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Showing posts with label Thriftin and Junkin. Show all posts
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Monday, August 9, 2021

This is Anything BUT Cheesy.

 

Hello AGAIN!   It feels SO good to be back trying to post again!   Today I am super excited to share my latest!  If my post is a little scattered, it is because I am multitasking.   As I wait for my machines to finish (for my product line) I am posting.  It is also 5AM.   My day started 2 hours ago.   Yes...I am up before dawn for two reasons.   One...the Cowboy had to leave super early to travel to work.   Two...It is supposed to be another hot hot hot day here and I will be using heat presses, ovens and irons again today, so I like to work when it's cool outside and in.   Here in Alberta, air conditioning is a waste of money.   We don't generally have HOT weather for more than a day or two at a time.(except this year where it's been nothing but HOT  lol)    Bare with me.   By the afternoon I should be exhausted!

Lets get on with it.   You guys are about to see what makes a girl like me swoon...I am SO excited.  

The other day I was running a few errands with my "Miss Busy" (AKA Ashlyn) who is now a 16 year old girl who on occasion will go shopping with her mother, but in general she prefers the company of other 16 year old girls...and boys...and they REALLY like to drive around endlessly.  (insert eyeroll here)

Anyway...I ended up in a little  store owned by one of my friends.   She ALWAYS has what the Cowboy and I call 'the good stuff'.   Her dad has a fairly good stash of antiques and what we consider REALLY  good junk that he will on occasion bring into Angie's shop to sell.   When I know he's added new stuff, I rush over to check it out and I rarely am disappointed.  Angie often laughs at my excitement over what she considers ridiculous junk.    Did I mention Angie's daughter is also 16 and is Miss Busy's best friend?

A few days ago I got the tip off that she had new stuff...and I dropped everything, grabbed Miss Busy and we headed over to the shop.   I wasn't in there 2 minutes and I was squealing with excitement!   

I love containers...wooden boxes...crates...anything that I can arrange things in to make displays...but never have I had the chance to buy a round crate until this day.   Did I mention I was excited?   Well that's an understatement!   Not only did I find an old wooden barrel, and an old grape box, but I found a wooden Christmas orange box!  ....and ...AND I found an antique round wooden cheese box!

I did not know Japanese oranges came in wooden boxes!   The Cowboy is only a few months older than I am and he said he remembers this...I do not.   So...I am enjoying this one!
 




It will most likely not get changed in any way, but will become fun storage in my work room.   Have I mentioned that I LOVE boxes and canisters, and containers of all sorts?   Ya.   I have always loved to be organized, and pretty storage containers are an obsession of mine.   I probably have enough canister sets in my possession to outfit an entire apartment building.  Definitely not something my kids needed  to purchase as they struck out on their own.  (insert eye roll from them here lol)

anyway...back to the good stuff....

Angie  told me what she knew of these pieces.   When he was a young man, her grandfather started a grocery store in Hudsons Bay Saskatchewan.   These boxes were saved when he received shipments.   They have been around for decades.   The grocery store business was good to the family.   Eventually, Angie's dad took over for his dad, and then Angie and her husband kept the business in the family and own it to this day.   The barrel, grape box, orange box and cheese box were on display in the store for years.   They have done some changes and no longer needed as many so here I am!   Playing up a storm.



I love grape boxes.   I already have several.   My favourite is one from inside the old house we have and are working to renovate.   I found it in the attic a few years ago.   I have it sitting on my dining room table.   I just picked up a three small flower arrangements and plopped them in it,   I also have a coffee cup in the back that holds pens and paper for quick notes.   The two at the front hide the ugly from the cup of pens, so it works perfectly for us!   There is another one that I hung on the wall in the old house in the bathroom.   It works as a rustic shelf for decorative antique medicine bottles.  

