My Handmade Home: The Devil Is In The Details

My Handmade Home: The Devil Is In The Details

Michelle Chin
Sep 23, 2011

When I move into a new space it's typically totally put-together in the first month. But not this time. Nearly two years after buying my first home, much of my time has been spent dealing with construction, permits and learning to be a landlord. While I'm only beginning the process of getting art framed and up on the walls, I do have a collection of handmade objects that (I think) speak a lot to my personality.


1 Meet Huro Kitty. One of her favorite spots in the house is this cat scratcher/ bed that I made a few years ago out of recycled cardboard, food grade wood glue and a little wood veneer. I used to sell them at craft shows, but the work on the house has sadly trumped my time to craft.

2 My Drexel Declaration cabinet is the perfect place to display an odd assortment of ceramics and small art objects. In the top right are three pieces by Melabo from Etsy. Two cake toppers and a 3-headed totem kitty. The other items, except the rainbow kitty print by Ryan Berkley, were all thrifted.

3 An original artwork by Saelee Oh is flanked by a vinyl (not handmade) Enid Coleslaw doll and a Bauer Pottery cat dish.

4 This paper-mache kitty skull was created for a Dia De Los Muertos auction fundraiser for my favorite charity, Fixnation. This was one of several "sugar" skulls decorated by local tattoo artists and exhibited at Hollywood Forever Cemetery's annual Day of the Dead celebration.

5 These vintage Japanese woodblock prints were purchased from a family estate through eBay about ten years ago. I loved how bold and modern they feel for having been created in the 40s.


6 Gifts are always welcome, especially when they're as great as this Lyn Swan vase and cute, handmade cat candles. Though, I learned the hard way that these candles will stain anything they're sitting on, hence the cork mat.

7 Next we have the cutest part of my workspace: the fried egg wrist rest, made by my talented friend, Hae Eun Park. Under the Planet Tokki label, she created adorable plush critters. She's also on a crafting hiatus for the time being.

8 And finally, we have art from my friend Ming Ong and Etsy favorites, Pinky Toast and The Black Apple (with a Secret Mission Ice Bat Ugly Doll to keep an eye on things). I have been friends with Ming and her husband since college, and when she had her first solo art show I had to have this print. Pinky Toast's pieces are original paintings that I picked up on ebay years ago for a steal and The Black Apple print was a wonderful gift from my sister-in-law.

(Images: Michelle Chin)

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