David Trubridge

I have been meaning to post about my love for David Trubridge’s light for a while now. I first saw his lamps in New Zealand and have been lusting after one ever since. I love the lighteness of the wood, but the overall size of the lamp. I love that when you buy one, they come in a box not much bigger than a ream of 11×17 paper and you have to put it together yourself.  Even with the 50% price drop since DWR has been carrying his Coral Pendant, the price tag has been holding me back. The DIY part of me has been thinking I could come up with something similar. Finally someone has posted directions on how you can make a very similar, although much smaller lamp. I think I am going to have to try for my own DIY design.

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Making the Old New

In our kitchen we have a chandelier. We rent so we can’t really change it as much as I would like to. It is brass with plastic “crystals”. We cleaned it as best we could when we moved in, but it didn’t help much. A while ago we had an idea to wrap the whole thing with christmas lights. The one thing holding us back was we didn’t like the idea of having to hide the cord and we couldn’t find the necessary hardware to get around this easily. Enter this terrific light by Tom Raffield. We both love bent wood and I think we could do a DIY version of this without too much trouble. While I would love to buy the real thing, it will have to wait for when we have a place of our own. via

Dwell

I love Dwell Magazine. There is something in just about every issue that catches my attention and makes me happy we are just about in the position where we are thinking about buildings and how they will look. This issue had an article that was especially interesting to me. Apparently some crazy recent art grad decided to buy a house and totally redo it with the help of his dad. Oh and he did it all on a recent art grad’s budget. Lots of recycled materials, lots of thinking outside the box and lots of trips to the ReStore. Once the house was complete it didn’t seem right to plop in just any furniture so he designed and built pieces himself. Wonderful! You can check it out at Rural Theory, there is a PDF of the Dwell article and many more pictures. My favorite quote from the article is, “I didn’t want my Grandmother to feel like an astronaut when she visited.” I can’t wait to get to the point where M&I are picking out materials. Thanks for the inspiration, Blake!

Pioneering

Sometimes M&I are a little a head of the curve. Getting rid of cable and watching TV on-line is one of those instances. Hardware was pretty easy. A Mac mini running Windows XP so we can watch Netflix “Watch Instantly” movies. A mini wireless keyboard with touch pad is on the way for easier navigating. An LCD computer monitor as a placeholder for a flat screen TV we have been thinking about for a while. Now that we have committed to getting rid of cable, I have noticed how many shows are available on-line and how many programs are available to catch these shows and make watching easier. Unfortunately there is no one program or site that catches them all. In order to keep up with most of the shows we watch, we have a Hulu account. NBC, USA, Comedy Central, Fox… most stations. But not CBS or ABC… so for CBS we have Adobe Media Player, ABC has its own player through their site. Sigh. Both Hulu and AMP offer extras that I wasn’t expected. For instance, I was a late comer to Arrested Development. Fabulous show and now I can watch the whole series on Hulu. If you didn’t run out and buy Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog like me, you can watch in HD on Hulu for free. If you would really love to watch Ghostbusters again, no problem. AMP has a Stephen King series called N. It is basically a graphic novel read for us with stills, broken into 2 min increments. There are still a few shows that don’t seem to be available easily. Does it sound a little weird that we are going through all this trouble? My crystal ball tells me this is going to get easier as time goes on. Summer was a good time to get things in place and Fall should help get the system streamlined. Major, major plus, no more time spend holding or waiting for Time Warner to fix problems.

Knitting Season

I don’t knit in the summer. It is just feels wrong to me to have a huge pile of yarn in my lap when it is 80 degrees and the humidity it through the roof. Today is an especially crisp lovely late summer/early fall day here in NY and I have started to think it might be time to break out my needles again. These patterns for fruit cosies might be just the think I need to get back into the swing of things. via

Chalkboard Paint


This is definitely another “why didn’t I think of that” moment. M&I bought chalkboard paint ages ago and while we did use some, we still have a bunch waiting for another project to come along. I think this might be it. I apologize, I actually saw these the other day and I can not remember where. But you can get them here or make your own. In accordance with my craft diet I could use the paint that I have and revitalize a vase I am not too jazzed about anymore. This could also work with pots for plants.

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

I love when I see something that makes me smack my forehead and say, “why didn’t I think of that?!” Why do I love that? It is because it means I just learned something new. Hopefully something that I will be able to carry into my own projects. Blue and brown are so wonderful together and this is a lovely use of the pattern stitches on your sewing machine. Today’s image is from Amy Butler via Design*Sponge.

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

I love when I see something that makes me smack my forehead and say, “why didn’t I think of that?!” Why do I love that? It is because it means I just learned something new. Hopefully something that I will be able to carry into my own projects. Blue and brown are so wonderful together and this is a lovely use of the pattern stitches on your sewing machine. Today’s image is from Amy Butler via Design*Sponge.