Saturday, July 31, 2010

An overdue re-do

I bought this ugly shelf at a huge yard sale last year (remember this dresser?  same sale)  .. I really debated about taking it because it’s one of those more open-grain woods that I really don’t like.  I got it with a ton of other stuff for $5.. so technically it cost around 50 cents or less… so I just threw it in the mix!


Last night I finally started making it over.  After removing that ugly wooden knob and sanding off that varnish, I painted it barn red, and sanded it back a bit for wear.  I then took some Tudor Brown Briwax to it.  Oh.. I found Briwax in an unfinished furniture store in my city a week ago.. took me a bit to figure out how it works.. lol..  but I think I like it now!  I’ve been searching everywhere online to find a retailer and didn’t have much luck.  The only place in Canada where I could find it was Western Canada and I live in Southwestern Ontario.  Imagine my shock when I went into that store to look around and found it, in every colour!!  After using it on a piece and not liking it, I decided to read the instructions.. LOL..  and found out that it liquifies in warm weather so I had to bring it back to a solid.  Once I did that I really enjoyed the finish.. I think Briwax will be my new bff now!

Back to the shelf :D  ..


I put it on a section of kitchen wall that has an ugly phone jack on it.. since I don’t have a landline this is just an eyesore.  The shelf is straighter on the wall than it looks.. lol.  It might be hard to see but I added a little piece of wire at the bottom.  I also replaced the wooden knob with a crystal-look one.


Here it is, all loaded up!  I added my wooden potato mashers, wooden paddle and a hand chopper (I think that’s what it is!), got them all at a yard sale a few weeks ago (see this post).  I also added a couple of painted wooden spoons sticking out of the drawer and my little Raggedy Ann doll that was a gift from my friend Lex of Northwindstar Primitives (check her Etsy shop for awesome handmade prims!).  I hung a handmade Raggedy towel (purchased from a coworker) from the wire.   I love how it turned out!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Meeting a fellow blogger!

On Saturday I met a fellow blogger who lives just outside my city… she’s been following my blog and had made comments and I thought I had checked hers and was following.. didn’t realize until a couple of weeks ago that I hadn’t checked her blog very closely and wasn’t following and she lived so close to me!!!  Boy, was I feeling bad about that, definitely wasn’t snubbing her but I’m sure it looked that way for a while.  I have no defense.. lol.. but I think Janet has forgiven me!!  It’s just a surprise to find a fellow Canadian prim blogger, let alone one in my own back yard!  Check out her blog, Olde Crow Primitives, she’s got a gorgeous house in the country, a new summer kitchen and she makes fabulous quilts!!  After profusely apologizing to her for my oversight, we spoke by phone and then decided to go shopping in Michigan.. and she told me about a place in Holly, called Holly Hills Primitives..  what else could we do?  So off to Michigan we went..  lol.

Mapquest wanted to take us through Flint but I knew there was a shorter way, close to where my cousin lives in Utica.  I drove and we went first to my usual Dollar Tree then couldn’t quite figure out from the map where to go next.  I had an idea of where I should be but wasn’t totally sure, so we stopped and asked for directions; when we got off on M59 and up to Van Dyke I knew exactly where I was.. since my cousin is just down the road!  This is where I thought I could link up with I75.. should just have emailed my cousin!  lol..  Next time, I will take the route I’m more familiar with!

We made it to Holly, MI and found the shop quite easily.. on the main street in this small, quaint town with angled parking… I love angled parking :) :)!  After lunch at the Bittersweet Cafe.. very cute little place with great food… we found Holly Hills Primitives across the street and met the owner, Dawn, who was very warm and welcoming.  We had a fabulous time visiting with Dawn and the owner of a cafe attached to the store called Zanie Janie’s… Janie’s such a blast, it was fun meeting her!!  Holly Hills is a really cool store, packed with antiques and prims, and lots of handmade items.  The walls on one side are lined with several facades from old buildings that were rescued from the wrecking ball.  Such a unique idea and honours the heritage of the town!  Both Janet and I found the prices to be very good and we both found some treasures that didn’t break the bank.

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I picked up this antique folding laundry rack... got a great deal from Dawn so I couldn’t pass it up!

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Can’t wait to get that nasty green paint off!  I’m not sure where it will go.. really no space for it but I’ll figure something out! 

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All Patriotic items were 50% off.. I am Canadian, but hey, the U.S. is right there!!  lol  I think my doll is so cool and very prim!

