Well, we are both getting our hands dirty. I'm digging in the dirt planting more bulbs in pots, and Day Lilies in the ground. Today I planted Peruvian Lilies, Crillium Lily, Freesia, Anemone, Tigridia, Dutch Iris, 23 Bare root Roses. My woodworker has built the Bookcases, and now is making the work tables that I designed. They are a little bigger than a TV tray table which I have been using for years, but have an edge, are more sturdy, have drawers for pencils and pens, and are on wheels. The border at the edge makes it so pencils and pens won't roll off.The one a little larger than a TV table has a top that will fold down on a slant to do my pencil drawing of you on, but it will fold back on a piano hinge so I can work flat on the table top for my watercolors. You only live once, and I want to work as long as I can so my tables will make it easier with a lot less frustration on my part. One is 24" wide by 18" deep, and the other goes on the side of my chair and is 42" wide by 18" deep. The longer one has a built in space for a waste basket, two drawers for my paper and tablets, an open slot for all the photographs I work from, and a top to hold the paint and watercolor. Two smaller drawers will be above the wastebasket slot, and that's where paint and brushes and pencils will go. Juan is working on them in the front yard where I am planting pots so It's very exciting to see the pots getting done, and the furniture getting done at the same time. I guess everyone is busy doing what needs to get done. Keep planting...I still have more that needs to go into the ground! s
It sounds to me like not only a fabulous bit of fun but that you are developing art furniture that Ikea would be proud of. I am going to send a copy of this to my friends Jennifer and Alana, whose family makes the most fantastic arts and craft furniture and see if they might be interested in talking with you about making a few of these. I think they might sell really well and who knows, perhaps the synergy between you folk might lead to some sales. Assuming that is alright with you of course.
I took drafting for 3 years in High School, Mechanical Drafting, and Architectural Drafting, and It has earned me money designing elevations, floor plans, reflected ceiling plans etc for McDonald's Restaurants etc. Plus I did detailed to scale drawings of the Mayan Temple I designed for Disney Resorts after the elevations they drew up were found lacking. I'm just using all that knowledge I've used for others to make my life with a gimpy leg, and a poorly functioning body more livable. I'm going to take a picture of what I've been doing these sketches of you and my watercolors on, and then let you compare that with the new small desk and work station. The height with wheels is exactly the same as my TV tray. It's what I'm used to, and it's what works with my Lazy Boy chair. When my leg is burning and I'm tired...that's where I want to sit and work. The art work soothes me, and makes me feel less helpless, stupid, and angry at life. I think more people should have work stations that fit their needs, and their particular circumstances. It's not easy getting old...it's rather maddening so I'm just trying to make my getting old a little less stressful and pleasant. Plus I don't want to give up, and I want to work until I die. As soon as I designed this I thought someone else might like it too. It is perfectly alright to talk to your friends, and I will probably put the photos of the furniture on face book. They are not totally finished yet, but by next weekend they will probably be stained, varnished, and have the wheels on. I bought oak for the workstation and table so they would match my bookcases and the computer desk which is next. This all goes in the Library. I'm looking forward to everything being done, but I am enjoying and learning from the process! s