Leftover Lumber Love – A Valentine’s Trivet

Trivet-CropThere was a little pile of lumber leaning up against the door frame to the patio, tucked in a corner that could be ignored until you wanted to lean something else in the same spot. I’ve never been a fan of throwing useful things away, content to have it lay ready for the day I needed a few feet of lumber to build something small. With the recent acquisition of a sample can of paint, I put that lumber to good use to test out the paint and make a fun little Valentine’s project. Continue reading “Leftover Lumber Love – A Valentine’s Trivet”

The Crate Table



There’s something about garage sales that I always find exciting. Other people’s unwanted junk can often yield some pretty awesome treasures… not to mention deals.

Last year, a family friend was selling the house that I had remembered them living in forever. We decided to go to her garage sale to see if there was anything we wanted. We picked up a few underliners for plant pots, admired some furniture that we had no room for, and laughed at some of the things that people were scooping up. My eyes wandered over to a section where she was selling off garden tools. I headed straight over and hesitated for only a second before dumping all the tools and holding up the crate that they were sitting in to Scott.

“Cool crate!” he exclaimed. I agreed. It was stamped as originally containing metal files and coming from Winnipeg. I knew that the dad in this family, who had passed away when I was a child, was from there. Time spent with his family make up some of my happiest childhood memories, and I wanted a little piece of something that I could keep with me to remind me of that.

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