Making gorgeous one-of-a-kind works of art from broken, vintage costume jewelry is not “difficult” — but it requires a lot of patience — a lot of jewelry — an artful eye — and the appropriate adhesives. While Denise was at my house helping to faux bois paint my woodwork, we spent a crafty evening — five hours!!! — making framed artwork from my stash of broken jewelry, collected over the past few years at estate sales and thrift shops.
Read on for my tutorial, additional tips, and to see my springtime creation, too. >>> Heck yeah there is more →
I scored a bunch of New Old Stock Plan-A-Room Kits designed in 1956 by designer Paul MacAlister — all from his estate. My sets have provenance! You responded to my story so here you go: All this week, a chance to win one. But: I’m going to make you work for it. I am taking a break from the blog this week to continue to faux bois paint and glaze the dentil molding and all the other wood trim in my living room and dining room, all part of my Mahalo Lounge transformation. To win: Guestimate how many dentils there are in my living room/dining room.Heck yeah there is more →
I spoke too soon when I said I had quickly found the base color for painting all the white woodwork in my living room and dining room to look like wood — aka faux bois painting. Getting the custom color base right took Denise — a genius decorative painter — A DAY AND A HALF. Even though she is a pro. Or: Because she is a pro! Heck yeah there is more →
One of my brothers in Louisville recently sent me this Courier-Journal story (fun video too) about the last place in America, Omega National Products — the last person in America, Yolanda Baker — who has been making disco balls — meticulously, one sharp edge at a time, for 47 years. At one point in the 1970s, she led a team of more than 25 employees who cranked out 25 disco balls a day! Want to buy a disco ball? You can still >> order one here << — in seven sizes — from 12″ to 48″ in diameter — in full-spheres — or half-spheres — and Baker will make one just for you.
Your room planning method is so old fashioned! What you need is the exciting new Plan-a-Room Kit (Patent Paul McAlister Associates) that includes an acetate grid marked at 1′ = 1/2″ and an assortment of about 70 standard furniture pieces. Makes furniture arrangement fun and easy!
I have some photos of this fun little kit I think you would enjoy. I picked it up in a thrift store ages ago, and have never seen another one.