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Seed the Deal


We have seen, drooled over, seed bins at many flea markets over the years.  They were always really long or big enough to be a kitchen island.  Every time we would see one we would try really hard to figure out how it would work, but in the end we would leave empty-handed.  Until while in Austin, TX, we stumbled upon one.  Smaller, check, good shape, check, wouldn’t stick out too far from the wall, check, and reasonable price, check.  After a little happy dance, we seized the deal.

We loaded it up, brought it home, and went to work cleaning it up.


I cleaned it up using just plain ol’ soap and water, and a shop vac.  (Excuse the HUGE mess in the background, Operation Shed Clean Up is being planned as I write.)  Then I went over the wood with Old English furniture oil in the lighter color.

This bin has an original decal in the lower right corner drawer!  Nothing like a little piece of history still remaining.

Next came the hunt for some vintage looking seed packets that didn’t cost a small fortune.  I finally found some cute vintage looking ones at Lowe’s.



I just taped each seed packet to the see through window.  I thought about pouring seeds and beans in the front portion like they used to, but then we decided open seeds equals bugs here in the country.  Yuck!

I now use this to hold cake decorating stuff (cupcake Liners, milk bottles, and a few other odds and ends). I love the look in our house, the extra storage, and the old farm country look.  Now we can check that item off our list!  I just have to keep from using it to hold my purse, keys, and mail when I walk in the door.




I’ve started collecting yard sticks, because one day I want to have enough to cover the top of a table.  I always see them, but the size is never what I need.  So being the true DIY’ers that we are, we just say “We will just do our own”.

As I was looking for something to keep these in I came across this little gem that I used in our son’s room to store toys. (Here’s when I realize time flies because that was 15 years ago.)

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His room was done in a western theme, because he was all about the bull riding and Walker Texas Ranger back then.  However, this is not what the style I was looking for now.  But hey, nothing a little paint job can’t fix.  So out comes the chalk paint.  I decided on white because I knew exactly what was going on there.


After it was painted and waxed, I gathered up a few things we’ve been buying as we see awesome Texas Country Music Artist, go to a cool store, or just find something that speaks to us.  So here is what I gathered up.


Oh yea, you know we are huge Junk Gypsy  fans (our daughter has a true gypsy heart already at age 14) and Casey Donahew fans.  Plus we love listening to lots of Texas Country Artists (Matt Stell for one), Miranda Lambert, Dierks, Blake, Luke, and tons of other country artists.  I decided to put these stickers all over this little barrel to represent all the fun times we’ve had.   I just realized we didn’t get a Pink Pistol sticker to put on there.  I guess it’s another mom and daughter trip to go back there.  You can read about our trip there here.

I put the stickers on with Modge Podge.  I had two that were made out of a material that was a little stubborn about sticking, so I just applied a little tacky glue to the back.

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Once the Modge Podge dried it was ready to hold the yard sticks I’ve accumulated so far.  So here it is all finished, reminding us fun family times, and storing my yard sticks.

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(Sorry these pictures look a little blurry, but when I pull them up individually on the computer they look fine.  Not sure what I’m doing wrong here.)

Hopefully one day I’ll have this sucker covered in stickers.  I better start hitting the Texas Artist trail a little more!  Plus I still have a whole lotta yard sticks to gather up.  If you have any extra’s at your house that you’re not using send them my way for another project to see.

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Dandelion Chair


Spring is finally here in Texas, well outside of this 2 day cool spell we just had.  However it should be close to 80 this weekend.  One of my most favorite things about spring is this…..


Dandelions!  I love these.  I love to pick them and watch them blow in the wind.  So this was my inspiration for a recent chair project.

My Nana passed away almost 4 years ago, and I got this old chair when we were cleaning out her house.  She used this on her small patio.  I love the look of this chair, wanted to do something special with it, but never knew exactly were to go with it.  Is it in perfect condition – No.  Does it have character – Yes.  Is it special to me – Yes!


The first thing I did was sand it down to remove the paint.  The back thin wood was a little warped from being outside, but I didn’t want to repair it and mess it up.  So we used wood glue and tried to smooth the back out the best we could.

I went shopping looking for a beautiful blue paint color that reminded me of the sky.  As I was looking at paint chips at Home Depot, I walked past the mis-tint shelf.  I looked over all the paint cans, and there it was, a quart of the perfect blue paint.  How lucky I was because it was also at the perfect price of $2.  Thanks Home Depot for such a beautiful mis-tint.

Once the glue was dried, I began painting the chair.


I then let it dry overnight as I tried to figure out how I would paint the dandelions on it.  The next day, I finally came up with a pattern and lightly drew it on the back with a piece of white chalk.  I tried to tint this picture so that you could see the very light pattern I drew.


Yes the wood is a little bumpy, but we were afraid removing that would really mess up the chair back due to how it was attached.  So we left it for added character, and to remind me of how Nana used it outside on her patio.

Then I took a bottle of white acrylic paint I already had and began painting over my pattern.

chairpaintingAs I painted I had great support from my entertaining daughter.  This girl makes me laugh! I painted as she recited Ag questions to me to study for her test.


Here is the finished chair.  I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!  It has that look of spring, and now just needs the perfect spot.  Hope it makes you think of those fun times of being outside picking dandelions, and watching them blow in the wind.

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Bracken-man Has Got It Going On


This project was thought up and done by our son.  Hence the title of this post.  So did you read the post title and start singing “Stacy’s Mom Has Got it Going On”?  (Because I totally did!)

Remember back on this post about the Junk Gypsy Garage Sale Battle that we went to?  Well here is the purchase made by our son, 5 insulators.  He had an idea to use these.


Almost 2 weeks ago he found a map repo on eBay to use for this project.  So this week while he was home for spring break, project insulator was done.

First thing he did was trim the border off the map, then measured and cut the piece of wood to fit the map.  The wood backing he used was from an old poster frame.



Next he used modge podge to attach the map to the board.  He also used a roller to make sure the map stuck all over to the wood.

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This was left to dry overnight before he continued.  The next day he prepared the insulators by first cutting off the long bolt attached to them.  To do this he used a man’s favorite tool……the zip cut.  I asked him what did people do before they invented zip cuts, and he said “On the 5th day God created the zip cut, then on the 6th day he made man to use it.”  Anything that throws sparks makes my hubs and son happy.  After cutting off the attached bolt, he used a grinder to make the end smooth.’

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Now here is where it can be easier or complicated.  I would have attached the insulators with E6000 glue, but he and his dad chose a different route.  They opted to use it on the lathe to drill and tap a hole to screw it to the wood.  Here are some pic’s to show you that process.


Once all 5 had a hole drilled in them, he had to figure out the placement.  First he drew a star template so that he could mark the location of the points of the star.

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Once the 5 points were marked, he drilled a hole for each one to be able to attach the insulators.  Before he drilled the hole he place a piece of scotch tape over the mark so the drill didn’t tear the map.


Next was to screw in each insulator from the back.

mapinsulatorplaceAfter all 5 were screwed in, it was time to bend the barbed wire.  Since he gathered a weathered piece from the pasture, we laid towels over the map to collect the rust.  This was a 3 person job, because we needed all the hands we could to hold and bend the barbed wire.



Once his star pattern was drawn, he had to tie the two ends back together.  To do this they tried different things, but settled on a piece of leather cording.

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That is it.  He now has an awesome picture to hang on his wall that he thought up and created all on his own.  Thank you Junk Gypsies for being an inspiration, and supplying the items that sparked his creativity.


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