Monday, November 26, 2012

Routed out Serving Tray

I decided to use some of my wood stock to make some trays. The first one I made is a routed out serving tray.


I started with a piece of birch that I planed down and cut to the size of 25" long x  7 1/2" wide x 13/16" thick:


For 3" at each end, on the underside of the piece, I routed out a depth of  5/16" using a bowl bit:


(This was cleaned up afterwards with a sander.)

Here you can see the profile of the tray from the side:


I then drew out a rectangle 17 1/4" x 6 1/2" that I would route out inside the tray on the top side:


I proceeded to route out  3/8" deep


Once it was routed out I sanded, sanded and sanded some more:


I coated the whole board with mineral oil, let that soak in and then coated it again:




This tray will be available for sale here at my blog or through my website
and also at the upcoming 
Witty Artisan Christmas Craft Show
on Dec. 2, 2012 at the Portage Restaurant in North Bay, ON

Sharing at the following blogs:


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Great View!

This is the view tonight out of my kitchen, dining room and living room windows:

Hard to beat! (Thanks for the great camera, Jon)



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rudolph Again

This is a link back to an old post, one of the first I wrote and maybe not seen by many.
I just put Rudolph up again on my barn door for Christmas this year.


Here's the link to the old post Rudolph Lives Here! which shows how I made it.



Three Mango Seeds



Monday, November 5, 2012

Wedding Signs

Isn't this just a beautiful photo!

Photo provided by Expressions Photography

I was contacted by a local bride-to-be after she saw an online ad for my wedding signs.  She had some ideas in mind and said there were signs she saw online elsewhere and that she would like some made similar to those.  Imagine my surprise when, of all the blogs and online creative people, she chose signs made by Gail at My Repurposed Life!   Not only are the bride and myself in Northern Ontario, but Gail is my online friend and lives a long way away in Kentucky.

I contacted Gail asking her if it was okay to copy her and she graciously said to go ahead and make them and then she even supplied me with the font name.  Gail is the absolute best, thanks Gail! xoxo

So, Sarah decided on the wording for her signs which I made out of old barn boards and hand painted.


She also wanted a Bride and Groom sign for the backs of their chairs:
Photo provided by Expressions Photography
Photo provided by the bride - thanks Sarah
Photo provided by the bride

I am so happy to work with brides, they appreciate having something made just as they have pictured in their minds.  Brides have been so friendly to me, I work through emails back and forth with them figuring out sizes, fonts, wood types, etc. and they always are happy to see their signs come to life.

I provided Sarah with a little extra sign and was surprised to see in the wedding photos that it had even appeared at the reception

Photo provided by Expressions Photography

Thanks so much to  Sarah (and Darryl) for choosing me to make these special signs for their big day and to Tanya and Sean at Expressions Photography in North Bay, ON for sharing these photos with me so that I could show them to my blog readers.

Perhaps I can make a sign for you?  See more wedding signs at my website here.


I was featured at this great site:




Showing my signs at these parties:
My Repurposed Life
House of Hepworths
Homespun Happenings
Funky Junk Interiors
Too Much Time on my Hands