Several years ago I made my first trip to Pasaquan, the land where Past, Present and Future meet. It is a place of the utmost badassery, and it inspired me to follow my vision and create my own sanctuary in this chaotic world. In the years I have been there to re-unite with other Pasaqyoans, which has always been like going to a family reunion, we have all met and enjoyed good food, good music and good times among the peeling paint and crumbling structures finished by St. EOM's death more than 30 years ago. He started building his paradise in the late 50's! Can you even imagine?! In the middle of bumdecock nowhere, before the hippies..before anything so radial and creative...in the deep deep deeeeeeeeeep south... and I was so so blown away by the restoration of the property that the Kohler Foundation and Columbus State University have made possible. What really blew me away was the total transformation of Buena Vista , the town where Pasaquan is. In conjunction with the Georgia Economic Development and Tourism Departments the whole town has re-invented itself and uplifted the legacy of art and creativity, the prowess of it's great African-American natives, and they welcomed more than 2000 people in a public celebration of art and culture that I never would have imagined would take place in what has always seemed such a back washed out little town in the middle of nowhere. It has completely transformed into a welcoming, enriching community, a place of consciousness and charm.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
I started an Instagram account for my new biz : @pedalpromotion, to post social media marketing pics & sometimes I post tiny house pictures there too....like today! Just sitting in the sun soaking up the juice falling from the sky!!! ☀🌞🌈⚡
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Friday, September 2, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
gluing and clamping the front molding Last gluing and clamping for the top molding, ready to sand and put a coat of danish oil on.
Bringing my new baby home from the barn out back on bike! The seat cushions have straps that thread through the seat platform.
The wall mounted portion screwed to the L brackets, and the top plate glued and clamped.
and finally I added two little legs to support the whole shi-bang!
While I was making the seat/back cushions I made my curtains too! Then I had to make curtain rods to hang them on. I used some scrap and some new 1/2 copper pipe to make frames that fit inside each of the picture windows and bracket type rods that mount on the window doors. It is so much cooler inside now that the curtains are up.
I had a dream WAY back in the days when the frame was still going up about the curtain design. The dream also showed me how to build the roof trusses too, with partially exposed wood members. In the dream the curtains were made in the Japanese door curtains style design, but with eye-lit embroidery of bamboo, willow fronds, bamboo stalks, and in the bed room and a "dia de los muertes" type skull illustrated with half the head on each half of the curtains. Maybe I will get to that....the living room window curtains was damaged when some of the bike carts I have been building fell, with the curtains all piled up on them, which I am sure looking at will encourage me to get the embroidery done to correct. I am just glad I didn't break a window!
So these cart and bike are for my new business!!!! I have been working very much part time lately, helping a local compost service Let Us Compost, build up their bike powered residential curb side pick up service, because the reality is that I am now living with an ankle that has been seriously broken, and I have been hit by a car, which damaged a lot of my tendons and muscles. I can't stand or walk for any length of time, and I can't exert physical force over time anymore. This limits the type of work I can do, but I have always been such a physical person, getting a sit-down job is out of the question! My doctor said I can ride my bike in moderation, so the compost route once or twice has week has been great, but it's not enough. I would be getting more done on my house, but $$$??
In the spring I took a small business development class at the Athens Land Trust, and from that, I have embarked on starting a bike powered advertising service, Pedal Promotion. I have welded two carts together to hold three ads each, re-furbished a bike and done a lot of paper work! So...there will be some sit-down work, but at least it's for my own business instead of someone else's. As of last week I am officially a corporation!
Here's one of the carts all fixed up with banners, and here are the logos for the business. As with everything I do..it's all made by hand.
Here's the Pedal Promotion Biz Blog too!