Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Mom comes HOME in a little over 1 hour!!!

Mom's plane is scheduled to land in exactly one hour and 24 seconds! I can't wait to pick her up. Wish we were going straight to my house - I can't wait to show off my kitchen and my mural! I'm still at work because it would've been stupid to go home first and then back to the airport considering I drive right past it on the way home. So here I sit. Bored out of my skin, but not in a position to start anything new at this point in the day.

Lesley and I went to Target and Goody's at lunch today. I got a couple dirt cheap Tshirts - my favorite is one for penzoil that says "Got Lube?" It's friggin hilarious. I also got an orange Buddah surf shop T-shirt, and a nice button down rayon shirt for Scott! The lube shirt was 8 bucks with an additional 40% off and the other two were $5 with 40% off!!! I also splurged on a sweet little purple bohemian paisley tank style top - it's GORGEOUS and was also 40% off (although it was orginally over 30 bucks!). At any rate, it was fun to get something new and get out of the office for a while.

So my newest *thing* is trying to put together another mural graphic. I want to do the Joker and Harley Quinn on Scott's other wall. It's going to be more fun than the Batman, but probably harder too. Ah well, the sense of accomplishment will be worth all the work, right??? That's what I'm telling myself anyway.

My email has been screwed up at work. Had to call the help desk this morning and apparently they showed that I was about to leave base - meaning I was quitting my job! Guess somewhere some wires got crossed and no one realized that I continued on in this position with a different contractor... Ah well, happens to the best of us I suppose...

Off to look for some mural graphics...

Monday, July 11, 2005

10 "Desert Island Discs"

Someone on a message board that I frequent suggested this as a blog topic, so here ya go...

  1. Tori Amos - Tales of a Librarian
  2. Sarah McLachlan - Touch
  3. Ben Harper - Fight for your mind
  4. Todd Rundgren - a Wizard, a True Star
  5. Indigo Girls - Swamp Ophelia
  6. Concrete Blonde - Mexican Moon
  7. Blind Melon - (the one w/ the honey bee girl on the front)
  8. Alice In Chains - Dirt
  9. Prince - Purple Rain
  10. Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Batman Lives...

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is complete! After a mere 24 hours over the course of two days, the dark knight has made his debut on Scott's wall...

For your viewing pleasure:

There's a pretty neat story behind this particular Batman scene. It comes from a comic from 1995 that was sold in order to raise awareness about Pedophilia, particularly the problems with sex slave industry overseas. The picture is the last scene in the second book where Batman is going after the pedophiles after learning that his mother was killed trying to fight against child sex abuse. The scroll at the bottom right says " Warriors, heed this When you battle with demons Aim not at their hearts".

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Holy Bat Mural, Batman!

Decided to get started on Scott's mural Friday. Started feeling better - and restless from laying around for a whole day - so I dove in head first. Scott asked me how long I thought it would take, I said oh, maybe 16 hours or so. Uh, yeah... 15 hours in and I THINK I'm at about 1/2 way! I'm completely obsessed, but it's turning out better than I had ever imagined! Had to take a break to post these so Holly can see!!! Hi Holly! :)

12 hours in (2am Friday July 8th):

15 hours in ( 1:30pm Saturday July 10th):

Friday, July 08, 2005

It's friday...

I'm home from work, and feeling a little shitty. Woke up at 3am Thursday throwing up. Have been feeling nauseated ever since. Took some nyquil last night and slept in today. I feel a little better, but still not 100%. Mom is coming home Tuesday! Can't wait to pick her up!!! I'm in the process of starting a mural on Scott's wall of Batman. I think it's going to be a lot harder than I initially anticipated, but I think it's doable, and since I've already started, I guess it's full speed ahead... I can't seem to work up the energy to go in and work on it though. Maybe later this afternoon if I'm feeling any better... Ah well, just felt the need to update.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Ars longa, vita breva...

Well, last night I put the final coat on my countertop. It's looking fantastic, and I've ALMOST got the kitchen put back together. Still waiting until tomorrow morning to put the dish drainer and appliances back on the counter. I finally found THE phrase and painted it above the doorway of the kitchen. I started by printing out the words in outline format in Adobe Illustrator. Then I lined them up and taped them all together. Next, I took a piece of artist's charcoal and rubbed it over the outlines on the backside of the paper. I hung the strip of words over the doorway to the den in the kitchen and used a pencil to trace over the outlines, creating a carbon copy on the wall. Then I painted the words using a fine tipped brush and some black acrylic paint. Unfortunately, the paint was thin and it took two coats, but it has a nice hand painted quality to it. Looks fantastic - if I do say so myself.

I also covered an old cardboard tootsie roll tube with scrapbooking paper to match the kitchen. It's what we use to keep loose change in. Looks like the kitchen is pretty near finished now. Not sure what I'm going to do with myself next. I'm still in makeover mode - so who knows what I'll come up with next. I should probably be cleaning the studio so that I'll have somewhere to work on my next project, but what fun would that be???

Art is long, life is short... play hard!

