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Reconfiguring

Last year I snagged this gorgeous Dutch Colony antique armoire from Singapore off of the local Craigs List for an unbelievable rock-bottom bargain price. How old it is, I don’t know enough about antiques to tell, but have been told that maybe it is as old as 18th or 19th century. From the hand-carved floral design on the doors and trim up top, the hand-hewn markings on the lumber lining the inside and the basic design and stability of the piece, I am absolutely delighted with it and admire its detail.

Antique Dutch Colony Armoire from Signapore

Antique Dutch Colony Armoire from Singapore

I originally configured this armoire as a desk for an old desktop computer system, and while I’ve streamed the occasional movie on this computer, having a laptop computer and a Kindle Fire, it seems I rarely sit at this desk and compute. Besides, if I want, there is a desk in the study/guest room right in front of a big, beautiful window where I can sit and use the laptop if I want to do some serious computing. Thus it seems this armoire, although a beautiful piece of furniture in the main part of the condo, is totally under-utilized as a funtional piece of furniture.

Currently configured as a computer desk

Currently configured as a computer desk

Recently, while working on a sewing project on the dining room table, I got the idea that I ought to turn this under-utilized armoire into a useful sewing area. Looking for inspiration on armoire reconfigurations on Pinterest, I found the most amazing piece (go here to see more – http://pinterest.com/pin/551479916840643062/ ). This is exactly what I had in mind. Well, I won’t be painting that beautiful, hand-hewn wood that lines the back of my piece; but the shelves in my armoire have been replaced with modern lumber, so I can paint those. I can also make colorful fabric and ribbon bulletin boards (something like this – http://pinterest.com/pin/551479916840681413/ – only in a color that matches my color scheme) to attach to the inside of the doors of my armoire and I can add a hinged (or pull-out shelf) to use as the sewing machine/pressing surface. Don’t you just love projects that create something useful out of something so lovely – and under-utilized?

Inspirational piece from Pinterest - an armoire configured as a sewing station

Inspirational piece from Pinterest – an armoire configured as a sewing station

Here it is after relocating the computer to the desk in the study and the sewing machine, fabrics, supplies and tools to the armoire. I’m loving it as is, and there was so much room, I was able to use one of the shelves to store my watercolor and other painting supplies. Yeah!

Filled with sewing machine, fabrics, sewing notions & watercolor supplies

Filled with sewing machine, fabrics, sewing notions & watercolor supplies

Yet to do:

  • Paint the interior shelves.
  • Add a slide out shelf just below where the sewing machine is now to use when sewing, and paint that shelf
  • Make fabric and ribbon covered bulletin boards with pockets for inside both doors – for notes, patterns, photos, pin cushion, other little supplies
  • Add a small flourescent lamp under the very top shelf to add better lighting when sewing

So far there has been no immediate cost for this recogfiguration. I  have a quart of paint on hand that I got as a free sample a year or so ago that is about the color of my inspirational cabinet that will be perfect for this project. I have plenty of fabric and ribbon in my fabric/supply stash for covering the bulletin boards, but will need to purchase the actual boards to cover, and I will have to purchase a small flourescent lamp. I will first, of course, check our local ReStore for these items before i head to a real hardware store.

Even though it is not yet quite finished, already I love it!

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Denver Skyline Park

You might wonder what the Christkindl Market and ice skating might have in common, but if you were in downtown Denver at Skyline Park, you would know.

Following a 700-year old traditional German Christkindl Market, (Christ Child Market), in December, a portion of Denver’s Skyline Park is lined with festive outdoor huts filled with unique handmade crafts and traditional Christkindl treats.

Denver Christkindl Market

And, for the second year in a row, the portion of Skyline Park located at the base of the D & F Clocktower at 16th and Arapahoe Streets is turned into an ice rink. Open daily for free skating until February 14th, there is a $2.00 cost for skate rentals.

Ice skating . . . at Skyline Park

Skyline Park, what a fun little park!

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Anacortes Arts Festival

Food, fun, art, entertainment and crowds of people seems a good way to describe it. An annual event, for three days the Anacortes Arts Festival literally consumes downtown Anacortes.

Poster for 2011 Anacortes Arts Festival

Poster for the 2011 Anacortes Arts Festival

Emersing ourselves into the crowd, we walked from one booth to the next looking at the beautiful wares.

Colorful hand blown glass balls

Colorful hand blown glass balls for sale at the 2011 Anacortes Arts Festival

Then, hungry, we looked for something to eat. With just a little help, we found the corn dog booth.

The corn dog booth is that-a-way

The corn dog booth is that-a-way

One of the more notable artists/characters in Anacortes is Bill Mitchell. A paraplegic as a result of a car accident many years ago, he became involved with the Anacortes Mural Project by revitalizing the old buildings in the downtown core with his larger-than-life sized painted scenes and figures. While chatting with Bill, he invited us back to Anacortes for another upcoming event, the Anacortes Work Boat Races. Another day of fun, I am sure, as Anacortes celebrates its maritime heritage with a pirate boat parade kick off for the event. Bill advised us to dress in costumes – gypsies or dancing girls – shouting to us as we left his side something about bustiers and corsets being especially appreciated. Actually, the event does sound quite fun. With boat race competitions in three classes showcasing fireboats, tugs, transporters and working vessels, and their crews, in and around Fidalgo Island and ending with one of my favorite local bands, the Walrus, playing at a dance late into the evening, I just might attend – but would dress more normally.

Bill Mitchell, the Anacortes Mural Project artist

Bill Mitchell, the Anacortes Mural Project artist

At many of the street intersections along the festival there was a stage with performers, and I certainly felt very well entertained. My favorite, however, was Jonny Hahn, a piano player/composer quite well known on the streets in the Seattle area.

Street piano performer Jonny Hahn

Street piano performer Jonny Hahn

Here are more of the photos of the arts, entertainment, people and around the town of Anacortes.

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