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I pinned this fun little project

a few Christmases back~

and I’m still thinking about it!

See why?

Com‘on~you’re smiling, right?

~my cutie little herd!

There’s nothing complicated here~it really doesn’t need any HOW TO’s.        I think it’s fairly obvious and I sure was having some fun!

I’m building a small‘ish herd for the Holiday Show!

Above was early on—below, I’ve been zhooshing them!  ; D


~now, I should open another bottle of wine. . .

~my "newly engaged" couple! ; D

~pappa, momma, & little guy!

little guy~

my "carolers!"

my "carolers!"

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Nellie’s Barn Sale.

The very name suggests things that would be more farm’ish, rustic, primitive.  Thinking about what to build~what to take—some coat hooks came to mind.  And I had some fun salvaged boards and vintage wire hooks. . .

me~at load in

Nellie's Barn Sale

Simple but fun!

barn-styled, farm-styled coat racks

I also previously showed a little bit of my overmantel-styled shelf~ and another I created using a vintage sewing cabinet door that I cut simple corbels for!

an overmantel and another shelf

Below are some snaps of things in the early workings of- and things I just ran out of time to work on…

…their day is still coming!

t b c~


~you just can't get it all done some days!

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. . . that’s all I have left to finish up.

I have two MUSTs left on my list, then it’s all about tagging the last things—and figuring out some clothes! (I already have some jewelry)

I’ve had this idea in my head about a year now.

I had the parts (to do it 3 different ways).

Yesterday, about 4:30, I decided to pull that trigger.

I grabbed the legs, ripped a really cool barn board up and got out the Kreg pocket screw jig.  It really was THAT simple~I should have done it sooner.

An exaggerated (sofa) table.

5ft long, 9¼” deep.

I’ll share the simple details on making this –after the show.


a last minute -exaggerated- sofa table!

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Several things were in the works at one time.

All were in a stalled -or- waiting point.

What to do~what to do.

Well~the tools were still out to fabricate ceiling tin. . . and I have all these end scraps laying around. . . how about a few BABY planter boxes?!

creating a small box~

I measured the scraps, figured out how big a box could be based on the measurements, dug through for appropriate scrap wood and ripped it up.

I prefer mitered joints and usually tip the table saw blade to cut them, but these are small boxes and it would be a lot faster to cut them at the chop saw/compound miter saw.

cutting a mitered joint~

Most people don’t use (or understand?) the compound features of a chop saw.  And it’s actually super easy!

1st- move the left side fence over and out of the way~there’s a lever on the back side.

2nd- tip the blade by releasing the levered lock at the back-center right side~there’s a gauge to show you varying angles, then RElock.

THAT simple!

The reason I used THIS method is because the pieces are taller than the clearance of the nut that secures the blade~so the cut would not go all the way through and I’d have to flip it and line it up exactly to finish the cut.  Yeah~no.

cutting a mitered joint~

cutting a mitered joint~

This way was fast, easy, and all the pieces were cut in a few minutes~then it was just a matter of nailing the parts together.  It’s a cleaner look when you see the corners in a finished piece, but I also like the connecting points better~period.

making a small box~

I added a bottom and moved over to my pounding table!”

*See~I’m getting something out of it after all!  ; D

wrapping the tin around the box~

I made two with tin and used up some bead board scraps on a third.

I capped them with maple doorstop & other scraps!

3 small boxes!

I’ll add a small plastic container to each with saturated florist foam and a nosegay of evergreen from the garden for the sale this weekend!  I think they’ll make pretty holiday arrangements!

~like this~


…and now I’m heading back out to the remaining BIG projects…

small boxes with evergreen nosegays~

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~rescued from a dumpster!I found this old industrial scale and stand in a dumpster end of July.

I cleaned the scale and took it to the antique mall. The stand~I had other plans for.

Thursday, I finally went to buy the appropriate metal, then took all the parts to be fabricatedI don’t know how to weld.  It was an UNcomplicated job and done in no time at all!

