Thursday, June 22, 2017

Small Projects Caught Up

My friend Judy came to visit and we painted up a storm. 

Frames, little table top cabinet, boards, small table/stool, faux ladder, ornamental little fence piece, wooden faux ship wheels. 

Judy painted the 1st layer on everything then had to head home to WL (almost a 7 hour drive).

I finished the 2nd coat and touch-ups, (colors used: CeCe Caldwell Simply White and CeCe Caldwell Santa Fe Turquoise), all projects clear waxed and buffed. 

 Faux Ship Wheel Stencilled

Added some of my favorite words to the faux ship wheel wall decoration. The before was an unpainted craft faux ship wheel.

Little  White and Turquoise 2 door cabinet

The 'before' was a natural finish with hand painted flowers on the doors. Stenciled two small fleur de lis in turquoise to the two little doors. Touched up the turquoise inside and the white outside until it was 'done'. Clear waxed and buffed.

Added a few small collectibles, love the little metal sheep, very vintage. The Royal Winton chintz pieces are from a tea set.

White Fence Background Piece

Welcome Friends

This stenciled fence piece is in its second re-do. Green wasn't working so now it could be used as a front porch decoration, perhaps mixed in with seasonal plants.


Unpainted small table/stool

A little homemade four legged wooden table found at a garage sale last fall had about 1/4" tilt on one leg so it has been in a pile of things that needed some help. It had a dark stain finish. Judy gave it one coat of turquoise and  DH used a piece of a door framing small wedge (what a perfectly great idea) that matched the slope, cut out the small piece with a flat saw plus a chisel and that was the fix for the tilt. Glued, clamped and then nailed. 

I gave it a second coat of CeCe Caldwell Santa Fe Turquoise - and stenciled Welcome to my GARDEN (stencil from Donna of Funky Junk Interiors), 2 coats of clear wax/polished. It went to my booth on Monday.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Father's Day

Today's post is to honor Fathers. It is a two part post.

Part 1 of Post
This is the 'after repairing' of the damaged wooden crate. I may have been a bit too liberal with coating the replaced wood with hemp oil.

DH is a Father and a Grandfather and to honor him on Father's Day as well as thank him for the crate project, here is a continuation of last weeks project - repairing a very damaged wooden crate.  

Bottom of crate - before - I will admit I loved the look of the rotten wood in this crate - but it wasn't strong enough to be useful so it had to be repaired.

The bottom and lower sides had to be removed along with the mess all repairs seem to generate.

A lot of cutting, chiselling, measuring, glue and clamping, figuring and finding old pieces of wood to replace the older pieces of wood happened.

DH finished the repair on the very worn crate, using various old pieces of wood to replace the rotten pieces.


Thank you DH, another very messy and time consuming project finished, a wooden crate made useful again.

I love the peony season of the year, every June such delicious smells and lush blossoms.

Part 2 of Post

Memories through vintage - what was part of your Dad life? 

My Dad has been gone now for two Father's Day, he left us on October 5, 2015. The photos of collectibles reminded me a snippets of my memories of my Dad's life.

Fishing? My Dad liked to fish, had the equipment for lake fishing and never seemed to be about the squeeze out enough time to enjoy much time fishing.

Travel for my Dad - well, tent then camper and church camps and then when the kids had all left home Mom and Dad traveled to Britain, Europe, China and closer to home to the USA and Mexico and across Canada.

Dad never was a sailor but he did move a lot of supplies for the cabin near WL that he repaired and made habitable for his family, traveling over the lake (no road), many, many trips in a small motor boat heavily loaded with lumber and building supplies and everything else needed to rebuilt and for summer holiday use.

Golf - had the clubs, played golf, again never enough time to become a 'golfer'. Dad also had a small motorbike when he had a parish in WL which he hoped would cut down the gas bill (I loved that bike) but again long winters didn't really let that solution continue.

Light house - Mayne Island cottage (that was a huge family building project) was a holiday place and when he retired he and Mom lived there for 2 years before they sold it. Miss the times we got away during the university years for a weekend break.

Dad was born into a ranching family and was a rancher - horse breeding as well as feed lot. Draft horses were an important part of his early childhood as was raising cattle and horses to age 36 when he left the ranch to train for the Ministry.

Playing crib was an activity Dad shared with his family and I am guessing that lobster might have been part of Mom and Dad's trips back to Eastern Canada. Duck hunting would have been part of Dad's life on the ranch and canoes were part of church camps and during our holidays at Buffalo Lake.

I am grateful for my memories but I miss my Dad being available at the other end of the telephone or just a short drive away and in earlier years a visit home and then many earlier years being part of the family and we grew and before we all went our own ways forming our own families.

Thank you to so many bloggers for sharing their memories of their families and time past.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Worn out Wood Repurposed 3

A really rotted and worn out bottom on a very weathered wooden crate was sitting at the curb, free. That was the beginning. You know a stencil or two will be involved.

Peonies (my favourite flower) in the stenciled crate overlook the backyard at 8:30 pm. Early June is peony blooming time in my area and the perfume is wonderful. I will be writing a bit about the coffee pot holding the peonies later in June.

Kitchen display with vintage GSW Waffle muffin pan and  ACME square tart pan along with an white enameled KITTY dish and a copper colored saddle horse, all in the well worn crate.

Project # 1

The crate has seen better years a very long time ago. The ends are banded with hay wire, the bottom is mostly rotted out as have the lower edges. I've been using it as a side table to hold stock boxes as I get things ready to take to my booths.

I added FARM and MARKET on one side of the crate and sanded the black back and clear waxed/polished, added a potted tomato plant for a little while. I am moving my 6 potted tomato plants from daytime sunshine to under cover at night - my first try with potted tomato plants.

DH plans to replace the rotted pieces with similarly aged wood, glad wood replacement isn't my project. He is taking apart worn wooden boxes, gluing up the boards that are split. Some of the wood will be used for signs and some for repairing or replacing rotted wood like in the crate.

update: see the finished repair here.

Project # 2

Stencil added to a worn board which was once a step up to a tree house. Small arrow was from the Laundry stencil.

Yes it is in my booth. 

It has been a very busy week, more things that needed to be done than the hours to do them. I know you have been there, done that too.

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