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Fay….

18 Aug

No Diving!

Originally uploaded by CleverGirlBek

Here she comes….

Bubble Club & Prince Aha

23 Apr

Bubble Club & Prince Aha

Originally uploaded by CleverGirlBek

OK. So this photo doesn’t really *have* to be in black and white… The stools are in “Pigeon” (dark gray) and the Bubble Club chair is in Light Gray… I decided to make our Lanai more like an outdoor living room because with just a little dining table and chairs nobody was using it and I’ve finally admitted to myself (and my family) that the kitchen table will always be my work table (it’s indestructible and a little industrial but still curvy and a little antique-y looking. Um. Kind of like me these days?)…

Anyway, I still have a love of color, but my lust for color and patterns changes frequently, so the furniture on the lanai is like a blank canvas. Splashes of color will be added shortly for optimal punch and versatility.

Please excuse me, I do have to go back to sitting on my lanai (what we call a screened-in-porch here in Florida) and sipping my tea while enjoying a rambunctious game of hi-ho-cherrio with boyo and baldguy….

I’ll keep updating…

Oh and for out-of-this-world service please visit Circa50 (they carry the Bubble Club series and the Prince Aha stools…there service and expertise is unparalleled)

Mama’s Brand New Drawers!

29 Mar

*swoon*

Originally uploaded by CleverGirlBek

Ok. I finally did it. I finally had enough of my little small parts boxes stacked high in their bright orange Black & Decker caddies…
So I took some measurements and did some research…

It’s a pretty obvious solution to my small-parts storage needs (in this case my bead collection) but it took awhile to get here….

My wants (wishes) were:
-able to keep dust out
-mobile within our home (casters, or overall portability)
-easily transportable outside the home (in case of emergency, but not a “you have 5 minutes to get out of the house and have to spend a week in a shelter” sort of emergency…. I do have my priorities straight.)

I researched a few options, and eventually decided to invest in a steel literature sorter- like the ones used in schools as mailboxes for the teachers… Sheesh, again with the old office stuff floating my boat…..

I already had all of these (ok. 30 of them, 24 are being used, 6 are just waiting for occupants) small parts boxes with lids… I figured I could put them in my (rather large considering I’m not a clothes junkie) closet and give each box a bin….Nicer and easier and less noisy (and frankly, hard on my old bones and muscles these days which really don’t take kindly to much lately) than pulling them in and out of the plastic caddies they came with.

Well, earlier this week I took another look at topdeq.com’s offerings (I have been getting their catalog since way back when) and my brain just decided to do the math…. I realized I could fit 2 tackle container things in each drawer- totally releasing the concept of buying the Bisley brand drawer dividers (at $10-$18 a pop and still not enough spaces per drawer for my liking)….

So I ordered…

I wound up with this beauty…. This is a Bisley unit, purchased from Topdeq.com, and delivered yesterday by freight. It has 15 drawers…Each drawer measures 2″ x 12″ x 16″…. Each drawer fits two of my little small part tackle boxes with a little wiggle room- just enough to put that hank or two, or bag of beads, where I can have a visual reminder of it (hugely important with my ADD and creating- I tend to have stuff everywhere because with me out of sight out of mind holds so true) when I open up the drawer of similar beads….

Anyway, this came with a plinth (steel riser) and I bought the caster attachment to go with the unit… So off came the plinth and on went the casters….

I busted the hinged lids off the little divided containers -with some success…. On some I had to cut a hinge, but the lids still fit on top, and if and when we do move and I need to transport everything I can just use some of those fabulous “h” rubber bands to hold everything secure….

So now I have a unit that holds all of my beads (I don’t like to buy more than a strand or two at a time as I get bored easily, so most beads fit in here)… And is organized…

And mobile….
And easily stashable (fits in the hall closet/linen closet…. Also tucks under my elevated kitchen bar area (43″ tall….Bisley unit is around 36″ I believe)….
Dust free…
Quiet….
and of course easy enough to use for a quick bead sort that I won’t put it off until I have a gallon bucket of loose beads (like now. *gulp*)….

