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

New TV Stand from Old

This winter was the year for new electronics. I say that because being a resourceful gal I take second-hand goods, TVs, Computers, VCRs, and appliances, and make them work for my family. This year my house earned me an energy rebate so I decided it was time for a flat screen TV. I needed the TV to take up less room and be compatible with the electronics my family was tiring to plug into it. But it also meant the current TV arrangement was not going to work.

I spent a couple of months looking for just the right TV stand. And then I found the best one ever at the Restore. But it needed a lot of love.

It’s mahogany veneer on most of it. But I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it so I just started sanding. You’ll remember the post about getting a paint brush back in my hand. Well, I decided to paint it orange. Yup! Orange. It’s a beautiful soft shade of pumpkin.

I glazed the lower half with chocolate and finished the top with a dark oak stain and hand rubbed poly. And gave the hardware a good cleaning too.

The TV fits perfectly. And with the addition of wall decor above the TV it almost doesn’t look like a big black box.

Dinner and a movie has taken on a whole new meaning in our house.

Next up? The coffee table.

While photo shooting this piece I sat on the table and one leg gave way and I went crashing to the floor. So, furniture Repair and Re-finishing are my next adventure. Stay tune for the details.

Cheers!

Miss Ellie

I’m linking this post to Courtney’s Feathered Nest Friday over at French Country Cottage.

I’m linking this post to Donna’s Saturday Nite Special over at Funky Junk Interiors.

I’m liking this post to Marian’s Furniture Feature Friday over at Miss Mustard Seed.  

I’m linking this post to Casie’s POWW107 over at Primitive & Proper.

Mes Amis Vintage Antiques Show

Sun, Breeze and a Little Shade

I took my sister to the  Mes Amis Vintage Antiques Show last weekend and her head nearly popped off with all the swiveling she did trying to see everything. So many beautiful things. And some very inventive re-purposing. Being the Spring show there were a lot of garden pieces. I love galvanized containers and industrial elements, so my pictures are quite ‘industrial’.

My pictures are another story. Still learning to use the edit tools. But here they are in all their glory. I didn’t keep very good track of the venders names I was so busy looking. Sorry about that. Enjoy the tour.

I’m really in love with this clock table. Round is such a great shape for a coffee table. And check out the picture holder made from a rack.

Hey Mom! This is what your dinning room chairs will look like when I get done with them. Are you ready?

Turquoise chair! I love the pop of color.

Nice way to end the day.

Did you do something fun this weekend?

                                           Cheers!

                                           Miss Ellie