Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mod Doll House

This toy house would have kept me entertained for hours!
More photos and information at Remodelista.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tables on Wheels

Above photo:  Gae Aluenti's Tavolo con Ruote Table

I get a kick out of tables on wheels---possibly because I've rearranged my furniture so often and like the idea of making pieces more mobile?  I like the industrial look of casters as well.  I have a collection of images of tables, mostly coffee table height, on wheels in my design files and wanted to post a few.  I plan to transform an old door (with a big hole in it) that came out of the back room remodel into a mobile coffee table when I locate the appropriate casters.

An aside:  The Italian architect, lighting, interior and industrial designer, Gae Aluenti created a few tables on wheels of her own.  More about this prolific designer here.

Above:  This one looks like an Ikea Lack table top, on casters.

Above:  Directly inspired by Gae Aluenti's Tavolo con Ruote Table?

Above:  Display case table on wheels?

Above:  Fruit crates with a glass topper?

Above:  OK, this is not really a table, but more of a daybed made from pallets and casters.

Above:  More of the pallet-like aesthetic

Above:  Kind of a butcher block look with a well-turned wheel

Above:  A glass topper and a storage shelf below

Above:  A nice big surface useful for all the occupants of the seating (though the table needs to creep up a little closer)

Above:  Stacked drawers on wheels as a bedside table?

Above:  A plain old chest refreshed into an industo-chest with the addition of big casters and knotted rope for drawer pulls.

Above: Small-ish table, BIG wheels

Above:  Another pallet-type table painted and used on the patio

Above:  Another version of a set of bedside drawers on wheels

Above:  This table makes use of "legs" (bolting on 4x4's) to raise the height before adding the casters.
Above:  I'm pretty sure this is an Ikea hack making use of a shelf unit, adding casters and a cushion on top for a mobile storage bench.

Above photo:  Gae-Aluenti-Tour-Table

And here we are back to a Gae Aluenti piece---more of a tea table height making use of bicycle wheels!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Trestle Table is beautiful!

The trestle table project is complete and the results are lovely.  See more photos here.  I would love for this to go soon to the right home, as I am making my way through inventory to clear more working space.  If she doesn't sell in two weeks (she's also posted on craigslist), I'll make arrangements to sell her on consignment.  Consignment marks the items higher (125%-175%) than my price and I (the person who put all the work into the piece) receive only 50% from the sale.  So acquiring an item directly from me is a win for me and for you.  And it saves me from having to round up a burly helper to aid me in delivering the table to the consignment shop.  ***If you mention my blog in response to my ad on craigslist, and you purchase the table directly from me, I will take 10% off of the asking price.    ;o)  (Don't wait till it's at the consignment shop, they require me to let them keep it for up to three months and won't let me have it back to sell to my own buyer.)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Art: June 17th, 2011 Gallery Stroll

 Above:  Painting by Erik Heybroek
 Above:  Ceramic by Mari Heybroek

Charley Hafen Jewelers Gallery will feature A Family Affairthe work of niece and uncle, Mari and Erik Heybroek. Mari’s images in her hand-built and thrown ceramics are inspired by animals encountered during her upbringing in rural Sweden. Erik’s paintings depict the magical woods and waterways around his village home in Mörtfors Sweden.

Charley Hafen Jewelers - Gallery
1409 South 900 East,Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Monday - Friday 12 – 7,
Saturday 10 – 2, Closed Sunday


Contact by e-mail

At Alpine Art Gallery 430 South Temple...
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For the current Gallery Stroll list click here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Creativity: To the max!!!

Shea Hembrey: How I became 100 artists (click on title or picture to view)

How do you stage an international art show with work from 100 different artists? If you're Shea Hembrey, you invent all of the artists and artwork yourself -- from large-scale outdoor installations to tiny paintings drawn with a single-haired brush. Watch this funny, mind-bending talk to see the explosion of creativity and diversity of skills a single artist is capable of.  ~TED

I ran across this link on a painting...whenever blog---thank you Sandra Flood!   Shea Hembrey seems to have an endless stream of ideas and the premise in itself had me laughing out loud, and his execution of the works is impressive.   If you are at work, you'll want to watch this on your lunch hour, as it runs for sixteen minutes or so, but well worth the watching.  (I also personally find in him a comrade, an artist raised in the colorful Southern U.S..)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Reminder: Best in Show This Friday, June 17th

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This is a fun group show of the work of many artists illustrating our furry, feathered and finned friends.

