Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Potato Blossom Festival

This week is Potato Blossom Festival week.  The fields around O'Leary are full of rows and rows of potatoes in blossom.  Did you know some blossoms are white, some are pink, some are even blue!

Two weeks before the festival week, the town puts up colourful buntings (or pennants) along Main St.



I made some large pennants out of wood and strung them up outside my store to add to the festivities.


The parade will come right past both my house (which is just around the corner) and my shop which is right on Main St. This year I'll watch the parade from the front porch.

Last year my husband drove a friend's tractor in the parade:

There are a lot of tourists in town, some people spend their summers here.  These were two of my little visitors last week, they are from Pennsylvania:








I am keeping busy with orders in the shop, will try and post some more creations if I can find the time.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

New Beach Style Mirror


This is a new mirror I made this past week.


Some of you may remember the mirror I made a few years ago out of barnboard.


I actually still have it, hanging in my new shop.  A customer suggested I make one out of painted wood like my counter, which everyone gives me compliments on.

I thought it was a great idea!

This measures 24" wide x 30" tall.  The mirror is 9" square and there is a small shelf across the bottom.  Available in my shop.







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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Adding a Level to a Trophy

I suppose word is getting out in my small town that I am a woodworker.  I had the most interesting job brought to me a few weeks ago. Before I get to that, some background information first.

 We have many farmers in the area that farm potatoes.  Prince Edward Island potatoes are known to be some of the best in the world!  And our town holds a Potato Festival which includes an award for the "Potato Producer of the Year."



Along with the award goes a trophy that has been given out since 1989!



And the trophy has run out of space for the name plaques that state the winner each year!  So, I was honoured to be asked to make another level, or base to the trophy.

The trophy is made of ash and the committee wanted the new base to match the wood as well as the angled sides of the original trophy.

I finished it the other day and here it is.  I hope to be at the festival dinner when the trophy is presented to the farmer for this year.  It will be fun to see it there!



You just never know who will walk in to the shop and what they might want me to make.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fish Hanging on a Name Sign

I have been very, very busy in my shop and without time to blog.  I have made quite a few sales, thanks to the people of my town of O'Leary, and to a few island brides-to-be.

This is something I whipped up after seeing some hanging fish on another cool blog called Scavenger Chic .  I decided to hang mine from a sign with a last name on it so that it could be on the front of a house.



The second one is with a wood stained name piece, I didn't paint the McMaster name, it's just superimposed on there with the magic of computers.



Many people here don't have their number on the front of their house, so maybe this will generate some sales?






Can I make one for you?  Contact me here at:  follow.your.heart@live.ca


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Featured!


Today while reading another blog I was surprised to see my own photo there, as a featured blogger!



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Much appreciated, and now I better get back to work!




Friday, June 3, 2016

Window Coffee Table

I was contacted by someone locally who had a window that she wanted made in to a coffee table.  Could I do that?  Of course!

The window was brought in and I worked directly from it for measurements. The customer wanted it made out of pine and the height to be about 18" with the window on top.

The four legs are just over 1 1/2" square and I used my router to make mortises on the top for the aprons to fit into.



The side and end aprons have the corresponding tenons on the end, which I did with my table saw:


Every piece is sanded smooth before assembly.

I glue the tenons in to the mortise in pairs, so I have two ends that look like this one:


Then I glue in the side two aprons and the two lower rail pieces that will hold the bottom shelf:


The pieces that make up the shelf are screwed into the bottom rail and I added two figure 8 connectors on opposite sides (they are screwed to the top of the apron from above and then screwed into the window from below):




My customer wanted to paint the table herself, so it is left as unpainted pine.The window then sits on top:



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Thursday, June 2, 2016

New Display at the Front of the Shop






Now that the weather is nicer I have improved the area at the front of my shop.

I bought an old bicycle which I spray painted red, and painted everything, the seat, the tires, the basket, everything!


Then I used old pallet wood to make a flower box to fit in the basket.










 I also have a new number sign under the light by the door.


And I needed a two-sided sign for outside, so I made one and attached it to a post that sits off the edge of the deck that runs across the front of the shop.



This is a wood spinner, or whirlygig that I hang off my sign to attract the attention of passersby! I made it myself with thin strips of wood.



I'm not sure if any of you noticed, but the wood screen door that I repaired and blogged about before here is not in any of the photos.  That's because it blew open a few weeks ago and broke.  Now I need to fix it again!


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