This is the favorite bench. I really wish I had a better photo of it though. Made with 2x6 scrap legs, half of an old solid door and lovely corbels. I finished it off with a carved embellishment on top. It was majestic! A throne. Made by the Queen....ha,ha. I got started creating as "laura's salvage design" because of doors and corbels. I was flabergasted (sp?)when beautiful doors were removed from old house when being remodeled and replaced with new ones.....Like new doors were better? How could they possibly be made with a higher level of craftsmanship or better ingredients? Old growth wood and actual steel & cast iron hardware isn't good enough? It's laughable. I had salvaged all these doors to "do" something with....so I started there. I just wish I documented it better. I am learning that i need to consistently take photos....The issue lays with quantity.
The church steeple bird house (on the majestic bench above)is still in my collection. It was made to be on a column stand. I couldn't part with it. Here are more that I created for a friends mom....some ask if I am doing my research for correct hole diameter for birds. Bird experts frown when I tell them I wasn't concerned about it.... In my head I'm saying......"oh geez!...birds don't care.....they'll make their nest in a crack of a tree. They don't measure and ponder their other rental options." But I refrain.... I don't mention that most often it's the yellow jackets that move in first.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Since the forecast was for more rain today, I took off this early and headed north....to North Portland. Killingsworth and N. Mississippi St. to be precise. Kinda surprised by big white flakes, but it couldn't keep me from treading on....to one of my favorite places to find goodies....The Rebuilding Center. I didn't plan ahead very well, as the building isn't heated -it was a bit cold. Maybe that was a good thing? I picked out some cedar fence boards (pre-picketed), found a few 2x4's in a lovely shade of sea-foam and a interesting mix of trim pieces. Another great find were these table legs. Can't believe I found all four of them in a barrel of crappy wood. I always head for the short pieces of random trim and anything painted a cool color. Love the seafoam! Thank goodness i was freezing as I was on a time schedule....meeting "big city" girl friends for lunch. Wouldn't miss that for anything!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I love this photo. I acquired it in Northern Indiana at an Amish Auction house about 7 years ago. I bought a suitcase of old photos and then sold most of them on ebay when I got home to pay for the rest of the stuff we bought that day. Kinda kicking myself now that these type of photos are so sought after. Should of scanned them and sold the copies. Oh well. This photo speaks to me though. I do sometimes wonder who it is. The history of that day is lost forever. It's sad to me to think of that loss. That sadness is similar to the feeling I have when I see a old home being torn down. Seeing that big pile of wood ready to be burned.....Or when a home is neglected and it's rotting away. Giving wood that has been salvaged a second life is inspiring. Creating new heirlooms with that wood gives it a new history. People love to know the history of the wood I create with. I salvaged from a big red barn down the road one year. Relaying the history of the barn and that it was still being used as a barn was like candy to the customers that bought the items. It also gives them a connection to a life they've never appreciated or experienced.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The chimney that I spoke of earlier now paves my way daily. I love bricks. Especially when they're old... I'd pave the whole yard if I had enough. They are getting harder and harder to find. It's almost cheaper to buy new ones at the Blue and White store. They are smaller than normal bricks.....Just like the boards we buy new. It really bugs me. The plans I am using call for boards that are .75" thick and the ones I purchased are .699". THAT TOTALLY SCREWED ME UP! It comes out to be about 1/16 but it adds up. What-ever! I made lots of progress today on our new cubby / wall shelving system despite the strange thickness. I worked until I couldn't see anymore. I also found out the site on my new skill saw is off. I figured it out about 6 cuts into the job but I thought I better just leave it for now. The sun was out today and that was wonderful, but the east wind was bitter cold. I've been inside 3 hours and I'm still cold. Brrr!.... just got another shiver! Well I better make this quick. I'm watching "It's a wonderful Life" with my 92 yr. old Father-in-law. He's never watched it before.......What? I thought everyone had seen it......at least 100 times....like me! Happy Holidays! I'll post photos of my project tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
|sunflowers planted along the silage corn.|
|volunteer sunflowers on our river bottom|
Monday, December 20, 2010
|Chimney going down...lots of bricks!|
Sunday, December 19, 2010
The vacation from the real job of Art Instructor has finally started. I got rid of the kid and I'm embarking on the latest LSD project (not the drug but laura's salvage design).....the bedroom. I've finished the laundry room, the kitchen (for now), the bathroom and retiled the hall....I'm working north. Nothing was ever done to this room except a quick coat of paint. It's actually the den.....We decided to convert the MASTER bedroom into a den / guest room. It's also where the hubby has his ugly recliner, his record collection, his record player and stereo set up (old school big stuff), his 16mm film collection, his book collection and his old toy collection....oh and his guns and his chest full of ammo.....I better stop as he is one of my biggest fans. Ha, ha......Anyway we sleep in the tiny den and it's ugly and there's a big crack in the corner and the carpet needs cleaning (because of the dog). So I am going for it. I found 2 gallons of OOPS paint in a mellow medium green at Lowes and at $5 a gallon it sounded good. Ana White would be so proud. Maybe this would be a good time to vent about the "deposit" on paint that our state has put in order. "Oh it's so exciting....blah, blah, to be a state that's leading the way in environmental issues....blah, blah"..here's the article about it..... Just for the record we painted our house (interior and exterior) with recycled paint....so I know how it works. Marion County gives it away by the pallet. It's basically all khaki with tints of green or pink. If a county has their act together it's great and when they don't the have to charge people who buy new paint. When I first was charged the "deposit" I asked if I took a gallon into be recycled if I could get my money back.....the clerk had didn't think so.....but if it's a "deposit" and you don't get it back at some point it's just another TAX. wouldn't you agree?
