Sunday, November 6, 2011

Caning- Not Candy.. Chair

My husband made probably made my favorite refurb ever- a hand caned chair. He found this old, previously loved free chair on the side of the road with no seat. He ended up falling in love with the project, and it came out beautiful. So if you have a caning project, let us know. Matt loves them, and is going to be working on another one this winter and I will be sure to post!

Here are a few pictures, I WISH so badly we had a before pic. It was originally painted black- but was basically all chipped off. It had no seat, although was previously caned, so the holes were already there.

I think my two favorite parts are the gold monogram he did on the chair with custom made gold stickers, and the note he wrote to my mom, tied with red ribbon on a vintage looking tag. She liked it so much, the tag is still on the chair :)

Paperwhite Season is Upon Us!

Paperwhite season is here. I think so anyways! I think anytime after Halloween until Easter can pass for paperwhite season...although I have a hard time finding them after February.

Anyways- there are so many different ways to do paperwhites. My mom always does glass container with white little rocks, I usually do soil, with glass or white containers, and add a bit of moss on the top. If you do glass and soil together, the roots can look really cool once they begin to grow!

I did a few paperwhites today- and will post again when there is progress. NOTE: Rumor is that if you add a little vodka after about 2 weeks they will not grow as tall. This can be a problem because if they get too tall, they fall over. I usually do a little ribbon to tie them together, which also helps. Here is how I did them today:

1. I grabbed some soil from my garden. I found these white containers at different markets, both under $5

2. As I mentioned, my mom always does paperwhites too, so she brought me over my first batch of the season!

3. Just place on top of soil, so just about half of the bulb is showing.

4. Water for about 10 seconds, and wait patiently! They should start to sprout in about 5 days, with beautiful, and VERY fragrant white blooms in about 2 weeks!