I. am. bORed. siLLy.
But I’m behaving and doing as the Dr. said—mostly. You -I- can only sit still for so long. And the swelling is down enough you can almost see the knobby-bone of my ankle again—yAy!
So I’m working from the deck!
My OUTDOOR OFFICE!
Because I forgot to get the Rit Dye COLOR STRIPPER to use when first washing the patio umbrella covers, they weren’t taking the dye very well.
*Really helps to cut through “finished” layers too-…
That water resistant “layer” in the outdoor fabric was worn down and sun faded enough—I didn’t think I would have too much trouble. But 24hrs in, they were only marginally brighter.
So I just left them to soak all week.
And poked them around a lot.
I had over done some other things and my ankle was really painful and swelling again. So I sat. The umbrella covers sat. [Everything] sat. Since last week Friday.
Yesterday I finally pulled the plug. Ran them back through the wash just to rinse them out –no soap. Twice—to clean the dye residue out of the washer too.. Although the 2nd time was early this morning.
I put each cover back on and opened them fully so they would stretch back out and dry without wrinkles.
Plus—it just looked good to see them back UP!
And they look bright and cheery once again!
What do you think?
And -I think- worth the trouble.
Btw—the BEIGE umbrella cover from out in the yard did take a little tint of the yellow and doesn’t look so comPLETELY orphaned!
. . . might not look dramatically different in the BEFORE and AFTER pics, but you can really tell “LIVE!”
. . . umbrellas drying everywhere!
. . . my current OFFICE CHAIR! ; D
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Oh, how sad-looking the patio umbrellas.
SO sun faded. . .by the Midwestern sun—?
I’m well versed
-even prepared for-
the harsh Arizona sun-damage… but the Midwest sun—huh?
You can see for yourself (at right) just how faded the umbrellas are—in ONE season!
So the umbrellas are getting a fresh washing & DYE JOB !
Who says only Easter eggs get dyed—?
1st- I removed the umbrella covers,
then, popped ’em in the washer to freshen them…
(I actually like to wash them fresh EACH season!)
It’s very easy to remove the covers, pop the splines out of their pockets,
and then unscrew the top cap (or decorative finial on some umbrellas) to release the rest of the cover. Market umbrellas generally have a nailed on top cap, so grab a hammer or pry bar to pop it off.
*I always screw/hammer the cap back on so not to lose (or damage) it.
While the umbrella covers were in the wash, I prepped a tub of fresh water and Rit Dye –Lemon Yellow– and stirred it in well.
This is where I left things for the night—
leaving all five covers to—marinate.
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Did you happen to see any of these offerings
I can’t help myself, when I see these things, to think that—
“I can make that for myself!”
Well, at least my own interpretation of it.
The following are just 4 examples. . . knockoffs. . .
So, before the Main St Market sale, I started thinking about some fun-cool-awesome SMALLS to make & take to sell! And I began “playing.”
I saw this Decor Steals shelf during winter. Thought it was so simple and nice— and an easy project! So I tabled it for the future.
“Hmmm-hey…remember that apron I’d pilfered off a curbie-sofa a couple summers ago…?” (I talk to myself often enough-) “Oh, yeah..!”
So now you see the root of THIS project! ; D But mine has dimension instead of being flat. And unfortunately, I never took a picture of the finished, multi-layered-painted, distressed, and waxed finish before it sold at the market! -just SO crazy…but can you picture it ?!
This was something I saw before the holidays. I liked the chicken wire frame part of the project-
–so I made my own to use as a Christmas card display! Although I made mine 6ft×1ft. Cost, $zero. I used leftovers.
After Christmas, the cards came down & school pictures of the kiddos were pinned to it. At the last minute, I distressed mom by stripping it off the wall to take with me. It sold -of course- and I need to make a new one for her now!
I played around with a couple ideas of my own. This is one of the two I made. I’ll have more to share on this project very soon and a few gOOd organizing uses for DIYers!
And my last playful copy is this zinc chalkboard found on The Antique Farmhouse.
I actually have a vintage farm table with a zinc top that I’ve toyed with cutting up. Toyed with—haven’t done it though.
