Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Now You See It, Now You Don’t!

What fabulous weather we’ve been having lately!!  I’ve been taking advantage of it and getting my flower beds cleaned out and washing windows and taking the screens out for winter.  I’ve also been able to get a few more projects finished up.

First, I finished the Stacy Nash Primitives sampler that I started last week.


Then I made a lamp for my end table in my Living Room.  I was so proud that I did this all by myself!  The only help my hubby gave me was to drill the holes in the lantern.  I had a style in mind, but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for.  The only thing I found close to what I wanted had criss-cross grids across the glass panes and was a flat black!  

So I bought this lantern. . .


I cheated and bought a wood square with routered edges from my local craft store.  I cut a piece of pvc pipe to fit over the threaded stem and then painted them both with Charcoal Grey from Americana and then stained them both with Deep Ebony from Olympia Stain.  What a perfect match!!  I bought lamp parts from Home Depot.


I removed the metal ring from the top and hubby drilled a larger hole to fit the threaded stem through.IMG_1755

He also drilled a hole in the bottom corner.


I attached the bottom part of the socket and then ran a piece of wire up through the threaded stem and attached the wires to the terminals.


I ran the wire down and out the hole in the bottom.  I cut the wire that came with the lamp in half and then twisted all three wires together.


I epoxy glued the wire to the inside of the lantern and clamped in place with hair clips until dry.


I epoxy glued the lantern to the wood base and

TA    DA!!!  I have the style lantern I was looking for!!


Okay, finally, the project that I’m excited about!!  I have been wanting to hide the stereo in my Dining Room for quite some time now!  I’ve had ideas in my head, but trying to actually come up with a design that’ll work has been a major headache!!  My original plan was to make an apothecary-looking chest, but every time I wanted to use my stereo, I would have had to take the cover off.  I didn’t want to have to deal with finding a place to put it while the stereo was in use, plus the fear of it getting banged up.  So I put a door in the middle for easy access to the power button, plus use of the CD player.

Now you see it . . . .


Now you don’t! . . . .


I need to find something to put on top to hide the wires.   I just didn’t have time!

Well, that’s all I have for now!!  I hope everyone’s been enjoying some nice weather, too!  Unfortunately, these warm temps aren’t  here for long; it’s suppose to drop back down into the 50’s over the weekend, with rain on Friday. 

So Until next Time. . .Kris


  1. You are way too creative! I would have never dreamed up something like that. Love the stereo cover too!

  2. I am so telling you....we have kindred spirits!!!....I have been looking at a candle lantern all summer long to do this with!...but, kept putting it down...then when the end of summer came and they went on clearance...I thought about doing it again....but, really wasn't sure as how to go about I know!....YOU GO WITH YOUR BADD SELF!...think I might temp this one sometime soon!

    Love the stereo cover too!

  3. Wow, Wow, Wow! Kris this whole post is amazing! LOVE the lamp and that hide and seek is THE BEST! Great job on everything! Take care. ~Sarah~

  4. Wow Kris your creativity and your abilities never cease to amaze! The lamp looks fabulous and so does the stereo cover....WOW again!!


  5. Wonderful! I love the lamp and the chest. The stitchery is beautiful! You are so very talented!

  6. Wow!! Love the post!!! Your lamp is beautiful, the stereo cover is awesome...what creativity! Thanks for sharing!!!


  7. Kris,
    Your talent just blows my mind! I love the stitchery, the lamp is awesome as is your stereo cover. Thanks for sharing how you did the lamp.

  8. Wow, I love your lamp and that stereo cover
    is so cute! We made a little hutch to
    cover our gas heater on the wall in our
    living room...Creative women can always
    come up with something!

    Bear Hugs~Karen

  9. Thanks so much for sharing more wonderful projects with us, Kris. Your work is fantastic - a real inspiration!
    Best wishes

  10. That's great--the lamp turned out awesome, girl!
    Love yoru stitchery too...oh and the stereo cover is fantastic! Love it all...

    Have a woderful day :)

  11. You just have been going at it super woman!! How smart are all those projects!! LOve them all!

  12. Hi Kris, You are so clever. Love everuything in this post, the lamp looks amazing and the stereo cover is fantastic. You did it again, GREATTTT!

  13. You make me absolutely sick!! You are so flipping creative that I am jealous. I so wish that I could work with a saw and not be afraid and you are so clever. That is it....when the weather gets nice next year, I am going to have to come for a visit where you can help show me some ropes. I am getting bored with just making signs and gameboards. I am ready for the big stuff (lol). Have a great day Kris!!!!


