Friday, August 31, 2012

I Can Handle It

I've got a bit of a fetish for old wooden tool handles
and have fun finding ways to use & display them.
Some of the small ones end up in potted plants.
A green plant makes a nice contrast to the wood handles.
I love this ice pick with advertising from an old, local ice company.
This tool has a curved blade on it and was from
a fruit and produce company.

The most unusual handles in my home are 2 that came off
of antique push lawn mowers that hang above two of my kitchen windows.
I contemplated turning them into towel bars in the laundry/bathroom
we are getting ready to remodel, but decided to use them as window decor instead.
 I love the different shapes and sizes and colors of old tool handles.
I know the handles you see on tools today are sturdier than wooden
handles, but I doubt they'll end up as decor when they are worn out.
These old beauties, on the other hand, are practically works of art
once they are no longer useful as tools.

Anybody else out there crazy about old handles?
If so, how do you use yours?

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What a Pleasure

I still get really giddy (just ask my family - I'm constantly calling them
over to my computer to see) whenever one of my posts has been featured
on another blog, so I was downright tickled pink when
wrote an absolutely glowing post about my blog and home
for her Blogger Spotlight series.
If you haven't visited her blog before, you are in for a treat. (click on image to visit)
I'm always doing a lot of tweaking around my house, so I'm
glad she hosts a link party every Tuesday called,
Join Me And Party Each Tuesday

It was also my pleasure to see my farmhouse kitchen featured this week by
Debra @ Common Ground
Common Ground
and Honey @ 2805

 and Gail @ My {re}Purposed Life
My Repurposed Life™
Aimee @ It's Overflowing
also contacted me to let me know she would
be featuring my kitchen this weekend.
Its Overflowing
Thank you ladies - I'm honored.

And thanks so much to all of you who took the time to come 
visit and see our new/old, farmhouse kitchen.
I received so many kind comments and I appreciate each and every one!
My husband has even read the comments and I
know he felt proud that others found his work noteworthy.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Antique Graphic Pillows

Every week I share antique images and graphics with you,
but I rarely get around to actually doing anything with them
myself, so I asked my mom if she would
sew some pillow covers for me that I could add some images to.
(Thanks, Mom!)
It was fun looking through the images I've posted and
selecting a few of my favorites.
I don't recommend using regular iron-on transfer paper like you get
at craft stores.  I experimented with it before putting any
images on the pillow covers and was NOT happy with the results.
Several pages got stuck in my printer and the transferred image
changed from the original color and it looked like an image
cut out and pasted on the pillow.

I'd read wonderful things about Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) by Lesley Riley,
so I decided to order some to try and the results
turned out SO much better.  The great thing about TAP
is that not only can you use it on fabric, but you can use it
on paper, wood, glass, metal, canvas, etc.  It doesn't give the fabric
a discolored look and it is totally transparent.  You can't see any line
where the transfer is.  It does feel slightly slick, but not annoyingly so.  
I also didn't have any problems printing on the paper.                                                 
I've only tried it on fabric, but I'm looking forward to 
using it on other surfaces as well.  I was not paid to
review this product, I'm just sharing it because I think
you'll love it too.  It's a little more expensive than regular
iron-on transfer paper, but is well worth it and produces 
a much nicer image.
Just remember...rotate your image before you print!
I forgot to do it on this one, so the writing on the typewriter is backwards.
My mom sent me 6 covers, so I'm still deciding which images
to put on the other 3 that are left, but I think I might do clock images.


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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Antique Graphics Wednesday - 12 Fruits and Vegetables

These 12 fruit and vegetable images all come from a 1940's Field Book of Natural History.  
I think there are a lot of fun projects you could use these on.  
At the bottom of this post, you'll see how Bliss @ Bliss Ranch used a 
garden-related image I previously posted on a wonderful wooden tote.
I hope you enjoy them!

Bliss @ Bliss Ranch saw her name on
an antique advertisement I posted HERE and used it on a wonderful wooden tote.
Be sure and stop over to see more of her totes...she's got bunches!
Be sure to let me know if you use graphics graphics I've shared in any projects,
and I'll give you a shout out so everyone can see it.

You can see the rest of the images I've posted in previous weeks
by clicking on the tab "Antique Graphics to Print", located under my header.


Antique Graphics Wednesday - 1908 School Song {Don't Talk When You've Nothing to Say}

I've been looking through a 1908 school songbook and
there are so many wonderful songs in this book that I plan to share
throughout the year with you.  It had a variety of types of songs, 
but some of my favorites are "wisdom" songs, intended to impart wise words.

I thought this was a great one for kids who tend to chatter too much.
I was one of those kids and still tend to be a chatterbox, so
it's a little wisdom or me too.
Be sure to let me know if you use graphics graphics I've shared in any projects,
and I'll give you a shout out so everyone can see it.

You can see the rest of the images I've posted in previous weeks
by clicking on the tab "Antique Graphics to Print", located under my header.


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Monday, August 27, 2012

Knick of Time Tuesday #49

Welcome back to the 49th

Let's look at some of the wonderful links shared last week.

