Saturday, July 4, 2015

Blind Buddha Guitars Update

Gun/cartridge belts converted to guitar straps. Vintage Bell & Howell speakers with new tube amps. 

Beautiful old banjo neck that will be used for a Blind Buddha Guitar. 

Wonderful true deco styled Ampro with two speakers that now also has a new EL84 tube amp installed. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Chalkboard Barn Door at Bad Monkey House

A few weeks back, I spotted this great old chalkboard scoreboard at one of my favorite vintage shops, The Furniture Girl. 

The store is only a couple blocks from the house and right next to Mike's Drive-In. Mike's is a great little local chain with an occasional corndog happy hour. Really. 

We were out for a walk, with Mike's corndogs on our mind, but stopping at Jill's, the one and only Furniture Girl is also a priority, because I've found such wonderful things there. 

The chalkboard came out of a bar in Montana and now has found a new home and use.  

The open space is about the same width as two doors -which we first thought about using- but after getting the chalkboard there was no question what to use. (I have two vintage doors with windows in them to play with now, too.)
First, I looked up barndoor hardware and saw the $$$ prices. 
Ack! Really? 
So, Mr. BMH figured out a way to make his own with a couple trips to local home supply stores. He also painted two fence boards black and screwed them onto each side of the chalkboard to help with stability and get the width right. 

The rolly thing is a pulley that was taken apart. It rests on a metal 'L' shaped steel stock. The black metal piece is a fence bracket. 

This is garage door hardware from
Home Depot. We put the same handle on the other side. All the hardware was only about $50-$60. Much, much less than the $300 and up prices I found for sliding barn doors on line. 
It works and looks so cool! I'm super happy how it turned out.  

What do you think?

The wall isn't really that weird color, that's what happens with artificial light, sometimes. This is in our basement, which is currently set up as a two bedroom apartment. Behind the new door is acess to another open space (that I desperately need to empty out), the laundry and the bathroom. 

We are thinking of using this space for Airbnb in the near future and this is one more step getting us ready to give that a try. They have set up offices in nearby Portland and it's been going well. 
Have you ever used Airbnb? 
Would you again? 


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Jewelry by Gretchen Nation

Freshwater Pearl with tiny antique steel cut French beads that were used to repair beaded bags and some wire wrapped silver iris glass beads. 

Nice 'chunk of real Turquoise with a chain tassel. 

Vintage Yellowstone Fob with African sand cast tribal beads that are from the 1800's, plus bone and shell beads. 

Some fun neck chains with Indian Head nickels, wings and stones. 

Silver plate heart and small real turquoise stone on a silver plated necklace. 

Vintage advertising knife with tribal beads on a chain long enough to slip over your head. 
Amazing detail on this hand carved Ox bone skull. It's with vintage black crystal rosary beads with silver connectors and a Victorian steel cut button. It's long enough to over your head. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blind Buddha Guitars in Guitar World Magazine

This really isn't about the band Slipknot, but it could be.  This is the current issue of Guitar World magazine with Slipknot on the cover. There's an article about Slash and Joe Bonamassa, too, but the real reason to pick up this issue is on one page in the back. 
This is a Blind Buddha Guitar in the current issue of Guitar World magazine. Weird it may be, it's still pretty awesome to see one of the guitars here. 
Do you think Slipknot or Slash or Joe Bonamassa were as thrilled to be in here? I bet we won that contest. ;) 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Special Order Blind Buddha Guitar

Vintage EKO inlaid guitar neck
Antique Flemish Box

This beautiful vintage Blind Buddha Guitar is now in Texas with Frank, a 6'7" Vietnam Vet, retired Army, Federal Marshal (like Tommy Lee in the Fugitive, but the real deal). We hope is is enjoying it as much as we did. Thanks, Frank! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

New Antique Wardrobe

Just picked up our new antique wardrobe from The Furniture Girl a few blocks away. Funny how the name gradually changed from wardrobe to armorie. All fancy and stuff. Like when did a master bath become an ensuite? Probably for the same reason, the price. 
The BMH moving and everything else 1968 Rooster Run Chevy C110 pick up, pretty cool isn't it? Bought it on eBay, no lie. Shipped out from back east or the mid west, I don't remember.  All that great hand painting was on it. Rooster Run, Ky is an actually place. I've managed to find snap back hats, thimbles, a clock, jacket a T-shirt and more. Funny thing is that one of the T-shirts was in England. 

Moving it from The Furniture Girl's shop, a few blocks away was easier than what came next. 
Rearranging to find it's just right spot was what took time. Of course the temp was in the near 90's and this old house has a large tree for shade, instead of AC, so I was hot and tired by the time I finished all the moving and cleaning. Funny how it was like dominos falling... move one and you have to move three other things. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Published in Stampington Summer Jewelry Affaire

thought I had shared this. I did on Facebook and Instagram, but not here. Social media and all that. 
This is number six for jewelry
publications, for me. Not that I'm counting. ;) It's a great feeling to know someone else believes what I've made is worthy of this. As in happy dance for days and days. 
This silver focal was a real treasure to find!
Dragon! I wish I knew where it originated and what it was before. 
Six and six. Six pieces, my sixth time being published. It was wonderful times six.