Wednesday, July 27, 2011

DIY - Kitchen Island

Almost every kitchen could use an Island. Here's 3 examples of salvaged and re-worked items to inspire you in your DIY kitchen adventure!

First up, Yee Old Wash bin. You can mount this puppy on painted metal legs to match the wash bin or maybe  a repurposing of old table legs or staircase spindles is in order. Notice the Drawer pull fastened to the side. You can never go wrong with an additional hand towel.

Cause we all have a Vintage CocaCola cooler laying around right? Well maybe your "found item" isn't a cool vintage cooler, but that doesn't mean it can't be red and shiny. Gloss it over with a nice thick coat of paint. Handy dandy is the bottom shelf, good for your "super posh" water... or cases of Kraft dinner... its really your choice.
Last, but not least. Our good buddy the shopping cart island. After a long life of endless trips across cold parking lots carting around other peoples groceries, children and worldly possessions, a shopping cart deserves a nice cushy kitchen job. Storage under the butchers block and on the bottom shelf will come in super handy, and a few "S" hooks through the metal grate makes for even more storage. You'll be so happy with this shopping cart to kitchen island transformation you won't even notice the bummed front wheel anymore!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Typography Projects - Part 1

I thought it might be fun to share a pair of my Typography projects. 
Nerd food for your eyeballs. 

DIY - 3D Wall Art

Add some texture to your walls with this easy project. 

First get yourself some of these 1" to 3" Styrofoam balls, some white paint and a surface of your choice. You could use a piece of plywood, foam, a canvas or a cradle panel. 

Half the styrofoam balls and glue onto the surface you've chosen. Once dry paint the entire surface with your choice of paint. 

I found this example done with white. The look is classy and modern. 
I'd like to see it in black. It may give an air of sophistication.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Marc Newson - Subliminal Designer

"I approach design in a fairly subliminal way, which is lucky because I don't have time to think about it too much..." - Marc Newson

Marc is one of the most acclaimed and influential designer of his generation. He has worked across a wide range of disciplines, creating everything from furniture and household objects, to bicycles and cars, private and commercial aircraft, yachts, various architectural commissions, and signature sculptural pieces for clients across the globe.

Lockheed Lounge, 1986

Orgone Lounge, 1989

"Without doubt, design will play a more important role in our lives, in our future whether we like it or not."

Google Fail

Umm Nooo that is NOT what i was going to type... Thanks anyway google...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Insomnia's a bit funny?

Can't sleep...... damn you insomnia!
Can your sleep deprived buggy eyes read this? ha ha

Its the damn sugar keeping me up!

I wish I couldn't relate to this

Monday, July 18, 2011

DIY - Floating Candles

How cute and fun are these candle holders? To make em yourself, Here's what you'll need. 

5 or 6 wooden picture frames OR If you are extra handy, make your own rectangles with wood glue and square dowling.

Wood glue

20-24 eye-hooks

Spray paint in your color choice. 


Small Candles

6 "S" hooks

Play with the frames you've got to find a pleasing arrangement, and glue them together. Once dry twist in the eye-hooks to hang the entire piece. Head on outside and spray paint the whole lot.
Try and control your excitement as you watch the paint dry. (I often end up with fingerprints in my "almost dry" paint because I'm too eager to get the next step underway!) while its drying you can measure the chain to see how low you'd like it to hang. Screw in the eye-hooks to the ceiling and attach the chain with "S" hooks. 

Now that the paint has dried, attach the candles with a bit of melted wax and hang that baby up!! Lookin good my friend.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mirko Ilić: Eye to Hand

A new book, Mirko Ilić: Eye to Hand by Dejan Kršić (MikserBooks, Belgrade) reveals art director, designer, illustrator, author and Printcontributor, Mirko Ilić as he's not been seen in the West (or New York) before. The wealth of material he created and produced found in this 300 page plus retrospective volume spans his comics, posters, magazine and record covers from Serbia and Croatia before emigrating, up to and through his American output during the past 25 years.

Monday, July 4, 2011

A Celebration - in sunsets....

Another fabulous weekend, man I love summer!! 

This weekend was better than average, 3 days long and a celebration of Canada! (Hey! Thats where I live!) Whoot whoot! I spent this year's holiday like many others before. By basking in the splendor that is my country. Sunshine, fresh water, and wind in my hair! Ohh la la. A day on the boat!! Unfortunately I did not make it until fireworks time. So I decided to re-live last year's fireworks.... it all started with a sunset.... and ended with a bang!

Scary? or Painful? I can't decide.

Sometimes I just don't "get" parade float themes...

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Need to Smile for a while?

Now once in a while I need a little cheering up, and its not always appropriate to chug a box of wine or push over a display rack, So I have to find another way. I turn to my oldest friend Ye ole internet. Sure there's lots of videos on YouTube that would probably make me laugh, but I don't have the patience to sit through the 2minute long video to get the "funny". I am a spoiled Internet surfer and if its not amusing me in 7seconds, I'm moving on sweetheart. 

So what's my impatient ass using for amusing? 

A collection of amusing and interesting comics. Natalie Dee's website seems to be updated pretty regularly, which works for my demanding want for MORE. She also sells shirts to keep her site funded. Check em out here. I am debating on buying the skull shirt or the Gangster one, they are both pretty sweet... maybe one day the Pigaloo shirt will be available.... a girl can dream. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Birds eye view...

Video camera stolen by a Seagull captures some "high fallootin" imagery

I guess it seems possible that a bird could steal a camera.... amazing that it was "rolling" and was found in tact. ... I'm getting an idea... gonna need some birdseed and a camera with gps.