Crafts is sort of where I got my start in woodworking.
Last week I showed you a wood map of NS I did with a lighthouse painted on it. You can see that post here. This last weekend started out as a washout with an abundance of heavy rain. What’s a girl to do?? Paint of course.
We have been seeing a spike in inquiries regarding our wood maps of Nova Scotia from right here at home as well as across Canada. We attribute it to the recent events in our province and the outpouring of love for Nova Scotia that has followed.
One of Jims saw milling buddies makes wooden buoys and on a visit last year he brought one for me. Not long after, I decided it needed some paint, so out came the paint brushes and here it was after my first round of painting.
It was fine. It still looked kinda new and I wasn’t sure how it would take stain so thats how it stayed.
Unable to leave things alone, I decided to revisit the buoy. This time I decided to paint the whole thing. Before I could get to the fun stuff, I had to put a coat of white on.
Then I traced each side of the buoy onto white paper so I could map out what I wanted to paint. I planned on a continuous scene that would wrap all the way around. Talking to Jim, he mentioned how much he loved puffins. So…puffins it is.
I wasn’t sure if I could pull this off but what’s the worst that could happen. Its only paint.
Once I was satisfied with the pattern, I got out a piece of tracing paper and traced the pattern onto the buoy.
It took a few days to paint. I’m not sure where it will end up but here it is…
And a close up…
Wrapping around to the second side…
On to the third side…
Close up of the boat.
The fourth side is just water and sky with a few birds.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to lately.
Before I show you how we made this map, any guesses where it is? I’ll give you a hint. It’s on the east coast of the US.
This project has been in the works since early fall last year. First we had to source our materials. Of course wood is in abundance in the workshop, the metal we bought locally but the clock parts took a little longer to arrive.
It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to Christmas. Ha…is that cheesy or what? Just kidding anyhow, cause Christmas is my least favourite time of the year. However, I do like making things…and one can never have enough ornaments. Not the store bought kind, the homemade kind of course.
We were contacted by a customer wanting a sign with her house numbers. Not just a square sign but a round wood slice with the bark still intact. This is what we started with.
I’ve been browsing Pinterest again. I came across a drop cloth wreath, went to check out the tutorial, and went down a rabbit hole. Long story short… I decided I needed one of those in my life.
Over the holidays we had pretty Christmas placemats on the table and once they were put away the table looked a little bare. So the only practical thing to do was to make some. Now, I have never made placemats, but that never stopped me before. I have made table runners from drop cloths (CanadianTire.ca Bennett Canvas Drop Sheets #049-4818-8) so same steps apply, just a different size. I only have a few pieces of drop cloth left over from when I made drapes with painted stripes, and did a quick measurement to make sure there was enough. Eureka!
The week before Christmas we were asked by our neighbors to check on Jacob and Frank three different days. You know, to let them out to go potty and even try and get Jacob to burn off some energy. These are the same dogs we dog sit for now and again. We love any chance we get to see them. Jim calls Jacob my boyfriend cause I think I’m in love. That is especially funny since I am afraid of 99% of dogs. We have another neighbor that I wish I could visit but Jim visits alone because you guessed it…they have a dog.