Saturday, July 12, 2014

Vintage, Greens, & More

I’ll warn you that this post may take a while to load due to a large amount of pictures, especially if you don’t have a zippy internet!

This summer weather has been perfect. We’ve had lots of rain, making everything grow to it’s fullest. (including weeds, unfortunately) One evening we did get a little too much rain, causing washouts and flash floods. Since we get all the neighbor’s excess water from their down spouts and the water from the road tolls up the hill, this is what happens… not so cool…

I’m hoping the right person might be reading this (namely the road crew people) Maybe they will have mercy on us and reroute the water so we don’t need to redo our driveway after every storm!

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At one point our youngest had a board and actually surfed a little!

 

I’ll never forget the one morning a few weeks ago, after a night of pleasant rain, I took a walk before the boys were up and admired the green world around me… I think green is my favorite color.. it’s so natural and you can see, smell and touch it…

 

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One speck of gray amongst the green.

 

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Ok, enough green for now.

Summertime for us means spending time on the lake..

 

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Floating boats on the pond…

 

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Blooms…

 

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Who would have thought a Tulip tree flower would look so pretty floating on water! Ephraim brought this to me earlier this summer…

 

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So far this summer I have been very busy with garden parties, a few custom signs and the Vintage fair that was last week…

 

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You are probably tired of seeing the same pictures of my booth at the fair, since I had been posting on facebook too, but I will share a few again.

First of all, I had a lot of fun doing this. It was my first time being a vendor and hopefully not my last! I sold most of my things, which was a big plus to not have to load it all up again!

Below is a “before” picture of the little chairs with the 1 and 2 on them..

 

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I picked up a set of these stands in West Virginia earlier this year and gave them a fresh coat of paint. I didn’t get a good “after” picture but you can see a portion of one in the left hand corner of the picture below.

 

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I made a jelly cupboard using an old screen door and mostly scrap wood we had lying around here…

 

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In the process

The cupboard…

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I spent a few days just painting and distressing all kinds of furniture and d├ęcor… Thankfully I had sunny days to do this on the outside, since I used my sprayer.

I don’t use expensive, fancy paint to redo these things, just basic water based paint.

This is what our driveway looked like for a few days..

 

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I also put together this hutch using all kinds of different wood. I used an old window for the top door, an old door for the bottom sides and a pallet for the bottom doors.

 

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I painted a lot of regular “ball” jars and distressed them with a black paint marker. I set them in wooden boxes and sold them in sets of three and five. In the picture below they are painted but not distressed..

 

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I also painted large glass canisters from Walmart and added a chalk board spray painted rectangle to label them…

 

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The day before the fair I actually begged people to tie me up or somehow stop me from continuing to make things for this fair! I couldn’t stop! I only had a few weeks to work on this and that wasn’t nearly enough time for me to feel completely satisfied with my booth.I have so many ideas already for next year. Smile

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I also had curtains that are just like the ones in our living room. I got a friend to make them since my sewing machine isn’t working right now.You can see how I made them here.

Now, enough rambling on the vintage fair, for this year anyway!

I hope you are all having a lovely summer! Today mom, my sister and I were on the Every Woman’s Home garden tour and I will share that with you soon! We saw lots of blooming beauty!

-Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Wooden Lantern Tutorial

It’s been a while since I posted any do it yourself projects. It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything of the sort, it’s just finding the time to share is a little hard right now.

Earlier this year I was asked to be a vendor at an upcoming vintage fair and first I thought with all the parties I have scheduled, there’s no way I can manage that, but of course, as I thought it through I couldn’t resist!

So for the past few weeks I have been spending a lot of time out in the shop. (one of my favorite places to be!)

I am really excited for this!…

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I have never done anything like this but I know it will be right up my alley! The only thing that bothers me is I wish I would have more time to prepare for it. It’s not that I didn’t know about it in advance, I’ve just been too busy with other things this spring to work on making things for the fair. Oh well, at least I’ll get to be there and meet others with the same interests.

Now, for the subject at hand… I’ve always wanted to make a wooden lantern.. sort of like the kind you see in Pottery Barn or such places.

I started out with a square of wood…

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and four 2x2 posts…

 

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This is all scrap wood as you can tell...nothing fancy!

I made several different sizes.

Next I glued and pinned the posts to the base…

 

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I measured in between the posts and put in a thin, approximately quarter inch piece..

 

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I thought it gave the base a nicer, finished look with the extra wood in between the main posts.

 

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Next I put 3/4 inch thick wood in between the posts for the top part. If I had it to do over again, I would have used two inch, the same as the posts, since I put a netting in the inside, I ended up adding a piece of wood to hold that. This probably doesn’t make sense now, but after you see the finished product it will.

 

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The next steps are puttying, sanding and painting.

After that, I got some chicken fence at Ormes hardware and stapled that along the inside.

Last, I added a rope handle.

And here’s how it turned out.. not quite your Pottery Barn grade but serves the same purpose!

 

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I think it looks good by itself.. or in a group…

 

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For the rope ends, I had a hard time finding what I needed. I envisioned a “cap” with a ring attached to clamp on the end, but unfortunately nobody had anything like that around here. I ended up using a chain link and a rope clamp..

 

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I really want to keep one of these but I won’t allow myself to do that, since I made them for the vintage fair!

 

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Have a great weekend! Next week I will keep posting some of the things I’ll have at the fair Saturday…