Cozy Little Kennel and an End Table

So, while back I was on the lucky end of receiving some great old pieces of furniture. Most have already been turned into something new and great and most of them have been sold.00202_3khIVloCi1e_600x450Today’s project is the end table, second from the left in the photo above. I looked at this and immediately could see what I wanted to do with it. Took a while, I seem to get many projects planned in my mind and pieces piled high in the garage before I start working.

This particular project was worked hand in hand with a few others. Just because many of the projects I do require a little something and then waiting and then some more ‘little something’. It can be frustrating to just wait, so I often have several in the works at the same time.

photo 2You can see progress in this photo… way over to the right.

I took the bottom off and removed the lower section. It was only decorative anyway, so it had to go. I then built the two side and two end frames and then fitted with dowels. It all went together pretty quickly and fairly easy.

Before slipping the bottom back on, I opted to paint the whole thing in my trademark Deep Space black. The door actually swivels on one of the wooden dowels. This idea courtesy of The Kid. The way that the door fit into the frame didn’t lend itself to any of the metal hinges nor the latch and hook mechanisms for locking, so he also figured out a way to make a dowel lock. Very neat.

I then sat down one evening and just using scraps, sewed a little cover for a foam pad to fit inside. It has a velcro closure so that it can removed and thrown into the wash easily.

It did get a bit heavy, so I decided to place the thing on wheels. That way it can be moved from a bedroom to the living room or where ever it is needed. The cool thing is that the way the bottom is designed, you really cannot even see the wheels. Suh-weet!

So, here are a few photos of the completed project:

2015-11-14 13.05.39I just love the shine of this black!2015-11-14 13.05.54The door mechanism:2015-11-14 13.06.09Side view… the dowels are spaced about two and a half inches apart and I think it will work for a dog or puppy of about twenty to twenty five pounds.2015-11-14 13.05.30I’ve never used the crate method for any of the dogs that I have loved, but I know that others do and there are some dogs who love it. My last forever-puppy, Ashla, used to love to squeeze under the loveseat in my master bedroom when she was scared or needed to feel safe. It was hilarious, but I am sure it replicated a den-like feel for her. Otherwise she was always next to me, underfoot and cuddled with me in bed. Or with The Kid. :-)



Preparing for 2016: Printable Calendars

I ran across a gorgeous printable for 2016 calendars. I’m generally not much of printed calendars, I am a devotee of my iPhone and computer calendars. But when I saw this calendar I knew I had to print this one.

My first thought was to print these one to a page and then flip them over and print an image to the other side. Unfortunately, my printer setting was configured to print on both sides, so I ended up with that printing first. Then I printed out another set, this time one to a page.

I took that set and then flipped them over, found the images I wanted to print on the other side and sent those images to the printer. Another oops – man, do I need to be more attentive when I am printing – and this time I accidentally printed the image over the top of the calendar. But I caught it after printing just four and realized that the image was the same size as the calendar… and looked pretty cool! A nice oops for a change! :-)

DSCN4125Tough photographing the calendars, but these are very suh-weet! Trust me!DSCN4126I am going to have these bound on the side, I think, and use these in my office.

So, back to the second attempt. Finally, with the 12 pieces of card stock printed with the calendar, I fed them through the printer so that the image printed on the other side.


That worked well. I think that I will have these bound at the top and use these in my kitchen/dining area. Not sure where I found the images – I have a collection of over 3400 images that I’ve collected over the years to cycle through as my screensaver images. But I have them in a series of colors – about fifteen in all – and so they were perfect for these calendars.

DSCN4127You can find these free printables over here at Delineate Your Dwelling. Spend some time checking out this great blog!

I can’t believe that I am actually ahead of myself at this point!


“Stained” Glass Jar Lights

For some time I have been working with a faux stained glass paint and leading from a company called Plaid. (You know, I have never figured out how to pronounce that name… like the fabric pattern or if it is Pronounced “plade” – as rhyming with blade. Maybe that is the German influence that I am encountering as I speak German!)

