In my last post, I showed you an old mahogany dressing table John found at Neville’s Antiques and Collectibles in Wellington Bridge, Wexford; our favorite pickers place. It had been left out in the yard and it was rain-soaked and missing a top. After drying out in the workshop with a nearby heater, John started to work… Read More Redesign an Antique in Ireland- Demonstration Part II
Well, the Irish Autumn has arrived; chasing the beautiful Indian Summer down the laneway. So sorry to see her go. Autumn is a mixed bag here. She brings beautiful and rich colors and an infrequent golden sunlight but she also heralds the horrors of gale force winds, horizontal rain, and eventually hurls you into winter. I… Read More What do you call a flock of European Goldfinch????
THE BACK GARDEN Apparently, we missed the super summer in Ireland this year. We returned to massive growth in the garden and comments from everyone on what a summer it was. Indeed, the best summer ever! I am sure there is truth in that statement. A great summer in Ireland usually means a rain-free week every three weeks… Read More A Guide through the Garden- Garden Nemesis Japanese Knot-weed
I admit to being a collector, a picker, a lover of antiques and collectibles. I also collect multiple “things”. John’s new venture of handcrafting fine wood boxes reminded me of my collection. I started collecting boxes as a young girl growing up in upstate New York. In the summers, my parents would take us kids to places called… Read More MY BOX COLLECTION WHAT DO YOU COLLECT?
There is a war ranging over Roundup. Actually, the war concerns an active ingredient in Roundup and others called glyphosate. Last year the EU reported “The European Parliament Tuesday called for the controversial weedkiller glyphosate to be banned by 2022 amid fears it causes cancer, a day before EU states vote on whether to renew its license.”… Read More Glyphosate and Roundup – Err on the Side of Caution
My friend Jean and I go out shopping and lunching once a week, and this last week we went to a restaurant in Ohio called The Rail We always get the same thing- low carb option called the naked burger. It consists of a grilled burger with two add-ons- we get mushrooms and provolone cheese. It is served… Read More Grass-Fed Beef a Cooking Quandary
We work in wood, and a few months ago we went to our local picker to see what he had available….John sometimes fixes furniture bits for him, and he is always very helpful when we visit. I got a large basket I love, but we also found an old sewing machine cabinet that needed restoration. John… Read More VINTAGE WHITE SEWING MACHINE IN A MARTHA WASHINGTON CABINET- RESTORATION
Last week I told you I would show you the finished coffee table and picture frames I painted in Boxwood green. In a past posting, I shared with you the old yellow oak oversized coffee table in the downstairs family room that needed a makeover. I loved the look of the table but hated that… Read More BOXWOOD TABLE AND A COLOR LESSON
Hello everyone. Today I am going to do something a little different. I want to take this opportunity to announce a new product line for Wood’N’Whimsey. WOOD BY JC. John is in the midst of developing his own line of solid wood boxes. The boxes are traditional in appearance and traditionally handcrafted using tried and true joinery techniques: miter joints, no… Read More John’s New Venture- Wood Boxes
Last week I commented on a Miss Mustard Seed post. Marion was painting a butler’s cabinet in her new home. Miss Mustard Seed makes/ sponsors [ not sure of the correct word here] milk paints in various colors, and has done so for a good many years. You are probably familiar with her products. She had her milk… Read More Miss Mustard Seed Boxwood- a Paint