Friday, March 28, 2008
Pinky I am sorry. You have taken so much and I have given so little. You hit the "P" key for me with such dexterity and we will not even bring up how you slide over and snap up that backspace button so much better than any of your other 9 brothern. I have taken you for granted but no more! NO MORE!
I name this "Pinky Day" and pay tribute to you, oh great right handed mini apendage of mine. May you live in peace and comfort from this day forth. I shall even buy you a glove to live in and take you out drinking tonight to show my sincerity because I know how you love the cool feeling of a cold drink against your caloused shell.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Art in BloomThursday, April 10 – Sunday, April 13, 2008
In an effort to support the on-going programming of the Pensacola Museum of Art, this spring, Art in Bloom, a benefit for the Museum, will be presented for the first time in Pensacola. The event is modeled after other successful and popular Art in Bloom events at museums around the country, which draw 3,000-20,000 event visitors and raises significant funds for these organizations. This wonderful spring celebration will showcase the talents of floral artists, whose interpretative designs will be on display next to the work of art that inspires them from the exhibition, The Art Students League of New York: Selections from the Permanent Collection.
So besides this being really cool and mucho good business for my friend it has the added pleasure of having one of my pieces in it. I have been making glass flowers all week at night and have what I consider to be about 8 really cool ones. I could have just done the standard flowers but I wanted to knock it up a notch for this. I have a bunch that will not be going into this display that I might let her have to place in her other stuff if she wants them. I just realized that I need to make filler for the flowers as well, I totally forgot about that until just now.
Better call Mini and have her ramp everything up, I love my shop.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
We knew something was pretty wrong because honestly she was in very very bad shape when we found her. She as all skin and bones, lost all but 4 of her teeth, and her coat looked like somone had left her in a mud puddle to die. She was in bad shape. After cleaning her up and taking her to the vet who gave her 3 to 4 weeks to live we decided to keep her and make her happy for however long she lasted. She just hit the 4 month mark but is showing signs that the FeLV is making a comeback. She has stopped eating as much, is loosing some hair, and has wild attitude changes. Last night she swiped me for the first time ever. Followed by her not wanting to leave my lap.
She is in pain and you can tell. I have never been in the roll of "taking care" of what is about to be a decision I really don't want to make. Where do you draw the line with a pet? How do you put that mark in the sand and say "Ok it's time". As much as it pains me to watch her get worse it has to be horrible for PK. Sigh, no one tells you that one day your going to have to kill something you care for when you take it in.
Monday, March 24, 2008
UPDATE: Insert photo of phase 1 lamps. They look like pretty vases at the moment but will soon magically transform! And I now know that the mirror needs a good cleaning!
Ok so the Glass Lamps are now past the first part of the long road to being done. I somehow made two lamps that looks pretty much exactly the same. I personally like one of them better than the other but only because it was easier to make. The first one is always the easy one, it is making one just like that hands you your hat.
They are about 28 inches high and 11 inches wide at the base. They are super heavy on the bottom so that MiniMolli can get a nice wide shade and still keep them from falling over in a stiff wind...or a wayward cat drive-by. They are solid bronze in color, which is a fantzy name for dark grey/purple but they are the perfect color for what she was looking for. I know what you are thinking...bronze...grey? I always thought that bronze was a kind of goldish color, I mean the medals they give you at the olympics are kind of a coppery gold color right? Apparently this interpretation of the color is the "aged" version that is a kind like a vessel that has been sitting in the ground for 100 years getting a nice grey, or is it gray, patina. It think the color makers made a mistake going for black and just called it Bronze to sell it. I mean think about it. Would you buy "Light Black" for 30 bucks a kilo or "Bronze" for 30 bucks a kilo. I am going with Bronze based on the fact that I purchased it thinking ...ewwww Bronze!
Anyway, maybe I can get MiniMolli to post a picture of the lamps before I start working on getting the tops sanded down for the light posts. If not I will put up before and after pics with the final "hey we are done" pictures.
Hope everyone had a good time this weekend!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
MiniMolli is a serious Eames Furniture fan, with a touch of Knoll and anyone else from that time that had style. MiniMolli is an old soul when it comes to furniture. It is just who she is. She buys old stuff, refurbs it, sands it stains it, oils it, rebuilds it, and she has projects in the shop now that need to be finished. Cough...chair..cough..in the way...cough..... Anyway! So she has been sort of hinting...ok begging me...ok I am kidding hun *wave*, asking with force that I make a couple of matching smoky bronze colored table lamps. Now I will admit that she has been asking for about a year for me to do this. Mostly for the following three reasons.
#1. She knows that I can make them. They are difficult to do just right and I never really have taken the time to sit down and plan how to do it. Something of this size with the weight/neck width/base is not going to be a walk in the park.
