Michele On February - 18 - 2012

It’s Saturday afternoon and my eyes are beginning to cross. I just finished a spreadsheet that contains our LP inventory. When I was finished I’d listed 362 LP’s, the artist and the genre. Of course we have many, many more that weren’t included in the inventory. After they were inventoried, they were alphabetized in crates.

Overall we looked at over 500 LP’s that we have here in the last day and a half.

(Now you know why our house looks like an art farm. There is stuff- EVERYWHERE!)

Those that we’ve already decided to made into LP pots, are just having their labels used, or are being cut into shapes aren’t being listed in the inventory. The inventory is just so that we know what we have when people make special requests for wall art.

When the Ecofab site goes live everyone will be able to peruse our inventory and see if we already have an LP that they’d like turned into a piece of art for themselves or someone else. Today I’m painting and shaping a Beatles album. After that I’m working on a Rod Stewart album which I’ll ship out on Monday for someone else.

What people like is being able to not only pick the artist, but the colors and how it’s finished as well. It’s a totally customizable piece of art. Some choose their favorite colors, some want the piece to match their décor. Some people want glitter on it, some don’t.

They’ll never be two pieces that are identical and people really like that.

At a recent event one woman saw a piece I’d done. It was The Lovin Spoonful.

She said “Oh My God! This was playing the first time I had sex! “ She immediately took it down and paid for it.

I assumed by her reaction that it brought back happy memories for her.  And although some would consider that TMI, it made me smile.

If we have a 10×10 space we usually have up about 20-25 transformed LP’s on the wall. It’s fun to watch people as they look at all them and hear them reminisce.

“My folks listened to this all the time when I was growing up.” or “We played this at our wedding.”

Sometimes we cut the albums into shapes.

Both albums that we’ve painted or cut into shapes can also be made into clocks.

I was going to get Doug to set up the photo box so I could take a quick photo of a wall piece for this post. However, apparently something vile has taken up residence in his posterior and right now I wouldn’t ask him to spit on me if I was on fire. I just hope it relocates soon.

We’re not really good at fighting I guess because we don’t do it very often. Lucky for him I’m back on Effexor or things could’ve gotten a lot uglier than they have so far. I’m usually pretty easy going but once I’ve had enough I can become the Queen of Snarky.

And the Queen is here right now- in Spades.

(Sometimes being with your spouse 24 hours/ 7 days a week/ 365 days a year can be unwonderful to be sure.)

This is one of those times.

Today we were supposed to be back at Discovery Green today for Discovery Flea. However the event was cancelled due to bad weather. So instead I got on the phone and hustled up a couple of other places we could go tomorrow for a few hours with all Ecofab goodies. Hopefully we’ll be able to at least cover what we woulda made today.

And to be honest I’m looking forward to the break away from him.

Also, I went to Intuit and started fiddling around with the templates there so we could have an Ecofab site sometime before my demise.

I worked about 20 minutes and then called Doug over.

“It looks plain.”

WTF does he want?


Naked dancing ladies?

It’s a retail site for God’s sake.

I knew it was on the plain side. But I thought that we needed to have our products leap off the page, not be hidden by everything else. That’s why I chose a plainer background. I tried to explaining it to him.  Of course the fact that I was an art director for 15 years and had designed beaucoup annual reports and magazine ads didn’t matter at all to him.

At any rate, after we get back tomorrow afternoon I’m going back to Intuit and keep at it for a bit.

Tuesday I’m going to go to a local bar and face paint for 4 hours for Fat Tuesday. In reality I’d just about rather kiss a snake than paint like than anymore; but the last time I did it, it was almost $500, so I can’t afford not to go.

I take four Alleve before I go and 2 that night before bed. If I’m lucky I won’t be totally crippled for the following three days as punishment for over using my arm yet again. BTW- I will take photos while I’m there. I’ll even post them by Thursday.

I wish I had more exciting news, but sadly I do not. I’m doing nothing but working these days- all day every day, into the night. I’m even dreaming about work.

This just better be worth it all worth in the long run.

So I hope you guys have been doing something fun since I haven’t.

What’s up? Please share something fun so I can live vicariously through you guys.





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15 Responses so far.

  1. I really can’t wait to see one of your masterpieces.
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  2. fishducky says:

    Nothing fun to share–:0(–but I hope whatever is vile in Doug’s posterior leaves soon so he can spit at you if you catch fire!

  3. Aleta Woods says:

    Sorry. I lead a busy, but dull life. I do have 7 piano students now. Does that help? :)

  4. DWei says:

    Yeah that seems to be a common complaint. Web designers will talk about how clients want the most gaudy and tacky websites instead of something that was professionally made.

    Also, ever since exams finished I’ve been sitting in front of a computer and letting my mind rot, hardly exciting.
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    • Michele says:

      I’m not sure if Doug and I will ever be able to agree; but I know that I’ll get my way in the end (about this anyway).

      When there’s too much going on in the background or there’s too much type, it just makes a site look awful. My site won;t be professionally done at first, but it won’t suck altogether.

      Congrats on being finished with all your exams young one.

  5. Hiya chick! Soz I haven’t been round in a while – it seems like we are both falling foul of too much work!

    I am so glad your Eco-fab stuff is marching forward. I cannot wait to see the website and your designs. Stick with it …. it will work out in the end ;-)
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    • Michele says:

      No worries about not visiting much Miss Annie. I’m afraid I haven’t been much of a friend lately. It seems I get here about 2x a week these days and if I’m lucky I get to pop round to visit everyone else maybe that much too.

  6. Albug says:

    Are you sure you won’t have problem with copyright laws by using labels from the LPs? Don’t mean to rain on your parade, but any artwork or logos on the labels might be protected by copyright . You would hate to innocently open yourselves up to a lawsuit.

  7. Michele says:

    Thanks for the heads up Albug. I will look into that.

    • Albug says:

      Your welcome. There is a company called Band In My Hand that makes purses out of album covers see bandinmyhand.com. I talked to the creator early on and they had some copyright issues, that’s what made me think about it.

  8. melynda says:

    Thinking but nothing comes to mind. Well unless you count the massive envasion on my household of millions of little 8 year old boys. (ok millions is an exageration.) or the fact that I get my next shot in the eye tomorrow. Yeah me. Or the fact that I got to hear your post cause my cute little daughter got up early to read it to me. Yeah! Starting a business is hard. You can do this and stay out of jail.. After all you would miss your man if you killed him. haha. Bg hugs my friend. Hope it all works out the way you want. I know it will. I’ve very rarely met anyone as determined as you. (except Elisa and I’m pretty sure she is about to kill over.)
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    • Michele says:

      Sweet Jesus, a shot in the eye? I would have to be in a coma before they could do that to me. Sometimes I am a real chicken for sure.

      Good luck with the invading hoard manana.:)

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