Monday, August 8, 2016


This is for all my crafty followers, I'm sorry I haven't done any posts about my other endeavors!
I made all these things last summer to sell at The Left Bank in Owego, NY. I had every intention of posting these sooner, but once we decided to do the Distillery, I just put all my energy into that. Designing logos and labels and buildings and decorating became my craft projects!
So I hope you enjoy looking at my whimsical creations as much as I enjoyed making them. I hope to get back to doing those types of things once we get some normalcy back in our lives! I hope we actually get some normalcy back eventually.....

It all starts with an old teacup or some sort of container....glue the teacup to the saucer.

Fill it with foam and cover it with some moss. I used my glue gun for that.

Then I picked out my fairy and a pair of wings.

This is the beginning...

She had to have a French poodle fairy!

so true!!  

                I don't have time to make stuff to take to The Left Bank anymore, so I went down and picked up the few things I had left down there and will put them in the tasting room/gift shop up at the distillery. I hope to be able to make things to sell up there!

I don't think I will ever get tired of these little fairies! They just make me smile!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Distillery Landscaping part 1: Hobbit Door

We wanted to get some of the landscaping done before we got too busy with the actual running of the business.
 I don't think I mentioned that we we were approved for our federal permit! Yea! Now we have to get our NY State license, but we need our certificate of occupancy before we can submit that application. The code officer came out last week and we passed our final inspection, so we should have the certificate in a week or so. He's letting us have up to 40 people in there!
So, anyway, we had a beautiful day, and it wasn't 90 degrees, so we decided to put in the door for our resident Hobbit.

We took the spool that the electric wire came on and screwed them together. Then we took some leftover floor boards from when we did the house and screwed those on, and Vince cut around those to make a circle.

I painted it blue and did some faux texture along the edge of the boards. Then I drew a hinge and traced and painted those on. After it was painted, we nailed a piece of flashing around the edge to help protect it, and cut some cedar shingles to form a roof and trim edge all around it. I didn't take any pictures of that, I get all wrapped up in doing these projects that I forget to document them sometimes!

Vince had cut out part of the bank right after Daryl got done with the septic system, so we had a place to start. Vince dug more out with a shovel and stone rake, then we set the door in there, and put a galvanized window well over the top so we could form a roof. Then Vince stacked stones up the sides to make it look more substantial.

We put a little walkway and some steps out front. I'll put some plants in there later in the year when it isn't so darn hot out and maybe we'll get some rain then!

This is what it looks from the other side of the driveway.

This is what it looks like from down by the pond. Pretty cool!! Vince says he would live there!

We wanted to make the whole experience of coming to the distillery just that, an experience. 
 I think we have a good start on that!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Distillery: part 9 Fe, Fi, Faux, Fun!

These pictures are out of the order of when I did the projects- I did these over the past weekend and it is just too cool that I couldn't wait to share them! (actually it was 2 weekends ago now, my internet access conked out while I was trying to do this post originally, aarrgghhh! so I gave up)

I knew I wanted to faux wood grain the interior doors right from the beginning. I've had the wood grain tool since I was a teenager, but never used it because I didn't know how. Enter the wonderful world of you-tube! I watched a few videos (only one was really helpful) and said "wow! That looks really easy!" And it was! 

You need a light colored basecoat of paint on the door, and a dark color paint to mix with the glazing liquid. These are all water based paints/mediums. I mixed 1 part glaze with 3 parts paint for the glazing coat. Glazing medium allows you to dilute the paint consistency without changing the value of the color.

You put a coat of  your glazing mix on the door with a roller, then drag the tool through it using a light rocking motion. I did the door in sections because the medium will dry too fast. It is a very fast process!

This is the door to the utility room on the distillery side. I thought it would be a good practice one. I am really happy with it!

This is the fire door between the tasting room and the distillery, we had to put it in due to code regulations.

After the glaze dries, you put a coat of tinted water base varnish on. I mixed the same dark brown paint with a satin finish polyurethane. What a difference for this ugly door! I can't do anything about the door handle, it is a special one that came with the door. I thought about spray painting it black, but it was a pain to install and I don't really want to take it off to paint it.

This is the entrance door to the tasting room.

I printed these hinge designs from the internet. We didn't want to spend a ton of money on fake hinges for six doors ( one needed them for both sides!), so I figured I could stencil them on.

Handy dandy stencil melts the stencil material to cut it.

Decide where you want a hinge...

Be a contortionist to get in the weird wonder my hips and shoulders hurt!

Finished door! I used this design on the utility, storage and bathroom doors. I'm going to use the other, more ornate one for the fire door and the 2 entrance doors. I've got to wait on those for a while, I have other things to finish so we can get our certificate of occupancy. Then I can go back and do more fun stuff.

 So far this has been one of the most fun projects that I have done. It gives a great effect without spending a ton of money, and it was a fairly fast process. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Distillery part 8: painting stuff

This time it really has been too long! I've been looking for my photos on this computer for a half an hour trying to figure out if I have edited any yet or not! The last time I tried to do a post a few weeks ago, when I turned on the computer, it said it wasn't connected to any network, so I couldn't get on line. Vince wasn't here, and I don't have a clue! So I said a few choice swear words and watched a movie instead!
We have been having computer or internet issues lately (mom, too, her hard drive went in her laptop, we had it replaced and then the new one went also, so it is currently back at the repairman's - the Computer Man in Johnson city). The hard drive in Vince's work computer croaked last week, so he is working on fixing that as I write this. There is nothing more frustrating than these computers!
Our internet connection is so slow in the mornings that it takes forever for me to process orders and get the postage printed from my program, and God forbid it be a foreign order, that can take up to a 1/2 hour just to print a label out!! Needless to say that the last thing I want to do is go near a computer. I miss the good old days before all this technology ran our lives. I'm so glad to have the distillery project to get me away from the computer (for now anyway, wait till we open and have to all our reporting to the government online!)

