My latest Re-purposing project . . .

My latest Re-purposing project is . . . . 

 . . . . is repurposing a portion of my LIFE.  It’s time to ‘let go’ of some of my old ways and invest my time and energy into something bigger . . . and more purposeful.  

The ‘letting go’ part of this upcoming repurposing project involves my blog.  Can you believe that I have been spending the time and effort to keep my blog going for almost TEN years now!?!

I remember ‘in the beginning days’ of my blog . . . .  constantly worrying about whether or not I could come up with enough content to keep it going for even a year!  And just like that, (or so it seems!) nearly a decade has gone by.  Wow.   A lot of pictures taken (and even more that I forgot to take!) A lot of paint and sand paper and sawdust and old things made new again.  THAT was the easy part.

 I will continue to do all that; maintain my booth at Stars and my etsy shop and  working on my home decorating projects.  I just won’t be sharing the step by step of it all in my blog anymore.  It takes a lot MORE time and effort to write about what you do, than to actually DO it.

The time that I will be saving by not blogging anymore will be invested in something MUCH more valuable and important.  Helping children.  More specifically, helping children who have been neglected or abused and removed from their homes, and ended up in foster care; by volunteering through the CASA program.  (Court Appointed Special Advocate)

 I’ve gone through the vetting process (informatin seminar, application, in person interview, TWO background checks) and will begin the training classes in a couple of weeks.

Sooooooo . . . .  “It’s the end of this blog as you know it . . . . ” 

I will leave the blog in place and hope that it will continue to instruct and inspire others to revamp their old items instead of throwing them away.  And I ‘might’ occasionally still post; for special events etc.

For the most part from now on, I’ll be using my Facebook page to ‘keep in touch’ with family and friends.  While my blog  posts automatically plug into my Facebook feed; my Facebook posts do NOT post on my blog.  So if you really want to keep in touch with what it going on in my life, you can follow my Facebook page  HERE.

EDITED TO ADD:  Sorry everyone!  I thought you could ‘follow me’ on Facebook, but NOPE.  Go ahead and send me a friend request, and I’ll set up a special group to put my blog readers in.  I WON’T get your Facebook posts, but you can get mine, and post on my page.  Sorry for the kerfuffle!!

 I ask your forgiveness in advance for my not ‘friending’ every one of you who might send me a Facebook friend request.  I just CANNOT keep up with that many people’s updates in my feed.   You can ‘follow me’ on Facebook without being ‘friended’ by me.

Lastly, I ask for your prayers and positive thoughts that I can do ‘good things’ for the children over whom I am given the responsibility of protecting, and guiding through the foster care system; and forward into a productive and happy life.

Thank you for friendship and support.

Your help is still very much needed . . . adding another ‘PERK’ to reward your kindness!

When I wrote my last post about Nicolle needing financial help due to her terribly knee injury and current lack of medical insurance; I felt an immense sense of urgency to ‘put it out there’ right away; and I did so.

AFTER posting it . . .  (and myself being sick for the better part of last week (but I HAVE medical insurance and received the doctors care I needed at a minimal cost to me)  I tried to think of something MORE that I might do to encourage those of you whom are ‘able to’ help, to do so.

Here’s what I’ve come up with:  The raffle for an item from my etsy shop will still take place.  IN ADDITION, I will also GIVE to everyone who donates to Nicolle’s cause a FREE e-book from my etsy shop.

(DON’T FORGET to put “T2T” before your name on your donor info to be entered in the raffle) 

To receive your free e-book; send me an email at

 folkartoriginals @ yahoo.com

Tell me which e-book you want and I will email it to you right away.  The raffle will take place the end of this month.  The winner will be announced here on my blog.

CLICK HERE  to go to Nicolle’s donation page.    And PLEASE share her plight on your Facebook page.

There, but for the grace of God; go I.

ANY one of us could end up in such a situation someday, and be reliant on the kindness of others.  Think about all you have to be thankful for . . . and share what you can to help.  There is no such thing as ‘too small of a donation’.

