It’s a sign!

This is a quick little post to show some additions we’ve made to the walls at the cottage lately. I love signs and original wall art and was inspired by some art I  have had for a while and by some new items we just picked up. Of course it involved a little paint but they were all easy to do and anyone can do it!

I have had this beautiful print of a heron by Lucy of Craftberry Bush .com for 2-3 years but wanted to add some interest to the canvas. Layla of The Lettered Cottage had shown an idea on an Instagram post for adding some salvaged wood trim to a standard canvas print and I knew just what to use to do my own. We had some leftover salvaged wood from a school in Norton that we had used in the bathroom and my daughter’s bedroom. It matched the colors in the artwork so I had Mark trim it down and nail it together to put around the canvas. I love it even more now!

The second piece of wall art I embellished was by way of a piece of wood I found at a yard sale in Riverside-Albert a few weeks back. I love pieces that are architectural in nature. They look awesome painted up or embellished. I have some in the cottage that I just left as I found them also with their original paint and/or sand on them!

Here is the original piece:

And here it is with a couple coats of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Typewriter and sealed with Hemp oil. I then added this little typographical ceramic sign I picked up at Front Porch Mercantile in Moncton . ( where you can also get the Milk Paint and Fusion Mineral paint). I put it up above the sink and think it looks cute there ! –

Our third wall addition was a piece of art I had been debating about getting for a while. I couldn’t decide which one to get and I’m sure most of you have seen his work by now. These prints are by local graphic artist Eric Goggin  who owns Goggin Signs and Graphics in Salisbury. He has ventured into doing these types of vintage poster prints in the last few years. They are hugely popular for gifts for loved ones to remember their hometowns and places dear to their hearts. You can find all his prints and options for hanging at Destination Art.ca .  I wanted one for ourselves to hang in the cottage. We ended up getting a print of Fundy Park in the stretched canvas format. I wanted to add some depth and interest to it to make it more of an art piece. I painted up some MDF we had leftover with Fusion Mineral paint in Algonquin and Mark again nailed it together for me. It’s hanging in our hallway at the cottage. I hope to add another one of local interest sometime in the future as well ( there has been a request to make one of Grindstone Island – hint hint).

I hope this has inspired you to look at some options for artwork and signs in your own space or to add to what you already have with a little wood and nails and paint!

Cheers to a great week!

 

In search of the Sandpiper

This past weekend was the Dorchester Sandpiper Festival.  I enticed the family to go in hopes of seeing some sandpipers but also wanted to find a new farm I discovered in Aulac that just started selling homemade ice cream. I think they came along for the ice cream more than the birds :).   I always forget how quick it is to get to Dorchester on the highway and what a quaint town it is with all its historic properties. We went all the way to Johnson’s Mills Nature Conservancy Site first to see if there were any sandpipers visiting. This is a popular spot for them to feed on their way from the Arctic to South America. We were there at high tide which is usually when the birds are in roosting but the interpreters informed us there were peregrine falcons in the area scaring them away. We actually did see 1 or 2 falcons flying in the bay and then saw 2 or 3 flying over the site when we were driving away as well.  We only saw a very small band of sandpipers out on the bay but have been there in the past when there were thousands on the beach. You just never know what you’ll see on a certain day. Another spot we love to find them is at Mary’s Point near our cottage. Here are a couple photos from 2011 when we visited and saw lots of birds. Photo credit to Mark Nicolle

In Dorchester, we stopped for a minute to check out Shepody House which is one of the new homes for Parkindale Productions to host live musical events and it is available to for events and weddings. There was a band tuning up getting ready to play as part of the Festival. I loved the view from there and the school house lights inside! Then we had to stop at the old Bell Inn- Mark took me here for supper when I was going to Mt A our 1st year of dating. I guess I had better memories of the meal than he did  ( probably because he was paying :)). It is now host to a sewing and quilt shop called “natshi designs” who  are hoping to be able to open a cafe as well on site.

We made it just in time to see the Dorchester Art Society’s 2nd art exhibit as they were packing up. So many people displaying their beautiful creations. We stopped and talked to Donna Sullivan from Sackville about her art and her inspiration for painting. She says she had always dabbled in the arts but didn’t get serious with it until she retired. I just loved her work using different mediums! Here is her gallery wall set up:

 

We next headed down the highway in search of ice cream in Aulac at Trueman Blueberry Farms. They are more than just blueberries!! They have introduced homemade ice cream this summer and their raspberries are at their prime this week for their 2nd year of picking.  They also sell honey, blueberries, fresh bread and I see a u-pick pumpkin patch on their sign. They are gearing up for a sunflower maze and a Great Bee Escape adventure course later this summer. I love seeing family farms getting involved in these great endeavours and seeing a dream realized. We will be back for more! I have a dream of growing pumpkins but I don’t think the weather in Waterside will allow that!

A true Killam- spoon ready to try that ice cream!

 

Since we were in the neighbourhood and had just bought a National Park Discovery Pass, we stopped in to Fort Beausejour-Fort Cumberland. Mark always jokes that our families could have fought on this land may years ago. Glad we get along now :). We only had 5 min to breeze through the exhibit but had fun exploring the site outdoors and taking some pictures. They have tents set up inside the Fort that you can book for an overnight stay! The kids were so little last time we visited here! It is another place we have to come back and visit. Only a 30-40 min drive from home. Lots of treasures to be discovered in our own province! Here are a couple photos from 2010 and then  from this weekend! My how some kids have changed 🙂

 

We hope you enjoyed this trip and that it inspires you to explore some of the beauty around you!

Here is one last photo for you to see if you can find the sandpiper 🙂

P.S.  You should now be able to click on a photo to look at it in larger format.