With the weather finally improving,

I’ve been able to ricochet around here dealing with items looong overdue for attention!  Especially removing the last of the Christmas/holiday decor buried in snow or just frozen in place.

STILL seeing holiday decor in January is okay, February—it looks a bit silly, but in March—it just looks ridiculous!  Ahhh- winter in the Midwest.

So I’m having a good breakfast

—cheesy omelet LOADed with a multi-pepper salsa & steamy hot pomegranate black tea with a couple of lemon poppy seed scones—

to fortify me for another physical day of work.

I DiD play some too yesterday!  I snagged some miscellaneous items  -that I could get to now-  and intended to alter and take to the antique mall

below are just a few.

a small chalkboard— need to decide on the appliques, sand & wax

a new little chalkboard

a smaller chalkboard— used to be stupid signage in cute packaging

a smaller little chalkboard

a mantle clock

a small mantle clock--

a small mirror—  might still hit with dark wax. . .

a small accent mirror--

closing in on the Cottage-y Cabinet!  YaY!-

Work continues

(slowly but surely)

on the

Cottage-y Cabinet

and the only thing left to do is apply chicken wire to the doors and hang them!  YaY!








Uh, ooops….

another "glue trial"I’m participating in another “glue trial.”

I’ve been in several now, and they’re actually starting to win me over with some of the Gorilla gluesI wasn’t much of a fan previously.

I thought I’d try it out while building a few of those cutie (scrap) wood boxes.

one of MY versions of the antiquefarmhouse.com "box"

AND- I used it in some of the repairs to the door of my cottage-y cabinet.

There’s more to tell you on that front, but for the moment let me just say—

I wasn’t especially impressed with this particular product. :  /

So this morning I went online to fill out my survey for the product trial.  I grabbed the flier with code info to fill out

and just now noticed

It’s NOT glue—it’s SILICONE.  Duh!  . . . . . . . . . . No wonder I wasn’t “impressed.”

Yes—when all else fails, READ the INSTRUCTIONS.

So that’s my confession—and here’s my CORRECT trial use project!

Well—kind of!

I’ve wanted to try this out for a loooong time so I’ve finally done it with this Gorilla Sealant (silicone).  I made my own silicone-dipped light bulbs!

My glue trial project inspiration!

1 watt flicker flame bulbsI bought these at Michael’s craft store (above in the alcove) during the holidays and love using them in a couple chandeliers!  BUT—each bulb is just 5 watts, times 5 bulbs (5 armed chandelier) is still only 25 watts, but is decent light in a very small space and very candle light-like elsewhere.

All the bulbs I’ve found seem to max out at 15 watts in brightness, so I thought it would be interesting to make my own with a 25 watt bulb…?  But I thought I’d test the waters on my first try with these cutie little flicker bulbs!

making my own silicone-dipped bulbs-

Everything I’ve read on this DIY says

-to warm the silicone and

-thin it down with a little rubbing alcohol.

-Then dip your bulbs and hang them to dry.


making my own silicone-dipped bulbs

making my own silicone-dipped bulbsI struggled to thin the silicone and/or warm it enough to just get to DIP the bulbs.  Because it was still “thick” I had to twist them in the little jar getting a rougher look—bummer.  I couldn’t even get the little “drip” on the end.

I think it would have been better to skip trying to warm the siliconenext time! . . . (It’s like warming it seem to “cook” it.)


silicone-dipped bulbs



TRY to work on a project

and things just keep going—sideways?

My cottage-y cabinet should have been finished days ago—BUT—

a hit and run by a satanic squirrel-Things weren’t going —WELL,
I seemed to lose my “mo-jo” mid-stream,
and a satanic squirrel gave a big Thumbs down to my project.

Initially, things were full steam ahead, but then I seemed to hit a wall and was stumbling and fumbling—and, thought it best to give this project some breathing room.  IT HAPPENS.

A couple mornings ago getting started for the day— I found my doors knocked over. Wt-what?

I usually clean up each night before I quit—but I was tired (and lazy) and yeah, there were squirrel footprints in the debris revealing the bandit.  I picked the doors back up and got on with the day’s work.

