Wednesday, February 27, 2013

almost a miss

Every morning I like to take a short cruise through the Craigslist posts on my Kindle Fire.  Last Sunday I happened across a post for a "vintage armoire" in the furniture section rather than the antiques.  It was only $75 and was listed as a "small" piece perhaps for a child's room.  I've been wanting some sort of bookcase or cabinet upstairs for a long time... however due to our funky angles on the second floor it couldn't be any higher than 6 foot or so.... most bookshelves are taller than that.  I happened upon a china cupboard just before Christmas but it was already gone when my husband checked.  So needless to say, I emailed this person right away.  I was disappointed to find out that someone was already interested but the "poster", Tessa, would let me know if that party didn't take it.  I emailed back a "Thank you" and didn't hear back.  Sigh.  Oh well, like my husband likes to say "you snooze, you lose"... maybe next time.


Fast forward to Tuesday morning and I'm finally cleaning up my gmail/email when I notice that this Craigslist email string from Sunday shows 4 emails... wait, what?  I only recall 3 emails... hmmm.  And sure enough... there was another email from Tessa asking if I was still interested.... and she sent it WAY BACK on Sunday morning!  No way!  Stupid email... how come it didn't show as an unread email?  Well, I thought what the heck, I'll email her and see if it is possibly still available.  To my delight, I received an email immediately that the "vintage armoire" was still available!  YES!

I meet my husband at the sellers home on Tuesday evening (I needed his muscle and his truck) and purchased the piece!  I was sooo excited to have gotten this after all.

It's definitely vintage and the perfect fit for upstairs.  It has a cute cut out for the bottom... keyholes, but no key.  Or knobs... or glass... but I've already got a vision...

It only needs 2 knobs and I'm thinking something from Anthropologie....


And these Anthro knobs are the EXACT ones I have in mind... I like the little "dangle"...


It has closed storage on the bottom... always good to have a spot to stash stuff...

Nice molding on the top....

Here you can see how short it really is.... and the missing glass...

My black lab decided to come out and check it out too...

The shelves are sitting off to the side on the floor.... solid wood, none of that particle stuff... and they're all adjustable.

And this is where it will go when I get it all fixed up... it will replace one of the two circa 1990, golden oak but painted, bookshelves I currently have (the other is the one I showed in my living room).  This shelf isn't very tall... perhaps 4 feet and you can see how the ceiling angle starts above it.

Oh... it looks like I'm being followed today or someone just wants to get into every picture perhaps...

 This is the wall in the upstairs area that is wallpapered with a vintage looking paper.  These are the colors I would like to use on the new cabinet.

A closer look-see.... and you may notice that the wall paper was installed upside down.  Oops.  It was my first and only attempt at wallpaper hanging.

 I plan to use chalk paint for the cabinet.  With all the little dings and living on this cabinet I think the chalk paint will look fabulous!


I'm leaning towards this look... without the floral background... and I'm not sure whether the blue/aqua will be on the inside or the outside...


I already have these 2 colors in chalk paint... I'm leaning towards a toned down version of the first one which is Provence.... but I do like that Duck Egg Blue.
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And one of these three perhaps for the tan/beige/cream?  Hmmmm.








Maybe I'll get over to my local store that sells ASCP this weekend....I wouldn't want them to be out of the color I finally decide on cuz after all, "you snooze, you lose" ya know....  but for now...

I think I'll let this sleeping dog lie... or snooze.

Monday, February 25, 2013

eclectic? indie? ME!?


Recently the photographer from my daughter's wedding published a link that some of "her" weddings were featured in a local wedding guide published annually and given out at local wedding expos/fairs.  "Ours" was one of them (but that's not them on the cover!)!

Although we could look at the guide online we had a bit of trouble tracking down an actual paper copy.  Fortunately I found some when I stopped by my local nursery to pick up a few prizes for the circus themed baby shower.

My daughter and son's "famous" bouquet shot is featured in the floral vendor section...

And TWO of the wedding shots (the left two of our cupcake display & the program display) were featured in a section highlighting different styles of weddings... such as "garden", "nautical", "classic".... and my new favorite...

