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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Primitive Make Over....Slant Top Desk

I am thrilled to share with you
our special make over project

Primitive Slant Top Desk
I have been wanting a slant top desk forever.
Finding a vintage desk was next to impossible or affordable.
The only solution was to build one.

For many months we have been searching for the right
piece of wood, one with lots of patina.
Driving past my fav flea market I spotted this wood object
what was it, could it be, yes it was
an "old" oak table top
The table was almost square and pulled apart in the middle
no leaf and no legs...perfect
Price was perfect too...$25

Table top waiting for  the make over

With Mr B's incredible talent the table top was transformed
into this slant top desk.
One half of the table was used for the desk top
the other half was used to form the bottom of the desk
The sides of the table were used to make the sides of the desk
To maintain the correct slope for the slant
The end's of the desk had to be built up

See the neat design....
We added a back board from the other end of the table
Hinges are new but sandblasted then painted brown
The sweetest part....
The lid opens just like an old school desk
Love the old wood patina, this could never be duplicated
lots of dings, scratches and history here.

Remember when I said there were no legs...

First we thought of 4x4's, too big
Second we purchased turned spindles, not the look
Finally decided the legs needed to be tapered.
Mr B was ready to build a jig to taper the 4x4's when
a light bulb went off in my head.

I remembered a sewing cabinet I had from the 70's (in 1970's)
I thought it had tapered legs....

trotted out to the other shed, found the cabinet, sure enough
dinged them a little...they are perfect
my slant top desk has sewing cabinet legs

Now the fun part
bringing the Desk to life

Primitive Bonnet and Tin Lunch Pail

Leather covered books
Another Mr B creation

School Picture Stitchery
 In a one room schoolhouse
I learned my lessons well.
Reading, writing, arithmetic
As well as how to spell.
     Hetta Dobson    1864

Pewter Candle Stick
Make Do Ticking Doily

So Perfectly Primitive
44 inches in length
functional as well
What is under the desk, you ask
A vintage sewing machine with wood cover
I was trying to hide the modern plug in.

Thank you to my best friend
Thank you Mr.B
You are always so willing to
shower me with your talents.
You put a smile on my face
and warmth in my heart.
Life is a magical journey
I am  proud to travel it with you.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Every Day Is A New Beginning....

"This Is The Day The Lord Has Made
Let Us Rejoice And Be Glad In It"

May your Day be filled with Smiles...
Where Joy, Peace and Love Abounds
Peace Be With You            

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Primitive Make Over....Oil Lamp Holder and Drieds

Good Morning Prim Friends and Family
Sharing pics of my newest make over...
Wood Oil Lamp Holder
I am quite pleased with the results, no before pics as I forgot (again)
Started with a pine wood holder purchased from a thrift store
Did Tonya's Technique from My Primitive Creations
Sanded the piece, painted it flat black, 
sanded it again and then the Prim  miracle happens 
when you put on the "Old English"

 Look at all my pretty Dried's
Thank You to Mr B for making the peg rack

 Lavender and Red Sedum from last years flower beds

Love my dried's...can't you tell
They add so much texture and color, nature at it's best

Simple Prim Easter Gathering
Rusty tin chick feeder tucked inside an old apple basket
Black cats and grubby cinnamon candles

Moved my cute Bunny's again
Purchased them from Brenda from The Rusty Thimble
She is so talented, check out her selling blog
Another make over... black scoop candle holder
tipped on it's side filled with candles and dried cranberry's

Moon Lite Night
Peaceful, Calming, Stunning, Mystic

Follow The Directions
I have been wanting to print on fabric so yesterday I got brave and tried it.  The first sheet went through the printer fine and I was pleased.  I was doing vintage labels so thought why not try some canvas fabric. Well, that did not work, too heavy, the printer would not pull it through...
I sewed up 4 little pillows from my printed fabric and then decided to prim them as well.  Using  my coffee stain mixture, painted it on the first pillow and you know what happened....the ink ran!!  I forgot  the tutorial did state that most printer inks are not color fast, well that is correct....

So my first little pillow looks "very" prim....
you can still read some of the writing but it looks to be over 100 years old, lol.
Follow the Directions
Thank you for visiting today, Remember
Ordinary Days are Special Days

Monday, March 14, 2011

With Friendship....All Things Are Possible

Friendship is born at the moment
When one person says to another
"What! You Too?"
"I thought I was the only one!"

Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures
Without friends
Even the most agreeable pursuits
Become tedious

Angel of Friendship

I don't need words to express...
I don't need tears to shed...
I don't need to ask for a smile...
Or a hand to hold me...
All I need is...
To be your Friend Forever...

With Friendship....
All Things Are Possible

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pay It Forward

~~~~~Paying It Forward~~~~~
What an amazing movie that is!
What a great way to share our Blessings with others!
Pay It forward!!!

I read about this fun idea from Tonya over at 
and decided to join in and make someone's day a little brighter
by Paying It Forward
Here is how it works~~~~

The first five people who comment on this blog post will receive a handmade gift from me 
Here is the fine print

In return you must write a blog post explaining Pay It Forward 2011
Then....send out a gift (handmade not necessary, just something special) 
to the first 5 visitors who leave a comment on your post. 

Take your time....you don't need to send them all today or tomorrow.

This is a sweet way to connect with old friends or meet new ones
by sharing things we create with our hearts,
a special way of saying, I am thinking of you

It is not the size of the gift that matters
but rather the Spirit of Paying It Forward.

To the first five who want to participate 
please email me your name and mailing address
my email is  gfever3@yahoo.com

Changing the Rules
Because I have less than 50 followers
Because most of my follwers are already participating
Because I know Tonya will send me something awesome
Because this is about putting a smile on your face
And warming my heart

~~~~~To the first five people to comment on this post~~~~~
letting me know which one of my posts is your favorite
Will receive a special handmade gift
As a thank you for reading this entire post
and a thank you for following my blog

No Strings Attached
** Remember to email your address

Happy Sunday Morning
"This Is The Day The Lord Has Made
Let Us Rejoice And Be Glad In It"

Ordinary Days are Special Days, 
My wish for all of you is to experience
The Magic Of An Ordinary Day
                      Prim Blessings from the Cabin      

Friday, March 11, 2011

Spring Is In The Air....

March went out like a Lion
A whipping up the water in the Bay
Then April cried and stepped aside
And along came pretty little May
                                       Carousel  (Rogers & Hammerstein)

Signs of Spring
Spring is sweet smell of lilacs
singing robin's

Spring is peeping baby chicks
proud mama hens

Spring is raindrops on roses
running thru clover

Spring is iris's in bloom

Spring is new baby lambs
new baby kittens

Spring is fresh cut grass
Grandma's fun bonnets

Let the March winds blow
That wonderful season called "Spring"
Blow into our hearts
And fill it with
"Blossoms of Love"

My Blossoms OF Love

May the warm rays of Sunshine
Renew our Spirit
Fuel our Dreams
Fill our Hearts
With Peace, Love and Joy

Prim Blessings to all my family and friends