In 2001, we moved to Cullman, Alabama and renovated two houses 🏘(side by side built in the 1930s) in the historical part of town. We had a contractor renovate one of the houses 🏚for our family to live in. Neal (and I as his trusty assistant 😉), renovated the second 🏚. Both houses were 💎s in the rough. I was skeptical 🤨, but Neal saw the potential 🤔.
Several years ago, Neal and I finished constructing the closet on our dock. Tradesman Company Docks on Logan Martin Lake built our dock in spring of 2013. Neal and I purchased treated lumber at Home Depot to construct our dock closet. It is always challenging to calculate how much lumber you need for these types of projects. We were almost finished with the closet . . . but then we ran out of lumber. 😬 It was hot and we were waaaay too tired to go get more lumber. We live about 17 miles from Home Depot. But we got an idea! 🤔 We used some leftover thin pieces of treated wood to make an American flag. 🇺🇸 This is an example of making a negative a positive! 👍
About a year and a half ago, I retired. As a retirement gift, my sweet Neal bought me a Cricut. I was a little apprehensive about how to get started, so I started with some simple vinyl cutting projects. Maybe these projects will inspire you to get cutting!
Personalize insulated cups for presents:
We found this Singer sewing machine base at an antique mall in Vestavia, Alabama several years ago. We love old things. We used it on our patio porch for several years. We used a rough (not polished) piece of granite as its countertop.
Because Neal and I have moved around so much for my career, I was finally thankful to actually have a craft room/closet to leave my sewing machine out and used it as needed without having to unpack/pack up each time. I also have more time now that I am semi-retired.
Below are two before pictures of the sewing machine base. Notice that it is very rusty.
This is my HAPPY PLACE! I can get lost for hours working on a project in this space. Actually this closet/room is adjacent to my office in our loft, so I can really spread out.
Here is a before picture. 😳
This was a fun little project! Neal brought home this treasure for me. Yelp, we love thrift stores! It was an old and dirty cookie sheet. 😳