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've been working on some new mood boards for boy's rooms and keep coming across terrific DIY's and uses for old baseballs. Then it dawned on my... I should share them! So, here are 11 great ways to use baseballs for home decor and 1 accessory I thought was clever for you moms to check out.
I've worked hard to find the original sources for these DIY's. Please, if you share or Pin them always link back so the original source can be found. If you want creatives to share their ideas in the future, then please honor and reward them with the original source link. I've also watermarked the images with the sources so they don't get stripped by the pinning sites.
#1- BASEBALL BOOKENDS
Amanda over at Kaleidoscope of Colors grew up with great baseball memories. Here she busts out the power tools to create these terrific bookends. They're simple and perfect.
#2- RECLAIMED PALETTE BASEBALL FLAG
Heralded as a Fourth of July project, Courtney from Sweet C designs has a DIY that's perfect, at least I think so, for a boy's room, nursery or man cave. It will have you rubber necking while you drive, looking for palettes to transform.
#3- SHADOW BOX BASEBALL FLAG
The age old tool brand Craftsman is offering a how to video that will walk you through the steps to create this timeless treasure. For a kids room friendly variation I'd suggest painting the bats. Imagine them in a grey toned color scheme or the classics red and white.
#4- BASEBALL LAMP BASE
Kirsten dons her gloves and hopefully protective eyewear to drill some baseballs turning an inexpensive lamp into a custom home run. She blogs over at Paint Speckled Paw Prints.
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.
Remember that sheetrock pillar I cut open to discover what was inside? Well, it housed two steel posts. The master plan was to replace the boring sheetrock with a studio sculpted tree. With it having two posts, the plan changed to a two trunk tree.
To wrap one post the tree needed to be installed in two pieces. Now that two trunks were needed, it took some creative seam work to wrap both posts. Here are some snapshots reflecting a before and after. This project also included our creating a pretend fruit/market cart that would house all those freebie dental hygiene products that the dentist gives his clients. Packaged toothbrushes, floss and trial size toothpaste have zero visual appeal, so we integrated them into boxes and bins within the cart. They're now hidden in plain sight.
Thanks Dr. James for the fun project. Check off one more installation in our quest to turn boring dental spaces into theme park like kiddie wonderlands!
Can you guess where this is?
The studio's embellishing elves were busy last night installing one of our latest endeavors. It's a delicious mix of studio woodwork, props, and synthetic fruit and vegetables. It's designed to resemble an open air market cart. I'll give you a hint.... Towards the top, those packages look an awfully a lot like toothbrushes.
We've uploaded some new mood boards with our art offerings on Etsy. The theme based story boards explore bedroom ideas for football, the ever popular superhero and the classic transportation look.
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!
Newport Cottages has their Newport, CA store is all decked out in "this guys" art! Thank you Pockets, Cristina and the NC gang for all you do!
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.
My family loves to spot my artwork on TV for me. One of my keen eyed spotters noticed my vintage princess crown art hanging on the wall at Joey Wahl Arts Children's Boutique in LA, during Kim Kardashian's visit. While it's no ringing endorsement from the pregnant reality star, it's an art spotting none the less. My daughter thought it was tweetable. OMG!
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
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