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!

Introducing Antique Chic!

I am so excited to do our first feature from Albert County on the ” Road to Waterside”. February is a perfect time to feature this pretty romantic place. I have known Kerry for a long time through our family connections but mostly only knew her when she was a little girl. I was so excited to see it was her with a  new business on the road to Waterside. I don’t get in there very often but I am always checking what she has for sale on Instagram and Facebook. I gave Kerry some questions that may make it easier to get to know her and her business So without further ado I give you Kerry Edgett of Antique Chic in Lower Coverdale, NB:

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

I am now going on my fourth year of being open. I’ve always been drawn to older,antique items since I was a very little girl.I would yard sale with my mom and always pick up pretty,feminine items for my bedroom.I had quite a collection even then going on,lots of perfume bottles lol. The passion has always been there for me and I knew one day I wanted to open my own little dream spot of pretty items to sell.It finally happened almost four years ago!

 

Question 2: How would you describe your shop?

My shop is mostly filled with feminine style items such as vintage nightgowns,painted furniture with curves,girlie items like hair brush sets,old perfume bottles,beautiful smelling handmade soaps,embroidered linens,old quilts,pretty milk glass pieces,ironstone and more.I also have shabby chic style items and cottage style decor.

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

I get a lot of my inspiration from decorating magazines,pinterest,instagram and also from just experimenting from my own ideas!

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

I love spending time outdoors in my flower gardens,hiking in nature,camping,listening to good music and going to the beach with my two daughters and granddaughter .Also,flea markets,thrift shopping and local auctions are a lot of fun for me!

 

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

I have some future plans for my shop which involve expanding the shop so I have a bigger space.I will be able to have some different styles that way and hopefully a work area for painting and crafting.I stick with one theme now,which is more on the romantic side because it all flows together so well

 

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

I am open from April until late December and closed winter months.I still open by appointment though :)My shop hours are on my page during the months I’m open.I can be reached from my Facebook page,Instagram or by home phone 506 386 3429 and also by email kaphillips_@hotmail.ca

Aren’t those pictures lovely? Obviously Kerry loves pink and has more of a vintage, shabby chic vibe. I can usually find something to go home with me when I visit. I hope you all drop in to see her!  Watch for her sign and the painted bicycle as you drive through Lower Coverdale.

Thanks for sharing your shop with us and continue your great work Kerry! See you on the “Road to Waterside”!

 

 

Where it all began- part 1

Our adventure in Waterside started in 2010 when we began to dream about having a place to go for our vacations. At first we just wanted a place to take our trailer because we were tired of camping in close proximity to other people, using communal washrooms,  and constantly packing and unpacking to go anywhere. We have both had a long history of heading to the Bay of Fundy area for day trips, camping trips, hangouts with friends and I even worked  at the Fundy Park pool for 2 summers after high school. It was inevitable that we would be drawn to start looking for land along the Bay of Fundy. After scoping out a few places, even all the way to St. Martin’s, we happened to see a small sign that said “Land for Sale” in Waterside the summer of 2011. After lots of patience and work, we finally acquired the land in October of 2012. We camped on it the next summer with the tent trailer but the bugs and the wind won out and we decided to try to start building a place. At first we thought it would just be a cabin or camp to go to. But then we kept dreaming of the future and how we would use this property, were determined to do a lot of the finishing work ourselves to save money, and so the plans kind of evolved into something bigger.  Plans were drawn and contractors found and ground was broken to start the build in September 2013!

“Pre-view” We could see the dream. Lots of work taking down those alders out front!

After some mowing and clearing. We have a driveway!

Much better view already!

 

Breaking ground, September 2013

 

Within 6 weeks or so the floor was poured and the shell up. Mark did all the organising and planning for the trades we needed to get. He did a great job getting them in the right order of when we needed them. It all seemed to go smoothly from my vantage point.

One of the 1st things I painted were these Adirondack chairs I had collected at various yard sales.  Our dreams were coming true!

 

Part 2 of the dream to be continued…

 

 

 

 

 

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!