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the Lord will fight for you-. . . to render ANY bit of kindness, compassion, and help to my bf -my surrogate sister, whose big brother is very ill—cancer.  It’s bad.  It took a lot to even absorb and comprehend this news.

Such a helpless feeling not being sure just how to truly help out, but I’ve traveled to her house to do –anything-   until further notice—or I’m in the way more than helpful. . . 


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Christmas TO DO list

15 days to Christmasyikes!

And I still have a big

TO DO list.

I’ve checked it twice, even thrice!

Again, yikes!

How’s YOUR project list?

Mary Beth Abruzzo  –Is there anything that you can’t do? As always, I love watching your progress and can’t wait to see the finished project!
Nancy –How did you first learn carpentry? You are so skilled.
Lisa –I agree with Nancy, You are very skilled. I would love to take a class from you!!

Thank You for all the compliments to my carpentry skills. . . . . . so you want to know where it all comes from. . . ?

I LUV CONSTRUCTION.  Kind of obvious, huh?

build it yourself!As a little girl, my dad would teach me simple things and send me off to do whatever-the-task to get me out of his hair and focus on his project.  –I would complete whatever it was and return to being under foot until the next “lesson.”

The first project I remember building, I was about 6.  Our family made a last move at the end of my dad’s time in the Air Force.  The new neighbor-girl had all this cOOl doll furniture to play with–I had none.  BUT–I saw a scrap block of wood (from a 2×4) and some (4″) nails in the garage, and swiped some fabric from my mom’s stash.  I hammered the nails in at each corner of the block and wrapped the fabric around it making a canopy bed for my Wishie doll (remember those?).  

I was a Realtor for many years before moving to Phoenix in ’92, where I crossed over to the construction side of Real Estate.  I managed and renovated several large apartment complexes before getting a position in the Warranty dept of a major home builder.  It didn’t take me long to land an Asst. Superintendent role with another major builder where I took charge at Frame-to-Finish and Closing.  And -longer story short- I was later persuaded to make another switch to work for our cabinet designers.

be fearless!I tease of how I am the ultimate domestic— I can design it, build it, decorate it, AND sell it! At every stage I learned A LOT–but my furniture building/re-building skills really came out of learning the construction of cabinetry.

I was sO lucky to be surrounded by some very skilled trades along the way who shared generously, and I absorbed everything I could! And- I LUV to pay it all forward with anyone interested, especially women, ’cause. . .

power tools are—Power!


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the old pencil sharpener--So, I have been busy-busy with this closet.  And some squirrels, but more on that later.

After gutting the closet of its contents, I needed to gut the closet of the old “reconfiguration” and make a lot of wall repairs.

You can see the raw/unfinished plywood sides and wAy too thin shelveswhich is why this setup never really worked.

~But, check out that very old pencil sharpener!  I’ll put that back!

The old closet being re-worked!Gutted and repaired, I repainted the old walls a pale blue’ish gray that I had on hand.  You can really see how small this space is— 2′ w  x  2’4″ d.  Next, I ripped and cut scrap wood for cleats to support the shelves.

countertop endcuts---The shelves were a surprise material.

I planned to use melamine and have adjustable shelves -but- when I was perusing the size options to make the most cost-effective and efficient cuts I happened to notice these counter top end cuts.

12″ D  x  4ft L and $2 each.  Huh-??  There were lots of finish options including some that looked like leather, and most had an ogee edge!!

Cut in half, I could get 2 shelves from each board!

6 shelves for $6!!

Downloads4The melamine was going to run roughly $60 ~because I would have bought the full length pegged sides for the adjustable shelves.

So I changed my plan!

And I changed a few other things too.  I decided to reorganize things and make the closet’s focus all about snacks, extra supplies, then cleaning “stuff.”  *There was a lot of “junk” in there that got cleaned out.  Maybe it’ll change down the line, but for now, this is working much better.

the reorganized closet--

 new flloring and base moldingThe final thing I did was to cover over the very last of the hideous original 1961 faux cork floor.  It took 4½ 50¢ tiles to change the look and clean it up~ nice.  And I added base molding.

To summarize

3 pieces of counter top   $6

1 wire hanging basket   $5

2 hanging grippers   $5

5 12″ x 12″ floor tiles   $1.25

base molding   $6


A fresh, clean, NEW look for   $23.25!

. . . Next. . . !


hall closet BEFORE & AFTERI’m sharing this project with one of my favorite bloggers—-


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WoW! Does this look like MY cabinet!Someone brought this to my attention last week, and –yesit really caught me by surprise!

…look familiar to you too?

She sent me this link to an online store called Belle Escape.  I literally blinked a whole bunch of times and just stared.

Uh–especially at their price!   $1895.oo   Yowza!

WoW! Does this look like MY cabinet!

My 1st place project in the OMTWI contest!

Here’s the one I built once again (for my mom) in a competition 2+ yrs ago!

You can follow the progress of building and finishing it

by the links below.

Beginning HERE,

then HERE,

and HERE!

*My mom is thinking about selling if she can get THAT price too!  ; D


See you tomorrow

with a new project!


My 1st place project in the OMTWI contest!uh--WoW!

