Monday, June 4, 2012

Pallet table

Last year Far Out Flora posted about a DIY pallet table. Theirs was a regular size table with a planter of succulents in the middle. I started to work on my own shortly after that, when I found a discarded pallet in our neighborhood. One pallet was just enough to make the top for a small, short table for our patio. It's handy for bbq's, and doubles as a toddler table. Isaac was thrilled to be able to snack AND pick flowers at the same time. You can see how he discarded his lovey in exchange for a pile of cheddar bunnies.


I planted pansies instead of succulents in my table this April. They are still holding up quite well, despite the fact that I've only remembered to water them a few times. I think next year I'll try mint, other herbs or strawberries.

I covered the table with two coats of a mineral-oil based solution that was recommended by a local "green" home goods store. It was $30 for a pint, but there was enough to coat our other patio furniture and still have quite a bit left over for next year. It's working well - when it rains (or when I remember to water the pansies) water beads up on the boards instead of soaking in. Hopefully that means this table will be around for many more seasons!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Trimmings 2012

A few months back I ordered an Umbrella Prints Trimmings packet so I could take part in their 2012 Trimmings competition. The pinterest board with everyone's entries is here. Take a look and vote! Here's the awesomeness I received:

All the fabric is so lovely! It took me a long time to decide what to make. Here's what I came up with:

A little drawstring bag for knitting projects, an insulated wrap for my french press, two dumpling bags and a simple clutch.

These dumpling bags were made using this Michelle pattern.