Monday, January 26, 2015

Ombre Cake

This cake sort of marks an occasion. Not only was it for my daughter's 5th birthday party but it was an actual creative domestic project that I completed.  It's been a while and I'm hoping to tap back into my creative side. 2014 was one CRAZY-ASS year for me. I put Katch Studios on hold to focus on my full time job as the art director for Motorcyclist magazine.
We went through a huge redesign that was awesome but stressful. It's over 100 years old! Creating a new logo for this brand was a big deal and I'm super stoked with what I came up with.

And while my full time job requires a lot of creativity it's just not the same as what I do with Katch. MC is my manly side, Katch is definitely my girly side. Two entirely different worlds. But I love both.

So now that things have calmed down a bit I've been thinking more about Katch. I'm going to be putting a whole bunch of stuff on my Etsy site and try another flea market booth in Old Town Tustin.
I hate making new years resolutions but I'm really going to try and focus on this for 2015. In my copious spare time of course! I'd even like to blog some more. Promises, promises!

Wish me luck!!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

New Master Bath!

Hey-O! Look at this - we have a completed project! The Master Bath in our home is usable and fully functional. Well... we still need to mount the tp holder that is somehow missing a part, but that's not holding us back. And we LOVE it! The photos don't do it justice because there is terrible natural light in this room but you guys can get the gist of it.

It wasn't horrible before but what we couldn't stand was the shower or coffin, as I liked to call it. I'm only 5'3" but I felt extremely claustrophobic in it. There was no light in there so you were pretty much showering in the dark. And it was only about 30x32 inches. I don't know what the architect in the 50's was thinking with this one!

We had it torn down to the frame, added all new copper plumbing and drains and added a 12" wall to pull the shower out. Makes such a huge difference! We chose a carrera marble vanity top and tiles in the shower, and faux wood ceramic tiles on the floor.

It's so fancy! Ahhhh......

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Holiday Succulent Wreath

Finally getting around to decorating for the holidays. And trying to do that with the two tornadoes (my daughters) isn't so easy.  But I managed to make a wreath. It's a super basic one with noble tree trimmings, succulents and dusty miller. I just wired everything together onto a metal hanger from the dry cleaners. So all the materials were FREE! My kind of wreath!

While I'm super excited that this is the first Christmas that I actually have a mantle to hang my stockings, I wish the rest of the wall looked good. Meh, maybe next year. Oh, and BTW, don't buy "composite" leather anything. You can see my lovely "leather" chair is falling apart. We've only had that for about a year. Maybe Santa will bring us a new one for Christmas. And maybe a bigger house too. Not totally stoked that the tree is shoved into the corner but we have no where else to put it. Please Santa! Cross your fingers!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Creepy Ghosts and Bats

I LOVE Halloween. But this year I have two kids under the age of 4 and they're really eating into my scary movie time. I'm a horror fanatic. So if making tissue ghosts and paper bats is as close to spooky-ness as I can get, well, I guess I'll take it. But The Walking Dead still has the highest priority on my DVR... can't take that away from me. Not even lame football.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Vintage TV Cabinet

 After having a new sliding-glass door installed and our jungle of a backyard butchered, I finally have enough light to take a picture of our new-ish TV cabinet. It's a vintage buffet that we found at a local antique shop. The previous owner painted it white and distressed it. It fits all of our electronic media in it but what I like best about it is that it's narrow. We actually gained about five inches of floor space from the last Ikea cabinet we had.

That's all for today. Have a good week! ;)

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Late 1800s Fireplace Mantle

This post is for Kelly. ;) Thank you so much for commenting on my Instagram post. I was going to send a long-winded response but I thought a blog post would be more fitting. Here's the deal, people: I just acquired this Victorian era fireplace mantle FOR FREE. A HUGE thank you to Bud from Buttermilk Sky. Sadly we cleared out the brick-and-mortar store today but Buttermilk Sky will live online. Sign up for his newletter for updates!

Back to the mantle. I love it. It fits the opening to my fireplace perfectly. Back up 60 years when this house was built...

The original brick of the fireplace extended to the ceiling and out to the line under the long, vertical mirror. The people who lived here before us cut the brick down to where it is now (pictured). They tried to match the existing wood paneling and that turned out to be a pretty shoddy job. So NOW the paneling is separating from the wall, and where the brick hearth on the floor meets the wall, is just plywood under the carpet. I hate this carpet. The combined dining/living space of this home is determined by the edge of the carpet. The original wood floor was refinished through out the rest of the house. Why did they not do this in the living area?? Also note: the line of the separating paneling behind the vertical mirror, changes angle to the other side of the fireplace and the brick follows that angle. It's so messed up. I can't stand it. Does that make sense? That wall bends. It is not flat. In order to make that wall flat I have to rip out ALL of the brick including the hearth on the floor.

SO, in order to make this mantle work, do I rip out the entire wall and refinish the entire floor? Or do I cut the brick down to fit the mantle, rebuild the wall to the current "angle" and patch the floor?? Tough decision! I wonder what the cost difference is. Anybody know a good floor guy??

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Kitchen Banquette

Just pretty-ing up my kitchen banquette. We've had it completed for about a year now. I don't think I can get sick of it. Banquettes are a must! If you have the space for it...


 My new Lil' Buddy the vintage partridge. Got him at an estate sale. Was thinking of selling him but I don't think I can. He's so cute!