Please.

URGENT!! A FRIEND NEEDS YOUR HELP!!

Dear Readers of my ‘Trash2Trasure’ blog.

I have a friend here in Portland who is in dire need of financial assistance to pay for current and on-going medical treatment for a badly injured knee.  As a fellow single mother of one grown child, struggling to get by one her own and dealing with medical issues and the constant pain they bring with them . . . I can really relate to what she is going through.

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SHE would never ask for the help herself.  Her daughter set up the donation page for her.  You can see in this picture how bad her knee is; and this picture is after two months of being worked on!!

I know that most of you are not from the Portland, Oregon area and have no idea who Nicolle Camarata is.  I would not post this in my blog for ‘just anyone’.  I can SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO relate to what she is going though.  The pain attached to the medical issue.  The overwhelming FEAR of ‘How am I ever going to PAY for all of this?!?’  That feeling of “Maybe it’s time to shoot me and just put me out of my misery!”  (I said those very words to MY doctor once while I was in the midst of the worst with my back issues and surgeries.  I wasn’t REALLY suicidal, but just ready to be OVER IT!! )

My heart truly goes out to her and I want to do as much as I can to help ease the financial burden.  When you are stressed and worried the healing process takes longer too.  PLEASE help me help this dear woman with her medical issues AND help restore her faith in humanity.

I’m hoping to use my blog as an instrument of hope and kindness for this fellow human in need.

If the information I share in my blog has even been of inspiration or encouragement to you . . . .  If you have ever used one of my tutorials or instructions  . . . . if you have ever dragged home a ‘piece of trash’ and turned it into a treasure after seeing what I have done with some of MY trash . . .  if you have ever appreciated all the time and effort I put into taking pictures and posting in my blog; on top of doing all the hand work on the items itself . . .if you have ever wished there was a way for you to show your appreciation for all the information that I share in my blog  . . . . .

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO ‘PAY IT FORWARD’!!  Please go to Nicolle’s  ‘YOUCARING’ page HERE and donate what you can to help her.

Even the smallest donation WILL make a difference for her.  I have already ‘put my money where my mouth is’ and made a donation.  I hope you will do the same.

I‘d like to do a raffle of some kind to reward your kindness in donating to her fund.  Let’s see  . . . . .    I could do a drawing of one name from all those who read my blog whom and have donated between now and the end of the month.  How does that sound?   As for HOW to collect the names of those who donate after reading this post????  When you enter your  name on the donations page, put “T2T” BEFORE your name.  And I will collect the names from the donation site.   If you choose to keep your donation anonymous, I will not be able to include you in the raffle prize drawing.  

How about something from my etsy shop as the raffle prize??  Suggestions for that item are welcome.  I’ll post what item has been selected as the prize sometime next week.

In the meantime, please open your hearts and your wallet.

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unaware.”  Romans 13:2

Thank you and God bless you!

I finally have a sofa in my living room!!

Well, I have a sofa ‘of sorts’.  A daybed that will function as my sofa and that I can sleep on when I have overnight guests (whom I would of course give my room to!)  And it only took me 14 months from the time I moved in to ‘build’ it.

I really. REALLY wanted to find  a cool old day bed to use in my living room.

Something along the lines of these.  Aren’t they fabulous!?!?  Alas, I have not seen one single vintage day bed since I moved 14 months ago.  And actually, had I found one like the iron ones in the above photos, they probably would have been to short to actually SLEEP on.

I already had this old door that I had painted to use as my headboard previously in my room at Michael’s.  It ended up being too long to use as the headboard in my room here, so I just stashed it in the garage until I figured out what to do with it.

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So, a few weeks ago, an elderly gentleman who lives across the street from me came over while I was outside working on some projects, and introduced himself to me and commented on how I was ‘always out here working on something’!  He said he had an old door and peg rack that he was getting rid of, and asked if I’d like them.  Of course I said yes.  This is that door, and it is HEAVY.  It took both of us to lift it onto my wheely cart and wheel it over to my place!

