What is it?

This week I found a few items at the thrift shops... Actually all of my purchases were found at the Lions Gate Thrift Store in North Vancouver. I spent $10 for a metal hook, a wool toque, a black vintage purse and then the below item. I'm a bit stumped as to what this piece was used for. It looks like a handmade wine rack but who knows!

The box part is well made so I'm going to sand the wood then stain it this afternoon when I work on the side dresser. I have no idea what to do with the white tubes - thank god they came out of the box! I wonder if I can somehow refinish them - maybe paint them. I have no idea. The white tubes with the wood looks strange. It'll be a fun mini project for $4!

Once I sand and stain the box then I'll give some thought to adding shelves or maybe wheels. I'd like to keep it in this corner spot in the kitchen - it fits perfectly.

Finding Inspiration

I bought this metal hook for $1. It's like the 3 metal stands I bought last year at the Happy Cat Haven that I spray painted black. I bought this thinking I wasn't sure what to do with it but for $1 I couldn't resist! Then I saw this link on Nonpariel - it's for the crosbie and they have very kewl hooks. Now I am so glad I bought the hook! I just need a funky board that I can add it to then hang it somewhere. Oh exciting!

Now I'm off to do some errands then I'll be sanding furniture. :-)


Dry, mild weather in Gibsons = furniture refinishing outside

Lovin' Gibsons, BC

Where else but the west coast can you refinish furniture outside in January - no rain, pretty mild temperatures... Very kewl! This Saturday, I dragged this piece out on the deck. I bought it a few months ago for $20 and am really excited to see it without paint.

I spent maybe 2-3 hours on Saturday scraping paint off. This may be the easiest furniture update I've done thus far. A lot of the paint came off with minimal effort. I think I can finish this piece next weekend - I just need to finish scraping the paint off then sand it. I'll let it sit for a bit after the stain then I'll seal it.



On Sunday, I took off the drawer handles and polished them. I want to re-use the handles instead of replacing them. I'll see how they look once the piece is done then decide if they need to be replaced but I think they should look A-OK.

I was checking out other before & after projects online. I'm 99% sure I want to keep the finish on this piece au natural. It's really nice wood and with a stain could look amazing.

I was looking at this desk update on Design*Sponge. The finish is very simple but definitely brings out the details. But then I was completely wow-ed by this dresser update - also on Design*Sponge. I'm not a big fan of painting quality wood but this piece looks very kewl.

So I was a bit tempted after seeing the dresser update to paint my side dresser but gosh darn it I'm going with plan A. And feeling very good (and super excited) about it.

Project Update

As you may have guessed - there was no sewing happening this weekend. But I did review my big list of unfinished furniture projects. Boy it's a long list but I am committed to working my way through the list this winter/spring.

After the side dresser, I'll be working on the mahogany floor lamp I bought at the Happy Cat Haven last summer. It was $7 - the mahogany needs to be refinished and the lamp shade needs an update... And then my Dad will help me rewire it.

I've found an Amy Butler fabric I want to use for the lamp shade update. It's at Carola's Quilt Shop - this funky fabric store in Gibsons that stocks a bunch of Amy Butler's fabrics. I'll pick up a metre of the fabric in the next week or so since they have a sale coming up.

I didn't want anything too wild - I wanted something a bit fun and yet earthy. I think the fabric below will work with the lamp shade... I'm not sure about adding the trim. It seems a bit too much but I may have to once I've updated the fabric. We'll see!

Signing off for now... Here's hoping for no rain next weekend then I can sand away!


Oh I'm feeling the craft vibe is returning

I'm getting back on track with my crafts. This week my work buddy Deb loaned her trusty iPhone to me. I wanted to get some product photos of my sleeves. My 'be mine' gift card holder found a new home - my sister nabbed it last weekend. I'll have to make some more... Maybe come up with some fun sayings to add to them. So gift card holders, iPhone/iTouch covers, wine bags... It's all gonna happen. I'm really dying to have warm, dry weather so I can drag my furniture projects outside and get those done. I'm getting pumped about finishing projects and getting some new craft adventures on the go!

Product Photos

Here we go! The photos turned out well - I need to take more 'action' shots and try for various angles. So much to think about if I want to get on the Etsy train! This weekend I think I'll make a few more sleeves like the floral one...

Adventures at Ikea

Last week my friend Katherine and I went to Ikea. Holy smokes - it's been YEARS since I was there. My main objective was to pick up a set of plates. I was a little nervous about being tempted to buy tons of stuff but I got out of there with minimal items. I got my plates, some cheapo slippers and then I bought some fabric. I had to! The fabric would be great for a reupholstery project to go with my vanity seat. I paid $4 for half a metre. Now I just need to find the right piece of furniture!

This is the fabric...

These are the seats I reupholstered with the Ikea curtain I bought at the Salvation Army...


The crafting continues - look out Etsy!

Nothing helps pass away the ferry trip from Gibsons to West Vancouver like finishing up some projects. I just sit peacefully doing my buttonhole stitch and before you know it the ferry ride is over. I've met a few people on the ferry because of the sewing. Some people just can't help but ask what the heck I'm doing. It's even better when I see my friends Stephanie and Pam since they're usually knitting up a storm and then I'm sewing. It's quite the party!

Project Update

My gift card holder and a couple of the iTouch covers are done. I love how you can use bright happy floss for the buttonhole stitch. It really adds some fun to your projects!