Archive for April, 2013

"Landen"My days have been very roller coaster-like since having my little surgical procedure last Tuesday.  And it’s been a challenge to work on -anything- at length.

I just couldn’t finish the 2nd hall tree on time so I donated one of my children’s cabinets instead.  I really hope it, too, will fetch a good dollar amount for Vicky.  Fingers crossed.

I named this cabinet  -locker-cubby-  LANDEN, for my gr-nephew Landen.  And it is hIS grandmother that the benefit is for.

*the reason I picked thIS cabinet

Thankfully, their “cup runneth over” with donations, and I DiD also make 2 beautiful spring floral arrangements.

building the 2nd Hall Tree

But, let me show you what I was TRYing to build for this 2nd charity benefit.

(I DiD get pretty far along–)

The 2nd Hall Tree.

I picked out some things and parts to bring together.  I wasn’t sure exACTly what I would ultimately use, so this was just a part of my “creating process!”  ~Options, y’know!

-So, I decided to use the split pediment instead of the half moon frame.  I took the mirror and frame apart to get to it.

-Then seeing how it would/could fit onto the door and its new height, I decided to cut off the top panel section.  And I needed to create a spacer, or transitional piece to bulk up the top again.  I cut a piece of wood to length and depth, and then routered a dado for the pediment to fit into.

-Next I began working on the “box” using the top section of the door I cut off.

-And I used stair railing pickets to create legs/feet for support.

-I also cut up an old cabinet door to make a hinged lid for its new hidden storage.

I’m going to end here, at the construction phase—although, mUch of the painting was well under way.          I’ll show you more of that next post.

I’ve needed more follow up with the doctor –proving just how infected the cyst actually was, and the reason I just couldn’t stay on this project to finish in time.


the 2nd Hall Tree



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Let me 1st say that life (in the form of a painful sebaceous cyst) has interrupted the flow of working on, and finishing this hall tree, and getting started on the 2nd one.  Can you say mOre stress to make both charity deadlines~yIKes.

My mom accompanied me for my scary, and painful little “surgery.”  She also took pictures so I could actually see (afterwards) what the heck was happening.  I’ll spare you the sUper gross pics–but I’m going to show my nephews-the bOys (I’m a bAd auntie).

The whole process was pAINful~beginning with the hUNdred shots of local anesthetic that sent me flinching and squirming for all the burning, to all the cutting-poking-prodding-pushing-squeezing to excise the badly infected cyst.  Which may have lOOked like a golf ball, but felt like a softball–with roots.

Before all was done, their floor was flooded with my tears, and the doc had to remind me more than once to breathe.  And after all that to empty it, thEN she packed it back up with a medicated gauze for 24hrs that left me in agony.  My body definitely knew something was in there that didn’t belong, leaving me feeling ill, pale-white, wobbly,  and back in bed for the rest of the day.

This was 2 o’clock yesterday.  This morning, I tried to focus on finishing the hall tree upholstery to distract myself from the pain until I was scheduled for the packing removal.  The cyst was sO infected, some had to remain–and I have to go back yet again.

I’ve just got to FOCUS on my projects, and the good cause they are for.  Yes, it hurts and I’m in pain~but I’ll bet my niece’s mother-in-law would trade with me in a heart beat.  And, in the immortal words of my funny, late grandmothers—

Thank you God

“It’ll heal before you get married!”


“Cry, cry, cry–you’ll just pee less later!”

That definitely helps put things back in perspective—.


a hall tree for the ReStore's Earth Day celebration!The finished hall tree may not look “perfect” –but, all considering, I’m happy with it.  My last task was to add the nail heads, and it gave me the most trouble~heck, they’re tough to get perfect in the bESt of circumstances!

(and I sure would like a do-over)

But I have to get this one to the ReStore, and finally start on the next hall tree.

I hope you like it, and I hope the ReStore gets a gOOd price for it!







ps~1. It seems I got something on the internal part of my lens, that’s the weird dark spot you see.

And, 2. The “F & P” are covering the cabinet door handle holes on the box’s front that I somehow overlooked in construction.  ; D

a hall tree for the ReStore's Earth Day celebration!

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Yesterday, I was in construction.

Today, I’ve been puttying, sanding, painting, and waxing.

Tomorrow, I will have a few refinements to finish, and then,     I’ll be—upholstering.  Yes, the little arms and seat!

Here’s a shot from earlier today—

my charity project #1

       I have no idea why the poor thing looks a bit wonky in the photo ~but I promise, it iS square and level!

       Anyway, it looks better than this as I’ve quit for the night, but it will be finished tomorrow, and before end of day, I should have begun construction on the 2nd hall tree!  Busy-bUSy!

*I’m not sUper crazy about thESE hooks for thIS piece, but I’m trying to oNLy use things frOM the ReStore–remember that this piece is for them.  I may acquiesce on this point.


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Earth DayThis next Saturday, my favorite ReStore is having a big sale to celebrate Earth Day!          And I am building something to contribute, from the mANy things I’m always buying there.

cure pancreatic cancerAnd also next Saturday, a benefit is being held for my niece’s mother-in-law, who (at 50) has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  And I am building something for this as well.

So you can imagine~I am busy-busy-bUsy~ I’m building a Hall Tree for both events.

