Wednesday, 3 May 2017


Wanda and I have been busy making birdhouses.  Lots of fun!

We're building our stock for this weekends Spring Edition market in Fort St John.

This big one has an old cedar shingle for the front and pieces of cedar shingle on the roof.  There's a fungi over the front door ~ like a little porch roof.  A piece of driftwood and a pine cone give the residents somewhere to perch. 


 Love the texture of these old boards.  We made several birdhouses with the few planks we had. The fungi 'porch roof' just adds to the rustic, natural feel of these bird houses.  For the perch we've used either a piece of driftwood or an old, rusty hook.  Cute!


 We also made a couple of birdhouses out of blue pallet wood.  We managed to get our hands on some old licence plates to use for the roofs and we've attached an old door handle as a perch beneath the front door.  Only two of these. Fun!


Sunday, 27 November 2016

SNOW, JOY & more

We are busy painting and sanding and decorating new pieces for this weekend's Peace Country Craftsman's Association Christmas show at the Charlie Lake hall.  Hope to see you there. December 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

 SNOW on reclaimed pallet boards. Blue battery operated LED lights and silver snowflakes make this piece shine. $50
 JOY on an old barn board. Red battery operated LED lights and a bowtie for our snowman 'o' make this a fun piece for your mantle. $50
 SNOW and NOEL for either side of your front door to greet your guests. The lights are all battery operated LED lights so no cords to trip over. $50 each or $100 for the pair.
 This set is fun with the red and white lettering. Unique pine cones are tucked into the greenery on top. $55 each or  $110 for the pair.
WISH for a little princesses bedroom. So pretty in pink. $50

Monday, 7 November 2016

Dandelion WISH

These pink boards came out of the kids' fort when Rick pulled it down this summer. The boys and their dad built the fort 15 years ago and they had a great time in it till Breanna painted it pink and purple. For the last 5 years it was the girls sleepover, karaoke, hang-out fort. Now it's a pile a colourful boards in our backyard.

I sanded much of the pink off, drew on a dandelion losing it's stamens and painted WISH across the bottom.  I'm taking this to the Farmers Market this weekend. Hopefully someone will love it and give it a good home.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Snow and Noel

Love how these turned out. We painted snowman faces in place of the 'O's.  Green jute bow ties with a jingle bell hanging from the center adorn the face.

Greenery and pine cones are attached across the top.

$110 for the pair.

These pieces look just as cute in the daylight as they do at night with the battery operated LED lights glowing.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Rustic birdhouses

Only 2 birdhouses left. Wanda found this well-aged boards on one of her rambles.  She packed it out of the Bush and we made 10 funky birdhouses out of it. These two below are all that remain. Awesome Christmas gift for the gardener on your list $85 each.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

rustic christmas stars

Last Christmas a friend and I spent a day putting these stars together and staining them, We spent a second day decorating with ribbon and bells and other Christmas ephemera.

The star below was designed by my daughter for her Grandma.  I love the red berries!

Most of these stars had homes in mind, but I have a couple left. This star has a pretty printed ribbon, 3 gold jingle bells and some greenery attached.

The pine cone is dipped in gold glitter

I've used a natural burlap on this star, with the edges fringed. Christmas coloured jingle bells, some greenery and a little bird decorate the front of the bow.

These birds are very cute and realistic looking.

These stars are over 2' in diameter.  They make a great door decoration in place of a wreath at Christmas.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Concrete leaves

My girlfriends and I got together a few weekends ago and, with Rick's help mixing batches of concrete, we made these gorgeous concrete leaves. The rhubarb leaves are huge and the finished product is HEAVY, but so beautiful.

The leaves ended up drying in the garage for two weeks while we vacationed in Scotland.  Rick took the pressure washer to them to get all the dried leaf off the concrete. Love how all the veins are so clearly defined. This one is a hollyhock I think. 

We painted the leaves black with acrylic paint and then used Perfect Pearls to add the shimmery colour.  They were finished off with a couple coats of sealant so we can leave them outside.  The rhubarb leaf I did 3 years ago was starting to show the black acrylic paint through the Perfect Pearls so I added some more colour and a couple more coats of sealant.

The three leaves below are from a weed growing in the back corner of our yard.  Someone told me it was horseradish.  The leaves get longer and skinnier as the summer goes on. I'm hoping to make some more of these leaves in late August, early September when my friends from down South make a visit to Fort St John.

My garden is going to be full of concrete leaves if I have my way.  I might even make a few for gifts...