Wasn’t sure WHAT I was going to do with it at first.  Michael has been working on some home improvements, and I thought he might be able to use it; so I offered it to him first.  He did not need it, so it was mine . . . all mine to figure out a use for.

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So I had the old panel door for the backing.  Could use the newly acquired ‘heavy’ door for the base.  Now I just needed to figure out what to do for legs????  But I wasn’t sure that ‘just legs’ would be sturdy enough, and I wanted to leave room for storage underneath, so I wanted it a bit HIGHER than a typical daybed would be.  So I designed the above wood boxes to use as the base to put the door across, and Michael custom built them for me.

I had even saved the wood support boards that we had used to attach the panel door to the wall when I was using it as my headboard previously.  I just screwed the boards back on using the same screws in the same holes; then screwed the door to the wall.  Most of the weight of the door is supported by the boards. Screwing it to the wall just keeps it from falling over.

P1280737And there you have a ‘naked’ make-do daybed!!  Now I just need a mattress or some kind of padding!!  Which proved to be much more difficult than I had anticipated!!  A twin mattress was too wide and not long enough.  So I  headed to Joann Fabrics (50% off coupon in hand!) and figured I could get a new foam pad at a decent price.  WRONG!!!  Even at HALF off, the foam pads were crazy expensive!!!  Forget that!  So I put on my thinking cap and started looking elsewhere.

Since we are nearing the end of summer, I thought perhaps I could find a box pad like the ones above (but for outdoor furniture) on sale.  Nope.  They were more expensive than the foam pads!  An actual twin mattress would have been the cheapest option IF it would have fit!  sigh.  WHAT am I going to use for the ‘cushions’ on my sofa/daybed????

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My propensity to think outside the box led me to purchasing TWO king size foam mattress pads.  I cut each one into THREE equal pieces; which gave me a nice and cushy SIX layers to sit or sleep on!!  I bought a plastic twin bed cover to ‘hold the foam layers together.

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I was really envisioning something that looked like this.  I LOVE the old pallets for the base, but NEED the storage room that a covered base provides.  But a cover similar to the one above might still look good with a skirted base.

But this is what I got . . .  for now at least.  The covering and pillows are temporary.  I just threw what I had on there for now.  I want to make a skirt (burlap maybe) and a vintage chenille bedspread and different covers for the pillows (feed-sack style maybe?) .  Oh, and now that I see it ‘almost finished’, I’ve decided that it NEEDS arms or SOMETHING on the ends.

I would LOVE to find some cool vintage corbels to use as ‘arms’.  They wouldn’t really need to go the full depth of the bed; just enough to keep the pillows from falling off.  And if I can’t find any old corbels, I can buy news ones, or maybe MAKE my own!  (I foresee a field trip to the salvage place down in Aurora!)

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So, the daybed is still very much ‘a work in progress’.  As is the living room as a whole.  I had to figure out where to move the dresser that was on the wall where the daybed is now.  (it’s full of craft supplies!)

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And I’m totally embarrassed to admit that I have yet to do away with all of this ‘pile of stuff’ at the back of my living room.  Although this is a picture from a year ago, and the pile is now about 1/4 that size.  A lot of it was product for Stars that has been taken to my booth and sold. Getting rid of this will open up the living room a bit more, but only in a ‘long and narrow’ way; not any wider.  And now that I’ve decided that I NEED to do the Junk Salvation show again in February; I’m going to have to start accumulating product for it.  I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’m just going to have to upgrade to a bigger rented storage unit.  I have a 4’x6′ right now.

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These old suitcases that I have as the coffee table for now are too big for the space.  I actually have a really cute shabby white trio of tables that I had Michael build for me (before I even moved) that I had intended to use as the coffee table.

 While I was awaiting a sofa to put a coffee table in front of, I had put them on my front porch.  Remember my blue pumpkin display from last fall?  The two smaller ones ‘tuck under’ the bigger one.  These will eventually replace the suitcases as my coffee table.

