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So- I’m just NOW getting to catch my breath and start to recover.

It was an inCREDibly busy 2 months getting ready for Nellie’s.
But that was NOTHING to—
Wednesday- 
all the LAST MINUTE to-do-lists,
loading for the show, and the EXPERT SKILL of fitting it ALL in,
(in, on, behind—picture coming!)
Thursday-
the LAST, last minute packing,
the nerve-wracking drive there with an over-loaded van (no joke!),
getting laughed at on arrival for the CRAZY load,
OFF-loading & setting up.

See that sloping hill?  THAT was our challenging space.

Nellie's Barn Sale
Friday-
a BIG storm in the early hours that totally messed with us
the first morning and beginning of the show.
THAT was followed by temps in the 90’s & 100% humidity,
A N D- I lost a BIG sale when my Square card reader decided
it needed an update in the middle of processing!
(and she didn’t have enough cash or a checkbook available)

A scoop of FAT ELVIS on a peanut sugar cone softened the blow some.
I passed SEVERAL people (bathroom break) Oooooooo-ing & O-M-G-ing over the ice cream they were eating—I HAD to ask.  “FAT!  ELVIS!”  So I went directly to the ice cream truck  –didn’t even LOOK at the menu board–  and ordered “One scoop of FAT ELVIS, please!”

O.  M.  G.

IN-CRED-IBLE beyond words!
I was totally in the “OMG’ing” camp!  ; D

Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Bananas!

Saturday (cont.)

ANOTHER storm, can humidity be more than 100% ???
We heard a lot of “I’m SO hot- I can’t think!”
as shoppers tried to decide on purchases.


We’d sold several big anchor pieces Friday and killed ourselves completely REsetting the 2nd morning.  In my exhaustion, I smashed my finger with the sledge hammer.  It’s NOT a show until there’s blood- right?

Show over, time to REload.
Drive the hour back to my bf’s.
Sunday-
Off-load HER U-Haul van,
load up a few extra things on MY van,
make the final drive back home.
Monday-
Off-Load van at the antq mall & REset my space with All New Stuff!
I still wasn’t finished when they kicked me out at closing.
Gas station & Car Wash with the van and return it to my GENEROUS s-i-l!
Tuesday-
Back to the antq mall to finish.
And finally
START the recovery process! 

This morning I slept in to 7:30!
And now I’m writing you guys.
I have cool pics to share—as soon as I edit.

Until then, here’s a couple pics from our Holding-Sold area.

Catherine

SOLD- in our holding area

SOLD- and back to pick up!

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So, long story short~

This was part of my late uncle’s bedroom furniture at Grandma’s house wAy down in IL.  I know –somewhere– there’s got to be a picture showing its original severely dark stain~but I can’t find it.

When we cleared out grandma’s in the sale to cousins, I brought it back to change things up in one of mom’s guest bedrooms, and painted both bed and dresser a soft white.  Seriously– this was already old hand-me-down stuff that moved from Grandma’s farm, up to her hill house, and then to mom’s.

It had a 1904 date on the back side of the headboard I’d never noticed before.

Uncle Fred's old bedroom furniture

Above, painted a soft white for a lighter, shabby chic look in the guest bedroom.  Eventually, it got bumped for another 1930’s set.

Below, painted something funky for a teenage nephew to use for a while. . .

REpainted something funky for a nephew~

And then it all came back –again.  With no one else in the family having need of it—I gave the dresser a total makeover and sold it in the antique mall.  Remember this project?  (it’s near the end of the post link)

one last makeover for Uncle Fred's dresser

And finally– I’ve pulled the bed from storage for

one last REinvention before Nellie’s Barn Sale!

 

I padded and upholstered the headboard with one of my vintage grain sacks.  The foot board is just REpainted, but I did add vintage wood wheels—
I LUV them, they’re just fun, and it’s SO much easier moving a bed around!

Uncle Fred's old bed with one last makeover!

I also added a padded back rest and tied-on seat cushion to this petite rocker (the neighbor gave me) with the leftovers from my
bed project—
I think they look really cute together!

Nellie's Barn Sale!They’re already getting great attention and feedback from the Nellie’s Barn Sale pages and on instagram!
OMG–I’ll be packing Wednesday, driving & setting up Thursday!
Hope to see you at the show
Friday or Saturday!

Catherine

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OMG!  I don’t feel totally ready yet—about 80% there.

If you’re in the Chicago area, sure hope to

see and meet you there!

Catherine

Nellie's Barn Sale!

