20 June 2011

Table Making Part 2 (the actual making of the table)

This past Saturday was table making day and I am proud to say our table is complete; it stands without wobbling, is the right height and we didn't ruin the beautiful antique door it is made from.  In case you are reading for the first time see my previous post about my table making woes.

I've included some photos of the making process below.  For all the procrastinators out there who hold back because of the 'what ifs' of crafting and DIY projects I say press on friends, press on!

14 June 2011

Table making...

I'm making a table. I wish I had taken that carpentry class in highschool, it would come in handy in a situation like this but I simply have no other choice.  I have longed for a reclaimed 'harvest' table for a while now.  One day I looked around my apartment and thought - 'Where did all this modern furniture come from? It is totally not my style" and with that I have began the transformation of our little home above Queen St. room by room.  We still have a long way to go but I started with my bedroom and all in all it is now much more my taste.  I think when we first got married the affordability of Ikea sucked us into this sleek modern world (which I can still appreciate) and let's face it maybe my longing for the ocean back in BC or the simplicity of West Coast culture is the root of my sudden upheaval of all of our furniture but regardless there is no turning back now.

I sold our kitchen table one day; I just grew tired of it and posted it on craigslist and sold it all in a matter of two days.  I was very excited to see it go however this left a giant hole in our dining area, a large gap we now call the dance floor, dog lounge or storage room.  We have been eating on our laps for a few months now and can't really entertain.   The area in the dining room still remains bare (on a good day that is) so I thought it was about time to figure out what we should do to fill it - and so I am making a table.

Brett and I bought a antique door from our favourite antique store (The Salvage Shop) and we love it.  We stand in our kitchen, arms around each other and stare at our beautiful mid-1800's door wondering what room it led to once upon a time.  We have admired this door for a month now and let's face it my procrastination in building my table can go on no longer.

And so I am making a table and am really not sure how it will turn out but hope it doesn't fail completely as I really like my antique door!  Maybe I should have bought a table and used the door as a door - but that would just make life too easy wouldn't it! 

Table pics to come soon (I hope).

08 June 2011

Drum roll please - introducing Regretsy!

When Brett and I were in Syracuse a few weeks ago for a conference he was presenting at I met a woman (who was also presenting) and we got to chatting.  She was quite eccentric and very hilarious and she gave me a wonderful gift, a gift that changed my life as it will yours.  The gift of Regretsy. 
Regretsy is a site which takes the weirdly hilarious and absurd items posted on Etsy (a website where crafters and artists can sell their handmade items) and shares them in their wonderful glory for all to rejoice in the hilarity they bring to the world.  If you don't know what Etsy is I suggest checking it out first otherwise Regretsy might not make much sense. I particularly enjoy the accessories tab which can be found if you scroll down on the right hand side.
I do warn you though - many posts are somewhat foul in nature - well let's face it most are, so if you are easily offended this site may not be for you.    For everyone else however I leave you with a few of my all-time favourites to give you a taste of the Regretsy world.  Enjoy!
Very OJ Simpson
Seriously the best model!
The rest of this post is amazing - check it out
This is my favourite, so funny!

07 June 2011

Love Local - Favourites

Just wanted to add a few favourites from the Love Local sale this past weekend. Check out their sites, I'm sure they will be around the Toronto summer craft sale scene.

Eco-Friendly Stationery

Home Decor

I am also very excited as the Rosedale Valley Antique Market started up at The Brick Works on Sunday; it was a very Brick Works weekend indeed!  Our favourite guy from The Salvage Shop on Kingston Road had a great selection of antique goodies he had been storing up for the sale which is happening every Sunday in June and July (not sure about August).  This market is just starting up but the prices were great and we were able to check an item off of our antique wish list - a vintage fan.  I'll post a picture later this week but it was a steal and is in fabulous working condition.

All in all this past weekend was a successful one at that and now the countdown to Friday begins.  Be sure to check back on Wednesday for my favourite 'regretsy' posts - don't know what 'regretsy' is - well young grasshoppers be sure to tune in!

03 June 2011

Love Local

I am very much looking forward to this weekend and have a few fun things planned.  One exciting event is the Love Local show and sale at The Evergreen Brick Works tomorrow.  My husband and I frequent the Brick Works often in the early AM hours for a walk with the dogs before work or on Saturday morning for the farmers market.  If you haven't stopped by be sure to do so, there are a ton of great events going on each week and it's a fabulous place to visit with kids (and dogs too!). 

I frequent many craft sales but I love that this show features Toronto only artists.  I'll post a few pictures on Sunday to tell you how it went but I have a sneaking suspicion that I will wish I had more money on me.

Happy weekending to all!