Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Vintage Vagabond Junque Journal
There are also two classes being taught by the wonderfully talented Jenni Bowlin. Her classes are available for Friday afternoon only. Learn more here.
Shabby Framed Collage
Wonderfully Vintage Altered Collage
I hope you've found something you like here. I encourage you to visit the website for details and to register for the classes you'd like to take. Class sizes are very limited, so don't put this off! Register today.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
I just wish we had an outlet outside this door--white lights would adorn this garland year-round! Don't you just LOVE that lantern though? It allows me to have much needed illumination AND it's gorgeous!
Final bragging rights: tons of work done on Spectacular, Spectacular! You guys are going to love this event!
Okay, gotta get to work. Just wanted to post this here because I'm so pleased to have something to show for my weekend!
Thanks for your indulgence.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
fortunately, i've had the "makings of a table" in storage . . . a heavy, vintage door and two wooden pedestal legs, salvaged from another table.
i've had a "door table" in my house for seven years now. it's one of my favorite pieces of furniture. we brought back an iron table base from Germany--another weighty object adding to our already over-flowing supply of planned projects. shortly after arriving in our new home, i figured-out what i wanted to do with it. of course, using it as a table base wasn't terribly original, but i decided to top it with a door. again, i'm sure that wasn't an original thought either; without doubt, i'd seen many in my magazine stash and flea-market-style books. anyhoo, i found the door and had a large piece of glass cut to top it (a paneled door isn't a suitable surface for a glass of milk or bowl of soup--you need the glass).
so here's your tutorial for making a table of your own.
first, you'll need the legs. preferably, from a former table--you know they can do the job and they come ready to use (holes pre-drilled and everything!). these pedestal legs truly are the best and most commonly found. you can expect to pay upwards of $50 for legs.
you'll also need a door (one of my favorite decorating "accessories"). these doors are made to hang, by their edge, from a few hinges--they are perfect for table-use. when choosing your door, be sure to look for something wide enough to seat your crew with plates and serving bowl/platters. if you are lucky enough to have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in your area, you'll find a wide variety of doors there. If you're in the market for a chippy paint finish with other flaws, you should be able to find one for under $50.
You'll also need a glass topper (so your milk doesn't topple). Take your measurement to a glass cutter--tell them you're using it for a table top, so they can recommend how thick it should be (I get 1/4" with sanded, not polished, edges)--you'll have to decide how to finish the corners. i go with a "quarter round" which means your corners will have the same curve as a quarter coin. Depending on the size of your glass, you can expect to pay upwards of $100 for this part of your table.
So, I tried something different with this table. I wanted to see if I could put it together without the screws/bolts showing. I tried lag screws first--two different sizes--two different trips to the hardware store, but that's another story. I figured-out that lag screws wouldn't work, but here are some pictures of that effort. The center of the door had a higher profile than the panels. The holes for the bolts were going to hit the panel, so I used shims to close the gaps.
I figured out I'd have to run bolts through top and bottom. Why? The lag screws only caught purchase on about a 1/4" of the door. It would work for a while, but after a few folks push back on the table, it'll start pulling the screws out. Trip number three to the hardware store. The bolts go all of the way through and are secured on the base with nuts.
I had to drill larger holes then I started with--the bolts were 3/8"--thank goodness I already had a 1/2 " bit, as the guys at the hardware store were beginning to doubt I had a clue about how to do this!
The almost finished product.
Here's the table we've had in the house for seven-ish years.
Sorry for the fuzzy picture, I guess I had switched my settings by accident,
but I wanted you see the different base.
Have you got any recycling projects you can share?
Wait until you see all of the recycling projects we're offering at Spectacular, Spectacular! We've got some creative minds putting together some inspired projects for you!
Thanks for your indulgence!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I'm hoping Clarksville Family will continue to be interested in these decorating articles, so if you know of someone with exceptional, creative style you think I should feature--please let me know.
Andrea and her business partner, Heavenly, have their talents on display and for sale at this quaint, not-to-little shop called ARTifacts--an arts and antiques emporium. You can take advantage of their incredible talent by visiting their booth . . . often! Also, they are hosting a totally unique consignment sale October 5 - 7. Visit their website, for more information.
Okie dokie--that's should do it!
Thanks for your indulgence!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
When I was selected by Country Business to participate in their Display Challenge, I didn't have the benefit of prior knowledge of the merchandise I would be displaying. It was unusual to receive merchandise I had not chosen for Hodgepodge and then to arrange it in a display that expressed Hodgepodge style. It's kind of cool to find out you can do it, though.
I spent a couple days looking at the merchandise, which Patty pulled out of the boxes for me. We tossed around some ideas. I made a few things; then one Sunday, it all came together. Within another couple of days the photographer arrived with all kinds of equipment to make the display look fabulous--ready for a magazine!
Here are my pictures as I put the display together:
Okay--so there it is! My 5 seconds of fame.
So now, what to do with the merchandise I received to use for this Challenge . . . how 'bout if I give it to you? You'll receive all of the merchandise you see on the table above (except the flower pots and stool), plus the garland wrapped in the wreath (serving as the canopy), and the baskets with flowers and candle on the floor in the sixth picture. In short, lots of cool stuff.
All you need to do it leave a comment here. If you mention this contest in your blog--I'll enter your name three times! For those of you who live locally, you can come in to see the merchandise and register again. So there it is . . . a simple comment to let me know you've stopped by . . . a mention on your blog improves your chances (be sure you send me a link) . . . or stop by to see me at Hodgepodge.
Thanks for your indulgence!