Hey everyone! Hopefully you didn’t melt during those few weeks of extreme heat. I don’t think our AC shut off for 2 weeks straight. It just could not get the temp in the house to less than 80 no matter how hard it tried.
Beginning during my staycation and ending the very first few days of July, I completed not one but two wood projects before it became too hot to hang out in the garage.
The first was a Father’s Day present for my dad. He hunts and he requested that I make him a gun rack a few weeks before. I thought he was just kidding but decided to do it anyway. Turns out he wasn’t and he had full confidence that I could do it. That was not something I shared in during the process. There was a hell of a lot of swearing involved but in the end, I like how it turned out.
I probably looked like a bit of a psycho to my neighbors walking around my driveway and garage with my husband’s shotgun under my arm. :3
The second was just a little pallet wood project I decided to fiddle around with. One of those projects where I didn’t particularly care if I screwed up because I had plenty of back up material. I kept the first results since they didn’t turn out too shabby. Mr. C&M hung them in his office and they’re now used to display some sweet candle holders my aunt and uncle gave me years ago.
Pinterest really is a black hole of ideas. If only I had more time, I would be a DIY machine when it comes to wood projects. But alas, on top of work, I’m currently trying to nurse a sick husband back to health, so time is not on my side.
This was a fairly easy project that involves candle votives, hot glue and lots and lots of sticks. Luckily, our yard is incredibly giving in the stick department. I have to do some final glue touch ups before I can give these as a birthday present to my aunt but I really liked how they turned out.
I’m 100% certain that that title is a lie, but I couldn’t think of anything else.
Last autumn, I decided that my new hobby would be wood working. I’m not even sure that that’s the proper term for it, I want to make stuff with wood! Starting with pallet wood until I get better. However, I decided this right before cold weather hit and you were not about to find me out in the garage in the cold.
Spring forward to my birthday in which my dad bought me a Sawsall and a Skilsaw, and instead of pallet wood we bought a 10 foot piece of birch to fiddle with.
My grandfather LOVED building furniture and was good at it. I have several of his pieces to this day. He taught my dad a lot of the trade but it’s not my dad’s passion. My dad however, is super excited to pass on their knowledge to me and I’m happy to absorb it. Hopefully, it becomes my new hobby because people keep giving me power tools left and right.
Here’s my first project with my dad. It’s a couch arm cover. It functions both as a place to set drinks and other things, and protection for the couch from Ozzy standing on one arm to stare out of the living room window at people walking by. It’s nothing fancy but I did learn some cool tricks to hide screws.
What do you think of my first attempt at building something?
I would love to say that I organize my favorite bookshelf more than once a year, but then I’d be a filthy, rotten liar. My dad actually built me this shelf for my birthday several years ago. It’s oak and the fact he made it, makes me love it a thousand times more. This is where I keep the books deem my favorites that I require to be in my personal library. However, as the years go by, favorites change and thus room has to be made for the new favorites that get stacked in front until I feel the need to rearrange hit me.
I hope to build my very own bookshelf this year when it gets warm again. If I can make a satisfactory bookshelf with my own hands. watch out world! I’ll be making some for every room in my house and every book worm I know!
How often do you rearrange your shelves? What’s the method to your madness?