Sunday, March 18, 2018

Working hard? Or hardly working?

Has it really been a month since I posted?
Can I be both working hard and hardly working? I am going to say yes. The working hard part is the work we have been doing around the house. We tore down our porch and replaced it with rustic beams and I have been taking care of all the little clean up and decorating projects (not that I am finished yet) that spun off from that. And my daughter turned 14 so we had a week long celebration. Kicked off with the Frist center and lunch last week, then a day of shopping and pouring our own candle this week, with a nice wind down with a movie and dinner at our favorite drive in dive.
Nice week for all of us!
The hardly working part? None of my projects involved getting stuff ready to head to the basement.
That will have to be on the list for next week. The herb markers have been selling well, so I will definitely need to up that stock a bit very soon.
So, what projects spun off of the front porch renovation?
Address blocks.
My husband had to cut the beams we picked up to size and we ended up with these great "cubes" I immediately thought how cute they would look sanded and stained with our house number on them.

It will take some serious sanding to get the saw marks out. That is my project for this week.
And an update on the doily throw.
No update, I decided I hated the look and ripped it apart, going with the original design. So, project delayed, back to stitching.
I did manage to get a little flea marketing flea market find, the others? Ebay to the rescue.
I love this flea market find. It is a match holder. Repurposed now to be my key holder!
I love the touch of rustic goodness.
And I have been obsessed with tracking down this set of Hazel Atlas Childrens tumbers. These are my Ebay find, not a thrifter deal, but less expensive than others I have seen listed, and the seller, who was just awesome, gave me a deal on shipping.

They are so sweet, I just love them!
And of course, our Candle pouring experience. This is a new shop in Nashville, opened up just a couple months ago, and is just GREAT! Such a fun outing!

We have been on a Candle kick lately, so this was the perfect outing for my daughters birthday, she had a fantastic time and is excited to do it again!
They had ready to purchase candles, as well as some fun home accessories. When I saw this table runner, I knew it had to come home with me!
And of course I had to get the guys dressed up for St Patrick's Day!

Nashville Flea market is next weekend, I will be heading over rain or shine, and of course I have work to do for the booth, so I am sure I will have more to share with you soon!
Hope you are enjoying this lovely spring weather!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Finised herb Boxes!

I finally finished making the herb boxes.....ok I actually finished them up last week, but It has rained the last two weekends, which I love, but it makes it impossible to get good shots inside, and I was not able to get outside to get some better pictures, so please forgive the bad lighting and garage shots.
But do you not love how these boxes turned out?
I certainly do! So much in fact, that I am going to make myself a set! I love how the prettiest part of the spoon is no longer buried in the dirt!

They were pretty easy to put together. I still have a stash of pallet wood, and I was lucky to have my handy hubby whip some boxes together pretty quickly and easily. I decided to use rabbit wire on the bottom of the small box's so the herbs can be watered without ruining the wood of the box.  I will do that with the next set of large boxes I make as well. The small boxes will fit up to a 5" potted herb, the large box will fit up to three potted herbs, its a bit of a squeeze, but it works.
They went together pretty quickly, I think staining them was the most fun part of the project. I love seeing how the stain makes the pallet wood come to life!

I think I will use a different glue on the next set, the super glue works pretty well, but I think a rubber based glue will allow them to withstand being knocked around a bit more. 
See what I mean about the stain really highlighting the unique look of the wood? I love the texture of the wood of the Ebony box in the middle picture below. The stain makes the "flaws" in the wood  the most beautiful part of the box!
I like the idea of mixing and matching single herb boxes.

But, I decided to go with a theme on the bigger boxes. I decided to do the most commonly used herbs for roasting chicken, most commonly used herbs in Mexican cooking and the most commonly used herbs in Italian cooking.
Or as I referred to them, the chicken box, the taco box and the lasagna box.
All were dropped off in the OrnaMental booth at "The Basement" in Old Hickory today! I really hope these sell well because they are fun to make!

If you are in the Old Hickory area, stop into this fun shop! Lots of great local artists with a good amount of Antiques mixed in!
Stop in and support your local artists and small businesses owners!
Now....what should I get into next? Hummmmm

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Exit the month of the Hobbit.....

