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Rosie the Riveter – I am not!

Hi all – I’ve returned from my summer hiatus with all new Peddler DIYs and Good News.

First – Good News – I am joining K n B’s Marketplace as a new vendor starting 01 Aug!  I am thrilled to have a booth again and could not ask for a better establishment to join.  A real top notch local business!  They are located in Fuquay Varina, NC at 120 Raleigh Street.  Come see my latest Peddler Finds!

My latest DIY – well really this was made probably early June but I went to find a cool, shady spot for the summer but now I’m baaaaaccccckkkkkk.

We (myself and my silent TUP partner, aka My Wonderfully Patient Husband) made a photo frame using an old screen, rivets, and roof flashing.  Now this blog is about posting all my DIYs not just the ones that turn out fabulous.  What fun would that be if you didn’t see the trials AND the tribulations?  I am in awe of the many design and DIY blogs that make things seem effortless.  Well, that’s not this kind of blog.  See, I’m no designer and every time I pick up a powertool (other than a sander or a drill) I shake with fear of possibly injuring myself.  So, this post is one of those that make me a real DIYer because well…..let’s just say somewhere between the idea and the execution things fell a little flat. Continue reading “Rosie the Riveter – I am not!”

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Bon Appetit! A Kitchen table make-over…

I went to an auction not too long ago and brought home a one-of-a-kind pub table. You know the kind, the one where the leaves are stowed away under the table and you slide them out from each side. It’s a unique design because you have 2 table leaves neatly tucked away but at your ready when you need them.

I have a love-hate relationship with table leaves. They are a genius idea but Where do you store them?  I mean really – it only seems logical that they be stored in a closet and especially makes sense to store them in the Dining Room but have you ever seen a closet in a Dining Room?  Our nearest closet to the dining room is the coat closet where, yes, they have spent some time.  Currently they are stowed away under the guest bed.  (Please leave me a comment. I must know if others store them under their guest bed too.) Continue reading “Bon Appetit! A Kitchen table make-over…”

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Vintage Suitcase Transformation

How to re-line a vintage suitcase and Re-purpose as extra storage or side table top with a creative display. (click on pics to view larger)

If you’ve ever seen a vintage suitcase then you know the exterior might have the normal wear-and-tear that can qualify as “character” but the insides usually need some TLC.  The lining of a suitcase is always a little creepy.  There’s usually the musty odor, a few questionable spots, and if you’re really lucky it will have the shiny, satiny material that reminds me of parasols.  I think this material is weird – maybe because I find it too frilly.  I’m much more functional than frilly. Continue reading “Vintage Suitcase Transformation”

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DIY: Trunk Re-purposed as Coffee Table? Storage?

If you read my last post (if not, go, go read it now, go on, I’ll wait for you) then you know I have just made casters rust under accelerated conditions using vinegar and a splash of mineral spirits.  I wonder if you dipped the item in only vinegar and then let it air-dry would that also work.  Then you don’t have to worry about any disposal of the mineral spirits.  I’m not convinced the mineral spirits really did anything.   Someone try it and let me know.  Sorry – focus, Kwane, focus – this week’s post is not about my rusted casters again – it’s about my Trunk.  I love this trunk.  It’s an early 1900s flat-top steamer trunk.

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Rust Happens – How to rush metal to rust

I’m rushing things.  In certain situations this can be bad but when it comes to making the new look old – it’s genius.  People love the look of old but don’t always like the extra work that comes with it – the clean-up and de-odorizing can be challenging.  Buying true antiques is a patient process while you hunt for that perfect dusty gem or it can turn into an intimidating project that gets forgotten about in the garage. Continue reading “Rust Happens – How to rush metal to rust”

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Sorry, the Internet is full. The End.

I am almost certain that any day I’m going to get an error message from the internet, pinterest, facebook, etc……

“Sorry, the Internet <or Pinterest, Facebook, etc> is now full. The End.”

So I better get to what I set out to do…..and get blogging. Continue reading “Sorry, the Internet is full. The End.”

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Next Year You’d of Wish You Started Today

Sigh….. How true.  If I had started last year I’d be one year skinnier or have one more year’s worth of savings or this wouldn’t be my first blog posting.  I say this with optimism, enthusiasm, and motivation rather than regret.   Continue reading “Next Year You’d of Wish You Started Today”