Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Forgot to take pic of just stripes,
 but if you look to the back of the table
 you can see how white the stripes looked before I waxed. 
 The front half I have just
begun to wax and then thought,
 "Dang! grab the camera"
I use Briwax and I love mine all crusty and old looking;
this next pic is the final table top, see how I glop it up.  
The edge of the table is rough,
so this afternoon while GH is on ( yes I am embarrassed
to still watch.. usually I catch recaps on internet)
 I plan to glue on some burlap ribbon on the edge.

The stripes took me 27 minutes form start to finish.
I used blue mask tape and just eyeballed it. 
If you make them all irregular widths, 
there is no measuring...

no fool am I!   :0
I taped, painted a stripe, taped, painted next stripe.

I grabbed one of the wire baskets 
I had dumped in the kitchen, 
and lined with a piece of cardboard. Last month
 I had purchased some bags of moss
from the dollar store for an Easter display 
I have decided not to do.
Cost 5.00 but I only used 3 bags, but it is new
 so it counts as an expense.

From the side garden, I grabbed my G Wolff pots I love, especially since I did not pay Martha Stewart prices, but TJ MAXX prices about 8 years ago. Added a bunny from another

outside display and I am much happier with my table.

Put together some nesting materials for the birdies
 thanks to Marsha.

Then I assessed what is left for me to deal with.
I had unearthed a box of meat grinders I had stored,
so I added them into my pile in the kitchen. 
For many years I turned them into pin cushions
for local quilt shops and shows... 
they clamp onto your work table,
 so I made some up, and
SIL took to a show she had on Saturday. 
Three returned and I plan to finish the tabletop ones,
 this evening and get them into my shop.


Still to go...

Recap: Remaining:
A few pieces of knob hardware, 2 grinders, 
4 white shutters, 1 metal basket, empty horn case,
and felted ball wreath.
I actually considered rimming table with balls
from wreath but I thought they might take 
food spillage.
I added 7 grinders to the mix, 
so I think I am still ahead.

Money Spent $3.00
Time spent 2 hours 45 minutes.
Gluing on table trim should take about 15 minutes
to bring me to grand total of 3 hours. 

Very simple changes, minimal effort and expense.
Feels good.
Now, about those white shutters!!!


Al said...

That table looks fantastic! Wow, love those green stripes too. The little arrangement on top of it really completes the picture. Really beautiful :)

Razmataz said...

Good going Z. Loving the table and the bunny in the basket.

Blondie's Journal said...

You are very inventive! The table looks terrific and the basket of goodies on it right at home. Well done!


Claudia said...

The tabletop looks fabulous. Also love the idea of the pincushion/meat grinder - I might have to make one of those!

By the way, I just witnessed a post that was re-dated, if that's a word, and therefore moved up in a blog roll. Thanks for opening my eyes to those shenanigans.


Theresa said...

Hi Z ~ The table top looks great! I love the idea of hanging nesting materials out for the birds. I have never thought of doing more than just sprinkling the hair from home haircuts out for them but I bet they love you right now!
You are on a roll girl... way to go!
t. xoxo

Theresa said...

p.s. what a great TJ find on the Guy Wolff pots... I love those! xoxo

Sherry Smyth said...

that's amazing!!!! As for those meat grinders (I love the pin cushions for quilters), my mom had one of those and I remember using it. Haven't seen one for ages!

Beatnheart said...

i am inspired!

Jill said...

Love the table, especially the haphazard stripes. AND, meat grinder pin cushions?! That's ingenious. Heavy, but ingenious!

Jillayne said...

I keep thinking how parts of this post either remind of the Twelve days of Christmas song or a Mastercard commercial...
It's amazing what you can get done when you put your mind to it and knuckle down, buckle down.. oops, I did it again....
Beautiful as always z, especially the stripes.

Cindy said...

LOVE the table! and all the decorations that goes perfectly with it! You have me wanting to paint my table now!

A Cottage Muse said...

LOVE the bunny you nestled in with the pots!
I also love the nesting supplies you left the birds...I want to do that!

Char said...

love the table, the bunny and the pots. so beautiful

your projects look great. sorry i've been so behind lately.

Norine ~rosethoughts~ said...

Love love love the meat grinder pin cushions! And love love your backyard! So shabby ecclectic! Reminds me of my Prescott home years ago...