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what it looks like when you have THAT MANY things going on at once...…the direction of my life for the past –too many– weeks.

Things weren’t “done” just because it was the end of the show last weekend, oh no!

The sale was finished, we were exhausted, but you still have to REload to leave.  Both unsold dressers were laid flat in the van 1st, with everything remaining layered on top for efficiency.
But guess what was left inside a drawer during that REloading?  Oooops.

My purse. Phone. Reading glasses.

And there was NO WAY I was going to UNload & REload~again.  I reclaimed them Sunday morning when we tackled off loading~REloading to pull things intended for storage—then I felt “normal” again and headed for home. . . to OFF LOAD AGAIN at the antique mall and return my s-i-l’s van. -exhausting-
Monday I spent the entire day at the antique mall completely REsetting my space.  Tuesday I returned to finish a couple little things and load the extras for storage on this end~ A N D  I threw my back out.  I’ve hardly been able to move since, but, today is finally a better day so I’ll begin sharing projects!

just some of the ceiling tin--So~ 3 shows in 3 months.

Sept—The Vintage Market, Oct—Nellie’s Barn Sale, and Nov will be a holiday show (with more on that one soon enough).

All that ceiling tin went over big at the Vintage Market so I fabricated more for Nellie’s.  I’d collected some amazing pieces to work with~both simple patterns with lots of rust and beaUtiful designs with chippy paint!

I made a variety of planter box sizes, and framed tins for wall hangings.  A couple of my absolute faves sold, but one came back with me and—it may become my keeper!

Below was a 1st display~but things got moved around a lot & improved on!

a variety of the tins~ larger, mounted & framed tins

tin planters~

tin planters~

12

little baby tin planters~

small boxes with evergreen nosegays~

I filled small plastic containers with seeded evergreen for these baby boxes!

One woman waited SO patiently for a couple of women to finish paying for theirs—

“I’d like one too!”

UNfortunately those were my last baby TINS.

 ~Awwww~ so I’m making another just for her.  As soon as my back recovers.

Last to share on the TIN-front

is that I now know all too well why those ceiling tin items can be SO EXPENSIVE.  They are EXHAUSTING to make/fabricate.  NO. JOKE.
While I was pounding this guy below around its frame~ a bee stung me.
Right as I was shooting in  a holding staple.

Uh, huh.  I shot myself.

And had to pull it out of my thumb myself  for a double triple whammy.
I did think about charging extra for pain & suffering. . .

Catherine

t b c. . .

no PAIN, no gain....?

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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. . . ?!

Catherine

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!

Yep.

THIS

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. . . .

Catherine

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

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the BoxElder tree in the 90'sA tree was determined.

It grew out of, and killed off the almond bush that WAS planted there.

It thrived AND dropped jaws for 48 years.

It was commonly called

awesome!

And was an AWESOME climbing tree!

loosing the BoxElder tree...

 

But Mother Nature has been brutal to it & struck yet ANOTHER blow June 7th.  The last sort-of-center branch came down in a severe thunder storm with 50 mile an hour winds.

And it came down on my concrete/iron table and garden sculpture.  My heart is broken.

For ALL of it.

--I'm gonna cry here.....

. . . awwwww. . .

In their glory days. . . .

...in the glory days...

--the right tools for the job--a crane.The tree guy said he couldn’t get to us for about 3 weeks, then promptly shifted his schedule to come Monday after seeing the new situation.  Clearly, it was not good.

However

3 days before our scheduled “rescue,” another severe storm came calling.  Producing a very short-lived tornado about 10 miles from us—WE were spared.

The tree guys came  -with a monster crane-  to take it down in really the only safe way left now.  What an event.

The man in charge rode the ball and chains up into the tree to secure each part before cutting—it was ALL aMAZing.  AND down in less than 2 hours and 9 sections.

Taking down the BoxElder tree

Taking down the BoxElder tree

Taking down the BoxElder tree

Each of the 4 leafy branch ends were lowered almost standing straight up and looked like large trees in their own right!  The 1st (& smallest branch cut) was announced to weigh in at 1,600 lbs—the total tree came in over 10 tons (about 25,000 lbs). . .

YIKES!

--a new project is on the horizon

The garden has gone from shade to shade-sun, to sun-shade, and NOW full out sun.  The always sunny kitchen practically requires sunglasses!

Our “new normal” is going to take some getting used to.  As you can imagine~ I’ve got several ideas whirling around in my headstay tuned!

Catherine

PS~ we’re in the midst of another severe storm.
With no more tree to worry about—BRING IT ON!

Mother Nature-

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We sure do ♥♥♥ spending time on the different levels of the deck—both day AND night!

the deck -in July

*Above- is the deck in July, from when I was REworking all the umbrellas!

