It’s December which means it’s my favourite month to decorate and make new items whether for the house or as gifts. It’s a form of relaxation and an outlet for me to be able express my creativity by making something beautiful with a little recycling , paint and ingenuity. I don’t consider myself naturally gifted but I do like to try my hand at making things.
This year I picked up some items at Front Porch Mercantile like this burlap pillow cover and stencil. I picked up a piece of pine at Kent and some Fusion Mineral Paint and got to painting. The stencil is from Funky Junk Interiors and it makes a buffalo check pattern!
Hello! I have missed the last couple of weeks because we were busy with a fun fall giveaway and lots of DIY projects and crafts on my Facebook page plus we’ve had family visiting all this week. Be sure to stop by our page to see all the projects and like our page to stay in the know for future posts. Since we just had Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a few pictures of our week and some pumpkin inspired recipes and projects.
This is our front step decked out for fall with a few pumpkins :
Good evening everyone! We almost didn’t have a post for this week. I was feeling kind of down and uninspired but did have a goal to get my daughter’s room makeover documented. My sweet husband got some photos done today so here we are again on a Wednesday night with something to share with you. I really love how her room came together with some things we found- she loves succulents so we included some accessories as we found them and she found some cute hedgehog accessories that she ended up including in the room as a recurring theme also. She is in the process of doing a little cross stitch with a hedgehog which will be really cute to add to her room. It all started with just getting rid of the yellow walls and having a nice white canvas. My daughter wanted a calm, relaxing feel in her room.
If you remember some of the pieces from a previous post like her bed and side table were a creamy off white colour but now they are a beautiful white- all paint used for the furniture and signs is Annie Sloan Chalk paint that I get from Carte Blanche in Dieppe. They have a new shop I think I mentioned before right across from the market.
The pink is a custom colour of 2 parts Old White and 1 part Antoinette. This dresser has been around since my son was born- I just keep painting the front panels and changing the hardware 🙂 ,that we got from Kent. The laundry basket, hedgehog doorstop and clock are from Kent as well! The world map is from Carte Blanche – they carry beautiful artistic papers that also come with hanging hardware if you want. I love them for simple , affordable artwork.
We picked up the bookcase at IKEA for only $55 and the reading lamp for only $16.99. The desk is the same desk I had in my room growing up with the last paint finish still on it that my dad did years ago!! The chair was ordered online from Wayfair- on sale it was the cheapest I could find for the type of chair my daughter wanted. She wanted to be able to curl up and read. The sweet quilt was a yard sale find and matches her colours perfectly.
You can see the Love sign and shelf we cobbled together with pieces we had laying around all refreshed with some Annie Sloan chalk paint as well. And Rebecca made those curtains herself!
We then got some new bedding – duvet and duvet cover set from IKEA, pink pillow covers and pillows from IKEA which were the inspiration for the pink she chose throughout the room, and succulent pillow from HomeSense. The pink throw we found for like $6.99 at Giant Tiger! I painted a simple sign on a piece of MDF I found at the ReStore shop- a few words from a Bible verse I had dedicated to her when she was born- Psalm 139:14- fearfully and wonderfully made.
Her other wish was for some fairy lights ( you can still see her love for Tinker Bell scattered throughout the room :). We found some on Amazon and they do create such a calming, dreamlike atmosphere. I love the little hedgehog night light (also from IKEA).
Well sweet dreams folks. Thanks for reading and following along. I hope this inspired you to refresh some things in your home with just the use of paint as well! I hope to have a future post of a visit to the Lavender fields in Seafoam, NS next week and a visit to one of our local businesses on the Road to Waterside in the next couple weeks as well. My son the Computer Science student is helping me make the blog look a little nicer so hopefully you will see some nice additions in the coming weeks!
There was so many events going on this past weekend!! I hope you all had a great weekend wherever you celebrated! We ended up inviting friends and family for an open house in Waterside. It was a gorgeous weekend for weather so we were glad it worked out the way it did. Next year we may do it a different weekend because people were so busy with other Canada Day celebrations!
We had some neat visitors for the start of the weekend that we weren’t expecting. Mark captured some wonderful shots of these old cars that passed by in front of our place. They were part of “The Great Race” featuring vintage cars travelling from Buffalo, NY to Halifax, NS. We had a hoot watching them come down the hill in their various decorations and attire. Mark captured some beautiful images of them and added some artistic flair. I just love the vintage feel they evoke. Makes you feel you were back in the 1900s!
I picked up some neat items at a neighborhood yard sale a couple weekends ago and was so excited to include them in our decor. First was this display case. I thought I had taken a before pic but I must have deleted it. Here it is finished with a layer of typewriter black milk paint with schloss over top with a little distressing. It looks soo much better- it was a dark reddish tone before- I really love it and can’t wait to display different items in it. I need to find a little handle for it!
