Saturday, 13 July 2013

Mr Blue Sky

Sun is shining in the sky, there ain't a cloud in sight...and it doesn't look like the hot spell will be relenting any time soon. I shouldn't complain, but in order to conform to English stereotype, I must complain incessantly about the weather. It's too warm. My tools keep slipping out of my sweaty palms, the wood glue is curing before I have time to clamp anything together and my curly hair is standing upwards and outwards like a mad halo around my head. It doesn't look cool either. No funky Afro here...just a nest of bobby pins and hair clips. So the miniature making has been hit and missy these last two weeks.

I've been revisiting a few old designs, trying to make them better. One of the things I love about traditional furniture is the premise that it should be decorative in its own right as well as being functional. Sometimes modern pieces loose that aesthetic ideal and rely solely on the addition of knickknacks from the homeowner to make it feel a part of the room. I think simplicity in itself does not always equal beauty so I've been playing around with some simple patterns to add a little je ne sais quoi to the whole thing.






While I ponder the merits of modern design, I think I'll stick my feet in a bowl of cold water and slurp ice cream. Ahhhhh that's better !

Have a great weekend

Pepper =0)

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  1. What a nice designs!
    Greetings Dorien

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    1. Thank you very much Dorien =0)

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  2. OOOOO I like those! Takes me back to my youth! All you need now is a stereo and lots of albums. hahaha.

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    1. Ah you're right Grandmommy. I think the first and last would look cool with a record player and all the bits that go with it. Thank you =0)

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  3. These are fab! Did you do the designs on your laser cutter?

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    1. Thanks M4M. Yeah, the sliding doors are all done with the laser cutter
      =0)

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  4. Looks like you have done a lot of work in spite of the heat. I wish I could jump in a bowl of ice water. It's VERY hot here too. XXX

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    1. Aww Catherine. I can only imagine the sort of heat you have to endure over there. Hope it isn't too miserable and you're getting lots of ice cold drinks =0)

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  5. Beautiful designs, Pepper! Ice cream makes everything better, doesn't it? ;-) xo Jennifer

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    1. You're right, ice cream does make everything more tolerable =0) It should be on prescription!

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  6. These are all wonderful...just that little something can make such a difference. Stay cool! :D

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    1. Thanks Otterine...I'm trying my best =0)

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  7. We just got respite from the 100+ heat here. Either way, my hair (now grown out) is always inflated into a mass of unruly curls. Lots of tuck and pin styles in these parts--makes me miss the waist length dredlocks. Anywhoo---um WOWZA with these pieces!!! You're such a tease! ha ha! Also--I think these patterns would be phenomenal on kitchen cabinets...not a hint. Maybe a hint... ;)

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    1. Oh dear Lord?!! 100+? I would have frazzled like an ice cube on a barbecue. Hmmm, kitchen cabinets? I love that you bounce ideas right back at me. What a cool idea x

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  8. Very nice designs Pepper! The top picture has that 1970's feel to it and if the middle one doesn't already exist in Ikea, then it should do! Kind regards, Brian.

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    1. Ha, the middle one is very Ikea-esque isn't it. Just out of interest Brian...how hairy is hairy? Are we talking Yeti standards? Ha ;0)

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    2. Not Yeti standards, but in the hot weather it would be nice if I could moult every so often!! ☺

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  9. Here in our traditional summer ( no escape from that, ) I sound just the same! your minis are so exquisite! I love the first photo- its oriental....
    Selling on Etsy again?
    Best
    Neomi

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    1. Hey Neomi. I know I sound really pathetic compared with the heat people have to endure in some countries. I don't know how you cope!
      I think Etsy is going to go by-the-by. Royal Mail have upped their charges so much it has made it so expensive to send anything abroad. I don't think buyers would pay what I would have to charge...=0(

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  10. MC is right- the laser cut would be great for kitchen cabinets....
    Neomi

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    1. MC is always right =0) She is the style guru Queen!

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  11. This is first class designer's work, Carol, it looks fantastic! I hope the hot weather will stay at your place, so we will see more of this kind of your art work ;)! And I also can not stand the heat, it always makes me feel exhausted and uncomfortable!
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Ha, thank you IIona...I think ;0)
      I hear you sister. Drained and exhausted, that's me =0/

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  12. Wow, very impressive Carol...your laser work is brilliant...soooo jealous you have one! Keep cool in the heat xxx

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  13. Ohh! I love the first one.

    No, the third.

    Maybe the fourth?

    The fifth!

    I WANT THEM ALL!!! ;-)

    Speaking of IKEA and postage overseas: you could give us (poor freezing and lacking in decent light to photograph) people on the other side of the world the option: pay to have the completed item posted (I suspect you'll be surprised at our postage 'ouch points')or have a flat-pack version available.

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    1. Hey TSS, I'm trying to come up with any ideas for furniture that can be transported flat. It's surprising just how many things don't translate into flat-packable form...back to the drawing board =0/

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  14. These are stunning - can't decide which one I prefer :) like you suffering in the heat altho today on the east is cloudy!

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    1. Thank you MWL. Sun again here today..=0/

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  15. I *so* want to wire a couple of tiny speakers into the first credenza, put my mini record player on top, and crank up The Beatles!

    Building on The Shopping Sherpa's point...you may indeed be surprised at what collectors will pay for postage. Living way out in California, I'm used to paying quite a bit more for postage to/from Europe than my friends in New York. It can sting...but the sting always goes away when the parcel arrives.

