My stitches came out yesterday and though my thumb looks pretty bad it’s more functional now.
The return of opposable thumbs is great because I’m in full-court prep for the big Patchwork Santa Ana show that happens this Sunday!
If you are an Orange County denizen please do stop by. The show is free, the food is great and the range of craftspeople on hand is pretty awesome. It’s also a totally charming area to just hang out on a Sunday afternoon.
So my mind seems to be stuck on display ideas. I’m kind of obsessed about display. I just can’t escape the gut-feeling that if I could just display things correctly people would buy them.
Last time I shared my portable craft-show wall and this time around I’ve got a table made out of an old door. I realize I haven’t just invented the wheel here – people have been making doors into tables forever – but I thought I’d share the quick basics of how to make a nice, sturdy table.
The Backstory: My window display at CoOp 28 was a hit and after it came down I wanted a spot in the store that was exclusively for Cheltenham Road products.
I asked Marci (the terrific owner of the CoOp) if that would be cool and she was on board. Her only request was that I supply the table and I was happy to do so.
The table needed to fit the style of the store, it needed to be long and I needed it to be free (or free-ish). I had an old door that was never, ever going to be used again and I also had some legs off a dining room table that my friends had given me. Perfect! (and I apologize for being one of those obnoxious people who just have the “perfect” things lying around but that’s the upside of never throwing anything away.)
I’d seen a tutorial for making a Farm House Table over on Miss Mustard Seed’s blog so I used that as a guide.
For the apron I simply cut 1x3s to size (two 6’ pieces and two 2’ pieces). Since I’m working by myself I used clamps and a carpenters square to hold the pieces at 90 degrees while I screwed them together. I attached the apron to the underside of the door using simple L brackets.
And, finally I attached the legs to the apron with screws.
(Yes, I did clean the disgustingly dirty legs before I brought it to the store.)
So far, it’s working! Sales are up a bit and Marci seems happy with it. After I’m done with the Patchwork show I’m going to play around with more levels and “decorations.” I’ll keep you posted.
*Please pardon this brief Andy Rooney moment:
I feel like live in an alternate universe. Everyone else seems to be walking around gabbing on their phones without a care in the world but every phone conversation I have is about 75% “what? I’m sorry you broke up/I lost you.” And people take these amazing photos with their phones and mine always look like screen captures from a 7-11 surveillance camera. And I’ve had several different phones with several different carriers.