Archive for March, 2013

Happy Easter!

Oh, thAnk God thIS won’t be our Easter!

not thIS Easter!

~now ThiS is mOre liKe it; D


thIS is how to spend Easter!

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This is the left side of a “3-parts project wall.”

Aleigha just came to give her “approval” and select some color.

I’m trying to “uSe whAT wE’ve gOt~mAke it whAt wE nEEd!”


the disarray coming together


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I know the finish line.  The finish line will be beaUtiful.

But gEtting to the finish line~ nOt so pretty.

Disparate parts coming together,

to create something that wiLL bE. . .


leftovers + cast offs

Yesleftovers and cast offs.

Just trust me, it’s gonna be. . .

uh, well~just wait and see!


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it'll be better~I’ve been laying more than a bit low lately.

Not posting much OR working on many projects.

The reason is that I thought I had a bad cold or~sOMethingAnD, besides a low grade fever,   I was getting these weird waves of nausea and dizziness.  ~Pro~bab~ly nOt a good idea to run any saws, so I cleaned and organized and sewed instead.

Really early lAst Wednesday morning, I was awakened by a severe pain at the very back-bottom of my head.  A bIG lump.  A sis-in-law wondered if I might have gotten a spider bite while sleeping–?  Hmmm-o-Kaaay-?

By Thursday it was getting biGGer and spreading upward aNd towards the back of my ear.  But I thought the “spider bite” suggestion sounded reasonable, and I didn’t want to hit the panic button.

Thursday night/Friday morning—I was awakened mAny times to a searing-hot pain, AnD mOre bumps/lumps, all over the right side of my head.    I called the doctor’s office, but they couldn’t get me in until this morning.

keep-calm-and-carry-onI admit I was scared and worried–but I didn’t think “the sky was falling!” enough to run to the ER.  I’m sure you can understand it’s been a lOng number of days.  And I didn’t want to reveal much to family, because, frankly–I didn’t want some speculation taking me down any bad paths.  The UNknown and mY crAzy imagination was acting enough like “mapquest” without any extra help, if you know what I mean.

The doctor says I’m in all the early phases of  -SHINGLES-.

But I don’t have the rash~yet.  Oh. joy.

some days suck!

You can get this on your hEAd??

I’ve only ever heard of people getting it on their bACk.

Obviously~I’m going to be plenty busy reading up on this.  But, pLEAse~

if any of you has any info to share,

it would be great to know what to expect so I don’t freak out over any more “symptoms!”

My HeaD hURts~but not like a headache.  Even my hair hurts.  But at least now I can -cAUtiously- get back to my power tools.  I’ve got big projects to do!

And just to explain this~ If you were to put your right thumb in your right ear, and pivot your hand from the bottom of your head up to the crown of your head—thAt’s where it is.  It’s messin’ with my ear and even my neck, but now I have an explanation for the dizziness and nausea too.

You guys are always such a wealth of info, I’m hoping to learn the REAL side of this that the Dr and internet don’t really tell.

And now I will   STop whining and cARRy oN


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Tah's benchI told you last fall about mom’s long-time next door neighbor who, sadly, went into a nursing home.

His children were left with the daunting task of emptying the house for resale.  They let me take anything I wanted from the piles accumulating at the curb.  From the sad situation came some fun new projects!

BUT—one of those treasures at the curb was breaking the middle daughter’s heart.  Something she couldn’t take on the plane back to NYC.  Her memories were sO vivid of learning to sew at the old sewing machine–and this bench.

Knowing how much I treasure all the things left to me—now mY heart was broken~ for her.

I tOOk the bench~but I had a plan.

I wrote her the following week that, “When I took the bench–it was aCTually fOr you.  Whenever you get re-settled, let me know and I will ship it to you!  No matter how long, it will just be here for safe keeping.  ~You know your mom and dad really would want you to have it!

But you know what?  I really wanted to work it over for her too, and,  I sure hope she likes it!

(I had just a bit of this colorful fabric left—)

SurPRise Tah!

Tah's bench

Tah's bench

I just hope she likes it and I didn’t “erased her memories.”


~Now I’ll go put it in storage with mY treasures for safe keeping!

Tah's bench

Tah's bench!

I’m sharing my project with these linky parties!