|rough cut lumber boxes with hand made metal handles|
Saturday, December 18, 2010
|tacky kitchen island|
Ana White has a plan for something that will work. Pottery Barn did it first.....http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/cameron-extra-wide-media-wall-system/popup/more-views.html But I will eliminate the center section. That's my plan. But first we need to make Christmas cookies.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
|building my lil' shop|
My real job is getting in the way my creative side. I want to focus, but I have two more days left of directing my lil' chicks in the classroom. I guess I could go out to the shop now and start on my list of vacation "to do's"....been up for hours. It's 3:45 in the morning and it will probably be a bit chilly. Maybe tonite.....Usually by the time I get home and dinner cruzing, it's dark. I suppose I'm being a whiner, but I like daylight. Another cold weather project is my website...www.laurassalvagedesign.com A bit rough right now, but it won't be long. Yet another item on my list of to-do is getting my table saw fixed. It's an awesome Craftsman Cast Iron monster of a saw. If I just had a bigger shop it would be fully used, but for now it's under the porch of my workshop.I built my little shop summer of 2009 with the help of my dad. He's a carpenter....a good one. He'll be turning 87 in January. Notice the white siding. It was the siding off a 100 year old home we deconstructed here on the farm. (that's a story for another day) The door shown is from the home too. I quite surprised when I trimmed it to fit that it was cedar. Don't think you find many of those around anymore.....but then again this one is 100 years old and still around.....Much of the wood I used was salvaged. Note the red stained 2x6's in the rafters of porch. Those were donated by my friends that replaced a cedar deck. They had so many. I should of gone back for a third load.....
My little shop is chocked full of goodies. Especially in the winter as I bring in everything. In the summer months I store outside the building....but for now it's cramped.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Rebuilding Center in NE Portland. It's such an amazing place. Everything you could want to fix up an old home or create with. I go for drawers, old screens, painted trim, shutters and "Art" Doors ($5) . I've scored many wonderful things to improve my own home at super prices. Hopefully this time I'll score some carpet tiles for my living room too. So Saturday I'm off and running up to the Rebuilding Center....but not until I sit through the last 2 - 4th grade basketball games of the season. woo hoo! Thank goodness there are 3 days before "take off " because it might just take me that long to get a list written up. Now if I could just find my favorite pad of paper.....hmm.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
|Yamhill County barn being salvaged|
Monday, December 13, 2010
The best thing that I can say about OPB (PBS) is that I am starting to understand world politics and it's getting very depressing. I have to admit I like the public broadcasting channels, but I wish really wish my husband wasn't such a tightwad and would cough up for satellite. A person like me needs HGTV and DIY. It's actually becoming a joke that when I visit one of my sisters homes they automatically suggest we watch HGTV. Couldn't I actually write off cable on my taxes as it's a business necessity?....just say I was an actual business and paid taxes. I've been creating and selling on the side (of a real job) for years. I narrowed my selection of "craft shows" to one grand event a year. That event is called Cracked Pots....it's a community of Artists that create with 75% or more of recycled ingredients. It's so inspiring to see these genius creative types come up with new ideas each year. Who knew you could weave old fire hoses for a seat of a bench? The last two summers I've refrained from being a vendor....I made this decision when I overheard my 6 year old telling someone "Mommy is in her shop again..." I felt it was time to devote time to her. But now I'm back. I'd like to thank Ana White for that. I've been wallowing a bit and she got my blood going again. She's amazing. She walked away from her fancy computer career in Southern Cal to marry her Alaskan stud muffin.....and wanting Pottery Barn goodies and not being able to afford them (sound familar?) prompted her to build her own. Check out her site and get free building plans. She has inspired thousands of women to pick up a nail gun and build! You can also find her on Facebook. So I've finished some of my household creations and now I can create to sell. I just need to salvage. I've used my stock pile of rough cut 2x4's. You know the boards that actually measure 2 inches by 4 inches. Unlike the 2x4's from the big orange and white that are 1 5/8's by 3.5" -who are they foolin?
|Planter from 2008 show|