Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Iron Crow

Last week, my sisters and I headed out on one of our many adventures. We ended up at this really cool store in Calgary called The Iron Crow.  It showcased antiques, replicas and furniture built from old barns! There were even antique cars and trucks....and some newer sporty models!   A little out of my price range but a ten on the neato meter!   I took a few pictures and thought I would share them with you.
Sorry for the quality. Still with my iPhone 3, (a good excuse for my crappy photo taking skills).   The address is 4405 9th Street SE, Calgary Alberta. Canada. Phone number is 403 287-8770. I am not being paid for this post. Just thought I would share the contact info in case someone sees something they like.

An old Chevy truck.  Pretty amazing!

Gorgeous chest of drawers and amazingly comfy chairs.  Behind that are these antique board panels; perhaps room dividers from China.  I think they are about nine feet tall.   Makes me wish for high ceilings in my home. 

This space is huge!

Numerous rooms to browse through.

Sorry for the blurry-blah, but check out those arches.  Pretty cool building.

Would love this in my craft room!

Off to the right of the phone booth is a giant marble statue.  There were more kinds, like lions and horses.  Pretty amazing finds!

Happy Days!
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Recycle a Sonotube. Make a Stool!

This is a story about how "The Feral Turtle Child" came to life.

A while back, I made a Wine Rack From a Sonotube.

  But of course you can't buy just enough Sonotube, you have to buy the whole piece which was like a hundred feet long in Metric, but in Imperial, I think that measures twelve feet.

  My answer for the excess was to make Recycle Bins..    I made two.  One for metal cans and the other was for bottle depot cans and milk jugs.

  The metal can recycle would never fill up and the bottle recycle bin would be overflowing. Maybe cuz the wine rack is empty...see above.    Thus, I decided to re-purpose the aluminum can bin.

 I spied on Pinterest, a lovely ottoman, which led me to where I found a whopping price tag...$1729.89 CAD  Yikes!!!
 Plus they don't deliver that item to Canada....such a shame....

The piece is from The MacKenzie Childs Collection at Sacs Fifth


From the workshop of the Feral Turtle.....not so gorgeous.

I made this stool back in September, but I was never totally happy with it.  Although I had all the supplies I needed, right there, in my craft room, it was never "The Feral Turtle Child," that I had pictured in my mind.  My goal was to make it whimsical like the inspiration stool.
 So the first one we will call "The Practice Run".

I cut the tube to 14 inches.  With the casters and foam added, this would give me the chair height needed for my vanity stool.

I cut the top and bottom from melamine that was used to build our  Concrete Vanity.

I also cut three 2x2s to 12 1/2 inches for inside braces.

The bottom round went inside the tube.  It was a nice tight fit.

 I placed the 2x2s inside and screwed them to the inside of the tube.

The top was inserted and a screw was attached to each of the 2x2s from the top and the bottom.

And now, ready for upholstery.
Batting was wrapped and stapled around the exterior of the form.

I cut a foam round from a recycled couch cushion with my trusty "Foam Eater", an electric knife , which was purchased at a church thrift sale for a buck!

I measured my fabric pieces and cut,

and then sewed some welting  a.k.a. piping, for the edge.

All the pieces were sewn together!

At this point I get an F.  I should have clipped my seam around the circle to relieve the curve.  I didn't do this on "The Practice Run" ottoman, which caused it to pucker.

I covered my foam seat with recycled batting from our old couch.  Spray adhesive was used to keep it from sliding around on the foam.


The fabric was pulled over the top and then secured at the bottom using staples.

 I was able to use some casters that I salvaged from somewhere???

I divided my stool into four equal spaces using string.
I divided each length of string  into the closest I could get to 8" spacing.  It worked out to 7 1/2" spacing; thus creating an equal distance between each tack around the stool.  Using chalk, I marked every 7 1/2 inches around each string line and nailed tacks to each point.   The middle string line was staggered to mimic a diamond pattern.    I attached the ribbon in a diamond pattern.

Not as pretty as my inspiration piece, but free!!
 "The Practice Run"

My hunt for the perfect fabric, at a reasonable price, had ended.
 I was able to purchase both fabrics from the clearance section, and the trim at half price!
 My cost for "The Feral Turtle Child" was about $12.00.
I followed the same steps as above for most of this stool except  I added fabric covered buttons and skipped the ribbon.  Instead of casters, I decided to up-cycle some old furniture legs.  The top piece of wood was cut from leftover melamine, and the bottom piece was a cupboard door from the old kitchen.  The foam was recycled from our old couch.

I secured the batting to the top piece so it wouldn't slide down when I pulled  the cover into place.  The side of the foam and Sonotube were batted in one piece versus the two pieces I used on "The Practice Run".

Stapled neatly to the bottom, just as I did the first stool.

No puckering!  Just from snipping the seam around the circle.

Made eighteen fabric covered buttons.

I hammered upholstery tacks in an evenly spaced staggered pattern and hot glued my buttons over top of the tacks. 

Legs were base coated in white.
and finished in a checkerboard pattern.  

I drilled holes the depth and an exact diameter of the nuts to ensure a snug fit.

Mixed up a two part epoxy and

added the epoxy to the hole.  A bolt was inserted into the nut so that it could he hammered safely into the proper position.

Nuts were left to cure in the epoxied hole.

As soon as the epoxy was cured, the legs were screwed on.....

and my $12.00 stool is born!


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