Thursday, June 29, 2017

June Thrift Polish Share

Happy 150th Birthday Canada July 1, 2017

Made a Canadian flag from paper (does this remind you of Grade 6?). Stenciled CANADA - 150 on a (thrifted) red felt banner, added a (thrifted) grapevine wreath.

Picked up a wooden wine crate, had DH remove the inside pieces. I stenciled and took a picture with DH's Mom's painting as the background. Used the Welcome To My from Donna of Funky Junk's Garden sign and the HOME stencil I cut with my Cricut. This could be a good porch plant holder, for now it is going to be a stenciled signs holder in my booth.

Love this faux bird house - tin, wood, chalk paint, great color - found at a very well organized and friendly church sale.

Driving home from that sale we stopped at The Passionate Home in Langley - picked up some ASCP White, some lovely brushes and a new stencil - GROCERY, small sized. 

I posted about a layering colors, top coating and wipe/sanding back technique here on a low stool October 2015 and was pleased with the result. 

Looked around for a small piece of wood, brought out a few colors of chalk like paint and decided to try out the 'make it look old' background again by painting random colors on the board, chose red, orange, yellow, green. When dry added a topcoat of Fusion pale grey called Tones for Tots.

Next step for the small Grocery sign (Maisonde Stencils) was wiping off/sanding the grey to bring some of the colors to the surface. Stenciled GROCERY (CeCe Beckly Coal) lightly, then sanded and added a bit of definition with pale outlining, clear wax/polish finish. 

Back to the collected thrifted finds for June.  

(p.s there is another small grocery sign at the end of this post, couldn't stop with just one stencil)

Pair of brass candle holders and a brass duck. They just needed a rub to remove dust.

8 cup white teapot, Turkish blue enameled coffee pot, a Jersey cow pitcher and Royal Grafton Tulip mug.

Sadler yellow 'wheat' teapot, art glass vase, Daffodil mug and scenic creamer with a background of world maps.

White with black glass purse vase, marble like 'thinker' and mother of pearl salt and pepper, background a very vintage print makers storage tray.

Vintage Japan lidded container, orange juice reimer and jug and little baby salt and peppers in front of Good Housekeeping Thermo pad.

Back to stenciling.

When there is one short white board begging for a stencil...
GROCERY to the rescue.

White board with bleed through stain was cut in half. Good piece was sanded to let the wood color show. Nice curve on top edge so stenciled over the curve carefully - close up of the top corner curve and the 'before' with the boards and the stencil on my red hassock.

Stenciled GROCERY using Beckey Coal and medium stencil brush. Waxed, polished, hook added to back. Finished.

In case you were wondering, that old piece of wood with the metal attached is a handle for an old lumberman's tree cutting saw, found it a couple of weeks ago at a garage sale held by son and his dad (and their poker playing buddies - a great sale with lots of humour and goodwill) and the dad knew what the piece was. 

I have an old saw right beside it outside on my wall with a hand cut piece of wooded tied and wired to the saw.

Thank you for visiting.

I will be at these amazing parties this week, 
come and join me! 

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Kathy at Life On Lakeshore Drive July 1/17

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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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Linda @ Crafts a la Mode June 29/17
Kathy at @Life On Lakeshore Drive July 1/17 
Helen at Pleasures of the NorthWest July 2/17  

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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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Friday, June 2, 2017

Milestone Birthday

70th Birthday

DH built me a plant holder from scrap wood for three small dahlia (mystery color and size) and found  a round wooden planter while out at garage sales for four more dahlia. 

He power washed and cleaned the back deck and the narrow back deck and gave that one 2 coats of deck paint. I treasure these gifts of time and energy. We moved a black metal chair and a white metal table to one end. You can see the tomato plants on the railing - I think they will be moved to a wagon for moving around for rain and sunshine -  heavy already.

DGS gives me heart felt hugs which I treasure. DS gave me Cricut tools.

For a great many years I have noticed I don't want things so much as hugs and kindness and consideration and family.

Blogging has been a great venue for learning and sharing and has led to met many good blogging friends in the years since I started blogging back in December of 2009. 

There was a great deal to learn about writing, photography, presentation and finding what interested me most - turned out it was repurposing after finding thrifted treasures and then sharing them through blogging and reselling and my favorite interest right now is making signs from stencils.

My interest in vintage began with rummage sales that were treasure troves when I was young and I remember picking out an ornament to buy or a fragile handmade hanky or a tablecloth or a book with hand painted illustrations or poetry... the memories go on and on.

I still find church and rummage sales and thrift stores to be treasure troves. I do notice I have kept very few of my finds during the last 20 years, just a bit here and there, to add to my own treasures. The collecting of vintage lead to becoming a reseller in an antiques mall.

The other day I bought a thrifted vintage and well worn red chair and ottaman, moved it home with help from DS and DGS, removed a bookshelf and contents, and an antique rocking chair and settled the lovely shabby chair in its new home - a comfortable place to read, visit, rest and maybe even nap. My mother-in-law crocheted my afghan many many years ago.

Small changes.

I have been practicing relaxing in that chair and talking over the daily bits and pieces of the day with DH, planning, sharing thoughts and plans, reminiscing. 

Front yard perennials, always an early June treat. 

The flowers in the front yard planters have done well since their May 11th planting

I have learned to break my work into shorter sessions, plan, have patience and kindness to myself. When one is 70 one does not have the speed or staying power of 40 or 50 or 60 but good progress can be made in smaller chunks of time. 

I planted kale and beans in one raised garden bed and seven dahlia in with the herbs in the second.

Beginning April 2016 I gave myself the gift of walking and counting steps on my iPhone. It is such a great motivator to see how many steps were made in a day and working to make the number higher whenever possible. The reward is stronger legs, becoming more flexible, self-empowerment. I really got into walking this year. 

Makes me happy.

A lovely surprise after 8:30 tonight - DGS and his Mom came over with two rose trees - a yellow and a red, now to decide where their best homes will be.

This is a Sunsprite Floribunda Rose, it grows up to 75" (2.5 m) tall and likes bright to partial sun/shade. Reading the tag on planting shows lots of work ahead, fortunately DGS is going to help with the digging. The red rose is Double Delight, Hybrid Tea and needs full sun so it may be planted in the back yard.

I looked back in time and found I had written birthday posts since 2011: June 2/11 post, June 1/12 post, June 2/13 post, June 2/14 post, June 2/15 post, June 2/16 post.

Thank you for visiting today. Hugs. 

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