Saturday, December 3, 2016

O come let us adore Him


This is the second piece of wall décor I made with a Christmas hymn theme. Yesterday I showed
O Holy Night and today this one is "O come let us adore Him."

I used 100 year old island barn board with lots of character and cut a star out of it with my jigsaw.

Because the board is so worn, (there are very deep grooves) I sanded across a 4" section right at the bottom. This made it easier to be able to paint a white background and then paint the wording. Between the star and the song lyrics, I painted a small manger scene.


This star is lit up with LED lights which are hot-glued on the back. The battery pack sits behind the board, on a cross piece of wood.

You may notice the top of the board is at an angle, this is the way the board must have been used on the barn!

This one-of-a-kind piece measures 23" x 11 1/2"
and is available in my shop along with all the other things you see here on the blog


Friday, December 2, 2016

O Holy Night

I've been working on a few things for Christmas time. This is something I made after buying a battery powered string of lights and wanting to use it on some type of wall décor.

I glued three pieces of old grey wood together side-by-side and cut out a star with my jigsaw. The wording was hand painted and then I used hot glue to attach the tiny LED lights on the back. Two cross pieces at the top and bottom of the back help to bring the wood away from the wall to give room for the light to shine, and also space to hold the battery pack.

 It really looks better in my person, especially in a dark room, but hopefully you get the idea.



15  1/2" x 14 1/2" available in my shop or by contacting me

I'll show another similar piece tomorrow.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

My Large North Pole

I'm sure some of you have seen the North Poles I've made and sold, my last post was about making a few more. Well I got a crazy idea, which is quite a regular occurrence around here, to make a large one.
So the idea started two winters ago when, here in Prince Edward Island, we got a total of 18 FEET of snow. It was so high, it went over the top of our outdoor lamp post and bent it. It's behind here somewhere:

So we bought a new lamp post and when Eric was taking the old one apart, I asked told him to save the post because I had an idea.

It waited for a year-and-a-half for me to do something with it. (That's not so long, I have crib parts and doors that have been waiting for at least five years). So I took the post outside my shop and spray painted it white and then painted the red stripe and some green accents. Now, how to attach a ball on top, and a sign? The top of the post is threaded but I didn't use that.

 I found a piece of 2" x 4" lumber and drilled a hole through it that the top of the post would fit into.
 I painted that cross piece green and then cut out a smaller piece of wood to fit on top. I bought a huge gold sparkling plastic Christmas ornament to use as my ball on top of the post and it had a screwed on top, something like this:
 So I cut a hole in the wood and glued in the cap, upside down. This will allow me to screw the ball on top. I put a nail across the hanging loop to prevent the cap from coming out of the wood block, should the glue fail.
The next photos show the Top of wood piece, bottom of wood piece, and piece attached with screws to 2" x 4"
Then I painted a North Pole sign and attached it to the front edge of the 2" x 4" and screwed in the gold ball.

Once that was done, I screwed down a piece of plywood to the tree stump in the front yard of my shop. I used lag screws to attach the lamp post to the plywood.
And we just got our first snowfall!



Sunday, October 30, 2016

North Poles Again

For those of you who have been reading for awhile, you may remember the North Poles I made four years ago. I kept one for myself and sold the other three, one to Illinois, one to Virginia and the third one I sent to a Texas about six weeks ago. I have had many enquiries through Etsy even though I didn't have any listed for sale any more (the power of the internet!)

My husband really likes these North Poles and encouraged me to make some more, so I did make two. They really are quite a lot of work, painting the stripes, and also the sign itself and gluing on the bottom two squares and the ball on top.

I finished them two days ago and that very evening when I got back from the shop and checked my emails, I had an interested buyer in Florida. I listed the two on Etsy and she purchased one. Then today another person, who saw the Poles on Pinterest, contacted me through my Facebook page. So the second one is sold to New Jersey!

North Pole 
North Pole 

The finished height is 33" and the sign is 15" x 3 1/2". 

 I might need to make some more!

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Friday, October 28, 2016


Since I have a bicycle outside my shop, why not use it for a Hallowe'en decoration? Of course I just HAD to put a witch on that bike!

My daughter helped by painting purple stripes on the bottoms of an old pair of her jeans.

I cut the profile of a witch's face (actually from the Wizard of Oz) out of plywood and painted it green.

I stapled on an old witches hat (my daughter once used as part of a costume) and I cut another piece of plywood for the upper body and attached it to the head. Then I put an old shirt on the witch and stuffed that and the pants with old newspapers and grocery bags. In order to get her to stay on the bike, I screwed the body piece of wood to another piece that went across the shoulders and screwed on to my sign post. Then I added old shoes and gloves as well as a cape. These were all things I had already, so this didn't cost me anything to make.

witch outside shop 

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Hanging Skulls

I found some skull shapes at Instructables here and decided to cut some out to hang from my tree in front of my shop.

I made them smaller than the instructions and cut them out with my jigsaw, then painted them white.  The skulls ended up being 10 1/2" long by 7 1/2" wide. Just a little something extra to add to my decorations.


Skulls in tree 

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Sunday, October 16, 2016



I needed some decorations around my shop for Hallowe'en so I decided to make some wood pumpkins. With orange paint actually called "Orange You Happy," I painted a few 10' pieces of 1" x 4" spruce strapping. Then some of it was ripped into half to make some thinner boards, and all of it was sanded and then coated with either grey or brown stain. I curved the edges of some pieces with my jigsaw to make a pumpkin shape.

Each one is a bit different than the other, but they are 12"-20" high and 14"-18" wide. I alternated between the grey stained and brown stained pieces and attached them with my nail gun to a few cross pieces. At the bottom I sat a 2" x 4" and nailed that there to give a base to hold up the pumpkin. I used a scrap piece of old barnboard for the stem.


They all sit outside my shop when it's open.
shop front door Hallowe'en  
shop front Hallowe'en  

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