 
I decided to find out a little bit more about my most beautiful find. The round cheese box.    From what I can tell, this box is most likely from between 1930-1950.   Cheese boxes were originally a tool used for transporting cheeses in branded boxes with lids.  The brand on this one seems to be Swift Canadian Co.   I tried for several days to learn about the Swift Candian Co. in Yorkton Saskatchewan, but there was nothing at all that I could find about them online.   Obviously there was  a creamery there, as it says so right on the box, but I could find nothing. 




Round cheese boxes  were first used in 1890 to ship cheese from Europe. These boxes were typically made of maple, ash, or hickory sides which were nailed to pine wood pieces on the top and bottom. The wood was usually printed with the name of the farm or factory and the type of cheese. The box helped protect the cheese from tipping over during transport.

...And now it's MINE MINE MINE!  

Did I mention all the eye rolling Miss Busy did when her mother was excitedly rushing to the till with her treasures?   Oh yes...she was...and still is.  (She was texting Angie's daughter probably looking for someone to rescue her)  

I adore this piece and can't wait to find the perfect location in my house to show it off.   I did consider placing it in the Cowboy's office, but decided that it just didn't mesh with all of the taxidermy and trophy heads he has hanging all over the place in there.   (ya...I am not overly crazy about all the dead things he has in there...but I love that man, and he doesn't complain that my little business takes up a lot of space in our house,  so he can have them.   And... as long as I don't have to touch any of them...I'm a happy girl)  

The lid removes easily, and it is clean and odor free...I can't wait for inspiration to hit and the perfect spot to reveal itself!   It's quite large...I could put one of my bigger sergers in it to store...or a huge silk flower arrangement...I just can't decide.

That's it for me today!   I'm off to get some work done!   I am making some fabulous new giftware pieces to add to my line today!   

Do you have any round cheese boxes?   What did you use them for?    Inspire me!!! 

  Until Next Time...Happy Junkin!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

OOH LA LA! It’s Tiffany Blue!

Hey guys!   Hope the summer has been treating you right.   I know it has been HOT HOT HOT here!   The summer holidays are just flying by!   The kids are loving their summer break…and I am realizing that this summer has been a very different one than any I have ever spent.   (that’s for another post entirely)  

I have been a busy girl this past week or so…and I might have a few things to share with you in the very near future that might just have a little something to do with my new gardens out here on the acreage…but until then, you will just have to settle for another furniture make-over reveal.   To see the last few projects  that I have done you can click here…and  here…and to see the BEST one yet…click here

This is going to be a fairly short but sweet little post…as what all can a girl say about a little desk this size?
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When this desk came to me  (yup…another junkin’ find)  it was in a sad state.   It had been used and ABUSED in a big way.

All I could think of when I started to look at it closely, was that if this was in my room as a little girl, my Mother would have strung me up by my toes and smacked me with a wooden spoon if I did something like this to my furniture!   In fact…I still have the furniture that I had when I was a little girl…It is still in good shape…and I don’t think it EVER looked near as rough as this.   It is a good thing that I rescued this…because it was going to the dump if I didn't!   It is  going to look a LOT better once I am done with it.

I had taken my oldest girl along with me when I went to town to grab some supplies for giving this little desk a make-over.   I ended up coming home with a totally different look planned for the desk than was originally on the agenda.   My teenage daughter talked me into a little bit of color….Okay…lets be honest here...a lot of color.  

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It really didn’t take me too long to do this peice.   The top was a simple sanding and stain…then the sanding and priming and paint on the bottom.   A bit of paint on the drawer pulls and …Badda Bing…Badda Boom…it was done!   I did a protective coat and the piece was ready to find a sweet spot to live.  My little “Busy” would really like to have it in her room…but she would like to have pretty much anything I have made in her room.   She is my biggest fan. 

I am quite happy with the finished result.  I was excited to share the new look I gave this piece, so the drawers are not closed tight as it needed to cure just a little bit more.   (you get the idea)   This piece is now cute, fun and right on point with the trend right now.

