Sunday, May 29, 2016

Pine Framed Potato Sack

Yesterday I wrote about a burlap potato sack that I framed with barn board.  This is the second sack that I framed, and it is done in a different way.

I cut the sack smaller than the first which eliminated the weight and country.

First sack:                                                                 Second sack:



For this sack I used five pine boards which I stained after lightly distressing.  I used the same stained pine to make a mitred frame and then that sits on top of the pine boards.

This wall décor is smaller at 18 1/2" wide x 21" tall:



This gives a slightly different look from the first one.  Here are the two together: 



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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Barn Board Framed Potato Sack

I live in O'Leary which is the potato capital of Prince Edward Island.  It is home to the Canadian Potato Museum which has many displays and information about potato farming, a potato restaurant, and also has a giant potato outside.


Last fall at the potato museum, I bought two burlap potato sacks and used them this week to make two different framed pieces.

The first one uses some of the barn board that I used for a couple signs and blogged about here. I cut some boards to about 4" wide and made a rabbet in the back to hold the mdf board which the burlap is wrapped around. The corners are mitred and the board really has a lot of texture to it as you can see in the close-up photo.

This wall décor is quite large at 23" wide x 32" tall.




You can see the second framed sack at my next blog post here



Everything I make is available for sale in my shop, or online through my blog, website, facebook pages or email:

follow.your.heart@live.ca


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Island Shaped Reverse Cut-Out

I've been very busy in my shop and haven't had time for blogging.  It's hard to believe it's the end of May already. The tourists have not arrived yet, but I am still making things I hope they will like.

This is a very large reverse cut-out (is that a term?) of our island.  If you've been to Prince Edward Island you will probably know that it is a crescent shape which is used on many products and advertising.

I used 1" x 4" boards from the lumber store, glued together, cut out with a jigsaw and stained and distressed.



 This PEI wall hanging is 36" wide x 16" high. Here's a close-up:


Hope you like it!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Old Barn Board

I bought a stack of about island barn board that is about 100 years old, last fall.  The person I bought it from had taken it off an old barn nearby.  Some of it is 12" wide and many pieces still have nails in them.

Here's a sign I recently made and sold with a piece of that wood, it's about 23" x 9"



I made another one yesterday with the same wording and font, but of course every piece of wood is different, and this one is a big larger.

On another note, I received a lovely gift of flowers from my mother-in-law, congratulating me on the opening of my shop.  It was a nice surprise... thanks Thelma!







Monday, May 16, 2016

Face-to-Face Seahorses

I've been making quite a few signs that I hope visitors to our island will like.  This one is from a graphic that I got at The Graphics Fairy where there are thousands of free images for people like myself to use. (Thanks Karen!)

I glued together some pieces of wood side-by-side and cut in a shield shape.  Then I dry-brushed white paint over the front and turquoise on the side.  I hand painted the seahorse image as well as "Prince Edward Island."


This sign is 17" high x 13 3/4" wide.

I think I'll make another one similar, do you have any ideas on what colours I should use?


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Shop is Open and My First Walk-in Custom Order


My shop in O'Leary is now open and here are a few of the things I have for sale:



On Mother's Day in Prince Edward Island it is tradition to have lobster since May is the opening of the lobster fishery.  The day before Mother's Day the lady that lives next door to my shop brought me a fully cooked lobster!  (Isn't that the coolest thing?)  Here he is sitting on my shop counter:


I had my first walk-in order from Eileen, who lives in a small community nearby.  She wanted a sign to put in her garden and she likes barn board, script fonts and beach type décor, so this is what we came up with.


She just loves it, and I do too!



Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Chalkboard Shapes

I've been busy in my shop making an assortment of things.  Being in a farming community, I thought these chalkboards might sell.

Cow chalkboard 17" long x 12" high


Pig chalkboard 17" long x 11" high



Perfect for shopping lists or just use to put sayings on them, like "Have a Great Day!"




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