Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Family Framing

Every Mother’s Day, I get to pick a favorite small project to be done. This year I asked Bill to build a frame for Leif’s small (5" X 8") boat painting he did last summer, from our beach at Old Farm. We designed a wooden frame that is stepped and simple, which I will paint two shades of gray (a Scandinavian style). Several of Leif's paintings have been framed this way, and seem to fit in anywhere.The frame is 1 1/2" deep, so this painting sits on a dresser in the foyer of Old Farm.

I have made note cards using a picture of this painting, by printing them at a color Xerox center on a nice paper stock, with documentation on the back. Two cards fit on an 8 1/2” X 11” sheet of paper and then fold to fit in a 4 1/2” X 6” envelope. I usually buy the paper and envelopes to match at a “paper by the pound” type of store.

So Sweet...

Leif made this painting of his girlfriend while they were in high school (it is still waiting for a new frame) and I think it was a sweet gesture and painting. They moved on in different directions, but Leif has allowed me to share the painting and study on my blog.

 Study..."Prom Dress"

Self Portrait...


Carvings for the Cape

Having a couple of carved birds at the Cape, seemed a natural idea, when I spotted these two vintage red birds at the Tomato Factory (a group of antique stores) in Hopewell. This spring I have seen so many red cardinals and pretty birds in my new garden at Old Farm, and this pair haunted me for a few days.  I am thinking how sweet these will look in the new little red bedroom?

Here are bird carvings that Christian and Leif did when they were little and have been on our Hopewell kitchen counter ever since…

My Friend Fritz

You can find pictures of Fritz Karch and his vintage (recycled) wardrobe in “Time Out New York”, or his Manhattan apartment in “An Afternoon With” on-line, but you may have seen some of his brilliant collections in Martha Stewart's Magazine or here in Hopewell at the Tomato Factory. I was lucky to work with Fritz in advertising years ago when his home apartment in Hopewell was mostly walls of white shelves holding collections of all the miniature GE refrigerator models, early and sculpture-like toasters, every Monopoly game ever made, etc. He moved on to fill barns and buildings and become Martha Stewart’s remarkable Editorial Director For Collecting. On Sundays I sometimes still see Fritz at a flea market or the Tomato Factory though, where his advice and vintage collections are captivating - such as those red birds. (photograph credit to come).

Upstairs at the Tomato Factory are some bigger items; some vintage and some antique. I sent Bill here to pick-up two painted boat oars ($30 for both) whose colors I really liked and had suddenly found spots for while working at Old Farm. The eaves upstairs were telling me "I need a boat oar on me".

Sunday, May 13, 2012

More Mulch – A Garden Update

It is spring and I have weeded, pruned, and mulched the new gardens at Old Farm… with the dogwoods and lilacs blooming around me. Everything newly planted survived the winter – even though I was still planting in February this year! I have put down 7 cubic yards of “chocolate” mulch, which seemed the nicest local selection, and made a 4"-5” ground cover to discourage the old weeds from returning. This garden is rather low, so we can continue to watch the birds fly through and hunt around in it, as well as watch it bloom from the lawn chairs or kitchen windows.

Notice the nice new grass edge along the brick walkways? Alex was able to get the old grass edger that came with Old Farm working, after some experimenting (this included going backwards) and perseverance. He also re-wired and replaced our outdoor spotlights on the corner of both buildings, which light the driveway and side deck. Hooray!

 I feel lucky to have two deep purple old original lilacs at Old Farm; one in the front and one in the back.

Beginning to Bloom...


Alex surfs all year long and is teaching Christian, so you can see the old Jeep we found getting ready to go?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Bolstering Beds

I made these padded fabric panels (for less then $20) to add to the boy’s Scandinavian antique youth bed headboards, for the small bedroom at Old Farm. The panels are built using thick cardboard, two layers of 1” quilt batting, upholstery cording and fabric (I used less than a yard of left-over fabric), lining fabric (left-over white twill from the bed skirts I made), and sticky-backed Velcro. They took just a day to make, and I will love seeing the boys sleeping next to these headboards again. Please e-mail me for directions on how to make these.

Before Assembling...