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Naked Lady

Here’s another carving project for you, only on a much smaller scale. I work at a studio at our art museum occasionally doing lost-wax metal…

September 12, 2005 | 0 Comments | Read the Full Article

Am Not.

Last week my somewhat distant neighbor, who also happens to be my somewhat distant cousin, stops by with our mutual friend  and co-worker Felix*. (Both…

September 8, 2005 | 0 Comments | Read the Full Article

Crooked Broom

There are a couple of design issues that occur in an 80 year old house. One of them is that there are no open spaces….

September 6, 2005 | 11 Comments | Read the Full Article

My Red Lipstick

I recently read an excerpt from a book called something like “Why I wore lipstick to my masectomy surgery.” If that one chapter was so incredibly profound,…

August 1, 2005 | 1 Comment | Read the Full Article


It’s been a while since I last posted. That lull I was talking about ended with a vengeance, and I haven’t had much time for…

Basement Transformation

In my basement I am lucky enough to have a room with a hardwood floor and a fireplace. Unfortunately the crazy scotch-tape wielding previous owners…

The Crooked Kitchen

Academically speaking, I know that the walls in my house aren’t straight. I mean, anything we’ve tried to do that requires straight walls– marking off…

Wherein I break a box of tile over a contractors head.

You want to know why I’m a firm believer in DIY? This is why.I have been working my butt off at the house. Plastering, painting, cutting…

April 14, 2005 | 2 Comments | Read the Full Article

Lesson Two: Painting Swirls

Step 1: Color For swirls or any real “busy” design I like to keep the colors I use within a few shades of each other….

April 2, 2005 | 1 Comment | Read the Full Article

Back to Business & Bathrooms

 Everyone in the construction industry around Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan just realized it was spring… There’ s no happy medium at the block plant,…

The Life-Cycle of a Kitchen

 The Life-Cycle of a Kitchen I picture this post as a kind of time-lapse video where the flower grows up from a seed in the…

March 30, 2005 | 0 Comments | Read the Full Article

Oh. Dear. God.

There is no other way to put this. I broke my house.Let me explain the sequence of events here: 1.) Go to Vegas for my…

January 27, 2005 | 3 Comments | Read the Full Article

Lesson One: How to get rid of a Smell

In the world of eighty year old homes lived in by eighty year old people, there is only one sure way to get rid of…

January 10, 2005 | 2 Comments | Read the Full Article


I bought a house that was previously owned by color-blind, shelf-happy, eighty year old people who thought that the best way to patch a hole…

December 9, 2004 | 4 Comments | Read the Full Article