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working hard~

We’re in the countdown to Nellie’s.

23 days away.

My project list is ambitiousand loooong.

I’ll have some pretty AWEsome things to sell! (even if I do say so myself)  But they aren’t all finished yet~YIKES!  So I’m crazy busy!

Can I offer you a few pretty FILLERS?

Things are flowering again and greening up—YaY!

the Crab Apple tree in all it's splendor

THIS is my kind of Purple 

PURPLE abounds!

MY kind of Purple!

~and those yellow “flowers” are back, ugh.

~and the "yellow" flowers are back

Yes~ Spring has Sprung!  But the clean up has to wait for the show.

Here’s a tease of just a few present projects—

I’ll share shortly!

just a FEW of the current projects~

my surrogate dog!

But this guy-

he waits for no one

and nothing!

(he’s my surrogate dog)

Catherine

 

Nellie's JUNE Barn Sale!

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look what the neighbor gave me!THESE tables, that the neighbor gave me.

That I DEconstructed right away and am REcreating one into a sofa table.

I’m still working on that project, just not consistently because I’m juggling MANY projects for Nellie’s.

DEconstructing the tables~OMgoodness~ I swear, someone got paid by the screw putting this table together.

68 screws held this table together × 2 tables!

I now have a GOOD supply of screws on hand!

the aprons from the tables~

After taking everything apart—I decided to make shelves from the aprons.    I started with 3 -the 4th needed repair.  I cut the ends of each on a 45° miter and added sides.  I primed them, gave them a really sloppy paint job and over-sprayed the bottom edges with a darker shade of green.

THEN a twist!  I coated them in stripping solution just long enough to wreck the paint, and clean them off with a pressure washer.

creating shelves from the table's aprons


They looked A-MAZ-ing!

Until I clear coated them.

It “washed out” the distressed effect and I don’t even have a picture to show you the difference.

I’m SO bummed.

giving them patina~

Creating SHELVES from the table's aprons~

I cut tops for each following their contours, and routed a simple edge detail to dress them up.  Gave them a very light stain and clear coat.

I know I said “SHELVES”

and they DO look great clustered together, but, I think they would also be pretty fabulous used as

a Bed Corona!

Catherine

 

A N D  they too, will be going to Nellie’s Barn Sale!

Nellie's JUNE Barn Sale!

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working on the new hutch/bookcaseSome projects just “come together!”

THIS is one of THOSE!

And I’m totally

in love with it!

—too many exclamation marks ?

I DID decide on tin for the back boards—but found myself struggling with, “What COLOR goes with RUST?”

I dug through the random quarts on the shelf and pulled a few that could be mixed to create something.  I landed on this shade of a Dusty, Muddy, Coral-y, Pink’ish color.  And it looks great with the Rusty tin!  Like how Pink & Orange are complimentary to one another!

I took great pains to “interpret” the antique tin to each section and love how the pattern lines up with all the shelves!

Adding the antique ceiling tin~ Adding the antique ceiling tin~

the Window Hutch Bookcase!It turns out the bookcase needs some repairs—it got roughed up in storage.  So I guess it’ll end up being one more way these two disparate pieces will be brought even closer together.  *The “dots” are from the countersunk screws–they’ll be plugged today before painting.  And I’ll REstain the top darker.

And THIS is one more piece ready for

Nellie’s Barn Sale!

Catherine

Nellie's JUNE Barn Sale!

the Window Hutch Bookcase!

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sewing cabinet projects -pt3I’m clearing through some long-waiting projects in my stashes.

These are my last two sewing cabinet drawer sets.
Pulled out and now parked in the middle of the NEXT chaos!
They were rougher than I remembered and needed a lot of REgluing, clamping, and REcreated “parts.”

REgluing and REcreating broken and missing partsREgluing and REcreating broken and missing parts

REgluing and REcreating broken and missing parts

some of the details~All of that attention meant a very -S L O W- project launch.  Things needed time to set up before moving on—like ME, to other projects!

I finally got to a stage of sanding, priming and painting.  I would have loved to leave it “natural” for the purists, but most of the drawers were kinda’ gross!  And cleaning wasn’t gonna cut it!

I thought a pale blue and white would give it a fresher look!

I had to modify the ends at each side from their crude DETACHMENT from the original cabinet.  I REcut, added rope trim, a back, and finally a top to each with a handle.

Catherine

details of REfabbing the sewing machine drawers! details of REfabbing the sewing machine drawers! details of REfabbing the sewing machine drawers!

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