Sunday, July 31, 2011

queen of procrastination?


so this weekend has been really great.... and i have had a great time avoiding my auto cad homework... as i sit at my computer now writing this blog post i can feel the cad monkey on my back....  amazing that i can spend 10 hours on a home painting project or some other fun crafty design thing but can't seem to motivate to sit at my computer and practice cad... some things never change... i was the same in college the first time around, waiting till the last minute to get homework done (well, minus the computer because i didn't have one in the dark ages when i was in college but you know what i mean...)... i am an amazing multi-tasker with most stuff but right now i really just want to spend all my time creating something cool and tangible rather than trying to remember the commands to type a series of lines on my computer...


yesterday i went to an event in santa monica called unique la and i have to say i was so inspired by all of the creativity in the building... it was a show featuring local artisans displaying and selling their wares and i saw some really great stuff! i also discovered this flower that i am newly obsessed with (see above photo) called agapantha... i have never seen them for sale, only growing in people's yards and they are so pretty with these long elegant stems.  this one was given to me by someone working at the show and i have to say it looks pretty cute in my vintage bird creamer!  i only wish i had more... hopefully i can keep myself from snipping them from private property around town... i can see the headlines now.... almost 40 year old intern arrested for flower theft from local lawns... ha!

i met a cool guy at the event that makes these great chairs out of old shipping pallets. they can be used indoors or out and they fold flat. nifty, huh?


so, i painted these groovy gold and white horizontal stripes in the hallway leading into my bedroom. no photos of the entire space to share with you yet because i am still trying to sort out an inexpensive lighting solution for that space. it needs a lot more light than what is currently there in order to reflect the great metallic paint and i had an idea in my head for what would work but at the moment it isn't working... hopefully after tuesday's cad class i will get it together.

a close friend of mine celebrated her 40th birthday last night and just called me today to say that it really sucks to now have to say she is 40 and she isn't where she planned on being by this time... yeah, i feel for her and i am trying not to dread my upcoming big bday... at least i still have a few months to go but time sure is flying these days....

so, i had to share the below photo. i was walking in the hollywood hills the other day and saw that some folks painted the image of their dog on the outside of their fence and cut a hole at their dog's face level in order for him to peer out at people. too cute!


until next time...

the almost 40 year old intern

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

flushed with pride!

well, i am still basking in the glow of praise on my little bedroom wall painting project which is really cool. so many folks saw the photos on design sponge (grace - you really are a rock star for sharing my project and i will forever be grateful!) and some even asked if they can share them on their own blogs!  check out my new friend kate's blog from russia! 4 Komnati blog ... i have to say it is beautiful! i scrolled through a bunch of her posts and  from looking at the photos she has a great eye! i just wish i could understand what she's sayin'.... oh and a good friend's sister wants to fly me to portland to paint the same design in her living room! how cool is that???

so, yesterday i learned i am the only intern in the office for the time being.... one of the kids i was working with returned to his home state for school and another is out of town for the next 2 weeks. i love it because i am everyone's go to gal right now!  no more jockeying with other interns for the "good" tasks! i spent most of yesterday running errands for one of the designers and the rest of the day finding the perfect toilet and sink color for a project... i have to say, i love the attention to detail in the office... your basic white kohler toilet just won't do! sometimes you have to think outside the box and explore colors like "cashmere" for your commode....

i knew i was in for it in my auto cad class last night when my teacher said "pay attention because what i am going to cover tonight is confusing!"  hmmm, i thought, so more confusing than the rest? well, i plowed through and plan on practicing this evening once i finish this post.

oh and this week i got some beautiful sunflowers at the farmers market for just a couple dollars! the darn things are so heavy that i searched and search for the perfect display container that wouldn't topple from their weight.... well! in the back of my cabinet i found a couple of the sad little cups i made in my pottery class (check out my "holy cow" post for details on that nightmare if you don't know what i am referring to... )... they work perfectly for the sunflowers as they are heavy suckers!



and i made this fab cuff bracelet in my jewelry metal smithing class on friday. pretty cool for $1 worth of aluminum (silver is WAY too pricey!) from my local osh hardware store...


stay tuned for photos from my next diy project! a fellow unemployed friend spent the day helping me tape off the walls in my hallway...

lastly, i joined twitter this week.  i still do not really understand how it works but i am on it and plan on tweeting this post once i am done... if you are a twitterer (???) you can find me at al40yroldintern  ...

until next time!

the almost 40 year old intern

Friday, July 22, 2011

i'd like to thank....