The section labeled "indie charm" with the following caption: "If you like crafting, and have a flair for the creative, you'll delight in finding hidden treasures, indie style is, well... just like you!"

Huh?  I guess perhaps MY style IS "indie charm" then!

This got me thinking a little about rooms in my house... and I find that the "indie charm" label fits me pretty well!  Some may call it eclectic but I like the sound of "indie charm" and am sticking with it.

But for the rest of you, perhaps a little proof is in order?  First up this corner of my living room (or front room as my mother says)... it houses a drop front desk which is craftsman in style.  Quarter sawn oak and clean lines.  Above it?  Why my vintage yardstick collection and photos of our barn... pre-rebuilding.

Underneath you'll find a 4 drawer card catalog, also oak, a yarn spool, old photo and a brass basket full of what else but Nancy Drew books.

On top is my vintage slate chalkboard that I like to practice my chalk art (cheatin' or otherwise) on... as well as a favorite flower frog and some scrabble tiles spelling out "vintage".... one of my favorite words.

Moving around the room is my vintage garden gate... it also gets changed up pretty regularly.

My "entertainment center/bookshelf" that is made out of half of an old refrigerator-freezer cabinet... and filled with some of my favorite bits and pieces... mostly vintage, of course.

A little turn to the right and a basket (another change up opportunity) and my "love like crazy" picture... framed out by the vintage looking propane/gas stove that we added for atmosphere and back up heating.

Moving a bit more, a stool claimed at a garage/estate sale, topped with a tray full of odds and ends including an old clock face.  Sticking with my "indie charm" the stool is painted and topped with velvet fabric...

Another shift and my comfy Pottery Barn chair is tucked next to our circa 1990 oak bookcase which is also painted over (cuz nothing says 90's like golden oak furniture, right?)... It includes more scrabble tiles, vintage globes...

Baskets of old maps, my great grandmother's sewing basket, a digital picture frame, candles and parts of a replica weather vane.

Tucked in front is an old egg basket to hold dog toys (hmmm... they all seem to be "checked out" right now)...

And then a vintage desk, small sized, in use as an end table.  It's topped with my recent lamp makeover, vintage wooden boxes and a pair of vintage binoculars   The basket below holds magazines and a collection of wooden bowls my son made in high school shop class.

Another turn and you can see the sofa and leather club chair (and shh... it's actually a recliner but doesn't look like one!) also from Pottery Barn and oh, so comfortable.  Plus the leather and slipcovers are a must with dogs and a mister!

A slight shift in view and you can see my painted 60's era coffee table... topped with a burlap runner I won and a vintage wooden grate sits under the ceramic bowl... and that opening into the dining room is actually the where the, original to the house, pocket doors are.

I can't pass over what I use at the other end of the sofa as an end table.... it's actually a bookcase.  One of those revolving kind and is craftsman in style.  We don't have the spinning mechanism/base on it since a) I don't want it spinning and b) it was too high for an end table.  I do fill in all the little cubbies with magazines (more that I hoard), aqua jars, my Kindle Fire and my 3 of the 4 Sears Farm Knowledge books... I'm still hunting one of them down!  Tucked beside it is a vintage bike basket full of vintage games and puzzles as well as TWO cast iron, dachshund boot scrappers.  One is replica and the really big one is vintage... and HEAVY!

And, back to where we started this little tour!  So "indie charm" or just mish mash?

And in case you noticed... I realized while taking these photos that I had neglected to take my silvery, holiday filler out of my basket...

In a pinch and not sure what I wanted to fill it with for spring I tore out a few pages from a large atlas ($1.00 at the thrift store) and rolled up some paper cones... just like you do for the paper wreaths.  I figures this is what I planned to do eventually with the atlas so I'm just getting a few cones done in advance!

And maybe you noticed that the basket hangs from a vintage double wire hangar?  It make a fabulous basket hook!

And the leftover ribbon?  Well I added a piece of aqua to the others....

And it's just tied on a wooden kitchen skewer to hold the ribbon in place!

And touring the inside of the house is preferable to the outside on this grey, dreary, rainy February day...