This one is the 1st —the materials, the construction, and its progress as I quit for the night.

the 1st hall tree--

the hall tree--

I’ll have much more to tell and share tomorrow~


I’m sharing this project with these FABulous linky parties~










Beyond The Picket Fence

Furniture Feature Fridays

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I’m still alive—the shingles are finally at the end!                         Can I get a woot-woot, he-ey!

~And thEN I got hit with a 2nd punch.  About 3yrs ago, I -somehow- got a sebaceous cyst on my back, between my shoulder blades, right over my spine.  The doctor cut it open to drain it, easing the pain (after causing mOre 1st) and it was over.  For a while.  It slowly started to come back, and we’ve been monitoring it since.

About a week and a half ago, it suddenly got really inflamed and I was in just awful pain.  ~Like there was a competition going on between my head and my back.~  I headed back in to the doc—it was all infected and about the size of a golfball.  “Totally coincidental,”  I was told.  S-u-r-e.  I’m on anti biotics.

I was also told to check out a couple medical videos (you can find on Youtube) because, when the infection clears we’ll have to do one or the other—cut it out, or drain it again.  Whichever~it’s gonna hurt, and it’s gonna leave a scar—jOy.  Have I paid my dues now. . ?

cry-babying over~cry-babying over~cry-babying over~cry-babying over~cry-babying over

And now I’m going to bury myself in a thousand projects!                               No more talk of pain and misery.

a pair of chairs for Princess AleighaI was trying to work on my little princess Aleigha’s room.

I had let my niece pick some lighting from several options of things I have found, and this is one of her selections!     I asked what color she might like for the shade to be altered to—and she picked the same grEEn, like her chair!

I found this swing arm lamp at the ReStore for $5 a while back, the shade was $1 from a thrift store–and this was her choice to go beside her bed.

a light for Aleigha!

I popped the little glue-tacks that held the accordion-styled over-shade to its liner-shade.  Cleaned it with the vacuum hose/brush and then spray painted it.  Could it be aNy easier?!?

Then using an awl, I punched a small hole in the over-shade, and threaded the cut flower through.  I bent the wire into a little curly-cue, and added a little dob of hot glue for extra staying power.

After I applied all 7 flowers (that I found at mom’s Hobby Lobby on clearance for $4.76), I re-affixed the over-shade to the liner-shade with some hot glue.  Easy-peasy project!

re-creating Aleigha's lamp!

Here’s her lamp and shade finished!

Total cost of project $10.76

So cute, and I love the green and white combo!

After a big discussion about selecting flexible colors for her new room -that she can grow with- we are using more of that same green!  Wait till you see how~


I’m feeling better enough to get back to finishing her bookshelf-dresser now, so mOre to come—at last!

Aleigha'a bed side light!

Aleigha'a bed side light!

I’m sharing with these FABulous linky parties!
Beyond The Picket Fence






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Pardon the momentary cry babying~

Shingles.  All I can say is. PAIN. ful.

I must have moved into the rash stage–but since it’s in my hair, and you can’t see it~I’m just guessing.

If THIS IS now a rash—IT ITCHES. LIKE. CRAZY.  But when I acquiesce to scratch it—o-m-g—it burns even worse.  ~I’m ’bout to lose my mind!

~I got a MAjor case of chickenpox the week after my 30th birthday.  I remember how ITCHY they became, but not like this–but it was long ago.

It hurts just to brUsh my hair, but I couldn’t bear the condition of it anymore– so I washed it.  A little comforting in the warm-hot water, but painful to dry/fix it.  And the whole event left me feeling really sick for a couple of days.

I frequently feel like I’ve been “over-indulging in lOts of wine”-kind-of-dizzy.  So it’s hard to focus -or distract myself enough to work on anything fUn.  –So I’ve been working on some no-fun projects instead–ones I’ve been dodging.

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In all the construction on mom’s home, I took away her attic and created the alcove–which is wAy more fun anyway!

I DiD create storage for her in the lower level.  But as needs have changed, things are getting shifted and shuffled around, and that’s what’s up right now.

*I promise—this is nOt a candidate for Hoarders!

tearing up the lower level to re-organize--yikes!

As her outdoor bar-ware and dish collection has grown HUgely, it got moved into one of those storage closets–but it’s inconvenient being downstairs.

So I’m gathering ideas and sketching designs to build an Outdoor China Hutch that will be placed on the upper dining level deck–right outside the kitchen door, facing the outdoor dining table.  I’ll probably use a combo of barn boards and pallet boards, and line the interior with plexiglass to be water-tight.  But nothing is solid yet, so, we’ll see!

the closet of outdoor dishes

Since I like to sew at mom’s downstairs dining table where there’s more room to spread out on the big table, I have sorted through and organized all of my (well, actually–mOst of my-) fabric in the emptied closet to have at hand.  This is good because, out of sight–out of mind, and I’ve forgotten all about some cool fabrics I had!

Moving the fabrics out of the tubs they were stored in, in her mechanical room, now makes room to better organize the holiday and seasonal decorations.  AND–her kitchenette needs some revisions too—but one thing (hA!) at a time!

It’s like a domino effect. . .     ¦: O


the closet filled with fabrics now!

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April Fools!

April Fools!

I just have to share this April Fools Day prank one of my brothers and sisters-in-law pulled off while their kids were still little!

In the middle of the night while the kids were     sOUnd asleep,

they shuffled them all around into different beds.

The kiddos were sO confused waking up in        different beds~and NoT amused!

EsPECially the older one who woke up in a crib!


so true!

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