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Sunday
Apr202014

A little bit of recent Goldfinch activity in honor of Easter....

Most people that saw me during my bird photography sessions would wonder what the hell I was doing.  I'm usually stuck in a pose with the camera up to my eye for lengths of 30 minutes on average until I absolutely have to move because the position is killing me.  I used to use a blind tent but the weather beat it up over time.  

It takes a lot of patience to get close enough with a zoom lens to get good photographs.  For every "good" photo, there's about 6 more photos that are too similar or just not good at all.  

I hope you enjoy these recent Goldfinch visitors of mine!...

I've never had a group of Goldfinches collect on my roof before.  Thought it was pretty interesting when I turned around once.  I guess they'll go anywhere together.

If you're new to visiting GadgetSponge and wondering why the heck I have photographs of birds on my website, it's because nature is very important to me and part of the whole circle of GadgetSponge.  I try to keep as many parts (junk) out of the landfill in my creations.  This can only help nature.  That's the quick synopsis of it anyway.  Many of my past posts elaborate more on this train of thought.  See you soon!

Friday
Apr182014

Bluebird Nesting Update

Here's a quick update on this year's bluebird family in the "favored" bluebird birdhouse on my fence.

The parents are busy going back and forth with all kinds of grubs, bugs, worms and more.  

I also have a Carolina Wren nest going on in a water pitcher that was turned sideways onto of a planter.  They find the craziest (yet functional) places to build nests.  They are deep inside the pitcher so I can't tell how many there are and don't want to disturb that nest because of its location.

More updates as they develop!

Monday
Apr142014

Overhauled Vintage Night Stand + Vintage Yardsticks!

Hey friends.  Here's my latest project.  I spotted this great nightstand and all the great character it had.  It was pretty much ready to go after some light sanding.  

It's been just a little while since I broke out the army of vintage yardsticks.  I knew it was time for some as soon as I laid eyes on this night stand.

I usually switch out drawer handles on pieces to bring more interest but these handles are tough to beat so they stayed put.  Some chalk paint layers, careful distressing and dark  wax brought it all home.  Some sealer was used in a couple of coats on the front of the new vintage yardstick drawers.

I wanted to tie in the yardstick theme on the sides so I framed them up on both sides.

This custom piece sold within 15 minutes of bringing it in.  I hope it brings joy for years to come.  

Measurements:  19" deep; 27" tall; 33" wide

Sunday
Apr132014

Little Libraries #4: Repurposed Little Library Project Updates!

Howdy folks!  We're way past the home stretch and this post will almost wrap things up on our journey with these repurposed little library projects.  The next post coming up will feature the libraries in their new homes and will feature some surprises!

We had some vintage, original locker tags laying around so we reunited them with the old lockers.

To be fair, we added letters A through H on the Springhill location locker for each cubby space.

You saw in the previous post that we installed the old barnwood on the sides.  The next step for the sides was to paint and distress the wood to tie it into the deep red color of the Minden library branch.

For the main feature of the Minden little library, we wanted to mimic the mexican tile style roof.  So we used some reclaimed, rusty corrugated tin.  After scratching the rust off, some black spray paint was applied.

The next step for the roof portion was to tape off the edge of the individual pieces and paint it the deep red.  This effect would give each piece of tin a definite edge against the piece below it.

Here, you can see all of the pieces completely painted...

And here they are installed on the pitched roof.

We knew we needed to address the closing of the locker doors so we decided to create a fun feature to keep the locker doors closed by using carabiners in different colors attached with jack chain to small eye bolts.

AAAAANNNNDDDDDDDD......................

Here's the completed repurposed little library for the Minden, LA location.   AAAANNNDDDDD........

Here's the final repurposed little library for the Springhill, LA location.  Both libraries have features that reflect the original libraries in each town as you can see in previous posts.

Whew!  It's been a long road that's almost over.  Tomorrow we will be installing the Minden, LA little library and the Springhill, LA one will be installed very soon.

The next post will feature each little library in its new location along with a surprise at each location.  STAY TUNED!!!

Wednesday
Apr092014

Little Libraries #3: Repurposed Little Library Project Updates!

Howdy friends!  It's time to update y'all on the progress of the two repurposed little libraries that GadgetSponge & Muddy Water Resurrections is working on.

The second little library started with this pair of lockers.  We had an extra door so we replaced it with the beat up original door.

Here's a snapshot of the Minden branch of the Webster Parish Library system.  As we go along, you'll notice how we incorporated the style of the library into the little library.

The first step was lots of cleaning up, sanding, removing rust and getting it ready for paint to match the beige/tan color of the library.

On this little library we decided to give it a pitched roof so we created the inner support for the top.

After finishing out the outside of the pitched roof, we had some old embossed tin laying around and used that on the sides/ends.

Here's Justin cutting up the reclaimed barn wood that will cover the sides.  Another shout out to Mr. C. D. Finley for the great wood.  

Here I am painting the long boards that will be cut up to make the shelves inside the pair of lockers.

Here you see the shelves getting installed.

And here's Justin mounting the reclaimed barn wood pieces to the sides.  These will later be painted and distressed.

Things are moving along quickly.  There's more already completed that I will post soon.  The big install day will be here before we know it.  There's still one big surprise at the end to compliment each little library at each location, but you'll have to stay tuned to see!  More soon!