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Monday, Monday

Whew, what a weekend! Our night at Middleton (Thursday) as a lot of fun and we got some pretty decent photos. Friday was scrambling for various home things and to finish several pillows for the closing weekend of the Farmers Market. Saturday was a record day and it was sad to say goodbye to many new friends made during the season. Fingers crossed that we’re in for next year!

Here’s one of the few shots I’ve edited and most likely my favorite of the batch, antlers in the tanning shed.

I’ll have more photos online this week as well as some shop updates. I keep saying I’m going to update the shop and yet… it hasn’t happened. I seriously need some inspiration for the styling of the pillows when they’re photographed.

New traditions

We’re heading out to Middleton Inn & Gardens to celebrate Michael’s birthday… a week early. We did it last year and had such a blast. We’ll head over early and hit the gardens for late afternoon photographing (weather permitting) before getting into our room for the evening’s festivities. We’ll take a long stroll on Friday and head back home.

Here are a few shots from last year…

Insert KermitOMGYay.gif badge here, please!

Oh Instagram, may I never tire of you.

Michael mostly finished my new spool and bobbin holders yesterday! I had two of these little things at the other house but I quickly outgrew them and I wasn’t happy that I couldn’t hang my bobbin with it’s matching spool. But now, I’m just one step away! Okay, two if you count mounting. I thought we had enough green spray paint left over from one of our chairs, but alas, not. I don’t know what color it will be but I will post the finished pieces tomorrow.

Bon Weekend – Muwhahahahahah!

We’re a few steps closer to next year’s frightening show. Michael had an old 22 amp variac that needed work because of water damage. He fixed it and then built a beautiful case to house it. The meter is vintage Weston that he modified by installing two blue LED’s inside.

As the title states… Muwhahahahahahahahaha!


Only three days left!

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Happy Monday – Infected with more technology

I’ve had the Instagram app on my phone for a long time but have never used it. As I’ve become a little more active on Twitter I’ve noticed many people using it, so when a couple of my our friends came to visit this weekend and took some sweet shots via the app, I got hooked. Here are a couple of Michael’s studio.

We left the Samhain decorations up for them to see in person, and here’s one of Steph’s shots.

Oh yeah, this app is a keeper.

The Mad Scientist makes his yearly appearance.

Monday was a blur (wait, I can’t believe it’s Wednesday!) and we didn’t get a chance to get the porch set up how we did last year, but in the end, it’s the lightning show that matters anyway! The kids were thrilled, some were terrified and some speechless. Many of the parents remembered last year and all had a great time!

It’s hard to capture the corona while standing at a distance and without a tripod, but here are a few shots from the phone of the coils in action.

Michael had his small Jacobs Ladder on the other small porch rail. We wanted to use the big one but that requires bringing THE VERY HEAVY TRANSFORMER downstairs. In the past we’ve had the benefit of using the carpet on the stairs to help it up and down and now that it’s gone we need to find another easy way. Monday was not the day to craft something!

Huston, we have lift off!

Last week’s failed attempt at a quick and inexpensive caster addition to my prep table was remedied with a wooden dowel and bolt.

Awesome but now it was too tall for my comfort so out came the hacksaw and we chopped off it’s legs. It kind of felt like an episode of The Sopranos.

Much better and still a fraction of what the cost would be from a restaurant supply place.

Dinner with the Mad Scientist

ETA: Many thanks to Sarah Rae at Apartment Therapy for loving our stuff so much she featured us again! ♥

I’m imagining this will be what our home looks like when were old and Michael’s laboratory is filled with amazing pieces. Well, in my fantasies it does… minus the dirty plates and glasses. 😉 I think what I love most is that I didn’t have to clean or polish ANYTHING! The glasses and plates are all smudged and dusty and the silver is tarnished. All of it. I would love to build on this theme next year, bringing some of Michael’s larger Tesla coils/other HV ‘toys’ down from his studio. They do have to come downstairs for the big porch scene for Halloween night so we might as well bring them down early.

Oh, in case it was missed, here is the Aged Label DIY tutorial!

The skull prints were found on BibliOdyssey {so, so much love for that site}, resized and a little Photoshopped to clean up a bit. Propped up against the skull is an antique medical slide. I had six in my studio and after this venture I now have five. Oh well!

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Bon Weekend – Small things take up large chunks of time.

What is this? An azalea in my garden? It cannot be! Well, it is and it’s one of the things that has kept me away from blogging for two weeks. Michael first started playing with bonsai when he was about 13 and has wanted to be able to take it to another level. We had the opportunity recently to invest in a lot of bonsai pots and decided it was now or never. He has a few trees that he’s been working with for a some time and he’s transplanted them to the more traditional pots. After seeing images of mature azalea bonsai, I couldn’t resist. But only in this state.

Here are a few of the many trees we’ve been working on, some new and some have been around for a bit.  (more…)

Electrometer

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some tinkerings from the other side of the hall, so here’s a sweet little gadget Michael finished last night.

Says Michael, “I’ve been experimenting with a device that way be able to suck the free electrons from the Earth. The Earth is a big capacitor which contains free electric charges. If it is possible to create or to find a potential imbalance between two points in the ground, it seems possible to suck additional electrons from the ground and thus to create an increase of the current flow through a wire connected between these two points. Early in his researches in Colorado Springs, Nikola Tesla wanted to collect free energy from the Earth capacitor between the ground and the ionosphere by the use of a parametric resonance with the TMT project. Later, Tesla found that it is possible to do the same process with only the use of the ground by using the natural imbalance of the ground potential produced by the telluric currents flow underground and Tesla found that this could be done by the use of an asymmetric displacement of current. To help me find the imbalance of the ground potential on the surface of the Earth induced by underground telluric currents, I have built and I use a experimental surface tellurmeter (a low impedance electrometer).”

I’ll just call it purrty.

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