My medium is wood
–I have a lot of scraps– so I went that route! And I made a wood template so I could make several.
Again—another project I will share soon. I’d like to break it down for you to see HOW EASY this is to DIY!
What have YOU seen that you’d rather make yourself?
Catherine. . .
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The Dr. said there are no breaks -BUT-
it’s a very bad sprain with bruised bones. ~HuH? Never heard of THAT so.. ..I googled it and it’s not so good~gonna be a tough summer.
…Have been TRYING to sit still and “toes over nose” for the swelling…let’s just say I’m bored. out. of. my. mind. Can’t sit still so long—so I fired up the pressure washer and tidied things up. Bought more flowers to plant the last urns, and, been taking pictures to share with you—on instagram! ♥ (…now that the kiddos showed me how to do it!)
More Good news, Bad news—
…there are more market projects to share!
…however, FORGOT to take completion pictures in some cases (the frenzy AND ALL), accidentally LOST pictures of others. Dang it!
While I sort some of THAT out—hope you enjoy some of the garden views I’m seeing…
when I am sitting & the foot is up! ; D
This is the window box outside my garage/studio—LUV the lichen/moss growing over the coconut liner!
Another view of that lichen/moss combo! Nature is inCREDible!
These are just two of the window boxes overlooking the deck…
…and some of the Mandevillas that winter over in the greenhouse…
…and the Wisteria are just beginning to bloom!
Hope you’re all having
a wonderful weekend
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I bought this dresser off Craigslist on Saturday before the show. Thought it would be perfect for my mom’s smaller guest bedroom, but—no. Disappointing.
So I made the decision to go forward with it as an addition to what went to the show. Yikes.
Sadly, the legs had been lopped off, but otherwise it was in fabulous condition! Isn’t it beautiful anyway?!?
Thinking in REsale terms now, it needed to be “current” but neutral. I chose to paint it Ben Moore’s Alabaster White and Wickham Gray.
But first, it required a lot of priming.
A few other things also happened—
First, I re-contoured the lopped off legs with the belt sander.
2nd, I replaced the missing drawer stops. . .
and 3rd, I added 1½” reproduction wood wheels to bring back some extra height.
After several coats of primer, I went back to choose what would be where for this two-tone paint job.
Luv’d it’s original hardware—sure can’t improve on perfection!
I decided to add a little daily mantra- Carpe Diem
to the small banner in the peak of the mirror’s frame.
I love how the dresser finished out, and was sad to think of not keeping it, but was so sure it would sell at the Main St Market. What a shock and disappointment to bring it back with me.
I completely REset my antique mall space with all the projects that returned with me, and guess what?
My dresser sold immediately! Imagine that—
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EXCEPT for a freak injury…
it was a good –but busy– week getting last stuff finished and checked off my list for the Main St Market.
Regarding the Main St Market…
it poured on and off while I tried to load Thursday.
It poured AT the Main St Market Friday before, and in part, while folks arrived to unload and set up. It was a mud pit.
It became a pouring thunderstorm by 4:30 the morning of. Bf wanted to just quit and go home—I was feeling much the same, but just felt like I HAD to try- the expenses would be TOO much of a loss.
This is the only picture I captured at the market—and, btw, we did finally get a small break in the weather -but halfway through. Bummer.
Nothing ever really got set up as we would have in normal circumstances. Most things had to be protected under just one of the tents in case the sky let loose on us –again. Which it looked like most of the time.
~The morning of, I hit my injured ankle on the trailer hitch, knocking the breath out of me and sending me into tears. It was a rough day- period.
Oh the perils of an outdoor market—sigh.
No vintage–antique–painted furniture sold for either me or bf—and didn’t seem to for (m)any of the other vendors. No one seemed to want to tackle that in rain and mud. BUT, we sold a lot of “smalls” and those saved us!
*And having a Square card reader for credit cards was incredibly helpful too!
Here’s my s-i-l‘s van loaded up (literally). . .
So MUCH to tell, and
MORE of the unsold projects to show. . .
I know-I know, looks crazy, right?
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now the highway…
My niece wanted to “apprentice” with us for this show!
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