Wall Shelf with Hooks

Years ago I swore off ironing and bought a garment steamer.  I think it’s my lack of patience and general clumsiness that lead me to dislike ironing so much.  Somehow I always managed to iron wrinkles in while simultaneously trying to get them out.  Ugghh…

Anyway, the steamer we got for our wedding (over 8 years ago) finally quit on us.  It had a handy telescoping pole that held our clothes while we steamed them.  In an effort to save some money and increase portability, we replaced our original steamer with a travel sized model.  We have taken it with us on a few trips (which saved me from having to struggle with a hotel iron 😉 ) and so far we’re pretty happy with it-minus one issue.  Without the telescoping pole, we don’t have anything to hold our clothes while we steam them. Continue reading


Parquet Coffee Table

I’m a confident person.  I don’t often admit to being scared or nervous about things and I don’t usually shy away from a challenge.  I first saw the plans for this parquet table top over a year ago and thought “Wow! That’s beautiful”  followed immediately by “Yikes!  All those angle cuts look terrifying.”  I was scared.  I didn’t want to invest time and money into a project that I wasn’t confident in completing to a level of precision that would allow me to proudly place the finished piece in my living room for all to see.

Fast forward 12+ months and several other successful builds.  Rogue Engineer posted plans for the Lybrook coffee table that featured a trestle design with an exposed tenon look.  It was the perfect base for that parquet top.  It was time to let go of fear and worry and give this project everything I’ve got.

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