Thursday, August 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Jay Turvey


Today, Aug. 30th, is my high school friend Jay Turvey's birthday.
Happy Birthday Jay!

Julie and Jay

I usually write about my woodworking and take the occasional chance to talk about something else.  Well today is one of those days when I just felt I must talk about my trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, where I saw my friend on stage in the musical "Ragtime."

Jay has been an actor since high school and has appeared on stage in Toronto productions of many big musicals including Cats, The Lion King, and Les Miserables.  He acts, sings, directs and even writes musicals!

My husband, daughter, mother, brother and sister-in-law took a trip at the end of June to see two plays at the Shaw Festival in pretty Niagara-on-the Lake, just down the river from Niagara Falls. 

We stayed one night at the lovely Prince of Wales hotel.


There are always horses lined up outside waiting to take you on a tour through this beautiful small town.


Jay Turvey stars as Tateh in "Ragtime" (based on the novel by E. L. Doctorow), and does such a fabulous job!  One review I read said that he "was born to play the role."  We enjoyed it so much!

Eden Kennedy and Jay Turvey in Ragtime (photo credit: David Cooper)

The other play we saw was "Trouble in Tahiti," written by Leonard Bernstein and directed by Jay.  It was wonderful as well and Jay also had a small part.


 from Trouble in Tahiti, photo by David Cooper


We had such a good time, seeing Jay before and after both musicals. Having a chance to discuss the plays, as well as acting and directing, added so much to the performances.

I must say I was teary-eyed watching my friend sing, dance and act on a big stage... I felt so proud of him for all he has accomplished over the years.

We are going back again next year for sure, can't wait!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Teapot Sign and Chalkboards

While I was making my watering can shapes for signs and chalkboards I also cut out some tea pot shapes.

This teapot was cut out of plywood and then I put a coat of shellac on it.  When that dried I dabbed some vaseline here and there so that the paint wouldn't stick in all areas.I brushed white paint all over and when that dried I wiped off the vaseline.  Then I hand painted Tea Time on the pot and glued on a little teacup graphic from the Graphics Fairy.  I even got the shape of the teapot from that great site.


For my chalkboards, I cut the shapes out of pine because it leaves a nicer surface than plywood.
This one is done the same procedure as the teapot sign above, except there is a rectangle painted in the middle with chalkboard paint.  I drilled a hole in the top to hold the stick of chalk.

For the second teapot, I painted it without putting vaseline on first, and got a smooth white coating of paint. I   added some grey accents to define the handle, lid and spot and glued on a small rose graphic, again from the Graphics Fairy



Around the "lid" area I hand painted on a small rose design.



I hope this gives some of you some ideas!


Everything I make is for sale... please check my For Sale page or my etsy page.


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Monday, August 20, 2012

Watering Can Chalkboards

 After making my watering can sign which I posted about previously, I thought of using the same shape for a chalkboard.


So... I cut a few out of pine and then cut a few teapot shaped ones as well. 
I put a coat of shellac over them which stops knots from showing through.



One is painted silver, although you can't really tell in the photo below, it is a shiny metallic paint:



The other one I dabbed with vaseline (but not in the center area where the chalkboard paint would go) and then painted it white and rubbed off the vaseline after the paint dried.
I drilled a hole in the top to hold chalk and put a sawtooth hanger on the back.

15 3/4" wide x 11 3/4" high


I'll show the teapots in another post here.


Everything I make is for sale... please check my For Sale page here, or my etsy page.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sandwich Board for the FARM

I have some of my things for sale at a great little store in downtown North Bay, Ontario called The FARM.
FARM stands for Fashion Art Retail Market and has things for sale by creative people, most whom are local.  This includes jewellery, soap, photos, clothing, bags and, of course, my wood signs!

The owner Katie, who sews beautiful garments, asked if I could make her a sandwich board to sit on the sidewalk outside her shop... of course I said YES!


Here it is in use in front of the store (thanks to Liz Lott for the photo)






The sandwich board was to be about 2' wide x under 4' tall and needed to have two sides with a chalk board on each side that Katie could write on.  Since she likes my pallet wood signs, she wanted the frame made from pallet wood.

