Back in August, someone had gifted me a few pieces of furniture during their downsize/move. This bar cart was one of the few and for the first time ever I thought, “I’m doing this one for me.”
The thing about moving into a new cabin in the Texas Hill Country is that believe it or not, I didn’t have a whole heck of a lot of furniture. I had done a huge downsizing myself just a year and a half before. I mean, I had all the furnture in my shop but… the bar cart is the only thing I saw coming into my home. The funny part of this is I don’t drink anymore, but I sure need the extra storage!
The Bar Cart Breakdown
Here’s a breakdown of what TLC this bar cart received:
Removed warped top and all hardware
A quick sand and a coat of white paint
Cut a new top down to size
Stained entire piece with walnut tinted wax
Replaced all hardware including door latches and stops
Here she sits in our front entrance way under the shelf I made with the same stain and all my house plants.
It’s JUNE! HAPPYPRIDE! I just wanted to give a big shout out to all of my amazing LBGQT friends. I will be celebrating and posting in support this month with several handmade and refinished pieces of furniture. Y’all be prepared for an explosion of color and inclusion!
I admit I’m kicking off my creative Pride designs with an item that I made a couple of years ago. I had stitched this PRIDE embroidered wall art for a friend and never shared it with y’all. So here it is, my embroidery for pride. Simple and understated, but I am still pretty excited about the ombre colored thread in rainbow order!
A Little History
I always like knowing the actual history behind comparative months and days. While I’ve always celebrated my amazing friends during this time, I admittedly never knew the month’s history. Per the Library of Congress:
“…Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.”
This is just a little snippet, but I’m glad I am able to support and celebrate my LBGQT friends. Although, it’s heartbreaking that these riots were going on in 1969 and LBGQT people are still struggling for equality today. I highly recommend doing some more reading on the history of Pride Month and all of the other things Pride Month stands for. Raise up your rainbows in solidarity and do your part to support the LBGQT community.
I don’t know if I took a moment to brag at all, but I must have been a good girl for 2019 because I got some pretty awesome gifts. One of which was a fermentation pot. While some of you may crinkle your nose at the thought of anything fermented… you’ll find me over here doing a little dance dreaming of all the fermented goodies I’m about to hunker down and make.
Since it had been about six years since I had made sauerkraut I started off with a basic, I mean basic, sauerkraut recipe for my first batch. Cabbage and salt. Let me tell you, while simple, this batch was a-bubble-ing during the fermentation process! Whoo! Think of all those probiotics!
I’ve already started my second batch, which will be appropriately named “The Zesty German.” The Zesty German contains cabbage, caraway seeds, red chili flakes, and garlic… lots and lots of garlic. In fact, my kitchen smells of sweet fermenting garlic and I can’t help but giggle with giddiness every time I open that particular cabinet.
I’m already planning my next batch that will contain purple cabbage and beets! Stay tuned for recipes in the next sauerkraut blog!
Thank you to everyone that shopped this weekend in honor of Small Business Saturday! I’m delighted that I’ve got my first few online orders and even some custom orders for the holiday!
That being said, I wanted to join the cool kid and let you know I’m offering a 50% off sale for a download of my digital cookbook – laura lee’s kitchen. If you’ve been interested, now is the time! As my mom would say…”Five dollars, no hollers!”
Just looking at the calendar today, I realized that we are officially in the first days of fall. In Texas, it means there is one more month of the heat of summer before we can start pulling out long sleeve shirts and sweaters. Even if it is just to wear them at night. At our little homestead, we’re prepping the beds for fall, beginning to daydream of stacking firewood for winter, and pulling seeds from our catalog.
On the made by laura lee front, I’ve been working up my own plans as well. I have made the decision to begin phasing out of performing on a regular basis to solely focus on crafting, canning, refinishing furniture, and more. I will be rolling out a new line next month too, just in time for Christmas shopping. While it feels too soon to even mutter those words before the Halloween decorations are put out, the holidays will be here before you know it! There will be some major work done to the website too.
I’m excited to share with you my progress along the way. Thank you for your continued support. Have a great week and I look forward to sharing more with you soon.
With moving and sprucing up a new (older) home, I feel like I’ve actually been Spring Cleaning for months.But now that Spring, however slowly, is on her way in, the real tidying up can begin.In my last post, I mentioned the longing to be in my wood shop.If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been lacking in the refinished furniture department quite a bit.
My poor neglected shop had really become a storage unit while the dust settled on the home front.And as soon as it settled, I went ahead and stirred it all up again, with the appropriate respirator, of course.
This past weekend, I completely reorganized my shop space.I mean, moved every piece of furniture, took out every paintbrush, went through every container of stain and paint.I’m grateful for the pot of coffee faithfully by my side to help aid in the process.
I said farewell to several pieces of furniture that were past salvaging, made a list of new items to join the shop, and have cataloged all the pieces I will be refinishing soon.
I wanted to share with you what I have in store for these pieces!
Wood Chairs – Pair
These wooden chairs are in great condition.They’ll be getting a light sanding, painted either red or more of a dark turquoise (still deciding) with a stained finish, and reupholstered with this Frida Kahlo fabric.
Freda Kahlo Fabric
This dresser came from Germany in the 1960s.It does have some water damage on the bottom and I will do what I can to salvage this part of it.I’m thinking of painting with a dark grey and having these fabulous leather wrapped brass pulls from Anthropologie for the outer handles.
Someone gifted me this coffee table a while back.I’ve been so intimidated by the veneer, but I think I have found a solution.Inspired by the painted benches at Fresa’s Restaurant on South First in Austin.
