Faux Spool Cabinet

This is too good not to write a post about! I have loved antique spool cabinets for as long as I can remember. And since I have been sewing for 50 years, it makes sense that I love them.
Since I didn't want to pay the price that these cabinets cost, I thought I could finally make my own version of it.
I found this cabinet on a local Facebook site for sale for $20. It looked a bit rough to me but something that I could work with.
When I got it, it stunk sooooo bad. As well as having a bad paint job. I cleaned it well, letting it set in the sun all day then painted it inside and out (except for the drawer fronts) with a Kilz product that seals wood and stink. Then, I stripped the drawer fronts to reveal solid walnut. With the drawers being double dovetailed, front and back and the style of the cabinet, my husband dated it to 1870's to early 1900. Sadly the top which I would have wanted to strip back to the walnut, was just a piece of plywood.

Using a product called Amazing, I molded my own forms for the missing trim pieces by placing this clay product over the parts that were there. Then using a liquid resin of the same product name, I made my own casting of the missing knobs and trim, (you can see these in white).

I also took the opportunity to do something fun with the plywood top using yardsticks and new trim. I used the Silhouette Electronic Cutter program and my Silhouette to design and cut stencils for all the wording I needed.

After some labor of love here is the final outcome. 

I am in love with it. And it will find a home in my sewing room today.


Update on Life

Since I quit posting to my blog, we welcomed our newest granddaughter, little Eva Rose to the family on Oct. 17. We were able to head out for a week of joy holding her in Kansas.

 And here, Eva is all filled out, healthy and beautiful at one month old. She looks so much like her daddy that it warms my heart even more because it brings back so many memories of him.
I have kept busy with the wedding of my daughter on Oct. 7...
I was able to make her wedding dress...

And I made an advent ladder and felt owl Christmas tree for my older granddaughter, Isla Rose...

I also repainted my master bedroom...

I will keep the before and after tab updated with pictures for you to enjoy.


End of the Line for me...

This little blog of mine has been active for longer than I ever expected. I wanted to have my say and share with you my projects and encourage you, that you too could do the same types of things.

However, my life is changing. I have a 17 month old granddaughter that is more fun than I could have imagined.

And I have another granddaughter on the way to being here soon. I want to spend more and more time with them.

I have been blessed beyond your words of praise and have developed some valued friendships too.

Projects...do I have projects, yes. I just finished a couple that I haven't even shared with you.
Therefore, my decision, at least for now, is to stop posting on my blog but still share on my Forever Decorating Facebook page.  Please like my fb page and you will still see fun projects that I am doing.

If, and it's a big IF, I discover that I truly miss this little ol' blog, then I will come back.

I shall see...


Just a little bit of Check!

I love creating my own version of MacKenzie Childs style.  It's not that hard since it's just squares.


The REST of the Story...

This post was written from my heart to my son.
                      This is about his family,
                                                 his ties,
                                                          his family history.

            It's about these quilt blocks! After you read this initial story posted in Feb. 2014, I will tell you the REST of the Story!


Stunning Jewelry Art

My friend, Gail is not one to 'rest on her laurels' as the saying goes! She is always on the move, helping others and creating beautiful things.


From Boring to Crazy Cool Light Fixture

Okay, so I have been MIA again.
I have a good excuse...I have been working on a surprise for my daughter-in-law's baby shower, but I can't share that with you yet...
And helping my daughter start her Etsy account full of cool stuff she (with my help) has made...but I can't share that with you yet either!
And playing with my granddaughter, Isla Rose...
But the biggest thing, is helping my daughter get ready for her wedding Oct. 7! That's right, she had the baby first and now Isla's Mommy and Daddy are getting married! I am making the wedding dress so I will share that with you when it's done.


A Tisket A Tasket...

A Wire Basket!
You know, when you get bored of looking at the same old thing...


High Quality Wood Look Wallpapered Wall

I have partnered with Walls Republic to bring you an honest opinion of their wallpaper products. Plus, directions on how to hang wallpaper! Yeah


Garden & House Tour - Part 2

We continue on Part 2 of the Garden & House Tour...you can see Part 1 HERE if you missed it.


Garden & House Tour - Part I

 I just went on a garden tour and wanted to take you along. I also got pictures of some great old houses...


Front Porch Changes

We just had our roof re-shingled. Plus the gutter guys are coming next week, so changes are happening. My young and cute, handy dandy handyman can really do ANYTHING! He and his crew tore the old off and put the new shingles on. As usual, I had more on my list for him to do...


The Olive Bucket

Everyone, including me wants one or has one. I was lucky to go to HyVee and find this now on sale out in their garden area for 50% off. It was only $20 for a very large size.


A New Sun Tunnel & Granddaughter

My little granddaughter, Isla (pronounced Eye-La) recently turned one and luckily I have a cousin that has a creative eye and wonderful camera to capture some very precious pictures of her.


It's a Marriage of Pieces

This is a marriage of a cute table,

Paired with my sweet vintage ice cream chairs...

And I think they look great together!


Working in the Gardens

Several followers wonder why I take breaks more often than I used to...

I have slowed down on projects since I closed my antique mall booth...

And am enjoying life more at this slower pace.

I still keep very busy...

And this time of the year, you can find me in the gardens slaving away at all that needs to be done.

Here are examples of what hubby and I have been up to the past two weeks...

In the fall of last year, we purchased a new arbor for the honeysuckle growing on the back fence row. This year, we have added a gate.

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