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YaY!  for flea markets!What could possibly be more fun than a gOOd flea market!?! sigh

These are things I saw at the Scott Antique Market in July.   Things I forgot about sharing.

Sorry if this is -long- but you know this market is ALWAYS incredible!  You really should go sometime. . . .

-Right out the gate I was hit with the English scalloped hall table and caned chairs you see below—they were waiting for pick up, already SOLD!

-Check out the ormolu on that desk below–even painted!

-The Chippendale sofa was a whopping $60 and I seriously thought about how to get it in the car!

The Scott Antique MarketThe Scott Antique MarketThis vendor was picked pretty clean–with items like this bed remaining, imagine what she sold!  And that vintage belt sold while I was trying to take a picture of it.

The Scott Antique MarketThe Scott Antique MarketI heard several folks gasp at the price of this FAUX BOIS BENCH.  Yes, $1,000. is high, but I’ve seen wAy higher prices for lesser quality–and this was by FAR nicer than any I’ve ever seen.  So well done, it DID look like wood, even the seat!

The Scott Antique MarketThis vendor was also the builder of these headboards–fabulous craftsmanship!

The Scott Antique MarketI couldn’t help but think of the fun projects built around these car parts!

. . .no idea why I’ve become so completely fascinated with car parts. . . .

The Scott Antique Market

The Scott Antique MarketI ALWAYS love architectural items, but nothing was matching up with my needs ( ; D ) or budget.  : (

The Scott Antique Market

The Scott Antique MarketI love this old fire place radiator, and could totally see it repurposed into a child’s bench!

And I really liked this leather case–if my memory is good, I think they were asking $25.

The Scott Antique Market






The Scott Antique MarketThe Scott Antique MarketThis vendor’s stuff was  a-MAZ-ing!  If you want info on her, email me, she ships all over!

The Scott Antique MarketThe Scott Antique MarketThis gentleman was SO incredibly knowledgeable and generous about/with info on silver—and don’t you love his “check out station?!”

The Scott Antique Market The Scott Antique MarketThese bolsters were made from bleached rugs. . . amazing, huh?!

The Scott Antique MarketDid I overwhelm you with all the cOOl stuff?

And I only went to the “B” side of the market…

told you you should go to this market!



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unit 1281It has been ..o..n..e.. exhausting week.  Beginning last Friday morning with a 5am flight home to Phoenix.

I emptied my storage unit -exhausting-  it goes deep to the left.

Loaded it all in a 20ft truck with the help of some movers (2 fabulous guys who came to my rescue AFTER the 1st ones TEXT me a cancellation an hour before they were supposed to arrive).

Initially I wanted to delay a day leaving to avoid traveling through some of the cross-country storm-path—but those 1st rotten movers absolutely made that happen.

Yesterday went like this—

I set the alarm for 4am but was hoping to wake on my own at 3:30 — I hoped to make it to Chicago by end of day.

While I was sleeping, my phone (and therefore alarm) readjusted to the new time zone that I didn’t realize I’d crossed into.  So when the alarm went off at 4am I couldn’t believe it was time to get up already!

In my sleepy, dazed and confused head, I looked over at the clock I travel with, which said 2am!

Now I was so confused, I didn’t know WHAT time it was, WHAT TIME it was when I got to sleep, or HOW MANY HOURS of sleep I’d actually gotten!  *I had the day to sort it out while I drove….oy….so tired.

Oklahoma turnpike stop--I traversed my way across Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois,

where there was a lot of rain, road construction, monotonous driving—and RUNning for the bathroom at gas stops.  ~I encountered this VERY accurate sign on the turnpike between OKC and Tulsa!  (*I made certain to give a respectful nod to the late Charles Faudree as I passed though Tulsa–)

second day driving


My little niece painted the orange flower on my thumb nail to think of her during my trip–

–The much-present storm clouds. . . but thankfully nothing severe.

–The endless road construction. . .

–Is it totally wrong that I salivated over this load of cedar logs–?!?  Think of the projects–!!!

Btw, did you know there are wine vineyards in the Ozark Mountains–?

Bourbon, this way……YES, please!  I was getting a bit slap-happy-tired.

2nd day of travel--

St Louis--

This is always a mark for being back in “home” territory since my mother’s family are from around the Quincy, IL area, growing up we spent much time in St Louis and Hannibal.

I made it to my bf’s in the Chicago area by 11pm— safe and sound!

One VERY long day.


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on my way….

leaving AZ…..up at 3am.

Left Chandler by 4am.

This was my view as I reached the far North of Phoenix just past 5 (tears shed).

Driving out, the beautiful Saguaro cacti looked like they were waving me good bye (a few more tears).

This was coming into Flagstaff—


WinslowI had a quick breakfast (RedBull) in Winslow—but I promise, I wasn’t standing on any corners!  BTDT!

Unfortunately, I started to have some nagging concerns about the UHaul truck and the way it was driving.  The UHaul guys in Albuquerque took great care of me and I was back on the road—2+ hours later.

New Mexico

New MexicoSo, I’ve only made it to Amarillo.

And there’s a really bad wind storm.

Signs on the highway were “ENCOURAGING” everyone to get off the road for a while….

I’m safe in a hotel for the night.


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