Welcome To Our Cottage

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Due to the fact that we’ve had nothing but sunshine and warm weather the last two weeks I have not been too productive in my cave. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it 😉   A friend asked me to help her make a garden stake for her backyard. While I was cutting out some leaves for her I cut some for myself too.  When I started painting them I decided to make the stake for a cottage rather than a backyard.  Had I known that when I was cutting the wood I would have cut fish rather than leaves.  O’ well, another project for another day.

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I spent some time giving my favourite bird feeder a makeover.  I get cardinals, blue jays, yellow birds, blue birds and lots more at this feeder.  It’s quite entertaining. I love before and afters!   This isn’t the 1st time I’ve repainted this feeder but I think it will have to be the last.  It’s starting to get rust holes in it but for now it looks good for another year. Amazing what a fresh coat of paint does.

Did I mention squirrels!?

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I cut and painted a few more wooden blocks that I will add to my Etsy shop.

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And that is a wrap for May.  Check back soon for made in June.

Anyway 😉

Where the heck did April go!

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It’s just crazy how fast the months fly by!  Way too fast and the older we get the faster they fly!

I planted my flowers in the garden on the weekend along with my tipsy pots.  I hope it stays warm enough for the flowers now and I do enjoy the tipsy pots.  I was hoping to get a picture of them today but it’s raining out.

This weekend I cut and painted “SUMMER” letters for my backyard.  My plan was to have them sit on my table but the wind will keep blowing them over so I decided to put stakes in the bottom of them so I can stick them in the garden too. I drilled a hole in the bottom of each letter for 1/4″ doweling.  I won’t glue the dowels, that way if I decide I’d rather they sit on a table, I’ll have that option.  The dowel will be enough to hold them in the garden.   My best buddy who does not like clutter is starting to shake his head.  I think that means enough.  He worries that I may overdue it.  I won’t 😉  I’ll add a picture of the letters and my tipsy pots in my next post.

Transforming a plain piece of wood with a little bit of paint always amazes me and the possibilities are endless.

I used DecoArt Patio Paint so they will be fine outside all summer.  Check out their website.

There’s a lot of fun project ideas and how-to idea videos.

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I enjoyed painting my Margaritaville sign so I decided to paint a few more.  Who doesn’t love a little Happy Hour?!  I’ve started a Pool sign and I’ll probably do a Hot Tub sign and then i”ll add them to my Etsy shop.

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On to May…

We have a new baby due in the family this week. May 4th is his expected arrival date.  He is my first May project priority.  I’m excited to start making him something.

Anyway 😉

I Like My New Tipsy Pots

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They look pretty good in my garage.  Hopefully they’ll look even better in my garden whenever our weather warms up again!  Snow is in our forecast for tomorrow.  I may have got a little ahead of myself this year with my gardening kinda forgetting that it’s still only April.  I’ll blame it on our March heat wave when we broke a 102 year old, high temperature record by reaching 27 C.  We were able to get outside and spring clean and get the garden ready for flowers earlier than usual.  Maybe next weekend!

I also got my bird bath done.  I got a little too impatient while waiting for the glue to dry and I lifted the light a bit before it had set so I had to add more glue around the edge of it. It was an awkward spot to try get the glue on neat, after the fact.  If I had’ve just left it alone it would have dried perfectly.  Good thing I’m not a perfectionist.  I used PL premium construction adhesive.  It takes 24 hours to completely cure. Once it dries there is no moving it!

And I painted this Margaritaville sign for my little corner in the backyard where I sit and enjoy a nice little Margarita or Peach Bellini or Strawberry Daiquiri … etc 😉

I do enjoy a refreshing, pretty summer drink.  How could ya not!?  They just look so darn delicious!!!

            

Come on SUMMER!!!

Anyway 🙂

1/2 way through April … already!!!

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So much to do, so little time!!!  Such a true statement.

These are my creations so far this month.

I received an Etsy order from my daughters friend.  She asked if I could make a jewelry box to match the crate I made for her little Avalena.  She has a little girl that comes to visit her  and she apparently loves the crate.  

This is the jewelry box.   I think “Lauren” will like it. Especially when she opens it and sees her name on the inside too.

I made this clay pot bird bath a few years ago and it has been sitting in my craft cave ever since.  It never did make it to the garden.  First because our garden was under construction and then it didn’t match the furniture we bought so I never took it out.

I like the idea of it so I’ve been working on a new one that will match better.   I used my outdoor cushion for my inspiration. 

It’s not done yet but I think I like it so far and as you can see if definitely matches better.  I’m  not sure if the paint will cure to the dish on top because it was sealed with a smooth, glass surface.  I sanded it a little and painted it with patio paint . Now I have to wait to see if  it will stick as this is where the water will sit. I also have a little solar light I’m going to add to the dish and a cute little butterfly to hang on the side of it.

I am also attempting to make these tipsy pots.  They look pretty fun!  I found them on this awesome blog.

I painted the pots red and orange.  I had to stop production though because I bought the wrong size nuts today.  I hate that!

Anyway 😉

Hello April

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Although our winter was not really very cold and we hardly got any snow this year, it always seems like the longest season in Ontario.  April is here and spring is in the air.  The sun is shining, the trees and flowers are blooming and the grass is getting nice and green.  My husband mowed the lawn today and then we gardened all day in our backyard.  It’s a lot of work but it’s fun work and so rewarding when you get to sit, relax and enjoy the beauty!

I was in need of some new outdoor Easter decor this year so I picked up a couple of vases, some easter eggs and some silk flowers from the dollar store. I added some stone to the bottom of the vases for weight then added the eggs and arranged the flowers.   So simple and they look so pretty and colourful sitting on the table on my front porch.

I found this cute wood bunny on an awesome blog I am following  skiptomylou.org.  That was my inspiration for my 3 new little garden bunnies.  I used some scrap plywood and cut out the bunnies and the stakes with my scroll saw.   I glued the stakes on, painted them brown, put a bow on them and planted them in my garden.  They look pretty cute!

Thank-You for the inspiration Cindy. Your bunny looks delicious!!!

HAPPY EASTER