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    1. Yay! The Beatles =0)

      I recently sent a parcel abroad, under 1 gramme in weight, and it cost £8.30p. I think the postal services are getting ridiculously priced. Soon it will be cheaper to get a flight and hand deliver the damn things myself =0(

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  16. These are soooooooo beautiful!!!!!!! I love the last but one the best, with the circles... Can you make a life-sized version of that for me? LOL!

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    1. Hey Jo,
      I'll get on it =0) *starts chain saw and fells a tree*

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  17. Your furniture look s very beautiful. I am really puzzeled about how you did the intricate woodwork. Did you buy laser-cut pieces of wood or did you make them yourself???

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    1. Hi Liduina,
      yes I have a desktop laser cutter that did all the fretwork for me =0)

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  18. Pepper, they look life sized and like they are straight out of a catalogue, amazing :D How do you do that? The squares are so square! fantastic work.

    We have really sweaty weather over here in Ireland at the moment, which is really, really rare! What is that round, nuclear blast thing in the sky? Oh, a sun :D I'm mesmerized by shadows, those are rare too :D

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  19. Pepper, those look life sized and like they are straight out of a catalogue, how do you do that? The squares are so square, fantastic work.

    We have really sweaty weather here in Ireland at the moment, which is really, really rare. What is that round nuclear blast thing in the sky? oh, the sun :D I am mesmerized by shadows too, as those are quite rare.

    And I am having difficulty commenting, third time lucky, I blame this heat!!

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    1. Hey Sarah, glad you got to comment eventually =0) Hope you're enjoying the heat over there!

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  20. Hello Pepper,
    I have a much more traditianol sens of esthetic in my real life home, but I would have those pieces in real life. They are just stunning. I don't like modern furniture because I think they are sleek but do not hyave character...but these you made have incredible detail and enormous character. Bravo!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Thank you Giac. I have a mixture of modern and vintage pieces in my own home. I think furniture choices should say something about the owner. Ultra modern just screams cleanliness freak to me ha-ha!

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  21. Love love LOVE them all. I want 2, 3 and 4 to be mine! When can I buy them? I hope Mr Blue Sky stays with you, but the heat stops being sweaty. Hope you are doing well!!

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    1. Ha-ha. Thank you =0) I STILL owe you two pieces from our swap, like a gazillion years ago.=0/

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  22. Wow, Carol, these side boards are very creative. I like each one of them, the different patterns all have their own beauty and make them look very contemporary. Even the first one, as the 60's and 70's seem all back in vogue again. Which i like actually, the design language of that era had an upbeat and positive attitude. Less fuzz or 'over' decorating but sleek lines with fresh colors (except the odd poo brown that seemed to become popular at the end ;)). You probably figured... i grew up back then :D But back on the subject, thumbs up for all of them, be its sweaty thumb. If it's any consolation; it's Warm here too!

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    1. Ha-ha. Oh I remember that poo brown furniture from my youth. Everyone seemed to have it and every sitting room was a sickly, dark caramel colour.
      Did you have wood chip wallpaper too? That was the essence of bad taste =0D

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  23. These are amazing. We've been considering a laser cutter for a while now, although you worry about justifying the expense. These are just breathtaking though. Very well done :)

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    1. HI there,
      a laser cutter IS a big expense. I made a deal with my hubby that I would save up for one to show that I really wanted it. I probably don't use it as much as I could but it certainly comes in handy for ultra tiny detail. I get asked to make non-miniature things more often than miniature things..dog tags, name plates and recently, a load of acrylic table numbers for a restaurant =0/

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  24. those are super cool, we actually had a TV/stero unit that looked like that second one when I was growing up

    great job

    Hugs
    Marisa

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  25. J'ai passé un agréable moment à me promener sur votre blog .je ne suis pas une adepte des meubles design mais là c'était superbe.

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    1. Merci beaucoup Catherine. Je suis heureux que vous les aimez

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  26. I am really impressed by the degree of realism and perfection of your furniture. Not only they are perfect, they are truly beautiful. I would not mind having one at 1:1 scale.
    In my city we have reached 42º centigrade today ... so cheer up!
    Hugs :-)

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    1. Oh sweets, 42 degrees? Wow, that is HOT! Thank you for the lovely comments =0)

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  27. These are Cool and Amazing!
    Love them all...
    I think I need ice cream also, have to go...
    Hugs
    Kikka

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    1. Thank you Kikka, enjoy your ice cream =0)

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  28. I LOVE these pieces! Are they for sale? They look amazing. And by the way, down here in Atlanta, Georgia, it's been humid and rainy. And my hair was already a natural Afro! It's just super-sized now! I feel your pain!

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    1. Hi Angie,
      no doubt I'll eventually have a clear out of the recent stuff I've made.
      Ugh, humid weather =0/ I hear you, sweets =0(
      x

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  29. CRAZY CRAZY GOOD OH EMM GEE.

    OH EMM GEE.

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  30. HOLY S%#T BATMAN..I am just simply astounded by your stunning pieces!! Your talent is outstanding!! HOW did you learn to make furniture like this..I am trying to teach myself design and drawing basics but I'm struggling. Can you explain the 'Golden Ratio' or do you even bother with those things? Oh Gosh I hope to someday create something half as good! And since we are talking tutorials here (at least I was..ahem) how about one on how to make a mini piece with a Drawer or two???? Please, please with sugar on top?? Also..are you in need of any desserts or even a plate of cookies? I would love to send you something just for being wonderful ol' MitchyMoo!! (I did not mean 'old' as in you are..Lol) BIG hugs and mini ones too!

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