My sister told me that she needed a play table for her daughter, our Wee E. Shane immediately started scheming, taking apart my sister's statement and trying to figure out what she might like. Fortunately, my sister's statement was pretty informational, so it wasn't too difficult. She had pointed out some bucket shelves at IKEA, and had mentioned that she liked the bright green ones best. That was the easiest part...I picked up a pair and we were off!
Shane took the two bucket shelves I found at IKEA and incorporated them into a brilliant table that our niece can use for storage and play. Shane designed the whole table, he built and painted it, and I added the three apples (mentioned in this post). There was a great deal of trial and error involved, and lots of ideas that were attempted and thrown out, but eventually the kinks were worked out.
The table went over well with my sister. She was both delighted and surprised that we took her casual mention into a gift. Once my mother put some toys in the storage area, Wee E was all about the table!
This table needs some chairs too, doesn't it?! The work of an uncle never ends...
I mentioned needing to find a picture in this post.
Here it is!!! Isn't this awesome?!
I've injected myself into a project that Shane is working on (update: here is the post of the finished project). The project itself is top secret, but I can share my portion. Something has been painted a lovely green, and I think it needs apples. Here is my practice apple, using leftover paints.
Which reminds me. I need to post the project that the paints are leftover from. Shane made our friends a pair of baggo/cornhole boards. One board was decorated with Green Bay colors & logo, while the other board was decorated with Falcons colors & logo. It was a great success. I will find those pictures and post them when I do (update: here is the post).
Anyway, the apples for the current project are ready!
I'm so excited. So excited. The Painted Hammer is a long-awaited project for me. My husband and his sister have been dancing around this arrangement for years. Audrey has been a creative spirit her entire life. In the close to 20 years that I have known her, she has been artist, designer, painter and creator and has done these things in so many different ways for so many different people. Once she became a mom, she started thinking of things she wanted her children to have and started soliciting help from my husband. First it was a bookshelf. Then it was a set of wooden blocks. A play kitchen was mentioned and then built. And so on.
I love watching them work together. Shane wants to make these things that Audrey imagines, because he knows they're going to be used and loved by his nephew and niece. Sometimes she has a detailed design sketched out on paper. Sometimes she mentions something offhand, and he surprises her with the finished product. It isn't remotely close to the process he and I go through together when we decide he is going to create something for our home. I mean, he makes cool stuff for our home, but somehow the stuff Shane does for his sister is easy, patient, and flows so naturally.
So back to the project. Shane & Audrey are a good team. Audrey has vision and ideas. Shane has the ability to turn many of those gorgeous thoughts into tangible items. Why not get together and share those things with others?
Here are some things Audrey & Shane have already worked on together. Consider this a sneak peek, enjoy!