Lately I have seen some awesome women build some awesome things. I am awe struck by their skills and talent. And a little jealous…
Case in point:
Or yet another set of out of this world library bookcases.
Wowie ladies, those are some awesome projects.
And really cute and therefor just as awesome is this reclaimed wood little cupboard by Stacy, – who definitely is not just a housewife – .
All projects built by very talented ladies who rock a power tool or two.
I think I have proclaimed my love for power tools here before. I love power tools, they rock! They are also very scary and I need a long time before I dare to use them. I have an incubation period so to speak. After I have come across and/ or bought a new power tool it has to live with me first. I’ll go down to the workshop (where not much work is being done) and look at it, and talk to it, and ask it to by my friend. And if that courting period goes well I’ll start to play with it. And if I have fun with her (of course power tools are female, they rock), I’ll start contemplating some serious bonding over a big project.
This way I have done a little bit of building myself. Like my Billy Built-in Project
Or more recently my rustic shelve unit and radiator cover in my craft room
None of these projects went without a hitch and both leave a lot to be desired for. But I am still pretty proud of them and I have learned tons just diving in and doing them.
So now I have secretly been plotting a bit more building. Specifically some building for some spots in my house that are a bit difficult or should I say awkward and that will need a custom made solution.
Like this wall in my kitchen. I have never shown more than the open shelves I have there now. And I love those but I need more. I have a tiny kitchen and the wall with the shelves is basically the only wall I have to work with. But my kitchen is narrow so whatever I do can not be deep, and then there is radiator and pipes to deal with.
Long story short I want a hutch of some kind to replace the shelves but it will have to be made especially for it to work. My previous projects have not exactly given me the confidence to just dive into a project like that, I’d need some serious practice before that.
And lo and behold the power of the internet. I am this rather petite woman who lives in this small country in Europe and on the other side of the world lives another petite dark haired woman who is the queen of building things. She is building a mom complex at the moment, but she excels in designing and building furniture.
You know who I am talking about don’t you! Of course the fabulous and gorgeous and lovely Ana White.
Ana has made quite a name for herself with her furniture building plans that she shares freely on her blog. And now we can all have a piece of Ana White in our home, without getting out the power tools.
Ana’s book the Handbuilt Home is a collection of doable furniture building projects with full instructions. And guess what the plans for a hutch that would be perfect on my kitchen wall are in there too!!!
But I better practice on some easier projects first. Luckily there are some ‘doable in an afternoon’ projects too. Like a couple of too cute bench projects that I have already envisioned in my hallway, and my garden, and my bedroom……
Soon I’ll have the courage to bring out the power tools again and start building something. And this book will be getting covered in sawdust because I’ll take Ana with me to hold my hand all the way. And guess what, if she hadn’t already stolen my heart with her gorgeous projects she definitely has done that now! Because non-US wannabe furniture builders don’t have to despair. Ana does metric too! Yup there is a conversion table in the book and often those horrific inches and yards are recalculated in sensible centimeters all throughout the book. Yeah for ‘international’ standards!
I’ll built with this book, I promise, you just wait and see…
And you can built with this book too. The publisher is allowing me to give a book to my readers! So you’ll have a chance to win your own soon-to-be-covered-in-sawdust copy.
And even better you can start building right away. I have been given the link to one of the projects in the book, and I can share it with you. Look at this adorable bench. You can build that. I know you can. We all can!
The book I may give away can only go to US recipients though (sorry I don’t understand the reasoning behind this from the publisher). But that doesn’t fly on my blog. I want all of my peeps to have a chance to win this book. So here is how I am going to do it. I am going to draw a winner from all the entries. If that winner happens to live anywhere in the world that is not the US, I will give the lucky winner a book myself, and I will redraw for a US winner to be given a book by the publisher. Deal? Deal!
So here is the deal to enter this giveaway:
Leave me a comment and tell me what dream project you would like to build one day AND tell me where in the world you live.
For an extra entry share this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest or your blog.
Giveaway will close next week on Wednesday.
This giveaway is now closed. Random.Org selected number 28 as the winner. Congratulations Shannon from Arkansas. Good luck with building your bunk beds.