Where it all began- part 5

Time for another look at our finished cottage. We are moving to the master bedroom. I was going for a peaceful, French inspired feeling in this room with lots of whites and neutrals and a touch of black.  Again we used lots of collected pieces from yard sales and kijiji and the magic of paint and fabric to make them new and pretty.  I will show you some of the projects we also made ourselves to keep costs down.

A bed was 1st on our list. This simple design was off the Ana White/Shanty 2 Chic websites. Besides finishing off trim in the cottage, this was one of Mark’s 1st forays into building furniture. I think he did a great job!! We love the bed, I remember feeling so rested when we had spent the 1st few nights down there. It’s peaceful and quiet and dark. Some nights we keep the window open to hear the fog horn from Cape Enrage and the waves off the beach.  It’s so easy to sleep there!!

 

You can see a bit of the bed peeking out here. I painted it in Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in the color Schloss- I love this color! I have used it quite a bit in the cottage. Topped it with an old door for a headboard. It was starting to chip and peel in places so I just took off what wanted to come off and left the rest of the old paint as is.

I took this little old table/desk and lamp and turned it into this:

I painted the table with Fusion mineral paint, made a little skirt out of drop cloth and stencilled a French script over it.I also painted that little luggage holder and gave it some new webbing.

Next we had to put a door on the utility closet. I loved the look of the barn doors everyone seemed to be doing and we thought it would work the best in the space so decided to try to make one ourselves.  We got the hardware from our local Coop farm store on the advice of Wendy at Front Porch Mercantile. She had done a sweet barn door on her bathroom in her shop in Lower Coverdale so she let me in on how they had hung theirs for a fraction of the cost of commercial hardware.

Here is the prep for the door: just plywood and 1×3 ‘s and used a decorative faux tin panel for the top.

Here it is in place, painted in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Farmhouse White and more Schloss. The hanging hardware is quite plain with the bare metal. I still haven’t decided whether to paint it or not.

A few more shots from around the room- The license plates were found in an antique shop in Halifax representing the years we were born. The New Brunswick sign was made by Follow Your  Heart Woodworking in O’Leary,  PEI.

I still love our room. I wish I had a bit more room for extra furniture but it is definitely comfortable for a cottage bedroom!

Next week we will be focusing on projects and ideas for Mother’s Day! Thanks again for stopping by.

Remember our new blog address is simply www.theroadtowaterside.com !

 

 

Down memory lane- part 1

Since it’s my birthday tomorrow I thought I would share a little more about me and my background with the Fundy region. I love looking back at where people come from and reading their biographies so I thought it would be fun to go down memory lane to some familiar spots in Fundy where my family has spent some time. Some of these are priceless.

These 2 photos are oldies from my husband’s side of the family. I can see with our mutual love for the area it was inevitable we would be drawn together and want to build down there. When I see this sign I think of my son working at the the Fundy Guild gift shop last summer- he got lots of questions from people asking where Alma was, 🙂 Maybe we still need this sign up there!

It’s amazing how little this building has changed!! I’m glad the flowers are still as nice!

Summer of ’69- My Mom and Dad at Fundy with my grandparents at Bennett Lake before they headed off to UNB. These are some old pics so bear with me in the quality department. We are talking vintage here!

The playground and green space was and still is popular with families.

 

This was one of our favourite beaches to explore down in Alma at the border of the park when the tide was out. We were so disappointed to see what was done to this beautiful landscape this spring with the man made addition- totally changes the feel, view and memory of this special beach.

Some fun days camping at Headquarters- picking fiddle heads, getting lobster and sticky buns, going to the evening programs at the Amphitheatre, hiking- all wonderful memories.

Some of our favourite look out spots ( we would sometimes have extra kids tag along 🙂 )

One of our favourite spots for picnics! Can’t believe this look off area is the same!!

Had to include this last one since it’s just down the road from our place in Waterside- Cape Enrage has changed a lot as well since we started going here. Looking forward to what the new director has in store for this beautiful gem and treasure of NB.

If you are curious, here is what the seeds look like after a week at home. Not sure if this is how they are supposed to look. One tray got fried in the oven when my son turned it on my accident. Oops, will try planting some more. If any of you have any advice, let me know!!

The random winner of the package of seeds goes to my Mom!

Thanks for reading everyone. Hope you are enjoying the lovely spring weather we have had this week!

Until next time!!

 

Seeds to sow

While I love the idea of watching things grow and knowing I grew something from seed, the only experience I had with it was when I was 1st married and did try growing a bunch of plants from seed. Needless to say, I didn’t try it again. The plants were so flimsy and pathetic looking that it was just easier the next few years to buy plants all ready to put in the ground.

