Thursday, November 15, 2018

Blow Mold and Hello

Just dropped by to say hello.

See you next week.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

November Garden Remants

Fading flowers and golden leaves - a goodbye until spring returns. Inside plants become the colours.

Christmas Cactus backed by rain falling against the window screen.

Early evening sunlight on the popular trees across the street.

Last of the alyssum, a pink and a yellow rose bud. The Rosemary is a perennial. Time to clean up the browned remains of the peonies and lily plants.


Thank you for visiting today.

Prayers and Love
for Jann of Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
All those who are part of her health team
For all of her family  

Friday, November 2, 2018

Stencils and Supplies

Today is a tutorial at the end of the post on stenciling a multi-coloured stencil - a classic old red truck loaded with a freshly cut Christmas tree.

I collect pieces of old wood and old previously used sign boards that need a new purpose as well as old saws,  

old tin plant holders..

anything that catches my eye that could have a stencil added.

Turns out that I now have a fairly large collection of stencils, chalk-like paint, acrylic brushes, various artist's brushes, waxes, masking tape, foam pouncers and stencil brushes as well as wax brushes. Always looking something that may work well with my stenciling hobby.

Over the years I have produced stenciled signs, starting with packs of ABC cardboard letters in various sizes and progressing to the wonderful stencils designed and sold by Donna of Funky Junk Interiors, Muddaritaville Studio, Michaels stencils as well as garage sale found stencils. 

Added a Cricut to my tools and made a few stencils from that (still need to figure out a few things (ha) about plastic weight and cutting. I'm just fine with cardstock and Orcal Stencil Film and cutting and it worked for making stencils A semi-permanent work station for crafting is on my looong list.

This lead to figuring out WHERE to store all the stencils. Here and here are two previous posts about storage solutions. I have since added a dresser to my storage solutions.

Kitchen storage (and 'work area' when stenciling) has been used for stencils and a collection of sponges, brushes, chalk and chalk-like paints and waxes.

Below is another peek of previously stenciled signs with links to the original posts.

I think this one (above)is my favorite sign and below, a few more stenciled signs.

Time to make another stencil, one I haven't tried before. 

Mini Tutorial:


Muddaritville: old truck with Christmas tree (MO189 Vintage Truck with Tree)


- old piece 1/4" plywood 
- chalk-like paints
- sponge dabbers and 
- waxes clear/dark 
- newspaper and masking tape   

Finished stenciling.

What did I learn? 

Check your paint before starting an new stencil. Chalk paint doesn't stay useful for years, it gradually dries out.
A multi coloured stencil takes longer than a plain stencil to tape, paint, remove tape, paint etc.

Its ok to stencil (with chalk-like paint) over a colour that didn't show up clearly. 

When you use a fine lined (thin plastic lines)stencil, like the truck and tree, treat it gently, remove masking tape slowly and hold down the plastic lines with your finger tips as you pull the tape so they don't break.

When washing the paint off the stencil be gentle and careful not to break a thin line.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Our 49th Anniversary

Last Saturday we drove past the Church where we were married 49 years ago today. Good memories. 

Talked about where the grandparents had lived and how the kids could play down the street with friends or hike to the parks from their homes and play outside until dark, a different freedom then. 

We have been reminiscing quite a bit these days, looking back with a much clearer understanding of those who have gone before and how hard they worked to raise their families and make sure they would have enough for their retirement years.

All Saints Day. My Dad and the Family and DH's Family and our Friends gathered together to celebrate our marriage - my Dad officiated. We walked together to Marnie and Popsie's (DH's Grandparents) home just down the block from the Church. My Mom had brought the wedding luncheon and decorations and cake and set everything up for our Reception. I look back in awe of what she was able to accomplish after driving 7 hours from their home, to set everything up before our Wedding.

We were such sweethearts when we were 22. 
Purple was a big deal in 1969.

The years have gone by so slowly 
and flashed by so quickly.


Learned Life Lessons.

Hugs to you my Friends.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

October Thrifted Finds

October finds

A leaded glass tree plant pot holder, deep blue glass wine carafe, an otter - might be Blue Mountain Pottery, a cute piggy shoulder purse and a gold/brown braided belt.

Stoneware jugs and Mr. Peanut, a small 'Liberty Bell' and a cast iron cat hook.

Coffee and Biscotti go well together. Found at a great Church Rummage Sale last weekend.

White Grindley mould

I have been adding Christmas stock to my booths since mid October, vintage and mid-century and pretty.

