Sunday, February 27, 2011

Home Improvements: Remodeled Bathroom

The bathroom was lengthened by about 2.5 feet past the doorway which allowed room for a 60" wall-to-wall counter instead of a small 24" vanity. Beadboard on the cabinet fronts and walls. I am probably going to paint the walls and ceiling a pale, pale silver gray to provide contrast for the beadboard.

I found the white ceramic tray in the cookware section at Marshall's, and the flip-top bottle to make the mouthwash prettier. Now I think I need to make a hairspray cozy! 
(But now, let me give a testimonial for John Frieda's Frizz-Ease hairspray. It's designed to help curly hair stop frizzing in the rain, by blocking moisture. However, it works in reverse too...if you have straight hair that goes completely limp in damp weather, this spray helps lessen that problem.)

 I thought this little bird pedestal was cute and since it fit with my white ceramic theme,
and it was only $3.99 on sale at Michael's, I bought it!

 Plastic trays to keep the drawers clean and the items inside orderly. 

The drawer pulls have not yet been attached.

The exhaust fan has the retro-with-a-brushed nickel look I used as a guide for my design choices.

The toilet paper holder has room for quite a few spare rolls.
The top bar twists up to create a straight bar to slide them on.

 The towels and bath mat are aqua blue, so when I saw this clock, I had to get it. 
Its main purpose will be to show me how far behind schedule I am every morning.

This cheerful gerbera shower curtain and this floor towel rack have been ordered to complete the look!
The new closet was part of this remodeling project also.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Exhibit: Fashionable Fish

Getting ready for the PPCG's upcoming show. I made these fishies today...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Beads: Finally I can get back to making stuff!

Been working the day job like a maniac for a month getting ready for five big events, the last of which happens this evening, and then I can get back to my precious clay! My etsy shop will stay nearly empty for a bit longer however, as I need to make a ton of beads for my contribution to the PPCG's upcoming art show.  Here is the beginning...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Beads: Coming to Etsy soon

I finally had a few minutes last night to make a few things. They'll be listed on etsy when I'm not falling asleep as I am right now in my computer chair!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Home Improvements: NEW CLOSET!

My upstairs remodeling was just finished yesterday. The small bathroom was enlarged to allow a full vanity with more counter and storage space, and the so-small-as-to-be-useless "bedroom" (8' x 8'!) next to it was turned into a walk-in closet.

A hall linen closet and the little room's closet, which sat between the bath and small room, were eliminated to provide the expansion space for the bath. (The new storage in the bathroom vanity and the former main closet in a different room will provide more than enough space for everything that was in the eliminated linen closet.)

Now...aahh...all my clothes can be in one place instead of in this closet, and that closet, and the other closet, and still downstairs on the laundry rack.

Space...the Final Frontier!

 (Ignore the curves and disconnects...that's from the photo stitching program.)

Here's a sneak preview of the new bath. More pictures will come after I do the decorating.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Adventure: A Step in the Wright Direction

If you've ever wondered about those people who have the nerve to quit their job and go on a solo, around-the-world journey, you can follow along with someone doing it right now: Christy of A Step in the Wright Direction. She worked at the same company I do, until she quit last month after saving up money for two years to go on this 5-month trip. She's blogging about her adventures in entertaining entries...go check it out.
<<<< There she is on Haleakala in Hawaii.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Virtual Paintout: Romania

I missed last month's Virtual Paintout to Boston so I swore this month I would do my picture early!
I found a good scene and drew it last night while I watched Jimmy Fallon and Carson Daly. I used a gray, fine point Sharpie marker. I'm pretty pleased with the picture.
You can see the scene on Google StreetView. This area, Strada Tudor Vladimirescu, Pantelimon, România, seems to be a little shopping district where people have shops in their garages, a tent, or out of the back of their van! Almost everyone seen in the surrounding streets is carrying a package or two.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Artist: Tiffany Bender

I now wish I had a baby so Pittsburgh-based photographer Tiffany Bender could photograph it!
You must click over to look at her gorgeous photos!!! The light, the clarity, the fantastic styling!
Each child looks like a perfect angel. I'm sure they were not, but you wouldn't know from looking at the pics. A co-worker's adorable little girl is one of models.

If you have children, go make an appointment now! You'll have to wait because Tiffany is booked months in advance but you will understand why when you see the photos.

 Here are some of my favorites...

Find details about Tiffany here:


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