Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Roost Upcycle project

 So I have a really cool dad!  Although throughout my childhood I was often times embarrassed of the things that he wore (stained holed shirts), that he drove (sometime beat up "vintage" cars), that he brought home (junk)... my dad was just ahead of the "green" or "earth friendly" or my term "upcycled" times ... and now  its or I'm catching up with his logic.  (I feel for my son as I review what embarrassed me as a kid) 

I am sure the term "packrat" or "horder" has been thrown his direction a few times due to the fact that as long as I can remember he has been saving things.  Anything that anyone needed to get rid of or didn't have a use for they'd always call Craig because sooner or later he would have a use for it.  He has always told me that "Free is a very good price" and I guess I have to finally agree 

At the age of 16 I didn't really understand why he would waste his time going over to people's houses and pick up their trash (little did I know that a decade later I'd be doing the same thing).

On that note:  A neighbor of my parents dropped off a beautiful french oak barrel on the doorstep of the Roost Barn. He thought for sure that I would do something with the thing.  Although the earthy smell, the patina of the wood and the zinc metal straps on the barrel called to me I was smack dab in the middle of my summer season of shows.  So I pushed it to the side of barn and put it out of my mind.  Every so often for the last month my dad mentions "Hey you got any ideas for that barrel?" usually in a rush I answer "nope kinda been busy"  Then he'd quitely say "you know you should cut that thing in half and make a planter"  I thought about it for 4 seconds and would answer "that sounds like a plan" and leave it sitting there.  

Time goes by and I have a lazy day at the barn and my dad says to me "come on I got something to show you!"  Whenever he says this sentence I get a little excited and a little nervous.  I know it's either going to be something REALLY awesome that no one will ever find again or REALLY not useful in which I have to REALLY think hard to figure out how to make something cool out of it so I can get it out of my barn (no offense dad cause I know you read my blog) Anyway he takes me out to the barn and I find this:

The french oak barrel that he had cut into an arm chair!
 This is an inside picture of the barrel with the supports
 Here is an exterior picture of the barrel and the beautiful patina of the oak.
 So he asks me do you think that you can help me finish it up?  So I say your going to need a seat.  And of course he already had one cut to fit out of an old counter top that he found in the wood pile.  So I say your going to need some foam I can pick you up some today... and he of course had already found some foam in his treasure stash and cut it to fit.  So I ask well what do you need my help for?  and he says "now I need some Roost Reimagined style"  We decided as it was staying with the rustic and recycled theme that we would use an old burlap sack for the cushion cover. Fortunitly I had some burlap sacks out in the Roost Barn.  So here's how the rest of the project turned out...

We stapled the burlap bag over the foam to the bottom of the seat.
Here's how that turned out

Then we grabbed a feed sack recycled pillow out of the Roost Barn too.
I love the crest on the bag.  Sooo rusticlly cool!
Here's the finished arm chair
And here's the backside of the chair

 Thanks for checking out my Father & Daughter 
Roost Reimagined Upcycled Project.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Last chance to get some Roost goodies at Aunt Bee's House

I have been a vendor here for a little over a year now and have loved the hummmmmm or should I say buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz of creativity and energy of this establishment.  There are some really talented people that make this local business possible. 

I have been really struggling to keep up with the demands of my business of late.  This year I have done a total of 14 shows that have been local, out of town, at my Roost barn, or 2 that I was personally involved in the production of the event.  This has been a blast for me to do but along the way there have been some personal health issues, family emergencies, and life in general.   As a result my booth at Aunt Bee's House has suffered severely.  I have the type of personality that if I can't do something 100% I really get down on myself.  So this month I have had to sit down and take some time to talk with my friends and family and ponder things on my own.  I have written down my goals for the next year and have decided what I feel is the right direction that my life needs to go.

With all this in mind I have decided that I will not be offering Roost Reimagined's wares at Aunt Bee's House as of the end of October.  I will however be a vendor in Aunt Bee's House Farmhouse Shows.  This is a great show that features 30+ local vendors that bring all different types of merchandise. New, vintage, antique, and upcycled.  It's going to be a great event and I am looking forward to it.  The most current show starts on October 27, 28, 29th for more info check out Aunt Bee's blog.

Here are a couple snap shots of  my very Halloween Booth at Aunt Bee's House
Aunt Bee's House is located at 2679 Commercial St SE Salem, OR 97302.