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Furniture Heaven

Well.. down the hall at least! The Holiday Season has begun in full swing (in retail that is), and the walls in my home office/studio space seemed to be closing in on me. Surrounded by boxes of bubble mailers, 120 gallon bags of packing peanuts, sewing machines, fabrics, etc, and with new supplies arriving every day- well, it was time to relocate. Luckily we have a very large formal living room which we hardly ever use, so Ryan and I spent a full day this weekend and switched the two rooms! It is a little strange to walk into the house and have a workroom staring you in the face, but it is more than double the size and it meant I needed (emphasis mine) new furniture.

Furniture shopping to me is what shoe shopping is to most women, so I’ve been in heaven. The room is still far from complete, but I will share my new additions now and then the finished product once I have it all sorted out.

First up is this desk. I love love love love it. You can’t really tell from the picture, but the top has three marble panels. It’s also pretty enough on both sides that it could float out into the room (not an option in this house because of space, but down the road maybe). Made by Four Hands, a company that uses  reclaimed materials and eco-friendly construction.

The desk will soon be flanked by two of these campaign bookcases (supposedly on a UPS truck as I type). At last I won’t have to rummage through heavy boxes of silver to fill orders. All the boxes will be neatly arranged (not stacked, yay!) on these shelves. One side will have finished silver and the other will have my supplies. I’m thinking about painting the silver chests so that they look more unified. I’m torn between yellow or coral (I want them to contrast the aqua of the desk).

I also bought a small but sturdy butchers block table to hold my embroidery machine, which has freed up a lot of desk space. BUT.. my favorite buy has to be this:
It’s an antique butchers block from a US Naval warship. It is about 600 pounds of maple goodness. Made by Michigan Maple Block Company, every US naval ship from the 1800’s until the 1980’s had one of these on board. For me, it is the perfect spot to stamp my silver. I stamp several hundred pieces of silver a week, and I used to do it hunched over my metal block on the living room floor. My back is very happy with this purchase.

And that’s it for now. As soon as the bookcases arrive and I get everything nice and tidy (spoiler alert: my workspace will never be neat and tidy), I’ll post some pictures of how it all came together.

Wine Table, As Promised (at last!)


There she is at last! To be completely honest, we finished the wine table in early July. But it is summer which means birthday parties, vacations, holidays and all the rest of it. Every time I would think of something I wanted to blog about, I would stop myself and remember that I promised the table would be next. Even still, I am cheating you a little because I’m only showing you our finished results. The full photo tutorial will follow (the kids do go back to school next week after all), but for now, feel free to bask in the beauty of a fully functional home wine-tasting table.  With honeybees, natch!
On one end there are French lemonades for the kids and on the other, French wines for us. I put potted plants down the center when it isn’t full of ice and bottles. The color of the wood will patina over the next few months and I might even give it an interesting stain in the spring.

We toasted with Malbec and Pinot Noir of course, but we’ve also recently discovered Vouvray. It tastes like a non-cloying Reisling.

The honeybees were a happy accident. The gutter we bought to use as the center didn’t work at all and we thought the project was a bust. Then I remembered the planter my mother had just bought me and it happened to fit perfectly. I called her to find out where she bought it and raced out to see if they had more. By chance, they had the exact number and sizes needed to fill the center of the table. Clearly fate means for me to drink my wine al fresco.

I love this wine stopper. I make all different types which I sell in my shop here, but all these pictured are from my personal collection. I discovered this old hot water faucet handle in the attic of my mothers Victorian house, so it was far too sentimental to sell.

I hope you forgive me for taking so long with this post. I will do my best to get the how-to up soon. My husband and I made the entire thing from scratch so there’s lots of room for personalization to your own tastes. Until then, cheers!

So Many DIY’s, So Little Time

I must have this. Must must must must. Must. I don’t make it a habit to host wine tastings (though we do taste plenty of wine at Casa Parker), but that is not going to stop me from pestering my husband to build this with me STAT. I’m picturing wine bottles and beer at summer picnics, juice boxes at the kid’s birthday parties and potted flowers the rest of the time (a centerpiece set lower than the table doesn’t block anyone’s view!)

If this photo is filling you with the must-haves as much as it is me, just click the photo to visit the tutorial. If you beat me to it (and since we have plans this weekend, you likely will), send me some pictures of how yours turned out! I will post pictures of ours when it’s done and if you’d like to show off yours just let me know and I’ll post it too. Of course, ours will look a little different than the photo above because instead of plain old corks, our bottles will be decked out in these:

Click the photos to see the current Milk & Honey line of wine stoppers. Santé

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