27 May 2011

mmmm ... woody ... again!

Not the most groundbreaking innovation, but people seem to be astounded and confounded ... lots of "Where did you get that???" comments.
The hard part was choosing what colour woodgrain we liked best, but after that it was just a quick session of snipping and the veneer was on ...
Hey presto - a woodgrain macbook.
Will take a pic of my dodgy 'faux-timber faux-mac' Toshiba at some stage - always good to see the evolution of concept.

ugly can still be beautiful

How to make an eyesore make people smile ...

21 May 2011


Always nice to freshen things up with a big re-jig at the shop ... anybody walking past on Friday would have thought we were converting to a sidewalk market - everything out, chairs all over the place ...

But by sundown it was all back in and looking good again ... ahhhh.

Now it's time to part with a few pieces and make space ... for the next rearrange.

12 May 2011

open fire!

After maybe 2 years of scouring ebay and generally keeping our eyes peeled, we finally got lucky on a fireplace for the farm. 
The house has a little potbelly stove, which does a pretty good job of warming things up, but only takes really small logs, and lacks the 'open' factor we've been longing for - can't see flames, so how can it be warm?
And besides, there are enough fallen trees around the back paddock to feed a serious blaze every night of the year ...
We've been bidding on various copper 'hood' thype things - very 70's, but definitely the right shape for our space.  They weren't coming up too often, and we got outbid on at least 3 or 5 we were serious about ... just never quite got lucky on a sub $300 one within driving distance.

Got kind of excited seeing one not too far from home, with a caramel coloured enamel finish.  This is how it looked on the listing -
 We did a 'what the hey' and put in a fairly serious bid, then left town (and internet access) for a couple of days.  Whadda you know - got home and there was the congratulatory message in our inbox ... ours for $60!
The seller was really lovely, AND had it all neatly dismantled and packed up for us at pickup time.  We wrapped everything up and filled the van with all those bits of flue and chimney that you kind of forget about, and took her up to await installation.
Promise, soon as the rain lets up I'll get up on the roof and cut that hole ... how hard could it be?

06 May 2011

street art

Yes vs No.

Good fun.  And it used to just be a wall.

David Lynch, odd man.

Like that's a revelation.

Was over at Door Sixteen a couple of days ago (a reliably interesting blog, for sure, by a reformed Manhattanite - Anna), and was totally entralled by this commercial.  David Lynch selling his own brand of coffee ...that would be David Lynch Signature Cup Coffee, of course ... and what a compelling ad he has made.

David Lynch Signature Cup Coffee from David Lynch.

Just a glass of water for now, thanks.

woody clocks

Love fake woodgrain, love clocks ... some selections from our collection ...
 The classic nasty plastic cuckoo ...

 Traditional Smiths wood-face ... dad had one of these on his office wall in the '70's, and we've managed to pick up a couple over the years.

 Our Junghans, with what appears to be woodgrain con-tact for decoration ...

This is one we received from Sweden - originally it was electric, but a bit temperamental - new works, new hands, good as gold now.

Of course, no collection of woody clocks feels right without a few plastic woodgrain animals on the walls around them ... we have a few deer-head barometers, but our cow-head with cow-bells (souvenir of Salzburg, no less) is extra-special.
Her (his?) face is flock-coated for extra realism (despite the scale suggesting that the beast may have been the size of a chihuahua at time of mounting).  Good kitsch.