On my way back ~consumed by my “visual” thoughts of what wood I might have for this project~ I happened on an ah-MAZ-ingly THICK-boarded pallet behind a business and hustled to load it up!  (*Y’know I’m gonna be totally stalking that place now!)

I could SEE this project even before I was able to dig it out of that dumpster.

Believe me~THAT’s how I was able to muster the strength to pry this heavy guy out of its entanglement.  Determination!

the stand from the scale~now added on to

a pallet made up of 1"+ thick boards

I ripped the boards to width, cut them to length, rounded over the edges on the router table.  Smoothed out the extremely rough milled wood with lots of sanding~but not so much to take away all that character.  3 coats of Polyurethane.

fitting the pallet boards~

searching for the right coat hooks. . .

Today I drilled holes in the metal at varying points to stabilize the wood “slats” and keep things from warping/wracking down the line.

AND I wrestled with coat hooks.

I don’t like anything I have left.  All my aMAZing stuff is used and gone now, and I’ve had no luck finding “new” stuff—even at last Sunday’s flea market.

I thought these  might look fantastic, but—ehhh.

I’ve got 4 days to figure it out, and get a lot of other things wrapped up—yikes!

Industrial-Barn Chic!

See this & a LOT more at Nellie’s Barn Sale Oct 7-8!


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Vintage Mrkt at the Vineyard

I’ve been SO busy working on projects for Sunday’s show

I’ve been ignoring all else—sorry.

Yep.  No sharing of projects.  No pictures.
No posts.  Radio silence.
Bear with me~it’s all about to change!

In the meantime~

here’s a little glimpse of~

a little TEASER of~

a few small things going to the show!

I would LUV to see you there. . . ?!


Vintage Market teaser!

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I got super lucky to see this ad on Craigslist

& get there 1st!

I’m usually like 5 minutes too late.

Craigslist ceiling tin!

Now~several sheets were pretty ROUGH but I happily took them anyway—I just knew they could be salvaged!  AND~those were the sheets I started with!

I took a rubber mallet and pounded the sheet “flat.”  Then cut off the GOOD row of 4 squares.  I did NOT toss out the cut off~it’ll be used in another project~wait & see!  ; D

pretty rough~but still worthwhile!

THIS is my newest tool!  An angle grinder!  I’ve wanted one for a while, but I’m pragmatic and only buy as I actually have need.  It cut through that tin like a hot knife through butter!  And I came away INJURY-FREE!

Worth its weight in gold for THAT alone, right?

My newest tool--the angle grinder!

Pretty rough~but still worthwhile! And DON'T through away the scraps!

building the box~Next job was to rip wood and build a box.  Noticing they tend to be very heavy, I thought it prudent to only create a solid bottom ~and framed sides.

That done, I headed back to my cut tin to try wrapping and securing around the frame.  A little trial & err here.

I found it actually harder and really awkward to bend around the frame, so I REgrouped and tried bending and pounding the tin around the edge of the table, THEN went back to wrap the box.  Bingo!

the 1st part of my Ceiling Tin Boxes!

So here’s a tin box.  Whoopie-doo.

Looks like every other tin box I’ve seen flea marketing ordinary.

I like to be different!  And I like things with at least a LITTLE BIT of refinement! So I added a cap.  It also cleaned up the top edge which was bothering me.  I used Maple bull nose molding scraps I had from casing the doors and windows in the house.  AND I stained it—better!

adding a cap~

It still felt like it needed something -I consulted with my bf who agreed- so I dug through my stashes of small feet—and THAT made all the difference!

-adding feet!

MY version of a chippy-rusty-crusty tin box!



is MY version of

chippy, rusty, crusty!

The refined kind!
You can see the progress of a 2nd, and I’ll begin working on a couple of troughs too!
As for those scraps. . . .


MY version of a chippy-rusty-crusty tin box!

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