Jay's Weekend (aka Ender), Toni Youngblood, 2009, acrylic on canvas 24 x 36"

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bowling for flowers

 This ball is about two feet in diameter.  It's made of Styrofoam, originally as a model of the moon for a film.  I bought it at a yard sale for a couple of dollars several years ago.  It was painted a rusty orange color then (the original color of the moon???).  For me, it's been a garden ornament and over the years the color wore off.  I recently decided to repaint it.
 Over the winter I picked up ten bowling pins on craigslist...for free.

I decided to paint the ball blue and set up an arrangement in the garden...for a few chuckles interest.
 One of the pins fell over just as I brought my camera out.  It's probably fitting because this is a graphic representation of my typical bowling score.  ;o)

Here's a close up view of some of the "moon" craters.  How often do you bowl?  For me it's maybe...once in a blue moon.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Beautiful Chaos: Garage/Workshop/Studio

via martha stewart
This is not a photograph of my garage, however I'd be smiling like this guy if my garage were as orderly as the one pictured.

via DIY Life 
Almost two years ago my garage was very nicely organized around the functions of encaustic painting studio, garden tool storage, and furniture reconditioning workshop.  Then my dear friends who were moving out of state asked if I would take a few of their items they no longer wanted and didn't want to move with them.  In the chaos (we all experience) of their move, they delivered extra lumber, rubber floor mats, paint and stain, vintage windows, assorted hardware items such as knobs-screws-bolts and other nameless useful stuff.  And some other amazingly wonderful things, a miter (chop) saw, drill press, table saw, router, power buffer, work bench with peg board and old furniture (projects for me).

via garage-floor
Since that September in 2009, I've not had room to park my car in the garage and moving around and working in the space has been a challenge, as well.  I already had a big work bench and an inventory of old furniture stored in the garage for future reconditioning.
Add to this assortment of disorganized wonderfulness the left over construction materials from my backroom remodel---and I have a big pile of inertia.

via martha stewart
Notice that I am not posting photos of the current inside conditions of my own garage.   

I prefer at this time, to focus on what the condition can be in my garage, studio, storage space.
via southern living
As a visual aid to this focus, I've collected several photos of well-organized spaces.

via HTV 
Also, of great interest to me are innovative ideas for storing specific materials.
via HTV
The picture above shows a good solution to storing  millwork and other slender wood pieces, of which I have many.  Instead of purchasing the metal brackets shown in the photo, I am using the storage tubes and lumber spanning across the truss joists.

via HTV
I like this little roll-away cart idea for stowing the table saw when not in use.
via brookstone
A designated area for garden supplies helps eliminate more than a few headaches.

It's always easy to find storage solutions on-line with nice systems, which can also be expensive and therefore, prohibitive.  I appreciate that some of the sources I found recommend using things you already have as storage containers.  I found the article below at diy weekender.  I like their summary to the article:  

Be creative with your garage organizing.  Reuse and recycle as much as possible and remember that anything with a space inside can hold and organize your 

Article from diy weekender:

Above:  The inside of my newly constructed garage September 2007.  I was warned, "It won't look like that for long---clutter happens!"

Friday, June 3, 2011

Every Dog Has Its Day!

And now it's Ender's....

Above:  Toni Youngblood, Ender, 2009 acrylic on canvas 24 x 36"

Alpine Gallery in downtown Salt Lake City designed and printed the above general invitation to the Best in Show Exhibit and opening June 17 from 5 until 9PM.  The painting of Ender and one I painted of my girl greyhound, Harri-Berri will be on display for the duration of the show.  
A portion of proceeds from art sales will benefit NO MORE HOMELESS Pets in Utah.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

It's not about the equipment.

Thanks for another one, Si...
via French by Design via Esther +

Loved this book: Born to Run...

You don't have to be a runner to enjoy this book!

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, 
and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Learn More About This Book Here.



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