New Hiding Places

The She Shed

I’ve suddenly got a huge burst of creative energy and onto a new project.  Didn’t I just post that I was going to finish all the backlogged projects first?  I am, I am.  The weather finally cooled off to a lovely 85 degrees and I can actually work outside without wilting.  I was itching to get started on something around “the estate” but had to settle into having to wait until fall, when the high temperatures subsided.  Yesterday morning I was wide awake at 4:30 am and found my creative mojo was in full force.

My inspiration came from the internet and all the talk about “She Sheds” – the newest trends for women.  After all, the “man cave” has been a topic for years, why not a special place for us gals.  Since I already have the bones for a good place to start; the bath house out back used in the old days to change and shower, now just a storage shed of sorts.

sheshed2It has two large windows and a little covered patio off to the side.  Does it look like it needs a lot of work? Yes! Though the structure is solid and really needs just some cosmetic changes. (A little heavenly light beams falling around this space, lolsheshed1

First getting rid of the warped boards on the pergola above the patio.  I had help on getting those down, but when I saw all those lovely, aged redwood strip still  in great condition, I couldn’t help myself in conjuring numerous ideas to reuse those for future projects.

redwood sheshedAfter I pulled a billion a few hundred nails, I had a treasure trove of resources!

Here are some of the inspiring pictures of other she sheds that some pretty creative people have done.  You can even use an old travel trailer to fix up to call your little get away!



One person’s comment was this:

She-Shed-Essentials-1024x834I have a feeling that I won’t be the only one using this space when it is all done.  Stay tuned for developing new updates.

Chair Rehab

The Mid-Century Modern Chair Makeover

Chair 2I’ve finally finished my chair.  (Blog post:

Remember when it looked like this:


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It has become one of the most comfortable chairs in the house.  What a little elbow grease, paint, and new gray suede upholstery can do! Chair1Now it will fit in nicely when I get to return home…I think I’ll use it as an office chair.

Craft of the Day

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Here is an extra craft for today:

pumpkin cutoutredoneDecorating for Fall and Halloween…pumpkin cutouts, thanks to my Cricut I can cut out multitudes of shapes in no time.

More Treasures

Look  What I Found!

IMG_0001-001While cleaning out the “back house” (a solar alternative studio), I found these treasures.  One was a high quality desk that was dirty and the external finish neglected for decades; covered in dust and spider webs.  The other piece is a mid-century modern chair, also of superior quality and super sturdy; just waiting to be rescued and given new life.

The desk:


IMG_0004-001Details of the desk.  Notice the dove-tailed joints and solid wood craftsmanship.

furniture redo4All finished and beautiful once again! (please ignore the cable wires)

One rule of thumb concerning painting furniture or not, according to my mom who was an antique dealer….Never paint or refinish pieces that have a stand alone beauty, the value of the piece rapidly declines. (Just watch Antiques Roadshow on PBS!)  I decided to let this one just be cleaned, oiled (the wood was very dry), and waxed, no poly acrylic sealer of any kind.  Sometimes I literally freak out when I see beautiful pieces that have been painted on Pinterest, just because it is a fad to do so.  Let the beauty stand alone.

Next: The Chair

furniture redo3This piece was a toss up as to what to do with it.  I really don’t care for modern furniture, though I do like the simple lines (my family-in-law has a house full).  Mid-century modern only keeps its worth pretty much in its original form.  The yellowed Varathane that they used to finish most of those pieces is sad and dated.  While taking this chair apart I am trying to decide what to do with this 1951 treasure.  Keep your eyes open for the reveal soon.

Christmas in September

Since I am not at my real home for the next few weeks I was having withdrawals from not doing any artwork, and decided to go hunting for a scrap booking store to just look at the beautiful papers (sigh!). I found a pretty amazing place close by, and after hunting around I felt very inspired and  all giddy thinking I needed to get going on my Christmas craft projects and so I bought some supplies to try something different.  Check out some of the things I bought, now lets see what I’ll create!

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