Handmade Ladder

Handmade Ladder

Photo of my handmade ladder being used in my new apartment in May 2016. This post below was written by me in February 2015 on my private blog and brought over to my public blog in May 2016: Handmade Ladder Many, many years ago{2001}, I purchased a 5′ decorative ladder from Scarborough Fair in Cambridge, MD. I’ve used the ladder for all sorts of things throughout the years (drying herbs, jewelry, magazines), but most recently, I’ve been using it for a super handy purpose – to hang my once worn clothes that I’d like to wear again during the week and not throw them into the hamper. My husband does the same thing with once worn clothing, however, his clothes stack on top of the hamper which makes it difficult to get things into the hamper and it doesn’t look as tidy. I’ve wanted to get him a ladder and I just haven’t found one out anywhere, so I finally purchased the materials last month to make him one! I measured my ladder and then adjusted the measurements for a 6′ ladder. Today, I sanded the 6′ x 2″ x 1″ posts with sandpaper blocks indoors, cut the 4 pieces of 4′ x 3/8″ dowel rod down to 12 pieces of 12″ long dowel rod being very careful on the kitchen table, drilled 3/8″ holes while using the paint cans as supports off the floor, and then glued it all together with fast-tack super-strong wood glue. This would normally be a project for outside, but it is cold and I didn’t want to mess up the snow. :) The garage could have worked but it is cold out there too and the project worked out okay in the kitchen – such a multipurpose space. It will dry overnight and maybe I can paint it tomorrow along with my ladder. I’ve been wanting to paint mine for a while and I have paint left from when I was going to paint the kitchen cabinets many years ago, so I don’t need to buy anything. Yay! I just LOVE using some/all of my surplus materials on these project. Great sense of...

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2015 July | Minimalist Challenge Game | Day 30

2015 July | Minimalist Challenge Game | Day 30

There are still more things to go, but this is Day 30 and the conclusion of this month’s Minimalist Challenge Game. It was so much fun to use a game to help me let go of items I was having a hard time making decisions on. I can go back to my routine of donating items each month usually following the convention of placing 1+ item(s) in a bin each day (or 7+ at sometime during the week) and then documenting and donating everything at the end of the month. I’d love to do a digital minimalist game, but can’t quite figure out a set of good rules to follow. It gets harder each time, but I will definitely be doing this again! Items Pictured: bag of fabric scraps intended for pillow stuffing, scrapbook stuff, jewelry Status: Donated/Trash Today: 107 Total: 680 of 465...

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2015 July | Minimalist Challenge Game | Day 29

2015 July | Minimalist Challenge Game | Day 29

I have a jewelry compartment organizer full of jewelry I don’t wear – well, not anymore. I went a bit of it a little while back, a bunch today, and more tomorrow. Why keep it when I am not wearing it and especially when someone else can? Donations! Exactly. Items Pictured: assorted jewelry (pins, watch, earrings) Status: Donated Today: 29 Total: 573 of 435...

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2015 July | Minimalist Challenge Game | Day 26

2015 July | Minimalist Challenge Game | Day 26

Day 26 is all about beads. I decided to sort through my toolbox of beads and beading accessories since I am not going to do any of the beading projects I thought I would. These beads have been in the closet way too long not being used. I checked with the women’s shelter I donate to and they were ecstatic to hear I had lots of crafting beads to donate. I’ll be working on them over the next few days since there are so many. I sure hope the ladies love them! :) Items Pictured: packs of beads Status: Donated Today: 50 Total: 443 of 351...

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