Yesterday I was back on track, making good progress on many details, even creating a scalloped top shelf for the newest design change!  But you know, the Devil’s in the Details and I wanted to line up the scalloped shelf to a certain point in the door’s fret-work, so I propped & clamped them back in place.


I didn’t notice one door was   b r o k e n.  FABulous.  Beyond repair.  . . . So I bought a new pine board today to rip for at least one new stile, and discovered that

  1. Wood glue and pocket screw plugs ARE FOREVER, and
  2. Kreg pocket screws are INDESTRUCTIBLE apparently.

fingers crossedI couldn’t cut through those screws for anything with any metal blade in any saw in my arsenal.  Suffice it to say—it was NOT a good day, and I really hate these red squirrels.

Let me regain my “composure” and I’ll share the “repair”. . .


repairing/rebuilding one of the doors

more snow---again.I.  am NOT.

a  Snow  girl.

I hate being


Give me

perpetual summer!

Can you tell I’m a fish-out-of-water here in the Midwest?

Arizonatake me away!


my cherub lost her head--  :' (


My beloved little cherub

lost her head


froze to death this winter.

:’ (



. . . off to finish shoveling. . .


ps —would this be considered a “crafting” project?

I'm tired of waiting for spring too!


figuring out the door design--it's just propped togetherMy Cottage-y Cabinet needs doorsso that was yesterday’s project.

I had a door style in mind and pre-cut the pieces to prop & clamp in place.  That let me see if it’s really what I wanted. YES! Oh-and,

they’ll have chicken-wire too!

Did you figure out what I’m using in lieu of traditional fret-work?

The end brackets that hold a mirror on a dresser!

So here’s how I’m building the doors


the door parts of the style I  want to makeThe first order of business was to

mesh the face frame material to the fret-work pieces.

All of the parts are just propped and clamped together here, and the top rail is set behind the fret-work.


The doors are put together in a standard way but I did use a pocket screw jig for the joinery.  Everything was standard EXCEPT the   top rail and the fret-work.

Below is a door completedshowing it from  the back side, and with a general break down of the parts.


putting the doors together

To best explain how I overcame bringing two disparate parts together, this is how it looks complete -back and front- and then I’ll break it down.

bringing 2 disparate parts together

I joined the two parts together (the fret-work & top rail) with a HALF LAP JOINT.

examples of a HALF LAP JOINT


1st -I marked the FACE of each so I would cut the correct sides!

creating a HALF-LAP joint

2nd -I set the blade in the table saw to “whittle” away the desired depth.

I don’t have a dado set for the table saw, so a single blade goes much slower.  This is just 1 way to achieve the half lap. 

example of a mortise and tenon jointThe arms that I’m using as fret-work (that used to hold a mirror up on a dresser) had a mortise and tenon joint, so I chose to remove one side of the mortise and the slot that the tenon would have fit into.  Hope that makes sense to you.

Next, I reset the depth of the blade to cut the other “half” in the top rail.

Then I glued and clamped the two parts together.  You can also see the rails are over-sized so I could cut them down to an exact fit.

creating a HALF-LAP joint

creating the pocket screw holes


While that part was setting up I moved onto the rest of the door frame.

3rd -Beginning with creating the pocket screw holes in all of the rails.

Then I screwed the bottom and center rails to the stilesand finally, the set-up top rails (with attached fret-work).

And I glued and filled in the pocket holes with plugs for a clean finish.

the doors--back side with plugs, front finished side

Here’s a close up of those plugged pocket screw holes.

the plugged pocket screw holes

And- here are the doors propped in place!  You can see I’ve applied crown molding and am playing with hardware.


well into construction--

a Cottage-y cabinet

IEnsiola built this little girl’s armoire a few years back.  It sold quickly and shipped to Arkansas!

I was thinking I’d build another

  BIG girl sized

—but I was lead astray!  It happened while digging through my stashes for “parts.” . . . So the design has changed—a little!

This project started with a door the neighbor put on the curb for garbage.

A very NICE old 4-paneled door—NOT garbage!  I’m hopeful he’ll throw out a few more, he’s—remodeling.


So first—I cut the door in half.

*I see my line looks a little wonky—Ooops!

Cutting my door in half to get started!

~Because I wanted to make all the door hardware a part of the overall design—I couldn’t run it through the table saw.

