Room Makeover!- part 1

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!

 

Mother’s Day

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.

My 2 favourite mothers I like to listen to are Ann Voskamp and Ruth Chou Simons. One is an artist in word and one in paint both raising large families. Everything they write or paint with words speaks to my soul. I feel like I’m not alone in how I process my feelings or how I’m feeling as a mother and woman in the world when I read their words. I would encourage you to find them on their websites if you need some inspiration and encouragement. Ann is at http://annvoskamp.com/2018/05/the-most-life-changing-thing-any-woman-can-do-for-herself-this-mothers-day-what-a-mother-actually-really-wants/

You can find Ruth at https://gracelaced.com/blogs/blog/if-we-were-having-coffee-today-speaking-truth-cuz-no-one-s-ever-grown-by-faking-it

These are their most recent posts. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram if you are on those social mediums as well.

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.

 

 

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!

 

Valentine’s Day

Hi everybody! This is my first post on this blog. Welcome if you are reading this. I have wanted to start a blog for the past year. So I finally stopped thinking and reading about it and jumped in to it. As I read and heard on Jennifer Allwood’s site, she says stop learning and start doing when it comes to doing something new and facing your fears. I will be learning along the way to make it better. I hope you will join me on this journey. See the “About me” section for further deets about what  I want to do with this blog.

I thought I would start with some crafts because that’s what I like to do around the different holidays to decorate, to relax and create.  I wanted to see what I could do with some thrift store finds and paint. I actually found some heart shaped items at one of our local stores. Kind of standard Valentine shapes but oh well. We LOVE Valentine’s Day.

I was inspired by Marian of Miss Mustard Seed ( MMS) when she milk painted some paper mache boxes at Christmas – see here- https://missmustardseed.com/milk-painted-gift-boxes/.  I also wanted to try out some different shades of pink to see if there were any that inspired my daughter for her room makeover. I picked up some samples of milk paint and Fusion Mineral Paint at http://frontporchmercantile.com . The paper mache heart was a nested trio.  I painted this first one with MMS Arabesque. It took the paint lovely. Then I decoupaged some cut out Cavallini paper, stamped some scrolls and sealed it all with Tough Coat.

This second one I painted with Fusion Mineral Paint’s English Rose.  I decoupaged the top with a pretty napkin and then swirled some Fusion’s Rose Gold Metallic wax in spots after sealing .

For the last paper mache heart I mixed a custom color which I don’t normally do because I can never get it right and I hate wasting paint. But this turned out nice- it was a bunch of Fusion’s Raw Silk and a little Fort York Red ( I didn’t get the measurements). I had mixed another colour with Champlain and Cranberry but didn’t like it on the mirror so decoupaged it with another pretty napkin . I covered the mirror with Fusion’s Ash to make it into a chalkboard. The banner was from a DIY kit I found at Dollarama but had to paint some extra hearts on some burlap sections- easy with more Raw Silk!

I didn’t find the right pink for my daughter so we’ll keep trying :). It was fun to create anyway!

Our next post will feature a sweet romantic spot in Lower Coverdale. Can’t wait to show you!