Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Happy Canada Day! DIY

                                               Happy Canada Day to all my
                                            Canadian Friends!

Thought I would share with you a burlap pillow
I made for my girls.

Supplies needed:

craft paint, white and red
Maple Leaf stencil
sewing machine
polyester stuffing
cotton fabric for pillow insert

I cut my fabric 20 x 20 "

4" on each side I painted my red border stripe
in the centre I painted on the white

While that was drying ,
 I cut a 20"x 10" x 2 for my pillow insert
Sewed all the edges leaving an opening to stuff with the polyester stuffing.

Then I stuffed it full and stitched it closed.

Now back to the burlap.

I centred my maple leaf  stencil on the white and proceeded to paint it in with my red paint..
Then while it was drying I cut another piece of 20 x 20" burlap for the backing.
I folded the fabric in two and cut , now having two seperate pieces
I did the same with the painted piece of burlap.
Now I have 2 pillows.

Sewed the right sides together leaving an opening at one end and inserted the
pillow form.
Then I folded the ends in and stitched close to the edge......

There you have it I now have two pillows, but in my case I made 4.

                                                   I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

                       From my home to yours Happy Canada Day!


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

An ordinary Porch becomes a 3 Season Sunroom

                                                Welcome Friends!

This has been a long project in the making but I can finally share our beautiful

So sit back and enjoy our journey as we transform an ugly duckling into a
beautiful Swan.

When we purchased our home some 6 years ago on the back of the house were
2 decks. An upper that at one time was closed in with screening and a large lower deck.

First let's look at the before pictures.

A fun porch no walls, beautiful scenery , large posts  very open and a mosquito heaven.

Beware many pictures to follow:

Let the construction begin.

 Mr WWH started removing beams back in April

 Then the railings.......

Then the framing see the new wood where the railing was. This was to prepare for
the windows.There was quite a lot of prep work prior to the windows being installed.
Next comes the ceiling

Seen in the above picture there was no ceiling just a roof. Mr WWh installed a steel
roof on the porch last year.

Mr WWH has the railings temporarily screwed to keep the dogs from falling off.

Then up went the r12 insulation covered by 6mil. poly(plastic)
I painted the pine tongue and grooved slats and he installed them.

We have a insulated ceiling.....Now to paint the inside white before the windows arrive.

Quite the view!

Then the day came.......

They arrived to do all the capping with aluminum....

Railing  still temporary in place.

The windows have arrived!
This unit is comprised of a frame with 3 windows.

Window 1 goes into place....
 screwed down.

Next # 2 window.....
Again this frame has 3 windows

next window #3

The last frame has 2 windows

Lastly the door gets installed

As you can see on the door the windows stack when they are open .
The wall windows do the same and then it becomes a screened in porch.

Did I happen to mention that the windows are not glass!!
Flex vinyl glazing more durable than glass.

I see Benny!!!

Next Mr.WWH went to work on the floor
installing blue SM styrofoam insulation.

                                             Then he added a sub floor


Lastly comes the carpet. He laid gray indoor outdoor.. Made sense..easy clean
up and if the windows are left open and it rains.........

Well the time has come for the upper deck to reveal it's beauty!

                     Cozy even on a rainy day!! Fergus seems to be making himself right at home!

                                    What's great about this room is that the furniture stays...
                                     no lugging it into the barn for over the winter months.
                                         I can see a Christmas tree and decorations
                                                        here can't you!!

                                 You all know me by now that the decor will be changing
                                                  up season to season.......

                                       Hmmmm another chair, a small table....a carpet..
                                             floating shelves for books on the house wall.
                                                      If you happen to come calling you
                                                             know where I'll be.

                              I know we will get many years of enjoyment out of this room.

                                         Next a new look on the lower deck !

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Monday, 29 June 2015

Wooden Canada Day Flag DIY

With Canada Day fast approaching I wanted to share with you the Canada Day Flag that
I made from left over pine ceiling slats.

My daughter showed me a wooden flag that she had just purchased and I
knew I had the supplies on hand to make my own.

So I gathered up my supplies and went to work.

My flag measures 17" x 12 "
I glued 4 of the pine slats together
Made a stencil of a Maple Leaf

Since the pine was already painted I only had to add  the red paint to the sides  and then stencil
on the Maple Leaf

Once it dried I gave it a light sanding to make it look worn and weathered.

Then used good old paste wax to give it a finished look.

Added the stake and gave it a light paint of red .

The cost was $0. Had all the supplies on hand.

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Asparagus Quiche

For Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner 

Recipe:   Asparagus Quiche with Old Cheddar Cheese

All you need is a store bought 11 inch pie shell

preheat  oven 425 degrees
bake pie shell for 6-8 mins. till golden then set aside to cool
reduce oven to 325 degrees

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

French Country Sale

Every June in a small town in Prince Edward County a French Country Sale is on
in Bloomfield, Ontario.

Every year for the past 5 I have been travelling 2 1/2 hours to wonder through the antiques
and collectables.  You see it's an outing for the sister and myself wonder through
scouring the tables and the exhibits , turning over and looking at the bottoms to see where this or that
came from.

We can spend 2 hours wondering and picking up treasures to take home. We go one way then the other past the same tables and you often see something different then the first time around.

Furniture, china, iron,bedding, quilts, napkins, kitchen gadgets, ladders, garden art etc.

Do you want to see what treasures I picked up this year...of course you do right!

Here they are ....not any furniture...what was I thinking.....saw some stackable side tables
that would have been ideal for our new sunroom.....lamps ..hmmmm that would have worked...

We hung the two sided clock   $4.00 ,  here...


.you can view from the sunroom, kitchen or living room. ( I picked this up on our way back home at a yard sale)

The three bunches of forget me knots  for $6.00 here in my galvanized pitcher...vignette...

Couldn't resist this cute turquoise vase....$2.00.....

Forsythia vine $5.00 ...put away till next spring.....

Cute tricycle in metal and wood $8.00 ...not sure where I will display.

So that's my day of thrifting!   No pics this year....I know bad me....

Remember last here.....

Well we finished of our day in Bloomfield scouring the local  shops and having a lovely lunch.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Before and After

                                                Hello Friends!!

                                     Happy sunny day to you all!!

I transformed my chalkboard.

Time for a change.

Pulled out my black paint and started painting the oak frame.

Here's how it looked  at Easter.

Cute don't you think?

But it lacked Wow!!!

Yes black paint is what it needed don't you think.

I added a cute farmhouse feel...Nothing like Farm Fresh Eggs to do the trick.

Love it when just a little paint changes it to a Wow!!

It hangs in the kitchen by the patio doors .  Wish the eggs were this cheap....

My free range eggs are $5.99......

Here's the before and after!

Have you painted anything lately?

Have some changes in the kitchen as well but that will be another post.....

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