Monthly Archives: August 2015

Mid-Century Modern Art Part II

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A week or so ago, I shared with you the pictures I’ve worked on for my sister Robin’s new mid-century modern home.  (See the post at this link: crapsmanship.com/2015/08/17/mid-century-modern-art-diy/) .  I gave Robin some choices about the design she wanted. (Frankly, I asked her to tell me if she really wanted the pictures at all).  She assented to accept the pictures, complete with mid-century modern design elements, as seen in the photo above.  I had to completely re-do the picture on the right due to my previous crapsmanship, using Sharpies to add the designs.  While these vases aren’t museum-worthy, or maybe not even wall-worthy, I’ll let Robin make the call actually hanging them in her house.  Robin, I’ll bring them next week when I visit Laurie Loo.

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Side Door Monogram

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I like to keep some sort of seasonal decoration on my side door.  It’s the door the family uses and the one I see most often.  From Memorial Day until Independence Day, I usually leave a patriotic-themed hanging and then change things out in early July  This year, I was unmotivated (as in lazy) and didn’t take my red, white, and blue decor down until mid-August.  It’s too damn hot, though, to think about fall decor (it’s been in the triple digits this month!), so I did this quick and easy momogram.  You know my obsession with monograms, right? Read the rest of this entry

Mid-Century Modern Art DIY

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My sister Robin just built the cutest 800 square-foot house you’ve ever seen!  With one bedroom, a living room, bathroom, kitchen, and lots of storage, the house is perfect for Robin and her husband Roger.  They’ve decorated it with white walls and pops of bright colors in a mid-century modern theme.  She has one blank wall to the left of her couch, and I offered to make some art for that spot.  Robin (wisely–she knows my penchant for crapsmanship) said I was welcome to make something, but she couldn’t guarantee that she would hang it.

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Olive Oil Preserved Basil

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Dan the Man and I have a lot of basil in our kitchen garden.  We love its fresh flavor and aroma.  I usually whip up a bunch of pesto each summer, freezing it in zip-lock bags for use all year long.  Last year, I made traditional pesto with pine nuts (expensive!), pesto with pistachios (not cheap but cheaper than pine nuts), and pesto using basil and mint.   Yum! Read the rest of this entry

Tassel Shadowbox

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I know, I know.  My photography skills are crap!  But in the case of this shadowbox, my crafting skills were spot on.  And easy as pie.  I bought a 11″ x 14″ shadowbox and a tassel that matched the brown colors I have in my master bath.  I covered the back cardboard piece of the shadowbox with some material I had left over from my bathroom curtains.  I then used a small section of Velcro on both the ball of the tassel and the back of the shadowbox.  This held the tassel completely, but I finished it with a pearl pin (at the top of the ‘s’ in the photo) stuck into the top loop.  Simple but elegant.