Thursday, May 25, 2017

May Thrift Polish Share

Starting with the thrifted and polished project this week. 

Metal piece (blank) was from the free table at Thrift Store. It sat around for a few days until I decided how to re-purpose it.


Stencil - FARMHOUSE (smaller size) (Funky Junk Interiors)
Paint - CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal
Wax - used CeCe Caldwell Clear Wax, waxing brush and 
          clean rag to polish
Stencil brush
Masking tape, ruler and newspaper
Magnets to hold the stencil in place while measuring 
          placement and taping and then holding decorations
Two Graphic's Fairy illustrations


Stenciled FARM  then  HOUSE after measuring for spacing and taping each word in place (forgot to take a 'before').

First time I've stenciled on mesh and it was just like using wood for the base. 

Magnets made great 'pins' for experimenting with adding cookie cutters, a metal circle plus the printed cards. 

Had some fun decorating the metal sign.

The rest of this post is a mixture of thrifted and church sale finds for May.

 A sweet bouquet DGS brought home from an evening dinner with his Mom beside an EPNS tiered serving tray and a white glass hen on base.

Lilacs from the garden in a woven cone in a white metal holder.

A very old brass lidded glass humidor,  Noritake berry jug and shaker, blue Fenton vase and Fitz Floyd 'Fleur et Nuages'mugs plus an unidentified top hat.

A collage of vintage finds - egg cups, vases, coffee and tea pots, a jug, tin with the young QEII, piggy bank, brass bell and china cup and saucer, lidded sugar and a 
candy dish.

Tuti Fruti serving pieces with white s/p hens.

Kitchen ware finds - cookie cutters, round rolling pin, utensil holder.

More kitchenware - I know the green oil can isn't kitchen but I love finding old oil cans.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Saw + Boards Repurposed 2

Happy Birthday to my dear sister Gail with love. 

Repurposing is something that is usually fun, often useful and sometimes quite awesome. I am always looking for useful pieces to repurpose when thrifting. Granny Sue wrote "I love taking these discards and making them new again". I agree with her.

A friend of mine asked me to add Hope Believe Live to this saw - I think she is giving it to her husband.

I found the saw, handle repaired with bolts, at a winter estate sale, so I cleaned, wiped down with MMS Hemp Oil and put it away. 

I took notes as she described what she wanted and noted butterflies on the saw. Found a few on the Cricut web site and cut out one pattern in 4 sizes. I think I need a new cutting blade.

Stencilled lightly. Waxed.

If you want details on how I stencil check out my How to Stencil post.

Boards are always on my list of things to find when thrifting. 

Below is a piece of 1/4" plywood that has been in my wood stack for some time. I painted it Simply When then stenciled it (yes this post has 5 stencils) and I fell in love.

I had 3 more painted boards waiting for stencils.

One was a painted white board from a garage sale, that I had stencilled Antiques (see that post here) and as I have learned, it is ok to paint over and make a different sign on a board, I added a 2 coats of Simply White then stenciled Laundry

Next was a Thrift store free table find composition board with a back hook and a pasted on picture of horses (torn off in several places). Scraped the remnants of paper off the board, painted it with 2 coats of Fusion Lamp White, stenciled Welcome to My Garden.

Another board - stenciled Potting Shed. I love the raw edge on this board, sanded along the edge, seemed just right for a potting shed.

Donna of Funky Junk Interiors made (sells) all but the saw stencilled words I used here and when I checked her blog she had mixed things up and made  a My She Shed sign using two stencils. That's where I got my idea.

I love this one, first try at adding a bit of colour to a black stenciled sign, lots of plywood grain plus a knot for added texture. 

Waxed and polished.

Yes these did go to my booth.

Love it when energy kicks in and I finish some projects in waiting.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

May Gardening Update

This is an 'occasional' post on gardening - more like cleaning up and adding bedding plants. It will remind me next year of garden growth on May 11, 2017.

The winter froze most of the buds on my small rhododendron tree (or very large bush) and the blossoms that did appear were sparse so I borrowed a blossom from May 2015.

Front Yard: 

Peony and oriental poppies have grown taller this last week and flower buds are getting bigger as are the dandelions.

Finally the weather warmed enough so that some bedding plants could be put in.

Always look forward to adding the summer plants to the front planting boxes, partly because it is a limited time task. 

After planting

An idea came to me when I saw this raw edge board in my wood junk pile. Added a stencil. Finished it with MMS Tough Coat.

It was just what I need to finish the planter boxes.

Before planting - the plants below are sitting on top of the soil, Monday to Wednesday forecast was for sunny/cloudy warm days, now is the time to plant.

The local Laity Farm aka Pumpkin Patch started selling bedding/baskets/small shrubs during late April and in May a few years ago and they are just a few blocks away so I like to stop and pick up whatever matches my planting plans for the season.

Picked up 25 allysum for the border, 3 dusty miller, a Kale Storm Mix, Rosemary, one more geranium and 16 discounted sweet peas plants (skinny little plants). 

Bought 4 geraniums at a church sale last week so now I have the bedding plants ready.

I am trying the Kale Storm Mix to see how tall/wide it grows. Sweet Peas are my 'always add' as is white alyssum for an over the edge border.

Before and after (right planter box). I removed all the plants (except the one green one below) from both planter beds. Things were looking very scraggy.

I added some sea soil and mixed it in with a gardening hand fork and checked for any bugs that shouldn't be in the bed. Slugs do enjoy eating bedding plants. Lots of wood bugs, found two earthworms.

Moving to the backyard:

Next job is planting dahlia tubers. I am (a little bit) considering moving my dahlia beds near to the fence in the back yard where my large white storage tent was. I gave the tent away a few weeks ago to a friend in Williams Lake who is using it for a green house/garden protection from the deer.

The back area used to be my garden until about 12 years ago when I had two raised beds added closer to the house (which gave me incentive to grow a few vegetables and flowers) as I travel into the late middle years.

I have cleaned out one raised bed and planted kale and parsley. I have 2 kale plants under the milk containers and they look appear stronger than the other plants.

The other bed (next to the kale bed) had dahlia and herbs last year. 2015/6 winter was mild and the dahlia all wintered over and produced a good crop of flowers. DGS wore shorts to school last year in April right through to October.

This year the winter 2016/7 was harsh and I have to clean out the dahlia bed - rotted tubers). Shorts have been worn once to school (on Tuesday) for the first time this year.

I picked up several colors of dahlia tubers at two different church sales last week. All tubers were untagged  and may be lilac, white, red, pink and mystery.

I don't have the dahlia bed ready so that is my next outside job - and I think it is going to be a big job if I have to dig holes in the back garden area. We'll see. 

To close my May Gardening Update is an overview of the front yard, small, simple. See the trees leaning toward the street? The winter snows weighed them backwards and they have not recovered, I suspect they may not recover - they used to stand up and lean at bit toward the house (making good shade for sitting outside). See my August 2015 post here for these trees and shade.

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