It was delivered super fast- I ordered Monday night and got the call about delivery on Wednesday… Pretty awesome. And for the amount of space and comfort and peace of mind this creates, it was totally worth it, and no more expensive than the various other solutions I was looking at. Actually, as the drawers are such a great size, and not too deep, I wound up saving money and space…Yay!

I just need to pen some pretty labels for the drawers….

Oh and here is a picture of one of the drawers (with a freshly started small parts, tackle bin/thing, hence it has space to add more yippee!)….

drawers

My only cons about this purchase:  I was instantly aware upon unpacking that I have many more spaces in my studio and home for rolling steel units and I have a pretty clear idea of what drawer sizes I need and hey, add a sturdy top to these badboys and I have a nice packing table…. Woohoo!

Also- the drawers don’t have stops. *gasp* So I will have to rig some up… Boyo has been warned that the drawers are not to play with, and I told him a dramatic bedtime story about what would happen if a drawer was pulled too far…. It involved beads, the shortcomings of our vacuum, and the dynamics of hard round things on tile flooring and tender little foot-soles….

I’ll list some of the other options I looked at shortly…. Some cool things for storing for folks like me that are combining family and work and art and then taming them into a happy and less frustrated ball of goodness.

Snow in Florida

15 Mar

Snow in Florida

Originally uploaded by CleverGirlBek

Ok. So boy is finally getting big guy furniture in his room… We chose steel shelving and avoided fiberboard type stuff just in case there is more to this offgassing thing… Hey, I’m uber-sensitive to new carpets and such, so we figured we’d give it the benefit of the doubt…

Anyway, baldguy was supposed to put shelves together last night. A dear friend we haven’t spoken to in forever called right as hubby was asking for the copy of the directions, so hubby took the phone and I put most of a unit together… My body is not happy with this decision today…

I figured that since I was inside a steel shelving unit screwing things together, hubby would keep track of boy…

Well, I peek out of shelves and see snow. Forget chemicals and offgassing worries about the furniture. Boy shredded about 5 cubic feet of styrofoam into a blizzard.

And you know what a bitch that stuff is to clean up.

Grrrrr.

Well, baldguy did clean it up…At least he cleaned up the stuff in the kitchen- of course when told to help boyo took off with a whirlwind of teensy white styrofoam balls swirling around so now they really are everywhere.

Ugh.

And I’m still feeling pretty lousy from 1. the contrast and barium from my test 2. my back is worse than ever from lifting stuff because otherwise boy will be in college before it gets done (and it not getting done will get blamed right back on me for some stupid reason…grrrrr) and 3. hubby dropped a 30lb steel shelf on my hand when he was “helping” last night… oh yeah, and I almost forgot (ha. ha.) boyo did ok at school this week, but not so good at home… Lots and lots of full blown freak-out tantrums. Typically late at night, but not night terrors…. His naps are off, so his sleep is off, and I’m moving stuff around which he doesn’t do well with (not big on the change thing, it seems)…. So I have also been blessed with a giant headache and I’m more exhausted than ever….

Going to go put a bag together for goodwill…. Hope everyone is doing well today…

*hugs*
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Gehry’s Blocks

14 Mar

Gehry’s Blocks

Originally uploaded by CleverGirlBek

Whenever I see simple but precise shapes and layers of cardboard I can’t help but think of Frank Gehry and his smaller-in-stature creations.

I’ll let boyo build with these…I’ll be interested to see how he fits the pieces together…. Might be fun…

Kiddo doesn’t play with character toys/dolls (well, except for “yes, a cat named Marty Cohen” and deelind’s bunny (Alex named him “Mr. Nada” because he is “Not a bunny”…well, according to him)….Still I wonder how Barbie would sit in these contemporary doll chairs….Hmmmm.

Then again, if anyone needs corner protectors for shipping, drop me a line…

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