Friday, February 25, 2011

Chair Affair, Again

Most of the photos (befores and afters, so clever) of the chairs donated to NW Furniture Bank's Chair Affair are up on the website now. Check them out, and check out the artist bios too. I discovered that several of my friends have also done chairs this year. Take a look at the chairs painted by Betzy Miller, Jane McKittrick, Jena Marks, and Karen Perrine. Do I have talented friends, or what?

If you are interested in attending, this year's auction is Tuesday, March 8, 6-9 PM, at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Tickets are $50 per person. While guests are viewing and bidding on the wonderful chairs, they will be treated to a delicious buffet of hors d'oevres and desserts, along with complimentary wine and beer.  All proceeds from the auction go to NW Furniture Bank to further their mission in helping to restore hope, dignity, and stability in our community by recycling donated furniture to people in need. It's a good cause.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Bath. Finally.

You may remember a post some time ago regarding the bath remodel. Well, I can finally say the bath remodel is finished! This, for those of you brave enough to take a peek, is the Before. Lime green formica, pseudo-Spanish hardware,  and Congoleum from the early 1970's was never gonna come back in style, folks, no matter how long I waited.

So here is our gorgeous new bath, pretty enough for company. We designed it ourselves, and did most of the work ourselves too.

We gutted walls down to the studs, replaced galvanized pipes with copper, removed floor until you could actually see the dirt under the house. We designed the cabinets ourselves, and put in that lovely solar tube that lets light into this windowless room. We are fortunate that Mr. B's line of work involves commercial interiors. Being in the construction biz meant that the Italian tile floor was free, left over from a commercial job, the cabinet was built in the shop, and we could call in a few favors from business associates when drywall needed to be mudded or tile needed to be laid. So here are the details, in case anyone is curious:

Floor- Agglo Simplex "Santa Margherita"
Ceramic tile- stock Home Depot stuff
Glass tile- American Olean "Celedon"
Faucets- Price Pfister "Pasadena"
Fixtures Kohler (except the tub)
Paint- Benjamin Moore 1562 "Healing Aloe" on walls and "China White" on ceiling and trim
Counter- Corian "Linen"
Vanity- our own design in mahogany veneer
Artwork- Calla Lilies by our friend Rod Pilloud

And no, we do not fold the TP into hotel points as a rule. Mr. B will have his little jokes...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A CHAIRity Auction

I painted a chair for this year's Chair Affair auction, benefiting Northwest Furniture Bank.

I have donated many pieces of beadwork to charity auctions, but never a piece of furniture. It really was a lot of fun to paint. The chair has been finished for many weeks, but true to form, last Wednesday, the night before I needed to turn my chair in, I got the brilliant idea to make a little book telling about the inspiration for the designs on the chair. Why oh why do these brilliant ideas always come to me the night before they must be finished? Anyway, I did finish it, including information about Tibetan tiger rugs, the cintamani motif (the three balls in a triangle), and the very talented Cressida Bell, who has been a source of inspiration since I first saw her work. I look forward to attending the auction  on March 8, and seeing the chairs a few of my friends have painted.

Yes, I did paint and stitch the chair seat. That was a whole lotta running stitch, my friends!
In other news, the bathroom remodel is finally finished! I will post photos of our magazine-quality bath in the next few days, I promise. Besides the bathroom and the chair, my time has mostly been filled with the day jobs. One of which lately has been a night job. SeaTac Airport in the middle of the night is not the most exciting place, but it is easier to repair paint when there are fewer people around, so that is when it must be done. The good news is that next week is a school holiday, so studio, here I come!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Saving the Date

This is just a little Mom show-off time. My younger son and his lovely fiancee are getting married next summer, and their save-the-date card just arrived in our mailbox. The artwork for the card was done by their friend James Stowe, cartoonist and general all-around fab artist. Those of you who know these two can see what a great job Stowe did in capturing their likenesses.

As for me, the last two weeks have been work of the income-producing kind: a week-long job as a primary school librarian, and last week some painting at Macy's Bellevue, and wood restoration at a couple of restaurants in SeaTac airport. Meanwhile, I sketch and research when I can, and look forward to getting back into the studio soon. My new interest? Samurai armor. Yeah. It's always something.