Although the existing, varied lighting, IS beautiful at night, we were still missing the old market umbrella that had built-in lights at the dining table.  SO

Replacing the Deck Step Lights

LOOK

what I found!

Umbrella Lights!

You just NEVER know where you’re going to find solutions!

And that PRICE!

Umbrella- standard and plain

umbrella- with LIGHTS!

Check out this beautiful glow of light at dusk!

That’s what we were missing from the old umbrella!

the ambient lighting from the new UMBRELLA LIGHTS

pretty, ambient lighting on the dining deck!

Super easy to install-  just needed a screw driver.

And about 30 minutes.

Well, and a scissors.  You’ll probably want to cut off the excess of the baby zip ties that hold the end of the light strings tight at each spline! (it just looks neater)

It’s the little touches

Catherine

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Tomorrow will be 6 weeks since I sprained my ankle so badly.  I’ve had ups and downs trying to heal, and our recent tornado scare was certainly no help—but all in all, it’s “better!”  I’ve been trying to work on small, non-stressful things, and was finally about to jump back into a big furniture project when the storms hit, so once again, things got side-lined for clean up.  However

the deck step lights died and needed replacing, and since that was a pretty low key project~I jumped on it!

The Deck--the step lights need replacing....

 

I found white·clear rope lights seemed to work well for this project.

  • They gave a nice, even illumination of the steps AND the flagstone at night for safety—and pretty, ambient lighting too!
  • BUT—they yellow with age and don’t have a long life.
  • They are low profile (½”) and fit well under the lip of the step,
  • except- their mounting clips push them back out.
  • And until recently, they didn’t have  l o n g  lengths so you had to connect multiple strands to get the length you wanted (which could be a gOOd thing too).

The Deck--the step lights need replacing....The guy at the store told me I might prefer to try out the 

  • longer lengths,
  • lower profile (3/8″),
  • brighter light, and
  • longer LIFE – lower energy consumption

of the LED rope lights!

And how convenient—I needed 48ft!

So I bought them & installed them AT DUSK—so I could see where I was putting them, but also, how I wanted to REadjust the lighting layout this time around!

The Deck--the step lights need replacing...And- instead of using the included mounting clips (same issue of projecting out more than I wanted), I used cable staples.  I could secure the lights in more places and tighter to the deck!  I just had to hammer them in place one at a time—really easy!

Mom snapped a couple of pictures of me working on it as the sun set (it was not as dark as the picture would have you believe).

Replacing the Deck Step Lights

Replacing the Deck Step Lights

Thought you’d like to compare—with lightswithout!

Now you see why we need’m?

Replacing the Deck Step Lights

Replacing the Deck Step Lights

And you can see they aren’t too in your face by daylight.

Replacing the Deck Step Lights

Btw—those are outdoor floor lamps on each side of the porch swing!  Totally portable, except that I did screw them in place after a few wind storms knocked them over.  And, they have built-in dimmers!

Catherine

the outdoor floor lamps on each side of the porch swing-

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weeding--what fun!My mini-me came to spend the night!  We did an assortment of goofy auntie-niece activities, including watching the old movie Clueless!

(the one-liners are fabulous!)

Day 2, after we finally got up and moving, we blew up the inflatable kiddie pool (with the air compressor) and filled it with the garden hose (and many pitchers of hot water).  We laughed that if we had to do it all manually, it might be finished—next week!

Aleigha was such a help—we weeded!  All day!  Thank God she loves me.

Well, actuallywe rotated weeding some, then wading in the pool.  After lunch we also threw in a painting project she wanted to play with.  It was a fUn day!

Break time!  Again!

Break Time--again!

All the “pool time” seemed to be exactly what my ankle needed and is SO much better today!  Who knew!

Here’s Aleigha’s projectit’s something she saw on pintrest.

Boy did I do some searching to find the origin of these photos—they’re all over pintrest with NO credit to the person who did it (sad).

1st—we/she placed tape on her jars to see about how big she wanted to make her hearts…

…but I had her peel them off to cut out the shape with a scissors, I thought it would be safer for her than using a knife.

Aleigha's project!

I suggested she place the jars upside down to paint…so paint over-spray wouldn’t go inside the jars, and I thought it would be easier than trying to both hold and turn the jars.

Aleigha's project!

She sprayed 3 coats—and we went back to our “weeding & wading” in between each!

After both jars had ample time to dry, we “primed” the chalkboard paint and THEN we took off the tape.

Aleigha's project!

from HEART.LOVE.ALWAYS.Her mom came to pick her up before we could finish and decorate, so we’ll play with that next week!

The finished jars at left are from Alexandra at LOVE.HEART.ALWAYS. and this was my niece’s inspiration!

Catherine & Aleigha

btw—this is how I finished the day!  ; D

it was a LONG day!

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