Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Home Progress!

Since I keep unwittingly buying duplicate items of furniture that my aunt Marty used to have, I am interested to find out if she also had one of these Heywood-Wakefield "Sculptura" end tables. Originally blonde, someone stained this one dark. Made in the '50s, we found this one this weekend at our favorite resale shop. Score! Made of solid birch, this is real furniture. It's heavy!

Living room from different angles, with the FlexSteel couch, two mushroom lamps, Lane end tables and Lane coffeetable, with period chairs. Curtains made by me from fabric purchased in Honolulu. Click to enlarge the photo.

We put new French doors leading to the patio from both the living room and the green dining room....

Living room...bamboo print purchased in Honolulu from Yuri Farrant. Surfboard tiki dude panels on each side are by Westwood Chadwick...wood surf tikis mounted on metal.

This is a photo of Yuri Farrant when we made the purchase...An Emmy award winning cinematographer, he has worked on movies such as "What Dreams May Come" and "Abyss" among many others, and loads of commercials.

Incense holder I assembled...project idea from a book my mom gave me, "Handmade Modern" by Todd Oldham.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

More Countdown to Cookout Photos

Installing a curtain rod at 11 PM.

It's all coming together...

L to R: carving from Africa that a former beau brought to my grandmother many years ago; Hawaiian tiki given to me by my own beau, Mitch; carved statue we bought from a roadside artist on St. Lucia, West Indies.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Morning Yard

I was making coffee this morning, in a town I might add, and I saw this outside my window:

The deer was snuffling around some fallen bird seed on the ground...right above it, totally frozen and motionless, was this:

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Countdown to Cookout

We invited four friends over for a cookout this coming Saturday as a deadline to get the main level of our house completed. Will we succeed? Or will we crash and burn? In either case, we will still have fun.

BEFORE photo: Floor level cabinet. Ugly hospital mint green paint. Broken rail for cabinet door, door overly coated with paint, awkward toe kick under cabinet.

After: Cheerful yellow paint, brand new track for the door, brand new door into which Mitch placed new thumb handles, eliminated toe kick and made uniform trim.

Before: 1960's sliding glass doors were not energy efficient. Could feel the heat coming in. The brown door to the right was dour and also not energy efficient, because they used an interior door for an exterior doorway which makes no sense.

The red oak floors are also new in both shots. Previously the underfloor was rotten and springy, and the top flooring was some kind of synthetic material with wood grain printed on it. Mitch put in new, random length oak floors and we finished them ourselves.

After. New outer door, two new French doors, paint.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Isaac and Blanket and Love

I assure you, this isn't going to turn into a baby blog! But these photos are too cute to resist posting.

Isaac with my sister, Auntie Sarah.

This is what a no-drug, natural childbirth, breastfed baby looks like at 1 day old. Check him OUT!

Here he is on the blanket I knitted. I hope it will become a treasure to him.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Baby Blanket for Isaac

Here's the baby blanket that I knitted for Isaac. Pattern is "Moderne Baby Blanket" from the book Mason-Dixon Knitting.

More Isaac Photos

My brother, Elie, and his newborn son, Isaac.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Isaac Hoffman

My nephew Isaac, the first grandchild in the family, was born in the wee hours of the morning. Over 9 lbs. Labor went on for 5 days. And my mom, Mitch and I had to leave town before he was born...grandmother Mama Lee had been there for about a week and a half. Issac was a week and a half overdue. Grandpa Don and Aunt Sarah arrived later and were able to be there for the Big Event.

My brother, Elie, with his son.

Mom Alayna today with Isaac.

Last night...

My sister Sarah with our nephew.

Grandpa Don!