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These were my Dollar Tree finds of the day!  Yes, they’re getting their fall stuff in already and I knew if I didn’t snap these babies up I’d never find them the next time I cross the border.. since I’m not totally sure when that will be!  They are so pretty and nice quality for $1!!

Janet and I did manage to find one yard sale… but didn’t realize we’d be driving down a gravel road to get there.. but it was a nice road, with the trees forming a canopy.. I got this corn bread pan for $1.  I think I’ll paint it flat back and display it. 

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Thanks Janet for such a fun day!!

On to the next adventure.. wherever that may take me :D

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Look what I got for free!!

I was on kijiji a couple of weeks ago and came across an ad for a free wooden ladder for my garden.   I didn’t realize this person lived about an hour away so when I found out I said no thanks.  I mean, free is good but I wouldn’t drive an hour for a free ladder.  About a week  & a half goes by and I get an email from this person.  She still has the ladder and needs to get rid of it and she was coming into London on Tuesday (July 13) if I still want it…. and offered to drop it off at my house.. can you believe that?  I told her I might not be home but if she didn’t mind leaving it I would really appreciate it.  As it turned out I was home (but totally forgot about it… where is my mind lately?!) and she gave me the ladder!  Turned out she was quite chatty but has some interesting things to say.  All in all, I think it was a good thing that I was home.


Here’s the ladder.. can’t you picture birdhouses on it?  Anyone have any other suggestions?


No idea what this middle stretcher/brace thingy is called but it’s kind of cool :)  Notice the round back rungs??


Look at this gorgeous ornate metal thingy!!  Again.. really no idea what it’s called but it holds the top to the rungs.. so cool!!  See why I appreciate old things???

So now I need to find a place in my garden to put this so I can add some birdhouses (YES, looking for freebies.. anybody??)… and whatever else comes to mind.  I think my yard will have more cool prim stuff in it than it does flowers.. ;D  haha.. at least “stuff” doesn’t need weeding!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Long weekend pics.. finally!

Geez, a couple of weeks sure fly by don’t they… here we are almost mid-July already!  I wanted to post a few pics of my long weekend getaway.  A couple of friends and I went up to Wiarton (friend #1’s mom was raised there and lived out her last 20 years there).  We visited a great old log cabin out in the country that’s been converted to an antique/gift shop.  I believe the cabin came from Quebec and was re-assembled in Ontario.  The store is called “The Bruce Beckons”.  The area where we were is Bruce County.. makes sense :)   Over the course of the weekend, we also went to Sauble Beach; a lighthouse at Cabot’s Head (I think I have the name right), on Georgian Bay; and Tobermory. 

A pile of logs near the store.. I thought they made an interesting picture!  Since I forgot to take a pic of the outside of the log cabin store, this is as close as you get!  lol


Above 3 pics are of the loft area of the cabin, I didn’t get pics of the main floor.. geesh, what is wrong with me!  Check out the interesting antiques, that round ceiling fixture (made with some round metal piece and T-bar), the chimney in the middle of the floor and the numbers on the beams.  That must be from when they moved the building, they would have disassembled for shipping.. cool isn’t it??


Cute little shed with Dutch doors beside the main building.  What do we have in the section on the left??


A bathroom!  Awesome.. I love it!

Something to look at while you’re sitting around!  lol

I thought this was really sweet.. rustic log and pump next to delicate purple petunias.

One of the out-buildings

Kind of self-explanatory :D


Love all the window boxes they had on the out-buildings!

Okay.. moving on…

Cool sand castle (or is it a coral reef?) at Sauble Beach


Sunsets over water are always beautiful!  This is also Sauble Beach


Georgian Bay, on the way to the lighthouse


Here it is!

View of the Bay from the top of the lighthouse.. proof that we still have blue water in Canada!  Who knew???

Another view, very pretty!


Look what we saw on the way back from the lighthouse!  If I hadn’t been looking out the passenger side I would have missed it.. so we stopped for a photo op… I love waterfalls!


My foot in the clear water.. if you’ve followed my blog for a while you just knew that was going to happen!  LOL


Look closely, how many frogs do you see?  :D


The waterfall drains into a culvert on the other side of the road, right into Georgian Bay


Queen Anne’s Lace (I think!) on the side of the road.. used my macro setting!  Haha.. was just told about it so I’m using it. a. lot!


Tobermory!  This area is known for it’s scuba diving as there are many sunken ships off the coast.  Combine that with relatively clear water and I can understand the attraction!  Since we got here kind of late in the day, we didn’t have time to do the glass-bottom boat tour, just had dinner and did a bit of shopping before heading back to London.



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