Archive for November, 2006

Quiet Window Sill

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

This is the kind of simple and quiet detailing we are going for at the windows. Really there isn’t much, just a reveal below the wood sill at the bottom and the other three sides are sheetrock returned to the window. But it has to be done so well for it to look good I think.

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Landscape Plan v.1

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

Now that the house plans & elevations, especially the window sizes and configurations, are settling down we are turning our attention to the landscaping – hardscape and plants.

This is our first pass and after looking at it, I think we will probably move the water feature to the other side, so that the papyrus and other water plants will be visible from the Living Room and the Patio and not tucked so out of the way.

The outdoor fireplace is still up for discussion – although Larry suggested we use the Isokern fireplace which will save us some money.

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E.A.S.T. (East Austin Studio Tour)

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

We went on the E.A.S.T. with our friends Jeanine, Jack and Tom today and saw lots of new artists and their work and ate lots of their cookies and cake as well. We also visited with Bonnie Gammill, whose paintings we love and were lucky enough to get one of at last year’s tour, and Andrew Long, who started us off with our first ever art purchase two years ago. I guess our tastes haven’t changed because we still love both of their work. Bonnie also pointed out that our painting was featured on the joshspear.com website, which we had no idea about.

Today we went gaga over silk screen prints done by Adrienne Brabham who is an intern at the Flatbed Press & Gallery – we got five of them! Each one is so dear – I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon her work.

Tom also bought a piece – which he named “Bacon in Space”. I will post a picture of it if he will let me.

Jeanine worked out a possible trade with Holly Fisher, whose pool paintings she really liked, to design her website in exchange for a painting.

And this year, for the third year in a row, we set out with the intention of buying something from Sodalitas at the Bolm Studios, and the the third year in a row, we failed at this task. The piece we were interested in was sold already, and even if it wasn’t Jack and Jeanine were eyeing it too, so it may have been for the best that it was not available to any of us. I guess it is not meant to be… yet.

Here’s our Bonnie Gammill painting.

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Candy Cacti

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

I saw these cacti when I went to visit my friend, Patricia, at the office where she was working. The owner is an artist who built this small complex in east Austin – sorry to say I didn’t get his name – and he had collected all these cacti and had the steel planters built to house them. Look at the stucco walls too – I love the deep set windows.

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I was also trying out this Photoshop method, by Blurbomat, on the photo. Pretty cool! (If I say so myself, although it does look a bit like those fuzzy, sentimental cards that have little victorian girls with bright pink cheeks…hmmm.)

Okay, how cute are these chickens?

Friday, November 17th, 2006

These are the neighborhood chickens. And when we see them Scott and I drop everything to do with the house and follow them around snapping pictures like paparazzi. There are two black and whites, and two browns and they were all having a ball, clawing at the ground and eating “grubs”, I guess.

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Um, so here’s Scott and Larry (our contractor) looking at some plumbing and the formwork for the slab. The schedule right now is to pour the slab the day before Thanksgiving.

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