Archive for August, 2011

New Inspiration!

I got a phone call from an artist friend“Would you put your creative carpentry to work on my two new, larger door openings—?”

I love going over to Sarah’s house!

1st—I want her fabulous, vintage, English cottage! 

2nd—She’s so creative, it totally revs up my imagination! 

3rd—The kids and cat are super cute, silly, and entertaining!

Uh-oh! Henry–Lord and Master of the hose!

In addition to the door openings, I’ll also get to “dress up” the built-in bookcase!

This is an artist’s home —note the chartreuse color for the bookshelf backs!

And I LOVE the cast heads!


But—that’s not all—look at her fabulous painted ceiling!  Beautiful!



I wish you could see the claw foot tub for baths outside, under the stars—in her very English garden!

This incredibly talented artist is in the process of building her website, Sarafinastyle.com.  I can’t wait for you to see the full range of her many talents!


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I promised the sellers I’d be back asap to pick up another car-load of my “raw treasures”—and then I sprained my ankles.  But before their patience is completely lost–I’m back on the highway!

Like a squirrel gathering walnuts for winter —like the one driving me crazy   in my work studio— I have been “hunting” and “gathering” my own winter supply!  : I should have lots to share with you this winter!




This shows you the front & back of the doors, and the sides of the “former” armoire.





But, yesterday, was spent like this→

—I’m sure to look back at these moments with longing in the bitter cold.

**but the Pomagranite martinis should be easy to chill ; ]


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Paying Respect

The summer of ’06 was tough, looooong, and hot! 

—I tortured mom w/an addition & major renovations to her home.

I did my best to paint the clearest picture of what she was about to go through.  She didn’t get it.  I think she even hated me at times–seriously.

I knew it would be tough to live in the midst of construction, but what neither of us knew was the adventure we were about to go on in the company of

two old, childhood, best friends!

John and Garys’ camaraderie” had us in stitches! 

We heard a lot of “Are you gonna help me, or do I have to do everything alone?”  “Does cheese come with that whine?”  “Well, I was wrong once—but that was back in ’47.”

And they didn’t leave me out of it.  On a particularly hot and muggy day, wearing a “summer top” with shorts, I walked up on a conversation about “the shortage of clothing in the world—–.”

When I fussed about something not quite right (per my design), “Oh?  If you don’t like it, we’ll do it again, ‘cuz you know what we call you— boss!”  “Y’know Catherine, we may b-s you some—but we’ll never lie to ‘ya!” (wink-wink!)

One of my “hats” was go’fer.  But once I needed John to help pick up a big load of drywall, leaving Gary behind–Mom said she was leaving for church and (foolishly) asked if he would be okay alone?   “Oh I’m gonna be real scared.”   —ask a silly question, get a silly answer—!

They never cleaned up after themselves—they were “too expensive for that!”  “—But there’s this girl who comes around and cleans up–so don’t worry about it!”  —Understand that this is only a BLIP of the story!

Well, No Pain—No Gain!

A tough project in the best of circumstances, made “fun” by these two characters! 

Sadly, we lost Gary a week ago, to cancer.  A great loss to his family and anyone lucky enough to know him.

I can hardly imagine John’s loss of his best friend—but I know he wanted to argue with him at the funeral when it was revealed Gary said, “All John does is measure stuff–I have to do everything else!”

He may have been in our lives a short time—but he left a big imprint! 

—to a really good, hardworking man,


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Where am I—?

I recognize the sign—Page 10 Studio.

But the space—NOT SO MUCH.

Spring came, and I went.

Traveling— a whole lot!  Flea marketing—a whole lot!  Coupled with other projects, and does it show—a whole lot!

BUT—along the way, I’ve found so many great parts, and great pieces to re-invent!  I’ll certainly have a lot of work to keep busy this fall/winter!  Now—to just stay put and DO THAT!

Believe it or not, there is a work studio in there–really!

And I’m busy trying to make order of it once again!  But there’s still a couple of interruptions in my near future—oh well.


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We just l-o-v-e Elkhorn!

More of our good “clean” fun!

I love metals— and there’s always a great variety!

Chad had these really cool brass drapery rods!

3 larger, and

3 french door rods in all— $30!

Check out the arms on this singles park bench!

And, even though it’s not part of this “metal” post, what a fabulous mirror!



Mark, from Room 363, brought this lovely, lidded trophy urn!  His blog has many more pictures —he got around better!  ; D

←Denise, Janice, and Mark!

Janice had this old broken hand mirror. . . . I really love the new “finish!”

There was even a mode of delivery!  Who knew!

Catherine —still more, next post!

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It can rain.

Be obnoxiously humid.

Be [too] early in the morning.

And, yes—I can have two healing sprained ankles!

If it’s a great flea market

I’m gonna be there!

Part 1 –of the things I could see get to!!!




Door  l-o-v-e !






— “industrial” —





How about a boot scraper?!?

They were asking $125---yikes-ies!