So, the ball is rolling and I just MIGHT have my living room squared away enough to actually put up a Christmas tree this year.

Garden update: August 2016

After a record WET winter, we’ve had what seems like a record SUNNY spring and summer; which made for a very early growing season here in the Pacific Northwest.  My little garden plots surrounding my home have already peaked, and are getting ready to go dormant.

I was pleasantly surprised at how many rose blooms I got; given that I just planted these bare root rose bushes a few months ago.

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Some really pretty colors!  (Remember I didn’t know what colors I was getting.  It was a special offer of ‘mixed roses’ and they were only identified by NAME when they arrived.)

Some different types of roses too.  These are ‘small with ruffled petals’ and bloom in clusters.  I have no idea what the little white spots on all the leaves are.  I got two of each kind of bush and BOTH of this kine have the same spots.  They are NOT aphids. (which was my first thought er FEAR!)  I may have to write the company I ordered from and ask about this.

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I started some Cosmos from seed and planted them between the roses just to fill in the space a little this year.  The Cosmos grew HUGE!  The one in the above picture is AFTER I cut it down bu a couple of FEET.  They were so big that they were blocking the roses from getting enough sun!  A couple of the Cosmos didn’t produce ANY flowers; but they grew as big and tall (almost BIGGER!) than the ones that did flower.

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Here you can see the Cosmos that didn’t flower, before I cut them back.  My back yard is like a ‘wind tunnel’ in the evening.  Really strong winds blow through it several times a week.  Some of the taller Cosmos stems actually got bent over by the wind!

P1280359Mini white pumpkins coming soon!  Two plants grew great and a third (can you see it!) is stunted.  The big ones have nearly doubled in size in the last week.

My Glads were getting bent over by the wind too, so I staked them.  The blooms have died and been cut off already.  I don’t think my ‘second planting’ of Glads (smaller ones between the big ones) are going to bloom this year.

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The potted flowers on my garden ladder have peaked and started dying already too. (notice the bottom planter.)   The vines in pots are either side are still growing like crazy; vining to the top and over and back down again.

The Hydrangea I planted last year have bloomed quite nicely.

These pics are from a couple of weeks ago, hardly any color still left in the front yard now.

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See that HUGE Lupine in about the middle?  It’s now GONE!  sigh.  It was the first to bloom this year and had grown HUGE.  Truly the ‘star’ of the front garden.  Sadly it became infested with aphids.  I tried and ‘home remedy’ to kill the aphids and all it did was kill the leaves on the Lupine and surrounding plants!  Grrr!!!  I cut is Waaaaaaaay back hoping that would help but again it was totally COVERED with aphids.  (I get itchy just THINKING about them!) I know how much aphids love Roses too and I didn’t want them to get my roses, so I dug the Lupine completely up, roots and all!  Have some seed pods saved from it and may try starting some next year.  I also went to the garden center and god some ‘systemic’ stuff for my roses that is supposed to PREVENT aphids.  Any advice on aphids/Roses/Lupine is welcome!

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Originally, I had really wanted to plant Hydrangea in the garden plot along the side of the house.  But that area gets a considerable amount of sun and I know that Hydrangea prefer ‘just morning sun, so I planted other stuff there.  As the summer has progressed and I look at what other people have planted in the sun and shade areas of their yards; I noticed a LOT of beautifully blooming Hydrangea in full sun!  (I’m talking plants so FULL of blooms that you can’t even see any of the green leaves!)

 

Shortly after that ‘ah-HA! moment, I came across 6″pots of Hydrangea at the grocery store for $3.99!!!  SOLD!  I bought nine of them and planted them in the side garden.

They looked SO pretty, so full of blooms.  Of course I know the ‘forced blooms’ don’t last very long and half of them have already wilted away; but the plants are very healthy with new leaf growth.  And THEN . .   I was reading up on Hydrangea and discovered that ‘florist Hydrangea’ (IE small potted ones intended to give as an indoor plant gift and not necessarily ever actually planted in the ground; which is what I am pretty sure these that I bought ARE) seldom re-bloom when planted in the ground.  Heavy SIGH!!  Oh well.  Live and learn.  I guess I’ll have to settle for just GREEN in that part of my garden!