I can honestly say, I have never painted anything Tiffany Blue…and I have never put baby pink handles on a piece…so it’s been a fun adventure!   I can’t wait to see where it ends up!  
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It really is quite a change!  

Well guys…that’s it for me for today.

Until next time…  Happy Junkin’ !!!  ( and re-finishing!)

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Living Out of a Suitcase?

Welcome back!  It is so nice to have you here again.   It is great to have had a little time to sit down and write a few lines to share again this week.    I have SO missed my Tootsie Time, and it is great to be slowly getting back into the swing of things.

When last we met like this, I had just finished playing with some ‘boobs’ that needed some restoration, (to see that post click HERE) and before that I was once again playing with paint to freshen up some old furniture.  (click HERE to see the fun dresser that I fixed up. 

Today, I am sharing another Tootsie makeover creation.  This one is unlike any other I have done.   It is just slightly out of the comfort zone of my usual projects…this one is unique…spectacular…and just down right fun.

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It started out as the most BORING and BLAND piece that I have played with in a LONG time.   I had found it a while back on a junkin’ tour and I just didn’t know what I would end up doing to it.   I just  could not settle myself with a simple paint or stain job.   This dresser NEEDED something fun to happen to it.  It needed more than a simple treatment if it was not going to end up looking like just another typical painted dresser.    I stared at it…and I mulled it over…and NOTHING seemed to click. 

One day I was out in the garage doing  a little work on something else, and finally my imagination started to flood me with great ideas for this chest of drawers.   Don't you just LOVE when inspiration happens???   I know I do.   Just like that...

BOOM!!!   I HAD A PLAN!

You all know how I LOVE my antiques and vintage decor in my home.  Over the last few years we have gotten rid of most of the ‘new’ furniture in our house and replaced it with beautiful and unique pieces most of which  I have ‘touched’ in some way.   Among my favorite pieces  are steamer trunks of all shapes and sizes and old suitcases.   SO - when the inspiration  for this piece hit me, I was super excited.

A while back,  while out and about shopping, I had seen a very plain chest of drawers done up to look like a stack of vintage suitcases.   They were incredible, but they were VERY expensive.   I have also seen some other similar pieces for sale online, but never had I had the inspiration to try to make my own until today.

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I got to work right away.   I sanded and filled and primed.. painted and distressed and detailed.   I rummaged around in my ‘stash’ for the right ‘jewellery’ to ‘dress’ it with.  I was SO excited to get to the finishing touches that the wait for my finish to cure seemed endless…I had stepped quite a long way out of my comfort zone with this one…I had never painted a chest of drawers to look this style…NEVER…and I was skeptical.   If it didn’t work out, I knew it wouldn’t be hard to change…but I had put a lot of work into this one and I wanted it to work.   I needed to see the image in my imagination come to life.

When I was FINALLY able to ‘dress’ this chest, and put my Tootsie spin on things…I got busy and finished it up. 

I have to admit it has been a LONG time since I have been THIS happy with myself.  

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Everyone in my household LOVES this dresser now.   It has become one of MY favorite make- overs and since I shared it with friends and family, I have gotten a few requests (orders) for others.
 

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Yay Me!  …. Right?   I now have the challenge of finding  the perfect place to place this piece, AND scrounging out the time to do the next ones up.   ha ha



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So?   What do you think?  For me this project gave a new life to an old piece, and forever will change the phrase ‘living out of a suitcase’ just a little for me.      I am glad I decided to step out of my comfort zone and have something fun!    ha – ha.


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Well guys…that’s it for me for today.


Until next time…  Happy Junkin’ !!!  ( and re-finishing!)

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Some Finishing and Re-Finishing!!

A few years back, the ugly divorce forced me and the kids to move.   In the new place, we didn’t have a garage and the house didn’t offer much along the line of storage…so I decided to just rent one.  Over the next few months, I FILLED that unit to the lips.  There were so many items for me to put into storage “until I needed or had ideas for them” that I actually could not see them all and even forgot I had some of them! 

