Goodbye 2014 :: Welcome 2015

Happy New Year! We’ve been enjoying a long and lazy holiday break. I finished my last project for the year just in time for Christmas: 16 quilted table runners for family and friends.

Quilted Table Runner
Quilted Table Runner

Over the past year, George and I learned a lot of new tricks and techniques, received much appreciated advice and made a few friends while doing what we love: creating, building and crafting. I am honored to share a few of my favorite blogs with you; knowing you’ll find something to enjoy from their posts as much as I: Fox and Finch Antiques, Hello, Scarlet, and Ol’ Perly Jenkins.

I look forward to attempting new projects this new year. I did not realize how “crafty busy” we had been until I looked back over 2014. Indulge me as I share a few with you:


Well, I have three, actually 😉

Salvaged Wood Shelf
Salvaged Wood Shelf
DIY Farmhouse Night Stand
DIY Farmhouse Night Stand
Architectural Wall Art


By far, the easiest project!

DIY Necklace Holder


Though, not a 2014 project, this was the most viewed one for the year.

Pallet Kitchen Island/Work Table

Anyone see a pattern here? I guess we like creating with wood. 🙂 I’d love to know your favorite 2014 post or project.

Here’s to a fantabulous New Year to you and yours! – – Joanne

Pallet Wood Craft Paint Organizer


My craft paint supply had outgrown the vintage soda crate they were stored in. Plus, I work in a very small room and I needed to regain precious shelf space.

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A cheap space saving organizer was needed. I like cheap; but no cost is even better! Left over paint, pallet and bead board scraps were used to build a larger organizer.


Paint Shelf


Pallet strips left over from other projects (Pallet Kitchen Island Worktable and Pallet + Plywood Workspace Table) were used to build a “frame” and a sheet of bead board (Half-bath Remodel) was used as backing. Two more pieces of pallet were used for the inner shelves. To hold it all in, a thin strip of finishing wood was added to the front of each shelf. To tie the woods together, MMS Luckett’s Green Milk Paint was dry-brushed over the organizer. Kind of looks like a rough and rustic, overgrown spice rack. 😉

Space saving, cheap and precious shelf space regained!

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Soda Can Angel

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Looking through blogs, I found lots of inspiration (One Lucky Day and Indestructibleson how to repurpose my saved soda cans and scrap pallet left over from building two tables (see Pallet + Plywood Workspace Table and Pallet Project:  Kitchen Island/Worktable here).  Using supplies I had on hand, my main goal was to construct layered wings by recycling soda cans and somehow attach my completed piece to a pallet scrap.

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Pallet + Plywood Workspace Table

I absolutely love my new counter-height workspace table.


This workspace table is made of pallets, better grade plywood and 4×4 posts. We found the pallets on an earlier expedition (see Pallet Pickin’ Fun) and purchased the rest at our friendly Lowe’s.


The plywood top edges were routed and then stained medium oak. Three layers of clear acrylic went on, sanding between each coat.

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My husband cut the table apron from the left over plywood.

I went over the legs and apron with my own chalk paint wash recipe; and then with a dark wax. Two layers of clear acrylic went on the pallet under shelf.

wtable_pallet shelf close 

The table top measures 3′ wide × 5′ long – plenty of room for my daughters, niece, sisters or mom to join in on the creating fun.


wtable_done chairs 

I’m so excited! My Dream Art Workspace is taking shape. I didn’t realize how much junk I have to unpack and to organize.  I’ll post photos soon.

Have a great week! — Joanne

Pallet Project: Kitchen Island / Work Table

I’ve been itching to create anything with salvaged pallets.
My daughter’s kitchen island is finally done. Yea!


 We spent an April Saturday afternoon salvaging pallets.

(Read about our Pallet Picking Fun here).


In addition to repurposing the pallets;
4″×4″ posts and 2″×4″ pine strips were purchased.

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Pallet Picking Fun

My daughter, Brianne, my husband, George and I grabbed our boots and gloves last Saturday morning. We were going pallet-picking. Our first stop was to check out a construction site that used wooden portable crossing for low-bearing soil. Although it was an awesome sight to behold, it was a NO GO. George said that they looked to be treated – *sigh* – not something we wanted to bring into our homes.

Brianne & Portable Crossing Pallets
Brianne & Portable Crossing Pallets

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