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I’ll raise you eight inches

As promised, here are pics from the new raised edible garden. We planted tomatoes, eggplant, squash, zucchini, several varieties of peppers, basil, oregano and thyme. I’ve also added a few Nasturtiums we had patiently waiting for this space and we’ll add more companion/beneficials/more edibles in the coming weeks.

Mid-April Side

Also in the picture is the newly hung Green Man at the gate. Very happy to see him out and about again!

Now, on the my first day at the Farmers Market. But only it wasn’t. We were in line for those horrendous storms that hit other areas of the southeast and we really dodged something terrible, and my heart goes out to all who were affected by them. Wind Advisories were in place for Saturday and when we got downtown at 6:00 there were maybe 6 tents set up. The winds were pretty brisk and one of the vendors told us that several others had canceled. Our spot is on Tobacco Road, which was much windier than the King Street side and my stuff can be easily lifted from displays. So we decided to cancel. Unknown to me (as I didn’t check email on the way downtown) was an email telling those of us with fine art, glassware and anything that could be damaged to not feel obligated to come down.

As vendors, are required to have our tents weighted down. Some people use the sandbags that are made for the commercial tents, some use barbell weights and some get crafty. That’s what we decided to do. Michael made these awesome cement weights using pvc pipes, caps and and eye bolt with a washer.

Tent Weights

Saturday did turn out to be a nice day as we’d been very fortunate in skirting the storm, but we were told that Tobacco Road still had some pretty fierce winds and were wise to have canceled.

Bucket Birdhouse

I was trying to catch up on a little blog reading this morning (I’m woefully behind) and found this AWESOME birdhouse tutorial via Brooklyn Limestone. I love it and I absolutely want to see a version made using only found/upcycled parts.

{ Photo taken from Blue Roof Cabin. }

Impetuous decisions on display.

Ceramic Glove Molds

I’ve been trying to think of appealing ways to display my wrist cuffs and possibly chokers for the Farmers Market (We had our big meeting last night!). I found a set of five ceramic glove molds on eBay for a fantastic deal. I knew they were going to be big but for some reason I didn’t think BIG. They arrived today and oops! As pictured above, they wrist cuffs definitely will not go around the ‘arm’ portion of the mold. I’m torn between using these because even as undainty as they are, I do like them. I was thinking of stacking the cuffs around the fingers. A dear old friend had a wonderful suggestion after I posted them this morning…buy several small thick dish washing gloves and fill them with plaster. Well now, I just happen to have a bucket of plaster of paris just waiting to be used!

Plaster

I’m going play with this idea next week and post updates.

If we don’t use the molds that came in today for the booth display they may be used as either coat or towel hangers. One friend suggested using them in the garden. We still need to clean off the old latex.

{ All images click through to larger versions. }

Lowcountry Artist Market 3.19

Lowcountry Artist Market

I’m very happy to announce that I will be participating in the Etsy inspired Lowcountry Artist Market on Saturday, March 19 at the Music Farm. If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello and see all the fabulous goods everyone will have at the event!

{ Poster by Gil Shuler Design. }

Offbeat Home DIY Feature!

Offbeat Home DIY Feature

As promised, here is the second feature post on OBH during launch week! Whee! I shared our sewing table to computer table transformation with all the offbeat homies. If you haven’t been there yet, please stop by the site and have a look around.

Thanks Offbeat Home!

Pelmet box feature on the newly launched Offbeat Home!

OffbeatHome

Is it really Monday? We spent a couple of hours in the yard before an oyster roast on Saturday and then we were back at for a good portion of the day yesterday. I feel great but I’m a little foggy today. If we could keep this pace throughout April, I believe we’ll have something pretty spectacular for the summer season.

The newly developed Offbeat Home ran a soft launch last week this week is the ‘Grand Opening’. I submitted our bedroom pelmet and it is one of the posts live for launch! Head on over and check out the site.

Thanks Offbeat Home! Stay tuned to the site as I have one more little piece being featured this week!

Science & Art

The first lamp arrived on Saturday. I gotta say, it’s not just a lamp, it’s a work of art. Seriously, this is the kind of stuff that makes us giddy and the thought of breaking it down and carefully restoring it to it’s former glory is very inspiring. The photos are of the lamp having just been pulled out of the box, so it’s a little dusty.

