Friday, November 3, 2017

Tuquiose Tea Box

Geez, forgot to spell check the title/link to this post. Lesson learned!

In early September I sent out a blog post asking for opinions on the chicken wire front I'd glued to the front of this mini box. Sometimes I get lost in my projects and can't see the forest for the trees. To see the original post, Click Here.

(In between posts, the turquoise color was subdued with homemade vinegar & steel wool stain. Then sealed with a clear matte sealer. )

Lauren @ Wonderfully Made suggested adding a pull. 

Thankfully I have an extensive bottle cap collection that I scored big on Varage sale, bought a box of them for $5. And once people know you are collecting bottle caps and wine corks, they collect them for you. So nice to know people are thinking about me! From the collection, I picked three designs and dug out a simple pull that would easily fit under the bottle cap. E-6000 attached the cap to the top of the knob. 

I LOVED the vintage look of the 1911 cap and was sad that it was the only one in my collection. I asked my sister if she recognized where it came from. She found them at a Cider Wine and Distillery in NY. Later she sent me this text picture: "For the cause, lol!" More of these fun caps coming my way!

My next question was, "What in the world would one use this box for????" I felt like my ideas for its use were uninspired and falling flat. Paper clips, sticky notes, and phone cords, those were the best ideas I came up with. 


Felt like I was missing the mark. 

Kim from Exquisitely Unremarkable thought it could be used for anything, she is such an encouraging person and I can always count on her to comment. She'd also encouraged me to go with my gut on whether or not keep the chicken wire, which turned out to be the biggest compliment grabber from booth shoppers, "Ooo, I like the chicken wire on that."  

Then my sister suggested using it to store tea bags.


Why stop at tea bags? Pretty much any hot drink comes in a mini packet.

Loose leaf tea and strainer. 

Insta-coffee bags. 
Or anything in a packet: hot cocoa, cider, Emergen-C. 

 And of course, phone cords. A necessary evil.

Ever get lost in a craft project? Its the one pitfall of Pinterest, idea overload. Thank you crafting community for offering your input and helping me regain traction. 

Available in the Etsy store: Click Here.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Reclaimed Wood Ceiling & Accent Wall

Once upon a time we were going to refinish our basement. We set aside money, met with contractors, toyed with the idea of another bedroom or bathroom. Then family called and invited us to stay with them in Oahu. Plane tickets it was with no regrets! While we haven't looked back, we have looked up. Its an eyesore.

So I snatched a bunch of fence boards (thank you spring windstorms for maintaining a bountiful supply of fences) and scrubbed and washed and measure and cut. The result? A free ceiling and splinters. :)

Read on or scroll through the pictures to see the before, during and after.
**basement lighting is unfriendly for quality pictures. I tried. PicMonkey helped.


Accent Wall

Who wouldn't want to stare at toilet pipes while chillin' in the basement? When my first son was a toddler/preschooler with insane amounts of energy he tried to climb up these! I totally freaked, not something we want breaking!!! Can you imagine? ~shudder~

Spray painted the boards black since I was expecting small gaps between some of the boards. A black background will help eliminate the visual distraction.

Laid out my pattern on the deck. So glad I keep a steady supply of wood pieces around (my hubby is not as enthusiastic about this as I am!).

And boom! A beautiful accent wall. In the future, I can see myself creating a similar pattern across an entire wall.

my brother's cat photobombing

Fence Board Ceiling

In progress photo: I quickly discovered that my rafters were not equidistant apart. Sometimes one row was 1/2 inch wider, other times, the difference was in whole inches!

Best part of this project was the lack of nails involved. I didn't use a single one to put the boards up. The rafters (is that what those horizontal beams are called?) each had a half inch lip to slip fence board onto. Installing the boards was the easiest part! Minus the dust and occasional splinter that fell in my eye. I do own safety goggles and I know where they are...but I'm lazy when it comes to safety. More of a safety-if-convenient rather than a safety-first person.

And then there was this weirdo spot like this around the toilet pipes....they were lower than the rafters so it took a little creativity to hide the mess above...not much I can do about the pipes without actually building something...and that is more work that I want to do now. Maybe another day...

 A much more inviting space when one doesn't have to look up to air ducts and water pipes. The drywall is unfinished and the carpet is a hodpodge of remnant pieces so its still a very unfinished space, but something about a ceiling helps bring a room together. 

Some homemade metal stars hung on a lamp shade skeleton. Why? Because. And the hook was already there. (Do you see the water stained boards at the top? Thank you summer sprinklers for creating this effect!)

View from the "den" portion of the basement, so much nicer now that the toilet pipes are masked! The old window frame my sister found next to a trash can. Truly a piece of trashure! If I can find a couple more without the glass inserts I might add a row of windows next to the accent wall, stacking the windows on top of each other to help create a "wall." 

I had fun mixing up the wood colors and adding "character" pieces, ya know, with the holes and knots. I gotta say, I like this more than drywall and mudding. It's so fun to look at! It's been suggested by a few people to paint it white, which would also look fantastic, but requires work. Hand scrubbing each and every board on both sides before measuring and cutting is enough effort for now. Unless someone wants to come cover up all my furniture and walls and then paint the ceiling for free!

Pinterest was my best friend during this project. Here are a few blogs/tutorials that guided me through this process. They are all worth a read, especially since board prep varies depending your climate and bug life.

before     and     after

What do you think? 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Chicken Wire Front: Yay or Nay?

