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NEW Pattern available! Toddler Fishing Game!

Monday, July 24, 2017
I have a new pattern in my Etsy shop!  

This fishing game is perfect for that toddler (or big kid) in your life!

Singer 111w152 Industrial Sewing Machine Project

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Remember the Singer 31-15 I fixed-up last year?  I never thought I'd sell it - I've loved it so much (to use and look at)!  I got the itch for a walking foot machine, however, and after seeing one advertised for $200 on Craigslist with some issues I figured I would go and test it out.  The guy said it had tension problems and wasn't feeding fabric.  I took my chances and offered him $150.

The machine itself looked to be in fine condition with no rust or broken parts.

 Some obvious problems: the table top was heavily bowed - about 1" in the center - from the weight of the motor and machine combined.  The vinyl layer on the table top was bubbling and someone had screwed several screws over to hold it down.

   I wasn't quite sure what was wrong with the machine not feeding but I saw that the bottom shaft that is connected to the feed dogs wasn't turning. It ends up being that the safety clutch was disengaged.  A simple push of a button on the bed of the machine re-engages it (I didn't know this before looking into it, though and my husband helped remove it so we could get a better look at it, lol)!  Here's a great video that explains how it works.

Bathroom Makeover on a Budget - 10 Days

Friday, June 30, 2017

Welcome to the boys' bathroom!  I decided it had been neglected for long enough.  It used to be the ugliest room in our house - now it's the nicest (& cleanest)!  I did 85% of the work while Mr. Toddler was napping and it took approximately 10 days and $170 dollars.  Wahoo!

1927 Victrola Granada Record Player Restoration (Victor Talking Machine)

Monday, June 5, 2017
I just happened to be searching "record player" on Craigslist to see if there was anything worth buying (I used to have a table-top player and have always been interested in getting another one).  To my surprise this old thing popped up in the search.  It was listed for $10!  I thought surely it must have been taken already because the listing was over 20 days old.  I tried talking myself out of it after thinking about how much work I'd have to put into it but everything in me said I MUST have it.  I knew I would regret not getting it!  It came with 4 full binders of records, too!

The current owner said it was his Grandmothers who had previously stripped the finish off the cabinet and it had sat a long time in a shed exposed to heat, cold and humidity.

Upon inspecting it I saw that it was worse off than I thought.  The wood was very dry and brittle - I call it thirsty wood!  The veneer was peeling off in nearly every place and the legs were in pieces and had open cracks where other pieces were glued together to create the posts.

It took me about 6 days of non-stop work to complete.  It was so exciting to see everything come to life during the process!

Let me share the BEFORE and AFTER pictures with you before I tell you about the restoration.
(This is my favorite part!)

Craftsman 101.06242 Lathe Restoration & Table Build

Thursday, May 11, 2017
When I saw an ad on Craigslist for this lathe I knew immediately it was the one for me.  It was a good price but I knew it would need a restoration (and sturdy table built).

It took me a few weeks to complete everything and I'm so excited it's finished so I can stop thinking (and dreaming) about it.

Everything was in great condition (besides the obvious cosmetic issues) and the only thing missing was the tailstock center.  I kept everything original on the lathe except for buying a live center, new v-belt and adding wing nuts to the tool rest and tailstock for easier adjustments.

BEFORE and AFTER pictures are my favorite!
Let me share some with you!

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