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SoKaN’s El-D (yes, we’ve claimed him) has been building a coffee table out of pallet wood.  He’s getting close to the end of his project.  Check out his tutorial on the project:

Reclaimed pallet coffee table – December 2013.

I have been neglecting my SoKaN achivist duties the past few months. You might have noticed by the previous posts, I have been a bit overwhelmed (in wonderful ways).

So much has happened so fast that I feel like my life is going by in dog years. At least six years worth of life have been crammed into the last 10 months. With the arrival of autumn, things are slowly winding down. Several projects are drawing to a close or are now being carried by their own momentum. I think I can  return now to being a Good Archivist.  And there is quite a lot to report.

First off, back in May (May!) The Angry Russian debuted The Angry Russian’s Birdhouses at the “All Things Art” festival.  Here’s an amusing behind-the-scenes tidbit:  as The Angry Russian was building these birdhouses, a mama robin built her nest four feet away from his construction site…

Yep.  Right on top of the weedeater.  As he worked, I could almost hear her tweeting (the oldschool way), “Dude, you are not doing that fast enough….I got babies on the way here!”

Brace yourself. Here comes a picture of her naked babies…

They’re alive, although you’d never know it from that picture.  No wonder (normal) birds build their nests in trees – nobody needs to see that sort of thing!  But now you have and there’s no going back.

The Angry Russian made his birdhouses from reclaimed wood that was once someone’s fence.

Then sometime around June or July (it’s a bit of a blur), SoKaN hit “The Big One,” where SoKaN’s Elitest Jerk peddled her beady peeps and BeadyBoop peddled various beaded accessories.

I didn’t spend much time at that event because by then we had moved to Peace.Love.Home. and I was running around chasing butterflies doing very important work…

…like cleaning out the barn.  The previous owner had left the barn full of stuff, like Christmas trees and scarecrows and chairs and party games and a bunch of chipped dishes and clay flowerpots…so I decided to experiment with a little mosaic work with her (now my) stuff. As it turns out, I excell at breaking stuff.

But my mosaic pot was dangerous to touch and a little off kilter.  Kinda like me.

Still, I enjoyed this a lot.  Next I want to do make a birdhouse to match my pot.  Maybe I’ll eventually set up an off-kiltered-mosaic-stuff garden next to the Greek-ruins ensemble.

And then dear LORD we had Goat Days!  The Nutters were selling stuff, or something…I guess, but how anyone could expect me to concentrate on all that when I was surrounded by so much Goaty Goodness is completely beyond me. I mean just LOOK:

I was so completely overwhelmed and carried away by all the Goaty Goodness at Goat Days that I somehow managed to wind up alone and behind the scenes of a traveling circus…

I got kicked out of the circus by a very short man whose picture I did not get, but whose likeness I just rendered for you in Photoshop.

Then, last month, Skattur and I did the Broad Avenue Artists Market Renaissance, which was a cool event organized by local artist, Shaun Barber.  It was a “just show up and do your thing” sort of event.  There were instrument makers, painters, jewelry designers,  musicians, and knitters and nutters, who showed up and did their thing.

The fantastic work of Scott at Tribal Spirits Flutes

Skattur has been creating (and selling) fun stuff like crazy.  Here are a few of her awesome bird feeder and garden plate designs –  all made from repurposed materials purchased at Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

And finally, tomorrow SoKaN will be at the Broad Avenue Art Walk and Art Bark.  If you’re in the area, stop by!

And I think I have finally been a Good Little Archivist and covered all my bases.  Until next time!

xx

Nothing is what it was intended to be, in the hands of a creative person.
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You know how the contestants on the Price Is Right jump up and down when they win something exciting?

That’s exactly what I did when I first laid eyes on the gift Skattur & Wendell created for the farmwarming party.  In a fit of inspired genius the two transformed an old bike into a new sign for the upcoming business.

The sign will be posted in front of the office once The Angry Russian has completed rennovations.

“The Devil is in the Details” is what he (The Devil) told me to entitled this post.  Mind you this was before I had even considered blogging about this. I was simply taking the pictures to show the family how industrious we’d been.  Yes, we.  He may have done all the heavy lifting (and sawing, hammering, prying, and everything involving dirt and serious effort) but someone had to hand feed him chips while he worked, take the pictures, ‘oooooh and aaaaaaah’ over everything, decide where things should go, and listen to his step-by-step tutorial like a good apprentice carpenter (as if I would be doing all this for myself someday).  Plus, I’m the one, apparently, who must work into the late hours of the night writing the blog, so here we go.

It all started with a simple pallet (or palate, if you prefer) and a need for salad material.  I wanted to plant arugula and spinach and he wanted to destroy something.

The Devil Wields His Saw of Destruction

So he did.

The Devil Beats the Nails into Submission

At this point in the lecture he wanted me to be sure to mention that he was recycling even the nails.

Voila, Hanging Pallet Planters

The Devil filled the planters with dirt, planted arugula and spinach seeds and hung the pallets on the fence.

Then to be ironic, I put a bird on it.

 

I’ll have you know that bird was made from a repurposed vinyl record….as was this bird…

 

The bird was a nod to the crazy people of Portlandia (see video below).

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