This isn't the reclaimed wood post I promised (which I am working on, I swear!!) but I  need some feedback.

I found this cute little box in a tub of free stuff. What is the purpose of a tiny drawer box like this? Still working on that.

The finished box will be part of a "small boxes" display in my booth for the upcoming craft fair rush. Originally, all boxes would be navy blue with maps Mod Podged somewhere, most likely inside. But I swear things TALK to me and not every box wants to be navy blue or map themed.

Like this square little drawer, it "told" me it wanted to be turquoise with a farm-inspired front which of course meant chicken wire. (It's a very fluent box that knows what it wants.)

Being the obedient crafter I am, I listened. And now I'm not so sure I should have.


Part of me wants to rip off the chicken wire and stencil chevron stripes in turquoise.

Mostly I'm lost because I don't know what to use this box for. How do I market it? I thought of using it as a charging station cubby but it's too small for a phone to fit into the drawer. Maybe if it only hides the cords and the phone rests on top? Putting a small hole in the back of the box would feed the cord into an outlet.

My daughter is leaning towards jewelry storage for earrings and bracelets.

Could also work as an office desk top storage for sticky notes or large binder clips?

Craft storage for small items such as buttons, beads, washi tape, etc?

potential use?
 With all the glue and chalk paint around its carefully trimmed edges, the chicken wire is surprisingly not pokey. Usually, I hate working with chicken wire, I'd rather get in a fight with a kitten, fewer scratches, but with all the glue and chalk paint around its carefully trimmed edges, the chicken wire is surprisingly unsharp. You can see my finger pressed against the trimmed point. Not blood. No pain.

More surprisingly than the dull points is that my husband actually likes it with the chicken wire. Floored! The man is a fan of plain-jane decor, disdainer of patterns, and recoils at textured fabrics. This box seemed like something that would make him wrinkle his nose.

Even with the chicken wire slightly covering the pull hole, it is still manageable for easy opening.

So, what do you think? 

keep as is?

add more "farmhouse flair"?

remove the chicken wire and go with a stenciled pattern?

It's still unsealed so any addition or subtraction would be a piece of cake. 
Thank you for your input! 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Fabric Garlands in the Etsy Shop

My sister and I have joined forces and opened an Etsy shop: 

It's mostly her stuff since I've been slow to complete projects. Busy summer with the kids plus repainting the interior of our home has kept me BUSY! There are a couple posts in the works to brag show off highlight some of my summer projects, coming soon. One hint: it involves lots and lots and lots of fence boards. Lots. 

Each garland was carefully knotted and adorably named. 

Most are priced at $28 or less, plus $6 S&H. Most at 6-7ft in length and roughly 3inches wide when displayed. 

Summer Fun


Card Trick

Ahoy Matey


 Fresh Mountain Air

Earl of Gray

Vintage Rose

Cherries Jubilee

All garlands feature looped ends for easy hanging.

Which one is your favorite? 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Garden Junque Part 3

 Summer heat is in full swing whether we've passed the Summer Equinox or not. Flowers have bloomed, wilted, drank some water, and perked back up. Anyone else sporting a dirt-under-the-fingernails manicure from tending their garden? If you're like me, it takes an automatic watering system to keep everything anything alive, so I tend towards more creative ideas to brighten the garden, like painted pots, penny gazing ball, or fairy houses.

This edition of Garden Junque is centered on merchandise created specifically to sell. I can't be the only one who relies on repurposed finds to accent my garden!

Pallet Planter Boxes
These simple boxes were created as merchandise for craft fair season. I just love the funky spindle/table leg handles on these, they are beautiful with or without flowers.

The handle on this was a black table leg distressed with turquoise paint. I took this to my booth with clenched fists, I just loved it so much! It sold in under a week simply because it is awesome! I think the color sold it.

I made three more (only two pictured below) specifically for a Christmas craft fair. Only one in blue sold, not the best time of the year to sell garden items.

The lady that bought one shared that she planned to use it as a unique table centerpiece. Gotta admit it would hold plenty of silverware set into mason jars! Could even work as a crafting caddy holding paint brushes, colored pencils, scissors, etc. Pretty much anything you can slip into a tin can or mason jar. Could even staple some garden fabric to the inside...hmmmmmm, more staging possibilities for these.

I scored big when I found this old macrame headboard. The yarn itself was old and dusty so I trashed it. Seriously, it was gross. But look at those loooooong, spindly-spindle-frame-thingies! Just a simple trim on the ends and it fit perfectly. 

I think staining the wood creates a more sophisticated look but it looks cute, too, au naturale.

Discarded Chair to Planter Holder

The neighbors tossed out this chair that had obvious signs of sun bleaching and weathering. 

bottoms of the legs were eaten away, not an issue though,
since this will be sitting in dirt

eek! look at the fabric difference!
The darker fabric really highlights the sun bleaching of
the exposed fabric. Makes me wanna douse myself
in sunscreen before heading outside!


In the past, I have used a jigsaw for my woodworking needs but wanted to try this multi-tool my sister gave me for my birthday.  It worked just as well.

At the Christmas fair, I placed a real poinsettia in the pot with a printout of plant suggestions for this climate. It didn't sell.

To enhance its appearance, I stained the entire chair in dark walnut and am opting for a different planter with real plants. I'm LOVING the darker wood, especially with the funky chair back. I really might keep this one. 

Currently, I'm working on smaller repurposed planters for succulents and cacti. Hopefully, I'll have them finished before summer ends! 

Missed Garden Junque 1 & 2?