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

9 comments :

  1. Oh my word I LOVE that flag! You are so right, you won't get that texture with new wood. It looks 100 years old!

    Cheers to another fellow Canadian! :)

    Donna

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  2. Come see the Canadian Winnie the Pooh!

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  3. Love the Canadiana. A Canadian Flag is on my list of things I definitely want to do. I just love how old and worn yours looks.

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  4. I am totally ripping off this idea, love it. I am a new follower.

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  5. Beautiful, beautiful! I super love your old window wall hanging as well!

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  6. You have so many lovely things on these shelves .. I love the little cockerel, the milk glass vase, the recipe box, and practically everything else.
    You did a great job on the flag .. its great !

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  7. Love this adorable display. The Canadian flag is so beautiful & I LOVE red. Great job. {And I enjoyed the "Help Wanted" sign. Amen! Thanks for dropping by & leaving a sweet comment on my blog, BTW.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  8. Your display is great! Love the flag you made!

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  9. I also love your Canadian flag and the sweet vintage red and white theme you have in your kitchen. It looks great! Blessings, Pamela

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