Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Timeout Stool

The secret to great children is
"Always Eat Dessert First"!

If you never eat dessert,
 or if you are
and have a paint happy hubby, 
then you will probably need a time-out stool!

I found this cute stool on Pinterest at

She has put together an amazing tutorial to create your own.

With my bandsaw out of commision

They were a little rough so I cleaned up the edges with a router and my hand.

It wouldn't be a DIY without a bit of drama!

We ditched our old bed frame for
the new bedroom,
 which is still in the works.

Luckily I salvaged all the spindles.
And by salvaged, I mean I snuck them out of the back of the "dump slated truck"
 when Mr. FT wasn't looking! 

Bedroom reno:
 Part Four to be announced....Still need windows.
A groove was routed into each of the seats for the pop bottles to sit in. Holes were drilled to accept the spindle legs

With two bottles of Root Beer under my belt,
 I was able to create the hourglass part of the chair.

Unfortunately Luckily, there was no alcohol to throw in the mix but the extreme
sugar high was appreciated!

Paint was applied, holes were drilled and a trip to
 New Zealand for the sand...all in one day (see root beer).
And by New Zealand, I mean Dad's sandblasting sand.
And by Dad's, I mean
 my Dad, not the company Dad's cuz they just make yummy cookies
Image result for dads cookies
Although I did spy some even better looking cookies over at
  House Honeys the other day!!  

Some of "Dad's sand"....not cookie crumbs.

Now for the technical....If you aren't going to make one, skip this part cuz it's really boring.  

I fell asleep writing it!

Silicone was applied around the inside and outside edges of the bottles to adhere and seal  them to the bottom of the seats.  They were left for two days to dry so that the sand wouldn't stick.  Sand was added to one of the bottles. Legs were glued into one of the seat bottoms.  A washer with a small opening was glued on top of one pop bottle with E 6000  I carefully applied a bead of silicone around the outside edge of the washer to join the two pop bottles together being careful not to put too much on so that it would interfere with the hole. But first a wooden ball was drilled in the center using a 1" drill bit.  I had a bit of trouble with my first attempt so my second attempt was done with the ball seated in a metal pipe to hold it in place while I drilled it on the drill press. It was painted and placed between the two tops of the bottles to cover up the joint. This is when the two bottles are joined together.   Glue was added to the remaining pre-drilled leg / seat holes and the whole unit was assembled and clamped and left overnight.   This gave the silicone a chance to dry so that sand wouldn't stick and potentially clog the hole.  


While looking at time out stool art on Pinterest, I found many sweet
sayings about how much you love the little criminals, but myself,
 I decided to run with a tough love approach and paint some prison stripes!

If you don't have naughty kids or husbands like Kirby's, you could always use it for playing charades or maybe you could time yourself guzzling a few bottles of root beer, like I am doing right now.

Linking up at


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cutting A Circle On A Table Saw

It was a day of planting trees and fighting off swarming bees. 

grow my little babies!

 After picking up never ending storm remains and fighting off more bees......

 I backed into this pile only to get a sliver in my butt!

  I also cut two circles on a table saw.....I really did.
(and fought off more bees)
and didn't cut my fingers off...

You can see how to do it on this YouTube video. 

 I don't think Mr. Circle guy invented the wheel but he
 showed me how to make one, so cheers to him.

I found this cool thing on Pinterest that involves circles, which I would show you,
 but then I would have to kill you and hide your body in my
 basement somewhere, and that might smell. 
 After all, I just finished cleaning it out. 
But do stay tuned to see what becomes of my tablesaw circles.

No harm will come to you!!!
Image result for cartoon fingers crossed

Now to find a mirror with ample magnification
for butt sliver removal.

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Beating Hearth Goes Public

My dear bloggy friend Heather, from
created this treasured one of a kind pillow for me!
I guess she must like me or perhaps she's waiting for me to win the lottery so I can share my winnings.  I am pretty sure it's the latter as my odds are pretty good.  I buy a ticket usually once a year and I am banking my retirement on it.

And now you can have one of her gorgeous works of art too!

She has finally started her own business, and will create
 custom quilts which will surely become treasures.

Here are a few examples of her creative talents at work.

You can jump on the bus and

 visit her at 


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Reclaiming My Basement - Part Two

After consuming half a Costco chicken due to nail breakage (fingernails not finishing nails), I was ready to tackle room two.  

 A transition between two pours was fixed with some floor leveling compound, and all the sins of previous tenants were hidden in a day...well actually four days as I am a bit of a turtle, and if you factor in trips for supplies, shopping for the perfect flooring, and by perfect, I mean budget friendly, then add another five days to that cuz I'm a turtle, 

 I think we are up to two and a half weeks give or take a month.

  Moving shelving units around and sorting through Mr. FT's beer brewing hobby, left me feeling good about who the hoarder in the family really is! 

Cristina, can you spot the red lamps in the picture below? 
 It's kinda like Where's Waldo!

KIDS eh!

Yikes.  I went to the local building store to pick up a transition strip...
$32.99 for what I don't even think was an eight foot piece. FOR ONE PIECE?????
Who likes matchy matchy anyways.

  I am looking forward to searching for the perfect wall covering to hide more bodies, ( You can see the body hiding post HERE!) and all of this Spanish style stucco that I swear, was put on with epoxy, but only in certain places of course...... arggggggg. 

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated and pondered
 while I start on the second half of that chicken.

Look what happened last week 

How can I be sad about a tree when I am looking at this guy!
SeƱor Pickle