Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Currently obsessed with: All things Steampunk


Lately I’ve been wasting many, many hours browsing through images of all things Steampunk on the interwebs. This works well with my Etsy addiction.

So when I came home last night to find my television broken, I saw it as a golden opportunity to try my very own steampunk mod. Okay, I’ll admit that when I first noticed the power button was broken off I didn’t immediately see this as a good thing. Fortunately, Chris was able to open my eyes to the possibilities.

Worst case scenario: I’ll open up the tv and never get it working again. But as the tv was originally found in a dumpster, then sold to a friend who gave it back to me years later, it cost me a grand total of negative 5 dollars. While it would be missed, it would not be a great loss.

If everything goes well: I’ll have bragging rights to the coolest television around that only gets 3 channels.

I’m so looking forward to satisfying my anachrotechnofetish. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my progress.

In the meantime, here’s some of my inspiration:


from Datamancer

from Aaron Adding Machines



Commissioned work - P!nk & another Alice Cooper

I kept busy while home for the holidays by finishing off a few more records.

These two make for an interesting pair.

Monday, December 29, 2008

I'm dreaming of... Little People

 find these images so captivating.


They're not pets, Susan from Little People

I'd love to get my hands on some of these minature people. Just think of all the fun places you could leave them...
If Matthew Carden and Slinkachu aren't enough for you, check out more amazing photos by Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle at minimiam.
George Wendt's painted faces are also pretty cool.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Commissioned work - Abbey Road Clock

I've been wanting to try making a record into a clock, so when my friend Neil requested a Beatles record for his mom, I thought it was the perfect opportunity.
I just wish you could tell that Paul is barefoot.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Jackpot at Liquidation World

Vintage cords in a 36" inseam? For only $5?
Or course I had to buy 4 pairs.

My favourite part of these high waisted, super wide leg pants has got to be the fabulous labels.

How these beauties came to the North Shore Liquidation World after what must have been at least 30 years in storage remains a mystery.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Commissioned work - James Dean

Another record under the tree.
I painted this James Dean for my friend to give to his sister.
I wasn't sure how this one would turn out, but I'm really happy with the finished product. Hopefully she will be too.

Martinis & Mistletoe


I'm still reeling from my fabulously 50s Christmas cocktail party on Saturday. I'm currently fantasizing about all things swanky and cool.

Most popular drink: Polar Bear Martini with an After Eight straw
Bonus feature: Didn't stain my sofa and guests walked away with minty fresh breath

Soundtrack for the night: Classics from Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra
Don't forget Eartha Kitt!

Must-have decoration: Vintage aluminum Christmas tree
The real deal is a little pricey so I made ours out of a bamboo pole, some wood dowels and lots of silver garland.

Friday, December 12, 2008

First paid piece - Alice Cooper

I was finally able to get my laptop working long enough to upload some pictures.This is my first commissioned painting! A coworker is going to give him to her husband for Christmas. Won't he make a great addition to their music room?

As soon as word spread that I had done this one for Anita, orders started coming in. I'm currently working on James Dean, the Beatles, P!nk and Elvis. I hope I can get them all done before I head home for the holidays next week.

You can see some of my other records here.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I'm dreaming of... Lawn Furniture

Ottawa is expected to get 30 cm of snow today.

Naturally, I'm daydreaming about green things growing again. If I ever own a lawn, I'm so going to make a lawn living room set.
There's a cool design for a literal lawn chair here. Just think of the possibilities...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

My new timer is so sexy

I splurged a little on this fabulous Kikkerland timer but I just had to have it.

And I thought baking gingerbread cookies couldn't get any better...

Monday, December 8, 2008

I'm dreaming of...Light Bulb Chandeliers

I am so in love with this idea.
They're so beautiful and so po-mo, I'm itching to try to make one of these.

Bulbs Unlimited sells kits and Helen Bilt makes some incredible ones, but it looks like it takes little more than some glue and patience.
Oh, and hundreds of old lightbulbs.

It's useful being top banana in the shock department

If only I had a spare bathtub kicking around...
and room to use it as a sofa.


Terribly expensive, but oh-so-cool.
I can't imagine it would be too hard to do if you had the right tools.

Inaugural Post

So now that I’ve started to sell some of my paintings, I figure it’s time to do this right.
This ought to be a good catch-all to record my progress, collect some cool inspiration and share some of the ideas bouncing around in my head.

So far, so good.
-Allison