Please Stand By............

Of course all the blades for my chop saw, circular saw, and table saw “died” together.  Murphy’s Law.  And expensive.

But while I was busy changing blades a few big issues were uncovered on the table saw—oh, poo.  So it needs MORE attention, parts were ordered, and it’s now a waiting game.  Crap.

I’ve got things to do, I’ve got plansI’ve got an

out of order saw.

I’m crippled without my table saw—I use it THAT MUCH!
So, until parts arrive I’m sewing.  Which is ANOTHER form of construction!


Please Stand By............

Groundhog's Day--

Groundhog's Day--

Groundhog's Day--

No matter what it’s

too  c o l d

and winter is

too  l o n g !


one of my old men's shirt aprons--I aprons!

I love creative aprons—like aprons made from old men’s shirts!

Unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder to find “old” men’s shirts and I’m left digging through thrift-store racks.  Oh well.

I like using the sleeves for pockets.  Like these short sleeves that create double pockets to organize what you put in them!

*Great for the flea market—organizes camera, phone, money, business cards. . .

Anyway, this is an old one sold long ago in the antique mall.  I’ve sold about a dozen there and only have two left.  So I took a fun break to sit at the sewing machine playing, and created five more to add in my space!

Old Shirt Aprons!

A few examples of using the sleeves for pockets—

aprons made from men's shirts--using sleeves for pockets!

I have a few more to make so the iron coat hook-thingy is reloaded at the antique mall!  There’s another style I’d like to play with using some grain sack scraps.

another style of apron -found at the Kane Co flea mrktTHEN—I need to get back to cleaning up my studio.

AND— I need to change all the saw blades—an expensive task because they always seem to wear out at the same time!  But can’t start the next project without fresh sharp blades—

Next project will involve cutting up an old door. . .


I’m sharing my aprons in a few linky parties!

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how about using some old luggage handles?!While I was busy decoupaging the vintage road maps to the drawer faces, a thought hit me

(my imagination can be a mystery). . .

“wouldn’t it be fUn to use

old luggage handles for drawer pulls?”


So, the next problem was- I happened to have this ONE handle, but where to find more old suit cases for their handles?  I checked out Craig’s List and some local thrift stores, I even checked the antique mall (the only place I found anything).

Omg—these leather handles would be AWEsome, but it would’ve broken my heart to cut up the suite.  But $30 for the set is not bad—just to have them!

awesome vintage luggage--AND, there were only 6 handles to be had.  If necessary, I could just use 4 down the center of the drawers—but, ehh.

After giving some thought to my dilemma, I called a local shoe repair to ask if they had REPLACEMENT handles~no? Uhh. And then on a whim I called Ace Hardware~JACK POT!

My last task was to cut a new, simpler, pine top for the dresser, and,

My luggage handled drawer pulls!



I luv the playful outcome!

From boring 1960’s to Well Traveled!


A "well traveled" dresser!

◊ I’m looking for an old luggage tag now and it would be kinda’ fun to see    if I could pry off and add a luggage lock!  ; D

◊ btw—if I didn’t find the handles I was going to use these flea market vintage bin pulls. . .

I did consider the old bin pulls--
details of the RETRO dresser!

From boring to well traveled!


I’m sharing this project with a few of my favorite linky parties!

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a freebie from CLOkay,

I really don’t like the stepped-back top,

not diggin’ those “feet,”

and not too keen on the blonde finish either.

What I DO like though- the large deep drawers, the softly curved front, and that it’s a space saver in a small room!

AND—it’s an easy style to manipulate!

Look where it’s going!

Back down memory lane—

maps that used to help us find our way to visit Grandmas and Aunties and Uncles and cousins. . .

yes, I’m playing once again.  ; D


You might think you’ve got this one figured out, but,

wait till you see my surprise twist!

-back down memory lane!

Getting a first project finished and outta the craziness was great,

my poor studio--it's sending out an SOS!but my studio is still a tore’ up mess!

Sure, I’ve got lots of projects to tackle—if I could just get to’em!


Last year April, I saw this dresser listed on Craig’s List—for FREE!

This dresser was truly in there—the pointer is trying to show you!

a Crai'g's List freebie

The back story was that it was an original purchase in the 60’s and, although they still loved it, they were moving and down-sizing and just wanted it to go to a “loving” home.  ~Even FREE, they wanted someone else to love it!  Awwwwww.

I’m not really into the retro style, but free is FREE and I kinda’ like the soft-curved front!  So let me show it my kinda’ luv!

Beginning with a little DEconstructionof course.

I removed the back so I could take the top off, and I removed it’s “feet.”  I found the drawer guides needed to be re-secured, and a couple of drawers need some attention—but hey, it’s 50-some years old!

My CL freebie gets a new look!

how about some WHEELS?!That done, I can make a fun addition!  Wheels!

I’ve got two sets of industrial wheels that I’ve found while visiting different ReStores when  I travel!

The jumbo set might have been ultimately cooler, but this smaller set might make more sense to the general buying public!

This is a nod to my friend Karen at REDOUX, who has done this to a few cabinets now and I’ve really LUV’d each!

Now onto the face. . .


how about some WHEELS?!

This was a surprisingly quick project!

~woot-woot!  Luv when that happens!

REstyling a Provençal-styled bed frame

REstyling a Provençal-styled bed frameMonday—1st project for the year!

I made a few minor repairs, cleaned the frame, then got painting. Easy-peasy!

Tuesday I worked on the upholstery part of this project, and again—    easy-peasy -AND fun!

One of the things I absolutely wanted to do from the very beginning was pad and upholster the flat rail of the foot board.  It was just sO blah—it needed something!


*See what I mean from the picture below?  B o r i n g.

REstyling a Provençal-styled bed frame

The picture below shows some of the details, with the pointer showing where I had to seam the fabric on each side to get the extra width needed to wrap the whole bed frame.  The texture of the fabric left such a subtle line!

REstyling a Provençal-styled bed frame

With only a few hours of work, I love the outcome -but-

I still think it would’ve been cOOler to be upholstered in grain sack  can you see it?!?  I’ll be watching to buy more and replenish my stock.

If I was keeping this bed, I’d also give it a boost with reproduction casters. Just love that style foot board! 

I think this would make a fabulous guest bed—with a linen or lace bedskirt & soft white mattelasse coverlette over goose down!


REstyling a Provençal-styled bed frame

I’m sharing this project with a couple of my favorite linky parties!

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