Thursday, November 20, 2014

12 Days of Christmas, Day 5, Advent Calendar

Okay, at the risk of being obnoxious ;) BEFORE you see day 5 PLEASE take 30 seconds to go vote for my pallet potting bench.  I am closing in on first place, but need your help to take the lead.  THANKS SO MUCH!!

12 days of Christmas, day 5 Advent calendar http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/12-days-of-christmas-day-5-advent.html
On the fifth day of Christmas
Beyond The Picket Fence gave to me
An advent calendar that is bright & cheery.
12 days of Christmas, day 5 Advent calendar http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/12-days-of-christmas-day-5-advent.html
For this advent calendar I started with a bunch of "branch rounds".  However, these really aren't from a branch because I didn't have one.  I did have some wood tree stake poles so I cut one of them up on the chop saw. You could also buy round, wood circles at the craft store. 
12 days of Christmas, day 5 Advent calendar http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/12-days-of-christmas-day-5-advent.html
After a light sanding of each round, I stained one side and painted chalkboard paint on the other.  My plan was to leave the stained side that way, but it was so dark and not very cheery so instead I painted the one side with red, green, and blue.  
12 days of Christmas, day 5 Advent calendar http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/12-days-of-christmas-day-5-advent.html
I then painted numbers on them with white paint, drilled a small hole in the top and added an eye hook and some baker's twine.
12 days of Christmas, day 5 Advent calendar http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/12-days-of-christmas-day-5-advent.html
I grabbed apiece of plywood and laid the number rounds out.  If you are particular, you can use a yardstick to get everything even--me, I am an eyeballer.  
12 days of Christmas, day 5 Advent calendar http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/12-days-of-christmas-day-5-advent.html
I added screws above each round.
12 days of Christmas, day 5 Advent calendar http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/12-days-of-christmas-day-5-advent.html
I painted the board white
12 days of Christmas, day 5 Advent calendar http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/12-days-of-christmas-day-5-advent.html
and then I added a 1"x 2" wood frame.
12 days of Christmas, day 5 Advent calendar http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/12-days-of-christmas-day-5-advent.html
Now, as my hubby so gently pointed out, these are pretty small to write on with chalk.  But, you can buy a fine tip chalk pen (which I plan to do) or sharpen chalk with a handheld pencil sharpener or draw pictures for the activities that you will include for each day or use a paint pen if you want permanent activities.  
12 days of Christmas, day 5 Advent calendar http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/12-days-of-christmas-day-5-advent.html

12 days of Christmas, day 5 Advent calendar http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/12-days-of-christmas-day-5-advent.html
Remember to include lots of community activities like visiting a nursing home or baking for the local fire department.
12 days of Christmas, day 5 Advent calendar http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/11/12-days-of-christmas-day-5-advent.html

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Vintage Inspiration Party

Welcome back to the Vintage Inspiration Party.  We're so happy to have you partying with us every week and we always look forward to seeing your vintage inspired treasures and projects. This is the place to share anything old, treasured, passed-down or tattered, but you can also share projects that were made to look old, including repurposed and upcycled creations.

vin-tage (adj.) 1.) used to describe something that is not new but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc. 2.) used to describe something that has the best qualities or characteristics of the things made or done by a particular person, organization.

When you link up here at Vintage Inspiration Party your links will be seen on all 4 blogs!!

Let's take a look at the features from last week's party chosen by Betsy at
 My Salvaged Treasures

Pallets, Oh How I Do Love Them!

I just got a new batch of pallets and I am happily and busily planning and plotting what to do with them.  The possibilities are truly endless.  Right now I am working with them as the whole pallet like I did with this project that I am reposting because "she", yes my potting bench is a she, and she is in a beauty contest right now and she needs your help.

This project is entered in Bob Vila's Thumbs Up! contest for the month of November 2014. You can vote once a day. It only takes a few seconds to vote, I promise!  PLEASE VOTE FOR IT HERE! THANK YOU!
Tune in this evening for the Vintage Inspiration Party!

I am still in my pallet paradise mode--loving the beauty and creative possibility of free wood.  Now, free wood does not mean less work, quite the contrary.  Pallet building is not for the faint.  It is hard work making that free wood useable.  But, I love discovering the different kinds of woods, dreaming up new ways to use the various parts of the pallet.  Using half a pallet, I built a potting table that is ready for spring (or late May in Montana).
pallet potting bench Bob Vila thumbs up http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/03/pallet-potting.html
I filled in the empty spaces between the pallets with some painted trim pieces.
pallet potting bench Bob Vila thumbs up http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/03/pallet-potting.html Old window sash pieces worked for legs and some found tongue and groove boards for the bottom shelf.  I added a little chalkboard I made from an old lace shutter frame I found in an alley and a few fun things to hang tools from.
pallet potting bench Bob Vila thumbs up http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/03/pallet-potting.html
Even with the bottom shelf, she was still a little unsteady on her feet so I added a cross piece in the back which stabilized the table beautifully. 
pallet potting bench Bob Vila thumbs up http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/03/pallet-potting.html
Mother Nature, bring on some planting weather!
pallet potting bench Bob Vila thumbs up http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2012/03/pallet-potting.html

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Vintage Inspiration Party

Hello and welcome to the Vintage Inspiration Party!  We hope you all are well, enjoying the last bits of fall and maybe gearing up for the holidays.  This is the party for all things VINTAGE!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014