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Do You Like Raw Honey?

I have never been a fan of honey.  You know, that little honey bear plastic bottle?  My kids loved it on toast, but I never cared for the taste.  I preferred maple syrup and used it as my sweet syrup goto. A few weeks ago,  when the kids came to collect the grand dog, they

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Why You Can’t Find Tasty Fruit & Veg

I was not able to plant my veggies garden this year. It’s now the height of summer, and I keep buying fruit at the grocery store and throwing it away after one bite. It’s either hard as a rock, dry as a bone, tastes bland or a combination of all three! When I was a

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Whimsical Pebble Art

I started collecting stones as a small child.  When I got older, it was something I shared with my mother.  After I married, I traveled across the country with my husband for his work.  Every time I went someplace new, I got a stone and bought it home. She kept those stones on a bookcase

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BlackStair Mountains in Wexford

Every day I can see a bit of the Blackstair Mountains in counties Wexford and Carlow.  If we drive toward Enniscorthy and north, we follow them along our way. These mountains are not high peaks but a more rounded shape as you look at them they mound after each other one by one kind of

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BOXWOOD TABLE AND A COLOR LESSON

Hi guys, I told you I would show you the finished coffee table and picture frames I painted in Boxwood green.  In a past posting, I shared with you the old yellow oak oversized coffee table in the downstairs family room that needed a makeover. I loved the look of the table but hated that

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ANTIQUE PICKING IN OHIO

A few months ago I shared our favorite antique/junk picking site in Ireland.  In Ireland it is not called picking, it’s called have a root around :). I will have to show you that post but sadly, I was just told that the entire barn of antiques burned down in mid June.  Such a tragedy.

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Hidden Dangers in a Woodworking Shop

Everyone is aware of the many dangers in woodworking. You think of saws and sharp tools and so you naturally think cuts and blood.  You might also expect bangs and bruises from hammers and such. Now, these are all hazards in woodworking. John has lost the tippy tip of many of his fingers and even

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BUBINGA AND PADUCK

BUBINGA AND PADUCK, Just Two Exotic Woods

As you know, John started a wood box product to his line of handcrafted woodcraft. The boxes are constructed using exotic hardwoods incorporating professional joinery techniques and completed with a multi-layer sealed fine furniture finish.  John made the first grouping using oak, poplar, and walnut. The boxes were large three drawer jewelry boxes. Since then

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Love the Finish On This Table

I recently posted our condo kitchen remodel. In those posts, I showed this six-foot walnut stained dining table and bench.  I move dit up from the lower level and workshop up to the kitchen eating area to stage it in a proper setting and for those who come to the shop to view. John and

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Boom! Summer for Sales

The past two summers have been our best sale summers.  In one week we sold the two vintage school desks. Cast iron base with pencil slots and inkwell holders.  A couple planned on using them as end tables in their family room Tables That was Monday.  On Friday we had a lady call looking for

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Crystal Chandeliers in the Kitchen Dining Room

Crystal Chandeliers in the Kitchen Dining Room

I love crystal chandeliers and the great thing about them as they are found in ALL decor styles.  When we had the kitchen makeover last year . This handmade table is for sale if interested let us know. We live in a large condo in Ohio.  It is an open concept plan and the left

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Antique Hunting - Part 2

Antique Hunting- Part Two

Hi guys, I wrote a post on Antique hunting- part one in which I spoke about the different types of anties styles and identifying the age of an antique by wood type and style ages. I also talked about painting furniture.  Today I am going to talk about identifying your furniture with the use of

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