A couple weeks before Christmas 2021, I impulsively decided to make resin suncatchers for my friends and family. I had only worked with resin once before, but the end result turned out really nice so I wanted to try it again. I was kind of running out of idea for homemade gifts anyway, so it was a good time to expand my repertoire.
I have kind of an addiction to picking up furniture I see on the side of the road. Every time I leave the house, I keep an eye out for stuff that’s been left on the curb to see if there’s anything good, and every so often I find a gem. Restoring furniture that I got for free is a ton of fun because I can do whatever I want to it without fearing that I’m going to ruin it. After all, it was intended to be thrown away, so who cares what I do to it?
Last summer I spent just about every sunny day out on my back deck. It was very nice to work from home while sitting outside with my laptop, listening to the birds. And it was even more lovely in the evenings, listening to the chittering of dozens of chimney swifts swooping overhead.
Since the pandemic started, I’ve been getting into a lot of home decor projects. During the summer it was all outdoor projects, but as soon as it got cold outside I started painting my rooms and scouring Pinterest for decor ideas.
After my last laser project, I was out of locations to make into topographical maps, which meant I had no idea what gifts to make people this year for Christmas. I knew I wanted to make something on the Glowforge because it makes my amateur art projects look really professional, but I had no ideaContinue reading “Laser cut resin jewelry”
[Part 1 here] Let me tell you, friends, this project was a big one, and I made it bigger by making more dumb mistakes. First, I found a topographical map of Mars that was made in 1993. It was only after tracing the entire thing that I learned the first of two important facts: weContinue reading “Laser art part 2: Mars”
Last year I got my hands on a Glowforge Pro laser cutter. It’s not mine (it may be cheap for a laser cutter but it’s not actually CHEAP) but I needed to learn how to use it, and what better way to do that than try my hand at making some art. Glowforge has aContinue reading “Laser art part 1: Cape Cod Bay”
We got Skittles in October of 1998 from a family who was overrun with cats. We actually intended to get a different cat, but when we went to visit, the cat we had picked out was skittish and unfriendly, and we already had one of those. Then Skittles came bouncing into the room with a handful of other kittens, and she was the one we went with.
I’m dog- and cat-sitting for my brother this week, while he and his girlfriend travel to San Diego. The cat, Midnight, is sweet but shy and likes to keep her distance from the dog, who’s a little too energetic for her. The dog, Barley, desperately wants to SNIFF HER FACE OH MY GOD WHAT DOContinue reading “Art of the Day: Barley”
Nineteen-ish years ago, when my family was moving houses, my parents decided that we needed a new cat. My mother and I were both allergic, but we adored cats, so we decided it was worth it. At the farm supply store in town, they were selling the kittens of a feral cat. We bought aContinue reading “Art of the Day: My kitty, RIP”