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Craigslist--Farmer's Dresser $20

Remember that STINKY-NASTY dresser I got off Craigslist?

The one that an animal peed in~ and has been sitting on the driveway since late June?

And STILL stinks~in part.

Well~ I DEconstructed the WHOLE darn thing –and surprisingly– THAT seemed to help!  So I grabbed some of its parts to work into some projects!

The STINKY-NASTY CL dresser

The 1st project-

was to rip two parts of the dresser’s side panels that could be paired together, then secured them together using maple door stop material creating a frame.

Afterwhich, I took the whole thing into the house and scrub-brushed it down.  I even bleached it too!

It gave the whole piece a great patina!  And look at that natural, aged craqueleur.

In lieu of the standard wreath, I’ve created something different!

I went on a Christmas-pinning tangent about 3 years ago and recently went back to look at all the inspiration.  This project stood out once AGAIN!

~in lieu of a standard wreath!

That star was SO much easier to create since learning how to make a perfect pentagonI made another to use as a template.

~I centered my pentagon, then followed the 5 fold lines outward to mark the exact points to pre-drill for the pegs.  THAT EASY!

~I glued and hammered in each peg, and let them set up before wrapping with my ribbons.

~in lieu of a standard wreath!

These will be going to the Holiday Show!

Next up~

the 2nd project coming out of the

Stinky-Nasty Craigslist dresser!

Catherine

I pinned this fun little project

a few Christmases back~

and I’m still thinking about it!

See why?

Com‘on~you’re smiling, right?

~my cutie little herd!

There’s nothing complicated here~it really doesn’t need any HOW TO’s.        I think it’s fairly obvious and I sure was having some fun!

I’m building a small‘ish herd for the Holiday Show!

Above was early on—below, I’ve been zhooshing them!  ; D

Catherine

~now, I should open another bottle of wine. . .

~my "newly engaged" couple! ; D

~pappa, momma, & little guy!

little guy~

my "carolers!"

my "carolers!"

bah~humbug?

3 French Hens French Country MarketThe LAST thing I want to think about is

Christmas.

OR holiday decorating.

Let it be perpetual summer, please!
But my 3rd show (in as many months) is the

3 French Hens French Country Market

I spent last week doing essentially nothing trying to rest my back from a pulled muscle.  All that rest gave me a chance to form a projects~action plan to work on.  And with the help of a supportive back brace, I’m working -slowly- on some stuff again!

1st up~

 This site had the absolute  easiest to follow  instructions of all I researched~

5 Pointed Origami Star
Christmas Decorations

5 pointed origami star front view:

I didn’t watch the video, I literally needed the step-by-step pictures to keep up with ALL those folds.

  There are 2 halves to this project~the 1st is to create the pentagon.  I thought it would be more efficient to do ALL 24 papers together, then move on.

  I started the whole thing by printing out some vintage sheet music onto card stock paper, cut it all square, then began folding.  And folding.  And folding.

* That marking pen you see helped me press each fold into a crisp crease.

making my Christmas oragami stars

 The 2nd half creates the star!  The collage below takes you up to the star “shape.”  The final folds define it more and make it more 2-dimensional!  Let me add here that this is a WHOLE LOT EASIER with normal paper—I, of course had to make it harder with heavier paper (of course).  But I had my reasons.

making my Christmas oragami stars

making my Christmas oragami stars

making my Christmas oragami stars

Now I have 24 Stars!

And now I get to play!

 I spent some time SHAPING each of my stars to perfection!

 I “opened” each star back up just enough to paint the insides with gold leaf paint.

  Lastly, I used an artist brush to paint select front edges with glue, then covered them in crystal glitter!  When they were dry, I glittered a part of the back side too!

~glitter and gold leaf!

~glitter and gold leaf!

~glitter and gold leaf!

~glitter and gold leaf!

~glitter and gold leaf!

Some will be used to make a garland,

the rest will be left individual~

I just need to decide on those final details and finishes!

Catherine

~so how many does it take to create a garland?

Nellie’s Barn Sale.

The very name suggests things that would be more farm’ish, rustic, primitive.  Thinking about what to build~what to take—some coat hooks came to mind.  And I had some fun salvaged boards and vintage wire hooks. . .

me~at load in

Nellie's Barn Sale

Simple but fun!

barn-styled, farm-styled coat racks

I also previously showed a little bit of my overmantel-styled shelf~ and another I created using a vintage sewing cabinet door that I cut simple corbels for!

an overmantel and another shelf

Below are some snaps of things in the early workings of- and things I just ran out of time to work on…

…their day is still coming!

t b c~

Catherine

~you just can't get it all done some days!

what it looks like when you have THAT MANY things going on at once...…the direction of my life for the past –too many– weeks.

Things weren’t “done” just because it was the end of the show last weekend, oh no!

