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


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


a new caned chair

The chairs at the breakfast table are really wearing out.  They were thrift store finds to begin that needed work—in 1999.

One was only $4, the other was a gift.

The breakfast area has a very ethereal feel to it. . .with all miss-matched pieces brought together by fabric and paint.

mom's breakfast area-

I’ve been watching for a couple of interesting replacement chairs    for a while now—and hoping for a matching pair this time around.

But LOOK WHAT I FOUND -but there was only ONE left—there were TWO, someone bought just one of them, dang it!  I presume because of the broken cane in the seat.  I negotiated $20.  I  LUV the super tall back!

Caned Chair from Diego's store $20

Well, first thing to do was -make sure it looked good at the table and with the banquett!   -Whew!

working on the new caned chair-

I painted the chair white.

I really couldn’t see the benefit in ripping out the cane, so I applied webbing right over the top -and decided to hot glue the cane and webbing together for extra strength.  Now you can sit in confidence!

Next, I grabbed some card stock paper to create a seat pattern.

Then I transferred the seat pattern to the grain sack I wanted to use.

* THE GRAIN SACK has a very special connection!  The farm my mother grew up on was eventually sold to distant cousins, who gave me one of their farm grain sacks on one of our yearly trips down to there—SO nice!

working on the new caned chair-

working on the new caned chair-

Thick Grain Sack can be very exhausting to cut, so I like to use the old electric scissors!

(Do they even sell these anymore?)

I cut banding strips too to sew a boxed seat cover.

~and I was off to the sewing machine…

Next I used batting and left over foam to give the seat a little extra cush’…

and finally I could apply the boxed cover…

working on the new caned chair-

working on the new caned chair-

The seat is a little shallow, but it’s wide and very comfortable!

working on the new caned chair-

I love the grain sack -and the personal connection to it- and I love the bespoke look and feel!  The other side of it, or, back side of it is in reserve for whatever 2nd chair I find.  As for the banquette—I’m hunting for some upholstery-grade linen (or if I’m lucky enough to find some HEMP), and I’ll REcover that as well!

The ceiling is in for a design change too- including chandelier, and a change to the back wall~but that’s a little down the pike!  Stay tuned. . .


the new caned chair!

making some changes-

making changes-

I’m sharing this project with–

French Country Cottage

The Curator’s Collection

a glue trial

CL secretary-I was participating in a glue trial when all kinds of crazy/sad stuff erupted and I had to bail on things.  Priorities, y’know.

I’ve finally found my way back to that CL secretary and glue trial project.

The top parts -the pediment- of the secretary are only propped together in this picture.  The whole thing was broken into many pieces and needed quite a bit of repair and restoration.

The glue trial was for a clear Gorilla Glue that seemed to be the perfect answer for this repair—so the timing was “good.”

There were sO many rough spots and broken pieces to work on, starting with scraping, sanding, and cleaning away all of that old glue and the connections.

GLUE TRIAL and the CL secretary

cleaning and prepping all the parts-

I was totally in favor of using the strength of Gorilla Glue, but THIS glue for its CLEAR nature and that it DOESN’T foam up as it sets/cures.

-You still have to wet both surfaces, AND clamp everything—because it does not instantly bond.

GLUE TRIAL and the CL secretary

You can see below— after setting each piece, the clamps would cause “ooze” that had to be wiped away.  I like to use the compressor and air gun to really wipe it all clean.  No missed glue residue in the end!

GLUE TRIAL and the CL secretary

It took 10 clamps to secure all the parts

and put this pediment back together.

putting it all back together-

GLUE TRIAL and the CL secretary

There’s still a little repair work to be done on the top, namely the doors—but I took the base to the strippers for their expertise on a few of its veneer issues.

Now, I have to decide on KEEPING this beauty or. . .REselling it?

You can’t have EVERYthing!


working on the CL secretary!

. . .perhaps to me more than usual.

barn board accident- yikes!I seem to be a bit accident “prone.”

This happened digging through big piles of barn boards
for all kinds of cool projects. Love me some barn boards, y’know!

BooBoo-the-Fool thought she could stop a tumbling wood pile by putting her hand out.  *Note to self—

you’re NO super woman!

Stick to cutting wood down and building. Crushed last 3 fingers, with my pinky taking the worst of it.  As you can see.

I got a Cancellation appointment with a hand surgeon tomorrow—let’s pray he can make it look pretty again!  AND stop the pain too!    I admit I’m a little nervous. . .



you Two-Timer…

Remember these?

A Two-Timer!

Two-Timers Two-Timers

When’s the last time you saw one of these?

And it still works! 


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. . . 


my old

W e l l ,

was going to sell this lamp, but

I don’t think I

want to now.

This is not an ORIGINAL lamp.

It’s a lamp built from odd parts.

You see~ I needed a lamp in the hall, and since I COLLECT lamp parts (it’s another one of those sicknesses, what can I say) I dug through my boxes to find something fUn to build with!

the making of a whole new lamp

The center portion was a deep, forest green color of transparent glass—just hideous, trust me!  But it was -interesting- so I kept it.  It reminded me of those gourd lamps.  Ideally, it would have been cool to paint the inside of the glass (think mercury glass) but there was NO WAY around that green color.  So I painted the OUTSIDE a soft, warm, taupe-y brown and worked with the “texture.” (I tried to scrape it off but it wasn’t budging.)

All the metal was some ugly, brassy pot metal—but with great styling!  I played with varying silver paints to re-do its look!

The wicker shade was NOT a shade.  Nobody really knew WHAT it was, but at some point someone affixed horrible silk flowers to it trying to make something creative—fail.  Anyway- I paid something like a dollar for it in a thrift store.

-as it was used in the hall of my old house.Anyway~I just thought all the parts could be interesting pooled together!

*This is a terrible picture- but the only one I could find.

So, this was to be another of the casualties I was going to cut loose from the storage unit.

I thought it might have a better chance for REsale with a bit of a makeover though, and decided the center glass might look fresher in a soft gray~and be more tone-on-tone to the metals!

I taped it off and played with a few grays!  Happy with the outcome, but then I started having 2nd thoughts about letting it go.  Dang it.  

creating a lamp shade--Do I REALLY want to let that amazing base go-?  And I’m still diggin’ the wicker shade. . .

BTWthe wicker “shade.”  I drilled a hole through what I’m calling the center top, then poked a lamp-clamp up through it and secured it with a finial.  (I also could have secured a lamp harp and finial.)

-making a shade. . .

I didn’t mind the off black color of the wicker, but thought I might like it better in a darker gray!  I dry-brushed it to build it up to what I liked.

I’ve only ever used this lamp as a “night light” with a 25watt bulb.  The light is really soft showing through the wicker.

my lamp REfreshed!

-the new gray color!

I luv this base!






-my lamp REfreshed!








I actually really like the REfreshed look!

And I’m pretty sure I’m keeping this lamp

it all over again!

Even the wonkiness of the shade, it has a certain je ne sais quoi, non?



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