Country Retreat

Tumble Moon (Update 12)

Mounds of Asian lady beetles colonized Tumble Moon’s interiors. My photos weren’t near as impressive, so I’m sharing a photo taken by John Gavloski of Manitoba Agriculture.

May 2, 2018. I, Charley (architect), and Michael Parkey (landscape architect) met with multiple contractors at Tumble Moon in Saint Jo. It was a very long hard day. One of the contractors was the son of my general contractor, who has been undergoing extensive treatment for some serious illnesses. The son had been brought into the company to take care of things while his dad took care of his health. He had not met any of us and had to be filled in and brought up to speed which included going over the building of the side-door deck and steps and of course, the front porch’s elaborate system of steps and terraces. This was at least the third time, and hopefully the last, going over all this. I had construction documents drawn up to give Jacob, the general contractor’s son. He’s an engineer, so this was helpful.

Just Because

A Little Farewell

My little studio, Bell Designs, is currently undergoing a transition, shifting its focus from providing design services to selling unique artifacts online. Originally created for social media, this video reassures everyone that the previous decades of design and production experience will not be abandoned. For these skills will be indispensable when it comes to marketing the new boutique and its products.

Just Because

A Journal of Detailed Moments

smallrooms® is a journal of past and present detailed moments. You might call it a hobby or a creative outlet. As a graphic designer, adding to this journal allows me to continually hone my skills and experiment with the latest digital trends while chronicling my current projects and future plans.

Country Retreat

First and Last Post for 2019

An antique Swedish toy horse, circa 1850, now greets me at the top of the stairs.

Tumble Moon status updates are currently being created. This year’s construction progress had quite a few hiccups, and then there were months where no progress was being made. Needless to say, it’s been an extremely frustrating year. Since it’s been a year since the last update, I have decided to break up 2019’s developments into multiple posts. This will take some time, especially since there will be a ton of photos to organize and then upload. So check back sometime in late January 2020. In the meantime, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Interior Design

Ornamental Knickknacks

Ever since my kitchen was remodeled in 2006, I have kept Betta fish bowls on the lower two shelves on each side of my sink. However keeping one Betta per shelf (4 bowls total) without a companion just for decorative purposes didn’t seem right to me. Recently I decided not to replace them as they passed on. I have exchanged my fishbowls for additional Fenton milk glass pieces. There may be sophisticates out there that may consider this decorative choice a bit twee, but Fenton glass has the right vibe for my kitchen and is VERY affordable.

Film: Design & Architecture

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg was a worldwide hit when it was first released and was an interesting experiment in which the entire dialog was sung similar in style to an opera. Michel Legrand created the wall-to-wall score, and the film’s director Jacques Demy provided the sung dialog. This style along with the film’s candy-like colors would seem to suggest a sweet featherweight romance, but “Umbrellas” is unexpectedly sad and sage.

Country Retreat

Tumble Moon (Update 11)

The bed alcove upstairs.

This update is three and a half months late. Not much has occurred since this visit at the very end of October, because we’ve been on hold waiting for the septic system to be installed. And the reason for this delay was because of a major communication hiccup between contractors. The electrical trench and water pipe were installed right through the area where the septic field was suppose to be. So we all got together and discussed the pros and cons of viable placement options. Meaning… Once we agreed on the new location, new plans had to be redrawn and then permitted. Then the holidays happened, folks got sick, and the weather has been working against us. Long story short, three point five months later, the septic system has now been installed, but we’re waiting on the electrician to provide an electrical outlet in the pump house so we can plug in a heat lamp to keep the water from freezing and bursting pipes.

Just Because

Sunday Afternoon Time Waster

To some, this may be another time waster but not for me. I had this itch to scratch, which was to learn more about iMovie while creating something pretty. The process included converting an animated gif to video, selecting the music, adding the audio, applying transitions, fade-ins, fade-outs, and many other experiments. Unfortunately, iMovie is limited in its editing features, and I had to upload to Vimeo in order to have a choice on the thumbnail/poster image and then download. I need to learn Adobe Premiere Pro ASAP.

Just Because

Tricks O’ Treats

Halloween 2017. All items were purchased from Oriental Trading.

What’s in the bag this year? One mummy gummy, one orange glow bracelet, circus fleas, one alien in a test tube full of slime, two chocolate skulls, and last but not least, a glow-in-the-dark stretchy flying snot rocket. The snot rocket should come with directions but doesn’t, so watch out for pete’s sake.