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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Question for the professional designers... on: August 06, 2005 03:18:27 PM
Okay- so it's not my main profession- more like an avocation...  Anyway- I was asked to help a rather hoity-toytie social group do a "Christmas in July" party. One of the head patrons of the group had been to my place for a holiday dinner party- was floored at my decor and asked me to do her home last year...  No worries...  Everything was cool.  She, by the way, was a 'must invite' to that dinner- but turned out to be a really cool lady and we've become friends- we often run into each other at galleries and have dinner like once a month...  So I did this party for them---  and the whole time I'm scrambling for materials 'cause- well, it's JUNE...  What I can't buy I fabricate and bill out for materials and time so it's no worries...   
Anyway- there were a few things that I had to use from my own stash that just couldn't be found/bought in time...  No biggie- I explain to her that they're MINE and just on loan for the event.  And we're cool with that.  In fact, I'm thanked profusely for it---  Cool.

Turns out now that one of the patrons was pretty taken with the decor of the party and basically wants to buy one of my reception setups...  She, of course, doesn't want to anger this patron and says that some of the pieces were on loan from the designer.  *I'm still blushing that they liked my work that much*- There's one piece that I just don't want to part with.  It's easily replaceable- it's just this particular one has a lot of intrinsic value to me- my old Flexible Flyer...  Normally it's over my front door mounted on the wall as a shelf in the entryway...  I've had it since I was 2- and have even made peace with it for the scar on my chin...  I explain this to my friend- and offer to find an suitable replacement.  She then explains that the patron's offer is somewhat astronomical given the antiques involoved (in my opinion it was indeed quite generous- my jaw dropped) and asks if I'll reconsider...  This would definitely lead to more work along these lines as well.  And it's something I truly do enjoy...

Now here's the question I'm sure you saw coming...  I know designers frequently pull from their own stash for clients- 'cause well- we have style and know the creative potential of objects (especially those rare finds) when we see them...  I don't mind parting with the sleigh bells or the feather trees--- They were great finds- but to me they're other people's antiques.  But the sled...  It's really breaking my heart...  And it kinda annoys me that it does this...  At what point do you put on the brakes?  Should I have never included it in the first place- given that the intentions were clear from the start I didn't think it was a problem...  Am I being silly about this?  Should I just give in and look for future jobs like this?  (Keep in mind, the same patron's inquired about the tree I did for my friend- who multiplied my fee tenfold and was told I was a "Find!")

Like I said, this isn't my profession- though it probably should be...  I'm a computer tech and am happy doing that-- this is just something I'm good at that lets me vent creatively...  I'm not a "client" kinda guy... 

I dunno...

Suggestions?  Advice???  Anyone?

Thanks!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / So Excited! My first machine! on: July 22, 2005 06:26:36 AM
Eeeep!
I'm so excited!  I ordered it today--- my very first sewing machine!
None of my friends understand my excitement over this--- so I figured I'd post here- if anyone can understand the joys/thrills/fears/hopes of a first sewing machine, fellow Crafters could...
It's a Brother XR-40- from what I understand it comes from a loving home and has been to the shop and gotten all it's shots & servicing prior to comin' to me.  I think I'm naming it Herb--- and he should be settled in at his new home by Monday...
*smiles wide*

Just thought I'd share...
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Tattoo bathroom... on: July 14, 2005 12:16:31 PM
Okay- so my bathroom's always been a little "different" from the rest of my place--- I kinda use that one room as a design jewel box to go nuts and do something over the top--- I've had everything from Ultra Luxe spa- to mad scientist- to 40's kitsch--- now I'm going with "Tattoo Parlor."  I've gotten some sheets of flash to frame and hang--- and an ancient (we're talking cloth-wrapped wires) gun to shadowbox- and have embroidered some handtowels with some old-skool style stuff...  But now I dunno what else to do...  I figure I'm gonna cover the vanity with that metallic contact paper (it's a little $$$, but it's a small vanity so 3 rolls should do it well...)- but I can't think of anything else to add.
I should mention that I can't paint the place- so Navajo white is my canvas...  I have 17 ft. ceilings (yes, even in the bathroom--- well, they taper down to 11 ft on one end) so I have TONS of wallspace...
Maybe some ideas for rugs???  I know there's a fun t-shirt strip/knot tie kinda thing that could be done in some fun colors--- Hmm--- maybe do that with silks...  I like fluffy/shaggy rugs in the loo...  maybe I'll search for some threads on that...
Any other ideas???  Folks have been known to come over just to visit my bathroom...  (especially when it was done just b/w w/ huge Herb Ritts photos flanking the shower and one wall...  Quite the, erm, provacative spectacle...)  I don't have kids- and don't have friends w/kids--- so I generally don't worry about anything other than something pleasing to the eye...
4  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / How about a Junk Drawer challenge? on: June 21, 2005 09:36:49 AM
Everyone's got at least one of those in their house/apt/desk <?>-  And in the spirit of organizing/recycling- how cool to have to craft from the ultimate recycling center- the Junk Drawer...  I just delved into mine last night for some ungodly reason (oh, yeah, twist ties)- Anyway- I came across 2 sharpies, some chopsticks, and even pipe cleaners (how fun!)- And I thought, well hell, I'd have used these if I knew I had 'em...

Just an idea...

(Maybe even have before/after pics of the drawer itself as well?  If you're that brave to bare your drawers...  heh heh heh) 
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Some really cheap wall-art... on: April 18, 2005 09:31:20 PM
Welp--- my pad has some wonderful 17 foot ceilings--- I love them, but I hate them, too--- means a lot of off-white surrounding me--- and vast acreage to cover with art...
Not finding anything I liked/could afford in any size that would suit the space, I marched myself to Ikea and picked up a bunch of these "clips" frames--- I think the big one (which is 24x36) ran me $7 and the smaller ones were 2 fer $5 or there abouts... 
I was planning on mounting fabric underneath, or wrapping paper, or actually painting something abstract like color blocks...
A stroll through the craft store- and a diversion at the clearance section had scrapbooking paper at .10 a sheet!  So I loaded up--- came home and xacto'ed the heck outta them to match up patterns and stuff- and 'viola--- wall art on the cheap...
Everyone that's come over and seen them have commented--- "What a great grouping!" 
Thought I'd share...

-Thom.


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