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Beating the Winter Doldrums


Seems like all I hear lately is people making plans to go to a warmer place, vacationing on the islands, camping in Florida etc. but here I sit writing a post about “Beating the Winter Doldrums” You guessed it, I am not going to have a tropical vacation this year.


Maybe a beautiful spring wreath will help my winter doldrums?

woodsy spring wreath

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Well, maybe for a little while but I think the only thing that is really going to help me with these winter blues is accomplishments, meaning getting things done.Things I have put off because of the holidays and too much busyness. Here we are at the end of January and some things just need to be getting done!

Getting Things Done

  • First is this beautiful piece which I started in NovemberBlueCabinet2


BlueCabinet1 I had been working on this piece for a while and Saturday when I came into the shop I knew it had to be finished. I finished it on Saturday afternoon and today, Thursday, it sold! That sure helped my Winter Doldrums! I really wanted it finished so I could showcase it at my upcoming class as a piece of furniture painted first with [Old Towne Paint] chalk paint and then the top coat is [MMSMP] milk paint and our antique wax also a Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint product. Guess I’ll have to paint another quick!

I would love to get outside and go snow shoeing because that always helps the winter blues, but I work full-time and just don’t get outside much this time of year but just wait till the gardening bug hits, and I’m out of here!

  • Starting a new project, I know that might not make sense considering I am trying to finish things but many of the things I am trying to finish never got started so they have just been sitting there begging for my attention. If you have been in the antique junk business for any amount of time, I bet you have one of these trunks, I have 9.Trunk1

I am going to begin the trunk-refinishing with this particular one because it doesn’t have too many missing pieces and I will get it done quickly giving me that sense of accomplishment I so need right now! Found a great place on-line that sells all the parts for these antique trunks HERETrunk3Began sanding the wood pieces and then I oiled them with Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil. The blue is really French Enamel Milk Paint which is more like a blue-green in real life. I might just have a class in re-finishing old trunks if anyone is interested. I am trying to keep this as authentic and antique as possible and only using our own products all of which have No VOC, Low Odors and are NON Toxic.Trunk4Here it is with the top finished. I’ll be posting more on this trunk as I finish it up next week. Can’t wait to get this one done!

  • Getting out the Spring merchandise I know, I know, still 8 weeks till spring [Sounds like a long time doesn’t it?] But getting some great vignettes placed around the store and doing some spring decorating will surely make a difference in “feeling like spring”

    Spring is Coming!
    Spring is Coming! You can find some great vintage spring decorating pics on this site HERE Nothing speaks to me as loudly that spring is on its way as a bunch of garden tools and a watering can displayed in a gorgeous vintage window.
  • Until next week, I hope you find some creative ways to beat the Winter doldrums!

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