Tuesday, December 22

door knob hook

i got an old double bed frame a bit back. since no one seems to use double beds these days i thought i could make a bunch of great stuff with the disassembled pieces. this is the first finished project- i love it!

Monday, December 21

green dresser

new custom dresser...

somehow this image rotated after i took it. maybe someday i'll take some classes in basic computer graphics.... it would be nice to know what i'm doing.

the before.

Friday, December 18

horseshoe trivets

they passed the endurance test!

i keeping one of these for myself, and i'm giving at least one as a gift- so fun!

Wednesday, December 16

Friday, December 11

and chairs

still working on these chairs.... 3 more with stripes... or 2 more damask and 1 more stripe... hmmm......

horseshoe trivets! this is an experiment- the paper is under a layer of epoxy, but how will it hold up to the heat? i'm going to wait for it to cure fully, and then use it for my tea pot....

have a great weekend.

Thursday, December 10

farm table- with leaf!

a smaller version of my first farm table- this one gets to hang in my shop for a while. yippee!

the reclaimed pine.

the table that was cannibalized for the leaf apparatus and legs. (the top was partical board with plastic laminate.... one of the few materials i take to the dump!)

the top has a wax finish, but is still waiting for the final coats.

where the table breaks for the leaf- adding another 24 inches.

Tuesday, December 8

holiday hours

woooooo the holidays are here!
things i love about this season: dark nights and snow feel cozy and romantic. giving and receiving thoughtful handmade gifts. little lights all over town. my new holiday window display put together by the talented justin brown!
and finally, i love the new the new sticks and bricks holiday hours!

come visit us on wed 12-5, thurs 12-8, fri 12-5, sat 11-6 and sun 12-5
buy handmade one of a kind gifts. mmm mmm good!

oh, and what i don't like about this season? deadlines!!

Friday, December 4

fancy knobs

i love fancy knobs & i love wood scraps.

put together and they're the perfect place for your scarves or your ties or your bags or your.... anything!

hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 3

sewing table

i love these old trundle sewing tables. beautiful furniture to house a great machine.

someday i'd like to create a new use for the human motor. perhaps a leg powered desk lamp....

but this time i took the machine out, added a shelf and painted it turquoise. i think it would be a perfect sideboard/ bar.

Wednesday, December 2

dresser set

notice the mirror's reflection....

although hard to see in this before pic, the veneer was coming off in many places- especially the raised decorative parts.

i removed some entirely, repaired others, painted the hardware and voila- a new bedroom set.

Monday, November 23

ironing board

turned into a coffee table! not that i never iron but..... i never iron.

i took off the base, stained it, and put it back on so that it adjusted lower. i used a liming wax on the top and added some upholstery tacks to give it some flair.

Friday, November 20

6 chairs

6 chairs for the table- the last two are still waiting to be found.

they needed some tlc.
but refinished with brown leather and liming wax they are quite handsome.

hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 19

farm table

this table is a custom job for family that has been long in the works. they needed to buy a house. i needed to reclaim some wood.

the finished product is the largest piece of furniture i've ever built from scratch & it's my new favorite.

reclaimed chestnut and pine.

porch posts i've been hoarding for this project since the spring- old growth poplar.

this is a table for thanksgiving!
(i'll post the chairs tomorrow)

Wednesday, November 18

botanical inspiration

on my jog today- with my arms full of seed pods and dead weeds- someone told me i looked like a harbinger of fall. that was much nicer than what they could have called me (i'm not a pretty jogger) with my bed head and pink sweatshirt you could easily think i'm crazy if you saw me.
but i am just in love with the way plants look this time of year. before they are crushed by snow and ice. after all the foliage has fallen.
this is some serious inspiration for the months ahead.

Tuesday, November 17

radio cabinet

mm mmm mmmm this radio cabinet......

so so so lovely

i picked this up at an auction for a $1- and all the folks there thought i was crazy.

i cut the front panel out and turned it into a door. removed the peeling veneer from the top, took out the old radio and cleaned up the inside.

jusin brown added this great vintage burlap and painted it my current favorite: turquoise.

a true re-cycling.

Friday, November 13

twist today!

yippee! twist is here! today from 6-9 and tomorrow from 10-6. it's going to be a blast- dj beats, adult beverages and crafty crafts- what could be better than that?!

come visit me there- you won't be disappointed!

Thursday, November 12


some of the new jewlery/ key/ whatever hooks.

i got some invaluable help from intern robyn goodmark- not to mention wonderful company.

this is a creation of intern caitlin driscoll. it's great to see what someone else sees in shop scraps.

Wednesday, November 11

twist jewels

busy busy preparing for twist!

freshwater pearls and copper

freshwater pearls, copper and czech glass

sterling loops and faceted brass beads

freshwater pearls, turquoise, brass, and czech glass.

lock washers, czech glass, and brass beads.