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The Shabby NestPhotobucket

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This is one more of the things I found at  The ReStore’s  ½ price sale~         a waiting room coffee table.  Truly one hEAvy beast.

[. . .the rationale inSide mY head. . .]

“Hmmm?   Commercial–industrial grade. . .hUh, my niece could use mOre-flEXible seating—I don’t thINk the boys (8yr old and 4yr old) could do mUch damage~?  $10 $5.  YeS!  I’ll take thAt!”

the ReStore 1/2 price sale, a waiting room coffee table!

Awww~my pics upholstering it got deleted accidentally~ooops.

Not a big deal~just a “wrap” job over foam and batting–and I painted the legs.

I thought this dizzying fabric might camouflage kid’s and kitty’s debris~non?!

waiting room coffee table~now an ottoman!

No more waiting room coffee table,

have a seat!


ps~even their Kitty-cat ♥’s it!

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auction mirror~ $22.50. . .Y’ know that auction I’ve been talking about lately–?

Okay-so, 1st time I went, I got this mirror, and the tapestry below.

2nd time -last Thursday- I was outbid on EVerything but a bench by some antique store and consignment shop owners.

(insert bottom lip here)

*Well, I see in this week’s uploaded pictures ~there’s 1 nice dresser I’d like to try for, some cool silver, and tOOls!

So~ y’ think I’ll have even half a chance~?

the auction tapestry~ $5

the auction bench~ $35

Well  -the bench-  I’ve decided I will sell, but just as it is.

The tapestry–is anOTHer story!

I took it off the dowel it was affixed to, threw it in the washer—then cut it up.

Yes, I cut it up~to make 3 pillows.

the auction tapestry gets cut up!

I used a neutral damask for the back side, and goose-down pillow inserts!

I kept it totally simple, no frills, square pillows–I think there’s enough pattern already going on!  I used the sewing machine for three sides, and hand sewed a blind hem to close them up.

All while I listened/watched “Becoming  Jane,” about the life of Jane Austen.  I’ve already told you how I love listening to the vocabulary, dialog, and music  ~and the stories, of course~  while I’m sewing!

the tapestry cut into pillows

the back side of the tapestry pillows

closing the pillows with a blind hem~

While I was in the pillow-making mood, I cut up a couple more of those sweaters I’m always collecting!

I love using button up sweaters for how easy it is to insert a “pillow.”


sweaters made into pillows!

I’m sharing this project with these linky parties~

Furniture Feature FridaysPhotobucket





Mod Vintage Life


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Here’s some of the lighting I’ve been working on to go to the mall–things I’ve been sitting on for a while, and a recent find.

revamped lamp shade

my $2.50 price lamp!I got stUck with this lamp shade just to buy a lamp I DiD want.  Fortunately, the shape and scale of it were good for this lamp I recently bought at The ReStore’s annual ½-price sale.

I stRIPPED off someone’s DIY-improvement of burgundy crushed velvet (can you say FAILure).  Sorry, could nOt torture my camera for picture of that mess!

I gilded the interior of the shade for a softer glow–and wallpapered the outside with anaglyptic paper.  And you can see I needed more fingers (than I had) so clothespins became my little helpers!

Here’s that $5 $2.50 lamp!

I loved that it was turned wood!  And that shape–as well as the harp!

I spray painted it a soft white.

I painted the wallpapered shade with a soft white too, but I dark waxed it to show the texture better.

*You’ve really got to click on the picture to see this closer up~ so pretty!


my 1/2 price lamp~

newly covered lace shadeDang it~I forgot to take a before pic of this “chandy” AnD lamp shade frame ~sorry.

The lighting part of the chandelier was stripped from a “structure” I wanted for a different purpose (*but I didn’t throw it out, It was that nAsty-shiny gold.

The shade was 1 of a pair I rescued from a dumpster!  I patiently sat with a glue gun and some old lace and covered the wire frame.  (I’d like to cover the 2nd one with a really loose-weave burlap I bought at Scott’s.)

I was totally playing with the hot glue gun and added wax drips to the candle sleeves before I painted away the rest of that nAsty gold.

a different kind of chandelier!

a 4-armed baby chandelierI forgot to get a picture of this baby chandelier, but it just so happened to get caught in this shot~yAy!  It’s a cute little guy, but it could be c-Uu-t-er.

