Sunday, January 18, 2015

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Dish Good Enough to Eat

In at the world of home embellishment, dishes and glassware are the jewels. They come in such a vast array of colors, shimmers, shapes, and patterns.  How does a person choose just one set? I can not. Nor can I hide them away in a dark and lonely cabinet.

They must be on display!

See at Entropy the Shop

 See now at Entropy the Shop

See now at Entropy the Shop!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

You're A Shoe-In

I LOVE vintage shoes!!  It is very hard for me to resist a beautiful pair of vintage shoes when Klee and I go out treasure hunting at estate sales and such.  And then I hoard them for a period of time before I convince myself to let them go and list them in our shop.  So the following are the my most recent contributions to the world of vintage fashion.
You're welcome.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Because Growing Tomatoes in A Tomato Cage is So Cliche

When we first moved into this home it was equipped with the typical 80's brass light fixtures.  I decided they had to go but I didn't have a suitable replacement.  After some garage scavenging and a few creative mishaps, this tomato cage pendant lamp came to life.    

Over the years it has morphed with the seasons: sparkling with shiny ornaments, displaying treasured postcards, and anchoring celebratory balloons and streamers.  We've grown to love our unique luminescent center piece. 

Klee has been encouraging me to make more tomato cage lamps for Entropy the Shop but the intimidation of the project has stunted my willingness to comply.  I can create elements for my home, but the prospect of making the same piece for someone else can be daunting.

Well, I finally decided to tame the beast.  Here she is…

 That was fun!  I think I'll make more.

Monday, January 20, 2014

All the Pretty Pinwheels

I love pinwheels.
There is an innocence to pinwheels that takes me back to my grade school desk where I spent hours drawing pictures of my fantasy houses, writing letters in super secret code, and meticulously folding paper into fans and pinwheels.

And yet, there is an elegance to pinwheels.  
The power of a chic and suspiciously simple circle should not be underestimated.

I fashion my precious pinwheels out of any medium that works: Handmade specialty paper, tissue paper, pages from old books and magazines, and discarded fabric samples.

I don these spherical treasures all throughout my house.  
I hang them on the walls, around the windows, as ornaments; and I apply them as embellishments to lamps, gift baskets, and tin cans.   

And, though pinwheels may appear to be an elementary craft of childhood whimsy, they can be time-consuming and challenging to assemble.  Pinwheel mastery is a practice in patience; the potential undoing of the unsuspecting perfectionist.  
But lucky for you, we sell them in our shop!  

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Is There No End to the Fabulousness of Pallets?

My son, Elliott, recently turned three.  After months of watching him climb in and out of his crib, we decided a toddler bed might be in order.  So, you know what they say about necessity and invention…

I started by finding an appropriately sized shipping pallet 

I then dug through my many cans of paint #hoardinghasanupside to find possible color options

I didn't love the blue, so I went with a yellowish sample.  I used a sponge to apply the paint quickly over the sanded, but still rugged wood.  Once the paint was dry I securely attached four industrial wheels to the bottom of the pallet.

Finally, we placed the crib mattress on Elliott's new "platform" toddler bed.  Just in time for him to grow out of it.