Any who… I’ve done mirrors and sheets of glass – both large and small. I’ve done my logo when I was working on creating my doll accessories company.

IMG_8260I’ve done a few specific projects, like the arched glass in my kitchen window.DSCN2187I love working with these paints and as a consequence (or maybe because of my obsession with collecting), I have managed to put together a nice color selection as well as quite a few bottles of clear.

DSCN2389The Kid built me a wonderful organizer using an old dresser drawer and paint sticks. The cross pieces have a slight downward angle so that the paint is always at the tip.

So, with this amount of paint, I am always looking for ways to use it. I’ve stumbled over a number of large glass bottles that I’ve decorated in the past, but like to push the boundaries of what is considered the standard use of the materials. So original bottles have a customary stained glass look, but as I worked with the materials, I veered of the standard path. I coupled the patterns and paint with glitter and also mixed my own colors.

So, to make a short story long, I recently completed a few more bottles. You saw a pair a couple of posts back – the gift for the little girl of my customer – but I also worked on a couple more. I’ve used up all my available bottles now and will have to find more! :-)

These two were more experiments. The silver glittered section of the one on the right is me figuring out if I can add glitter to the paint. Seemed to work pretty well, although I think I added just a smidge too much. And the large sections of orange was my own mixed shade – originally used for the “pumpkin” jar.

Jars with the lights 'off'The jar on the left was inspired by a the holiday season and my one of my favorite plants… I’ve had poinsettias that have lived more than a decade and really thrived – not just survived. The white portion is “pearlized” and is much prettier than the photo. The photo above has the lights ‘off”.DSCN4130I recently found lights on sale, so this is what prompted me to finally complete the projects. Before painting, I drilled small holes in the jars towards the bottom for the cords. Then it was a matter of feeding the lights into the jars and wiring the plug-ins.DSCN4133I actually still need to find a lid for the jar with the diagonal/chevrons. But since it sits on its opening, it works for the time being while I continue to look.


DSCN4132Another shot of the jars lit… the poinsettia jar is absolutely stunning – the photos really do not do it justice. DSCN4136

One more jar that I completed. Couple of things I did wrong with this one, first, I forgot to drill a hole for the light cord. The second thing is that I didn’t design it sitting on its opening and had the “leading” already applied when I realized it. I really did not want to remove it and start again, so in this case, I thought I would use battery lights and conceal the battery charger inside the jar.

DSCN4138I had these battery/light packs leftover from some other project, but there weren’t many lights on each strand, so I opted to wire three packs together. Couple of issues here too, as the battery is drained very quickly and even with three strands does not give off much light.

DSCN4137Also, once the lights are turned on and the lid replaced, the pack heats up and the lights turn off. This occurs about twenty minutes, but the lights continue to draw power from the battery. Sigh.

Now that I’ve picked up a few boxes of lights (since it is now the “season”), I pulled the battery powered lights and replaced them. Now I just have to figure out how to deal with the plug, since I didn’t originally put a hole in the bottle.

DSCN4139Here it is with the wired lights. I really loved the way this one turned out, with slight variations in the design and color placement of each tree. DSCN4140Another angle:DSCN4141And the final picture. I think I will just drill a hole in the lid to accommodate the plug, but want to consider my options for a while.

IMG_8039I’ve created quite a collection and right now, they are just sitting on the floor in front of one of my craft cabinets. I use them more or less as ambient lighting, but am sure that I don’t need quite so many.




Dresser Conversion to Dress Up Cabinet

Tonight’s reveal was inspired by a friend’s little girl who loves to play dress up. Her mom indulges her with a more than abundant number of costumes, dresses and accessories. The mom’s main complaint? An easy way to store and organize all of them and still let the little one get to them easily.

I’ve seen this adaptation before. Simple enough. I recently picked up a decent little dresser that I thought would turn into just this handy play 13I know I had a better photo of the dresser, but after hours of searching my computers, I can’t seem to locate it/them. (Another project on the list: organizing and backup of all my photos!)