so, i woke up this morning to AMAZING news!! my very favorite design website - design sponge - loved the results of my carmageddon bedroom painting diy project so much that they posted photos of it on their site!  you can view their write up here: design * sponge
i can't even begin to tell you how flattering that was and really the perfect way to start my day!  and the best part about it was reading the really great comments that many of their fans and followers left complimenting my work! it really makes me feel confident that i am on the right path (finally!!)...

so, a number of people have sent comments asking me what paint i used to make this happen and i can't figure out for the life of me if there is a way to reply directly to them so i am posting answers here.... allyson r.  and julie c. - when i went into home depot i asked for a quart of the cheapest flat white paint that they had and they told me to buy rust-oleum painter's touch.  it is so inexpensive (i think it was around $7) that they didn't bother to come up with a fancier name other than white, which actually made it easy for me to choose! and i only needed one quart for the project... i bought the black as well but in my opinion it was a little shiny for a "flat" paint and a little runny which helped me in my decision to ditch it.  as for the gold, i started with a martha stewart color that i bought that was terrible and looked nothing like the color in the clear plastic jar (whatever you do, don't buy martha stewart metallic paint in the bronze color.. it was horrible!) so thankfully i found a tiny bottle of acrylic paint (i think i paid $2 for at the craft store years ago)  and i used a small brush to paint it within my hexagon stencil...  i am shocked that it lasted through the project!  I spent less than $30 on supplies (including cheap brushes, drop clothes, tape, and the black and gold paint i didn't use).... the base color was already on my walls (as it has been for the last several years) and is a light taupe color. hope this helps!

and fiona - please scroll down to see the template we used....

kate- thanks for asking! yes, you may use my photos for your blog if you reference my blog as the source of them and link to it...

see photos of the paint below....







Thursday, July 21, 2011

ego lifting

so my internship today was really great!  i spent the majority of the day searching for the perfect pieces of artwork (paintings, sculptures, etc) for one project.  apparently THE designer liked a lot of what i picked enough to use for other projects as well. yay! oh and THE designer's new venture (that i mentioned a while back) is launching very soon so there is a lot of excitement and buzz in the office (and in lots of national magazines as well) these days, which is pretty awesome... i think it's a pretty cool time to be working there....

recently with my fab bedroom painting project i was reminded of how much i love going to my local home depot store.... yeah, sure they have great products at great prices and all that... but i have to say one of the really great things about visiting home depot when you're a gal is that the guys there (both the ones working there and the straight male customers) are so very helpful to us gals...  and it is pretty great for the ego! especially when living in los angeles, the land of so many amazingly beautiful people (some almost other worldly!) you kind of feel not so cute sometimes because you may not be six feet tall and a size zero...  but when you visit home depot you are treated like the cute gal you always knew you were... yeah, i believe in women's lib and all that.... and i am an independent woman (cue destiny's child!) but i still like being treated like a lady and the boys at home depot know how to... so, for all of you gals lookin' for a little ego boost, i highly recommend a visit to your local home improvement store... 

looking forward to the weekend! going to see dolly parton at the hollywood bowl tomorrow night and got a cheap cowboy hat from target just for the occasion! i hope i can find the time to bedazzle it before the show.....

until next time!

the almost 40 year old intern


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

fresh from the farm

this week i am still basking in the glow of my amazing newly painted bedroom wall (have i mentioned how much i love it???) and nothings gonna get me down... except perhaps my tuesday night auto cad class... ugh! i am 4 weeks in and still waiting for it to click with my brain and tonight was no different....  i just keep reminding myself that i am a really smart person and that i should be getting this and hopefully someday i will... 

interning today was really great... my new favorite designer sent me to some fab stores i have never been to in order to pick up items for a couple of her projects... i spent some time exploring the stores and dreaming of items i want for myself or future clients.... i love that i seem to have become this designer's go to gal!

so, other than my obsession with peonies (and sadness that the season for them in la is so darn short!) my other favorite farmers' market find during this time of year is pluots! if you have never tried them i highly recommend them.... this fabulous fruit that is a cross between a plum and an apricot.... i rarely see them in local grocery stores and discovered them a few summers ago at my local farmers market... they come in lots of different variations but my favorites have this groovy dark pink and green marbled skin and the insides of them are a dark fuchsia and the taste is always amazing! i have no idea if they are a new fangled fruit or if they have been around for ages and i just never saw them during my midwestern youth.... the season is only a few weeks long and ending soon so snap them up while you can! trust me, they can add a little happy to your day!