~And because I was too lazy to secure a long board creating a fence, I followed a chalk line to make the cut free-hand.  My cut line is a little wonky in places  -oh, well-  it’ll be part of that “bespoke” look!  ; D

1I shaped the bottom of each side to look like feet.

2I laid them on the floor to work over it, and tacked strips to hold it upright.

3Then I played with the top valance I’d previously lopped off of the 90¢ dish hutch.  And I cut off part of its design to simplify it for this project.

4I ripped a 1 x 10 x 8 pine board into 2″ strips on the table saw to create the face frame and the stiles and rails of the doors.  Plus, I used some of them to both stabilize and make cleats for the top and bottom of the cabinet.

shaping the bottom of the cabinet

the bottom of the cabinet--with new apron and cleat in place

5With cleats nailed in place, I cut and installed the left and right sides of the face frame.  But- I made a design change and cut them short to add a rosette and bullnose strip at the top.

a design change--face frame and rosettes added







6The rosette.  Whenever I see cOOl and unusual rosettes for a good price    I buy them!  So I have quite a few in my stash, and the simplicity of this seemed like the best fit for my project!  I cut off  2″ from the left and right sides to preserve the natural caked-on painted ends.

rosettes for my cottagey cupboard

the former top of the map-luggage handled dresser7I uprighted the cabinet. It will stand about 6½ ft tall. The center will need a fixed shelf to make it all rigid/stable.  So I pulled out the former top of the map-luggage handled dresser. Great thickness, perfect balance, and it was left over material!

I needed to cut the top down to 23¾” —and might want to use the outside finished edges for something else so I needed to find the center and then cut it on the table saw.

◊ TIP.  Construction always means measuring and—fractions.  I thought you might like to know an easy way to figure things out quickly and acurately.

Take one bite at a time—the top was 34¼” wide and needed to be cut down to 23¾”.  Instead of driving yourself mad trying to subtract 23¾ from 34¼. . .

Divide the  30″ then 4″ then ¼”  then add them together!

15″  +  2″  +  ¹/8″  =  17¹/8″

After you find the center of the top and mark it off, measure 17¹/8″ from the center each way.  There’s your exact center piece of the top!  So easy right?

dividing your measurement / fractions

my cottage-y cabinet--coming together!I figured out the placement of the center shelf and cut cleats for each side to support it.

~Nailed in the cleats

~set my top in place.

~Part of the other shelves are in and I’ll talk about a couple of the design changes next time!

8Before I quit for the night, I cut the stiles and rails for the doors and propped them in place.  I also applied my fret-work pieces (the dark pieces) to see the general look!

Can you guess what they are?

Hint—they’re upside down and inside out!  Do you see it?

So far I’m $25 in —

what do ‘ya think?


Guess what the fret-work is!




a “laundry list”

working on the Cottage-y cabinetI’ve -literally- been here there and everywhere lately!

I promise, I AM working on that cottage-y cabinetsee? But I’m working on several other things too!

Here’s a teaser for the V E R Y beginning. . .

~I’ve run off to get more maps and buy some mannequin fronts to display my aprons better.

~I’ve also run off to buy some very cOOl antique cast iron theatre seat panels that are going to be put into a very cOOl project this spring!  I can’t wait— for the project AND spring!

*Check out those aMAZing front doors of the house I got the theatre seats from!  They had French window inserts that swung open into the foyer for the iron grills to let fresh air in!

When the man answered I iMMediately asked if the doors were for sale!  ; D

antique theatre seats

the amAZing front doors of the house I got the theatre seats from!

I’m also making my OWN version of this cute “box” I saw on antiquefarmhouse.com from scrap wood laying about!

I’m creating different sizes—some will be stained, but more will be painted!  More on that coming!  This 1st one below will be painted—soon!

one of MY versions of the antiquefarmhouse.com "box"

I’ve been hitting the thrift stores too (NO idea why since I have so many projects already).  Can you BELIEVE those prices for THAT condition?

more thrift store shopping

more thrift store shoppingmore thrift store shopping

Is it just me, or have thrift stores forgotten they are

reSALE not reTAIL ?

No more rants—back to my cabinet. . .here’s the rough-in. . .


my new cottage-y cabinet


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