If you follow Tootsie Time, you know that we recently moved again.   We are now living out in the country on a gorgeous acreage, and are super lucky to have all kinds of space and storage buildings for us to store the ‘good stuff’ in.   About a month ago, I got all caught up on the work for my company’s business and decided to switch up the gears a little bit..take a break, and play.  So…I dug into my stash of ‘good stuff’ in the sheds and got busy.

The first piece I pulled out was this little hi-boy dresser.   She was in bad shape.   (sorry!   I forgot to take a photo of the dresser before I touched it!)   She was missing a drawer and her sides were very beat up.   I wasn’t confident she’d be fixable to perfection…but I was gonna try!  I sanded and scraped and got her all prepped for a total make over.  My cowboy built me a drawer…(I had the original drawer front...but not the rest, so he really helped me out.  (yay me!) and I settled on a ‘look’ for the piece.   After a little stain, a little paint and a couple of hours of my time…
Ta-Da!
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I didn’t have this piece posted for even 15 minutes and she was SOLD!

The next day I headed to the shed again and pulled out another piece.   This one used to be a blonde veneer with stained navy blue drawers.   (I also didn’t get a before of this one…ugh)

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It turned out very nicely.  Sorry about the eyesore in the mirror reflection...my garage needs a really good cleaning.   Ha-ha.

Playing in the garage felt SO good that I just went to town and cleaned my shed right out!   I repaired and re-finished all of the dressers that I had been holding onto and I loved every minute of it!   (I will share the rest of the re-done dressers in the next post…they turned out AMAZING…)

The cleaning out of that shed sparked an unprecedented purge of the other sheds, closets, drawers and garage in our home.   I think it goes without saying…There’s going to be one heck of a garage sale hosted by us this summer!  

Well kids…that’s all I have to share with you today…Thanks so much for popping by.   Stay tuned…I can feel the winds of change blowing again…and you do NOT want to miss what comes next.

Until next time….Happy junkin’!

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Monday, December 9, 2013

If The Walls of This Old House Could Tell a Story…Another Trip To the Bathroom…

In my last post in this series, I finished showing you around My Cowboy’s 108 year old house.  
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Until today you all have only seen the BEFORE photos…and have taken a weekly tour through the progress in each room. 

Today…we are going to start the best part of the tours to date….TODAY WE START THE DECORATED SPACES!

I have so much to show you guys, that I had a hard time deciding where to start!   I could have started with the first small bedroom that I showed you weeks ago…or the master bedroom…or the living room…or the hallway/staircase…or the kitchen…or the bathroom!   They are all looking SO good that it was a hard choice to make!

After much deliberation…I decided that in spite of the fact that it is not completely finished yet…(there are still a few little things that the Cowboy needs to do,) I would pick up right where I left off…in my favorite room of the house…the one where I got to have as much fun creating it as I wanted to …the bathroom.

Lets get started:

When last we met I left you in right about here.
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And NOW…

…are you ready to help?????

Let’s decorate!!!

The first thing I did when the construction part of this room was finished…was head to the storage unit and grab a few things that I had been plotting and scheming to use in this house.   I am a decorator…and that means I more than likely have a few things kicking around that are not in use in my own house right now…(I like to rotate things once and a while…that way I don’t get sick of them…) What?  Doesn’t everyone do that?  Smile

