A Warm and Toasty Sweater… Bench

I’m a weekend worrier of Vintage Finds, working nights to give new life and love to forlorn furniture. This little baby came to me with out fan fair and sat in the metal shed until just this last Dec. Our first snowstorm of the season drove me in to the garage to create, so the size of the piece needed to match the space. Baby fit the part.

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Taking the old fabric off was an inside job…

….with a little help from my friend.

bench cover destruction

It wasn’t until I found an old wool sweater that I knew what I wanted to do. I had some 4″ foam that made the seat way more comfortable than it had been. And It gave the sweater a nice chunky, warm and bulky feeling. Just like an old boyfriend sweater.

Paint… Sand… Wax… Cut… Staple… Done.

She gets lots of compliments.

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I showed her off at the shop. Here she is waiting for Christmas.

Finished In Shop

I’m on the look out for a sweater in brown and green for my next Sweater Bench.

            Cheers,

Miss Ellie

Saying Good Bye…

Saying Good Bye…

RDRSign2… and Hello!

With snow fall last weekend I had to say good-bye to summer for good. Summer is a hardworking season and many things happen that can keep one from their writing. And then there is Fall. I love fall. But alas I had to say good-bye to fall too! Fall is a productive season that can keep one from their writing too. But one can accomplish many things during the fall. I accomplished many things this past fall. Just at the very end, before this last snow storm I got an opportunity to start a vintage mercantile. Say Hello Opportunity! It’s a little space in an old building, housing this fabulous fabric and craft store. There are six of us plus Roxy who runs the fabric and craft space. I’m having the best time filling my little corner. Everything is found, vintage, upcycled and re-purposed. Here’s a little peek…

Vintage MercantileA corner of 48 square feet just for me! With a window no less.

Music ChestWhere I can show off the furniture I upcycle.

rag LampshadeAnd the lamps I re-design.

Blue sweater benchAnd lots of trinkets and home decor.

Silver sugar bowl pincushions and

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Bling Bottles

bling bottlesAll tucked in with a little holiday decor.

More fun to come.

Cheers,

Miss Ellie

Real Frost

7:02 am -  this morning was the first real frost of the season. the deck was white with it. the orchard grass sparkled in the early morning sunlight. the branches and logs in the future huglekulture twinkled, mocking me for yet another undone project. i could just make out the stacked hay bails around the hive in the shadow of the fence line. i wanted to run out and see the bees. to make sure they were OK. i’d just returned from my early morning workout and I was freezing. how could they not be.

but bees have a hive mentality. they are a family of thousands. plenty of little hot bodies to keep the cluster warm. i need not worry.

but I do.

{today I’m a worker bee. doing my 8 to 5 at a desk. but someday it’ll be different}

The Instant Cottage

This Spring was drier and warmer than most and I soon found myself armpit deep in meadow grass and chin deep in yard chores. I did find time however, for a quick project that brought a charming cottage feeling to my little home.

Just a little bit of charm

Just a little bit of charm

By adding this little architectural interest in the door ways of my laundry room I was able to take a bland, boring opening to a charming archway. Which is a good thing since there’s no hiding those laundry machines.

the view from the kitchen/dinning room

the view from the kitchen/dinning room

This was an easy project that took two nights to finish but only because I had to let paint dry. I found my brackets at the ReStore but most hardware stores will have something similar. They came primed so I just slapped on a coat of trim paint. I needed to modify the brackets for the first doorway as it is narrower than standard.  A classic symptom of old houses.

working the details

working the details

Installation was a dream. With pre-drilled holes I just tapped in some finishing nails and presto! Charming, cottage architectural interest.

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the view into the mud room

(Don’t mind the knotty pine mud room in the distance. It’s a project waiting to happen.) I love to see the archway from across the room. It’s just so dang cute!

How’s your summer going? Any big projects getting done?

Cheers,

Miss Ellie

Milk Paint from Miss Mustard Seed

It’s taken a good many months to pick up my milk paint from our local distributor and then a few more months to actually use it.  And to be honest, when I first brushed it on I was a bit confused. But I’ve learned a thing or two about paint and patience.

I had found this little, sad, cottage table with water marks on the top and thought Miss Mustard Seed was just the one to give it new life. So it became my first victim.

I had been chintzy and mixed it watery so it went on thin. I then put my doubts to bed and let it dry over night. In the morning, with help from a rag, it became some kind of chippy wonderful I’ll tell you! Just like Miss Mustard Seed said it would be.

But I wanted a little more coverage so I add a second coat before I went to work. It was looking quite appealing when I got home that night. I waxed it with a clear wax and buffed it to a dull finish.  I think I like it. What do you think?

MilkPaint telephon tableSM

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                                     Cheers,

                                     Miss Ellie

I’m sharing this post with Courtney’s Feather Nest Friday at French Country Cottage. 

I’m sharing this post with Marian’s Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed.

I’m sharing this post with Donna’s Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors.

I’m sharing this post with Debra’s Be Inspired at Common Ground. 

the Gift of Time

the Gift of Time

With more light at the end of the work day there is a whole lot more to see and photograph.

When I arrived home from work around 5 (which felt like 4) I venture out to the yard as I could see signs of spring. It is the most beautiful and non threatening time of year.  The grass is green but doesn’t scream to be mowed.  The trees are blooming and leafing-out and hide the fact I haven’t pruned them yet. The ground is still wet so planting much of anything is ill-advised. I have yet to notice that the garden shed and the fences and the clubhouse all need some kind of wood protection. Oh! And the deck too.

“But chippy, aged wood is my friend.” I say to myself.

I see the stack, or six, of lumber my Dad and I have collect from old barns and sheds, and a coral and horse shelter. There is some lapped siding from Restore and some deck railings from a friends old deck. They’re neatly stack on pallets in my future vegetable garden.

Barn wood

When I pull back the recycled rubber roof membrane that has kept the lumber dry all winter, a sense of wonder comes over me as all my dreams and aspiration come flooding back. The barn wood is destined to become an outdoor farm table. There are two shed doors, with the ‘Z’ bracing that will make a great head-board or garden shed table. The coral 2 x 6s and 4 x 4s are the beginnings of the raised beds so mandatory in my red clay, water-logged soil.  And the old 16 feet long foundation forms that are the future home of the blue berry patch.

back 40 road duringSM

I see the mountain of crushed granite and rock that the dump truck driver left in the middle of the road to the back forty, because it was so soppy last January the dump truck sunk to its axles.  I’m in denial about its relocation to the rest of the road. I can only see the beautiful boulders mixed in that will one day be part of the rock borders on either side of the walkways.

Rock wall

With more light after work, I’ll have some time to work on these projects and others. As part of the effort to bring balance to my second life, working in many smaller increments rather than an all out push in a single day is more effective. It also gives my creativity an opportunity to evolve.

And though I’ll get use to the time change, this time of year feels like a gift. How are your spring projects shaping up?

Cheers,

Miss Ellie

Word of the Year… Balance

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The future lies beyond.

That’s what I’m going for this year. B A L A N C E. In Blogging. In Family. In Career. In Finances. In Service. In Faith. In Exercise. In housework and socializing. In home maintenance and decorating. In gardening and farming. And maybe even in treasure hunting. But will see about that one.

I’ll write about it all. The hopes and the dreams. The failures and the successes and all that stuff in between. It’ll be maddening and fun all at the same time.

Am I setting myself up?

Cheers,  Miss Ellie

P.S. This is a Word press ‘Quick press’. Kinda like a status update on Facebook but different. It might help bring balance to blogging.