I can be crafty. Right? – Part 2

A little over a week ago, I told you about this gorgeous Printer’s Triple Console Cabinet.

I said I would build it. I said I had the skill (probably). But I was a little nervous about it… so it took a few days to build up the courage to jump in.

I took baby steps:

I ordered drawer pulls.

I picked out a stain.

I bought screws..

Then I tortured a lovely man named Miguel at my local Johnson’s Hardware for over an hour.

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That is, I had him cutting wood for the crazy lady with “plans.”

Lots of wood…

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Thank goodness I did that, I drive a Suburban and it was still a challenge getting the cut wood into the car. **note to self: next time remove child car seats BEFORE purchasing large amounts of wood.**

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Then… I did nothing.  For days.

I let that pretty wood sit because, frankly, I was scared of it. I’ve never built anything before. I have NO idea what I’m doing! Some nice lady on the internet told me I could build this, so I thought I could? CRAZINESS!! I’m so clumsy, I literally fell off of the porch last week! What was I THINKING??!!?

But… I spent the money, I committed to this project. Like a marriage. For better or worse, I had to jump in. So I did.

I started by drilling the pocket holes:

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Lots, and lots, of pocket holes.

At the advice of Ana White – inspiration builder, I purchased a Kreg Jig. This thing helps you drill the holes at an angle to make screwing two pieces of wood together MUCH easier… Way easier, and way better looking too. You don’t have to worry about covering up the screws after the project is done.

It took some practice to get a feel for the jig and the drill, but eventually I got the hang of it. I only destroyed one board, so that’s not too bad.

Then, after a short pep-talk,  I began assembling my first side of the frame. Again…I made a mistake. Small mistake with measuring the distance the supports should be, but an easy fix. I stood back and surveyed my handiwork….

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Huh. That looks…. correct.

Weird.

I added the bottom supports and it still looked right. Well… What’s next in the plans? Build doors. Ok. I can do that.

I began by laying out my wood in the pattern it should have, 1×2 alternating with 1×3. Add supports to hold doors together and, there ya go:

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You’ll likely notice that some of my wood was stained before I began to build the doors… Long, long ago, I had the bright idea to rebuild our bench. You know the kind, wrought-iron legs, wooden seat? Well, not so smart after all. I have had that wood for 3 years. Never did rebuild that bench.. It saved me a few bucks here though. I think the pre-stained pieces will make an interesting contrast once it’s finished. I hope. **fingers crossed**

Just as I picked up the drill to secure the supports for the doors, my husband came out to remind me that my children expect to eat in the evenings and could I please make dinner?? It’s good he was nice, I had weapons.

Unfortunately, that meant I had to put my little project on hold til tomorrow. At least it gave me a chance to get the tweezers for all of these splinters….

Stay tuned,  Maybe I can finish it after all….

I can be crafty. Right?

Recently I stumbled upon a blog that awakened within me a desire I never knew I had. Woodworking.

When I mentioned this to my loving, understanding and supportive husband he said, “Woodworking? As in furniture building? Why? We have furniture.”

sheesh. men.

I want GOOD furniture. I’m so tired of finding the “perfect” piece for whatever it is I’m looking for, paying stupid amounts of money for it and it doesn’t hold up. Why pay good money for crap?

So… I want to build some stuff. This generous and wonderful woman, Ana White, has posted detailed plans to build nearly anything I ever dreamed of owning. So why not??

I have an entertainment center that I loved, my first “real” piece of furniture purchased from a furniture store. It’s beauty lasted MAYBE 2 years. We still use it 7 years later, because we don’t want to pay another $1,000 for a piece of crap. Enter the Printer’s Cabinet:

Printers Triple Console Cabinet ain’t she purty? This particular one was built by a woman when she was 9 months pregnant! See her blog here.

It LOOKS like it would be super hard right? WRONG! The plans make you realize how easy it could be. Imagine if you left out the top drawers and just made it open cubbies? Perfect Media Console/living room storage without all of the cluttered knick-knack items that accumulate over the years from well-meaning relatives and school art projects that are currently lingering on my shelves. 😉

I AM going to do this next week. I can do this! Wish me luck. If I am successful, I can then tackle this Farmhouse Table and this Outdoor Sectional:

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Well, maybe.

I’m sure I could do this! My grandfather was a furniture maker, woodworking is in my blood!

Of course, my grandfather was missing 4 fingers when he died….. But his furniture is gorgeous!

It’s pronounced Skaaaaaarsgaaaaard….

See this guy?

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He’s got a goofy nose and an overbite, but damn it… I. Can’t. Help. Myself.

It’s a problem.

Alexander Skarsgard. Tall, handsome, funny, good with kids. It’s like catnip to the over 30’s like me.

I first encountered this masterpiece in the 2011 remake of the movie Straw Dogs:

Which is a great movie, BTW. It starts sort of slow but builds into this amazing arc of action and drama and gut wrenching, can’t look away awesomeness. I had a friend over to watch it with me and the expression on her face as the final scenes unfolded was priceless. Watch it, seriously, the end is totally worth your attention. You can catch a preview here.

Anyway, Skarsgard plays the unknowing villain.  The guy who honestly thinks he’s a good guy, but…. not so much. The reason he stood out for me is first because I couldn’t place the ‘Southern’ in his accent. And secondly:

I think if I wasn’t originally from the South I wouldn’t have noticed the accent thing, but there was something…. different. I kept thinking, “Where is this guy from” it was captivating. So I searched him, and what? … SWEDISH! Seriously?!? Never would’ve guessed.

Holy CRAP, his dad is Stellan Skarsgard, aka Bootstrap Bill from Pirates of the Carribean!

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That guy has been in everything… Good Will Hunting, The Avengers, Exorcist: The Beginning.

So, skip ahead to last October: I started watching past seasons of True Blood (because a friend said I should be watching it), and what do I see? That hunky guy from Straw Dogs. He’s a 1,000 yr old Viking vampire with control issues and a jones for Faery blood.

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Yum.

I have to admit it: I love the show, the story, the characters, but Damn, I watch for Skarsgard:

Take this scene from Season 3, episode 1. Just look at that emotion, the acting is perfect, the sincerity with which he speaks.. when he….naked, beautiful…. wait, what was I saying?

It doesn’t matter.

I will just be contented with my True Blood Season 6 while I patiently wait for the DVD release of his next projects, What Masie Knew and The East.

My husband thinks it is hilarious, my friends think I’m insane, but I don’t care. Heaven help me if I ever meet him face to face, I’d probably turn into a sputtering, goofy mess.

Good thing I don’t have to worry about things like that, I’m just a housewife tucked safely away in suburbia with my DVR and a bottle of wine.

It’s the size that counts

It's the size that counts

I’m not a drinker. I don’t got out and party. You won’t catch me bar-hopping, no beer-fests for me.

However, I kinda have a thing for wine….

On the left you see a traditional wine glass.
**It’s cute, isn’t it?**
On the right, you see my glass of choice. I call it ‘The Big Sipper’
This is a glass for a professional. A design meant for the lady who is simply too dignified to just put a straw in the bottle, most of the time.
I’ve seen the gag glass that advertises it can hold an entire bottle of wine, but this one holds nearly half that amount and stays classy. 😉

I love my Big Sipper and I think it loves me too… Just don’t tell it that it is really a water goblet.