I still love the idea of growing my own plants though. So when I heard Farmer Brown (http://farmerbrowns.ca ) was going to give a demonstration on seed starting for Seedy Saturday (sponsored by Foods of the Fundy Valley)  in Hillsborough, I thought I would check it out again. LIsa aka “Farmer Brown” was very helpful and informative. She has had lots of experience owning a greenhouse business for ~ 17 years and working for growers before that. Apparently she supplies the flowers for Fundy Park and the City of Moncton. If you have loved seeing those flowers as much as I have you know she has sound knowledge and experience and great quality plants as a result. I have never visited her greenhouses but always try to see what she has going on when we drive by going the “back” way to the cottage. We will have to visit her this year and get a tour around her place.

This was Farmer Brown’s booth set up with some lovely looking specimens

Some of her top tips was to make sure the soil is not too wet or dry when trying to germinate the seeds. Start with a non soil mix and keep the soil  : seed ratio small at 1st like the size of an egg carton or smaller. They like warmth so she suggested a great spot is in your closed oven with the light on ( not the heat !) to help them germinate.  You may need to mist 3-4 x/day to keep them moist. Most seeds do not need to be covered but you can cover with some vermiculite so the new plant is able to get rid of its seed head as it pokes through the dirt.  Once you see the 1st set of true leaves ( not the 1st 2 leaves- that’s called the Cotyledon!) you need to start to fertilize with a 12:4:14 type fertilizer. You don’t want long and leggy plants!  You want more leaves than stem and a compact plant growing for optimal transplanting potential and harvest.

Once the seeds have germinated you need to move them to a light source to get stronger and bigger. She said a basic fluorescent set up is all you need and keep it about 6 inches above the plant for 14-16 hours to simulate the light from outdoors. Most plants need to be transplanted into bigger containers before they get outside- timeline seems to vary for this depending on your plant.  There was a little debate about when it’s safe to plant outdoors. Lisa mentioned it even depends what side of the road and where frost hits first that may determine when and where you are safe to plant.

This was the Cochrane Family Farm booth from Upper Stewiacke

Some of the booths set up for Seedy Saturday

There were lots of great people at Seedy Saturday. Here were some of the vendors:

Farmers Browns Greenhouse- www.farmerbrowns.ca/
Mapple Farms- www.mapplefarm.com/
Fundy Farms- www.facebook.com/FundyFarmslocalharvest/
Annapolis Seeds- www.annapolisseeds.com/
Bee Wise BeeKeeping- www.facebook.com/beewisebeekeeping/
Hillsborough Farmers Market- https://www.facebook.com/Hillsboroughnbfarmersmarket
Cochrane Family Farm- www.cochranefamilyfarm.com
Bear Roots Forest- www.bearrootsforest.ca
Tansy Lane Herb Farm- http://www.tansylane.ca/
Jems Preserves-
The Saucy Apron-
Canadian Hemp Creations-
Curryville Community Center- Veseys Bulb Fundraiser

After seeing all that wonderful inspiration I decided to experiment on my own after my fails from many moons ago. I ordered some seeds from Rainbow Seeds in Riverside-Albert  who have an online business selling Heirloom and Non-GMO seeds. I then visited Jill ( aka Miss Fancy Farmer http://www.missfancyfarmer.ca/) at the local Coop to get my soil, vermiculite and fertilizer. Here is what I’m starting with:

I’ve put in corn, green beans, sugar pie pumpkins, pickling and Armenian cucumbers. The other seeds like carrots and lettuce I can sow in June I think and they will do well on their own. I want to give the other stuff a head start if I plan to try them at the cottage in the fog and wind. So we’ll get these babies in the oven for a few days and see how they do. Follow along to see how they and I fare!

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Oh I almost forgot!! I ordered an extra pack of mixed lettuce seeds I’d like to send a lucky reader. Leave a comment or subscribe and I’ll pick a name and send you some seeds you can plant for yourself!!

 

 

 

Maple Season!

Maple Season and Spring- my 2 favourite times of year!  We are blessed in this part of the world to have an abundance of places to get our maple syrup. Some people tap a few trees on their own land to make their own but most of us head to local maple sugar camps or the store for our fill of maple syrup. One of my favourite memories is taking the kids every year into the camps in Stilesville to get our fresh maple taffy and candy.

I wanted to investigate more of what Albert County had to offer for maple syrup production and I was pleasantly surprised. Once I started inquiring there were even more than I thought producing this wonderful elixir in the hills and valleys of Albert County. I am going highlight just 3 of them that I got to know more about.

I first became aware of this next couple and their maple syrup making production when I saw their product for sale down in what was the Church Market in Riverside Albert . This year I saw them featured in the April edition of the Connecting Albert County newsletter and loved hearing more about their story.  http://www.connectingalbertcounty.org/

You can go to the link above to check out the full article about their maple syrup called “Black Sheep Maples” and to sign up for the newsletter written by some wonderful volunteers on a monthly basis. They have lots of great information and keep you up to date on upcoming events in Albert County!