My "Month of the Hobbit" has been fairly successful. Granted I did only make one full weekend locked in the house, but the next three home time dominated.
Big impact was probably the fact that we got another lovely Southern snow storm. Fist round came through on a Friday, our company closed for the day and I was able to enjoy a nice three day weekend. I was smart and was totally prepared, no last minute grocery run for me,  only had to leave on Saturday for a quick run to Target to pick up an online order, then right home again. The next week brought us a second round with a nice layer of ice and about three to four inches of snow to top it off. I was very lucky to be able to work from home, so after having two days locked in the house in the middle of the week, getting out on Saturday for breakfast at Panera and a quick grocery run was a welcome very short outing.

So, what have I accomplished during my month long hibernation?
A little bit of everything! First, some baking, German Pretzels were a hit!

Pretzels tasted fantastic, but next time I will twist them, because they strongly resemble....well, you can probably figure that out for yourself.

Sooooo good with beer cheese and brats! Definitely a do over!

And chocolate pudding brownies...the chocolate pudding makes them so moist and chewy. So good!
But I did not just cook and eat. I did some home organizing and started a couple projects as well.
First project, a kind of slip cover for one of my chairs. I found a pin on Pinterest of vintage doilies made into a sort of blanket draped over a beautiful vintage chair, I decided this would work for my chair as well, but I decided to sew them onto a small drop cloth so they "pop" a bit more.

Got it started, but this is a project that will take me a little while to finish...I am not a great lover of sewing.

And for the booth at the Basement...Herb boxes.

Single boxes and larger boxes that will fit three different herbs. I am really excited to see how these turn out. The herb spoons will be attached directly to the box, rabbit wire on the bottom will allow the pot to drain after you water it. Have them all sanded and stained, next week I should have the spoons hammered out and attached!

Love these colors. My stock for The Basement is starting out with three large herb boxes and nine smaller ones. Varied the color of the stain, 3 Pecan, 3 Red and 3 walnut. I just love how the stain took, and I love the fact that now the prettiest part of the spoon, the handle, will no longer be hidden in the dirt, but will be shown off on the front of the box.
I will not be upset if these do not sell, because I would be perfectly happy keeping them for myself! Hopefully I will be able to show you how they turn out next week!
This weekend, the final hobbit weekend of the month, I ventured out even more. Still home by noon Saturday, another Panera run, a couple necessary errands with a final stop at my favorite indoor Flea Market since the rain made a run to the Nashville Flea market really unappealing.
I did not find much, but a couple little finds made the run out worth it. First, a set of windmill salt and pepper shakers in the original carrier! Not a huge fan of the windmill design, but they were too fun to pass up.

And a single, rather phallic shaker, The booth had a 50% off sale or it may have stayed there. But, I will find something to use it for
So I will deem the month of the hobbit a success for this year. I do feel better, definitely more rested, and the creative juices seem to be at least trickling along again. Finally feel ready to see what comes next!
I hope you are having a nice restorative start to the new year!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Enter the month of the Hobbit...

I remember a long time ago I used to hate January. Cold, dark, boring.  I would dread it.
But now?
Nope, love January. It is my month to be a Hobbit, enjoy being at home, planning my garden for this Spring, being quiet and recharging. Last year we ended up having a pretty busy January so I did not get my month of quiet and relaxation. But this year, I am fully committed to a full month of quiet weekends at home spent reading, watching old movies, cooking, doing a  little home organizing and maybe...just maybe a little crafting. I have decided to keep selling at least my spoons at "The Basement" in Mt. Juliet, so a little hammering just may take place.
But first, our first January weekend in was wonderful! Errands run during the week, I rolled into the driveway Friday night and did not leave again until Monday morning.
What did we do stuck inside all weekend?
Kicked off with Banana muffins for breakfast Saturday.
Then tried a new Egg Drop Soup recipe with Crab Rangoon eggrolls for lunch. Both Pinterest wins, so good!
How about some Vanilla Pudding Chocolate chip cookies for a sweet treat? Another Pinterest win. WOW, best chocolate chip cookies ever!
And last, but not least, Orange Curd. Wonderful flavor....but kind of a funky texture, more like a thick sticky syrup. But very pretty!
So, what is up for this weekend? Bread. Pheasant bread and German pretzels planned so far! After January month of the Hobbit...I will probably have to do February month of salads and yoga.
But we will worry about that next month!
I swear all the  "Bruno in his chair" pictures are all taken at different times on different days. Spoiled boy loves his chair and really enjoys being home with us during the month of the Hobbit!
Hope you are enjoying a peaceful quiet start of the year.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a warm and happy New Years!