Chairs- Set of 6
I posted these chairs way back when.They have beautiful yet simple carved designs in the back.I wanted to stay true to the originals on these.I’ve begun staining them a little darker than how they came to me.I’m planning on refinishing the seats in a plush velvet, perhaps turquoise.
This little beauty needs a lot of work.Removing the original paint is a beast of an undertaking, and the mirror frames need a lot of work too.I have every intent on keeping the original glass, despite its age and blemishes.I’ve started painting it pink.That’s not too much, right?
I’m not going to lie, I wish I had space for this piece myself.I am planning on painting it a light grey with a walnut stain and keeping the legs with the original wood and, of course, getting glass in the door.
If any pieces speak to you, let me know. I’d love to find a home for these gems and make more room for neglected pieces to come in for love and a spruce.
Really. To say that I’ve been a little quiet may in fact be the biggest understatement since my last blog post and should cover the understatement bases for the remainder of 2019. I have come back to life. In fact, Life is kind of what got in the way. So much has changed since my last post, I don’t even know where to begin. Rather than recapping and rehashing the last year or so, what I will focus on are the things that have recently taken place to get me back on track.
Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork
I have found my tribe. I have teamed up with some amazing people to help push me forward, grow, learn… and learn things that I really needed to know to help grow laura lee… like that online store, a better website, etc. It’ll be a slow process to build, but I’ll get there. Despite sometimes what I think, I can’t do everything by myself. This team is the A-Team.
New Home… New Homestead
To wrap up 2018… I moved. I left my adorable little apartment that I’ve called home for five years and completely uprooted myself to a little home in the country. I’m surrounded by hundreds of acres of rolling hills, cows, pastures, some trees, and John Deere tractors. I’m greeted by the wagging tales of dogs every morning and coffee already brewed. (*note: we have not trained the dogs to make coffee yet) I will start prepping my garden beds this week so that I can start growing my own produce for my canned goods!
I have not forgotten about Kickstarter Incentives. I have learned that I signed myself up for too complicated of incentives, which is taking me much longer to fill. My sincerest apologies… thank you for your patience.
I’m still working on the cookbook. I will post a teaser soon.
I now live on the same property as my furniture shop, you can expect to see more updates about that once I finish unpacking boxes.
I’ve fallen in love, despite my greatest attempt not to.
I am working on a new line of embroidery goods.
There are workshops/classes being planned.
Keep your eyes peeled for a made by laura lee Youtube channel coming soon.
If any of ya’ll are still reading my humble little blog… thank you. It’s good to be back. I appreciate you.
You asked and I am here to deliver! Laura Lee in an Online Concert Series. While I wish I could drop everything and go on tour for all of you on the West Coast and in the Northeast…. I can’t do that at the moment.
(If I get a large amount of feedback about a different time or day, I’m happy to switch a few up)
As some of you may know I’ve been dealing with some medical issues and bills for a little while now. Just when I thought I was in the clear and made the jump to self employment, mother nature had some different plans.
I will be hosting online shows once a week with a digital tip jar to help see if I can’t lessen the stress of some the medical bills that have been and will be coming in.
I feel as if I have already asked for enough help with the recent Kickstarter that I held back in May for my business, which I have no intention of paying my medical bills with, because that wouldn’t be a responsible use of that money. Folks have urged me to host a GoFund me but I feel as I don’t have the energy to be aggressive trying to make it successful when I need to be taking care of myself.
I love to sing. I love to play. I would like to sing and play for you. There are very few things that make me happy and carefree as singing does.
Let me be clear, a donation to the tip jar is not required to participate in the show. The more that participate, the merrier.
Thank you all for the support. In fact, it’s because of you I’m even brave enough to throw these mini fundraisers. Without it, I’d be sitting here stressing which only makes things worse. Thank you. All of my love.
Yes, PUMP up the jams! Last weekend at the ABGB Austin Flea Market, I had a record breaking sales weekend, outside of the holiday season. This week, I am a jam making fool! I cannot believe that I am wiped out of stock.
Now, I would have been standing over the stove sooner, but I certainly didn’t foresee blowing out my back, which had me laid up for a few days. Still a little tender, I got to it this weekend!
I’m kicking off the fall with blackberry rosemary jam. This one is slowly becoming a silent favorite amongst regulars. It’s got the sweetness from the fruit (obviously), I leave the seeds in for a little bit of tooth and texture, the rosemary adds a touch of savory and is quite aromatic. I’ve heard folks tell me they put it on an english muffin with butter, others use it as a last minute touch on grilled pork chops, etc. I, myself, love it with brie! Whether it’s on grilled cheese or a condiment on a burger with arugula and more brie, of course.
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Well, let me tell you, things have been heating up plenty in my kitchen lately.
As some of you may know, I completed a successful Kickstarter Campaign back in May. I’ve now been working on the business and more importantly the incentives for all the fine folks that contributed. One of these items is a collection of recipes by made by laura lee.
A cookbook! Yes! This will be so fun! I thought to myself. Well…. I think I underestimated how much work would go into this bad boy. Wowzah! I’m still compiling a thoughtful introduction, testing and getting pictures of every recipe, etc. Putting together a cookbook is a full time job. My hat is off to some of my culinary creatives that have already put one out. I appreciate all the help and pointers that I’ve received along the way.
For those of you that are waiting patiently, thank you. Please know it’s a work in progress.
I know for cookbooks that I purchase, I love pictures! I want a picture for every recipe! Obviously, I rely heavy on the visual side, but is there something you like in a cookbook? What is ideal for you?Let me know, I’ll see what I can incorporate just for you.