Monday, February 22, 2010

Curb Appeal

I have a confession to make. I haven't been posting because I am totally self absorbed in my life. I will be the first one to admit that when things are going well, I am happy and busy, it's extremely hard for me to slow down and sit at the computer and upload photos and write about my day.

Here at the Ranch it is raining once again, but I have gotten past the complaining stage and have dug my heels into the tasks at hand. I am now grateful for the delays the weather has caused because as it always happens...things are still absolutly just fine. The extra time to think and plan has been a blessing. I've had time to really think about the exterior of the shop now since I can't get anything done inside yet.


My dad gave me 4 buggy wheels several years ago and I never did anything with them aside from putting him off and saying I would get them "sometime". I brought them home recently and set one out in front of the studio to size it up for it's new purpose. Railing. Perfect. I'm going to put one on each side of the door.

I thought too, that I would make a board walk onto the porch so that anyone in a wheel chair could also be able to get in easily...and too it will make it easier for us to move large items in or out on a hand truck. I may want to use the other two wheels in the walk railing. It's one of those things I will have to look at when the time comes.      

I'm going to add some stain to the trim and finish it out like the barn...white around window and door frames. I am on the look out for screen doors that will be red. I love having the doors and windows open on nice days.

My sister had this old church announcement sign that I want to use in some fashion. We bartered a few services and this was part of my deal.  I'm thinking it will be great for dates and times...easily changed for each open house. I don't really like the color but I love that it is all chippy so I will probably keep it like it is.

And one last thing I wanted to show you from the container....

What a great chair. It's a Royal Easy Chair circa 1910. It is a recliner and a wire basket pulls from under with a foot rest attached. The tray is for newspapers or any kind of reading material. This photo was taken before I had it all cleaned up. It's in near perfect condition. In the dark trailer and under all the dust I had hoped the upholstery was leather but it's only naugahyde, but in great shape. I brought it in the house Saturday and it looks so wonderful beside the fireplace I'm not sure I can part with it. Another perk of not having the shop ready yet...the good stuff has to be stored somewhere.

I am working on some end tables this week that will also work as bedside tables with the twin beds I recently showed you. I can't wait for you to see them. They are very kitschy in character but oh so cute!. Also, I've found some old guitar catalogs that I will begin listing on ebay this week as well. I will keep you posted as I go. They are very rare and mostly from the 1960's.

Lastly, the February give away winner will be chosen on Wednesday the 24th. Please leave a comment here (February Give Away) , or on my facebook fan page for a chance to be chosen to win a pair of hand painted coasters.

Have a nice week!


  1. I guess that's a good sign--you're busy doing something you love! I like your vision for the outside of the store. That's going to be cool.

  2. Angie, I have to admit the same. I find life gets in the way of blogging on a regular basis. I'm not complaining about it at all, it would be a dull life if I spent the majority in front of my pc.
    Love the wagon wheels. I think some red screen doors on the front would really pop against the barn wood and would help highlight the red in the wheels.

    Keep up the great work. Looking forward to seeing what you do.


  3. I agree with Kris -- no need to spend our lives at the desk with the computer posting. But rather designing and being with family and friends.Nice idea with the wagon wheels nice touch!

  4. Thank you ladies for the encouraging words and for stopping by.

  5. LOVE your studio, the wagon wheels and rails are going to be the perfect touch !


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