Saturday, December 16, 2006

Felt Earrings

A series of these felt earrings just listed on Etsy.com. Part of my Recycled Rosie series of items made from recycled sweaters! I carefully wash and dry unloved wool sweaters which turns them into felt. The yarn used in this pair of earrings also used to be a sweater, this time a silk one that I unraveled and re-dyed using food safe dyes in my kitchen. I strive for a variety of colors in the yarn so you get a mix of shades. The beads are wired in place with sterling silver and the whole thing hangs from sterling silver lever back earwires.

There is an orange disk with carnelian and copper colored pearl, and aqua pair with pearl and apatite and a pink pair with pearl and rose quartz.
Find this series at my etsy shop http://www.paganodesignworks.etsy.com
see a similar series at Bohemia Gallery in Tucson

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Dotty Purse (recycled sweater felt!)


Dotty is part of the Recycled Rosie series of items I make from recycled sweater felt. Six different colors of sweater felt plus a polka dotted silk blouse make up the majority of this small-ish handbag. You still get to use one of the shirt pockets, now inside for your cell phone or lipstick! Dotty measures 11” wide, 7” tall and handles hang about 5 inches. Each dot is carefully sewn on with embroidery floss and topped with a vintage button. The bag is edged in recycled silk yarn that I hand-dyed in my kitchen. Yes, that means this yarn was a sweater too! The bag closes with a tiny magenta button tab closure.

Look for Dotty in my Etsy store at http://paganodesignworks.etsy.com/ or email me for information regarding availability.

Ebony Geometry Necklace


Ebony Geometry Necklace
I brought a bunch of my chunkiest, nuggetiest jewelry to Bohemia gallery in Tucson today. Since some of those pieces will need to be taken out of my Etsy store, they won’t be visible online anymore. What a perfect time to start my Cata-blog! Here you will be able to see many of my creations, new and old. They will remain here even once they sell, so you can get a sense of what kinds of things I do.

The Ebony Geometry necklace was a featured item on Etsy soon after I listed it, and got many positive comments. It is made of Tiger Ebony wood beads and sterling silver. I like how the negative spaces made by the holes in the biggest beads are visually matched with the brushed sterling rounds. There is a chain at the back which allows you to adjust the necklace to the perfect length from 17 1/2″ to 24″. This necklace is very comfortable since all the beads are flat. You get the hefty size of jewelry with presence, without the weight of hefty beads! Please contact me to find out if Ebony Geometry is still available.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

master bath july


master bath july
Originally uploaded by Jenandmen.
Again, counters look great with the sink, but they didn't cut the faucet hole and sink may be set too far back. We'll see what happens. (it's always something...) But I know Rojo's is reliable.

guest bath july


guest bath july
Originally uploaded by Jenandmen.
The color of the counter looks great with the sink and the lights. They concrete guys forgot to cut the hole for the faucet. I hope there is room given where they put the sink...they may be redoing this.

kitchen july


kitchen july
Originally uploaded by Jenandmen.
See? The lines really don't look out of whack in here. The color of the floors is just about the same color as the oak edge detail on the counters, and the hyacinth chairs.

Floor is finished!


living room
Originally uploaded by Jenandmen.
Here is the living room, standing in the entry area. The sofa's look a bit pasty in this photo, but they are not. They look nice with the floor.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

finish sample 3


finish sample 3
Originally uploaded by Jenandmen.
Finally, a light layer of gray-black. There is a laminate sample next to the concrete square. This is where we pulled the colors from. I brought in a sofa cushion and one of the dining chairs to check the color. They looked very nice together. The floor is not too light or dark, not too pink or yellow. It is going to be a nice neutral backdrop for furniture and rugs and added color on the wall.

finish sample 2


finishsample2
Originally uploaded by Jenandmen.
Now, another light layer of dark brown swirled on over the other colors...

finish sample 1


finish sample 1
Originally uploaded by Jenandmen.
Now the artistic part! This is just a sample square, which will be gone over later. It has the base coat rolled on and then they dip a damp rag in a terra cotta color and thinly swirl it on.

finish sample 1


finish sample 1
Originally uploaded by Jenandmen.
Now the artistic part! This is just a sample square, which will be gone over later. It has the base coat rolled on and then they dip a damp rag in a terra cotta color and thinly swirl it on.

Starting to stain.


rolling on first coat
Originally uploaded by Jenandmen.
After the lines were laid out in tape, a second coat of concrete was spread on the floor and the tape pulled up, leaving "grout" lines. This second coat is a buff color...actually attractive all by itself! After that dried, the guys begin to stain the concrete. A base coat of stain is rolled on, just like painting a wall.

The way the kitchen grout lines fell


kitchen with lines
Originally uploaded by Jenandmen.
There was some debate about how to lay out the lines. I was concerned that we may end up with tiny pieces of squares that would look out of place and off center in the kitchen and hall. I tried drawing it out many ways...with borders or change of scale...but it got very complicated, very quickly. We finally decided to go with a simple 30" square centered in the front entry and radiating from there. This photo shows how the lines ended up in the kitchen.

Concrete floors


livingroomwith lines
Originally uploaded by Jenandmen.
I'm in the far corner of the living room, looking back towards the front door. You can see that the tiles are gone from the entry, and that the grout lines have been laid. This is a cool process! First, they spread a thin coat of gray concrete mix very thinly over the existing slab. Then they lay out the lines with skinny tape.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Entry


Entry
Originally uploaded by Jenandmen.
Here is the view of the floor without its lovely Harvest Gold patterned tiles. It looks bigger already. Wouldn't it be pretty to see a beautiful courtyard through the front door?

Living room


Living room
Originally uploaded by Jenandmen.
Progress! Here is the freshly painted living room without its carpet. The installers will float a layer of a concrete mix over the slab prior to staining.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

no popcorn!


no popcorn
Originally uploaded by Jenandmen.
Here is a view of the living room, towards the dining room, sans poporn texture. Next the electrician and then the plasterer will retexture the ceiling. Finally, paint!

where the hood will go


where the hood will go
Originally uploaded by Jenandmen.
Here is the stove location, without the range...
Happily, the vent is actually heading out of the house, up through the roof.

We will be putting in a micro hood over a new range, instead of opening up the wall. The new appliances will be so much more attractive than the original huge range unit.

House without monster shrub


House without monster shrub
Originally uploaded by Jenandmen.
Look! No Monster shrub! The front yard now looks so much bigger. The neighbors said they had never seen the front window before. There is some kind of irrigation line extending out under the window, and we need to add some more rock ground cover. Also, the root still needs to be cut down a bit more. Evidently...it is really hard wood.