I went apple picking in Winchester, VA, with friends and had an awesome time. Apple picking is great and makes me wish I could can things and do other types of domestic cookery tasks.
While there I saw that the top part of the wall of one of the buildings had a ton of stacked old wooden fruit crates. I love the way it looked and I think it would look great as wall paneling if you pried the staples out of the crates and then used the sides as flat sheets. It would be County Living’s sort of aesthetic, which I love. If only I had a large amount of old fruit crates…
Bart was in Pennsylvania and at one of the local stores he bought me this amazing and unique log jewelry box. The artist behind it is Jeff Trag, who apparently is now an expatriate living in Mexico. It is made out of an actual log, with drawers cut out and lined with felt. When you first see it, it is hard to tell that it is actual jewelry box. It is so well made that mine even has secret hiding places inside and the seam is almost invisible (it took 4 people and several hours for us to figure out how it was created).
All his log jewelry boxes are for sale. I personally like the freeform designs because I think they are the most unique. I want all of those. Especially the willow one. I’ve contemplated trying to make one and I have a feeling that all my efforts would probably come out really cruddy compared to his, although I am tempted by this great Instructables Cedar Jewelry Box Tutorial.