!
new breakfast bar
new (or rather refinished) stools
new door to studio.
now we're finally off to enjoy town! I'm so lucky!
as much as I *love* hardware from anthropologie, i've been having fun experimenting with some more homegrown knobs.
basic knob base from the hardware store. I haven't seen much variation in size, bit just in case you should be looking for something with a diameter of about 1 1/4".
get a basic paint tray from your local art supply store along with some casting resin. beware- this stuff stinks!! work outside or with a gas mask. follow the instructions and expect to wait at least overnight for the resin to cure.
getting the resin out of the tray is an adventure in and of itself! I've had the best luck when I lay out a clean sheet of paper and slam the tray upside down on the paper.
trace your knob, and cut out some pictures (the fun part). then give the paper a quick coat of mod podge. this will stop your paper from absorbing the apoxie and discoloring when you glue it to the knob.
now let's put it all together! ignore the picture above and glue your images to the resin FIRST- use a clear 2 part apoxie. (anything that starts cloudy and dries clear may not get enough air to fully cure and you'll end up with a cloudy look). once it's set use the same apoxie to glue the knob to the top. be patient and let it set. you're done- so lovely, so personal!
sometimes I feel like no matter how hard I try, I can't possibly drink enough coffee. then I get the shakes and start to sweat. so, please forgive my fast talking if you happen to see me today... it's monday.
some of the lovely work of molly burke. not only is she an incredibly talented artist, she also a very sweet lady! molly keeps the shop open on sundays and other assorted times so you can come on in to view her work and talk in person.