The sale was finished, we were exhausted, but you still have to REload to leave.  Both unsold dressers were laid flat in the van 1st, with everything remaining layered on top for efficiency.
But guess what was left inside a drawer during that REloading?  Oooops.

My purse. Phone. Reading glasses.

And there was NO WAY I was going to UNload & REload~again.  I reclaimed them Sunday morning when we tackled off loading~REloading to pull things intended for storage—then I felt “normal” again and headed for home. . . to OFF LOAD AGAIN at the antique mall and return my s-i-l’s van. -exhausting-
Monday I spent the entire day at the antique mall completely REsetting my space.  Tuesday I returned to finish a couple little things and load the extras for storage on this end~ A N D  I threw my back out.  I’ve hardly been able to move since, but, today is finally a better day so I’ll begin sharing projects!

just some of the ceiling tin--So~ 3 shows in 3 months.

Sept—The Vintage Market, Oct—Nellie’s Barn Sale, and Nov will be a holiday show (with more on that one soon enough).

All that ceiling tin went over big at the Vintage Market so I fabricated more for Nellie’s.  I’d collected some amazing pieces to work with~both simple patterns with lots of rust and beaUtiful designs with chippy paint!

I made a variety of planter box sizes, and framed tins for wall hangings.  A couple of my absolute faves sold, but one came back with me and—it may become my keeper!

Below was a 1st display~but things got moved around a lot & improved on!

a variety of the tins~ larger, mounted & framed tins

tin planters~

tin planters~

12

little baby tin planters~

small boxes with evergreen nosegays~

I filled small plastic containers with seeded evergreen for these baby boxes!

One woman waited SO patiently for a couple of women to finish paying for theirs—

“I’d like one too!”

UNfortunately those were my last baby TINS.

 ~Awwww~ so I’m making another just for her.  As soon as my back recovers.

Last to share on the TIN-front

is that I now know all too well why those ceiling tin items can be SO EXPENSIVE.  They are EXHAUSTING to make/fabricate.  NO. JOKE.
While I was pounding this guy below around its frame~ a bee stung me.
Right as I was shooting in  a holding staple.

Uh, huh.  I shot myself.

And had to pull it out of my thumb myself  for a double triple whammy.
I did think about charging extra for pain & suffering. . .

Catherine

t b c. . .

no PAIN, no gain....?

. . . that’s all I have left to finish up.

I have two MUSTs left on my list, then it’s all about tagging the last things—and figuring out some clothes! (I already have some jewelry)

I’ve had this idea in my head about a year now.

I had the parts (to do it 3 different ways).

Yesterday, about 4:30, I decided to pull that trigger.

I grabbed the legs, ripped a really cool barn board up and got out the Kreg pocket screw jig.  It really was THAT simple~I should have done it sooner.

An exaggerated (sofa) table.

5ft long, 9¼” deep.

I’ll share the simple details on making this –after the show.

Catherine

a last minute -exaggerated- sofa table!

a few BABY boxes

Several things were in the works at one time.

All were in a stalled -or- waiting point.

What to do~what to do.

Well~the tools were still out to fabricate ceiling tin. . . and I have all these end scraps laying around. . . how about a few BABY planter boxes?!

creating a small box~

I measured the scraps, figured out how big a box could be based on the measurements, dug through for appropriate scrap wood and ripped it up.

I prefer mitered joints and usually tip the table saw blade to cut them, but these are small boxes and it would be a lot faster to cut them at the chop saw/compound miter saw.

cutting a mitered joint~

Most people don’t use (or understand?) the compound features of a chop saw.  And it’s actually super easy!

1st- move the left side fence over and out of the way~there’s a lever on the back side.

2nd- tip the blade by releasing the levered lock at the back-center right side~there’s a gauge to show you varying angles, then RElock.

THAT simple!

The reason I used THIS method is because the pieces are taller than the clearance of the nut that secures the blade~so the cut would not go all the way through and I’d have to flip it and line it up exactly to finish the cut.  Yeah~no.

cutting a mitered joint~

cutting a mitered joint~

This way was fast, easy, and all the pieces were cut in a few minutes~then it was just a matter of nailing the parts together.  It’s a cleaner look when you see the corners in a finished piece, but I also like the connecting points better~period.

making a small box~

I added a bottom and moved over to my pounding table!”

*See~I’m getting something out of it after all!  ; D

wrapping the tin around the box~

I made two with tin and used up some bead board scraps on a third.

I capped them with maple doorstop & other scraps!

3 small boxes!

I’ll add a small plastic container to each with saturated florist foam and a nosegay of evergreen from the garden for the sale this weekend!  I think they’ll make pretty holiday arrangements!

~like this~

Catherine

…and now I’m heading back out to the remaining BIG projects…

small boxes with evergreen nosegays~