Sunday, April 27, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
The last two years have been quite a journey. I never thought I would use a power tool, let alone own several, and then become pretty skilled with them. Never did I imagine I would be able to tell the difference between almond, oak, or olive logs. Never did I imagine I would be out in my garage working and sweating in the summer, or freezing in the winter - all to make something new from a log! Never did I imagine that I would enjoy sitting in a garage that was either too hot or too cold, music playing and working away on anything I wanted to make. Never did I imagine I would look at a log looking for the beauty of it and make something other people would want. Never. Funny how life does that to a person.
With all that said, I no longer have a workshop where I can keep the logs or use the loud power tools. Somehow I don't think an apartment manager would be too understanding of a 12" skilsaw revving up at 10:00 at night.
I will always be so grateful to have been a small part of so many weddings, proposals, gifts, and even funerals of people I have never met. People who trusted me to make something they would enjoy - I can't explain how amazing that feels - it just feels amazing.
Maybe someday when I move again, I will make sure to have a workshop and just might get back into making log items as I really love doing that. :) This is a huge change, but I firmly believe in making the best of any situation and to always move forward. I am excited for the new things I will be making and hope you will be too.
Here are some of the things I have made that I loved making. Maybe someday I will make more. :)
Monday, February 24, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Five 12" by 48" boards
We went home with our $7.58 worth of paint to pretty up the $17.00 of ugly plywood and bricks.
I placed two plastic tablecloths down (I already had these so I am not including them in the total, but I bought them for $1.00 each at the Dollar Store/Tree) and started painting.
The plywood was easy to paint and I was done pretty quickly. I thought this project was almost complete - and then I got to the bricks. I have never painted a brick in my life. Not sure if I ever want to do it again. They are so coarse that I went through one sponge brush and one paint brush - the bricks just shredded them.
To save paint, I ended up only painting the four sides that would be showing - which was a good thing as one jar of the bronze was exactly enough.
Then I let everything dry for a few hours...
Once dry, I put the shelves back. I layered most of the stacks with four bricks, but two layers I used three bricks.
I love how this turned out. So much better than what we had before. And, for $24.58 (tax not included) it was the perfect price! It didn't take very long and I love how big it is and how easily I can change it around.
I didn't use a top coat on this, but I will probably add it at a later date. If I do add it, I will use Polycrylic. I didn't add this to the price as this is something I always have in my house, but it is usually around $9.00 - $17.00 depending on the size.
I hope this post didn't sound like a commercial or advertisement for any store or product. But, I shop at Home Depot, Lowe's, Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Dollar Store, and Dollar Tree probably on a weekly basis for my business, Deerwood Creek Gifts. If I use a product I love, or a store where I shop, I don't mind sharing that with others.
This was a fun project to make. It was it easy, only took a few hours (waiting for the paint to dry), and was cheap in price.
If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear them. :)