Monday, July 18, 2016

French Country Box

 

On Saturday I was in need of a quick gift and decided on making a little box to hold a few jars. Who doesn’t like to display flowers during the summer? Anything to bring a little bit of the glorious outdoors inside.

This decoration only took an hour or so to make and I took pictures of the process incase any of you need an idea for a gift or for yourself.

First I picked out two old milk jugs from my stash of jars that I wanted to use. I measured the width of them to get the proper size of board I would need.

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When I make things, I’m a visual person. I need to see how it will look and lay it out before putting it together. I used pallet boards to make this box. I cut out the sides and ends, using the chop saw. I saw that the box would be too deep so I cut off the pieces length wise, using the table saw.

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As you can see, it looks much better in the second picture after I cut some off making the box less deep.

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I glued, pinned, puttied, sanded and painted the box. As it dried, I painted the jars.

When painting glass jars, it’s important to remember to apply thin coats, one at a time to avoid paint runs.

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After the jars were dry, I used a black paint marker to distress them a bit, mostly the letters and thread on the jars.

 

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I wanted to add some French typography onto the box, so I printed out an image from The Graphics Fairy.

First, I printed it onto regular copy paper, just to make sure it’s the right size for the box.

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When I saw it’s the correct size, I used parchment paper to print it on, and rubbed it off onto the box, using the end of a marker. (any easy to grip item will work)

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And finally, the end result..

 

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After attaching some twine onto the jars and filling them with Annabelle Hydrangeas, they were ready to give away!

Thank you for visiting my blog and have a great day!

-Mary

Monday, July 11, 2016

Porch Love

 

Once again, our porch swing will take a big part in being one of our favorite summer relaxing spots. The only thing different about the swing this year is the addition of a few new pillows accenting it.

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I discovered these outdoor pillows on Ebay for a reasonable price. Click here to see a complete product line from the company.

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Every setting needs some Annabelle Hydrangeas displayed. :)

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I moved the potting bench/water fountain that I made last year for the lower deck, up to the front porch and placed a mirror behind it. It’s amazing what a mirror on the outside can do. It brings out all the green and colorful flowers twice as much.

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A few years ago I made this large wooden planter that I filled with perennials for the front porch.

If you are interested in a porch swing, we are making them for Walnut Creek Furniture. They are the size of a twin bed and you can choose a swing with only the air mattress and rope or one with the air mattress, rope, mattress cover and cushions included. They are guaranteed to be place of peace and relaxation! :)

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Happy Summer, everyone!

-Mary

 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Summer Mantle

 

In summer, the song sings itself…

                                                                                            Carlos Williams

 

Summer Mantle

Pictured above are some of the things that come to mind when I think of summertime. Green grass, lazy days, croaking frogs, ( which I hear as I’m typing ) :) honeysuckle, water melon, s’mores, pool time, Wood thrush,  and the list goes on. What an awesome time of year! Although it’s a little dry in our area now, we’ve had such a nice summer so far.

I fixed up the mantle the other day using one of my favorite summer blooms, the Annabelle Hydrangea as a centerpiece. What a joy it is to go out in the gardens and select something to bring indoors to enjoy!

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I printed out the banner using shanty 2 chic’s website for the letters and the triangle shape. To get the blue and white stripes, I first printed them onto plain white paper, using Microsoft Office Word.

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On another note, since I like adding a splash of blue in the mostly white living room, I was a little tickled when the coffee table I redid for the vintage fair didn’t sell. :) I admit that at times I put a really good price on items that I secretly want for myself, in hopes that it may be left over at the end of the day. :)  It doesn’t always work though!

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I hope you are all having a great summer! Thanks for visiting and.. until next time!

-Mary

Sunday, June 26, 2016

2016 Vintage Fair

 

As I type this, I am torn between being able to breathe a little easier now that the fair is behind me, or feeling a bit sad that it’s over with. This fair is always a yearly highlight for me. I spent the better part of the last few months getting ready for the event and now in one day, it’s over with. :/

I am pretty sure I painted something every day for the last few months.

I took a few snapshots of my terribly cluttered tables in my work shop..

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For a person that can hardly tolerate messes, it is beyond me how my shop could look this way. I guess I always think I can clean up later once I’m finished. But then sometimes I have a hard time finishing. :(

I had so many more ideas of stuff I wanted to make for the fair, but, like usual, I ran out of time. Oh well, there’s always next year.

I was completely blessed to have a near sell out again this year. Only a few pieces of furniture were left over. To give you an idea, my booth went from this..

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to this in about seven hours..

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The weather was perfect for a fair. All the vendors were so happy to be under a large tent this year that was supplied by the Walnut Creek Vintage fair committee. (thank you!!)

Following are some pictures I took of my booth the morning of the fair. They were taken very hurriedly since people were beginning to arrive early already. I enjoy putting thought into picture taking, but here there wasn’t too much time for that. Hopefully you can see well enough some of the things that were there.

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What a fun day it was! I loved to get to meet many of you. Thank you to all of you that stopped at my booth. I couldn’t do this without you. :)

You all have a great week!

-Mary

Monday, June 20, 2016

Makeover Monday 9

 

I can’t believe the vintage fair is only five days away! I have had so much fun getting ready for it and I’m almost sad to think that it will be over with soon. It is about time for me to think of something else though, such as my neglected flower beds or our hurriedly cleaned house of late. :/

Todays post will be featuring some items again that will be in the fair on Saturday. I will share some before and after pics of them..

First is an ugly looking cart/stand that I picked up for $5 at Goodwill. I’m not sure what it was used for in it’s previous life, but there was a spring loaded shelf in it, which I removed and turned the piece into a possible coffee table? Toy box? This is one of my favorite pieces that will be for sale on Saturday. I have a hard time parting with some of these items, but our house is only so big. :)

Check it out..

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A few more pieces…

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To see some more vintage fair details, keep checking my porchswings n’ honeysuckle facebook page this week. Unfortunately Facebook changed some things and when I post on that page, the posts don’t show up on everyone’s timeline like they used to, so you need to visit my page to see the latest. :/ (super annoying)

Have a great week everyone!

-Mary