Tuesday, September 30, 2008

It's Not Pretty. I realize I haven't been posting any photos of the bungalow redecorating. The "library" wallpapering project was put on hold for the summer, but now September has flown by. One change that took place was getting my detached garage emptied out. I've never used it because I have a single tuck-under garage for my car. I've been renting the full garage to a couple of guys with cars and car parts that they wanted to store. As of September first, I asked them to move out, and I now have more SPACE! So, the current project has been to clean and organize the basement and move the outdoor equipment - i.e. yard tools, hoses, lawn chairs - to the garage. These before-and-after photos are not the stuff of design magazines, but it feels good to be starting at the bottom of my house and working upwards.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Featured in My Etsy Shop
. I made these pieces in the mid-70s from kits I bought while on vacation in Florida. As a collector/hoarder, it's so hard to part with beloved items, but since I'm trying to sell cards I've made, why not sell this pendant and pin? Someone should get some use and enjoyment out of them, otherwise they'll sit in my jewelry box as they have for years. It's recycling and sharing my love of arts and crafts at the same time! The bow design on the pin is an original; the materials all came in the kit, but I had already made a bracelet and decided to try my hand at something new. I believe I switched the needlepoint canvas to a larger count which meant many more stitches and better detail (this is known as petit point and it's often used for a small detailed area in the middle of normal stitches).
Edit: (10/14/08) I sold the pin today! It is on its way to someone who I hope will enjoy it.

A Trio of Cards. Two cousins and a cousin-in-law are having birthdays at the end of September, so I made these cards with the same $1 stamp from Michael's and matching patterned paper. I used 2 different corner punches for each corner of the main image and the mat. The sentiment was made with a label maker. I hope cousin JR, BR and JL all really relax and enjoy their birthdays!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Eero Saarinen Party. Friday night, C and I attended another Walker Art Center preview party. As someone who studied architecture and interior design, I'm glad I didn't miss this one. The designs of Eero Saarinen were on display, a one-hour film on the building of the St.Louis Gateway Arch was shown, and there was an art lab project to participate in.

The photo on the right is the hallway leading to one of the buffet tables and cash bars. Since Target was the sponsor, their logo could be seen in a light installation, and moving across the walls and ceiling.

Outside on the roof, I got this shot with the church across the street nicely contrasting with the structure-like sculpture that is part of the Walker's permanent collection.

My contribution to the scaled-down city was the collection of little wood houses with button-windows. I made as many as I could with the wood scraps provided. If you look closely, you'll see the glue wasn't even dry when I took the photo. The orange duct taped structure and the windmill shape were made by other party-goers.

Saarinen's furniture designs were on display in the Walker's gift shop windows. These designs date to the 1940s and '50s - the very definition of classic!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Blog Announcement: Please bear with me as I try out a new template. The paragraphs and photos were aligned in the old template, but did not automatically line up when switching. I won't try to re-do any old posts. The new template will give me more space for posts.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Coming Soon To A Theater Near You. The Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan ("Fargo", "No Country For Old Men"), are filming another movie. This one is set in the 1960s in their hometown, St. Louis Park, Minnesota. As someone who's lived in the Twin Cities all her life, I can tell you it wasn't easy finding the past preserved. My 1925 bungalow looks much the same as it did when it was built, but the tear-down trend has changed the look of my block forever. Luckily, a neighborhood just blocks from my old Junior High school in Bloomington was found to be little changed from the 1960s, and will stand-in for the St.Louis Park area where the Coens grew up. Even the trees were a consideration because they would not have been the towering umbrellas of shade (seen in mature neighborhoods) back then.

On the first day of filming (see sign), the whole street of retro houses was blocked off, but I spotted a line of '60s cars one block over and stopped to talk to the drivers.
These are the owners of the cars, hired to drive by when needed. They told me they had been waiting since 8AM...it was now 4PM. Such is the life of an actor, except these guys are local car buffs, NOT actors. We talked about how Minnesota doesn't do enough to attract film-makers here, and how Arnold Schwarzenegger is NOT even 6 feet tall (I saw him in person when he was filming "Jingle All The Way" just blocks from my house). They got their clothes from wardrobe, and those patches on their knees read "driver".

Only my brothers can tell me what all these car models are (D or C - are you reading this?)

It's just great to see the old license plate designs...takes me back to my child/teen years. Many owners of classic cars buy special permanent collectors plates, so it's not all movie props.

EDIT: C sent this via email:

Hi Cheryl, I don't know years like maybe D will, but here's what I see: In the bottom picture I think the yellow one is a Ford Galaxie, in front of it might be an Oldsmobile but I can't tell for sure. In the foreground is a blue 1965 Dodge but I don't know the model. The picture above it has a blue Mercury Cougar and behind it I think is a Pontiac GTO. The picture above that has a 1965 Rambler Classic and the car I couldn't identify. I don't have any photo software on this computer (my old one) but maybe if you use something you have you may be able to zoom in a bit and read some of the lettering on some of the cars if D doesn't know them just by looking. C

And from D:

C got them pretty close. I would have to look them up on the internet to know the exact year and model. I think the Cougar is a 68 and the GTO is a 66 or 67. The red one in the top picture is a 61 Olds

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Happy 80th Birthday, Mom! More than 2 weeks after her birthday, I'm finally posting the card I made for her. The day she broke her ankle was her actual birthday. Luckily, we had a family picnic/birthday party the first Sunday of August...and brother and sister-in-law D&K and I had taken her out for dinner at Red Lobster the night before. In years to come, I hope she'll have fond memories of the celebrating rather than the accident. She's still recuperating at a nursing home until she can manage on her own at home.

The main card was an Archiver's make-and-take, with "Happy Birthday" stamped on the front. I added the "80th" label printed on vellum on my PC and embossed in gold. The band slips off the card to open it.
The inside of the card was originally just the orange stamped panel. I added the penguin stamped in black, her dress embossed in gold, and a punched glitter flower on her head. I printed the sentiment on a piece of cloud-patterned paper.