Mar 2, 2012

Just some stuff

Greetings!  If you are living close to the tornado and storm areas, I hope you and yours are all safe.   The May 31, 1985 F5's that went through several states, swept right down the road from us and took our best friend.  A surreal scene when going through the destroyed areas.  So whenever I hear of these, my heart goes out to the residents.
I've been working on boxes and will hopefully have seven sets for sale this Sunday evening.  Most of my time has been taken up with redesigning the kitchen.  I'm finally getting around to redecorating and will bore you with photos and details of progress.  This time, we will not be DIYers.   I also hired a young man (a gorgeous young man whose family adopted the dog I rescued) to make the cupboards and furniture pieces that I should be making myself.  I will eventually, but for now, this recent trade school graduate (carpentry) will make some extra cash.
I wanted to show you these baskets I got at Pat Catan's during their 50% sale.  I love the size and will find samplers to fit.  They hang nicely on doors or doorknobs and are really a good size  Ready....$5.00!!!  $4 for the smaller one.  So I bought several.  I plan on brushing them with paint and aging them a bit.  But a bargain, no???

 
I also wanted to show you this grapevine tree.  I've seen them in shops this size for several hundred dollars.  Are you kidding me?  So if you would like one, here's how to do it cheap.  Decide the height you would like your tree, and purchase two heavy gauge tomato cages that size.  Stack them on top of each other, wire the loose ends to a point.   You can wire cross members of scrap wood on the inside but I don't.  I put a few rocks on the bottom of the cage to secure and then started wrapping the vines.  You'll need a lot!!  I used fresh and stripped the leaves as I was wrapping.  You can use them in the fall after the leaves drop too.  Secure with wire where you think you need to as you move up or down the cage.  I don't think it matters where you start.  I've made small ones, and this is the largest.  You will need to put felt or tape on the bottom so it doesn't scratch the floor, or set it on a rug.  I added the lights, but it's not necessary.  This was made for my front porch and it may make it out there this summer.














Oh, one other thing.  Here's my new ort bag.
There's no room for threads.  I really need to stop this chocolate addiction.

Hope you have a great weekend.  Hopefully, I'll have the time to catch up on your blogs tomorrow.
Thank you very much for taking the time to visit.  I'll be back Sunday evening. 
  

Until then, here's the herd enjoying the nice weather.

21 comments:

Cindy's Stitching said...

what great pictures and great ideas. Something are just over priced

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

I just picked myself up off the floor. Five dollars for those baskets?! Seriously they are
beauties. Good for you.
Hugs,
Susan

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

beautiful pictures !

bisous de FRANCE

Ginny said...

$5 for those awesome baskets? How hard did you have to twist the shop keeper's arm? Wow! Your grapevine tree is great and something I might have to try. We have plenty of tomato cages, and I don't think we pulled all the grapevine from the trees and bushes out back. Off to pin the idea on Pinterest!

Vickie said...

Ha ha ha, hee hee hee. I do believe I recognize the chocolate wrappers in your new ort bag. Dove dark chocolates right? Uh, then I too have a chocolate addiction?! ;)

Shirlee said...

Wow! I wish we had a Pat Catans around here! Thanks for the great instructions for making the tree! Blessings, Shirlee

denise said...

what a good deal on the baskets! i have had my grape vine tree for about 12 yrs now. my daughter and here friend got the vine for me and my hubby made it.

Cathy B said...

Great baskets! Such friendly visitors in your last picture...

Will check back on Sunday night as I would love to purchase some of your boxes!

Viola di Nebbia said...

So sweet deer... *.* I love the tree with lights *.*

Margaret said...

That's so sad and scary about your best friend. :( Tornadoes freak me out so much. I grew up in tornado alley and my father still lives there. Ugh. Love your grape vine tree. Great bargain on the baskets too! lol about your ORT --now chocolate -- container! Love it! Looking forward to seeing your kitchen redo. I want to redo our so badly, but no money for that!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Marly ~
You won't bore me with kitchen pics. I'd love to see them! When I moved in my house 12 years ago the first thing I was going to do was remodel the kitchen. Yeah, right...lol!
Great grapevine wreath!
Happy Saturday.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Bertie said...

We have seen the devastation here in the UK Marly, you must have dreadful memories!!

Your baskets are a bargain, I cannot believe the prices in the USA, good buy!
Love your herd, they must be so close to your house!
Have a good weekend:)

Deb said...

You find the best things and you really got a bargain on them. And I really love that tree.

We have a herd of deer like that in our subdivision - between 15 and 20 of them. The other night five decided to make another appearance as I was letting Bailey out. He took after them like a shot! Luckily he realized he couldn't catch them and turn around - or maybe he turned around because he realized that one had been hidden behind a bush and started chasing him! LOL

Glenna said...

We WANT to see the kitchen photos! And hear about the re-do! LOL about the ort container, and I'm freshly amazed by your tree and your aptitude for just creating something cool out of stuff!

Teresa S. said...

Love the ort bag! When I saw what it was filled with, I thought "a woman after my own heart!"

P>S> I want one of the new boxes when ready!

Joy said...

I grew up surrounded by tornadoes and now my daughter lives in Huntsville, AL. Sad for anyone to live thru and to think you loss a friend.

On a brighter note, love your baskets and you are just one clever gal!! Making your own grapevine trees.

I want to come and stitch. Happy Weekend!

P.J. said...

Just discovered your blog today! Yum! Love the grapevine tree, gonna try that project myself. Enjoying all the other goodies on your blog.

Sherry said...

The baskets are wonderful and look perfect on the wall peg. You are so talented! Look at that wonderful new tree!

Chris said...

Wow Marly, the grapevine tree is amazing. I think you need to make another or bag, one for threads and one for the chocolate wrappers :)

Gettysburg Homestead said...

WOW Marly!!! Great buys and a great tut on the grapevine trees!!!

Suzanne said...

Great baskets and such a good price. I love your tree!

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