6.29.2009

Craft zen

I didn't think I had accomplished a lot this weekend then I gathered my photos and I guess it's not as lame as I thought it was. This weekend was definitely good for craft zen... There I was on our deck in the sunshine sanding a table I bought for $20 at a garage sale this weekend and feeling pretty darn fabulous. The Sunshine Coast is an amazing place to be. Both Paul and I are getting back to our roots and loving it. He has entered the black hole of gardening these days where hours go by yet it feels like minutes. Alas you won't see me out there... I helped for a couple of hours moving plants around. I felt like the little kid that keeps saying 'are we done yet?'...

Recent Garage Sale Finds...

I went garage saling with my friend Karen. She has an old van (I made the mistake of calling it an SUV) that we took out, which is great for loading big items into. My one task from Paul was to find a wheelbarrow - we got one for $3 so now he can haul on the dirt he wants. Sad to say but he was super excited about it!

The first place we were at had tons of kewl things. I ended up with this table for $20 with some brass knobs thrown in for free. I could have bought more but you don't want to spend all of your cash on the first garage sale! I managed to refinish this on Sunday - a quick and dirty refinishing job since I just wanted to remove any shellac then sand it and finally add some oil then it would be A-OK. This only took 2-3 hours from beginning to end. You really notice the difference in the legs.

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE // AFTER

We went to 5 or 6 more sales. I picked up a teak cheese dish for $0.25 and some fabric for $3. And then I picked up a black rotary phone for $2 - I've wanted one of these for ages but they can cost up to $20 and they can be pretty scary looking. Black is a safe colour - no beige or yellow thanks.



The teak cheese dish goes with the teak salad bowl and serving bowls I picked up a couple of weeks ago for $4. I scooped those up right away since they look as if they've never been used and I love teak.

More projects...

I ended up making more coasters since the initial ones didn't work out as well as I wanted. I used some super cheap fabric I picked up recently. Anyways I think they look better...



Then I decided to work on some placemats based on the pattern I used for the coasters. I wanted to use one of the Danica placemats I picked up for $1 and the denim I picked up for $2. I was able to create 3 placemats from the fabric. I think I'll stitch a fork, knife and spoon then seal them up. Here they are so far...



These will be good for kids... Kind of fun and durable. Hopefully I can finish them off ASAP.

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