Sharing a little link love…

1 08 2011

Sculptor/lighting artist David Wiseman creates some of the most beautiful home accessories I’ve ever seen. Look at his ceiling art here, a beautiful copper fireplace screen here and lovely branch-inspired lighting here. I’m even partial to his whimsical “collage chandelier” with its chain-woven spider web here.

Johnny Swing creates the most amazing furniture out of unexpected materials—glass jars, windshields and my favorite—coins. I love the “Quarter Chair,” made of 1,200 quarters! I would imagine you would want to keep this piece indoors—can’t you just imagine how hot it would get on a scorching summer day? Take a look at the “Nickel Couch,” made of approximately 7,000 nickels!

Corey Frye‘s blog, A French Frye in Paris, will take you on the journey of a 33-year-old New Yorker who married a Parisian girl, then headed for France in early 2010. He prose is witty and lively and the accompanying photos are wonderful. He takes you along on field trips all around the city, sharing history, romance, little-known facts, and funny stories about learning how to speak French with his in-laws and other extended family. I subscribe to his blog and every time he writes, I long to be in Paris!

On the arts & craft front: When I’m on a sewing binge, I frequently check out the new projects on www.sew4home.com. The projects are all relatively easy—a plus when you have multiple hobbies and never enough time to encompass them all. And on the subject of sewing, check out fiber artist Miyuki Sakai‘s amazing work here. She’s not your average illustrator—her drawing medium is thread! Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Country Home, Vogue, Seventeen and other magazines. She shares her secret: a portable straight stitch sewing machine, ordinary cotton blend fabric, extra ordinary sewing thread and magic hands. I’ll say!

And finally, I’d like to build one of these on a tiny bit of land (preferably with a view, or on a lake, or near the water) in each of the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Oregon, Washington state and Texas. I would then fly between each of those states, visiting to photograph each area in the best weather conditions and peak blooming times. I realize that I can’t store thousands of books in one of these (hmmm….but I could build a separate one just to house a library (and gardening tools…and photography equipment…and craft supplies…and…)! Designer Jay Schafer sells plans for houses ranging from 65 square feet (!) to 837 square feet (and some are even portable).


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1 08 2011
Betty Londergan

Great post! Really enjoyed the link .. no wonder you love ’em all!!

4 08 2011
thekingoftexas

I have more than enough space in my back yard for two of these homes, so that would satisfy your place in Texas. You and Michael could have His & Hers domiciles. Of course I would make a quaint walkway between the two homes—that back and forth every night would ruin my grass. As for the view—well, that apartment complex in back recently re-roofed everything and spruced up the area, so you would have a nice view and I could take down the fence on the west side—my neighbors have a hot tub, and the bird bath you set up in my yard is still in place and would be visible, and I keep it filled for that daily gathering of house finches—they love it!

We would probably draw a lot of attention from the media because your Liliputian houses and my Grobdingnagian house would provide a memorable contrast, very much as Gulliver observed in his travels to those countries. I’ll bet we would attract news media from all over the world!

An excellent post, with lots of links to interesting web sites—where do you find the time?

5 08 2011
cindydyer

I might just take you up on it, but honestly do either of us really think I could live in such a tiny house? Seriously? 😉 Where do I find the time? I stay up way too late and I apparently inherited your inability to get to sleep and stay asleep. It’s all your fault! 😉

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