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Inspired by Alabama Chanin

Alabama Chanin style clothes and Lagenlook seems to be what I have been pinning these days.  What do you do when you have chemo brain? In my case, you spend a lot of time exploring Pinterest. I made a decision that 2014 was going to be the year that I defined my style but also I decided that I won’t be buying anything new this year. Well, almost anything, used clothes are still okay, but I want to limit even those purchases. After looking at Natalie Chanin’s book,Alabama Studio Style: More Projects, Recipes & Stories Celebrating Sustainable Fashion & Living and checking out her website, I realized that while it would be great to have all three of her books, it simply wasn’t in the budget. Hard choice, books or chemo? I really rather have books. However, I already know how to do the basics of Alabama Chanin style, reverse applique, embroidery, stenciling, and couching. Last year, I had bought a ...

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Cabinet post

Emboldened by table building success I decided to raise up our hutch. I thought that would make it look more interesting. Off I went to the Madería Villalobos. Heavy provincial legs completely fit the bill, they looked sturdy enough that the breakfront wouldn’t look like a stilt walker, they were a little taller than I wanted but I thought that it would still be okay. Unfortunately, there were only three left. Why is someone going to all the lumberyards and buying only one leg? After much deliberating, I finally decided on some shorter, sturdier and more practical legs. As in many of my great ideas, this one crashed when confronted with reality. After consulting with my team of advisors, I came to the conclusion that while it was a feasible project, it was going to involve more than just slapping a set of feet onto the bottom. Words like cross bracing and weight bearing were bandied about. The legs are ...

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My apprenticeship continues

Now that I had my key element for the table, A.M. and I walked  five houses down the street to buy the rest of the lumber and have the legs cut shorter. A.M. had expressed concern that the legs looked too long, but I measured them against my body and I thought that they hit my hip in exactly the same place as our current table. As my husband tells me, if it’s possible to mess something up, an apprentice will find the most creative way to do it. With that sage advice in mind, I compared the legs to the table. I was correct, they were the same height, but I had forgotten that the table top would add another inch. Since the table was already on the tall side, another inch would have made it too high for comfortable dining. So as a neophyte, I decided to follow the plans as given. I like to be open to new experiences. ...

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Looking for paws

Orderly, organized and planned, not the words often used to describe my endevours. Vowing that this project would be different, I started a Pinterest board, titled Dining Room Redo (I’m prone to obvious clever names like that, I also named my gray mare Silver and an orange tom, Rusty). My first stop was Ana White’s amazing website of free and easy building plans, I found a couple of  farmhouse style tables that I liked. Not being certain that they were easy enough, I found this blog post after several hours of wandering the net eventually. It was exactly what I wanted. First order of business was to buy four legs in the appropriate style. Table legs in Spanish are called patas, this actually doesn’t feature into my story, but I thought you might like to know that little tidbit. There is an excellent lumber yard a 100 yards from our home. There I found the perfect turned leg, the price ridiculously ...

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