Jul 7, 2008

Marvelous Monday Update 7/7/08

Freecycle


I've been looking at tables for my backyard for when I get to sit out there and stitch. An older couple were giving away two small metal patio tables. They needed a little work...




So, I set to work. After primering and painting, I have a great looking set of new-to-me tables!





Matching Swing



Remember the last place I lived at? The family that lived there when I first moved in left this swing behind.






The landlords were just going to throw it away, so I scarfed it up for my own. Unfortunately, it's always needed a new paint job.



Again, I set to work. I scraped. I wire brushed. I washed. I primered both the wood and metal. I painted. After 3 days of painting, it was finally finished! Not perfect, but much better than it was. I still need to touch up some of the white where I smeared red onto it.


M-m-m, Good!
There's nothing like grilled food. Great summer weather, sizzling sounds, scrumptious smells!

Grilled Corn-on-the-Cob, Grilled Spicy Vegetables
(potatoes, onions, zuchini, mushrooms),
Grilled Honey Dijon Chicken, & Iced Suntea



Stitchy Stuff
One would think with all the stitching related posts I'd made over the weekend, I'd be done... But no! I managed to work a couple hours on Quakers Rule. Here's what it looks like after 7.25 hours:

35 comments:

Deirdre said...

The table and swing look marvelous!

Good job on quakers rule.

Jennifer said...

Check you out with the fancy new furniture! I love it - it looks fantastic!

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Wow you are one creative person and OH so busy.

Linda K's Creativity Works said...

I love your two new tables and your Swing. You did a really good job on cleaning them up and painting them.

Your WIP - Quaker's Rule - looks good too. I love the colors in that. What count are you doing that on?

Take care & Happy Stitching

Terry said...

What a busy little bee you were over the weekend! Everything looks great. Have you ever thought of visiting Florida? I have some stuff that could use your midas touch!! LOL

~V said...

Meari! You did a wonderful job!!!! And what time did you say dinner was??

Rene la Frog said...

The tables and swing look fantastic, just like new.

Looks like a yummmmmy dinner, we grilled this weekend too.

Love the Quakers rule, I'm really getting into the Quaker designs.

Patty Smith (ILCS) said...

Your tables and swing look great you always do such a wonderful job. I love the quaker project you are stitching i will have to take a peek into some of those patterns. Also love your little teapot floss tag what a neat idea.
Happy Stitching,

Nancy said...

You are such the busy bee!! Great projects, stitching and NON!! I was in Chicago from Thursday until last night, so no progress on anything in this household. Great little finishes you posted too. Looking forward to getting my *part 2* done this week!

Einschies blog said...

Great tables and swing...and good job you´ve done;-)) I would love to come and sit with you in your garden while stitching,-))

Gaby

Shari said...

wow Meari!!!!!!!!!! What a deal from freecycle!!!!! Love the changes you made to them!!!! You are truly inspirational!!! The tables & the swing look great!!! Of course, the stithing does too!!!!!

J Rae said...

Wow! You did a great job with the tables and swing! I bet they look great in your back yard! :-)

Your 4th of July meal looks yummy!

Sharon said...

Fabulous job with the tables and swing-they look great. You are so handy! Pretty stitching and dinner looks very yummy!

Barbara said...

You did a fantastic job on the tables & swing. OMG, you never cease to amaze me at all you accomplish! Love your stitching too. When are you coming to Texas. Lynn & I want some of your great cooking, beautiful stitching and creative household fixer-uppers.
Barb in TX

valda said...

Love what you did to the swing and tables!
Your grilled dinner looks wonderful! I know where I need to go for dinner.
Great stitching on your Quaker.

Christine H said...

As usual great job!!! But I am mad at you, cause now I am hungry.....

Shelleen said...

Meari, you amaze me with everything that you find and fix up.

Cindy said...

Great job on the tables and swing! And, dinner looks fabulous :)

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

They all came out great. So nice to recycle some things like that. Your quaker piece looks great too. CJ

Carol R said...

Beautiful job on the tables and swing.

Love your start on Quakers Rule

Gorgoglio said...

I love red so your tables and the swing for me are perfect!!! And your food...I'm hungry :)

Lisa said...

Wonderful freecying, Meari! Did you use spray-on rustoleum for the tables? Great color choices. Oh and the swing...good job refinishing. Did you grill that corn on the cob as well? If not, do it! it comes out delicious. I have never kept track of how much time I put into stitching, suppose we were paid by the stitch, what are you worth? The Quaker Rule looks great, I love quaker designs. *note to self---buy some* LOL :-)

Julie said...

You have a great eye for items! They look great!
The Quaker piece looks great too. Oh and dinner too! Everything looks great! LOL!

Mylene said...

You've been busy and they turned out great!

Debra said...

Meari, you did a great job on your fixer upers!
Debra in Indiana

tkdchick said...

Your wip is lovely!

CJ said...

Meari - You are so resourceful, I think you should get a recycling award. I am jealous, our Freecycle in WF is not nearly as good as yours.

Keep stitching, hey I was in Southern Illinios today and as we were passing through I thought of you.

CJ

Stitching Mama said...

Those tables look great! Not to mention... dinner... lol.

Megan said...

I am in awe - the tables and swing look AMAZING!

Nancy said...

Congrats on the tables & swing "finishes" - they look great! And I love the red!!
And you finished "Mime"! Awesome!!! It's beautiful - and I'm sure you've felt a great feeling of accomplishment.
Now you've got me wanting to make a floss tag. *sigh* I need more hours in my days! *lol*

Bliss said...

I love the new furniture. You have a way with colour!

stitcherw said...

Quaker is looking so pretty, and your lawn furniture looks awesome. I love the reds, it makes a great set, you are so clever at refinishing things.
Sue

Katrien said...

your tables and swing look good!

Jenna said...

I love the colors that you chose to refinish these pieces! That swing, especially, had to be quite a bit of work. Congratulations on your hard work paying off so nicely. :)

Janine said...

You are so clever. They are just gorgeous.