Monday, November 17, 2014

3 Holiday Preparations To Do This Week

I just checked the calendar and Christmas is 5 weeks from now! I don’t know about you but I’m making lists and lists and lists and checking them twice so that I will get everything done but I also want to take time to savor the season. I have 3 items that can be done this week.

shoe box labels

My daughter and I spent yesterday afternoon packing and wrapping shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. We’ve done this for many years and look forward to seeing how much we can pack into a shoebox every year. One of us claims to be a professional shoebox packer. You can guess which one it is! (wink wink)

treats for shoe box

The professional packer uses the layer system for packing.

shoebox layer 1

All of the flat items go in first: coloring books, notebook, sticker book, crayons, tissues, a bar of soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, a small mirror, a small flashlight, extra batteries.

shoe box layer 2

The next layer included a small hairbrush, small tubs of play dough, sunglasses, hairclips, hairclips, and did I mention hairclips, and small candies.

shoe box layer 3

The next layer was a small teddy bear, pens and pencils, more candy, and additional hair ties.

shoe box top layer

The soft items went on top: a couple of washcloths, a hat, and pair of socks, and a pair of gloves. If you are not familiar with Operation Christmas Child you can click on the link to find out all about it but the nutshell is that you fill an empty shoebox with small gifts, print a label for the box and take it to a collection center. You can even get a bar code so that you can follow your box to see where it is delivered. National collection week is this week. You can find your nearest collection center on the website.  This is such a wonderful project and I encourage you to participate this week.

The next item on my list for this week is writing my gift list. I don’t like to be scrambling around at the last minute trying to get everything together. Last year I posted about a book that is a great gift for the men on your list and I want to mention it again.

Ten Was The Deal book

My husband got the book last year and I cannot tell you how much we enjoyed it. I say “we” because as we were watching TV at night he was reading his book, had many pauses for a good belly laugh, then said “I have to read this to you.” The book is filled with humorous and heart warming stories by a true Southern outdoorsman. Click on the photo above to purchase this great book.

Third on my list is Christmas dinnerware. I have had many readers and friends comment “one day I am going to buy that dinnerware for myself. Time slipped up on me and I didn’t get it this year.” I am referring to the dinnerware that I designed and had produced that tells the Christmas story. Disclaimer: I do not do self promotion. It just is not me. (For grammar freaks I know that should be “it just is not I” but in the south me sounds better here.)  So if you are one of those procrastinators who doesn’t like spending for yourself, today is your gentle reminder to place your order. Most orders ship next day so you have time to get it and enjoy it between now and Christmas. You can click on the picture below to go to the page for purchases.

table with Bethlehem Christmas dinnerware

I hope that you have a great week and get lots of things checked off your list!

P.S. I love a bargain and if you missed Marty’s Thanksgiving table that she purchased from Goodwill you must click here to see it!

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I was not compensated in any form for any of the above promotions. All opinions are my own.

I am linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, to Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life, to The Scoop at Worthing Court, and to Grace at Home at Imparting Grace.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Rescuing A Caned Chair

If you are at all familiar with this blog you know that I love to rescue old furniture and give it new life. I am particularly fond of tables and chairs. Not long ago I ran across this old chair at Goodwill. I had to wait for an older gentleman who was using it to take a rest before I could inspect it and make my purchase. I decided that it was worth the $15 price tag. I love the faux bamboo.

cane chair

The photo below shows the hole in one side of the caning, the torn bottom covering, and loose metal straps across the bottom. I decided that all of those were simple repairs.

rescued cane chair before

The label revealed a quality brand.

cane chair label

The delivery label on the bottom was dated 1964.

old caning removed

The first thing I did was remove the old caning. It was difficult to remove but my persistence paid off.

roll of replacement cane

I purchased 3 feet of replacement caning at a cost of $5 per foot from the Furniture Doctor at Scott’s in Atlanta.The salesman was very helpful and gave me lots of tips.

new cane in place tightened

Again, this was much more difficult than I thought it would be but I was determined it was not going to get the best of me. I finally got the new cane in place.

new cane in place

The cane must be wet in order to bend for installation. As the newly installed caning dries, it tightens up considerably.

foam for pattern

I cut the cover off of the cushions and used them as a pattern to cut new foam since the existing cushions were as hard as rocks.

new foam in place

I then sewed covers for the new foam cushions. I used the solid blue fabric pictured in this post.

new home for an old chair

I took a piece of the old caning to my local Sherwin Williams store and had them match the stain for me. I think they did a great job.

new home for old chair with cane replaced

This project was much more of a challenge than I thought it would be. In fact, I have woven a cane seat before and while it required more time, it was easier than this. Maybe it’s because this cane was on the side rather than the seat.

new home for old chair 2

In the end, I am pleased with the outcome but would probably not attempt this again.

If you are interested you can see some of my other chair rescues by clicking on any of the photos below.

PicMonkey Collage red chairs 2

new red chair 2 - cropped

oak chair 15

cane back chairs 11

I don’t know about you, but I am feeling the holiday crunch now! I have so many things to do between now and Christmas but I am going to make a conscious effort to savor the seasons and I encourage you to do so too!

Have a great week!

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I’m linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch and to Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style. You MUST click over and see Susan’s creative use of ornaments that she purchased at Walmart!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Making Corn Hole Boards

My daughter and I finally made corn hole boards to enjoy this fall. It was quite a project but they turned out very nice. She found the information regarding the dimensions online which we used to build the boards.

drawing the circle

We decided to use 1/2 inch plywood so that the boards would not bounce when the bags hit them. We used the top of a margarine tub to draw the circle for the hole.

using a [addle bit to drill a starter hole

Next we used a paddle bit to drill a starter hole.

using a jig saw to cut the hole

Next we used a jigsaw to carefully cut the hole.

completed hole

frame screwed together

Next we screwed the frame together.

glue for the frame

We added glue before attaching the top.

top attached to frame with screws

We also used screws to attach the top.

drawing the curve for the leg

We used another container to mark the curve for the legs.

curved leg cut

drilling a hole for the legs

We used the paddle bit again to make holes for the leg hardware.

painting the base coat

Then the painting process began.

used a projector to put the logo on

We used a projector to trace the logo.

tedious hand painting

The painting process was the hardest and most time consuming part.


A scoreboard using golf tees was added to the end of one board.

rope storage

We also used hardware cleats to store the measuring rope for ease in spacing the boards.

finished at last

After many hours of tedious painting, the boards were complete.

keeping it real

Just in case you wonder, this is what our house looks like when I am involved in a project. So, this is what our house looks like most of the time!!

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I’ll be linking to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Heads

I saw these pumpkin heads being carved at a festival this weekend and wanted to share the pictures with you. They were carved by North Carolina pumpkin carver Tim Trudgeon.

carved pumpkin head 1

carved pumpkin head 2

carved pumpkin head 3

carved pumpkin head 4

carved pumpkin head 5

carved pumpkin head 6

I can’t believe the details!

I hope you have a great week!

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I’m linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, to The Scoop at Worthing Court, and to Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life.