Not sure if I want to plant something in the ‘bare spot’ left from the Lupine right away or wait for next spring.  I typically do not care for bare spots, so I guess we’ll see.  I have no idea WHAT I want to put there??  Maybe a Black Eyed Susan?

How does YOUR garden grow??

Two-step stool with DRAWER

A little DRAWER in a step stool?!?!?  I love that!

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This sweet little stool really didn’t ‘need’ to be made over at all . . . it was in perfect condition; but you know me!!!  I can never leave well enough alone!

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I removed the drawer knob and gave the whole thing a good sanding.

Some aqua paint and more sanding to distress.  Another ‘perfect piece’ to use one of my little aqua ceramic rose knobs on!!

And off to my booth at Stars it goes!

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Great little piece for adding height to displays in my booth (while it lasts!)

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Here’s a little peek at some of the other new stuff in my booth:

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Ceramic and stoneware bunny dishes.

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Covered duck tureens and a tiny duck pitcher.

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Vintage metal plant stand set up as a serving station.

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One of my ‘yard wreaths’ (hand crafted using twigs, bark and moss collected from my yard)

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A new batch of small frames; some with glass and backings, some without.

A couple more vintage crystal lamps with NEW Paris script shades.

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How adorable is this box of vintage cocktail forks!?!?!  (Sorry about the glare!  I had to wrap the box in plastic wrap to be sure none of the forks ‘went missing’)

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Stop on by if you haven’t been at Stars in a while.  LOTS of new stuff in my booth  . . . and throughout the entire mall!

What to do about cigarette burns on old furniture

This tall end table / lamp table with one little drawer was in pretty good condition, except for the badly damaged top.

A couple of VERY deep cigarette burns and several areas where the embossed gold design had worn down completely.  But it was plenty sturdy, had a lower shelf and a drawer (storage is always a big plus!) and it had ‘nice legs’!  I decided to buy it and see what I could to with it.

The CLEANEST vintage drawer innards I have ever seen!  Missing knob is no biggie since I usually change them anyhow.

The cigarette burns were not just ‘singes’ . . .  they were divots, burned clear through that top layer of wood; and just sanding them was not going to do the job.

I filled them with some wood putty, then sanded smooth once the putty was nice and dry.  The gold embossed border which was worn away in some spots was very inconsistent.  At first I thought I could just sand the rest away.  But it was very deeply  embedded in some spots and just barely on the surface of others.  So I just sanded enough to remove the surface sheen and painted as I usually do.

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That little drawer was perfect for another one of the aqua ceramic knobs I have.

I went fairly light on the distressing because of the issues with the top.

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I was concerned that the variations in the embossing would bother me, but it doesn’t.  And you can still see where the filled cigarette burn divots were . . . .  ‘a good distressing job covers a multitude of flaws’. (You may quote me on that!  hehe)

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All in all, I an quite content with how it turned out.

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Available for purchase in my booth at Stars for $79.00.

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Oval pedestal table

I showed you this third oval table in the last post about the nesting tables.  Here’s the ‘how I did it’.

I’ve had this old pedestal sitting around for quite some time; pondering what to do with it.

This oval piece of wood was in a batch of stuff that was left behind at Michael’s house when I moved last summer; that I recently picked up.  It was the perfect size to use as a table top for the pedestal.  Since the pedestal was a dark brown, I did a dark brown base coat on the oval.  Two coats of aqua and lots of sanding.  I wanted his one SUPER distressed.

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I painted the base aqua and distresses it to bring out all the pretty detail.  Once both were painted, it was time to put the two together.

