Monday, February 28, 2011

Thanks SeattleMet!

Thanks Seattle Met for interviewing me and featuring my shop on your blog! :)

I really do plan to update my shop in the next couple of weeks...as soon as I finish work on the closet. Plodding along...

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Closet: The Floor

You may have noticed the boxes of cedar tongue & groove closet liner in my last post. I wanted to install wood floors and paint them. I had only three requirements: 1) they had to be tongue & groove and 2) they had to be inexpensive 3) they had to be unfinished. I didn't care if they were thin or had knots or cracks. All of that adds to the rustic look I am going for, and a closet isn't going to get a ton of foot traffic anyway. I had considered the unfinished utility flooring at Lumber Liquidators, but didn't want to drive across the bridge for 24 square feet of wood, so I decided to go for the closet liner.

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So far so good. I'm really loving the power tools. Piecing a wood floor and piecing a quilt are really not that different. Measure twice, cut once, count to make sure all your fingers are still attached. :)

I'm taking a little break from the closet to celebrate my birthday. YAY for me! I should applique my age on a T-shirt and wear it around.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Closet: The Far Wall (pretty much done)

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I put up the brick wallpaper. I tend to think brick wallpaper that you see in restaurants is usually so fake looking and cheesy, but that didn't stop me. HA HA! I researched installing brick tiles, but couldn't source any nearby. Ordering on the internet would have cost a fortune in shipping and I just didn't feel it was worth it. Soooo, wallpaper it is. I got the idea of pairing wallpaper with chalkboard from this lovely kitchen. And now that I go back and look at that picture I'm thinking I should paint the brick wallpaper to make it lighter. Does anyone do that?

Next up, the flooring.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Closet: The back wall

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Moving along at a snail's pace, but that's OK. One thing a day is a big deal for me.

That piece of plywood has now received one coat of chalk board paint and will get another coat soon. It's actually a "door" that leads to a farther-back area under the stairs. It has a little insulation attached to the back of it, so it's useful, although a tad bit homely. Hopefully it will look a little better when it's surrounded by a brick wall.

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Closet: Sorry, still part one

This is the jumbly mess going on in the bowels of the other wall. It's lurvely. Thumbtacking a quilt to cover it up is probably a bad idea. I may need to enlist some help to deal with this one.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Closet: Part 1

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When we were young and childless we lived in a old house that needed lots of work. We had big projects going on all the time and every weekend we put our hearts and souls into that place. I remember the good old days when we could redo a room over two weekends. By redo I mean remove paneling, scrape off the glue that held up said paneling, skim coat all four walls, sand them smooth, prime and paint. Then the next weekend it would be ripping up carpet and installing wood floors, sanding, painting, trim. . . the works. Fun times. I can hardly remember what it feels like to have all that energy and momentum.

My current project both underwhelms me (it's dinky) and overwhelms me (in how long it is taking to get done). It's been languishing for weeks, so I figured it would do me good to blog about it, because that would give me a little motivation to just get it done already.

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Hello. I am the neglected closet under the stairs.

The plan is to transform this teeny space into the game closet. Right now we keep the games upstairs, but it just makes more sense to keep them downstairs, because that is where we do most of our hanging out anyway.

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The walls were a bit of a mess, so I decided that anything would be an improvement. We'd recently been at an open house where these people had decorated their wine cellar to look like Tuscany, so I decided to try that here. I don't know if it's a fail or not, but figured a closet would be a good place to experiment. So what I'm saying is that these walls are NOT the before picture. Try not to feel sorry for me, 'K?

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This is the one lonely bulb that lights the room. Something will have to be done about that.

Tomorrow I'll show you the other wall. . .brace yourself!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

In the shop:

A hobo zip tote made from waxed canvas and leather.

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Zip Tote

I've just listed a zip tote in chocolate brown leather.

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