That's Alvin, owner of Country Boy my favorite antique store, attempting to find rails that fit this totally sweet bed that I've had my eye on for a while. See, the bed didn't have it's original rails but Alvin had a bunch of others in the back room so I asked him to try some of them to see if I could get an actual bed that works (I've bought a couple of others that were so pretty that I thought I could live with the fact that they didn't actually work as beds and required propping up against the wall, but I'm getting more finicky and actually want my furniture to function now). Well, to make a long story short, first the poor guy trying to find the right rails broke a rail while trying to hammer it into place. No biggy, Alvin takes this totally in stride though I'm already feeling guilty, and then while trying a different rail (apparently one size fits all wasn't the norm at the turn of the last century when I think the bed was made) the guy actually breaks the bed fitting with the hammer. OK, now I'm really, really feeling bad. So, what genius thing did I do? Of course I bought the broken bed that will never actually function as a bed cause I felt so bad about the whole thing. Alvin tried to talk me out of it but I insisted, "It's ok, I'll make it work" say I, Tim Gunn style, not wanting to leave him with a bed I caused him to break.
With my broken bed in tow, I start to drive home feeling a little sick that I'm going to have to explain to my husband why he's going to have to lug this heavy, iron, broken bed into the garage with the rest of my broken junk. I know he won't give me a hard time about it but the guilt (I have some sort of guilt complex which I'm working on) is weighing on me when lo and behold I see a bed store, you know the kind of store where you buy an actual new bed that works, which I've never done by the way. Anyway, not to drag it out, I think I've got a solution. I bought new rails that just get bolted on to the bed. I think this is going to work, just have to get the right drill bit and the right kind of bolts (the man at the bed store was very encouraging and supportive of my plan). Then I'll sand off as much of the rust and loose paint as I can and spray it white with metal paint. Hopefully, I'll have a really pretty after pic to show in the next few days. I think it will all be worth it in the end, the bed was $125.00 and the rails $30.00 and the other stuff will probably be another $20.00, I really love the bed so I think if it works out it was a really good deal, fingers crossed.
In other news, I finished revising my first round of strikeoffs in just 2 days and I have to say I'm really, really happy with this collection. Didn't even have time to take pics cause I had to get em back to the mill but I'm feeling really kind of great because I already see about 70% of the collection I dreamed about.
I've been busy sewing up projects for a couple of magazine articles that are coming up and just busy in general with some other projects--that's my excuse for not yet giving away a pattern for the Flea Market Bag to one of the members of the Barefoot Roses Flickr group, like I promised to. To make up for it, I'm going to give away 5 tomorrow and will announce the winners on Flickr. Still time to join if you're interested in the giveaway but I'll be giving these, and other patterns as they come out, on a regular basis to members of the group.
That's it for now, wish me luck on the bed. It's for Ava and I keep dreaming of her sleeping all angel like in her new old bed, cuddled up in her new Ava Rose quilt and Ava Rose pillow cases, ohh I'm gettin giddy just thinkin about it!!