I found this cute wool hooked rug at the yard sales too- it was $20 . I couldn’t resist those maple leaves and the colours. I whipped up these pillows for the day as well using these pennants I got at My Home Mercantile in Moncton on Main St. It is the cutest shop hosting many local handcrafted and Maritime wares. They also house My Home Apparel https://myhomeapparel.com/ featuring clothing with a Maritime and Canadian flavour that are made in the old Stanfield Warehouse in Truro.
I stencilled up this little sign using a Dollar Store Canvas and Fusion Mineral paint.
Here are some pics of the actual party on Canada Day with food , sun and people . What a great combination! Notice the extra little visitors we had in the morning- we had a Mama groundhog and her 3 littles visit the yard. They were cute but how will they be when they grow up??
We had a great time. Thank you so much for spending your day with us all the way down in Waterside!
This was the day after the party when we felt more relaxed- a day on the beach, post party food and general relaxation on our last vacation day. I did bring out a blanket on the deck but that only lasted a few minutes. It was hot in Waterside this weekend. So grateful and blessed.
I want to start out this week and say thank you for all your kind comments about our last post by my husband Mark featuring his photography. If you are new here, go back 1 post and you can see his wonderful photos there.
Summer is officially here this week! I got a start on some projects for the cottage to spruce things up for the season. I get inspired by furniture painters and DIYers to create or update all the time. It is a great outlet plus it gives me an excuse to paint and create!
A theme this week seems to be tables and chairs. The first table is a standard plastic outdoor side table. The brown was not going with the rest of our furniture so I painted it with Fusion Mineral Paint which is an acrylic that can go on almost any surface, has some UV protection in it and is waterproof.
You can rent many of their stencils at Front Porch Mercantile now!
It turned out so cute- I had to adapt the stencil and used my own border around it to fit the table but I like it.
The next table I picked up at a yard sale. I was going to leave it outside too but it has a lip around it that is just going to collect water all the time (was not thinking of that!) so I brought it inside and added a design Mark made for us to represent our area and route we are on. I added some colour to the legs too.
The last table is one I showed before that I tried to redo and I still didn’t like it. I got Lisa from Front Porch Mercantile to help me use the new Stain and Finishing oil from Fusion to get the look I was after. She did one leaf for me then I tried to reproduce it on the rest of the table and chairs. I think I did pretty good. I love how it turned out. It looks more finished and is more durable now. Here are the 3 stages the table has been in with the last being the current one.
I don’t know if I had mentioned but Mark has been busy the last few weeks building decks and door landings at the cottage. They are looking awesome – much better than the pallets we’ve had there for 3+years! We needed some furniture for said deck! I had seen Jennylyn ( creator of Fusion Mineral Paint) paint some plastic furniture for outdoors with her paint so I thought I would try these old chairs I had at home. I love how they turned out as well. The paint went on so smoothly and just needed a couple coats.
The next chairs have quite a story. You can see below how they started and then how they look after I painted them with milk paint last summer. I covered them with 3 layers of outdoor varnish. They looked great for about 2 weeks….
Then they looked like this: faded and peeling after 2 weeks in the sun. I was so disappointed!!
I didn’t give up on them !! Here is what I did about 10 days ago: sanded them really well again and got out my trusty Fusion paint in Fort York Red. They have been out a week in the weather and so far so good. I will probably do another coat for a more solid colour on them.
Well that was fun. Can you tell I love to paint and make things beautiful? It’s so easy! You can do it too! You can find all this paint at Front Porch Mercantile in Moncton.
I’ll give you one more glimpse of the decks and door steps Mark has been building for us-I’ll do a separate post later when we’ve got them all syled up. I got an idea to stencil a blue heron on our new areas from Danielle Driscoll’s blog Finding Silver Pennies. She had done a little whale on her wooden door mat that I thought looked so cute. We love the herons in Waterside so I cut out a little stencil on my Silhouette machine. Danielle has lots of nautical ideas and loves to paint as well. She even has a book on painted furniture techniques and does some lovely watercolors as well. You can find her here https://www.findingsilverpennies.com/
We are on vacation next week! Guess where we will be as much as we can? I will try to get a post out for next Wednesday featuring another room in the cottage. Stay well and maybe get in touch with your creative side this week doing whatever makes you happy.
Welcome back to the cottage tour! We will go across the hall to my son’s room. I had a lot of fun using some recycled pieces, some new pieces and some DIY with lots of milk and chalk paint to create his nautical themed room.
Here are some before pics of the space and pieces of furniture before their transformations!
See later on how I tried to cover that electrical box!!
We used old fence boards for a planked wall feature. We just washed them really well and sealed with Fusion’s Tough Coat. We also built a platform bed and covered it with fence boards as well.
A sad garage sale find. It looks much better after with a little paint and decoupage!