  14. Oh my gosh Kris I had to pick my jaw up off the floor after seeing the lamp you made! I am just in awe of you and you many talents!!!! Will you come and live with me??? I have lots of things you could do around here ;)Just amazing! Your stitchery is wonderful and so is the stereo cover. I have to go back and look at that lamp again! Hugs, Loretta

  15. OH girl, you are sooooooooo good!! Two AMAZING projects!! What I like about you is that you have the vision AND the skills to carry them out. WOOHOO!! You are woman - and you rock!! Both are just prim perfect!!

  16. Kris you are a fantastic designer. Your stitchery is fabulous. I love how old it looks. Perfectly prim stereo cover. It fits on your shelf like it was made for it. I wouldn't mind having something like that for my stero only it would need to be upright. Keep up the creative work. I love seeing your projects.

  17. Just keep on keeping Kris!!! Fantastic post and projects, the lamp is just too creative and the stero cover the cupboard paint too!
    Have a wonderful day!

  18. Kris...You are "something else"!.... so creative. Everything looks like it was so easy for you when others wouldn't even attempt your projects. You should be very proud of yourself!
    The stitcherie is just beautiful...I love it. Your lamp and stereo cover are as prim as can be....Wow!

  19. You go, girl! They both look fantastic and they are FINISHED! I would still be sketching at this point!

  20. Holy Cow......what creativity! Love love love that cover, and the lamp is just too cute! Can you come to my house for about a week?...seriously, wonderful work!

  21. Hi Kris, I have recently started following your blog, you are so clever and creative. The ideas you come up with are really nice and everything looks so professional. I love your wood finishes, they look so worn and aged. Your home is lovely, thank you for such a great blog. Dianne

  22. Hi, Wow, you are amazing. You make me want to go finish up some of my projects! I love, love the lamp and the chest! The sampler is great too!
    Thanks for sharing!

  23. WOW! This is one of the best post ever! Is there anything you can't do??!! The stitchery, the lamp and the stereo cover...just AMAZING! Love it all. Keep up the great work.


  24. you did a wonderful job on both projects..I love that lamp..:)

  25. WOW...WOW...I LOVE everything!!!
    That was a really neat idea for your lamp. This is what I love so much about blog land. Everyone always has such great ideas to share :)
    And I really like how you hid the CD Player. I have a few things that I want hubby to build so I can also hide things but he say's he is scared because if he sits still to long, I just may box him in...LOL.

  26. Oh, have really out done yourself with this post. I love it all. If you don't mind......where did you find the lantern and what kind of fabric are you stitching on?

  27. All I can say is WOW...I think you are my new hero! You stitch, you make lamps, you do do it all!!
    Great post!!!

  28. All these flattering comments to your post must make you feel proud. Indeed, you are amazing -- vision and talent to complete the project all in one woman! Way to go. One of the best blogs ever, Kris.

  29. I absolutely love that new lamp! LOVE IT!


  30. What wonderful projects, Kris! I really can't pick out a favorite! LOL I love it all! I just love how you are so creative! Keep it up!

  31. I can't believe I missed this post.. Thank goodness I finally saw it. ;-)
    You are Da Bomb! Loved everything, Kris. The sampler, lamp and apothecary cupboard. What a great way to hide your stereo!
    You are a women after my own heart. Give us a vision, some power tools, and we will see it accomplished! Way to go, Kris!

    Prim Blessings,

  32. I love your site.Your creativity is astounding.Your house is amazing.I have made some things from your tutorials.Love them! Thank you and keep up the great work.

  33. You are so talented. First of all the sampler is just so cool. THE LAMP is really really cool. You are inspiring me with a piece that I have. That apothecary chestis awesome too! I think I get inspired everytime I visit your site!

  34. Kris ~ You are so talented! Everything you do is just awesome. I just love your blog. Can I ask where you found your latern? Thanks Robin

  35. Kris
    That was toooo clever. Love all your projects and your posts. Keep on creating and sharing.

  36. Kris, you are amazing! Awesome hide & seek of your stereo and great lantern lamp!!! I made the mantle clock tut that you gave on your blog a while back and love it. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us.

  37. Two more amazing projects, Kris! You are such a talented lady! Enjoy those beauties, my friend, and have a great weekend...

  38. OMG! I think we need to change your name to Necessity. After all, isn't she the mother of invention? LOL! What will you come up with next? Can't wait to see that's for sure!

    In case you're looking for something to do, the Salt Creek Mercantile in Fredericksburg is having their Christmas Open House on Nov. 7th 10a.m. - 5 p.m. and the Greenbriar in Wooster is also hosting a craft show that day.

    Have a great weekend!

  39. Oh my goodness, those are both amazing projects! Honestly you are like Martha Stewart with power tools, on steroids!!
    Blessings to you~ Birgit

  40. Wow, those were awesome projects. I am in awe. Both pieces look just like they came from an expensive magazine. Great job!!


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