Anyway, it was a pretty quick transition – simply removed the top three drawers and their tracks. The dresser had a simple construction and side tracks, so once those were removed, it was just a matter of adding a ‘bottom’ just above the bottom drawer. The Kid is getting so good at understanding and following my absurd instructions lately, its kind of scary!

Once he had that in, it was just a matter of priming and painting. This one was painted all in the lightest of the pink shades – blush pink – so, no taping or switching of rollers or brushes. Once that was done, a standard closet rod was added (so many leftover from previous closet remodels) and then picked out a pretty drawer pull. And it was done!

2015-11-14 13.29.48As you can see, it matches the other pieces, this beautiful shade of pink is so subtle yet so feminine.2015-11-14 13.30.06The newer construction of the piece means a clean simple interior on easy gliding tracks.2015-11-14 13.30.16I love this hardware… especially combined with the back plate. Simple yet elegant!2015-11-14 13.30.32Small children-sized hangers included! :-)

This piece sold almost as quickly as I had it listed. I had an idea that at this time of the year, it might be a popular gift. I may try and do more of these before Christmas.


Hot Salsa for My Salsa Loving Kid

The reveal of today’s project is a little different than most. Today, I cooked! Well, sort of. I made salsa!

I’ve been growing tomatoes in containers on my back deck. I did much better than last year and recently harvested more fruit than we could eat. So, I started thinking about cooking something with them and settled onto the idea of making salsa. So last night on the way back from the hardware store, I stopped at the grocery store and bought the necessary ingredients.

In addition to my tomatoes, I bought scallions, cilantro, jalapeno peppers and something I hadn’t tried before, Orange Habanero peppers. The sign under the produce seemed to indicate that they weren’t that hot, not in relation to several other peppers like Ghost peppers that were on the next row down. And I only bought four of them.

So, I started the morning by dicing the peppers. I removed most of the seeds and chopped them very finely. (Sorry about the blurry photo!)


I browned them in a frying pan in a little bit of butter while I chopped scallions and the cilantro. I added them to the pepper mix and simmered while chopping and dicing tomatoes. Tons of tomatoes!

Somewhere in there, though, I managed to rub my lip and then my nose and set myself on fire! It was then that I investigated my peppers of choice and found out that these are some of the hottest peppers grown! I also found that the best treatment involves dairy products, so I first soaked my nose in a bowl of milk and then found a tub of Philadelphia cream cheese that I proceeded to smear all over my face! A minute or so later, it started working and the heat dissipated. It return immediately when I wiped it off, so I reapplied and decided to leave it for a while.

In the meantime, I finished chopping the tomatoes and added it all to the pepper/onion/cilantro mix and turned down the heat.

IMG_3422Isn’t that beautiful?

I added two quarts of water to the mixture and let it simmer the better part of the afternoon. I actually let it simmer just a little too much, most of the water was cooked away. I hadn’t intended to cook it that much. I may still be tempted to dilute the final product if it is still too hot.

IMG_3424I let it cool a bit and then scooped it into two jars that I had saved (you know me and saving!)… and fitted them with lids. They looked a little plain without labels, so with “The X-Files” playing, I whipped out a personal label, printed them and glued them onto the jars.

DSCN4119Here is the label itself. For those who don’t know, my son’s name is Streeter. Most of the time I refer to him as “The Kid” just to reduce the amount of exposure on the internet.Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 9.00.56 PMHe will be home tomorrow – been gone for a few days – and I will let him try this. All I know is that the burning of the peppers took hours to finally dissipate, so I am opting out of eating any of it. The Kid loves hot – the hotter the better – so as the label says, its for him!

As a side note, I’ve sold three of my recently finished projects and have someone coming for a fourth tomorrow. I love this time of year!


Quick Gift for a Special Little Girl

So, yesterday’s blog told you about a special little girl. I had remade a vanity and which her mom purchased for a Christmas gift. I mentioned that I had one other little gift for her.

You see, in only having one child – a son – I never really got to do the whole “girly” thing for a daughter. Yes, I had nieces and grandnieces, but they were all long distance and I rarely got to see them when they were growing up. I still long to do crafts in pink and its a great day when I get to meet little girls who are deserving of being so spoiled!