#2. These things are expensive. Even the one that I found at home depot that is not really anything like the ones I am making are about 300 bucks and I have seen one closer to what I am trying to pull off in the area of 1200 smackers. They are clear glass, lighter weight, and not as large. Plus mine is well...mine which makes them that much cooler.
#3. I was impressed with her tenacity about doing this. She actually stop taking reasons for me not doing it and just started asking when it would be done. Then she said the magic words, and I am not sure these are exact words because I may have fallen into a state of shock, "If you can't hack it just let me know I will buy them"...WHAT! Talk about throwing the gauntlet down.
Well now it is on like Red Dawn! My shop outside is not large enough to make the size of iteam we are talking about here. We are talking about 10 inches across at that base and about 36 inches long. I don't have that kind of equipment...seriously. Hand blowning this is a big gauntlet she has tossed and I have my worries about pulling it off.
Last night I tried for the 3rd Wed. in a row to get a good lamp out. I will admit that I have been less than successful with the first two trys. They turned out to be kind of cool looking large vases but not the shape or weight that I was looking for. To make it clear I could not hack it. Then last night everything was magic. All the mistakes kind of forced me to do things different and everything clicked and I think I have a working process now that will lend to the second one being nice as well. The trick is going to be making two that are close enough to be considered a set to the naked eye.
So the great Lamp Building Gauntlet of 2008 is on, like Donkey Kong! I will try to get some pictures up this weekend of the progress.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Maybe they think I am not for real, that I am not giving away this stuff for fun. That there must be some string attached to the deal like they have to pay for shipping. This is just not the case. Maybe the prize is not "big" enough to get them to guess. I figure the ornament was a good starting prize for my little experiment but I am going to knock it up a notch next time.
So stay tuned I have some interesting ideas coming down the pipe toward anouther contest.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Ok kids, this is Mini here. Unfortunately Scott had to work this evening and was short on time so I'm helping out a bit.
Lets start out by restating the rules:
#1. One guess per person.
#2. Guess the number of nuggets in the bowl. The closest number (under or over) wins.
#3. Spread the word, if one of your referrals wins you get the second prize marble. Make sure your referral mentions you along with their guess!
#4. If your referral sends someone who wins I will make a second marble. (Are you kidding do people honestly think there will be nested refferals? Then both of the people will get a marble..I will continue this down the line for up to 3 marbles.)
#5. Submissions are valid for one week from today (3/6/08 - 3/13/08 11:59:59PM CST). Winner will be announced on Friday 3/14/08.
#6. That Cat is not the prize. Shop kitty is essential!
#7. The one outside the bowl counts.
#8. Postage to anywhere in the world is already been paid for by the ads that I put up last week. No fear guess away, no strings attached!
overview of nuggets
Those are the good things. That bad is that she was sick for a reason and has some pretty wicked cancer in her neck. The vet gave her 2 weeks...that was 4 months ago. The vet then said I can't believe she is still alive. I think it is because we gave her a reason to live. Just my views. She is a real trooper and is happy. The Vet said she would stop eating when she starts to go, so far she is eating 4 times a day and gets really mouthy if you don't service her bowl on time.
I would like to point out she has some skills. Rats, mice, lizards, grasshoppers, doves, and basically anything smaller than her is a target. She is a skilled hunter and I had to keep her from going toe to toe with our opossum in the back yard. That thing is 3 times her size.
Anyway, enough about the cat as you can tell I don't care for her that much....yea. The contest will start when the new photos hit the blog. I will restate the rules and we are off. It will be open to guesses for one week. Things should be rollling this afternoon for those that want to get and early guess in at the start.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
#1. One guess per person.
#2. You can send as many people as you like to guess and that will get you multiple submissions for the "marble" prize for referrals.
#3. If they send someone, and you sent them, I will make a second marble. (Are you kidding do people honestly think there will be nested refferals? Then both of the people will get a marble..I will continue this down the line until 3 marbles.)
#4. Don't guess early it will not count until I post the "Ok lets go guess" post in two days. Then we will have submissions to guess for one whole week.
#5. That Cat is not the prize.
That is PK (The shop cat) who protects the glass from birds, mice, lizards, and all other manner of pest. Be scared...be very scared. As you can tell by look on her face as MiniMolli started to reach for my 90-minute ale, she is very protective of my stuff.
Monday, March 3, 2008
#1. I have taken the pictures of the "contest".
#2. I have made the prizes.
#2.5. MiniMolli took pictures of the prizes while I was making them.
#3. I have taken pictures of the prizes once finished and out of the lehr.
#4. I know what the contest is going to be.
#5. It is going to be a single prize contest this time. One ornament and one "you sent them to me" prize which is a marble.
Now what I have to do it let everyone know that I am going to have the contest. I guess that will include but not be limited to me getting on everyone's blog and letting them know I am having a contest. So it is on! I should be posting the picutres and the offical start will be tomorrow.