I dry-brushed it with a pale blue eggshell, then with a soft white, and waxed it, and  added some cottage-y chandelier shades I’ve had forEVer!

But I was so hurried to get it to the store— now that I see it hanging~ooooh, eeey.  It’s tOO plain, and the shades are tOO big.  I’ll be re-working this fixture.

a 4-arm baby chandelier-


*I went back again to that auction today, but was out bid on everything I wanted by the antiques store owners, and consignment shop owners that got it all.

I left with 1 item~I’m sure only because none of them had interest in it.

I’ll play with it and flip it too!  It was $35.


the one thing I got a t the auction~

A few things I was out bid on. . .

the things that got away~

And~look what I saw in a trophy case going in!  I guess it wasn’t part of an urn, but rather, part of a trophy!

DSC02627the URN now~

I’m sharing these projects with these FABulous linky parties!
Mod Vintage Life


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just 2 of my recent "finds!'1st, I confess–yesterday and today I’ve plAYed more than clear the decks.

I’m sure I’ll pay for that soon enough—but I needed it and took it,

and here’s a look at some more of the things I have to share with you!


Lord knows I have an obsession for cool old mirrors.  I have too many obsessions.

The tall/long one I found in the antique mall for a surprising $32.

The white one followed me home from Atlanta $20 ~It needed me ; D

And the inCREDible -ugly gold- mirror I got as the highest bidder at an auction I just learned about.  Don’t hate me~ $22.50.

Can you believe that?


found in an auction~

This is one of the pieces I played on yesterday!  The mirror’s silvering reveals it is oLD, but I’m sure it’s not the original, and I’d really like to find something beveled to replace it.  I also think I’ll dry-brush it with more white ~ it’s still just a little too gold.

the auction mirror re-worked

I found this cute little urn at Scott’s antique market.  I know it’s not “old” but it’s so cute!  I’m going to add a half ball of moss to it later.  I’ve had it’s much taller mate forEVer.

found at Scott's

~Can’t explain my fascination with taxidermy this last couple of years–??  I’ve seen some really cool tortoise shell displays and thought it could be fun to do something with this find ~from Scott’s.

~Who knows, maybe it’ll go to one of my boys!

*As I bought it -and- now cleaned and oiled.

my turtle shell~

I found this. . .”URN” -??- in a thrift store looooong ago.  It’s been hangin’ out in a box I’m tired of movin’ around.  Since I needed some play time, I thought I would build it a platform and see what I could make of it.

The Box— I cut 4 equal sides with a 45° mitered corner, added dental molding, cut a “cap,” and routered a large-scale ogee detail in it.  Then drilled a hole to bolt the URN and box together.

the "URN"

I didn’t like the silver finish, and play around with it, dulling it.  Better.  And I painted the box an espresso brown, sanded it, then over-stained it dark walnut.

the URN now~

Here’s some more random things I’ve found along the way.

more random finds!

I worked on some fun lighting projects most of today~I’ll share that with you tomorrow!


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*Sorry–to clear the way for that BiG project, I’ve hustled through a few more small ones—A- N- D- I don’t have pictures to share.   poo.

my antq mall space nOw!

With more stuff SOLD~

I needed to make some changes to my antique mall space -TOO- and it made my crAzy days c-rA-Z-ieR!

(It’s going WEll—and to think I went into it with a 3-month plan!)

–HeRe’s my space nOw!

my antq mall space!

*Uuuh–these are 2 of my “employees” helping to sell the children’s stuff!  ; D

I have 3 of these 8ft doors, and thought I could use 2  -split apart-  I could lay a galvanized pipe across them to hang chandeliers from–!

It’s actually working out great to hold 2 pipes—I can use “S” hooks to hang the chandy’s –with much flexibility!

I quick spray painted the pipes white–and, yes, I know it’s a bit hard to see the doors.  : (
But maybe that’s a gOOd thing ’cause I don’t want to sell thEM.

a new way to hang chandys!

my antq mall space re-set

my antq mall space re-set!

my antq mall space re-set!

Tomorrow, I’ll take some more chandeliers to hang, and I still have room to hang some stuff on the wall, but otherwise-

-It’s LOADed again!

So I’m back to making room in Page 10 for that BiG window wall

of bookcases and window seat for Aleigha!


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