Stars and Stitches

Welcome back for another “Road to Waterside” feature. Thanks to everyone who liked or commented on the last post. I gave away a Spring sign to one of those people with a random draw.  I hope we can do more like that in the future!

What is Stars and Stitches you ask? It is the shop owned by Sherry and Zack located in Stoney Creek, NB.   Here is Sherry to answer some questions I gave her along with some great photos of their space and handmade products.  I love everything in their shop!

 

Question 1: How long have you been open and what or who inspired you to open your business?

My shop will be open 6 years this October.
Growing up, my mother was a florist which meant she was always creating something and I believe I definitely got my creative side from her! I knew from a young age ( maybe 9 or 10 years old ) that I wanted to make stuff and hopefully one day be able to sell it.
Fast forward almost a couple decades, I was on maternity leave and couldn’t afford much when I went into a craft store in Riverview , found a couple things I loved but the prices were really high. I thought to myself I might be able to make that! I took a shot at it ( looking back now, the item I made wasn’t very good lol). I kept trying and after a few years I was able to make my biggest dream come true…..to open my own shop! I still love what I do!

Question 2: How would you describe your shop?

My shop is filled with primitive, country, farmhouse style crafts, solid pine furniture, fun things like cute dolls & stuffed animals as well as home decor items that I have brought in. A couple years ago I took another leap and started my own line ( 1652 HomeLife) of soy candles, wax melts, room sprays, natural lip balms and soaps which have all taken off and are super popular amongst our customers.

Question 3: Where do you get inspiration for the projects you do and pieces you collect?

I get my inspiration from magazines, facebook, instagram as well as feedback from my customers.

Question 4: What other interests or hobbies do you have?

Outside of crafting my favourite hobby would be gardening. My husband Zack (who also builds pieces for the shop) built me the most amazing greenhouse right in the center of my garden! It’s a relaxing place to kick back and enjoy the garden as well as think of new things to make! I couldn’t have come this far without Zack. He’s been my number 1 supporter and really  encouraged me to keep going and not give up even when it was tough!

Customers have told me how much they enjoyed their visit to my shop because of it’s homey, cozy, welcoming atmosphere. It really is my happy place and it makes me feel good to know that other people enjoy it as much as I do.

Question 5: Do you have any future plans for your business?

Our shop is continuously growing ( we over doubled it’s size a year ago) and we’re always making new items to keep it filled. I hope to continue filling the shop with things people will love! Over the next year I would love to have more shops carry our 1652 HomeLife soy candle/wax melts/ room spray line ( currently we have shops in Saint John, Richibucto & Oromocto that carry our products). We offer wholesale prices to brick and mortar shops that want to carry our 1652 HomeLife products.

Question 6: How can people reach you and when can they visit your shop?

My shop is located at 1652 route 114 Stoney Creek NB and is open Fridays 11-2, Saturdays 11-4, Sundays 12-3. You can find us on Facebook to see what we have to offer as well as any changes to shop hours: facebook.com/starsandstitchesprimitives and on Instagram @starsandstitches1

Thank you for sharing your story Sherry. Congratulations on all your success! I hope you love their shop as much as I do! Stop by and tell Sherry you saw her on the “Road to Waterside”.

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time… For April, we will have some maple syrup and gardening inspiration from Albert County!

 

 

Spring!

Is it really Spring? The calendar says so but it seems to take so long here for it to actually feel like spring and we are expecting more snow this week! It’s my favorite time of year though when everything is springing up new with so many vibrant colors to behold. My spirit gets renewed as well when we can get back outside and dig in the dirt, smell the blossoms and go for a walk. I also look forward to yard sales starting, to feed my need to paint and upcycle some old things. I’ve been switching out the winter decor for spring decor at home and thought you’d enjoy a few inspirational photos too. Of course I had to paint some new things as well!

I just realised most of the painted pieces were done with milk paint this time. I just love how it goes on to raw or weathered wood.

Love how this old chair turned out with a custom milk paint color thanks to Lisa at Front Porch Mercantile. I had to put one of my favorite quotes on it too. We were going to use it for my daughter’s new room because it was the perfect shade of pink she wanted but the chair doesn’t fit under her desk so I will have to find a spot for it unless someone really wants to buy it.