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Fortunately for me this pedestal base already had a cross bar for attaching to a top already in place.  (had it not come with one, it’s pretty easy to make and attach one)  First ‘found center’ on the underside of the table and marked it.  Then I glued the base to the top with e6000; and let that set overnight.  Then two screws on either side of the cross bar to.  Most people will JUST use screws.  I prefer to ‘glue and screw’.  (and if you’ve ever watched “Holmes Makes it Right”, Mike Holmes is a proponent of ‘glue and screw’!)

And here is the finished table in my booth at Stars.  I especially like that it is MUCH more distressed than the other two.

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This is the current front view of my booth; the trio of tables is right behind this stuff.

Nesting tables

Bought this set of wood nesting tables at an estate sale a while back.

At first I didn’t think they all actually went together, because of the different shapes; but they are indeed a ‘set’.  When the smaller tables are ‘nested’ they slide on runners that actually lift the legs slightly off the floor.  A unique feature.

I sanded off all the ‘sheen’; painted them aqua and sanded again to distress.  (I was able to do most of the distressing with an orbital sander.  Then added some stenciled designs.  Since I never actually sell a set of tables ‘as a set’

A set of ANYthing that a customer MIGHT want to buy ‘just one of’; it’s always best to price individually.  For several reasons:  a) Someone WILL ask “How much for just one of them?” whether they are actually interested in buying just one of not.  b) They can STILL buy the set for the combined price; but the store doesn’t have to waste time calling you to ask.  c) If the set gets ‘separated’ by shoppers in your booth you have items that don’t have tags and they end up in another booth!  It’s just easier to price them individually and be done with it!

I didn’t want to completely cover the tables with a design, and I didn’t have any stencils that ‘worked’ with both shapes.  Settled on these simple edge designs.

Nesting tables are GREAT to work with in your displays!  You can ‘nest’ them id space is tight.  Stack and use them like a shelf, or spread them around.

I actually only had room for the large oval one when I took then in last week.  Stacked it atop a little night stand at the front of my booth.

In the meantime, I got this other oval table put together and painted, and took it in along with the two smaller nesting tables on my next trip.

This third oval table has been in my booth for a while.  I was HOPING the newer oval pedestal table was a slightly lower height than the one already in my booth; and I knew the oval from the nesting set was shorter.  I putting them at the front of my booth, cascading from taller to shortest; with the matching upholstered chair and overstuffed foot stool sitting on top of them; along with some stacks of my grubby books.

Yippee Skippee!!!  The heights are just right!

Alas, the chair legs were a tad too wide to fit on the biggest table.  (well, the just perfectly fit . . . but could have easily been knocked off with the slightest touch.  A gamble I was not willing to take.  So the three tables ended up like this.

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You can still see part of them from the front of my booth; tucked behind a couple of night stands.  As soon as something sells and I have a little more room to work with; I’ll bring the three tabled forward.

Did you notice the two smaller nesting tables on top of the tallest oval?  Once I have more room, I’ll spread those out or stack them for better visibility.

I wanted to be sure it was really well stocked going into this weekend because  . . .

I am occupied taking care of this little ball of energy this weekend while her mommy  and daddy (My son and his wife) are out of town for a friend’s wedding.

Yep!  She follows my every move.  Sleeps at my feet when I am sitting down (she’s ON my feet, under the computer desk right now!) And keeps me very entertained.

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And before you ask . . .  she is a ‘Bernedoodle’.

SOLD!

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Well, the ‘odd-ball’ colored chest of drawers SOLD the last day of the five-day sale!  Kind of nice to make money selling something that I didn’t have to put a lot of WORK into.

With all the other big pieces that sold during the sale, I wasn’t sure if I had enough new pieces ‘ready to go’ on Tuesday when I went in to re-stock; soooooooo . .

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I decided to try my luck again at selling a piece ‘as found’.  And this one is REALLY different for my booth!  I just LOVE ‘little drawers’ and this was a crazy good price.  If it hasn’t sold by the time I get something to take its place in my booth; it just might be coming home with me!

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I could incorporate it with the red and turquoise I have in my kitchen!

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It sure stands out like a sore thumb in my booth, doesn’t it?  Priced at just $89.00 thoughm

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