Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Garden Gate

Its beautiful... simply beautiful.

The gate is finished and hung snugly on the new garden fence.  There is something amazing about going into the woods, gathering tree branches , and building a garden gate. I have to admit my handy husband did the structural part... the measuring, figuring , and most of the assembly with nails and screws . ( This does have to be a working gate after all)

 My part you ask?  Creative director. I designed it, picked out the branches according to their beauty, and assembled them in place.

Many have asked "how" ? Here are a few pictures of the process.
We assembled the gate with galvanized screws .

Laid out the four sides of the gate .
We hung the gate with metal brackets .
My sweet handy husband that worked so hard on our garden,
My little gardener watering the plants.

I call this successful! For the cost of a few pegs and a bracket set, we have a garden fence and gate for $17.00!! I was told for all the hard work that went into this project we had better yield a major harvest.  Maybe I will start a local vegetable stand? That is for another day......

Today, I walked through my garden gate to water my garden... simply bliss!!!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Trash to Treasure Projects

Its an addiction!  I confess.
Taking old discarded STUFF and making something beautiful and useful . I think its just part of my DNA.  When others see trash, I see treasure.  I have a new list of projects and I cant wait to get started. With the Winter weather breaking and the warm weather starting to settle in , I pulled out my saw horses and my sander and I am ready to get started. I thought I would share some of the projects in the "before" state.   Maybe this will inspire you  to embark on your own makeover.  

I found a pile of wood doors.  $2.00 each.  Jackpot.  I bought a few ;) I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them but when you find a deal like this you jump on it. I have always lived by the philosophy if you love it, you will find a place for it.   I wish I had bought all of them.  
I have been looking for a old dresser to use in my laundry room as a sink.  When I found this pair of doors, I thought why not make a base cabinet and use these doors. After all, finding a cabinet that fits this odd space has proven to be a challenge.  
Here is the space BEFORE.  This is the same laundry room where we built the custom bench and laundry basket storage unit.  That side is so beautiful it makes this area look sad.  Plus, it will be great to have a big working sink in my laundry room.  As you can see, I have the under mount sink that I bought as a display over a year ago for 10.00.
 Stayed tuned...............

This little beauty was found for 2.00 .  Its a solid wood carved foot board that didn't have a headboard .  When I am finished with it it will be a beautiful bench. 

I cant wait to share these projects with my handyman husband. 

A garden and a garden gate

The latest project is a vegetable garden.  Its been on my list for a few years but my lack of how to get started had prevented me from diving in and making this my next project. While I grew up with my Dad caring for a huge garden,  I was not known to work the garden.  My Dad's experience came in handy this week .

The vegetables were only a small part of my vision.  You see, the designer in me went right into "designing the garden"

We have spent a few weekends  clearing our property and it occurred to me that the trees are not only great for firewood but would make a gorgeous garden fence. The price cant be beat--- FREE~!!
 We used wooden pegs to attach the railings to the fence posts.

The next phase is to make a gate and a trellis in the entrance of the garden.  

It's been a creative, productive, fun week!!