know your tool

 tool*  is a device that can be used to produce an item or achieve a task, but that is not consumed in the process. Informally the word is also used to describe a procedure or process with a specific purpose. Tools that are used in particular fields or activities may have different designations such as Instrument, Utensil, Implement, Machine, or Apparatus.

 tool * one who lacks the mental capacity to know he is being used. A fool. A cretin. Characterized by low intelligence and/or self-esteem.

 Tool * is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1990.
Tool emerged with a heavy metal sound on their first studio album Undertow in 1993, and later became a dominant act in the alternative metal movement with the release of their second effort, ├ćnima, in 1996. 

Needle-nose pliers . My friend Amy swears this is the only tool you need for almost any job. I agree. For this reason.... I was using a Stanley SharpShooter Heavy-Duty T50 Staple Gun  to attach fresh ivy to a table the morning of my niece's wedding. I missed the edge and stapled my finger instead.  At the emergency room before the Doctor  arrived (he was en route) the nurses and other staff were very curious and taking bets on just how the Doctor would remove the staple. It was embedded quite far into my finger. The Doc shows up, takes one look and sends a nurse to the hardware store for a pair of needle nose pliers. Bing, bang, boom, staple out...on with the wedding. Needle nose pliers. The right tool for any job, even those that require a shot of Lidocaine.

                                                           "Don't force it... get a bigger hammer."

                                                                           Arthur Block

"'s about your snout..."

I loved  the show 'Designing Women'  from the get go. Four smart, funny, sarcastic women who run their own interior design company (Sugarbakers). What's not to love? So many of the episodes are classic, but  the episode where Bernice gets a nose job tops my list.  Here's how it shook out.

Bernice surprises everyone at Sugarbakers with the news she is having plastic surgery to make herself look younger. After seeing a computerized reconstruction of her face, she insists on taking a loan against her life insurance policy to pay for the operation. However, when the surgeon makes her nose look like a pig's, everyone is afraid of telling Bernice the truth.
JULIA: I want you to bring her back here afterwards for a drink, and all of us will sit down and gently as possible just be honest with her.
SUZANNE:  Oh, that outta be easy. We'll just get her liquored up real good and say "'s about your snout...." 

Below, I've rooted out some the best snouts in design. Enjoy.

Who wouldn't want a Pig Table to serve their guests? "Furniture to fall in love with at first sight or hate forever."

Last but not least.
 I would like to introduce you to "Flo". I bought this pig in China Town Chicago for my oldest daughter to save money for a cross county trip she and a friend were planning. The first coins to go in the slot  fell out her feet, they were covered with black tissue paper.. who knew? The trip never happened. Turns out Flo is not so good at saving money, what goes in, comes right out. But, she makes a good door stop, and oh what a face! LOVE.

a different kind of pop art

*my pop is the father of six girls and a self taught artist. One of my first memories of his art is a mural he did in charcoal on a large red wall in our living room. It was a stagecoach with horses, it seemed to jump off the wall into the room.  I loved it.

He also created  a barn 'look' on the second floor landing of our house. Complete with split rail fencing used for the stair rail - the only thing between us and certain death was termite ridden timber. But, it looked fabulous! Our house had only one bathroom and with seven females in the house including my Mom, you can imagine how my Dad felt the need to make his mark (so to speak) in the one room he really had no control over. Thus, began our summer spent retrieving rocks from the river; for what would become the most famous bathroom in town. It was a good size room with a long wall of mirrors, a claw foot tub, the essential toilet and a window.  Pop's idea was to surround the tub in rock, it was really deep so he added a couple of concrete stairs, otherwise you needed a boost (awkward)  - he also added a  planter to the back of the tub (where else would all the plastic flowers go). Tub, done.  Why stop there? He also build a four inch rock platform for the toilet to sit on. The toilet itself was also surrounded with sharp pointy rocks. The only way to avoid being cut to shreds while using the bathroom for it's main purpose, was to sit with your legs straight out. Toilet, done. As word got out about the river rock bathroom, we had kids we didn't even know asking to come see it. It didn't hurt that three sides of our house were painted red, the forth side white. Going east, white. Going west, red. To this day, friends fondly remember my Dad's river rock master piece, and the almost red house with all the lights on!

He went on to build more stuff , paint statutes, and furniture, (some of which was in the home of Johnny and June Cash). These days he paints ladies from book covers (you might recognize the Penguin cover from The Fountainhead) magazines anything that catches his eye. My sisters and I always look forward to the next thing to be built, painted or otherwise Popified. LOVE.

"i'm takin' the dog, dumb-ass"

This is one of my all time favorite lines from the movie Legally Blond. Elle helps Paulette get her dog back, and with new found confidence Paulette tells her boyfriend she's takin' the dog. To me, this is a victorious statement. I use the line when I feel I've overcome something difficult or taken a chance and it pays off.  This blog lay dormant for over a year, until I decided. "I'm takin' the dog, dumb-ass" 

My favorite line and a some of my favorite furniture - together at last.

Jimmie Martin Ltd.*  was established in 2004,  by Jimmie Karlsson and Martin Nihlmar.  The duo  quickly attracted attention for their signature combination of classic elements blended with an ultra-modern, eccentric touch. Examples of some of the "I love must have one chairs" are below. Walk yourself on over to the

collage art

collage  art *  is a work of formal art, made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.
A collage may include newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of colored or hand-made papers, portions of other artwork, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper, canvas, or board. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years.
The term collage derives from the French "colle" meaning "glue".This term was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.

Javier Rodriguez*  was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1975 and studied at the Federico Brandt Art School, Caracas.  Three of his images are below. Check out his blogspot.  LOVE.

"On rapture of the heart from mental emotion" collage on board.

"Morimur"  collage on board

"The  great confinement " collage on paper

Angelich Paez *  has been making collages for over 15 years. She sells some of her work on etsy.  Check out her website
Table talk.
Center of gravity

Prada meets Frye