Remember back in April when I spent all my birthday money at Goodwill on 50% off day with visions of a shabby chic backyard? Well, it is slowly materializing! Finally! I found this top from a girl’s bedroom set… maybe from the bed or a desk hutch… and I could envision a garden shelf dealie to stack my pots and hang my tools.
Then I looked for MONTHS for a bottom piece to store my dirt and fertilizer and turtle kneeling pad. I think it was in August or September that I happened on this gem at Goodwill… on another 50% off day! Sweet mother of baby Jesus! It was perfect. The guy at the store told me that it came in from a monastery full of religious books all in Chinese. So half of the finished product was in the ministry. :o)
After much painting and sanding and hammering 1×4′s on the back so it doesn’t fall and kill a small child or dog… it is finished! My husband took one look at the finished product and asked, “So you had all that junk?” Nice, eh? Yes, I did… and one man’s junk is his wife’s treasure. I actually will use the junk, well, most of it. The ceramic butterfly in the center was handmade by my six-year-old self in Renton, Washington in a ceramics class at a neighbor’s house. The rest is truly junk. Not the butterfly.
We did have a near catastrophe whilst waiting for the 1×4′s to be nailed on the back. I had it set up in the middle of our back porch… clearly capable of falling and killing a small child or dog. The wind whipped up a gale to behold and knocked the top right off. It fell backwards, hit the NEW, glass patio table, got a big bash-in on the back piece and fell to the ground. Shoot. I put the big tin plate on the top shelf in front of the bash-in evidence. All is well now. Why would anyone need this in their yard, you ask? Because now my gardening gloves won’t get chewed and buried by the dogs. That’s really what this was all about…. me having to repeatedly replace my flimsy gardening gloves from the dollar store. See, all is well now. (I have since planted those violas in those six pots in the little green stand on the right. They are darling.)
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