This photo below was taken at the cottage with a clipping from one of the old apple trees on the property.  I love all kinds of spring blossoms! Looking forward to seeing them again this year! And pussy willows! Who else loves pussy willows? I look for them every time I am out for a walk in the spring and bring some home.

To encourage more readers to my site, I would like to give away the little square Spring sign with the apple blossom branch on the chair above. So for every like, share, comment, etc, either here, on Facebook or Instagram, I will draw a name from all the entries and send it to you. I am loving sharing my ideas and other businesses on this site and appreciate you all reading as well. 

I will be featuring another business next week that you will want to visit on the ” Road to Waterside”. Stay tuned! Happy Spring!

 

Where it all began – part 3

2015 saw us pushing to get this place liveable. Many weekends and vacation time was taken that spring to get floors cleaned, painting done, kitchen installed and painted, trim work and baseboard done, electrical finished and lights hung (All mostly done by Mark!). I did do a lot of the painting of walls and floors ( check out the bathroom floor! ) . Amazingly we were able to have it ready to have guests for Rebecca’s birthday at  the end of June.   I knew I would need to find creative and inexpensive ways to fill the cottage and scoured the internet for ways to do this.  By the time we were ready to move stuff in, our house was getting filled with pieces I had collected off Kijiji and various yard sales. I jokingly call it the Kijiji cottage.   It just so happened that Wendy opened Front Porch Mercantile ( http://www.frontporchmercantile.com ) and Melanie opened Carte Blanche ( http://www.cbupcycle.com )about the same time, selling  different kinds of decorative and furniture paint.  It was providence! It was just the kind of thing I was looking for to make over some pieces affordably and in colors I wanted. I have done lots of different creative pursuits over the years and couldn’t wait to decorate the cottage and try my hand at up cycling furniture, sewing, stenciling,etc.  I will post some before and afters in a future post. Here is a look at how the spaces were coming along that spring.

IKEA counter-top, light from Front Porch Mercantile, Floor model cabinets from Kent. Painted and sealed embossed wallpaper for back splash from Home Hardware.

 

 

Eek, here goes nothing- cutting out hole for sink.

Putting kids to use- IKEA step stool

 

 

1st coats going on those 9 foot walls!

A peek at my stencilling job in the bathroom. Dresser re-purposed into a vanity and finished with milk paint. Recycled vanity mirror and bookshelf painted with 2 types of chalk paint and Fusion mineral paint.

Remember the photo of plaster dust all over the floor!! So much better! Love that simple trim- Mark did a great job!

This was one of our Kijiji treasures- came with couch and 4 chairs- Solid wood Vila brand but a little hideous. Wait until you see the after!

 

Next post will have some prettier photos with rooms decorated and some of the projects we attempted for the 1st time! That was the fun part of this whole adventure! See you down the road!

Where it all began – part 2

Let the fun begin!  We spent the winter of 2013  planning for design, room layout,etc. I spent a lot of time looking on the internet for inspiration and ideas and drafting lots of plans for how we wanted to finish the cottage.  2014 was the year we put in the most work to  get the cottage looking more finished. Our kids were troopers that year- we spent most weekends and our vacation time working on the cottage so they didn’t really get a family holiday that year and it was boring just hanging out in a construction zone most of the time.

 

 

Sticky buns helped keep us happy!

 

 

The last night we stayed in the trailer- driven inside the cottage by swarms of mosquitoes. I think we still have nightmares!

Mark getting some help with these high ceilings and tricky angles.

Those 12 foot sheets were heavy and hard to manoeuvre. Thank goodness for the lift from our neighbour.

 

 

 

By the end of the year, we had the insulation, electrical, drywall, and priming done. We did most of it ourselves ( meaning Mark with some help from his Dad and me) with the exception of the drywall plastering, priming, and hooking up electrical which we hired out. Mark was impressive learning all these new skills. We take a lot of pride when we look at the finished product and know we did it ourselves ( and we saved money!)   You can see what we had to deal with after the sanding and priming ( Argh). The bathroom fixtures were installed that year too and we were ready to make it pretty and liveable. Finally!

Stay tuned for part 3 of our cottage adventures!