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Vintage Market at The Grove Vendor!

Yep~doin’ another show!

And I’ve got a lot to do to get ready.

Does that explain some of my projects of late?

I need “smalls!”  You know—Cash & Carry items for those not looking for furniture.  I’ve collected a lot of inspiration & ideas to draw from—

Creating a SHIELD pattern~and this is another  of those ideas!

It began with making some patterns from ¼” veneered plywood.

I sketched out a shape I liked with chalk, cut it out with a jigsaw, and sanded it smooth. It’ll be so much easier to replicate as needed!

~now cutting out the shape

You can see above that I used an old, solid wood cabinet door—¾” thick.     That thickness let me run them through the router for a nice edge detail! Then I sanded and primed them both.

That was last night.

~cut out, routed, and primed


I gave both boards a fine sanding, then got busy working out my graphics ideas and printed them out on onion skin.  I plan to decoupage the printed images onto the boards.

These are two of my graphic selections, and the outcome of one.   I’ll share more on these soon—


2 of my graphic selections2 of my graphic selections

With just a few details to finish up. . .

decoupaging the image~~just some details to finish this one up!










Vintage Market at The Grove!

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I’m working on multiple things at once ~again.

A pair of Nesting Trays!It keep things hummin’ along—but it slows things down.  Catch 22.

While everything was still “out,” I quickly put a smaller yard stick tray together.  Almost finished~sanding, waxing, attaching the handles (which I had to alter one to match the other).

I’m still working on MY pair of  [Decor Steals] shelf finishes, as well as some other stuff my Yardstick Trays!I’ll be sharing soon enough!

Until then~my pair of nesting trays!

Yes, I was channeling you Terry!  ; D


my Yardstick Trays!

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that is!

a project of yard sticks--

I have a pretty good collection of old yard sticks for use in various projects!  But it’s getting thin and I haven’t found any more in quite some time~hmmm…?

cutting the legs-I didn’t sleep well the night before,

while laying there awake, an idea came to me for a project.  Not big and elaborate—just quick and fun! And I worked out ALL points of the construction laying there awake!

So after lunch yesterday, I grabbed the parts needed to do the PHYSICAL part of the job!  ; D

Task #1—I laid a scrap 2×6 board flat (the long way towards myself) and tipped the chop saw to cut 45° angles from the left side & right side of the board, then center to “square up” the triangles.

*This was just the most efficient way to make 4 equal triangular legs—which I cut to 4″ in length.

~making triangular legs

Task #2—I chose two 4ft [yard] sticks, and cut them in half (which gave me 2 sides, but I needed 4).  I cut the 24″ pieces into 10″ and 14″ lengths.  Then mitered the ends on all the pieces.

~cutting sides

Task #3—creating the sides.  I glued the mitered corners of the rulers around the triangular legs, and shot a pin brad to secure each connection, starting with the top/thicker ruler.  Using a spacer, I then glued and pin nailed the skinnier ruler around the rectangular form.

~the sides are formed

Task #4—I laid the rectangular form down over a board, traced out the shape, and cut a bottom with notched corners.  After rounding over the bottom edges at the router table, I inserted it and sealed it in with a bead of construction adhesive.

cutting a bottom~

adding and securing a bottom~

~construction finished

I added vintage screen door handles, and clear waxed all but the bottom—which I painted with the blue’ish green paint that was still out!

And I LUV it!

While everything is still out—I have two more yard sticks to make a smaller tray!












some details-



I’m sharing this project with The Curator’s Collection!

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Do you ever look at those fun and cool items offered for sale on varying sites and think to yourself,

“I could make thatwhy would I BUY it?!?”

—and it’s not always about cost—

Corbel Wall Shelf | French Country Wall Shelf | Vintage Style Home Decor: I think this to myself a lot—but I’m lucky enough to have some pretty good carpentry skills and the tools to make things happen!

Last June I shared a few of my own interpretive projects—like this shelf offered several times now by Decor Steals.

This was MY interpretation—made from the APRON off a curbie sofa.

Making a shelf from a SOFA APRON!:

Making a shelf from a SOFA APRON!:

Yesterday I just felt like taking another stab at the idea.  I grabbed a leftover 5/4″ board, a pine board, some appliques and played around till I had something I liked!

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVES

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVESI cut the 5/4 board in half, centered the halves on my pine board and started riffling through my applique-stash.

I tried out some pretty aMAZing appliques—but I just couldn’t give them up to REsale.  AND I actually liked how these were going to work out!  Once things were settled on, I ripped the pine board on the table saw.

I didn’t just want to cut a board and stick appliques on it, I wanted to add the details that make a difference.  So I cut the contour of the applique and used a jigsaw to painstakingly

cut around all those applique details!

I gave my 5/4″ board -the top shelf- a little contouring too, then ran it through the router table with a large 1″ round over bit set a little high to get that added edge detail.   And a ¼” round over to soften the bottom edge.

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVES

Making my own "Decor Steals" SHELVES

Cutting, contouring, and routering a large profile...

Then it was just a matter of connecting the 2 parts together!

Glued, nailed, screwed, puttied, and sanded—
I’m off to paint them now!


2 more of MY interpretive Decor Steals Shelves!

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Judy's dresserLast September

right before my hand surgery-

I picked up Judy’s (husband’s) dresser for a makeover.

