Thursday, March 31, 2011

This is how it started.

The ever so lovely Wendy at Ze Shabby Nest posted a giveaway,

and you know me and giveaways. I only enter if I really, ree-hee-heally want it. Well, I wanted this:

This old crate-like thingy ma-bobber. To, you know, hold silverware in for outdoor dining. Or perhaps condiments? Or screwdrivers? Samurai Swords? Dentures? Whatevs.

You know, I think this is what started my whole outdoor dining obsession. Thanks a lot, Wendy!!

and of course I didn't win. Of course! But, I said to myself,

"Self, you can make one for yourself. Figure it out, and do it."

So imagine my surpreese when Ana White came out with a tutorial on how to make one just weeks later.

She has ESPN, I swear. We're BFF's and she did that just for me. She just doesn't know it yet.

And so I got to work. I used scraps. I had lotsa 3/4 in. plywood on hand, and so that's what I used.

Gave it a good coat of whitewash first,

and then a tad bit 'o glaze,
and I wanted a chalkboard tag just like Ana. But I was out of black chalkboard paint.

Let me tell you something. I detest taking my kids to the Hob Lob/Lowe's/Home Depot. Hate. I'd rather chew tin foil than take my kids there. I'd rather study calculus. They turn into spawn of satan at those stores.

But, BUT! I had blue chalkboard paint:

And that's like, spring-y, right? Right? Humor me here, c'mon!

And so now I'm totally obsessed with making several of these little bad boys. I'm just gonna go at 'em full out assembly-line style. Kinda like "I Love Lucy" where she works in the chocolates factory, ya know? 'Cept I won't be putting anything in my mouth.


I think I wanna give some to my besties. You know, the people I'd take a bullet for.

But you know, like, not in the chest or anything-- but totally in the leg. Or the hair.

Could I buy your love and friendship with one of these old crate thingys?

No? Darn.

24 comments:

Lisa said...

You're right, that WOULD be perfect for dentures! I have a similar box w/handle that kind of looks like an old fashioned carpenter's carry-all. I keep school supplies in it - markers, pencils, dictionary, etc. and plunk it right on my kitchen table for homework every day. Love having everything all in one spot. Your blue labels are super cute - and did you see tutes in blogland lately for making your own chalkboard paint? So you never have to drag the chitlins to HD again?

Jen said...

HECK YES, you could buy my love and friendship with one of those...but you don't have to, cuz I already love the puddin' outta ya!!! You're such a SWEETHEART!

I'm sure that after making Ana's bed and table that this was a cinch! You're AMAZING. I love to see what projects come next; the suspense almost kills me. I'll bet that pergola or outside dining area on the deck that you're dreaming of will be beautiful when you get 'er done! Just like everything else you do. =)

amanda_stone said...

Uh, yeah! I'll take one! I could definitely use it for kids school/art/craft supplies!

cehendricks said...

You could totally buy my friendship with that!! Although after reading your blog I think that you are hilarious and must keep those that you know highly entertained even without the crate thingy. So your friends are super lucky to get the crate thingy and you!

Tattooed_Fish said...

You could buy my friendship. I actually like your version better. And black chalkboard paint is so boring... good for you for rockin' the blue.

Autum said...

You could totally buy my friendship, but you don't have to, cause I'm lovin you already. I wish you lived right next door so we could hang out and build stuff. Well, I'd hang out and you could build stuff.

gina3 said...

First let me say that I am so glad to hear that someone else only enters giveaways they really want. Second, yep, you can buy my friendship with one of those cute things you just whipped out as long as I don't have to take your kids to HobLob for you. I can barely handle my one ;)

ACW said...

Well, my love doesn't come cheap, Love! You'd have to lux that caddy up with the most classiest plastic ware you'd ever lay your tired eyes on: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Silver-Tone-Plastic-Cutlery-Set-of-24/14090972
And then we'd have a "white trash" picnic party in the front yard, costumes and all, where I would loudly for all the world to hear profess my new found love for ya, from this day forward, until death do us part. Or the beer pong results. Or the Joysey Shore re-runs.

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

Heck yea you could buy my love with one of those! So cool! And, i think I like the blue chalkboard paint better than some plain ole black anyway!

Jill said...

please please please buy my love!!

Creative Escapes said...

You could totally buy my love and friendship with one of those - I love it! Might need to make a few of those too - don't you love Ana-White - I have made a ton of her stuff!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I could be bought. Do you think it would hold those blue Ball jars? I am thinking it might make a good caddy for some of my jars.

I happened to make something from Ana White today. Have to paint it now.

Mommybreath said...

Well if yer just handin' the darn things out... :)

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

I saw this on her blog and this is totally on my to do list as well! Yours turned out adorable, and it'll go great on your new table you built.

On a side note, I ate some tinfoil for $5. Totally worth it.

slommler said...

Sorry you didn't win the crate thingy! But I love yours and the blue chalkboard paint works great!!
And like Mommybreath says...if you are handing them out..put me on your list of BFF's...K????
Hugs
SueAnn

Shirley said...

Yes, You could definitely win my love with this adorable box! Cause I could put a LOT of seed beads in it! Also very glad to know that my kids are not the only ones to do the Jeckle/Hyde thing at stores!

Emily said...

That is such a cute idea to go with you new awesome table! You are going to be the outside party specialist!

Renee said...

Ooooh, I have some scraps too. I want to make it!

I am going to do Ana's garden beds today! :)

{And I'm with Emily! Now all you need is mason jars & candles! :)

UBee said...

Ummm.. yA!!! I love it! It's purrrfect! And the blue? Very springy.

dena4kids said...

I love it! Makes me almost want to dress the kiddos in little linen suits and have me a good ole garden party.

I know where this is coming from...Downton Abbey! Thanks Mandi..thanks alot.=)

Teri said...

I would like you to know that my love and friendship is TOTALLY for sale, and hey! Here's a great coincidence! The cost is one denture-caddy! What are the odds, eh?

Sorry you didn't win...but I think the custom one is much more fab.

Ashley Tremaine said...

super cute...and you betcha you bought my friendship!!! I love it...you do a great job on everything you make though!! LOVE the blue color too...very springy!

Audra said...

Uh...you had me at "crate like thingy". Hullo! Blue chalkboard paint is the new black and therefore it is like the coolest new kid on the block. The one you want to be like, but can't because you are the old has been kid.

Yep, it's that kick A and I love that you have just inspired PB to make a whole new set of outdoor things painted with...you guessed it. Blue Chalk Board Paint.

michellereneephotography said...

wELL I'M GLAD i COULD MAKE YOUR DAY BUT I'D LIKE YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU'RE RESPONSIBLE FOR ME STAYING UP FARRRR TOO LATE READING YOUR BLOG WHICH RESULTED IN AN AWFUL DAY WITH MY 2 LITTLE TOTS (MY FAULT COMPLETELY) B/C THEY'RE LITTLE ANGELS AND ALL.... i WILL NOT BE DOING THAT ANYTIME SOON AGAIN... MAYBE I'LL START READING EARLIER ;) dO YOU HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE... I'D LIKE TO BE YOUR FRIEND ;)