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Well Lisa— yes, I DID!

uh, yeah~this is gonna date me- and how LONG I’ve been doin’ this stuff.  I must digress a bit here first…
1999–it was one of my trips back here to my mother’s to visit AND work on a few projects for her—like,

building this banquette,

for her using a king sized headboard.

mom's kitchen banquette

ME~working on the banquette

Her city happened to be holding a big, organized “Charity Garage Sale”  in an old vacant downtown building.  Sounded interesting and of course I made a point of going!

I found & bought this beauty salon chair!  $5

THIS is NOT how it looked as I bought it~THIS was MY doing!

the $5 beauty salon chair!

the $5 beauty salon chair!~Best I remember, it was pretty disgustingly  D’ir-IR-t y.  Needing (gloves) an extreme cleaning before anything else could happen.

We’ve all dealt with something like that at some point, am I right?

What you see pictured was all my doing.  Once CLEANed, I could see the MANY screws holding it all together and took it completely apart to REwork.

I remember a suggestion to just spray paint the vinylwhich was somehow in amazing condition~protected by the filth?–but I was more interested in playing with this toile!  To keep things simple though, I did COVER OVER the vinyl.  Which also makes it water proof!

Originally I intended to sell it in the Kane County flea market~that we used to do!  the $5 beauty salon chair!Folks were ALL OVER IT but I realized I just couldn’t let it go!  So it went home to Phoenix with me and lived in my master bath.  It was a bougie luxury to sit in each morning doing my hair and makeup!

I brought it to my mother’s home a few years ago since I’ve somehow become her personal hairdresser –wt…?– and it makes the task easier.

And there it sits, in her kitchen.  The kiddos fight over who gets to sit in it—or should I say SPIN in circles!  And- it works well as a booster seat!

It’s multi-functional, and just a whole lot of fun!

Catherine

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just a simple Birch frame!Well first,

I forgot to include this simple Birch frame I made with all those other “wood” projects!

It would have been wonderful to have some beautifully stylized pics to share but, folks—I’m just happy that I GOT some pics with the pace I was keeping!

pine cones~candles

 

Here are my REworked faux Pine Cones+candles…

and actually, the last of all those NATURAL materials projects was that I patiently sugar-crystal’d a LOT of hydrangea and sedum from the garden!

I sold them by the head—but ladies drove me CRAZY with, “Oh, I’ll just do THIS myself!  picture-picture.  Now, tell me~how did you do this?”  ~rolling eyeballs.

my Holiday Show Flowers

Another thing with flowers was this lamp.

A literal TRASH to TREASURE project!

Someone threw out this BROKEN lamp, I took it, I cleaned and fixed it~

then painted it & added moss, holiday flowers, and an elongated silk shade!

a TRASH to TREASURE project!

Speaking of lighting, I also found this cool jar to “fix up!”

a cool jar to transform!

Another thing from “use what you have”. . .

my grandpa’s and dad’s old hand saws!  Don’t they kind of look like a Christmas tree shape?

I mounted them and hid the battery pack in a routered out void.

my grandpa's & dad's old hand saws!

I played with some other METALS, including forging a pair of short-squaty boxes that would look FAB stuffed with poinsettias!

~some metals

I’ve had these really nice resin crystals forEVER and finally decided to DO something with them!  A N D  I glittered them!

REvamping some old resin crystals!

locked & loaded for that last show!

Here’s me~locked & loaded for that show

~barely room for me!

Well, I’m  -back working on-  some UNfinished Holiday Show projects.

Catherine

btw— did I show you my wine cork Reindeer?

my wine cork Reindeer!

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First~I wanted to REvamp the stairs for the show to look more

Christmas’y!

market stairs~and REvision!

A n d   you can see I used Buffalo Snow Blanket to play up the holiday effect!

So anyway~these are some of my

Holiday Show DIY’s!

My Santas.  A few years ago I cut down a vintage yard Santa to create a giant tree topper for the kiddo’s tree—I’ve collected 2 more since to have for sale!

I also made a pair of plaques using parts of that nasty~stinky dresser and vintage graphics!  I’m crazy about that craquelure finish!

Santa tree toppers~Santa plaques

It seems I became a bit STAR-struck!

I made barn board~narly wood~and stinky dresser wood “plaques” in lieu of, and as a change from the standard wreath!

in lieu of the standard wreath

I made origami vintage sheet music stars, burlap stars, wood lath stars. . .

my origami stars~glitter and gold leaf!

my burlap stars!

my wood lath stars!

I made good use of our downed tree making drink coasters and a cool “tray”. . .

wood drink coasters and a "tray"

I made “candles” and secured them to barn board trays. . .

my wood "candles"

I made trees—from our fallen Box Elder!

my wood trees!

I made holiday banners. . . and hung them on a vintage crib spring I framed with salvaged boards!

wood banners!

I am a wood-girl!

; D

Wanna see more?

Catherine

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Holiday "Cheer"… just might be

Worn. Out.

I’ve been working on “Christmas” since about mid October.

There is SO MUCH WORK involved in these shows—and I’m exhausted.  No kidding.
3 shows in as many months, plus closing out my Door County antique mall space (it’s a seasonal shop).  And once again~ REsetting my regular antique mall space—

which NOW looks like a mini Christmas Show!

a mini "Christmas" show!

a mini "Christmas" show!

I worked on a lot of fun projects and I’m eager to share, but,

I. am. SO. exhausted.

My brain (& body) just need a day off!

And maybe a big glass of wine!   ; D

Catherine

 

YES please!

YES please!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YES please!

YES please!

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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

Catherine

~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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3 French Hens French Country MarketThe LAST thing I want to think about is

Christmas.

OR holiday decorating.

Let it be perpetual summer, please!
But my 3rd show (in as many months) is the

3 French Hens French Country Market

I spent last week doing essentially nothing trying to rest my back from a pulled muscle.  All that rest gave me a chance to form a projects~action plan to work on.  And with the help of a supportive back brace, I’m working -slowly- on some stuff again!

1st up~

 This site had the absolute  easiest to follow  instructions of all I researched~

5 Pointed Origami Star
Christmas Decorations

5 pointed origami star front view:

I didn’t watch the video, I literally needed the step-by-step pictures to keep up with ALL those folds.

  There are 2 halves to this project~the 1st is to create the pentagon.  I thought it would be more efficient to do ALL 24 papers together, then move on.

  I started the whole thing by printing out some vintage sheet music onto card stock paper, cut it all square, then began folding.  And folding.  And folding.

* That marking pen you see helped me press each fold into a crisp crease.

making my Christmas oragami stars

 The 2nd half creates the star!  The collage below takes you up to the star “shape.”  The final folds define it more and make it more 2-dimensional!  Let me add here that this is a WHOLE LOT EASIER with normal paper—I, of course had to make it harder with heavier paper (of course).  But I had my reasons.

making my Christmas oragami stars

making my Christmas oragami stars

making my Christmas oragami stars

Now I have 24 Stars!

And now I get to play!

 I spent some time SHAPING each of my stars to perfection!

 I “opened” each star back up just enough to paint the insides with gold leaf paint.

  Lastly, I used an artist brush to paint select front edges with glue, then covered them in crystal glitter!  When they were dry, I glittered a part of the back side too!

~glitter and gold leaf!

~glitter and gold leaf!

~glitter and gold leaf!

~glitter and gold leaf!

~glitter and gold leaf!

Some will be used to make a garland,

the rest will be left individual~

I just need to decide on those final details and finishes!

Catherine

~so how many does it take to create a garland?

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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~

Catherine

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

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