One afternoon, feeling a bit too much pain in my knees, I opted to do some sewing. Once I was done with my particular project, I didn’t feel much like navigating the stairs just yet, so while watching old movies, I just ‘goofed around’ with bits and pieces that I had. One such piece was this wooden cradle that I ran across somewhere. I probably picked it up when I was working on the 18″ doll furniture, but it was too small for that sized doll, so I just set it aside.

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A quick couple of coats of pink spray paint was the starting point. While making the larger doll beds and bedding, I picked up a few sets of “fancy” sheets from thrift stores, the kind with lacy and tatting edges. They make for fancy little sets of sheets, too!2015-11-15 16.14.55I started with a small piece of foam and made a ‘mattress cover’. I like this method of covers, I use it for pillow covers too, as an easy way to take them on and off for laundering. Material was left from an old mattress cover.2015-11-15 16.15.10Next came the bottom sheet. I made this like a pillow case, slip the mattress into it and fold over the excess.2015-11-15 16.15.34

Next the top sheet and pillow case. Yes, there is an itty-bitty pillow in there. :-) This is simply the edge of one of those thrifted ‘fancy’ top sheets. Simply cut to size and hem all edges.2015-11-15 16.15.57Now a little quilt. Having just finished a quilt top that was 3″ squares of various fabrics alternated with white, I had everything necessary to put together a quick small pieced top. Scrap batting and an a small piece of pink backing fabric and violá, the little quilt was done. A few extra pieces of pink and white squares and a little matching pillow was done as well.2015-11-15 16.17.37Tucked it all into the little cradle and its ready to go! 2015-11-14 13.46.15A quick photo in the Missouri sunshine and I’m done! Now just a matter of waiting until the original vanity is delivered so that I can present these gifts to this wonderful little girl (and her mom)!


Its The Little Details for a Little Girl

If you’re a regular reader, you will remember a vanity that I completed in an ‘over-the-top’ girly fashion. To help you recall, here is a photo:


I was so excited to meet the young mother who bought this for her little girl. She wanted to give it to her for Christmas but they were in the process of moving and was worried about it possibly being damaged. And as we talked, I mentioned that it would be a bit of a disappointment to get your Christmas present so far from the actual date. I offered to hang onto it for her until it got closer to the holidays.

This was a young mom who you just knew loved her little girl beyond words. She was such a joy to spend time and speak with. She was having a bit of a bad day, and wanted to be of some help or at least comfort. Which is why I offered to hang onto the vanity.

In the resulting weeks, I also thought periodically about all the ‘little girl’ things I never had a chance to make since I had just one child, a son. So, in spare time I put together a couple of things for her.

The first project was just one more in a long line that I had been playing with. I have been a big fan of Plaid’s Gallery Glass paints… when used on glass, it results in a stained glass look. I’ve done a few gallon jars and then filled with Christmas lights, resulting in nice ambient lighting.


The one in the center(ish) is the newest and the one I used as a model for the one I made for Anne’s daughter. I also made a slightly smaller version using battery powered lights, as the Christmas lights tend to be on the warm side and I worried about it being too hot. The smaller one can be handled safely by her, while the larger one can be placed out of her direct reach.

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I have a couple of finishing touches left before I can reveal the other gift I made. I hope you come back to see what (essentially) an afternoon without a specific goal can produce!


The Perfect Little Red Desk for a Computer

Some time back, I bought the cutest little waterfall style desk. Not sure what the original intent was, but it has been sitting in my entry way for some time now. With my upcoming surgery, though, I have vowed to get as many projects as I can completed. For a few reasons, but primarily to get my path from kitchen to bedroom clear for post surgery mobility. Also, I know that I won’t be able to get much accomplished during recovery and I want temptation and frustration of not being able to be removed from my horizons. I really need to focus on recovery and therapy.