Got this antique dresser for a good price- the drawers are a little wonky! I had a vision for this one!
Here are the after photos taken by my resident photographer!
I didn’t get any photos of the headboard being made but it’s just a piece of plywood we cut out, glued and stapled some batting and fabric- voila!
That chair in the corner was the 1st piece I ever painted in chalk paint. A piece of found wood on the beach stands in the corner with all the original color left on it.
I really love that Artissimo blue milk paint and the decoupaged maps on his dresser. I was inspired by a wonderful furniture painter named Danielle from the Finding Silver Pennies blog who redid a dresser with this similar style.
Thanks for coming along on this tour! Enjoy the Spring weather and we’ll see you again on The Road to Waterside!
P.S. If you are on Instagram, our new username is @theroadtowaterside . Come follow along to see more of what goes on with life in Albert County and anything else that inspires us! It may inspire you as well.
Rebecca’s getting a makeover! Or more precisely, her room is getting a makeover. It has been long overdue but we are finally committing to it. We have done a few things over the years but this will be a little more grown up with some input from her. I love a new project!! We have (had) a limited budget and will be keeping most of her furniture but updating it with paint and putting in some DIY accessories. She has become an avid reader the past couple years so she does want a big bookcase and a comfy chair to read in. She wants light and fresh with touches of light pink and maybe gold or grey touches. We are hoping to get a lot from IKEA as well to accessorise.
Here are some before photos and some of the building blocks we are working with to recreate her space.
I think we are going to stick to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a custom colour for sprucing everything up. Stay tuned for the final reveal!! We have most of it done now. It has turned out really nice. Rebecca is pleased so that makes me happy too!
We are heading to the cottage this weekend- finally!! Making plans for some outdoor projects and maybe repainting and redoing some furniture I initially painted in 2014.We’ll check out all that is happening in Fundy ( like the new Mountain Bike Trail and Wolfe Lake Visitor’s Centre! ) and just soaking it all in. I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend and I hope you get to head down the Road to Waterside as well this weekend. It should be lots of fun!
Grace upon grace to you Mothers out there as we look forward to Mother’s day. (This post is a bit reflective and creative so hang in there!) We don’t always get it right and we walk around with a lot of guilt sometimes. Can I get an amen? As I approach Mother’s Day each year I always start to feel the baggage and guilt of what I haven’t done well as a mother and how my journey as a mother is not how I imagined it. I feel like I have not taught my kids enough, not been kind enough, not listened enough, not memorised enough Bible verses, etc. The list could go on and on.
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Now let’s get to the creative side which is much more fun and lighthearted and keeps me sane on the days when chores and work seem to be the only things I do. I need this creative side as an outlet to fill my tank so that I can be a better wife, mother and worker. You can check out this article from Focus on the Family that really spoke to me too lately. https://www.focusonthefamily.ca/content/why-self-care-is-important-to-your-marriage
So I usually host Mother’s Day and I hadn’t started planning until a few days ago. When I finally sat down Sunday night to figure out my theme and how to present and DIY some gifts I had bought at IKEA recently, I came across a sweet printable set for Mother’s Day on thediymommy website http://thediymommy.com/french-country-inspired-mothers-day-printable-card-tags/ and that got me thinking about having lavender themed items. I have been a little obsessed about lavender the last few years. I have even tried planting some in Waterside and hope they thrive! My daughter and I travelled to Seafoam, NS last summer for their Lavender Festival. What a beautiful drive along that shore. We stopped at a few other places recommended by Lori of http://www.farmfreshstyle.ca/. I think we are going to plan an overnight trip next time because 1 day was not enough time to see everything! The lavender festival is July 14th and 15th this year. You can check out their website and Facebook page also to find out more! https://lavendercanada.com/
As I mentioned I had picked up a few items at IKEA to use in my DIY gifts and I picked up an old wooden shelf at Alter Girl in Hopewell Cape recently as well. I thought they would all go splendidly together with some Milk Paint. I am always on the lookout for wood or fabric that I can paint or stencil !
Here you can see the sweet little cards and tags I printed out from thediymommy as my inspiration. I gave the wooden utensils a little pattern with Farmhouse White and Dried Lavender paint colours and sealed with hemp oil for protection.
Next is the shelf painted in Trophy and the lovely linen tea towel stencilled with Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash.
I love how it all came together!!
I had one of my daughter’s photos from our Lavender trip enlarged to be used as place mats, picked up some Lavender plants at our local grocery and garden centres which made for some quick table decor.
Thank you to my wonderfully talented and patient husband for his carefully curated photos and putting up with my craziness the last 2 days.
This is a photo taken from a few years ago of my niece, mother-in-law, mother, me, daughter and grandmother on another Mother’s Day. Most of us will be around the table again this year. Thankful for God’s grace and mercy. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day not matter what role you find yourself in this year.
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?
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!