Friday, October 21, 2011

Mrs. Goodwill

Don't you all just LOVE Mrs. Goodwill. She's SO generous and loving. She lets me practially STEAL furniture from her. Good stuff. She's one of my besties!

Here's something she gave me while I was dropping youngest off at college. I was apoplectic to find a Goodwill in the very town where we are paying college tuition. The SECOND college tuition.
A few years ago, my dentist told me that after we started paying college payments, a new car payment would look like nothing. He was right.
So, here's the winner from Mrs. G. I call him "Stumpy."

He didn't have any ailments, except for some dry skin, resulting in a few cracks, but I soothed his aching, cracked dermititis with some filler. Then I sanded to reveal the wood, as smooth as a baby's derrier.

Blogspot is not cooperating with my photo uploads, so there's a nice break. Isn't that professional looking? Ugh. Anyway, I liked Stumpy's drawer. The hash marks make him look like he's been in a fight, but I think those are just symbols of the ladies who admired him in the store.

Here's the top. I used the reverse stencil technique, of which I am so fond. He needed a design, and I hope I didn't give him a gender identity crisis by putting on a few swirls.

Again, Froggers, the horizontal lines are not really part of the design.
The paint is Paris Grey and Graphite chalk paint. I distressed this guy a little, and applied clear Briwax. Don't tell him I said so, but I think he's pretty.
Thanks again for looking!
Fondly, Tami
Linking to:
Skip to my Lou
Sumo's Sweet Stuff
Between Naps on the Porch
Savvy Southern Style
Beyond the Picket Fence 
Knick of Time Interiors 
Miss Mustard Seed
Sisters of the Wild West
Primitive and Proper

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Crafting away

Boy, am I ever pooped! I've needed to craft away for my space at Building Character. It's nice to HAVE to craft, though. It takes away any guilt that I might feel for having lots of dust on my tables, dirt on my floor, and general scuzzies in the house.
Since I'm so tired, I need to keep this brief. I thought I'd show you a few things I've been working on. But, you have to forgive me for 2 things:
1. I didn't take before pics. I totally forgot. Sorry.
2. These pics were taken with my cell phone because I was so busy crafting, I forgot to take pics before I put them in my Howsewears space. Sorry again.

Here are some tags. I finally bought a pasta machine to roll them out. Boy, am I ever glad I did!

Here's a lamp (there are actually 2) that I bought at a yard sale and dressed up the shade guessed it...drop cloth material. I added a few rosettes to make it cute. Gotta make it cute.

 On the right side, you can see the hand towel box that covers those Kleenex hand towels. I thought that having the plain Kleenex box in the bathroom was rather boring and not very classy. I asked my dad if he could make a wooden cover for it, and lo and behold. He's pretty fab.
Of course, I had to paint it and put a graphic on it. Yeah.

And here's another wreath.

The picture doesn't do it justice. It's made with dried sunflowers, dogwood blossoms, straw flowers, blackberry lilies, yarrow, red peppers, lavender, status, hydrangeas, globe thistle, and dried daffodils. The flowers were all grown by HubbyDoc and then I dry them. I love that symbiotic relationship.
Well, I think I need to take a shower and curl up with my sudoku or a book.
Thanks again for reading! And, don't forget to "like" my Facebook Howsewears page (more coming up on that as I transition to my new computer)
Fondly, Tami
I'm linking to:
Hope Studios  
Vintage Wannabe
Coastal Charm
Finding Fabulous for Less
Fingerprints on the Fridge