This is how the frame would look, I'll show it first and then explain the making of it:
At the top, the cross piece will run right across and join the side legs in a half lap joint.
For the half lap, half of the wood is taken from each piece so that they, together make one thickness. To do this I use my table saw and dado blades.  
Dado blades take the place of one saw blade and allow more wood to be taken in one pass of the blade.  I set mine to about 3/4" wide and then run across the blade a few times to get the width I need off the wood.  The blades are set at a height that will take off half the thickness of the wood.
This is what each piece looks like with the half lap made:
You can see here how the corner comes together when both pieces have half of their thickness removed:
and this is the corner put together:
For the bottom crosspiece, the vertical piece is the same but the leg will have half it's thickness removed about 2/3rds of the way down the leg and not at the end of the leg:
Here it is put together, showing the back side:

and from the front:

To keep the frame together I use exterior wood glue and strong clamps to hold it for about an hour.

I use hardboard for the chalk board portion and paint it two coats of chalk board paint.  I painted the logo of the FARM on the top, right on the black paint.



The hardboard was cut 3/4" wider and taller than the space between the frame, so to get the chalk board to fit behind the frame, I routed out about 3/8" wide and the depth of the hardboard. The board then sits in this opening:
                               

This frame will be dry-brushed with white paint.  The raw wood is quite light and I stain it darker with my steel wool in vinegar stain so that where the white paint doesn't cover, you see a medium colour of wood.

Raw Wood

Stained Wood



The white paint is dry-brushed over the whole frame. 



 Of course, there are TWO frames, so that they can sit back to back and make the sandwich board:




The chalkboard is tacked on the back into the groove previously made:

I put two hinges at the top of the sandwich board joining the two frames:


Katie, the store owner said she "loved it" so...
another satisfied customer!







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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Making a Side Table my Own Way - Part 4 - Compass Table

Since the set up for making something from scratch is so much work, from planing the wood to setting the mitre saw on an angle to setting the router for cutting a groove.. why not make more than one table?

Besides, I had the extra legs.



I decided to make a compass table top for my second round table:

My first round table had a clock face, you can see it here  



There are so many bloggers with good ideas and I was inspired by Beth at the blog Make Me Pretty Again who made this great table:

Inspiration photo from Make Me Pretty Again
Here's another great table with a compass on top... I love the map drawer.  It's from Nan at the blog sea rose cottage



I made my own circular top by gluing together pieces of scrap pine.  If you make the edges nice and even, you can easily glue pieces side by side, there is no need for screws and ugly screw holes like you get with pocket screws.  Using good quality clamps helps:

I really enjoy making circles with my router.  You can really make any size and I explained how I did it in an earlier post when making my clock face here

The rest of the triangular table build was explained in Part 1 and Part 2 a few days ago.

For this table I painted the legs, base and top with Chalk Paint in the colour "Provence."  I really wasn't sure if I could use basic acrylic craft paint over the chalk paint so I emailed Tricia, a blogger at The Purple Painted Lady  who sells Annie Sloan chalk paint. I did not know Tricia, but sent her an email and asked her opinion and she was kind enough to quickly reply that it would be okay to paint over the chalk paint.  She added to wax after adding the craft paint.  It's so nice to have bloggers helping others like that, thanks Tricia!

I looked online to see how compasses were drawn and using my math skills and a protractor, came up with a design similar to Beths but different. I drew it on with pencil and then painted it by hand.


I sanded the top just a little to distress it and make it appear a bit older and then waxed it all.


Thanks again to Beth, Nan and Tricia and all the bloggers out there that share their ideas and techniques with others.
For this post I was featured at:
Primitive and Proper Beyond The Picket Fence



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Under the Table and Dreaming                Between Naps on the Porch
Coastal Charm                                       Knick of Time Interiors
Cowgirl Up                                            Elizabeth & Co.    
Savvy Southern Style                             Beyond the Picket Fence
Be Colorful                                            Primitive & Proper
House of Hepworths                              No Minimalist Here
aka design                                              Jennifer Rizzo