If I were to identify whom might be my number one influence in my artistic endeavors, it most certainly would be Dr. Seuss aka Theodore Geisel. While Walt Disney the man, not the brand is close, Seuss was a bit more of a rags to literary wealth success story, which for me embodies the American dream. He single handidly changed the way in which young people learn to read and in turn see the world around them.
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." - Dr. Seuss
On this special day acknowledging Mr. Geisel, please allow me to geek out for a bit and share some of my favorite Seuss and Seussisms.
By popular demand, I've added a new series to my Speedway Racing Collection of wall art. The new pieces explore the thrill of speed with images of a race car, mx motorcycle, mechanic type ephemera, vintage signage and more. The works are available as individual images or combined into a nine image collage with either a cream or black grid border.
Visit my shop's Transportation category to see this piece and many more race inspired pieces perfect for boy's rooms, teen spaces and of course the man cave.
Soccer Art - Line Up Collection
$30.00 - $169.00
Football Art - Line Up Collection
$30.00 - $169.00
Baseball Art - Line Up Collection
$30.00 - $169.00
Rugby Art - Line Up Collection
$30.00 - $169.00
Cricket Art - Line Up Collection
$30.00 - $169.00
Lacrosse Art - Line Up Collection
$30.00 - $169.00
Basketball Art - Line Up Collection
$30.00 - $169.00
I hurriedly met with Mr. D as a response to his heartfelt plea for help. You see, he and his wife just divorced and their three year old daughter was not adjusting well. Her world of routines, togetherness and familiar places had just been turned upside down. The sale of their home had mom and dad leaving for separate new places. Mr. D found a quaint farmhouse to rent. He had one week until Jane's first visit and that's where I come in. His plea- "will you make her room amazing?"
Finding myself with little notice and a newly divorced man's budget I scoured my retail haunts for furniture and findings that would fit lil' Jane's personality. She loves to draw, make forts, play dress up, be read to and the colors purple and pink. The plan was for me to help her adjust to her new home by making her room "hers". Outside of a few stuffed animals and some dress up clothes, I had to find treasures to fill the room from floor to ceiling, and stay on budget.
One week later, the white walled, dark floored room was filled with what I would hope she would come to love as "her room" and "her things". The end result....well....
Rather than my babble further, here's what Mr.D sent me- "Aaron, I wanted to extend to you my sincere appreciation for your hard work with Jane's room. There are so many wonderful options for Jane and her new room signifies the wonderful girl she is. At one point while she and I were in the room playing I almost broke down crying because it just felt so right, right for Jane and I in this moment. She adores her new room and I can't even tell you how special it is to have you come into our life at such a difficult time and help make it better. We couldn't be happier!"
I'm happy to report that Jane is doing much better, she and her new kitty "Tiger" are enjoying her and her daddy's new home. Mr. D, having experienced this makeover, now has me working his new bedroom into a manly refuge. I'll post about it soon.
To fill Jane's room on a modest budget, I relied upon some big bang for the buck items and a few fast and effective fixes.
If you have a trick or tip on transforming a plain white walled rental, I'm sure my readers would love to hear about it. Your comments are welcome!
My friends at Boy's Fort in Portland referred a wonderful family to me. They wanted a loft bed for their daughters room, one that was rustic, modern and that worked well with the other furnishings in the room.
After a couple rounds of drawings and pouring over finish samples, the idea came to fruition. It was to be made of reclaimed old growth fir. I designed into it a headboard that had a classic shape to it. The horizontal lines from the boards were highlighted by not butting the boards together. The finish complimented the bed underneath and drew in the variations of cream and gold around it.
My clients loved being part of the design process. The final product definitely reflected the points they were enthusiastic about. I also loved the opportunity to put my personal spin on those elements.
The finishing techniques allowed the grain, vintage saw cuts and character to come through. Light sanding and application of multiple coats of matte clear and a final waxing assured that the texture would not be rough to the touch.
It's always great bringing to life the dreams others have. In a way its like being an interpreter of sorts. Translating vision into reality. I love my job.
A local pediatric office commissioned us to create a treehouse for their lobby. The office was going through a remodel and a new waiting area was being carved out of obsolete storage areas and halls.
The office has a jungle theme. There are creatures in terrariums like a chameleon, turtles and tanks of fish. The doctor wanted something unusual to tie into the theme. We discussed lots of options and came up with a tree house. Now, the word tree house is a bit broad in concept considering 1) there is no tree in the office and 2) the ceiling is low at 8 foot.
I worked out a way to elevate the play space of the tree house, giving the illusion of a height and created access through a hollowed out pretend tree trunk. The exterior is designed to look as if it was built using various parts from other structures. A palm and banana tree were created to look as if they hold up part of the structure.
