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We purchased a 1926 Singer 66 sewing machine last year at Goodwill for $9.99. Sadly, we think it’s in very poor condition, and we’re considering using it for parts for another 66. The veneer on the table was in horrid shape as well. I needed a new computer table, so it seemed as though this was the perfect solution. We pulled the top off, stripped the problem veneer, painted it, and added a new top made from scrap MDF. { All images click through to larger sizes. }

The neglected 66 that we’ll attempt to restore down the road, or used for parts for another 66.

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After a light sanding, we spray painted the base with Valspar’s Black Satin paint. Michael then cut the scrap MDF top and drilled the hole for the table grommet for the cords, or cord with my new computer.

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Workbench cover issue solved.

Thanks again to Pinterest for hooking me up with a potential solution for hiding the unsightly storage space under the workbenches Michael built for his studio over the weekend. Some canvas or some upholstery stock, heavy duty snaps and presto! Sassy cover.


{ Photo credit: This is Glamorous }

In search of…

Lampshades!
We bought these lead crystal lamp bases at an estate sale several months ago. Michael immediately rewired one and cleaned the glass and metal base. The socket covers still need to be painted and most importantly, we need to find lampshades. Our web-fu skills have not proven very useful in finding anything suitable.

Purchased for $12.00
Left: before
Right: after

Lead crystal lamp bases.

Suggestions are greatly welcomed.

Oops! I totally forgot to mention that these lamps don’t have harps so the shade would either need to be the type to clip over the bulb or one that has the loop so that it can sit on top of the bulb.

Bon Weekend – Fabrigasm

I took mom out yesterday morning to look at fabric to cover our couch cushions. We’re getting the reupholstering done for free as we’ve given our little Carolina Skiff boat and my industrial sewing machine as trade to Rocky, the man who has done work for my mother throughout the years. After we collected several heavy samples at GDC, I headed straight to the silk remnants section to see what was ‘hanging around’. We’ve decided to use silk for the pelmet box we’re going to make for the dining room window, and we only need a yard to finish the piece. I also look at the remnants for my work. Higher end shantung will run upwards of $35.00+ a yard just for solid colors and remnants are market down from retail. I don’t need much for what I do and a yard will yield several pieces for me. I purchased some fabric for me and we headed over to Rogers Brothers. They’re now called something else, but they still have really nice stuff at lower prices than GDC. We hit the first remnant bin and found a lovely piece but it was only about a half yard. that wasn’t going to to be enough to finish the box. We found a table towards the back that had large samples on clearance. We found a couple colors complimented the main piece we liked, and grabbed them. I knew what didn’t work for the pelmet box would certainly work for me. We’ve selected two colors that will work for the dining room and I took these delicious pieces upstairs. I find these colors to be very inspiring!

New silk remnants

I had to use all my reserves to not flop on the table and roll around in the silk.

Bon Weekend.

Happy Friday! Today, I’d like to take a moment to thank my dear old trusty dress form. I found it about 8 years ago while I was on my daily walk in downtown Atlanta. It was in the window of a clothing store that was in the process of closing that location. I walked in, asked if they’d be willing to sell it. We haggled and a few minutes later I sprinted back through Centennial Park to fetch my car to load her in. She’s withstood a lot of abuse through out the years. I’m looking forward to many more Ms. Wolf!

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LED Mushroom Lights Sprout From Reclaimed Wood

Ma Nature, you are always an inspiration!

{ Found via NOTCOT.ORG }

The rewards of August…

Knowing that the beauty of autumn is just around the corner. Lindsey created a gorgeous complilation of muted oranges and golds on her website, which I can’t stop staring at! I can see why it inspired her to create this Etsy treasury.

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You know how much I think you rock lady!

Poppytalk Handmade Marketplace

I read many wonderful design and decor blogs in my Google Reader. The inspiration keeps me going on the hectic days. I have to admit that was I completely unaware of the presence of Poppytalk until very recently when my friend Mari mentioned the site in a journal post. Thank you Mari, it was one of the best virtual gifts I’ve had in a while!

If I’m not the last person on the planet to know about the site, they also run a handmade virtual marketplace called Poppytalk Handmade, which is a ‘monthly online street market curated by Poppytalk to showcase, buy and sell handmade goods of emerging design talent from around the world.’. The theme for August is ‘Back to school’, and I applied for a spot a couple of weeks ago and I was accepted to participate! I’m tremendously honored to have a ‘table’ alongside so many talented artists. This market runs today through the 27th and I have the nifty badge in the right column that links to the site.

I’m almost as excited to see my piece made it on the first page of the photo montage promoting the new theme!

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Thanks again Poppytalk, I’m honored you like my work! I think this .gif sums it up rather nicely…

A way to say ‘Thank You’.

I’m very excited that I had a customer return for a second purchase the other day. I have been thinking about ways to thank customers for repeated business, even my friends! One was to make something small, like a pin, and drop it in the box. I decided to go with a gift certificate instead. It can be given to a friend or family member and I have written the Esty member name on the back to be referenced for discount.

I hope this will be adequate in expressing my appreciation.

Poppytalk Handmade!

Hooray! I learned yesterday that my shop has been selected to participate in Poppytalk‘s Handmade Marketplace!!! It runs from August 2 – August 27. Look for this graphic to show up in the right column {and a post} when the new market goes live.

Poppytalk Handmade

Thank you Poppytalk!

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