Sunday, December 21, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
If this cold weather hangs on much longer we'll be skating on the creek before you can say Jack Frost!! You will however need more than one of these prim wreaths if you plan on cutting a figure on the outdoor rink since we only painted up one skate per wreath....so we suggest that you hang one on your door to greet guests instead!! We love the way these turned out and hope to get a few more made up this week.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Wait until you see what we got at the Friday night auction!!!!!!!
Pics to follow...as you might have guessed....it is Deer Hunting season and I am again without a camera!!!! We scored the cutest vintage kitchen table, a child's bobsled, a dry sink that needs stripping and restoration and........(saving the best for last) A FLAT TO THE WALL CUPBOARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is amazing and VERY old. Unfortunately it has had a hard life and someone started to (unsuccessfully) strip it. Damn that cousin Ralph!! Looks like we won't be getting down to the nitty gritty of working on it until after the Christmas rush but we will keep you posted on it's progress because it is a rare gem that you won't want to miss!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Usually we pick up stuff that good old cousin Ralph has repaired...you know the kind of repair I'm talking about....the "Don't worry about the broken hinge 'cuz good old cousin Ralph has one that looks almost like the original 'cept that it's got a few coats of paint on it and it's only an inch or so bigger but you'll hardly notice after Ralph works on it." kind of repair. "Oh, and while he's at it he might as well slap a coat a paint on her 'cuz he has a half gallon of chartreuse enamel left over from paintin' his motor home." So you can imagine our delight at acquiring this wonderful kitchen cupboard in pristine condition, because we just aren't usually this lucky. (This one didn't even smell bad.)
It looks great in the shop especially all decked out with vintage accessories.
Don't ya just love the hooked mat in front of it???? I may have mentioned that mat in a prior post...but it is just so folky it deserves a second look!
Stay tuned because we have a couple more kitchen cupboards to show off...they just need the usual 2 weeks worth of reconstructive surgery first...so don't rush off now...ya hear?
From The Door
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
So you won't see us picking up an Emmy any time soon...but if ya stay tuned you might just catch us on TV!!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
What about that sky? Could I dye wool to make that sky? It's a little pink and a little lavender and what about the white pines? Could I use lots of antique black with a bit of blue and pink and hook what I see?
What about a really big water lily rug?
Or just a rug with lots of water lily leaves....the fallen cedars would look good in a rug too.
A pickerel weed rug? Don't laugh...I was thinking about it. Pickerel weed would look good hooked in a wide cut primitive style. I was inspired by the things I saw and the things I couldn't see. I found this plant at the west end of a small lake...a long time ago when the area was logged, horses were used to pull the logs out of the bush. Along the north shore a team of horses must have fallen through the ice. My dad told us where to look....parts of the old sleigh can still be seen in about 10 ft of water along the north shore. The day we were there it was breezy and we couldn't see it because there were too many ripples on the surface but I can imagine what it looks like. I think there's a rug in that story too.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Alannah, the baby of the family, graduated from St. Michael Catholic High School on June 24, 2008. Here she poses with her two sisters and Mr. Finner, a favourite teacher. Alannah was the recipient of the Hal Anthony Rotary Scholarship as well as the Founder's Award. The latter being awarded to a graduating student who demonstrates the Christian values upon which the school was founded....Kaitlin argues that Alannah would never have been given the award if the governing panel had to live with her..."she's probably wearing my underwear right now!"
Ahhhh, the joys of raising up 3 girls!! Is it any wonder my hair is gray??? LOL :)
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Terry picked up this wardrobe along the side of the road. Yup...that's right.....it was sitting at the end of a lane way with some other worthwhile finds. You know the old saying...one mans junk is another mans treasure!!.....we really take recycling to the next level.
When Terry brought it back to the barn it was a musty old thing with a bad paint job and wallpapered panels. She stripped it down and sanded the dickens out of it. Before long it was ready for a coat of Yorktown Green and then the big question....what to do with the front panels once the wallpaper was removed??? Paint "Old Town Kemptville" of course!!! Using a copy of the towns centennial book for reference, Terry painted the town in a naive folk art style. The Presbyterian church and the Bank of Ottawa building are featured on the lower half of the doors while a pastoral farm scene complete with sheep and herding dog grace the top. This is truly a one-of-a-kind cupboard...stay tuned for more trash to treasure items coming soon.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
The look on her face is saying..."no really you go play in the dirt with the mosquitoes...I'll just stay here." This is just so strange for her because she is an in your face, none stop, high energy, run like a deer mutt.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
This wonderful old dresser was acquired at auction on Friday night. It has beautiful grain and a fantastic bevelled mirror. We really didn't have room in the shop and were going to have to do a major re-arrangement to find the perfect spot for it. But, while we were trying to decide how best to display it this lovely lady made our work easy by deciding it should go home with her. (And she was even a good sport about posing with the dresser and agreeing to appear here on our blog!)
Randy gave us a hand with loading it up although in this picture it would appear that Terry is doing most of the work!! We aren't sure if he's pondering the meaning of life or scratching mosquito bites!!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
The Red Door takes the show on the road!! The wonderful gals at our local Benjamin Moore Paint and Decorating store offered to let us set up a display in their window. Such a great opportunity for us...we were nearly speechless. The barn is a great heritage location that is chock full of character but we are somewhat off the beaten path. Needless to say we were thrilled to have been given an opportunity to showcase some of our work "in town". What with gardening season getting into full swing we decided to pack up our milk cart in the back of the truck and grab our birdhouses, garden stakes and signs and head to town....hillbilly style!! LOL
Terry posed as we loaded up...I thought she should ride shotgun in the back a la Granny Clampett but she declined....apparently she thought that was a bad idea seeing as how she even put on make-up for the grand event.
The 3rd and 4th pics are of the completed display...I probably shouldn't have tried to take a pic from the outside because of glare but I wanted you to get a feel for the view from the sidewalk.
Stay tuned for further updates!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Once in a while we come across items that someone else is just tossing out. The drop leaf enamel top table and the yellow rocker that you see in the picture are examples of 'one mans garbage is another mans treasure'. Driving a bus isn't all bad....it puts me at the right height to see into dumpsters....and that is how we came upon both of these treasures. (And no...I didn't pull over and toss this stuff into the bus!! Although it did cross my mind, I came back later in the truck with Terry in tow.)
Much of what we do depends on our ability to envision an old cast off transformed into something wonderful again. A good example would be the portion of oak barrel lid that Terry used as a canvas for her adaptation of a Currier and Ives winter scene.
Just this afternoon Terry and Randy picked up a small barrel (the stave's will make great sign boards), and a butcher block that is beyond repair but it has great turned legs that will make magnificent spindle Santa's. All of this great junk was sitting at the end of a driveway waiting for someone with vision to come along.
Love what you do and be open to all the possibilities. Make every day the best day ever.