Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that you have been able to enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving with those you love.
This is Whopper, made by Roo for a project with his class.

Friday, November 18, 2011

'Possum Belly Cabinet

I discovered this tucked away in the corner of one of my favorite browse spots in Kansas. It reminded me of a Hoosier cabinet,
but the store owner called it a " 'possum belly" because of the rounded drawers on the bottom.
I wanted it, but I had no place to put it in our small house in Kansas. So, what did I do? I bought it and put it in storage even
before we moved to Korea and put everything else in storage! LOL Crazy, huh? I did use the bottom of it as a computer desk during the
time period the boys and I were in the house and waiting for it to sell after we sent our shipment of goods to Korea.

I'm finally getting to use it here and I've been at a loss as to how to style it. My first thought was to display my Jadeite in it.
But, I couldn't get it to look the way I wanted to. I like the top and I like the hutch part. I'm still working on the shelves behind the glass.
You may recognize the apples and sugar mold candle holder from my staging of our new table. I borrowed them from the
'possum belly for those photos. It's like everything else in this house - a work in progress.
Speaking of the sugar mold. I love that piece! It was also something I discovered in Kansas that I wanted. But, when I went back to the store to actually purchase one, they were sold out in the store. I left Kansas without one. I couldn't get them out of my mind though, so once I arrived in Korea, I found sugar molds from Mexico on ebay. I used it on the coffee table in Korea. But, it was forever getting knocked over by certain boys. I knew better than to put it on the coffee table here. In its current position, I couldn't use real candles in it.
This morning, I found another perfect solution. LED tealights.
I'm so glad those are so much cheaper than they were a few years ago. Buying six didn't break the bank!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"Family Tree" Farmhouse table

I mentioned in my post yesterday that in the midst of being busy, we had built a farmhouse table using wood from my family's land.
That idea all started thanks to Blog-land and to the large open extra eating area in this house.
We've had eat in kitchens in two of our previous homes. We used a small four seater wood table that we were gifted by G-Dub's mother. We up-cycled it by stripping multiple layers of paint - green, pink, white - and staining it when we moved into our first home. It was perfect for that space, just two adults and a toddler. Over the years though, as was proven when we put the table here, we've outgrown this small table. Toddlers grow like that.
When my parents were here last month, Dad and I were discussing the table and my wishes for a larger one.
He agreed I needed one for that space. And he mentioned the walnut lumber sitting in the shed at his house. Only one problem with that idea. His shed with precious walnut lumber was over 1,050 miles away.

The walnut lumber was "precious" because it came off their property. My parents live on the land that has been in my mother’s family for over a hundred years. When Dad refers to “the bottom”, he’s talking about Boguefala Bottom. It’s bottom land with Boguefala Creek running alongside the land. Until a few years ago, it was always farmland with a couple of houses sprinkled on it, including my parent’s house. It is home to them and was home to me until I got married and moved away. The walnut tree grew along the creek bank. Dad cut the tree several years ago and took the wood to the lumberyard to have it cut into lumber. He’s mentioned wanting to make the boys a bookcase or a piece of furniture out of this precious wood, but that never came to be. When we discussed using it for my table, I was honored.
And it would work out because G-Dub would be driving through there on his way to us in the next week.

So, Dad went home from here and got busy prepping my walnut lumber for my farmhouse table. He cut it to size for a table for me, made legs, cut supports and pieces for the apron. Then he wrapped it all up in a tarp and had it ready for G-Dub to deliver to me.

After G-Dub got settled in here, we began work on the table. I sanded and stained the wood, then put the top together. G-Dub helped me put the base together, then we completed it all. I used a finishing wax to complete it. Then we moved it into the space and began using it!
We have really been enjoying having the space that this table provides.
I have to admit that I really struggled with staging the table for this photo. I didn't want to just take a photo of my naked table, but I'm no good at this sort of thing! Or maybe amongst all my collections of stuff, I just don't have "the right stuff"! LOL

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Just a post and the Taj Mahal

Life has been really "busy" for us lately. I haven't taken time to blog. I've barely taken time to read blogs or spend online much at all lately. I check email and FB along with my favorite yuku board daily, but then that's about it. I'm hit or miss online lately. That's a good thing in so many ways, but a bad thing if I'm trying to be a good blogger. As history tells, I'm not a good blogger though, no matter how much I try!

We've spent the last few weeks since G-Dub finally arrived introducing him to what we've learned about the area. Our new home. Daily learning adventures! We've unpacked more boxes. We've rearranged some things. We've He's given our vehicles tune up and oil changes. We've built a farmhouse table using wood from my family's land. We've experienced our first snow in October. We've dined in a few local restaurants. We've celebrated Halloween with trick or treating. We've traveled down various roads looking for the best route for G-Dub to get to work. We've shopped for furniture.We've even ended up in a very shady area of Philly - only to hit "Home" on the GPS to get out of there ASAP. We've been busy!

In our travels out and about, I snapped a few pictures on day. Blueberry fields along the road. They are beautiful in the fall with their changing leaves. I couldn't help but wonder about the people who probably hand pick these when they are ripe. I wouldn't last. Surely there's a better way. Maybe I'll find out next summer. I'll keep you posted if I do.
 A furniture shopping expedition led us to Atlantic City one day. I was not impressed with Atlantic City. i'm not sure what I was expecting, but I definitely wasn't expecting the run down, slummy areas that we saw. There are all of these casinos where you can just look at the building and imagine all the millions of dollars that go through there. But, a couple of blocks down the street, there are soup kitchens with lines out the door and around the corner filled with sad and forlorn looking people. Saddened me. Further down the street were what I'd have called slums on that day but that was prior to our Philly adventure! Still, lots of poor areas not too far from the money pit casinos.
 It's been good to be a family foursome again. My blog has been neglected, but thankfully, my life has been full. All is well. Until next time, hope you're doing well!