Thursday, June 12, 2014

Minor Surgery


Way back in 1802 when the Pres and I were in our early years, on his days off from the Fire Department, we would do and go places together.  Although he's not fond of fairs, we went to a fair and wandered around the crafts to get a few ideas.

  I did tell you that I have my own work bench with a belt sander, scroll saw and other handy gadgets, right?  Well, we made a wooden dragonfly fashioned after one we saw at the fair.  Actually, we made more than one...probably about ten in all because family and friends wanted one once they saw ours...:)

Needless to say, our original has been with us a long, long time and was in need of repair.
The surgeon was ready.  Knowing that surgery was on his agenda, the Pres had stashed a few pieces of cedar from the trees that had fallen on our property.  It was a match made in Heaven! 


Removing the screws from her old rusty tin wings was the first step.

Her arms, made from wooden dowels, holding her watering can and rusty trowel came off next.

Her head (a wooden egg painted with a cute face) and feet (also attached with dowels) were also removed to reveal her tired, well-worn, broken cedar body...about 25 years old.

We fixed her up, put her back on her metal dowel and goes into the ground and she was as good as new, sporting her little metal bonnet!








Then we had a great idea.

  As long as we had all the stuff out, why not make another?




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19 comments:

Lisa Lewis Koster said...

We're all in need of a little facelift every now and then! Good for you, giving her an update. Its so easy to get caught up in the next new project and neglect updating what we already have.

Delores said...

I've got a few worn out parts myself over the past 25 years. Too bad a chunk of salvaged cedar couldn't fix me lol.

My Little Home and Garden said...

Well done in fixing up a favourite piece. Too often, people toss things that a little ingenuity labour can repair.

Karen

Monkeywrangler said...

That's cute! I wish MY body was as easy to repair...

Sandra said...

i wish i could get surgery like this, my wings are really fat and saggy and my lids are covering my eyes..need a few lifts here and there. they are both adorable, the old and the new and i am impressed you have your own tools

TexWisGirl said...

very cute. :)

Linda said...

You keep revealing all your "secret skills." And those projects together are precious. Enjoy them! Linda@Wetcreek Blog

ladyfi said...

Awww - how cute.

Felicia said...

This is very cute JP. Great job.

Ginny said...

Oh they are wonderful!!!!You are truly creative.

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

neat doodad. not sure what to call it? so creative!! ( :

Inger said...

How fun, to be creative together!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

1802? The dragonfly is adorable - I can see why your friends would want one!

Texan said...

She is very very cute!

Rambling Woods said...

Oh how cute!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

She's cute and was well worth fixing up.

eileeninmd said...

I love your cute dragonfly.. Very creative.. Have a happy weekend!

Pamela Gordon said...

That is really cute! How fun that you have created this whimsy to enjoy for yourself and others. I love it.

Ann said...

I like her, she's so cute. I've wanted to get in to woodworking projects for a long time. My biggest problem is I'm not the greatest with power tools and I HATE sanding

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