Or weekend even.  Next up?  Perhaps another "indie charm" tour...


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Monday, February 18, 2013

full of beans

Yesterday was a quiet day here at Red Gate Farm.  It seems that Mr. Red Gate Farm, my husband, has been doing just a bit too much and wasn't feeling well.  It takes a lot to make this guy take to bed... or the chair with blanket... in the middle of the day... when he did I knew he really wasn't feeling well.  So my day started with an early morning trip to the store to stock up on lots of liquids and some cold/flu medicine.  I tried to keep the noise in the house to the minimum but with 4 dogs (my daughter's dog was here for the week plus our three) it was a bit of a madhouse at times!


Needless to say... I didn't get the bathroom painted.  But I did get another little project done.  A quiet project that is.  Something with no noisy ladder climbing and clanking or sewing machine sewing....

So this project?  Last summer I came across a lamp at the thrift store.  It was a large aqua blue antique canning jar with a screw on lamp attachment.  The shade was a stenciled country motif and the jar?  Well it was full of beans, of course.  The whole thing, beans included, was just $6.99.  Since those aqua jars go for a pretty penny at the antique store and the lamp kit thingy was a nice solid one with a finial, harp and everything... well I thought it was a pretty good deal.  I brought it home and had a spot all picked out in the living room... without the beans and without the stenciled shade that is.  The only shade I had lying around wasn't the best option but better than nothing while I found something new.  Fast forward a few months and I was still looking....

Then the other day while pulling into my garage, I realized that I had 3 lamp shades sitting in my garage from my daughter and son-in-law... they were waiting for a trip to the thrift store of their own.  I've seen some fabulous ideas for shades on Pinterest and well... I guess you could say the light bulb finally went off!  This was the one I liked the most and decided to try to copy....


I've had a yard of a nice weight linen that I purchased with a wedding project in mind... and didn't use... so with fabric, two different sized shades and scissors I was in business!

First up was choosing which shade to use... this one seemed too small.

This one a little too big.... hmmm.  I decided to go with the bigger one first.  Since I wasn't planning on gluing, just tying, the fabric I could always start over.

The first step was removing the fabric from the actual shade frame.

Hmmm... I didn't expect the top ring to not be attached to the side supports.

And I need the top ring for attaching to the lamp properly.... what's a girl to do?

Well I dug out some twist ties from my drawer and attached the ring in three spots, of course!  Not too pretty but they were white and the only wire I could find was green.

Next step was ripping, yes ripping, some strips of fabric.  I ripped the 48 inch wide linen from selvage to selvage and each strip was about 1 inch wide.  I didn't measure, just eyeballed it.

Then using one piece at a time, I started attaching them to the frame and finishing each strip by tying the two ends of the same strip together.

I kept the knots about the same distance from the top, but once again just eyeballed it.  My inspiration picture had the knots closer to the bottom but I didn't want to emphasize the larger frame and decided to keep my knots towards the top of the frame instead.

 I would start each stripe on the top ring with a bit hanging down...

Bringing the strip down and over the lower ring...

Then wrapping the strip around the ring...

Before bringing it back up to wrap around the top ring...

Then back down around the bottom and I would pull the end through the last two pieces and back up to tie it off securely with the tail I started with.  Each strip created three full "lines" with the fourth being overlapped and tied.

Once I did a couple of strips I came up with the way I wanted to do it and just kept going around the frame. Of course the top ring is smaller and I had to overlap a little more to keep everything even.  The shade took exactly 19 of my strips and used just over 1/2 yard of fabric... so my 1 inch eyeball method was pretty good.

I think the hardest part of the project was pulling all the loose strings off of each strip after I tore them!  I had quite a pile.

 I was happy with the results too.

 And didn't think the larger shade ended up looking too big.  Perhaps the shape now being different made it look more in scale with the jar lamp.  I may trim the tails up a bit more but haven't decided yet....

It was a quick project that took about 45 minutes from start to finish...

 And was a quiet one too... which was important so that the Mr. could get some well needed sleep.

 And the dogs could too!

Looking forward to a short week of work,


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