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Thursday, August 27

Reagan, Nixon and croquet sticks

A simple yet elegant upcycle of some beautiful croquet sticks.  

Starring a photogenic 6 year old, Presidents Nixon and Reagan. Naturally.  These beauties will be for sale at Loop.  Come check them out!

Sunday, July 12

I'm baaaaaack

After a long hiatus, that I blame on academia (back-to-back adjuncting gigs), I am BACK.  Taking such a long break from creating makes me realize what an important part of my life it is.  Teaching definitely provides creative outlet, but there's nothing like walking into my fantastic new studio and turning something beautiful into something else equally as beautiful, and much more useful.

Today's project picks up from where I left off, when there was snow on the ground.  Remember the ties I scored from Loot?

Here are the ties...
Male by Paul!
...and here are the earrings.  Simple, sweet and so '50s.  What Betty Draper wore the first season of Mad Men, when she was still in love with Don...

Saturday, December 13

Male by Paul

Rather heteronormative, Male by Paul, but then again, this was the 50's.  Not a lot of women wearing ties back then.  I'm thinking vintage-looking button earrings with these gorgeous ties, picked up at Loot yesterday.  

And speaking of Loot, I'm now selling yardstick business card holders and croquet mallet candlesticks there!  Great news for Franklin County....

Friday, December 12

finding creations new homes

It's the best feeling to sell my creations and wonder about the new homes they will have.  I'm especially lucky when I sell to friends, because then I know exactly where they go.  

Exhibit A, "Massachusetts" business card holder, now appropriately residing at the University of Massachusetts.

Thursday, November 20

a mechanic's creeper in your living room

Several months ago, I posted about the kind of New England fall day where you feel like you are in a Yankee Magazine article.  We headed up to the Ashfield Fall Festival, where men proudly wear tee-shirts emblazoned "eat more kale" and kids decorate pumpkins and eat maple cotton candy (ok, adults, too).  We stopped at a tag sale that was held inside a covered bridge.  Right?  

I spied not one but two service station creepers.  Along with the creepers (two for the price of one!), I learned that the guy who sold them to me used to have long hair, which got stuck in the creeper wheels when he worked at the now defunct Norm's Service Station in downtown Ashfield.  That story just increased the value of my creepers a million fold.  And made me think I really needed to remove the head rests.

I did just that.  Removed the head rests.  Gross.  Here are the befores:

smash proof
a good thing in a creeper

an untuned car is trouble

sweetest fall festival ever

These creepers were gorgeous, but they had seen the underbellies of a lot of cars.  Hello, epoxy!  I gave them a gorgeous layer of epoxy which gave them a smooth, clear and thick layer of cleanliness.  A good and unusual thing in a creeper.  

Then, for the legs.  The sexy skinny Don Draper era legs were salvaged off of a gross, bright red table top rescued from the side of the road.  The sexy curvy table legs were purchased at a local tag sale, to the curiosity of many. 

The wheels, the very essence of the creeper, stayed put.  You can see the wear and tear and imagine all of those enormous gas guzzling cars of the 50's and 60's getting all fixed up at Norm's.

And voila, the most beautiful and unique tables you could ever wish to have.  And if you have car trouble, you have a creeper.

And now, I offer you daytime creeper table and nighttime creeper table.  Enjoy.