Thursday, August 10, 2017

August Garden Update

How did my garden grow this  summer?

There was some sunshine before the smoke from the fires which have covered many large areas of BC - grey smokey smog that hasn't yet let up so it is a bit of a treat to see a photo that has some sun.

The roses flowered beautifully with the hot dry weather as long as they were watered. I was very happy with their abundance.

DGS brought back some more pieces of driftwood to add to the flower borders.

The tomatoes in pots did ok - the cherry tomatoes did the best - I will remember that for next year. Delicious. 

I think I will plant the larger sized tomatoes in my garden bed next year although I am still contemplating adding a raised bed close to the back of the house for the tomatoes - roof overhang would keep the worst of the rain off the tomato plants but I am going to continue to observe the sunshine hours in that area.

Beans did well so next year I will add 2 more pole bean towers and double the green beans.

Kale - did well, ready to eat in early June. I want to try out the red kale as well next year.

Dahlia - all surprises since I bought the tubers at various church sales. They finally started blooming in very late July.

Blue berries did well except for the 2 dogs digging and running through the bushes so I surrounded the 3 bushes with chairs, plywood, wire fence pieces and buckets (handy stuff). 

I took the flower photos before the smoke blotted out the sun but I did want you to see how pretty the flowers were. 

Window boxes - I will plant dusty miller again, maybe add 3 to each box next year. The red geraniums did best, the sweet peas are finished (about 10 days after this photo). 

I hand watered the raised garden area and the flowers plus gave the various tree/bush roots several good soakings during the past 6 weeks, grass I let dry out, it always comes back with the fall rainy weather and the summer bonus is no mowing.

You can see the smokey skies in the pictures below - no depth past about 1/2 block from my yard and a haze over everything.

A good front and back yard weed and clean up as well as trimming the trees that winter weather reshaped yielded 22 large garden paper bags and 2 trips to green recycling. 

Thank you to Val who did the garden cleanup and shaping work.

Again the area has with easy access to the hose tap, gardening supplies, backyard gate. The trees that bent backwards from the weight of the winter snow have been trimmed to look pretty again, their new growth is doing well.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Building a Sign Repurposed 5

I have  wanted to make a long sign to hang above my booths for some time.

This was not a quick project but with Judy helping and inventing as she worked and me re-learning the upgrade on the Cricut software and making the VintageGreen sign ... we managed. We worked together for about 3 hours on this project.

Part 1 - Cutting the stencil 

It took me about an hour of messing around getting everything to the right font, size, figuring out where the Cricut software changes had occurred, making the slices  after the stencils were the right size. Ruler/pen/tape used to line up the 3 pieces to make the stencil.

Learned more about sizing letters to fit the available space, cut off the 'a' so VintageGreen would fit. (also learned to unplug then plug in the Cricut printer and power when it refused to talk to the computer - that fixed that problem).

Taped in place, used a VERY dry brush and stenciled 'VintageGreen'.

Hand painted the 'slice spaces'. Used a fine lining brush to dab lightly/fill in, then stenciled two butterflies.

Part 2 - painting the 82" board, making round signs and attaching.

The long board was already primed so one coat of ASCP White was all it needed. 8 inches cut off to get the 82" length, ends were sanded before painting the board outside on the deck. Temperatures rose and we moved inside to carry on with the work. 

Always good to get some extra help. Reality shots -  kitchen as the workshop.

Judy painted the edges of the basket plate holders and the VintageGreen blank sign edge with CeCe Caldwell Santa Fe Turquoise. I printed the words (font size 110) and Judy used a bowl for the circle sizes. She attached the words with a large pink button (sewed on through the sign and basket plate holder).

Planned the placement of the round signs before attaching.


Part 3 - putting it all together and installing

Took one photo in the living room before loading the sign into the van (along with step ladder, drill/bits/screws).

The board was attached with 3" screws (6) by DH, the Vintage Green sign is 'loose', hanging from cup hooks and the round paper plate holders are attached to the board with thumb tacks so making changes to match the season should be fairly simple. 

Total cost to make the long sign was $9.75

long board $2.00 from Habitat for Humanity Restore
6 basket plate holders 25¢ garage sale 
6 large pink buttons from a Looney store, about 25¢ worth, 
paint (used about $5.00 worth from my supplies)
paper about $1.00 (from my supplies), 
sign blank $1.00, garage sale find, re-painted it white with turquoise border
cup hooks from garage sale 25¢

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

July Thrift Polish Share

The project this week has been painting a bright blue wall mount style plate display shelf ASCP White (see end of today's post). 

Some favorite finds this month are in the photos below.

First are the brass pieces - the heavy bell was my favorite. I used this painting (redoing its frame)  for the background.

The partial coffee set is Royal Winton, classic shapes. The heeled boot is vintage RS, hand painted flowers.

A good mixture of finds from brown on white transfer ware butter pats to vintage readers, buttons and kitchen tools.

A mixture of vintage French Ivory pieces, some silver plate and a copper decorator jug.

A happy find in late July was a few pieces of vintage Grindley Petal Ware - Peach, Lupin, Laburnum, Almond, mixed with a blue hotelware plate and a pink creamer (right side of photo).

Updating the blue wall plate holder shelf

One project this week has been painting a wall hanging plate holder - from a shiny dark blue to a ASCP White. 3+ coats. This is almost like painting chair rungs except it seemed impossible to get a brush to paint the back of the dowels on the plate holder. Time hog.

Garage Sale find. Of course I forgot to take a 'before' of the blue  shelf - so I took a picture after the first painting session which has plenty of blue showing through.

I was painting the second coat and found out that the dowels could be rolled around - lots of blue showing there. I used a shorter handled brush this time and that did make the job a bit easier, less bumping and dropping of the brush when painting under the dowels.

It took a total of 3 coats of ASCP White plus touch ups to cover that dark blue. Very lucky for me, Judy came for a visit.

Judy, a dear friend (DGS's 'other grandma') was one of thousands who were evacuated from their town (100% evacuation) in the Cariboo Interior from the forest fires that tore through that area of BC. She and her hubby drove to stay with family in Northern Alberta then Northern Saskatchewan and hubby stayed in Regina Sask. for a business course and flew to Vancouver on Sunday.

Judy drove to Trail BC from Regina Sask. (including two breakdowns in her old truck) to spend a week looking after her Mom who had a small stroke (sibling relief rescue for the two sibs who live near Mom who lives in a care facility. 

Judy's home is ok, all homes in her town were saved but several very old buildings (original pioneer type buildings) in the area around town burned and the town and area continues to be on evacuation status at this date. Those who are fighting the fires are working long hours and having successes in many areas of the Cariboo. Hero's all. News updates can be read online.

Judy arrived at her daughter's home Friday and Tuesday this week she tore into the projects that I always have ready (today was the wall shelf plate holder). 

Way too much stress from the smoke and fires that covered the area, being evacuated and moving from place to place for the past few weeks. 

Check my next Thursday post for the 'what else did we work on' which turned out way different from my first 'visual' plan.

Spoiler photo:

 Back to the wall shelf plate display shelf. 

Have to figure out how to safely hang this wall shelf - it will be holding quite a bit of weight of treasured plates and weighs empty about 10 pounds. It is resting on the roll top desk in this photo.

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