I negotiated this little guy for ---- $15 !!! And mine's way cuter!








More of the classics!





More very cool stuff, and

More of what I got—tomorrow!





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We don’t Shop,

We buy!

( on our 2nd trip back to the car! )

Even recovering from two sprained ankles,

I just couldn’t miss out!

Although, I did not see as much of         the market this time. . . .


—is this a testament to a sickness,

—or how good this market is. . . ???

I have great pictures

to share, next post!


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Okay— first, let me acknowledge my big Oooops!

In a previous post about the deck, I teased about the hard time I gave my big brother’s “design!”

Well— I, too, goofed!  I was so focused on expanding the deck to create spacious dining and lounging levels— I forgot an outdoor kitchen!

And of course—the best way to find a solution is to spend A LOT OF TIME lounging on it–really getting to know it!  ; D

Not wanting to reduce the gained footprint, I started thinking “portable!”

I laid paving stone to create a permanent place for the grill, and then began “building” around that!  I took a ride over to the ReStore to see if there was anything that could be re-invented!

Wandering around I found a large island countertop in pristine condition for $20!  And several old doctor’s office file/credenzas piqued my interest– $25!

I bought the odd parts, then some decking materials, and 4 casters!

My fav-carpenter John, came to help–

and was sure I’d finally gone ’round the bend— .

(well–I do love to travel!)

After he finished questioning my sanity and arguing with the details of my design, we knocked it out in about 3 hours!  We can work each other over and stretch a project out better than anyone!  Then he tells everyone it was his idea!

We built an over-sized “box,”

  1. and set the file cabinet down INTO it -pushing it to one end- and screwed both parts together at the sides and back.
  2. We covered the open top of the front side of the box with deck boards to create a step/foot rest.  (The “box” stabilizes the whole unit from tipping.)
  3. We flipped the whole unit upside-down, and added casters to make it easier to move around.

After much arguing discussion about;

–Screwing the counter on from underneath.  It could be removed, and it would be easier to store.
–Glue it down with construction adhesive.  It would be the most solidly fixed since there is much more counter than cabinet, and, in case someone leans on it really hard—

–we ended up doing both!  It ain’t goin’ no-where!

I painted the cabinet to blend with the dining furniture, added a monogram for mom, and stained these deck boards like all the other deck boards!

I found the director-styled barstools in a consignment shop going out of business, the other pair in a thrift store, and my upholstery ladies covered them in the green zebra to compliment the rest of the furniture cushions!

The chairs are a great way to insure some company while cooking!  The portable kitchen island provides a big surface for food, drinks~whatever~and gives needed space for thIS BIG family!

The best part is how we can roll it in and out of the garage as needed!


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Really~the doctor said so!

It’s the only way to get the swelling down, and let my sprained ankles heal.

So, “doing as told” —I let down the porch swing, put my feet up, and was [surprised] by these observations!

  1. I’m not super good at sitting idle—there’s an unending project list running through my head.
  2. It’s not as much fun playing hooky with design mags/books, and the latest movie releases— when that’s all you can do!
  3. Wow!  The flowers are looking fabulous, and their oh-so-sweet-aroma  lies heavy in the air!
  4. It’s soooo nice to just lie swinging on the deck swing!  Although— if I found one of those wind-up baby swings, and could rig the wind-up part to the deck swing—!  Oh, God!  Another project!
  5. There are some amazing clouds in the sky!
  6. If you just sit quietly—you’ll be serenaded by a lot of birds, amused by our nosy little chipmunk, and discover a lot of buttlerflies!  **see the CAT in the clouds?!

Yeah— I really need to “stop and smell the flowers” more often!




the swing and a pitcher of sweet tea are waiting for you!

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Flea Marketing—

Searching flea markets on the internet for the Hannibal/St Louis, MO-areas, I saw this [review] for one particular market…..

“Just skip this market dig through a dumpster near your house, at least you’ll save the gas.”

OmgI laughed so hard!  Clearly, they were unimpressed.  But, not having been there myself, I won’t name the show!  —Anyone have any recommendations. . . ?!?

Somehowmy bf’s show, this last weekend, at the Kane Co flea market went quite well!


  • Loading the truck to go!

    Through bad weather—pounding rain, sweltering humidity, and flies…. 

  • And, in spite of my two sprained ankles….

Poor En had to load solo, while I sat, feet elevated, taking inventory and writing out tags!

The drizzling rain on the morning of the market seemed to keep many vendors away, but— fortunately for us, made room to move inside!  (–a totally different vibe)

Not really able to look around much to speak of, I have no pictures of fabulous treasures to share this time.  But you can see some pictures through ChiPPy! SHaBBy!

I forgot to get pictures of our “no-room-to-spare completely loaded” split-space early on, but—it looked beautiful!

So much sold on Saturday, leaving us quite picked over— so we brought more Sunday morning!

These pictures were taken near the end of the show Sunday— once again sparse!


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