I apologize in advance for the terrible photos:

Step 1 - Hang carboned paper and trace

Step 2 - after tracing letters

Step 3 - paint letters

FINAL product

Just a couple more photos:

Here's the wall behind my dining table. This is the "Coke" poster that I altered & the shelf I mentioned.

And here is a detail shot of the countertop:

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Inspiration runs...

I've been on a makeover mission of sorts these days. I'm sick of it looking completely cluttered all of the time, and I think if I see another "Coke" thing, I'll throw my guts up! Well, I got a wild hair last Friday and decided I'd redo my kitchen! Where that came from, I have no idea! So off to Wal-mart it was for some rugs, paint, and fabric. I picked out some cheap neutral colored rugs and a soft burlap sort of fabric in natural tones, then I got an oatmeal colored paint to tie it all together. Saturday I spent the day painting t he walls - not realizing of course that the trim would look like shit - ah, another thing to add to the list...

So, Sunday, I spent the day playing with fabric. I made a couple skirts for the rolling carts on the side of the stove and the refrigerator. I grossly over estimated the yardage, but the curtains are adorable, and now I just have to figure out some use for the other 2 yards of fabric! I also made a valance to go over the kitchen window. The fabric lets a good bit of light through, and it has a nice fringed selvedge edge, so it made less work for me. The cart skirts have grosgrain ribbon ties that hold them on the carts, I just casually knotted them and cut the ends at an angle. They started to fray pretty badly and I dicovered if you run a cigarette lighter carefully along the edge, it melts the Grosgrain just enough to finish the edge.

After some minor rearrangement and hanging the curtains/skirts, I decided that I HATED the green laminate countertop. So all of last week, I scoured the internet reading anything and everything I could about painting laminate/formica. I went to Home Depot and got a small laminate sample in the same formica as my counter and came home to experiment with it. I put 2 coats of laytex Kilz on it, and did a granite looking faux finish with tan/brown/ivory. Afterward, I added one coat of Polycrilic laytex top coat. I let the chip dry for a couple days then put it on my keychain and proceeded to shake the shit out of my keys at every oportunity. The people on the hiway must've thought I was nuts shaking my keys violently for the ENTIRE ride home! :D

Last night (friday) Glenda came over to help me get the countertop ready. We sanded with 80 grit sand paper just until the finish dulled - maybe 15-20 minutes over a 10 ft piece. We prefered hand sanding as opposed to using an electric sander, just seems to give more control. Then we applied 3 coats of Kilz (using a brush and a small sponge roller). Afterward we used a coat of semigloss wall paint that I had leftover from painting the kitchen. All in all between sanding, waiting for coats to dry & recoating it took about 4 hours. We nicked the Kilz a couple times with our fingernails and were worried that we'd have a problem with paint, but with a little extra care and overnight drying, we were okay to put the faux finish on this morning.

This morning I got up and made a pot of coffee in the plant stand - ya know, when you have no counter space, you improvise! Anyway, mixed up a glaze with equal parts glazing medium, water and paint. Then, I sponged a coat of spiced tan on the counter. It's about the color of the lightest shade in my oak cabinets. Glenda came over and we added a coat of brown - the color of the darkest grain in the cabinets. After half an hour, we did a sponge glaze coat of oatmeal which matches the wall color. I've added 2 coats of Polycrylic to the counter so far and have a fan oscilating to help it dry. I'm going to try sanding a bit between coats because at this point there are a few obvious brush strokes in the finished coat. One or two more coats and I should be at a point where I can let it cure for about 24 hours then put my kitchen back together. Which will be NICE!

Oh, in addition to the curtains, paint, countertop, and curtain, I also altered an old Coke poster to look like a piece of plaster hanging on the wall. After I finished, I wasn't crazy about the Coke logo, so I covered it with a photoshopped Cosmopolitan recipe. Not sure if I LOVE it, but it'll do for now. I also found a shelf at Michael's for 10 bucks in the unfinished wood stuff. I painted the shelf to match the wall color and then hung it above the Cosmopolitan piece to put interesting liquor bottle and such on. Now, I just need a brilliant pretentious phrase to paint on the wall above the den and I'll be set. I was recently directed to a website (via a message board that I frequent - www.twopeasinabucket.com) that sells decals to put on the wall, but I'm CHEAP, so I think I might be able to just freehand something, just have to think of the right phrase.

Now, if I can just get to cleaning or repainting the trim in the kitchen, refinishing the living room floor, a mural in my studio, a new wall color on the den, rearranging my bedroom, some "curtains" for my entertainment center, planting some day lillies that my boss gave me two weeks ago, cleaning out my shed and a whole host of other things I desperately "need" to do, I'll be in business... Not sure how long this inspired motivated, creative explosion is going to last, but at this point, I'm just having a BLAST riding the wave! Hope to have kitchen before/after photos posted soon.

Before and after photos:

These photos were actually posted July4th around 1pm. I changed the date so they'd show up underneath the description of what all I did...

Kitchen entrance - Before
Kitchen entrance - After
Kitchen Sink - Before
Kitchen sink - After

Cooking area - Before
Cooking area - After