A long-time devotee of doodling, the kiddo Gadora spent many an hour practicing cursive, trying to emulate my Dad’s near-perfect Architectural lettering and scribbling my name in notebooks. I hadn’t a clue one could actually make a living manipulating letters. … Continue reading →
Just as rotten wood cannot be used for pillars, so base people cannot become masters. ~ Chinese Proverb Speaking of wood… the pieces for the 2nd Floor lounge are still coming together. We. Are. Almost. There. Gave a brief presentation … Continue reading →
There’s no rest for the weary. Though the suitably roomy L-shaped sofa has arrived, Gadora is still searching for extra seating for the 2nd Floor Lounge. I’m hoping it will be the place-to-be after all, so we’ll want enough space … Continue reading →
For the last couple of weeks, Gadora has been point person for the office’s 2nd floor lounge. The original vision: transform an otherwise pedestrian 19′ x 22′ office room with a well-appointed kitchenette into a vintage, yet modern, industrial space … Continue reading →
Gadora had a particularly fruitful day not long ago. By fruitful, I mean monetarily. In one single day, I’d sold and collected monies for two Still life watercolors I’d placed in our first-ever Office Art show, received payment for another … Continue reading →
A recent request from Horse-country, Texas: “I would really love for you to do a watercolor of my beloved Tibetan Terrier, Scarlett. How does the process work? How long does it take? I’m including a photo of Scarlett in the … Continue reading →
Folks, I have a new boyfriend. There. I said it. And we’re totally in love. We’ve DTR, yes we’re totally exclusive, and it’s kind of all I think about. I spend as much time as I can with my new … Continue reading →
Some things flourish with a mate. A great lounger and its perfect ottoman. Donny and Marie. Roller Derby and protective gear. Home-furnishings sometimes warrant a coupling of similar items and prove some things are better in pairs. Two candelabras on a well-set table. Or, a pair of lamps flanking a well-made bed. Matchy-matchy is sometimes nice.
And while Gadora is refurbishing a twosome of 3-drawer bed tables, at an admittedly snail-like pace, I’ve been obsessed with homely combos and dig these Mid-Mod speckled-ceramic lamp bases (shade not included) from Etsy Seller: FabulousMess.
60s Mid-Mod Lamps
A pair of Vintage Mid Century Modern bookshelf speakers. “Each speaker measures 13 1/2″ tall and 10″ in diameter,” adds Etsy Seller Modnique, and “have been tested and work great.” Not at all sure how the “bookshelf” comes into play, but here you are.
Late last year, Gadora spied a funky upholstered chair (to be refashioned later) along the side of the street. Free for the taking! I veered the car towards it, pulled the brake, and hopped out. With eyes on the prize, I stumbled (quite literally!) upon a tired and misshapen wire basket. Hmmmmm, I’ll take that too. Remembering the vintage bottles the BFF had collecting dust in the garage, Gadora set out to make a hanging, musical lamp… (remember to click on the pics to see them bigger!)
Lamp ~ DONE
At left: the remaining bottles (I chose to feature similarly sized bottles with some detail). Right: the top of the wire basket—which when utilized as a hanging planter basket would actually be the bottom…
Two more chairs complete. Not a big story. One has been stored somewhere in Virginia and is brought out when the family occasionally (and briefly) resides in the United States. A friend sat in the other when she spit up and/or ate her peas.
Thanks to the Ladies at SPRUCE Austin, Gadora has been diligently churning out precious watercolors of chairs they have meticulously refurbished. Chairs have always been a weakness for me, so it seemed a natural progression to paint watercolors of them. Here is the latest in the series “Still life with Settee.”
Oh Deer Chair at SPRUCE
Sadly for you they’ve recently sold their beloved Oh Deer! chair, but here is its original listing on Etsy. Paired with the watercolor of their White Knight Victorian sofa, you could still make quite a statement. If not a treat for your seat, certainly a feast for your eyes. Gadora is elated with this new collection. =)
An anonymous inquiry came via email: “I came across a cool mid-century coffee table. Glass oval top. Wooden boomerang/antler like legs. Any insight to name/age? Thank you in advance…[It] was found in my fathers attic during a move and posted on Craigslist.” He added that people have offered more than 4x what he listed it at and, “I wanted to make sure I wasn’t selling a Van Gogh.” Here goes…
"Boomerang" table (1)
"Boomerang" table (2)
"Boomerang" table (3)
With a hunch but not 100% sure, Gadora deferred to a dear friend with mad online search skills.
NPR wrote a story about the additional 9+ million people who are currently underemployed. That’d be me. As a contract writer who didn’t pay into unemployment benefits, my “situation” has not been counted into the government’s numbers of those looking for work. I count, dammit. Admittedly “Gadora Wilder“first came alive as a result of the “restructuring” of my last good gig, and now I find myself grateful. I am juggling. Looking for work. Sometimes I cry. I celebrate little victories. And work to market myself. Still without a full-time gig, opportunities are presenting themselves and Gadora is poised to take full, and appreciated, advantage of them all.
After organizing a very immediate To-Do list last night, Gadora googled “Circus 2010″ and Anthropologie’s latest catalog queued up. I’m juggling schedules, projects, friends, skating and The Squeeze. I’m quite inspired by it all. 2010 I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER. And yes, you will be mine.
An admission: instead of the ultra chic Anthro girl—clad in dainty dresses and über chic shoes—Gadora often feels a lil like this frizzy-headed girl masquerading in elf slippers (yes, I do own a felted pair with an up-turned toe).