Thursday, May 25, 2017

Making A Potting Bench From An Old Door

Hello! Hello! Hello!

Yes, I'm alive!

And full of exclamation points!

I built a potting bench.

A big ol' potting bench.

And it didn't cost me a dime.

Well, actually I did buy some of the stuff, but it was so long ago that it doesn't really count 

This month's Project Challenge was to use, make, or involve a door.

You remember Project Challenge? Where I join some other fab bloggers and we each create something from a like material. I was busy while I was out of town so I didn't participate in April but I"M BACK!

Just in time to work with doors.

Well, I've got doors.

And I need a potting bench.

And I've kind of been meaning to turn a big ugly door into a potting bench for a  L O O O N G

Something else I've got?

Lumber that we bought 10 years ago to build a workbench to be used in the garage.

Guess that didn't get built,,,

And I've got a metal awning.

I've been saving that awning to use when (ever) I made the potting bench.

See how this is all falling into place?

I even had the screws we bought to build the workbench.

I decided to put the bench in my back garden. Right now it is surrounded by the plants I bought for the house/garden this year. 

This is probably the prettiest it will ever look. 

This will be a working potting bench.

You see, the potting bench is at the end of a long walkway that runs between our garage and our fence.

There is not much of the walkway showing here because frankly, the pathway is a mess. I've been working in the very damp soil and tracking mud all over. The pathway is also cluttered with 10 or 15 large pots.  

Those pots are somehow going to be stored in or around the potting bench.

After all that is part of what a potting bench is for. 

This picture gives you a glimpse of how ugly the door is.

I promise it is not as crooked as this picture makes it look. It IS a little crooked, but just because the concrete pavers that I used to set the bench on are still a tad uneven.  

But I was fighting time here. It was going to rain any minute and I needed to get some pictures taken.

I didn't actually beat the rain.

You may be able to see some of the rain drops on the lens in these pictures.

I have three large stacks of this blue stone that I harvested from the backyard of a neighbor who was getting rid of her back patio. Hopefully I have enough to span the entire width of the garden behind the garage. I'm going to leave the rest of the work on the path for a dry, sunny day.


You may be wondering "How did she make that crazy door potting bench out of a door she already had, and lumber she already had, and an awning she already had?


I'm not telling. 

Mostly because I've got to work on that. 

Tutorials take a long time.  Because they are hard.


Today I want you to focus on the beauty and magnificence alone.

And the beauty and magnificence of the doors projects of my fellow Project Challengers.

Michele at Shelstrig Blog restored her rather messed up closet door. She included lots of good painting tips, too.

Emily at Domestic Deadline is restoring some REALLY old doors to use for her husbands office. They are fantastic. 

Nancy at Slightly Coastal magically turned a plain hollow core door into a beautiful antique replica door for her pantry.

Lisa at Recreated Design used a salvaged cabinet door to create a chalkboard.

I hope you guys are enjoying spring and getting out to the garden for some dig therapy.

My peonies are almost ready to bloom. 

I'll just be here basking in their glory...


Monday, March 6, 2017

28 Things - Just Some Stuff You Missed.


Here I am, writing a blog post, 

but I have no idea what the blog post is going to be about.

A whole lot of things have happened over the last 6 or so months that I haven't mentioned because I was only blogging sporadically.  Sometimes something that was timely at one point in time just isn't relevant 6 weeks later.

I just thought of a few good examples - and that makes me feel like this should be a 28 Things post. So I guess that's what I will do.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Making Art From Copper Screening

Hi guys!

I'm sure you've been missing me.

I've been missing you, too.

I'm here today with another contribution to Project Challenge 2017. The February challenge material is screening. In our group we get to request the materials that we will be working with over the year. Screening was one of my requests.

Many moons ago I was shopping at one of those artisan shops where everything is handmade by a local artist and saw a couple of vases filled with the most interesting flowers. These flowers were  from screening. Since then I've always been certain that I wanted to try my hand at making some of those myself.

A few moons later I was shopping in a barn full of REALLY random stuff. Guess what was there?

See that large roll of copper screening? Wow! That's like a gold mine. I mean, look how much prettier it is than that mundane grey screening material next to it. 

Since then these rolls of screening have been part of my rather large stash of "things I will make something with some day."

You know what I mean?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Reclaimed Wood Sign - Project Challenge 2017

Hymns rock.

They just do.

I fear that hymn's are going to become obsolete.

Maybe they are already.

Hello! And Happy New Year!



Where have you been?

Hmmmm. I guess I said that backwards.

Where on earth have I been?????

Let's get right to it.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Turning An Old Radio Cabinet Into A Bar


It's the day after Thanksgiving and I'm sitting here waiting to be brought a plate of leftovers.


We had the best Thanksgiving meal.

Every recipe was so good!

But enough about delicious dinners.

And desserts.

Friday, November 18, 2016

My Ode to Hamilton

I'm obsessed.

In July my sister came to visit me. And she brought her love of Hamilton with her. 

We worked a puzzle.

We listened to Hamilton.

And sang.

And listened.

And sang.

We colored.

And listened to Hamilton.

And sang.

We ate.

And listened to Hamilton.

And sang.

On our drive back to Oklahoma (she flies in, then we drive back together so I have companionship when I drive down for a visit) we stopped in at Best Buy and bought the CDs.  My car and I are short on technology and I still listen to CDs.

Since that time the ONLY music I have listened to is Hamilton.


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