Gooseneck lamp

As we suspected from looking at the original photo, the shade and socket are brass. We aren’t sure about the neck and base just yet. The Mason’s emblem is in pretty good shape. The cord is an entertaining patch job and we would replace it with cloth covered wire if it weren’t going on the wall. Then again, we have that second lamp coming in…

Gooseneck Lamp

The socket has a porcelain insulator inside and is in wonderful condition other than needing a good cleaning and new wiring, and we’re so using it. In the second photo, Michael is trying to clean the plastic switches with GOJO to see if they’re made of Bakelite. It works the same way that using Scrubbing Bubbles in that whatever you’re using to rub the cleaner on with will turn yellowish. GOJO cleans Bakelite to a beautiful shine, and maybe I’ll be able to convince Michael to post the process of when he buffed the dial of his new Variac. His first attempt tells us no, but he’s going to try it again now that the socket unit is completely disassemlbled.

I hope this won’t take too long as I want to declare our room finished for this phase. Garden weather is upon us!

Science & Art

The first lamp arrived on Saturday. I gotta say, it’s not just a lamp, it’s a work of art. Seriously, this is the kind of stuff that makes us giddy and the thought of breaking it down and carefully restoring it to it’s former glory is very inspiring. The photos are of the lamp having just been pulled out of the box, so it’s a little dusty.

Gooseneck lamp

As we suspected from looking at the original photo, the shade and socket are brass. We aren’t sure about the neck and base just yet. The Mason’s emblem is in pretty good shape. The cord is an entertaining patch job and we would replace it with cloth covered wire if it weren’t going on the wall. Then again, we have that second lamp coming in…

Gooseneck Lamp

The socket has a porcelain insulator inside and is in wonderful condition other than needing a good cleaning and new wiring, and we’re so using it. In the second photo, Michael is trying to clean the plastic switches with GOJO to see if they’re made of Bakelite. It works the same way that using Scrubbing Bubbles in that whatever you’re using to rub the cleaner on with will turn yellowish. GOJO cleans Bakelite to a beautiful shine, and maybe I’ll be able to convince Michael to post the process of when he buffed the dial of his new Variac. His first attempt tells us no, but he’s going to try it again now that the socket unit is completely disassemlbled.

I hope this won’t take too long as I want to declare our room finished for this phase. Garden weather is upon us!

Battery Leap Frog.

Our adventure started out this morning with a dead battery in our truck. As Michael was letting the car run/charge, the keys got locked inside the cab, even the spare. But wait, we had a clicker! Uh oh that battery was dead too. Michael, thinking quickly, rigs this battery jump and we were able to open the truck!

*Whew*

I Love You More Than All The Stars…

Michael has been wonderful at motivating me to get things finished in the bedroom. It wasn’t easy on his part but he was successful. This past weekend we built the pelmet for the one window we have in our bedroom, which is actually the FROG. A pelmet is a framework mounted above a window used to hide curtain fittings and to help retain temperature inside a room. Pelmets are also called top treatments, cornices or valances. However, they differ from other top treatments in that the pelmet is a hardened valance or a treatment built over a structure. Most people either love them or hate them, and I find myself in both camps. I love the finish they provide to a window treatment, but they can also feel rigid. We’ve made traditional looking pelmets, one in our new dining room and in our old bedroom, but this time I wanted to go in a more whimsical direction in our space.

I love Shanna Murray‘s decals, especially this one. I wanted to have it in our room so Michael can read it every morning when he opens his eyes, and my thinking was that the pelmet would be perfect place. Yup, I’m very much a romantic geek! I try to support artists whenever I can but dangit, after buying the supplies to make the pelmet base it pained me we could not justify buying the decals from her. So DIY it was!

Now, I don’t trust my handwriting these days so drawing the letters freehand was out of the question. It took a day for the ‘aha’ moment to arrive and I could set about making them. I downloaded the Markus Ink font I and put a stroke/border around the type for my cutting guides. I printed them on full sheet adhesive labels in a series of three pages. Once printed, I sat down and cut out the shapes. I find this kind of work very therapeutic. I used the scraps to cut out the stars would stick to the pelmet front and the stars for the garland were cut from the scrap poster board from the snowflake garlands I made during the holidays. We hung the pelmet and strung the garlands, once I finished sewing them.

Pelmet Montage

Fresh from the printer. | Finished cutting. | Applied to pelmet surface {all edges have been smoothed out}. | Ta-da! | Shooting stars. | Stars detail.

I’m still looking forward to buying something from Shanna down the road, particularly these!

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