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Friday, January 28, 2011

Touristing in Hawaii

I have a friend visiting this week (Chris went home to the mainland for work).  We have done all kinds of fun touristy stuff I never seem to have time to do.

We played golf at Hapuna

We went whale watching
and this morning we took a helicopter tour of the island
first...the kilauea volcano
and then along the Hamakua Coast
The Big Island of Hawaii is very cool

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Kipp's New Pot

Kipp did the coolest project yesterday and I just had to share.  Her sweet husband Andrew gave her a Silhouette for Christmas...and after finishing our nautical etched glassware for the boutique she's been looking around for something new to use it for.  She took an ugly old brown pot from the yard and turned it into this!

They lived in London a couple of years ago (after Andrew finished his MBA at Oxford)
so all things British are near and dear to them.
These are the steps though I don't have many pictures;
Select an image you'd like to be the border design on your pot 
(Kipp purchased a Silhouette pattern, apparently they have many different "city" designs)
Cut the design out of vinyl 
Take a pot or vessel (flat or squarish sides will work best I think)
Adhere the cut vinyl to the base of the pot 
(probably cleaning the pot first would be best)
Spray the pot with heavy duty spray paint (appropriate for outdoor use)
Remove the vinyl...and...you've got a cool new pot

Monday, January 24, 2011

Frame Assembly

As I said in my last post, I've sold some paintings recently and have been painting, matting and framing some new "inventory". Thought I'd share how I frame my work.  Since I don't paint to conventional dimensions e.g. 8x10, 11x14, 16x20... (I just paint and then whatever size it matts out to is what I have to frame) I have to order custom frames.  It's WAY too expensive to have my things framed so I do it myself.  I found a great company online Documounts. They sell unassembled frames in lots of styles and in ANY size you need.  They give great discounts for multiple orders (like 5 frames...not necessarliy all the same size) so it comes out super reasonable.  It doesn't take any special tool (other than a $4 brad pusher) so anyone can do it.  You'll need:
the frame
the artwork
a ruler
a drill (for pilot holes) 
a screw driver
a piece of glass (hardware stores usually can cut window glass for you)
glass cleaner/paper towel
brad pusher
picture wire  

Begin by laying out the frame sections to make sure all the corners
meet each other and the dimensions are right.

Add a bit of glue to each end

press corners together (maintaining 90 degree angle)
and insert plastic corner key (provided by Documounts)

here's how it should look

be sure to wipe off excess glue from frame with damp towel

measure and mark 1/3 of the way down from top on each side piece

drill a pilot hole 

screw in the wire hanger (provided by Documounts)

drop in glass and clean THOROUGHLY 
(any lint or bits of stuff will SHOW!!!)
time to put in the artwork
turn it face down onto the glass surface. holding the assembly, flip over
and check to make sure there aren't any bits of dirt
showing between the glass and the matted artwork

this is the most important tool...a brad pusher.  It has a little piston inside
that actually pushes the brad into the wood frame 
(very cool and easy and only about $4 at the hardware store)

I use 2 brads per side (unless the frame measures more than 20" per side)
The brad goes in the pusher head first, then when you push on the handle
the pointy end of the nail goes into the wood (duh)

next, cut a length of picture wire about 4" longer than
the width of your frame. Loop one end through the hanger and 
twist it back on itself

then do the other side

clean the glass on the front...

and you have a custom framed piece

I have more matting to do...I'll show you how I do that
next time.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

New Wine Bags

Wow, I haven't posted in a while.  I have been super busy.  I sold 3 paintings in the Hawi gallery in the last couple of weeks so have been busy painting to "replenish" my wall space.  This is the busy time on the island (snow birds and whale watchers) so I wanted to have new work hung while people are shopping. And...BIG news.  I was contacted by a lovely lady named Janet who is opening a new boutique in Seal Beach called Hapa Collective. She saw my silkscreened pillows on ETSY and wondered if I'd like to have them in her new shop. Would I????  So cool.  I told her it sounded like fun and sent her the link to my blog so she could see what I'm all about.  She wrote back all excited and wanted a bunch of other things I've done.  We settled on the wine gift bags, the pillows and the etched nautical glassware Kipp and I are doing.  Kipp and I formed a little company and as partners we're having a ball creating all the goodies Janet will take for her shop.  Kipp is doing the glassware, I'm silkscreening and sewing the pillows and bags.  I brought my silkscreen stuff over here in my suitcase and have been printing like mad.  Here are the new designs...if you want to make one...here's the tutorial ...they're easy, just sort of time consuming.

Here's my makeshift silkscreen studio...hahaha, the kitchen counter
And I just had to share...Chris and I went up Mauna Loa 
the other day to play in the snow...amazing looking down 
on the sunny coastline while standing in snow

Monday, January 10, 2011

Welcome to the Hawaii House

I've been back in Hawaii a few days now...I always feel so good here.  The pace of life is slower, the weather warmer, the sun brighter...you get the idea, I like it here!  I thought I'd share a little tour of the house...it's a work in progress...I'm going slowly and adding things when I find something I like (or make) no hurry.  We're comfortable...life's good.  Here's the front door...since you don't see the ocean right away, we thought it would be fun to have a painting of it as the first thing you see...this painting is by Todd Kenyon (Laguna Beach)
We call it the wave painting
To the left is a loooong hallway that leads to the living room, then on to the den, then finally at the end, Kipp and Andrew's room (almost 200' long with 60' of bookshelves)
Before we get to the bookshelves we're in the living/dining/kitchen great room
Dark floors are epay wood darkened with an ebony stain. The dining table was made by a fellow in Pony, Montana (I found on the internet) made from old barn wood.  Furniture is all Pottery Barn slipcovered (I wanted it all to be comfy and slouchy and beachy) Rugs are Dash and Albert
Kitchen is white, satin nickel fixtures, the metal tile backsplash behind the stove looks very cool but is starting to rust...yikes!  My contractor warned me...oops.

Here's the coffee table in the living room.  Two big pots, filled with sand and shells, covered with a thick piece of glass.  Quick and easy.  
Down the hallway towards the den

We're slowly collecting books.  We read a lot, but have an awful lot of shelves to fill.
The den, paintings by yours truly.  We have rope lighting in every room, looks kinda goofy in the daytime, but pretty neat at night.
Ryan's room...I've shown it before in the monkey fist knot post
the view from his bed
His bathroom
Kipp and Andrew's bedroom

Remember my fleet? (left side on the bench)

Kipp and Andrew's bathroom
One set of bunkbeds in the grandkids room. I don't have any grandkids yet...but I'm ready

The master bedroom (the lamp base is filled with black sand and shells from a nearby beach)
The map is of St Barths (one of our favorite vacation spots and the architectural inspiration for the Hawaii House

The view from the living room 

Thanks for visiting