Angela and Ryan Macdougall’s official business is Fundy Farms: Local Harvest. They are on facebook so you can follow them and stay up to date on their offerings and events. They have a  farm stand that I try to check out through the summer on the way to the cottage right by the main road between Edgett’s Landing and Hopewell Cape. They sell herbs, teas, maple syrup, veggies, dry soup mixes, etc at local markets and stores as well. Here are some of their own photos.

The second camp I’d like to feature is called White’s Maple. They are a 3rd generation maple producer with most of their sap coming from trees on Caledonia Mountain. They recently expanded their camp in Shenstone ( in back of Hillsborough) to offer All You Can Eat pancake breakfasts each weekend during the maple season. We got out there this past weekend to see their operation and brought back some Maple butter. We didn’t get their breakfast but it looks delicious!

The last feature is one of the biggest producers around our area. It’s Brigg’s Maples who has their production office in Riverview at the Chocolate River Station.  Most of their sap comes from trees just north of Fundy Park.  We enjoyed some lovely taffy this weekend as part of Riverview’s Maple festivities and got a huge jug of maple syrup. I wonder how long it will last? We’ll be taking some to the cottage for sure! Here are some pics from the weekend: ( Thank you to the staff at Brigg’s for letting us take your picture!)

One of my favourite things to do is bake, so of course I had to use all these wonderful products as well! Here is the maple scone recipe that is in the April issue of the Connecting Albert County newsletter ( you can pre-order the cookbook the Albert County Museum is selling here http://www.albertcountymuseum.com/ cookbook) using Briggs’ maple syrup with White’s Maple butter on top and I indulged by putting Black Sheep maple syrup in my coffee!

I then wanted to bring a dessert to our Married Couple group so found a Maple butter tart recipe on Pinterest to bring and also used Black Sheep Maple syrup for that as well. It was decadent!!  https://pin.it/bgebsum4oud6jo

Well that was fun and yummy!  Thanks to my talented husband for tagging along and taking a lot of these photos. Tell me  how you like your maple !  Syrup, taffy, cream, butter or candy?

 

 

 

 

Where it all began – part 4

Welcome back to our cottage adventure! We are now getting to the fun and pretty part of the construction. We had fun emptying our house of collected stuff, seeing if things would fit where I thought they would and had fun decorating the space in a coastal/farmhouse vibe. Totally different from our home in Moncton!

Let’s start with the main living space which has a vaulted ceiling and floor to ceiling windows facing the Bay. We wanted to be able to enjoy the view and seat as many people as we could so we painted and slip covered this scary looking chair ( along with 2 other chairs and a 3 seater couch ) with Fusion mineral paint and drop cloths. I made a few cushions, made some end tables ( at a short lived woodworking class) and painted those in Artissimo milk paint. I painted and stencilled a basic wooden chest and some foot stools with Fusion paint and milk paint again.

We then move on to the eating area. I took our kitchen set and painted the chairs and base in various shades of blue with Annie Sloan chalk paint and Miss Mustard Seed milk paint. I love the commode I got at an auction and painted it in a pretty shade of milk paint. I painted a few crates, hung up an old door that already had a matching colour on it ( another Kijiji find ) to use as a coat rack and also painted some oars for coat hooks as well.

Let’s next move on to the kitchen area! This area really came to life after we got more shelves and things on the walls. We used basic brackets from the hardware store, some rough cut lumber for the the bottom shelves then got some lovely old barnboard from Phillips and Chestnut http://www.phillipsandchestnut.ca/ in Truro , NS for the upper shelf along the top of the kitchen area.

 

Remember the IKEA stool the kids put together? Here it is painted up in different milk paint colours to match our decor. The brackets under the countertop also came from Phillips and Chestnut- made with raw wood and then painted to match the cupboards.

Well I think that is enough pictures for 1 day! This was the largest space to decorate. As you can see, you can repurpose a lot with a little paint and stay within a budget!!

Thanks for visiting!  Leave a comment if you spotted the name of our cottage! See you next time on the Road to Waterside!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter blessings

Happy Easter !  He is risen!!

What does Easter mean to me?

It used to be getting yummy Easter baskets filled with goodies. To most people Easter probably still means the Easter bunny, candy and getting a new dress. While I still enjoy giving my family some goodies on Easter morning, as a Christian it is a day to give thanks to Jesus for giving his life for the redemption of our sins. Easter gives us tangible evidence that Jesus did not stay dead on Good Friday!  It is evidence that He truly is our Resurrection and Life.  He took the punishment we deserved and gives us new life. It gives me hope that all the suffering, brokenness, heartache and sickness we see will come to an end because He lives and if we are His children we will live forever without the burdens that come in this broken world as a result of sin.

Cut a piece of embroidered linen to stencil on an Easter message and made it into a banner. This framed verse is from my grandmother that she’s had around forever- just needed a new painted frame.

 

 

I pray you all seek Jesus and find out what He can mean in your life.

For His good and glory of Easter,

Have a blessed day!

Sheila

 

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!