It’s no fun pouring a pint from your own built in beer tower in your own custom pub when you’re still using the original crappy plastic tap handles. Okay, yes it is. It’s always fun. However, it’s even better with custom tap handles. That was our project this weekend. The beer tower is a dual tap so we have a beer keg on one and a keg of fizzy water on the other.
As promised in my last post (My Monster Easel) here is a photo of Scrappy being an asshole. Watching me through our bathroom skylight, “Hey, food lady…!” Seriously, Dude, a little privacy.
Some of my most treasured possessions are things that people have made me. A scarf from my niece, a quilt from my Mom, paintings from my Mother-in-law, an intricately wood burned Ouija from a friend, a drawing from my nephew…the list goes on. I’m lucky to have family and friends that love to make things, and better yet, love to give them away. One of these treasured possessions is my monster easel.
It may have appeared as though Derek and I dropped off the face of the earth sometime this past year. Rest assured, we have just been wholly preoccupied with what is now referred to in hushed tones as “The Great Renovation of 2016” or “The Renovation to End All Renovations”. It has been all-consuming and exhausting, driven by obsession bordering on madness, and has left time for little else. And now…dare I say…we’re done?
When I was a wee lass, perhaps 5 or 6 years old, my family took us for a camping trip in the English country side. The English weather lived up to its good name. It rained the entire time and the field was muddy. Before long, my wonderful father suggested the brilliant idea of taking me to a nearby pub. I realize now that it was probably at the request of my Mother, to get me out of her hair so that she could get the tent set up.
Last but not least, the workshop. There is still much to do here, window trim and much of the finishing and counter-tops etc. However I thought I’d post a photo of the new extension. I’ll post more photos as we finish more. [caption id=“attachment_784” align=“aligncenter” width=“875”]That’s my workbench that Derek built from the old bowling lane wood. (Thanks Honey) Also on the right you can see our old kitchen cabinets re-purposed and spray-painted red and black.
Our lives have been taken over by puppies and renos for the last few months. Not much time for fun projects. I managed to get in the shop this week for a super quick project. Started out as an old vintage singer sewing stool that came with a sewing machine that our friend Laurie gave us a while back. (Thank-you!!) I forgot to take a before shot but I did find a photo of the same stool for the before/after.
Finally getting around to posting these lamps. We are going through some pretty major renos this year including our kitchen with a bar area. (Yes, of course it’s going to have plumbed in beer taps, did you really need to ask?) We’ll also be installing hanging pendant lights over the bar top and I’d been thinking about 3D printing our own. This year we were involved in an art show as well as the Synchronicity Festival and I made the lamps my project.
Thank-you Ian Ridgway for our fab new deck! We LOVE it!! Other than sanding and finishing deck boards, we have been working on loads of new projects. The latest is our awesome beach beer box! Last summer we realized we needed a box to carry our beer to the beach (Yes, yes I know, poor me!) so this year we made one. We also made several for a few friends.
This took a while to complete. We had the body finished a while back but still had to cut the copper parts and face. Finally finished it this weekend with some figured maple. The back plate is 3D printed with wood filament! Love the way this looks. It’s basically like printing MDF. Derek has ordered several spools of unusual materials so we’ll be experimenting a bit in the coming weeks.