So, I moved the desk to the garage and it got the usual treatment. I love pieces that have been cared for and maintained. It needed just the most minor attention before primer and paint. It occurred to me that it would be the perfect size for an “all-in-one” type of computer, like an iMac or laptop. I initially thought about converting the middle drawer into a keyboard tray and preparing it with electrical connectors, but then I reverted back to the most simplest makeover and leaving it to still work for someone who just would like a small desk for a child’s room or an out of the way nook in a hallway or kitchen.

This will be a quick reveal as was the whole project. Quick and straight forward.

DSCN3679Is this cute? And way before it got piled high with “stuff”… project pieces, equipment, drop cloths… you name it. Its proximity to the front door meant junk mail and it was an easy spot to drop off clothes from the laundry. It had to go!

Here it is completed. This is a different red than I normally use, this one has a more pink or orange underlying tint (instead of blue). In the sunlight you can really see it. I think it would be stunning in a blue and/or denim room as an accent. It would have worked wonderfully in The Kid’s room as well, considering his accent color is exactly that red, but his room is much to full already!

2015-11-14 13.10.19I added those little cup pulls, this time painted black. I’ve now used all of them that I had rescued from a different piece. They are so versatile and they work perfect on this piece.

I told you tonight’s reveal would be quick! I hope you like it!


A Fairy Tale Bedroom Set in Pink Ombré

So I managed to dig deep for some ambition and found a little. I coaxed The Kid into helping and we spent the better part of the morning photographing finished projects. So now I just have to get them written now.

Today’s reveal is actually two pieces. Once again, I have reverted back to my other signature painting style in five or six shades of pink. It seems to be a style that sells easily and quickly and has a timeless sort of appeal. What little girl wouldn’t love to be surrounded in a sea of pink?

It started with the acquisition of an old headboard and foot board. I originally planned to turn it into one of those benches that are so popular, but once I started looking it over, I realized what solid pieces these were and how beautiful they could become. I hunted for sideboards and found a pair, but wasn’t until they were primed did I realize that they had the wrong connecting hardware. Back to the hunt. I actually had to place a “wanted” ad for the pieces specifically asking for the right hardware. Who knew that there were more than one design?

I finally did find the pieces I needed – along with another headboard and foot board. I almost didn’t want to have to deconstruct the side boards, but they were in pretty rough shape. I am planning to use the head and foot boards to make that originally planned bench seat.

In the meantime, the hardware was attached to new 1 x 6’s and a piece added to act as a lip to hold either a box spring or slats for the mattress. Then everything was primed… you can see a couple of other projects in the following photo as well:

photo 2Following the primer, the base sections of the headboard was painted in the standard base color… the pink in its lightest hue. Then it was on to painstakingly hand painting each post a different shade of pink.

IMG_0434The fifth and darkest shade was reserved for the side boards. I had specifically purchased appliqués to use on the both the headboard and foot board, the wide expanse of plain color seemed a bit too plain for me. The appliqués when arrived were a bit smaller than anticipated, apparently I was thinking inches but they were actually centimeters, but I opted to use them anyway. I like the way they turned out to be ‘dainty’ in the end.

The matching dresser was a great accidental find and apparently I was so excited that I forgot to take any pictures of it before working on it. It was found in an abandoned farm house and had a rather extended family of mice living in the drawers. It had some water damage to the drawers as well and it took a lot of sanding, gluing and strengthening to bring this piece back to its original glory. Originally, the dresser had wood wheels, but water, weather and time had degraded them past saving, so they were simply removed. I love the idea of how tall this piece initially stood.

I sanded every surface, including the drawer sides and bottoms and it was almost like building from scratch considering the amount of glue that was used to put it back together. A lot of love and sweat went into restoring this piece. I think that is why I opted to use the pink ombré paint on the dresser. Its such a classic look that I knew it was the right decision.

2015-11-14 13.23.58 2015-11-14 13.25.45And here is photographs of the bed frame:

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The bed and the dresser… note the styles really compliment each other without being an exact match. Both have those charming appliqués which are just the icing on these cakes!2015-11-14 13.23.12

A little tough to see but the same appliqué on the headboard also appears in the same place on the foot board.2015-11-14 13.23.18

The great design of the bed frame is that it is adjustable for both a full and a queen sized mattress without any work, other than moving the side boards to the separate set of slots.2015-11-14 13.23.44A shot of the foot board appliqué. The lighter two colors of pink were used on the posts on the foot board and the two lighter on the headboard posts. The sideboards have the darkest color.