Suzan @ Simply Vintageous
brought a huge smile to my face and heart with this "Anne (with an e)
of Green Gables dresser she created.  So charming!!!
gave an old wooden tool box a feminine face lift.

I've got 2 rooms in my house wallpapered in antique books, so this accent wall done by
Angela @ Number Fifty-Three grabbed my attention.
Didn't it turn out beautifully?  Love her beautiful buffet in front of it also!

Revi @ Revisionary Life
shares my love of rust, and lots of it.  Take a look at
this rusty, rolling wagon of bliss.  It's going to be a
beauty this fall filled with pumpkins, gourds and flowers!
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Buying Time

Thanks so much for letting me cry on your shoulders yesterday,
about my oldest son moving into the dorm at college.

During another of my teary-eyed spells before he left, he gave me
a hug and said, "Why do I get the feeling I'm the only adult in this room?"
He knows how to humor me.

It seems fitting in my struggle against how quickly time is passing,
that I won a box full of old, non-working travel clocks at the auction last week.
If only it really was so easy to buy some time or slow time down!  
I've been asked several times if I have any clocks for sale at
Knick of Time on Etsy, but you'll rarely find any there,
because they all get added to my personal collection.  Sorry!

I also bought this fabulous, large tool drawer unit at the auction.  
I wish I had a place I could use the whole unit in my house, 
but I don't, so I'm keeping a few drawers
for myself and the rest are being sold in sets of 2 in my shop.
Since it's the last week of August, it's time for a special discount code
good on anything at Knick of Time on Etsy.  Use the code
ENDOFAUGUST for 20% off - good through August 31st.

Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you later this evening
for the Knick of Time Tuesday party.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday - Son Day

Today is a day that I've never really looked forward to.
My son is moving into the dorm at college.
I know, it's part of the progression that comes with having children,
but that doesn't mean I have to like it.  

I've been blessed to be a stay-at-home mom his whole life.

I was blessed to homeschool him from kindergarten through graduation.
It seems like just yesterday I was teaching him to read.

I've been blessed that he choose to live at home his first few years of college, 
so I had him here longer than I might have.

It's not like he'll be far away.  His college is only 30 minutes
from home and he works less than 15 minutes from home,
but it's not the same as knowing he'll come home to
sleep at night and I won't be hearing, "I'll see you later, Mom" when
he leaves for work.  I won't be able to tell
him to come in my room and tap me when he comes home
late at night - just so I know he got home safe.
I wonder how long it will take before I stop worrying that
he's safely in his dorm each night.

I'm glad he's really looking forward to it and  
I hope he makes great memories living in the dorm.
I know he's ready for more independence,
but he's my boy - my firstborn, and home just
won't be quite the same without him around on a regular basis.

He was a sport and gave me a nice, long hug
before he went to bed, when I whined about it being
his last night of truly living at home.
He knew his big baby of a mom needed it.
God, please bless & watch over my boy,

Saturday, August 25, 2012

I'm Diggin' It - Garden Spade Decor

If you really dig old tools, this little project might be right up your alley.
It didn't cost any money to create - I had the few supplies needed already on hand.
Chances are good you have everything too, or something
similar that would work just as well.

When I saw this Garden Spade Door Knocker
sold by Terrain, I had one of those, "that gives me an idea" moments.
Garden Spade Door Knocker
I don't really want a door knocker because we
have a doorbell that no one rings since our
4 dogs bark up a storm whenever anyone pulls in my driveway.
I know I have company long before they make it to the door,
but I thought the idea was cute, with a little tweaking.

Instead of a doorknocker, I thought I'd turn a hand spade
into a house number display.
With a little digging around in my workshop (couldn't resist the pun),
I found a garden spade and stuck some adhesive chip board numbers on it.
Our house is white, so I decided I'd use another color
and since fall is coming, I went with yellow spray paint instead.
Once the paint was dry, I removed the chip board numbers
and lightly sanded it so some of the original rust would show through.
I also gave it a clear coat of acrylic spray to protect its appearance.
I used some E6000 to adhere it to a piece of old wood, and
a few minutes later...we have a house number display
to hang outside our home.
You could use this same concept and turn lots of old
garden or household tools into house number displays.
It's a good way to put otherwise worn out tools
to good use, rather than just throwing them away.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Sittin' Pretty

I finished painting the kitchen chairs yesterday.
The two on the each end are the youngest ones,
which were part of the set from our previous kitchen table.
The rest of the chairs all came from auctions, thrift stores, or yard sales.
All the chairs were painted and distressed for a timeworn look,
except one.  Can you guess which one - [my shift key isn't working, so pretend
there's a question mark there.]
I wish I could carry this pretty shadow back into the kitchen with me.
 If you guessed this chair as the one bearing
original chippy paint, you were right.
Try as I might, I just can't authentically duplicate a truly aged appearance.
Time is the master of achieving that look.

 The mismatched styles and personalities of the chairs
will be right at home in my kitchen.
 We are a rather mismatched family,
with a variety of personalities.

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