7 piece tea set - for one - love the feel of these pieces - stack has cup, creamer and lidded sugar and lidded teapot and underplate or dessert plate.

Not as many finds this month - so I included my new header (pumpkins) that were out front of Bruce's Country Market. Thought I would add it to this post because I will be changing the header again after Halloween eve.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Halloween Retrospective

I loved my time as a volunteer Grandma along with all the Parents and Grandparents, during DGS's pre-school through the Primary Grades. The local Pumpkin Patch's Halloween Field Trip was always a treat. (Pictures after this project).

Project before Retrospective

Garage sale find (after repair and painting) - I added a 'grain sack stripe' in black - from Donna of Funky Junk Interiors stencils - over the white. The tin whale with that beady eye was another find.

The red wooden tote handle was broken so DH replaced it with a piece of dowel after repairing the end which was also broken. 

I painted this grade 8 school project with 2 coats of ASCP White and when dried, a coat of Fusion Satin Sealer. A handy (but heavy) container for holding stuff or seasonal decorations. The red bled through in some areas so I used Zinsser Primer-Sealer Stain Killer Bulls Eye 1-2-3 (after this photo)

So ... a retrospective of Halloween Past

In 2007  DGS's pre-school class visited the pumpkin patch. Lots to see and touch. Pumpkins covered the fields and were piled high on the hay racks and in groups on the ground. The chances for exploration, interactions, the petting animals (and the look-at-only animals too) and the space to run bring back families by the hundreds every day in October.

2008 - Kindergarten - Serious play time, gold panning was and continued to be a favourite activity each year.

This is my favourite photo - the orange ladybug on a pumpkin stem. The boys in the group stayed looking studying the bugs on the pumpkins for quite some time.

 2009 - grade 1 were lots of fun with DGS, the kids all knew the routines and were prepared for fun.

We've continued visiting the Pumpkin every year to visit, pick out pumpkins, visit the animals, gold panning, visit the small forest of imaginary scenes, find a path through the pumpkin patch maze and pick pumpkins.  

2010 ? I know 7 years old kids continued to have a great time at the Pumpkin Patch and I know I was a class volunteer and went along too - but it was pre-blogging and I can't find any pictures on my lap top and I (whoops) wiped my desktop.

2011 was a great Halloween extravaganza for an 8 year old DGS and Dad carving those Pumpkin Patch treasures.

2012 DGS and DS's Halloween Decorating contributions (my favourite picture) from that post.

This Grandma (me) really loved Halloween at the Pumpkin Patch. 

p.s. as a special treat DGS took ME to the Pumpkin patch in 2017 - the last visit trip with him. I got a bit teary and had fun walking the familiar paths and Maze and picking pumpkins. He was fairly bossy - taking the adult role I think.

Favorites  Decorations of Halloween Themed posts over the years.


A mixture of gourds and pumpkins, a folk carved and tin finned fish, peeks at special paintings. This was my 'beginning' in deliberately making vignettes. Before I just called it decorating.


First try at finding burlap (this is landscape/plant wrapping burlap). This was before close weave burlap became easier to find (not including real burlap potato sacks). Gourds, waxed leaves, burlap and a great bowl.


Big pumpkin on a finally finished painted project.

2013 - my first decorating for Halloween with a burlap banner and 'thrifted' finds. 

It was also the year the Breast Cancer Month meaning became very real.


I embraced the idea of Halloween decorating but only in small groupings (the window and outside Kid-fun Halloween decorating continued).


Didn't find a post about decorating at home but DH and I loved the long drives to our favourite Fruit and Vegetable Gardens Farm near Ashcroft - this was from a 2015 collage.


It took a few random pieces to make a Halloween fall grouping. The lantern was already rusty and worn looking, favourite faux pumpkin came out of storage (the bigger of the pumpkins here) and the front porch became the background, the pumpkins were picked up on an upcountry drive and the squash - a gift from a friend.

Another Halloween themed decoration, just bits and pieces added together.


DGS/Dad carved the pumpkins.


Our dear friends Dave and Sally who live on an edge of an island in the Pacific Ocean, off the grid

 Their blog is Our Off the Grid Home  <>

They came for curry and a visit and brought us a signed copy of their new book: Accidental Fugitives The FBI's Most Wanted Seniors (Kindle or paperback).

Sally likes to see what we have gathered since their last visit so I built a display mixing Halloween and some old favourite collectibles.

Thank you Friends for visiting today.

A mixture of topics crammed into one post.


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