Saturday, August 19, 2017

Just a Box of Screws

About a week ago, I took a trip to the local hardware store to buy some screws.  When using pallet wood, you tend to use those little buggers quickly.  As I walked through the door, an associate, named Gina asked what she could help me find.  Since I brought one of the screws I'd been using, I held it up and she said, "Follow me.".

She asked me what they were for and I explained what I did with pallet wood and showed her a few pictures.  She was quite enthusiastic and asked how many screws I needed.  We decided a box of 100 should last me for a bit.  

As we walked down the aisle, Gina asked me more about how I attached the pieces together and I told her how I used wood glue and strips of wood (aka paint stirrers) on the back with the screws going through them.  "Well", she said, "we have TONS of those. Let me get you some!" She went over to the paint department and grabbed me a handful of paint stirrers.  

I thanked her profusely, and before I could say another word, she told me to wait for a minute, because she was pretty sure they had at least one pallet in the back.  Gina was gone in a flash, with me calling after her...." I don't have a truck!"

A few minutes later, she was back with a huge smile on her face. She told me they had a nice 8-foot pallet that was going to be cut in pieces for me so it would fit in my car.  I couldn't believe it!

She told me to go pay for the screws and drive around back to get the pallet.  When I got there, a very nice young man came out with a saws-all and cut that pallet into 3 pieces for me.  One piece went in the back seat and the other two, in the trunk.

Needless to say, it was a very fruitful day.  I went in for screws and came home with a handful of paint stirrers, an 8-foot pallet, and the screws!
Don't you just love when things work out like that?

I took the rest of the pallet apart (with help from my hubby) when I got home with my saws-all, sanded the boards and started some cutting.  
Are you curious as to what I'm making???  Here's a sneak peek:
Be sure to come back to see the finished products.  I've got lots of work ahead of me!

Thanks for stopping by the Cottage - have a great week!

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Saturday, August 12, 2017


Who doesn't love them?  And these little cuties have NO calories!
I was thinking about those pretty cupcake wrappers that could be cut with my Cricut and went 'outside of the box' again with what to put in them.  After seeing bath scrubbies everywhere, I decided they'd look adorable in one of the wrappers, so, I went to work.

The next time I was out shopping, I grabbed some bath scrubbies, came home, and cut out a few cupcake wrappers. Here's one taken apart for a closer look:

Placed in a cello bag with some curling ribbon, it's now a cute, little gift or shower/party favor. Don't you think?  
They are for sale - if you're interested, email me or contact me through Apple Street Crafts on facebook.  

I have now proven that I still 'play with paper' in between taking apart pallets and sawing/sanding!  

Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by the Cottage!

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

$5 Update & A Mason Jar

I meant to get the update posted earlier this week, but the week got away from me.  I acquired a new pallet and Chrome decided not to get along with my laptop.  I really DO love Chrome, but sometimes it decides to stop working.  Anyone else have those issues? Thankfully my Tech Guy - aka Hubby, got it working again, but it took a couple of hours of his time!  But enough complaining - on to the good stuff!

Thank you to everyone who commented on my Really? Five Dollars? post.  I asked for your opinion on what to do with it and overwhelmingly you said, "USE IT!"  You reminded me that I am an 'out-of-the-box' gal and silverware can be used every day.

My wonderful husband got out the silver polish and cleaned the tarnish off of every single piece.  He said he didn't want the repetitive motion to aggravate my neck and shoulder - isn't he a sweetheart?  
Here's the final result:
How about a close-up?

We are happily using it daily and, hopefully, soon I can get my china and crystal out of storage!!

The box will be repurposed as a jewelry box.  Right now I'm looking for fabric to line it that is treated so silver jewelry won't tarnish.  If you have a lead, let me know!

Now, about that Mason jar....we were on our way to an outdoor festival when we walked past a yard sale.  We waved and said 'hello' assuring the lady we'd stop by on our way back.  She didn't have much left, since it was afternoon and the second day (wish I'd gotten there earlier!) but I spotted this Mason jar:
It was pretty dirty, but I loved the fact that the top was glass with a metal rim. It has the letters ABCD along with Made in USA.
The bottom has the number 89 in the middle.  Around the edge it says: PAT NOV 26 C7.
I can't tell you what it all means, but after doing a little research online I found out it's worth anywhere from $2 to $200!  How's that for a price range?
I thought about having it appraised, but I don't want to spend $50 to find out it's worth $2.  
For now, I paid $2 for it and I like it.  That's all that matters, right?

What treasures have you found at yard sales?  I love hearing about great finds!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great weekend!

Just a reminder:
We are still looking for a few more people to join us in the Five Dollar Challenge. All you need to do is find something for $5 or less and repurpose it.  A date will be set for sharing the 'finished posts' and 'hopping' from blog to blog.Interested?  E-mail me at with "$5 Challenge" in the subject line.

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