Monday, June 30, 2014

A Manageable Veggie Garden

Today I thought I'd share a little project I worked on a few weeks ago.  Six weeks ago I guess, that's what my Instagram feed tells me. 

I decided I only wanted to plant a few veggies this year and I knew if I planted them right next to my workshop where I would walk buy them ten times a day I'd take better care of them.   I have a really nice garden area that my husband cleared for me a few years ago.  He put a fence around it, built a potting shed, and together we put built raised beds and filled them with dirt.  We had fun with it that first year.  We'd go visit it often, cocktail in hand, to see how things were growing.  The next year he lost interest.  I kept it going for a couple more years but then I realized I just cant take care of a big garden.  I start strong then fizzle out by mid summer.  Last year I only grew peas and tomatoes.     

For my new mini garden I decided to use one of those galvanized feed troughs they sell at the local farm supply.  It's about six feet long.  I drilled holes in the bottom and filled it with topsoil.  To jazz it up I added a little something to the side.

I made a stencil using my Silhouette and painted the words Fresh Produce on the side.

It fits perfectly on the side of the patio.  The patio and landscaping around my workshop are something I have been working on for the last couple Summers.  The patio has full sun all day, perfect for veggie growing.

I planted Lettuce and Cucumbers from seed and purchased a basil and two Sun Gold Tomato Plants.   Sun Golds are my favorite they are small cherry size tomatoes that are a dark orange when ripe.  Deliciously sweet.  As the cucumbers grow up both sides of the trellis they will shade the lettuce.  The trellis was made from a panel of galvanized welded wire mesh used in concrete work.  I bent it in half to form the trellis.  It's the same thing I used on the center of my DIY Trellis that sits on the other side of the patio.

I built the Trellis last year.  The Clematis I planted is doing well.   To the left in front of the old window I planted some Sugar Snap Peas They were doing fabulous but got too big for my support system and collapsed.  I tied them back up and they are still going but look a mess. I have harvested quite a bit, almost done though.  I also planted two zucchini plants in the flower bed that surrounds the front of the patio.  I cannot wait for this stuff to be ready to harvest.  

Well that's my little manageable garden.  I am loving it, it's just enough to keep me feeling productive without getting overwhelmed.  I think I just might grab a cocktail and drag the hubby out to see how things are growing ;).


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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Custom Upholstered Pink and Black Sofa

A Pink Sofa, how much fun is that for a custom project.  When my client emailed that she had decided she wanted to go with pink fabric I was so excited.  I have been so inspired by anything pink lately.  She also said those beautiful words "do whatever you want I trust you."  She knew she wanted the frame painted black and the caned panels covered due to damage but as far as how I did that, she didn't care.  I toyed with covering the wood frame on the top of the arms and back but ultimately decided to just cover the paneled areas.

Previously there were five square pillows across the back.  She didn't like the fact that they were always having to be fluffed and adjusted.  I had initially thought I would just upholster the back with no cushions but the sofa was just too deep for that.  I decided to replace the pillows with two 6" soft foam cushions.  I have been drawn to mid century pieces lately and the box cushions with button detail is a nod to that.  

For the paint I spray primed the frame with black primer and top coated with two coats of General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black.  I lightly distressed the edges and finished it with two coats of Poly.  Next I covered the caning with 1/2 foam and 1" Dacron to give it a little cush.  

I then stapled the fabric to the frame and covered the staples with double cord welting. 




Even if you are not a fan of pink you have to admit it's very sophisticated on this piece.  It's so Audrey Hepburn to me.  Dontcha just want to grab a martini and have a seat?   

Here is a photo of it in my clients home.  The space get tons of natural light and is very bright and fresh.  The perfect space for a pink statement piece.  Over the past few months I have also upholstered the ottoman and the pair of white club chairs in the photo.  I think I found someone who loves buttons as much as I do.  The square tufting is repeated in all three pieces and ties them together nicely. 

I have been doing a lot of fully upholstered more complicated pieces over the last several months that I haven't shared on the blog.  This piece was just too fun not to share.  I love that my clients give me the opportunity to step out of my norm.

I just bought some sassy pink tweed for my next piece I'm doing for the shoppe.  Haven't had enough of the pink yet  :) 

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