Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Making Things

I love making things.  It seems that I always have to be producing something.  In truth, I feel downright awful about myself if I don't do anything productive.  Remember when I wasn't baking??  I did a lot of sewing then.  Now that I'm preparing to close up my sewing room (baby's taking over!), my interests are once again moving on to the next thing.
Note:  I do have a whole bunch of fabric in the sewing room that I am trying to find a home for.  As such, I've opened a Store Envy shop, TFW on Store Envy.  There's only a few fabrics there right now, but more will be added when I find the energy/attention to do so :)  Feel free to snoop around!
So now, instead of my favorite making thing - purses (which used to be quilts, which used to be cakes, which used to be velvet embossing, which used to be Indian Bead Loom Weaving... ) I find myself wanting to make: furniture.

Yep.  Furniture.

I told Handsome and he replied (with a fair amount of skepticism in his voice) "Because you're a carpenter...????"  Yep.  I think I might become a carpenter.  We've got the space for furniture to fill, such as the awkward front room that I still don't know what to do with, the space beside our bed where nightstands should go but none can be found that are tall enough, and even the kitchen where more storage space is always welcome.

Once again, I turn to my trusty friend Ana White (who doesn't know I exist, nor does she know the horse I rode in on).  This gal has got it going on!  She does all of this sweet DIY business, and she actually is a carpenter.  Go figure!  So now I want to be Ana, pretty much.  My plans include the following:

Food Storage Rack for the kitchen.
Except I'm going to fill mine with Honey Crisp apples, come fall.
My goodness, how I miss those!

This couch that has built-in storage.
But I want to take it one step further, and make it a sectional/L-shape.
For the awkward front room.
Maybe once the couch is in there, we can call it the couch room.
"Come, sit with me in the couch room..."
Yes, I think that might work nicely.

A lovely bedside table (or two).
Except with longer legs, due to the soaring heights at which we sleep.
I suppose I could always get a shorter bed.
Perhaps I should look for a bed frame to make...

Floating Shelves are also on the agenda.
Handsome prefers them to regular shelves.
He also prefers to wear long socks with shorts while bicycling.
Note: This plan is from an Ana, but not A-dub.
I think it still counts as awesome.

So this is almost-officially my new thing.  I think I shall make a fine carpenter, and the elderly gentlemen at Lowes the blue store (as real DIY-ers call it) already like me.  Its happening whether I embrace it or not, I am powerless against the draw of sawdust and power tools.

Now all I need are some willing helpers!  Who's with me?  Worst case, we bungle the jobs, get a few splinters, and laugh/cry about the mess we've made.  If you're not into furniture (I'll forgive you, for now), then what's your current thing?  Do you think I'll actually accomplish any of these?  Want to place bets?

Against all odds,


  1. i can smell the sawdust now! but i don't want to help. sorry. i have a serious lack of desire to pay attention to detail....

    1. I love that it is not an inability, but a lack of desire :) I can't wait to smell the sawdust!!! EEK!

  2. Oh my gosh. You are my hero. Seriously. I have been looking for a place to find awesome diy furniture projects (because husband and I are convinced that we're going to become carpenters). THANK YOU!!

    1. Seriously, her site is awesome! Let me know if you pick a project, maybe I'll try it too, and we can bounce ideas off of eachother! I'm sure you can become a great carpenter :)

  3. I wish I had the drive to want to actually make furniture! I love doing DIY projects but don't get around to it very often but I'm totally inspired now!

    1. Do something, even if it's small, right now!! Don't let the inspiration get away! :)

  4. Best of luck to you. If I were closer I would help. I wanted to make a bench out of pallets, but my husband knows me and my project by this point and totally talked me out of it.

    Can't wait to see the finished product.

    1. I would totally take you up on your offer to help, seeing as you're such a trooper when injured. Hope the leg is healing up!

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    1. Which one?? I'm definitely going to try those floating shelves soon, and I can't wait to find someone to help me with the couch!

  6. You'd be handy to have around. We needed a side table in the living room... so we stacked up two wine crates we had and called it a day. I believe in you!

    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence!! And don't knock the wine crates, if they work, then you're a genius!


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