Thursday, June 21, 2012

Happy Canada Day

I made a few things to celebrate Canada Day.  I love my country and our flag is beautiful in it's simplicity.

This is a flag I made over a year ago:

The Canadian flag is basically a design that is symmetrical and divided in halves and quarters.  By that I mean the height is twice the length and the two end 1/4's are red with the middle half white.

A picture is worth a thousand words:

Since I use a lot of pallet wood, I thought I would make a flag out of four pieces of pallet wood glued together side by side.  My wood is about 3 5/8" wide, so I cut the four pieces each to two times that (7 1/4") for the height. So the length ends up being about 14 1/2" in my case (4 x 3 5/8" and also 2 x 7 1/4").
Of course, this works for any size flag you want to make, just think of the 1/2's and 1/4's.

The leaf part I downloaded from a clip-art site and blew up to get the correct size for my flag.

I first painted the whole thing white and then sanded it and painted the red parts:

I also have painted a flag on some scrap beadboard:

And, I made some Canadian buntings after seeing the Union Jack buntings draped everywhere in photos of the celebrations for the 60th Anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.

They are cut out the same as my WELCOME buntings you can see here and painted similarly to my pallet flag.

This is my daughter, Laura, being my model, she helped string the pieces together:
Happy Canada Day (July 1st)

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Britain and Union Jack projects

My parents emigrated from Britain in the 1950s and my siblings and I were born here in Canada.  We all have a fondness for the U. K., perhaps because our family tree has been traced back through my father's line to the year 1530.  All generations before my father were born in Yorkshire, England which could also explain my fondness for Yorkshire puddings!

Over the next year, and starting today, England and her colonies (do they still call it that?) are celebrating the 60th anniversary of  Queen Elizabeth II's coronation.

My mother passed along these egg cups to me, they are from the Coronation on June 2, 1953:

I also have this beautiful plate which was given to me by one of my husband's aunts.  It is from the Coronation of Edward VII, who was the current queen's great-grandfather (I hope I have that right):

England will be in the news for the Coronation festivities and as well for this year's Summer Olympics which will be held in London.

Anyway, on that note I have made a couple projects with the Union Jack, and will be making more.

I have a basic flag sign, made out of pine and distressed, it is 20 5/8" x 10 1/4" x 1/2" thick:

My box is made from pine with the Union Jack on top, a distressed finish and LONDON and a crown hand painted on the front.  It is about 8" wide x 3 3/4" deep and 4 1/2" high:

These are offered for sale at my For Sale page

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