oh and my other favorite find at the local farmers market is a $3 bunch of pink flowering weeds (really, when i asked the guy selling them what type of flowers they were he said "weeds").... they look great in these vintage glass medicine bottles i picked up at a yard sale in iowa.... one bunch fills 10 bottles scattered throughout my apartment!

until next time.....

the almost 40 year old intern

Sunday, July 17, 2011

drum roll, please!

well, carmageddon ended up being a non-event as far as traffic here in los angeles (it actually took a shorter time to travel by car than usual this weekend because so many people stayed off the roads!!).... but  i am very happy to say that my carmageddon induced diy saturday at home was a BIG success! it took 10 hours for us to do it, which was a bit longer than i anticipated it would take, but the finished product looks amazing! i LOVE how my bedroom wall turned out. and my partner in crime for doing it was the perfect person to help.... anyone can do this! all you need is a really good friend that has a great "can do" spirit and that you can collaborate with (strong emphasis on teamwork!!!). we bounced ideas off each other throughout the process and it worked perfectly... she is super detail oriented and i am more big picture... it also helped that this friend happens to be a graphic designer in the record industry who moonlights creating murals on walls of kids rooms.... oh, and a great party playlist with fun upbeat background music helps tremendously (a dash of michael jackson, mixed in with some prince, abba, lionel richie and hall & oates -among others- always helps)!  oh, and really cute brazillian guys delivering dinner from my local bossa nova restaurant was a nice treat too!

i will be forever indebted to this great gal friend (and neighbor) for helping me out and making me love my bedroom!  i could never have done this all by myself (that would have taken WAY more than 10 hours!)!  scroll down to see photos of the process and the final result! i am so glad i took my idea and ran with it!!

 here's how we did it....

* my friend was able to help me create these great stencils for each color by scanning my original hicks wallpaper sample into her computer, enlarging the design to the size i wanted,  and printing it on heavyweight paper (a perk of her job is having access to a printer that can print this large of a sheet... it saved me money and a trip to fed ex office!).  here is an image of the very first stencil going up. 



* oh and i had these fabulous leopard print polished nails all week (thank you sally hansen!) that sadly were toast the second we started the painting process!


* so, here is how the walls looked with just the first stencils of white paint up... these alone were pretty cute!


* then we added the gold center hexagon medallions... this was the easiest part of the whole process! although the original gold paint i bought was a bust (it should be called martha stewart poop color instead of pyrite metallic paint....) thankfully i had a tiny tube of gold paint in my craft drawer that was a perfect last minute substitute and somehow lasted through the project!  we also started adding the black and realized that it was difficult to use the stencil on it and we would have to do it free hand which could end up looking messy as black is not a forgiving color....  soo at the point of this photo it was after 9 pm and we had been working since 10 am.....




well, i made the executive decision to skip the black and paint over it with white because it was looking really amazing with just the gold and white.... and ta dah!!! here is the finished product.....







and my little arizona flea market find of the black swan lamp looks awesome against the wall!!!



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until next time!
the almost 40 year old intern

Thursday, July 14, 2011

knee deep in cow hides

i was given a fun task today while interning... my new favorite designer sent me to a supplier in downtown los angeles to search for leather hides for a few different items that need to be upholstered for clients. i spent hours searching for the perfect colors for each project while kicking myself for dressing in a skirt this morning that was a smidge on the short side... it was a little tricky to gracefully bend over the floor and look closely at all of the hides without putting on a show for the boys working in the warehouse... oh well... i am happy to say that i was able to do so without any major wardrobe malfunctions...  and i also learned that i personally prefer the feel of lamb to cow but the bummer is lambs are teeny tiny so you don't get as big of a hide... tricky when you are upholstering a king sized bed...

you may have heard about a little event coming to la this weekend dubbed by the media as "carmageddon." well, apparently the world as we know it will be interrupted this weekend because of a few miles on a stretch of  a major freeway being closed from friday night until monday morning... nobody knows what to expect and if it will actually cause neighborhood streets to be super congested and therefore making impossible to travel more than a couple of miles....

sooo, i decided that this is going to be the perfect weekend for a great diy project in my apartment and i have enlisted a friend to help me with it! you see, there is this fabulous wallpaper that i discovered that is perfect for my bedroom walls however, it costs close to $200 per roll and i would need two rolls of it just to cover one wall in my bedroom! (and no, it is not that my bedroom is large, it is that these rolls don't go very far at all!).. and since i don't own the walls i want to paper and don't really have the income to justify buying it anyway (this whole working for free thing rearing its ugly head again...), i decided why not try to paint the design onto my wall?  so my friend and i have spent the last week figuring out what the best way will be to do it (taping the entire design out versus creating a stencil)... who knows how it will turn out but i know we'll have fun trying to make it work! i already have the perfect ipod playlist created as our motivating background music....

