#16 – Chair Caning

So just to clarify what this is, some of you know I have another blog 50for50years, where I’ve challenged myself to try 50 new things this year.  #16 happened to be learning to re-cane chairs!  It relates to this blog as well, so here it is!

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Publicity photo for the production of "Grease".  This was such a fun night in the parking lot of the Olmos Pharmacy with the local car club. Yes, I played the obnoxious cheerleader Patty Simcox!

I was 16 and this was a publicity photo for the production of “Grease”. This was such a fun night in the parking lot of the Olmos Pharmacy with the local car club. Yes, I played the obnoxious cheerleader Patty Simcox!  No surprise there!

Many of you know that I have another blog flipbyphipps.com where I talk about and show the pieces of furniture that I flip and sell at a flea market or to friends.  It’s a hobby I started last summer to have some sort of creative outlet, but it grew and I knew I needed to start selling all those cute little pieces of unloved furniture that I was picking up.  I don’t pretend to be highly skilled, a carpenter or furniture repair expert. If minor repairs are needed I can often do that, but mostly I just refinish and paint them so that they can have…

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For Sale at the Somerville Flea!!

Here are a few pictures of just some of things I’ll have for sale this Sunday.  Come by and check them out.  Plus, I’d love to see you!

Befores are on the left, Afters on the right.

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This is actually a set of four and the collapse!!  They’re musician’s chairs, but NO, you don’t have to be a musician to buy them. 🙂

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This table is actually one of a pair.  Need some end tables?

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Somerville Flea Market 2014

Hi kids!   June 1 was opening day of the Somerville Flea Market and it was a great day!!  Perfect weather, lots of people and lots of sales!  Yippee!  Of course the only bad thing about that is the rapid flips I need to do now.  I was out of town this past week so tonight I’ve been frantically trying to finish up some pieces so I won’t have a sad looking stall on Sunday.  Pre-market Friday nights are stressful.  It doesn’t help when Mia the Purfect, jumps on a table I’ve just put a layer of protective coating!  Poor baby.  I should have known.  It’s the table she loves to get up on to watch me.

So here are a few photos from the first market day.  Most pieces sold!

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My perspective.

And some of the pieces I’ll never see again.  😦    before and afters.

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It is sort of sad to let go of a piece that I’ve worked so hard on, and become attached to in some way.  But I also think it’s a good practice of learning to let go of things.  I’m a very sentimental person and I do become attached to things.  Knowing that the people who buy these pieces love them, makes me happy.   Knowing that I’ve given an other wise unloved, beat up, thrown away piece of furniture a new life is great!!  It makes me proud.

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