Well. We have been very busy and have gotten a lot done in the last few months. I'm not sure when these pictures are from. I think it was in late March after Vince's first carpal tunnel surgery (he is doing great, by the way!) I hope to get caught up with our progress here on the blog in the next few days.

Lumber for trim, paint for walls, and 2 tables we got from the old Hunts Turkey Farm building in Killawog. We rented the building from 1996 to 1999 for Fancifuls. The legs were really rusty, so I painted those with some Rustoleum. They are super heavy duty with stainless steel tops.

This is what the floor looks like up close.

The rubber baseboard trim. It was a 120 foot roll and we used all but about 14". That is a floor drain to the left of the roll.

Wall Magic!! This is a 2 roller system where you can paint 2 colors at the same time and it gives a great effect. I have painted walls, floors and furniture with this roller. My mother-in-law gave it to me for Christmas one year after I saw an infomercial about it back in the 80's. Soon after that cheaper versions showed up in home improvement stores. I LOVE this thing! Thanks Donna!

I was too lazy to mask off the line we drew on the wall, so I just held a piece of cardboard on the wall.

Vince wanted a little something extra on the top half of the wall in the distillery side, so we thought this stone block stencil would give a castle effect.

 It only took me a day to stencil this! I love it when it takes less time than I think it is going to, because that hardly ever happens! It usually takes me 3 times longer than I think it should. I love the way it looks.

And on to the tasting room.....

I had a lot of the 2 colors of paint left over from the other side ( I am terrible at figuring out how much paint to buy ) so I decide to do the bottom half of the tasting room with it.

Vince was doing this with his hand all bandaged up from his surgery. I love putting trim up, it is like framing a picture!

Guess what? I still had the 2 colors of paint on the wall magic rollers, so I decided to do the bottom half of the bathroom!

The theme in here is going to be a fairy forest. That's the plan anyway!

We are going to put a wooden chair rail around here because we had to do a handicapped accessible bathroom, which means metal hand rails, so we wanted to attach those to something sturdy.

I decided to change it up a little by stamping these leaves on the bottom half of the wall to help with the forest theme.

That's it for this installment! I know you are staying tuned, and I appreciate your patience!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Distillery part 7: ceiling, priming, cleaning

It has been so long since I've done a post, I almost forgot how!  Between working at Fancifuls in the mornings and then working on the building interior in the afternoons and weekends, I'm just too tired to blog!
Vince is currently recovering from his second carpal tunnel surgery, so I have a few free minutes to give some updates.
We have been very busy working on the inside, this post is showing what we got done prior to Vince's first carpal tunnel surgery on March 16th. We were trying to get as much as we could done because he would only have the use of one hand for awhile. We didn't really know what to expect from the surgery, but all went well with his left hand, he had minimal pain and was able to do some minor tasks after a few days. The worst part about the whole thing was having to tape a plastic bag over his hand for 12 days while he showered.

sooo, anyhoo, here is what we got accomplished in February and early March....

 After the drywall was finished and we got the heat going, it was time to put up the ceiling in the tasting room so the insulation guys could come back and do the attic area.

This is the lumber for the ceiling in the tasting room, there are 8' and 10' lengths of wood in these piles. We bought all this last year and had it delivered the same time as the lumber and drywall.

I started staining these before Christmas. I wanted to get them all done so they would be ready when we needed them. I worked on them evenings and weekends. I put one coat of stain and 2 coats of polyurethane on them.


We loaded the back of the truck up and backed it into the building to unload it because it was really cold that weekend, it was below zero with the wind chill, and it is really windy up on that hill!

We set up the chop saw and got to work!

We had stapled plastic sheeting up to help keep the heat in since we had the radiant heating system finally going. We pulled it down as we went along with the ceiling boards. Vince is cutting out a hole so the boards will fit around the recessed lighting fixtures.

Vince is cutting the last few boards to finish off the end. The portable scaffold we bought at Harbor Freight is one of the best purchases we have ever made!!

Yea! The last piece! We got it done that weekend.

It looks great! Now what can I make out of those scraps?

Insulating the attic area. That should help keep things warmer!

That foam oozes through every tiny crack and hole. But is really easy to scrape off and it didn't take long to clean it up. Yes, I saved some of it because it looked cool! It is pretty fragile though and if you squish it it will compact.

Now that it is all insulated, it is time to get ready for paint. I had to wipe down all the walls and the ceiling in the distillery side with a damp rag ( well, many damp rags!). That dust was everywhere and on everything. That took me half a day. Vince pushed me around on the scaffold to do the ceiling, so that saved a lot of time.

Wiring in a smoke alarm.

Music! I have Josh Groban, Cold Play, Perry Como, Neil Diamond, Billy Idol, Queen, John Denver, the B-52's, the Lumineers and a bunch of other stuff on there. I like to listen to music when I'm working. I love my little green guy, he is the portable speaker for my i-pod.

We bought this paint sprayer at Harbor Freight (we love that place!), it was kind of messy but made up for it by being able to paint that whole room in a few hours. We put a coat of primer and 2 topcoats on.

Grand Central Mess

trying to decide what colors to use

We had to wash the floor before we could paint it, and we still didn't have any water, so we ran the hose up from the house. We lucked out with the weather, it was nice out when we wanted to do the floor, so we were able to have the doors open to help dry it out after washing it.

All clean and ready to paint!!! What a horrible job that was, spraying the floor and scrubbing it with a broom and rinsing, rinsing, rinsing. Then we had to use an etching compound and rinse that off. But it was wonderful to get all that plaster dust and paint overspray out of there.