I've been doing a bunch of things while on hiatus from Extreme Craft. First and foremost, Claire and I have been working on the Victorian house that we bought back in August. In the back of my mind, I knew how much time and energy it would take, but I somehow still managed to underestimate it.
In addition to the house, we've been maintaining a blog for Readymade magazine called "Keeping Up With the Johnsons". In the blog, we give a blow-by blow of finding the house, finding the courage to buy the house, finding the patience to deal with knuckleheaded lenders, the vision we have for our living space, and the sheer elbow grease it has taken to achieve it.
I've been waiting for ages to put up a post on the blog about all of the crazy wallpaper we found when we started tearing through 100-plus years of accumulation. Just follow the link to Keeping up with the Johnsons, and you can join me in my wallpaper reverie. Even though there are some fabulous indie wallpaper producers out there, the fact is that they just don't make wallpaper like they used to. The bottom layers we found were all hand-printed with delicate colors and metallic inks...and extreme craft that's been lost to the ages.