Once I had a good selection of “stuff” to choose from established…I loaded up and headed back to Minburn to get the fun started!    I unpacked the boxes of my Cowboy’s things that he had collected to use in this house…and after I mumbled several times about his ‘cowboy taste’ and how silly some of his decorating items were…I got to work. 
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Do you recognize the piece holding the towels ?   Yep…it is the one I used in my old house in the main floor bathroom!   I don’t have any space to use it in my house right now…and I love it…so…why not use it in this house???   I added some towels in the color scheme of this room…and finally added some ‘hunting towels.’   Yes…you are seeing things correctly…that IS a hand towel with Deer on it.   Yes it is for real…it is one of the Cowboy’s favorite towels….and NO I was not surprised that he had it.   Smile   
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Grammie and Grampie purchased this little gem for the Cowboy last Christmas as a gag gift…bet they never thought it would come in handy!  lol
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A wooden tool box tipped upside down, becomes a great place to hang towels, and the top can be used as a shelf!
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We found this old wooden crate in the basement of the house.  It came from a grocery store that used to be in Minburn a long time ago…makes a great display for old medicine bottles and his Deer toothbrush holder…
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This baby hangs in the bathroom above the door.

I had to do a little imaginative thinking when it came to the shower area of this room…The tub is teensy…but we intended it that way.   We need some type of shower curtain that will go all the way around, and since we live in a small town... we could not find one that was already made…so…
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…Until such time, that we find one, I made my own!
It works great…just not as attractive as the ones you can buy…but for now it is just right.
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Since we don’t have a traditional tub and shower…the shower curtain that Cowboy has, needed to be put up as a decoration.   I found this old wooden hanger in a closet upstairs…it works great as a fun way to hang the “loyal to the hunt” shower curtain. I simply drilled a hole in each end and added some twine.
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Ta-Da!
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I went outside and found myself a fairly decent looking chunk of tree trunk in the fire wood pile…cleaned it up and sprayed it with a sealant.  It will be PERFECT to hold…
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..This baby!
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The original plan was that we were going to plumb the old pump in and make it the water spout for the tub…but decided against it as there were no fittings that we could find to make it work…so…it is there as a decoration…and placed so as to appear that it is the tap.
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This old ammunitions box from the military base here in our town, was a gift from the old poop that lives next door to me…I cleaned it right up…and put a sealant on it.    It now not only functions as a bench to sit on…
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It now holds the towels and spare toiletries for the bathroom.
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I still need to put something on to finish the countertop around the sink, but we are not sure if that sink stand is going to stay, so I am waiting.  
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This bathroom is coming together!

Everyone who walks into it LOVES it.  It is filled with such personality...and so much whimsy!

I will leave you with a couple of photos of the interior of this room.   I had SO much fun creating this bathroom!!!   It just makes me smile to look in here and see all the fun finishing touches…it’s definitely a room with a great sense of humor…
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I searched and searched my computer for even ONE good photo of the Cowboy’s bathroom that did NOT have the toilet seat up…but to no avail…so I have to share this photo…and start training that Cowboy to PUT THE SEAT DOWN!!!!!

I am excited about the piece that I picked to use as a shower head…it is super fun…I wish we had not run out of time to do all of the finishing touches before our deadline…but that gives me something to do in the spring…baseboards, trims etc are things that a Cowboy can live without for a few months.   (I guess that means that I will be taking you on another tour of the bathroom once there has been more work done)  Hopefully by the time the photos of the completed work is done…one of us remembers to PUT THE DAMN TOILET SEAT DOWN!
 
          -just sayin’

Until Next Time…Happy Junkin’/ Renovating/ Decorating!

*)*)*)…Strength isn't the ability to hide emotions, strength is the ability to show them

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Did you miss a post or two in the 108 year old house series?
Article #1  If The Walls Of This Old House Could Tell A Story…The Saddest Chapter Is About To End.

Article #2   If Walls Could Tell A Story…The 108 Year Old House…On The Inside

Article #3  If The Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Small Bedroom In The 108 Year Old House

Article #4 If the Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Master Bedroom

Article #5  If the walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Kitchen In The 108 Year Old House

Article #6 If the Walls Of This Old House Could Tell a Story…The Staircase/Hallway of the 108 Year Old House

Article #7  If the Walls Of This Old House Could Tell A Story…The Living Room In the 108 Year Old House
Article #8 If the Walls Of This Old House Could Tell A Story…The Bathroom in the 108 Year Old House