Saturday, September 19, 2009

Autumn Display

Here are a few new signs that I painted recently.  The side door was covered with them...but I wasn't quick enough with the camera and a few have since left the building.

Our candle collection has grown and now includes even more yummy flavours scents.
Hmmm...gingerbread or hot apple pie...I just can't decide!
And...the nicest part...they are made right here in Ontario!!
We love to be able to support local/Canadian artisans whenever we can.

That's right...more signs...I'm a painting fool these days.  I hand letter each one with a stencils or markers for this outfit.
We tend to be purests about some things even if it means painting into the wee hours and guzzling coffee to stay awake.  Goodness knows we do our best to keep the local Tim's afloat during peak times.

I meant to take a few photos of our latest glassware aquisitions but ran out of time....stay tuned for that.  Thanks go out to our number one picker aka Mom for her keen eye and scoring some lovely Cranberry glass. 
Come back soon....we have lots more work in progress.
Until then...enjoy the changing season!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Changing Seasons

Can you believe it is nearly the middle of September??  We can't!!  Terry and I have been busy in the workshop creating some new "Autumn/Halloween" prims and re-arranging the shop floor.  With the approach of fall we just felt we needed to shake things up a bit and a change is as good as a rest as they say.
This afternoon we took down our summer hanging baskets full of tired petunias and replaced them with some sunny mums.  Somehow just that small change put us into high gear as far as creating all things Autumn are concerned.

It won't be long now and we will have to put a fire on in the shop.  Cooler, shorter days are on the way and you will find us huddled up to the woodstove with the tea kettle on. 
 Stop by if you find yourself out our way and plan to stay long enough to have a cuppa with us.

"If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty."
~Japanese Proverb ~
Until next time....enjoy life's simple pleasures.

Please Step Back in Time

A Hearty Welcome to New and Old Friends...join us for cider by the fire.


A View of Our Shop

A View of Our Shop
Purchased from our local second hand furniture store (which by the way is chock full of possibilities for the vintage lover) this cabinet was a hideous green colour with rotten plywood on the backside. A lot of elbow grease and a complete re-working rendered it into this amazing distressed black/red cupboard. It's a BEAUT!!!

Another peek inside the shop.

Another peek inside the shop.
A nice mix of handmade, antique and found primitives combine to make this display. We purchase a few items from suppliers to fill in spaces....but the vast majority of our inventory is made by us...right here at 'The Door'.

Large Spindle Santa (formerly known as a table leg)

Large Spindle Santa (formerly known as a table leg)
Santa Spindles have become a shop specialty. They range from skinny to roly poly and from tiny hanging ones to massive freestanding newel posts. (Those are the big old fancy posts you can find at the foot of the stairs in big old houses like South Fork.)

Old Kitchen Cupboard Finds New Life

Old Kitchen Cupboard Finds New Life
We aquired the top of this cupboard at auction. Terry envisioned it transformed into a reproduction Pail Cupboard. When Terry envisions something...look out. With it's fresh coat of Wheatsheaf with Mallard Blue back the transformation was nothing short of spectacular. And yes...she planned that 2 mm clearance from the log beams. ;)

Another Make-do

Another Make-do
What do you get when you take an 1880's cupboard with the words "ye old preserves cupboard" written across the front in black Tremclad and pair it with a warped table with broken legs? Well...when you live in Terry's world you get this amazing secretary desk. The paint is Benjamin Moore Aura in Savannah. (What else would she use??)

It's a good drying day Margaret!

It's a good drying day Margaret!
Nothing beats hanging freshly dyed wool on the line. These bright yellows and greens will make fine additions to my next hooked rug!