Who knew it’d be such a  S L O W recovery and big delay in project.

I’ve tried my. . . hand. . . (sorry) at different projects to see how much I can get back to—some tools are still off limits.  Safety-safety-safety!

Knowing a confidence for those two most used tools is wonderful!

(can I get a w♥♥t-w♥♥t!)

Judy’s dresser, stage 1

The Legs!

First things firstamputation.  Apologies to all you MCM-lovers.

REinventing a Mid Century Modern!

Now for some new “LEGS!”

These are some of the Swedish pieces she was really drawn to, and I need to find the elements that will translate to her dresser for a realistic transformation.

-inspiration for Judy's dresser

*Digging through my stashes for architectural pieces-other stuff-different things to get a visual and kick some ideas around. . .

landed on a stair spindle & skirted-leg combo for the bottom.

"kickin' the tires"

◊ I figured out the balance, and cut out a new SKIRT-APRON, also, ran the parts through the router. . .

◊ ripped the stair spindle in half to create pilasters, and beefed up the front sides to accommodate them!




The center front of the skirt-apron is intentionally hitting the floor to act sort of like a center leg— this is a heavy, solid wood dresser!

A N D we’re off!

More changes abound,

like new drawer fronts  and topmore soon!


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Got this off the curb from the neighbor.

vintage soda crate-

It’s been parked in my stashes since spring of 2012, and conveniently housing misc stuff like  -lamp parts.

I’ve been testing the waters with different “activities” and picking my battles projects based on what I CAN do~SAFELY.

An idea came to mind. . . I pulled PARTS. . . and very awkwardly created a base.  
making the base-

Because of the metal bandingwhich I loved– I couldn’t attach the legs to the outer-most corners.  It ends up as a very awkward and unconvincing attachment.

-the makings of a "table"

With a couple of days to ponder the problem, I was onto something       I hoped would solve the “deficit” problem AND add to the end project.


-wrapping the legs in JUTE!

I wound it tight, securing it frequently with hot glue.

I even ran the jute to the underside edges of the apron sides.

-wrapping the aprons in JUTE!

The jute was giving me little slivers, the hot glue was burning my thumbs.


-wrapping the aprons in JUTE!

The aprons and legs are covered separately.

the JUTE-covered base

You can see that the jute helped to plump out the base and soften the awkward attachment.  PLUS~ I like the textural combo!

making a LID-Originally, I was thinking to give it a hinged lid

but opted for a simpler lift-off lid!

◊ I pulled some salvaged boards, and tested the waters of my HAND GRIP and ripping wood on the table saw.  SAFELY.  Connected the boards,

◊ ran it through the router to create a rabbet so the lid would counter sink somewhat into the top.  Oh, and round over the top edge.

◊ Played with some painting, staining, and distressing to bring it all together,

◊ and added old metal screen door handles.

~A dollar’s worth of ReStore legs, 50¢ a screen door handle, $6 worth of jute ~the rest off the curb and from my scrap piles!

A vintage SODA CRATE made into a table/trunk!

I cleaned up the dirty outsides and insides (including a fresh painted bottom) of the crate and seal-coated the whole

Side table~trunk!

It’s at the Antique Mall for sale—
I thought it might be a fun teenager thing to keep electronic stuff tidy- ?!


A vintage SODA CRATE made into a table/trunk!

A vintage SODA CRATE made into a table/trunk!

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I shared previously about the tin tiles I cut apart from a collage form.  I said I’d be doing something extra to them

tin tiles-

-a brilliant idea!I was eager to test the waters and see what my recovering hand could do once again!  I jumped into ripping a length of barnboard—probably would have been an easier and less nerve-wracking task with a softer wood.  But I succeeded, and framed two of the larger tiles (that are for sale).

I keep leftover wood cuts of significant length.  The above project left me with 4 cut offs of roughly 14″ and 15″ —with one end already cut on a 45° angle.  So I cut the other ends of both pairs on a 45° angle, and joined them together creating a new frame.  For no particular project.

making a barnboard frame-Somewhere along my travels I saw a sign saying Sweet Tea served here. Adorable and EX·PEN·SIVE.  But it stuck with me and I was thinking to make my own now.  With my barnboard frame.

◊ I cut a ¼” veneered plywood board for the sign, and ran the frame through the router table to create a rabbet to drop it into.  AND, I routered a detail to the front frame edge. 

◊ I played with some graphics, sizing, and layout for my frame size.

I was still of a mind-set to print my signage on fabric!

I pulled out more grain sack and linen scraps to chose from, then it was a matter of adjusting and taping it down to cardstock to get it to feed through the printer—THAT was fun.

my Sweet Tea served here sign project-

Like my Butler and Champagne signs, I used spray adhesive to secure the fabric to the board.  I wish I had secured the fabric with wall paper paste or Mod Podge instead.  Or just left well enough alone.  I watered down some matte Mod Podge and lightly brushed it over my fabric sign to set it better to the board.  When it dried I was SO disappointed.

rescuing the "finish"Two happy accidents came of it in the end.

I sanded it down lightly which rescued that problem AND also “aged” the printing!


It’s tough to see by the pictures but—it does look better!


I’d like a Do-Over ~soon!

Live & Learn,


Sweet Tea served here sign project-

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