below is an image of the "hicks hexagon" design that is my wallpaper inspiration... fingers crossed i will have an amazing "after" photo of my wall to share with you on monday!  oh yeah, and my crazy old landlady would not be so pleased if she knew my big plan... so, we'll just keep it between us...





until next time!

the almost 40 year old intern

Sunday, July 10, 2011

the roundabout way to age




a fellow intern and i were chatting a couple of days ago about what we did for the 4th of july. i mentioned that i saw hall & oates at the hollywood bowl and my intern friend asked "what decade were they popular?" i responded "the eighties!  one of the greatest decades for music ever." and then she asks "so, what year were you born?" i looked her in the eye with a smile on my face and said  "i was born in 1971 and i am 39 years young." i think she was a little surprised that i was so frank in my response and did not make her use any math skills to get the answer to the question she really wanted to ask...  i know she's probably been dying to know my actual age since she met me six months ago because i am clearly not 22 (as most of the other interns are) and i am surprised that it has taken her this long to get up the nerve to ask. really, there is no point in attempting to hide or fib about your age, or really anything about yourself these days, as most of it is readily available through the world wide web... but, i have to say, it was really nice that she seemed genuinely shocked (or she faked shock really well) that i was that old and said "wow, you look GREAT for your age!".. yeah, lucky for me i take care of myself, moisturize,  protect my skin with sunscreen, and am fortunate to not need a cane or anything to help me around at this ripe old age... the only bummer is that now i have outed myself as being older than the gal that was known as the "old" intern in the office, even though she is a few years younger than me...

recently i was feeling sorry for myself about the fact that i still have to visit a laundromat weekly as my apartment building does not have laundry facilities (and while it may be shocking to some, it is a little cost prohibitive for an unpaid intern to own their own home in los angeles...). but, the funny thing is that eric clapton (yes THE eric clapton!) goes to the same laundromat as me. there was a period of about 3 weeks where he was going every single day and doing one load of laundry each day. wild, huh? the guy that manages the place told me he even offered to do it for him to which eric replied "what else am i going to do if i don't do this?"  funny how life works out.  he could afford to buy his own laundromat filled with people doing it for him yet chooses to go to mine just for something to do.  if you want to view footage of him at the mat you can google his name and laundry and view footage. or, you could just click on this link from when the hard hitting celebrity news folks at tmz got wind of it and decided to stalk him there....
http://www.tmz.com/2011/03/02/eric-clapton-laundromat-video-footage-washing-machine-clothes/

so, back to my awful cad homework i go (i decided to take a little break from it to write this post..)...

until next time!


the almost 40 year old intern

Thursday, July 7, 2011

celebrating independence

this weekend started with an amazing 4th of july on monday! i spent the day at a new friend's place (i met her in one of my creative classes while finding myself) in the venice canals.  if you haven't been, you should totally check out this hidden part of los angeles. her super cute bungalow is facing one of the canals and we spent the day watching a rubber duck race (i use the word "race" generously as those rubber ducks sort of meandered down the canal rather than raced) as well as some wind only boat races (no oars or engine power of any kind allowed).  it felt like an old fashioned american 4th of july! i just needed some sparklers! too bad they are illegal here.... and funny that the majority of the folks at the celebration i attended were british!  that evening i went to the hollywood bowl for a picnic and  fireworks, all while grooving to the sweet sounds of hall and oates! all in all a really great day!

interning this week has involved completing the project from last week of selecting 700 books for a client's library. the designer that gave me the project apologized to me today for giving me such a tedious task.  are you kidding me??? i told her i am just pretending i am stocking my own library and picking art and design books i only dream of owning. i hope the client is happy with a large percentage of mid century modern design books....

cad class is really hard. i almost cried in class tuesday night because i was so frustrated with the fact i am just not catching on as quickly as i would like to! i need to really buckle down this weekend and practice.

my jewelry metal smithing class starts up again tomorrow and i am very excited as we have been on a month break and i have so many ideas i can't wait to make a reality!

thought you might enjoy these pics from the 4th!

the ducks beginning their race down the canals


the boat race in progress as the ducks are still at it! love how these smart kids used umbrellas for wind power!


and the hollywood bowl fireworks show during hall & oates



until next time....

the almost 40 year old intern