We take New Years pretty easy in our house. We spend the day shopping with our Christmas cash, then tuck in at the house with plenty of good food and movies. I honestly cannot think of a better way to end the year.
See you back here in 2018!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

It pays to be patient, or maybe...stubborn is more accurate....

For the record, I am not a patient person. I recognize this and do, believe it or not, try to work on it. but I am a very stubborn person, I am not quite as good about working on that.
Maybe I don't worry too much about being stubborn because for a many things, being stubborn pays off. For example,  let me tell you the story of the yellow Hazel Atlas cream pitcher.
Last winter at my favorite indoor flea market, I found a darling green Hazel Atlas cream pitcher. Originally 18.00 the booth had I think a 75% sale or something crazy like that and if memory serves I ended up paying 7 or 8 dollars for it. Fast forward to Spring and, again, at my favorite indoor flea I find another creamer, exact same except in orange for 5.00. After doing a little research I found out that these creamers were sold as a rainbow set, orange, yellow, blue and green. Of course I decided I wanted the set, so off I went in search of the yellow and blue.
I got lucky with blue, found it on Ebay for .99 plus right around 7 bucks to ship, I decided since it was close to the cost of the green one I would live with for yellow.
Yellow was another story, they must be the hardest to find, they certainly seem to be the most expensive of the set. The cheapest I found one online was around 12.00 not including shipping, the most expensive was 29.99 not including shipping. Since the most I spent was about 8.00, that was as much as I was willing to pay.
So I watched Ebay and the Antique stores/flea markets for probably the last 6 months or so. Several times I almost gave in and just paid for it, I really wanted to finish the set, but I kept holding off, too stubborn (and maybe just a little cheap) to give in. patience (ok, cheap driven stubbornness) paid off. At the December Nashville Flea market yesterday, I finally found it!

The market itself was pretty slim this year, not as many vendors as there has been when I have gone in Decembers past and I was wondering if this would be a wasted trip. As a matter of fact, we were getting ready to leave when, as I came around the end of an isle, a spot of yellow caught my eye, I dodged around furniture and made a bee line to find that YES!!! The yellow creamer!! As a matter of fact, two yellow creamers, two orange, two blue and a green! So I tracked down the booth owner and asked the price, ready to pay about anything...she said. 1.00.
Oh hell ya I will pay that! My mom even grabbed a blue one at that price! I almost had to take a minute to calm down I was so tickled!
I love looking at the set reunited!
So satisfying.
But that was not the only treasure I found, although I had wondered if I would find anything worth taking home when I first came in and saw how many vendors were not there, I did end up coming out with some fun stuff.
Another purple jar. My kitchen window now glows purple when the sun shines in.
Masons Improved jar. Love!
Another wooden ruler, the one I originally have is missing the first 5 inches..not handy. This one is in perfect condition!

A Copco Danish Mid Century Modern cast iron enamel skillet. I saw one of these in yellow about 3 years ago, really wanted to buy it, but for 60.00? Nope, out of my flea market budget, but 15.00 or a cherry red one? Definitely coming home with me. Already cooked in it. Oh how I love the feel of that beautiful wooden (maybe teak?) handle. And it cooked beautifully! Love!

And a Jadeite surprise! I don't often see any of the range sets at a reasonable price, but this one was pretty good and in excellent condition. Already happily snuggled in with the rest of the Jadeite!
The last thing I grabbed as we walked out, was actually the first thing that caught my eye when we came in. Vendor was not there yet so I gambled and decided to walk by on our way out. May have been a little pricey, but it was one of those things that I just loved, so price was not a huge factor. So on the way out, it was still sitting there sturdy and in excellent condition, 35.00 later, I was walking out with it. As soon as I saw it I knew it would be perfect by the front door. And I was right. Have not had a chance to give it a light sand and maybe a touch of stain, but I will get to that after Christmas. Now to order a new print to hang over it!
So, we are down to it, the last week before Christmas. I was lazy this year and did about 90% of my shopping Amazon Prime, with a couple sporadic trips out to the mall near my home over the last two weeks, I am in pretty good shape. A couple gift cards and a couple hours wrapping and I am done!
I hope you are having a stress free holiday season as well!