Sunday, April 27, 2014

Basement library beatdown

I'm back in the basement again pruning the usual junk.  I'm going through the books Dylan had down there and picking out what I mean to keep.

I intend to give some more books to friends and have Powell's Books buy most of the rest.  Though I think I'd like the Portland Art Museum's  library to have some.  Dylan had the most amazing collection of comics by overseas creators all over the world.  I think it would be great to have them in a place where people who love art want to be.

I concede that it doesn't look great down here, but it's better than before.  And you can see the entire bookcases, as I removed the junk on the floor in front of it.

Remember this?

And this?

I'm glad I took pictures.  Otherwise I'd feel like nothing is really changing.

Going through the books this time is surprisingly similar, emotionally, to all the other sifting I did with Dylan's collections.  It's a little easier to reason with myself about where these will all end up, but I still experience some self-recrimination and sorrow.  Also, the mental and physical exhaustion of the process.  I need a foot rub after all this. 

E-Z Rock School of Agriculture

 The garden box has a joyous mix of dirt, compost and topsoil and I've already got some strawberries and tomatoes planted.  So what is the problem?

I know that Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock aren't exactly expressing frustration at the current Portland weather patterns here, but I thought the chorus reflects the mercurial nature of our sun and precipitation each day.
I'm the headliner of this show
And you're just a kid and you need to grow

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dirt Life

I'm going to need to bring the hose inside and spray down everything because my planting and building is bringing a lot of mess into the kitchen.  I'm trying to sprout some starts so there is potting soil everywhere.  I tracked in some mud from the backyard while making the garden box.  I've been filling it with dirt all week and it still needs more.  I've supplemented it with compost, including all the stuff I've been brewing in my Earth Machine.  The chickens from next door sure love my compost.  I'm hoping they'll add a little fertilizer of their own to my little garden.  I'm ready for more serious labor this weekend.  Aaaaaannnndddd...some real planting of real seeds and shoots in the place I've been preparing for them all this time!
I'll get a newer pic with dirt and stuff real soon.
 I'll be at the Twilight Rummage sale again tomorrow night.  Won't you visit?  All monies that I earn go towards some important shit.  Like more plants!  And paint!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Divining Magic in the Home

Want a secret to finding anything in your house that you've lost?  I used this when I was looking for a part of a table I needed to make a repair.  I had been looking for it for hours.  Stand in a central location of your home.  Hold your hands over your head and spin around until you lose your sense of what direction everything is in.  Stop and stick your arms out in front of you.  Walk in the direction your arms are pointing.  I found the item in a closet that I had already checked with a flashlight!  This might not work for everybody, but it can't hurt either.

The Scavenged Garden

Let's go outside for a moment and ponder the garden I've been planning.  I've been getting new plants and seeds, but also a few other necessaries to bring my vision together.  Here's some stuff I got FOR freaking FREE everybody!
  • little plastic pots
  • one of those sifters you use to get the weeds and pebbles out of your soil
  • about half a dozen tomato cages
  • a trowel (somebody left this in my yard last year, but I'm throwing it in the list for posterity)
  • soil, abundant soil - my neighbor is terracing his front yard and said I could have the dirt.  I just have to haul it up to my yard in a bucket.  My back yard, for reasons known only to the builders of this neighborhood, is far higher than street level.  No wheelbarrow is going to work.
  • I pulled up a tree sprout out of somebody's curbside plantation.  It had sprung up from a normal size tree and was still tiny so I have it in its own little planter at home until it gets big enough to go outside.  

I got my plants on the cheap, mostly.  There are a lot of seed sales going on now, and I got a few starters and sedums at Grocery Outlet.  I already have a couple rose bushes planted in the back yard, and a baby birch tree I got at Walgreens, of all places.  I'll be hitting up the farmer's markets for more plants, but in the meantime these little discount shrubs and things have to go into the ground sometime, right?  Oh yeah, I also took advantage of a Chinook Book coupon a friend gifted me, and got a mini magnolia tree and some herbs.  I just wish it would stop raining so I can plant more stuff!

Step into my office...

I'm hanging art in my studio office, do you approve?

Much of it is stuff my friends made!  Sean Christensen, Aron Nels Steinke, Ian Collazo, Amy Kuttab, Tony Remple, and even one I made (the tiny girl in the upper right).

The dollhouses show a small portion of my large and exciting collection of miniatures (sorry they're messy right now, no time yet for the mini housekeeping).  Sadly I missed both the miniatures shows in both Portland and Seattle, but it's probably for the best.  I don't need more little things, but it's so fun to find them.  Note to prospective collectors: elderly ladies are freakishly competitive at the dollhouse shows.  Don't give in!