We love our cats, Betsy and Smoky, but they can be rather destructive at times. Take our wicker clothes hamper. They shredded it to the point that they could climb right in, settle in for a nap even. We finally threw it out several months ago, using a laudry basket instead. I suggested to Bill that we could really use a hamper where, every morning, he could sit to tie his shoes (he’s so not bendy).
Since January is a month to try out new designs, I paid no attention to Bill’s time in the workshop. That is until he mentioned he was actually making something for us. Really??? That’s so rare! The little sit-on hamper had morphed into this lovely pine hamper/seat/clothes rack/valet. Don’t you love the ratty old hat hanging there? My friend Lisa said that every king needs a place to hang his crown.
As any wife can tell you, her husband often is hard of listening. Well, I’m happy to report that my hubby not only listened, he actually outdid himself! For a couple of years now, I’ve been wishing for some kind of a small sales desk to use at our craft shows. Bill sat down and started designing just before our most recent fair. Here’s the gem of a desk he came up with –
The top opens to a large, flat surface to give the customer an area to write. That top compartment is perfect for the cashbox. Drawers hold other essentials and the bottom cabinet is a handy cubbyhole. And to top it all, he’s made it locking! So much better than perching things on cardboard boxes, wouldn’t you say?!
I think I’d like one of these as a regular little desk, with the top opening down to make a writing surface, with little cubbyholes inside. Hm-m-m, wonder if hubby would listen to that one…
Bill has been all excited about finishing his next unique project, so much so that he took these pictures himself.
At first glance, it’s just a nice little table. Check out the side view, taking special note of the wooden pins.
But remove those pins…
And you have yourself a bench! Open up the top of the bench…
And you have storage! How handy is that? This unique piece of furniture is called a settle table bench with storage. The wood is ash and will have a golden oak stain. Stay tuned to see how stunning this unusual piece turns out.
Little wooden items – they are my kind of thing. Bill came up with some new home accents, shadowbox shelves. One definition of accent is “to lay particular emphasis on.” These shadowboxes serve the purpose of emphasizing and highlighting some of your favorite things.
The hand painting varies from these daisies to other flower designs and, of course, chickadees. Fill these little gems with knickknacks or collections or treasures.
The medium shadowbox shelves are slightly bigger. There’s no hand painting right now but stay tuned this week to see what the muse inspires!
So what about painting? I do it just about every day. (You can read more about this in “About Wildflower Wood” on the right sidebar.) Today I finished two coffee table tops. Bill built these little beauties from native Vermont butternut.
Painting on the wood is similar to choosing coordinating fabrics. Every variety of wood has its own color family. I started these designs with one color leaves but quickly realized it was the wrong green for the golden glow of butternut. These tables now are back in Bill’s shop for the final coats of finish, spiffing them right up for our first fair. That first fair is in St. Albans, VT at the Vermont Maple Festival.
In between times, I’m also painting ornaments. It’s Christmas all year in my household! More about these ornaments later…time to get ready for tonight’s quilt guild meeting.