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~


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

small boxes with evergreen nosegays~

~rescued from a dumpster!I found this old industrial scale and stand in a dumpster end of July.

I cleaned the scale and took it to the antique mall. The stand~I had other plans for.

Thursday, I finally went to buy the appropriate metal, then took all the parts to be fabricatedI don’t know how to weld.  It was an UNcomplicated job and done in no time at all!

On my way back ~consumed by my “visual” thoughts of what wood I might have for this project~ I happened on an ah-MAZ-ingly THICK-boarded pallet behind a business and hustled to load it up!  (*Y’know I’m gonna be totally stalking that place now!)

I could SEE this project even before I was able to dig it out of that dumpster.

Believe me~THAT’s how I was able to muster the strength to pry this heavy guy out of its entanglement.  Determination!

the stand from the scale~now added on to

a pallet made up of 1"+ thick boards

I ripped the boards to width, cut them to length, rounded over the edges on the router table.  Smoothed out the extremely rough milled wood with lots of sanding~but not so much to take away all that character.  3 coats of Polyurethane.

fitting the pallet boards~

searching for the right coat hooks. . .

Today I drilled holes in the metal at varying points to stabilize the wood “slats” and keep things from warping/wracking down the line.

AND I wrestled with coat hooks.

I don’t like anything I have left.  All my aMAZing stuff is used and gone now, and I’ve had no luck finding “new” stuff—even at last Sunday’s flea market.

I thought these  might look fantastic, but—ehhh.

I’ve got 4 days to figure it out, and get a lot of other things wrapped up—yikes!

Industrial-Barn Chic!

See this & a LOT more at Nellie’s Barn Sale Oct 7-8!


. . . just one of those current projects. . .

More details soon, I promise!  But I’ll put pics on insatgram as I go~


*Have I become a tin-monger~?

one of my current projects~

Call this a dress rehearsal for the over-mantel shelf design I intend to build above mom’s cook-top. . . the kitchen project that has unfortunately not yet launched.  *I have more materials so I was willing to sacrifice some for this!

one of my current projects~

MY treasures from Elkhorn!

I went with a meager budget, but,
I made the absolute most of it!

And I found some

aMAZing treasures!

~For myself & that I’ll be working into projects FOR YOU!

Florentine pieces~
Before I go further, I just wanted to ask if any of you have ever seen a Florentine lamp before~?  
I’ve seen a lot of trays and nesting tables and varying accessory pieces—but never a lamp.
I really loved the accessory piece you see to the right!

I was virtually out of money even before I got started when I discovered a ceiling tin vendor only about 40ft in.


~some of the coiling tin I bought!look at some of what I bought!

I spent Monday-Tuesday mounting & framing some amazing pieces to go to Nellie’s!

*One in particular is going to be really hard to let go of.

~some of the coiling tin I bought!

~some of the coiling tin I bought!

I was really surprised at the amount of silver throughout the market!  With some shockingly good prices—so I bought!

I do LUV my silver!

~future project material~

I totally love this burlap pillow, and this petit vintage window. . .

a burlap pillow!a very petit vintage storm window


although I don’t YET know what I’m wearing at the barn sale,

Janice (who sold me this necklace) declared I MUST wear this!

~a fun necklace!

I’ll end here because it’s late and I have SUCH a full plate getting ready for yet another show—in 8 days!


I’ll share parts of those projects on instagram ~if you’re curious!
And as quick as I can, I’ll start sharing the actual projects—there are some really cool ones!  (even if I DO say so myself)


W e l l~ I managed to get to the final market of the season!

I’ve missed the last (?) 3 season’s-worth until this last one—and felt like I deserved to reward myself by going!

I was so excited to go~I woke at 3am.  Was ready to go in about 35 minutes.  Got there at 6am—fully expecting to be like the 2nd person there at THAT early hour.  Imagine my surprise to find I was #3 arriving from my direction (about a 12 car line arriving from the other direction).

It was PITCH DARK~and this was my view as the sun rose.  WoW.

my view at 1st light

my view at 1st light

There were SO many aMAZing things at this last market, but SO many people it was near impossible to take many pictures.  I did get a few to share!

I’ll show you what I got tomorrow~

amazing things I’m working on immediately

to take to the Nellie’s Barn Sale Oct 7-8.

I hope to see you there!


the LAST flea market of the season

the LAST flea market of the season

the LAST flea market of the season

the LAST flea market of the season

the LAST flea market of the season the LAST flea market of the season

Lastly—this   ah-MAZ-ing 5ft tall piece!

the LAST flea market of the season

a little teaser!

Vintage Mrkt at the Vineyard

I’ve been SO busy working on projects for Sunday’s show

I’ve been ignoring all else—sorry.

Yep.  No sharing of projects.  No pictures.
No posts.  Radio silence.
Bear with me~it’s all about to change!

In the meantime~

here’s a little glimpse of~

a little TEASER of~

a few small things going to the show!

I would LUV to see you there. . . ?!


Vintage Market teaser!

I’m in the final push to be ready for

Vintage Mrkt at the Vineyard

REframing a vintage mirrorThe weather has NOT cooperated for many of the things I planned to work on, so I’m feeling pretty anxious about being ready. . .

it’s going to be one VERY action-packed week.

I’ve been sewing soft goods—but yesterday afternoon when that constant rain finally broke, I headed outside to jump on 2 simpler projects, like—

REframing this heavily beveled, vintage mirror.

I used the door cutoffs from making my Pilaster Light Sconces.  I just love the patina of that wood, and how the sides show evidence of it being a door, so I left the parts of the hinges that were still attached!  I also pegged each of the corners to make stronger mitered joints.  Lastly, I waxed the wood.

Btw—that frame is 2½” wide and ¼” of the mirror is covered by the new frame, see how deep the bevel is?  The last time I priced out a standard beveled glass table top~it was $2 an inch.  Imagine what this might cost nowadays!

~pegged mitered joints, and the leftover and still attached hinges~pegged mitered joints


....thinking about adding vintage hooks....

I’m thinking about adding those vintage wire hooks to make it a very simple entry hall mirror. . . hmmmm. . .


. . .here’s the back side and how I secured the mirror.  Part 2 tomorrow.

the back side of the newly framed mirror