If you cruise the blog and our social media sites you will see we specialize in creating unusual things. If your professional office, home or business need something unique to entertain your customers give us a call. We'll dream something up for you.
The imaginary world of superheroes has grown into a sub-culture phenomena. The caped wonders have influenced everything from candy to luxury cars. Gathering places like Pinterest are flooded with super easy, primitive hero DIY's. As an experienced maker of things, I love the challenge of something more difficult. As I'm sure many of you do.
Here I've gathered a collection of 12 superhero DIY's varying in difficulty. They range from easy Kryptonite Jello to multi-step latex hero eye masks. I hope you enjoy the selection as much as I do. If you tackle any of them let me know how they turn out.
The Geeksmiths over at The Geek Forge are sharing instructions on how to make your own professional grade superhero gloves. You could scale them up or down, making them perfect for adults and kids alike. If you want to take their DIY one step further try using multiple colored fabrics to recreate your favorite hero costumes.
With this easy to follow DIY video, Sarza the South from Nsomniaks Dream will help you create a custom eye mask. These latex wonders are akin to what live actors wear in the superhero movies. Be sure to check out her YouTube channel for all kinds of hero and otherworldly make-up effects.
Want a great gift for a superhero fan? Why not make them a one-of-a-kind comic book wallet. The talented team at ForUsToBe have laid out detailed instructions on how to create a wallet using a standard comic book. It's a great idea! Who better to protect your Benjamins than a superhero?
Suddenly, there's a demand for those idle satellite dishes that you see on roofs. I know I'm guilty of having one parked on my roof. Seamster from Instructables.com has the ultimate repurposing guide to transform one of those dishes. Follow the straight forward instructions and you'll have a movie prop quality Captain America shield.
Before you comment that building a cloud is a bit of a superhero stretch, I must remind you that there's quite a few heroes that control the weather. Plus, I can totally see this in a kids room with an action figure flying by. Talk about playtime fun! Serena over at The Farm Chicks takes you step by step, with quality photos. I suppose at step three you could paint your clouds silver. That way when things get tough you'll aways have a cloud with a silver lining! I know, I know.... I had to go there.
I'm excited to have been contacted by a TV show producer who's interested in me as a host for a collaborative design show. While nothing is ever a sure thing, I'm always stoked to have the opportunity to pitch the idea.
Oh..baby, where's some nursery inspiration when you need it?
Check out Red Tricycle's 11 knock out nursery picks, there's inspiration for just about everyone. You might even recognize one of them....http://redtri.com/…/gender-neutral-nursery-design-…/slide/7/
Mural client reunion! I painted this Portland inspired cherry blossom tree mural for lil Harper before she was born. I finally got to meet her as we now are planning her big girl room. Her baby sister will inherit the nursery, once she arrives in Dec.
Adding some color wow to the POW. I reworked a client proposal into a new mood board to share. I wanted to shake up the atypical superhero color scheme. What do you think? I'm kinda digging the new yellow toned metallic trend.... Of course that's my Superhero Pow art that we personalize. Thank you fictitious Aiden!
Who said no more monkeys jumping on the bed? Not me...jump away my friends, jump away! One more dreamers wish crossed off the list...now what? More jumping! Thank you to my friends who patiently watched their bedroom evolve from a brown and hunter green adult bedroom into a lil' girl's hangout, bedroom and performance space. Can I get a Ta Da!
My super combo custom bunk, platform bed, fort and stage is in the final stages of installation. Next up trim, chalkboard, lighting and carpet!
Good day citizens! My allies at Newport Cottages, codename C.R.I.B. have revealed their top secret plans for superhero decor domination. One of my top performing agents is involved in this less than covert operation Action Figure. Read it while you can. This message will self destruct in 5, 4, 3...
I'm a little late to the party.... I just found out that my Dr. Seuss inspired table and pendant lamp were featured in Apartment Therapy's round up of Seuss-ified spaces. I'm happier than a Who sipping moose juice. Considering my studio walls are lined with vintage Seuss memorabilia and pre-commercial collectibles finding inspiration was a little easy.
I was just talking Seuss with a client today. We realized that we had collaborated years ago. She was the choreographer and I designed some sets for a high school dance group back in 2001 who's performance was inspired by the Sneetches. You know, Stars upon thars. I'll have to dig around and see if I can find an uploaded video. Update: I found a video. see below, I was quite proud of my rolling 6 foot cube that unfolded like origami into a star off / star on machine. Technically, I wanted it to be 6 and 3/4 feet from under it's rolling go wheelies to the top of its peak.
Welcome to my Embellishments Journal, it's a new feature. I will be posting about some of our projects, sharing pictures and interesting things. Chime in, ask questions and keep your arms and hands inside the ride until it comes to a complete stop. -Aaron