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I sometimes wished that I had a daughter that I could have spoiled with this type of bedroom furnishings. Perhaps she would have been more like me growing up and be a tomboy and hated everything pink (like me!). I love being able to provide this to some other lucky little girl. I can see this being a very nice Christmas present!

Here it is stored and waiting delivery!

photo 14A few additional photos. It was a beautiful day here in the Midwest, with great sunshine. Felt great to get these photos taken!

I used hardware that I had salvaged from a previous piece and painted light pink. The top drawer received two glass knobs that had just the slightest pink hue to them. Perfect jewelry to this wonderful piece.

I did want to point out one unique feature that I was unable to completely erase while restoring this piece. I like to think of it as the signature of the former occupants and sort of a fairy tale component of the magic in these pieces. You see there are little nibble marks across the bottom of the top drawer face…

Mouse Bites Pink Mousejulie

Helping My Son To Get Organized and Neat

Hi. I’ve been away for a while, been dealing with some health issues. Seems that after all I’ve managed to put my body through, I’ve finally worn out my knees. So, in two and a half months, I will be going into surgery and have both knees replaced within a seven day period. I am thinking that with luck and hard work, I can be through the physical therapy in three or four months and be back to some semblance of my old self in six months to a year. I am anxious to have the surgery and terrified at the same time. But that is a discussion for my other blog. :-)

Although I have not been writing posts, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been doing creative style work. The journey and the work has been slow going as I’ve been pulled away attending to medical matters and it has been getting more and more difficult to do the physical portion of a lot of the work that I do. But I have quite a few projects that I have been able to finish (or are near to finishing) and I want to get them written. I have made a promise to myself to try and finish as many projects that I’ve already started before my surgery as well. Wish me luck!

As a consummate crafter, I am always stumbling onto materials that might be good for something someday.  Every so often I review my piles and make a concerted effort to use up or donate as much as I can before collecting more. Such as the case with this project. When I picked up a dresser back a while, I noticed another one in the corner of a garage literally falling to pieces. It wasn’t salvageable but it had the greatest drawer fronts. And intricate design carved into the three remaining drawer fronts caught my eye and the offer to dispose of the piece made it mine.

Recently, The Kid was away for a few days and of course, being a mom, I sneaked into his room to pick up dirty clothes and dishes. Wow, is this kid messy! I realized that some order and organization was needed. Everything seems to end up on the floor! Quite a bit of his stuff seems to end up on the stairs too and with the condition of my knees, I need to have them clear.

One of the things I noticed that he seems to acquire a lot of is hats! And when I started to think of ways to store them in a useful and decorative way, the drawer fronts came to mind. I pulled them out and gave them all several coats of his room’s signature black paint – Deep Space from Behr. I’ve taken to using high gloss finish and it just looks so bold and sharp.

Then, using paint pens, I traced the lines. Since originally this was intended to be in The Kid’s room and his (sort of) recent room update utilizes the black paint with a red accent, that is the same direction I took this. Then it was just a matter of adding hooks at the bottom from which the hats would hang.

2015-11-13 22.17.02Once I finished and showed The Kid, his reaction was to let me know that while he liked it, it wasn’t really the style of his room. His room is more industrial, with a lot of pipe and leather (if you’d like to check out the reveal of his makeover, you can see it here). This turned out to be a bit more traditional with the specific style of engraving. So, while I agreed it didn’t match his style, he still needed it to be a bit more organized, so we agreed to place it in the hall at the top of the stairway. That way, he could grab the hat of choice on his way down the stairs and hang the hat back up when coming back.

2015-11-13 22.33.43The other two drawer fronts received a similar treatment but different colors. I have another project in mind for those and when I complete it, I will share it here.

Stayed tuned for more completed projects!



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