Friday, August 26, 2011

Canada Day... in August

A belated Canada Day display in my kitchen:  I made a flag yesterday with a piece of my recently acquired old fence board. I love how the old thickly painted boards leave blobs when you sand -- can't get that with new wood! I am usually only a fan of red if it's Canada Day (July 1st) or it's paired with turquoise (in my craft room), but I did have a few pieces on hand to put together with my flag. Our daughter loves the new blast of colour on the shelves.

 A pot from the deck came in for the photo. I was happy to find white marigolds but disappointed when they bloomed more yellow than white.

I copied a Canadian flag from the net, adjusted the size to fit the width of my fence board, and transferred the lines with graphite paper. I have found it transfers so well that I quit fooling around with pencil rubbing and the newspaper method. With the Michael's 40% coupon it worked out to just over $4 for a jumbo sheet that will last and last. I painted it with ancient scrapbook paper paint... cost: $0, finished size is 5.5"x8". I see I'll have to add another coat of red on the side stripes. The key was to my great-grandparent's home -- in the same city we live in today. 

Sweet peas, swan river daisies and a clearance HomeSense plate on a (gasp) plastic plate stand. 

 An antique recipe box that hubby gave me years ago and one of my Dad's toy trucks which must be about 75 years old. The little cardboardy wheels are still in good shape -- and so is he!!  :)

Ice Star shasta daisy, white cosmos, and sweet peas. You can never have too many thrift store milk glass vases (my husband would disagree). Max's dog treat canister from the craft room. He happily finished up the last three treats so that I could wash it. He is now overjoyed to have two treat vessels in the kitchen. You can never have too many of those either (in his opinion)!

Linking up to Funky Junk Donna's Saturday Night Special

Friday, August 12, 2011

New Kitchen Signage

It is August... time for my first post of the year. I wouldn't want to rush into anything. I had to share my Funky Junk Interiors inspired sign for Donna's Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Night Special.

I checked out Donna's ace tutorial, but left my sign white. I may get brave and try a base colour next time. I don't have a Silhouette (yet) or anything fancy. I just printed out my words and used the old stylus to trace around the letters. Next time I will try the newspaper under the paper trick. I used the font Korner Deli NF and love how it turned out. The boards came from my neighbour across the alley who was replacing her fence. Thanks Susan! I love the splits and nail holes. Dragging the two heavy sections of fence home was easier than convincing my husband that I needed the old wood.

This is where my sign actually resides. Looking out from the kitchen into the family room I like how it fills the empty space over the moulding.

My favourite thing about my new sign is the way the paint sanded off from the old boards. Heavy globs of paint made for cool white blotches on the black after sanding. Thanks Donna for the always inspiring funky and junky ideas.

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