Monday, May 25, 2015

More Real Estate for the Squirrels & Birds

Living in a forest.... living in harmony with the little critters. We live in their neighbourhood and we try to be good neighbours. If we cut a tree we plant a tree. We have placed numerous feeders and houses around the yard. Various plantings of shrubs and flowers to attract more creatures. The sounds of birds and squirrels fill the air on most days. Very entertaining to watch them go about their day.

"A wise woman recoginzes when her life is out of balance and summons the courage to act to correct it, she knows the meaning of true generosity, happiness is the reward for a life lived in harmony, with courage and grace" - Suzie Orman

Recycled tin can lids hammered flat, make an original tin roof 
Feeder for birds and squirrels, mom keeps getting squirrels and birds under the glass on hers, so I lowered the glass to about 1/2" from the base. See if that fixes that issue
Feeder Version 2.0 complete
Found a great tree to hang the feeder. Perfect view from my shop windows, chipmunks were eating in it five minutes after we hung it
The chipmunks have been needing their own home in the backyard. There are about 25 chipmunks running around at any given time in the yard
The 4 story tower is really just for show, too low for any bird to move into but we did add floors in case a chipmunk needs a place for a night or two lol
Complete and ready to go outside
There is a stump below that we screwed the house to. The chipmunks beneath the stump in burrows. They zip up and around on the stump at 100 miles an hour. The baby 'munks are the cutest ever

Relax...Respect...Enjoy... Dorri

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Painted Paddles Project

One great thing about the Lakehouse is all the great space to hang art. Art and textiles I have created and art from others. Ashley's mother-in-law is a wonderful artist. We will be putting a large canvas of hers on the great room wall soon. A fabulous addition to our art collection. Check out Cindy Vincent online. She has such a great command of light. A wonderful woman to share my grandbaby Sawyer with. 

Another artist that I hope to have hanging on our walls someday is Cindy Revell. An amazing whimsical artist who I have know since my teenage years. Her work hangs in the Daffodil Gallery in Edmonton. 

Anyway, back to the paddles. In keeping with life at the lake I thought we should hang a paddle or two on the wall. High ceilings give us plenty of opportunity for statement pieces. I have a surfboard that I plan on mosaicing with stained glass. We will hang this from the great room ceiling 30 odd feet in the air someday. The paddles were really easy to paint. Just come up with an inspiring design, lightly sand the paddle and wash clean. I drew the pattern on the paddle and used painters tape on some of the lines. I sealed it with a couple coats of spray varnish. In keeping with the paddle/lake/native theme I added some feathers, leather and beads to the top part of the handle.

I used latex craft paint, the sealer will protect from chipping during cleaning
I planned the paint palette to match the sign and the stained glass in the doors 
Such a fun project, I want to paint some more. Maybe some Haida Gwaii west coast designs
Relax... Respect...Enjoy...a little art today... Dorri

Garage Bathroom Mirror

In keeping with Project UFOs I have finished the driftwood mirror for the garage half bathroom last week. My collection of driftwood came in very handy. Lazy summer days are filled with beach trips to collect wood. A nice way to spend an afternoon, sunning on the beach and a picnic with Perry. I incorporate driftwood into a variety of art projects. I love the natural smoothness of the wood. The sun bleached gray is one of of my favourite colors

Started with a wood frame with a routered edge for the mirror to sit upon. When I make another one of these I would suggest aging the wood frame first with steel wool and vinegar
I used a brad nailer to secure the driftwood to the frame
Like a puzzle, keep trying once piece after another until it speaks to you
Ready to put the mirror in 
In place in the bathroom, the perfect addition to this little room 
Can't hardly wait to build another one


Last week was fantastic! Nothing like accomplishing tasks to make a person feel so energized. My long list of UFOs was diminished greatly. The Fort St John Quilter's Guild that I used to belong to back in the day ran a yearly contest for the member who could finish the  most "Unfinished Objects". It was great fun. Most quilters and crafters already know that a lot of the fun in the project is in the beginning planning stages. Hence we all end up with boxes of items awaiting assembly. There is never any shortages of projects for a rainy day in our household. So between repairs and completion I had a great week in my workshop. I have these great work tables and now I can actually work on them without so much clutter. 
But first a hello from my little jelly bean Sawyer miss you peanut
After staining and varnishing the garage foyer I hung up the sign Ash and Dan gave us for Christmas 2014 don't you just love it
I repainted this little turtle Mama Violet gave me last fall when we helped them clean out their Candle cabin, he has a spot by the waterfall with his name on it 
We barn boarded the edges and legs of my gecko mosaic table, ready for the deck time to get out there and collect more boards for more projects
Added a little stain to the top corner round, rustic statement pieces just the way we like our furniture
The best stones come from BC. I try to get out there a couple times a year to collect 
Perry's project completed. A set of two flower pots for his mom for mother's day, just ready for staining
In between projects I have been working on stained glass for the shops, glass feather sun catchers 
This project wasn't completed, only begun, birdhouse wall hanging that was damaged in the move, so put that at the top of my 2nd UFO list for 2015
Birdhouse stained and hung, thank you sweetie
We actually had a skiff of snow last week if you can imagine. Mr Bunny heading over to the bunny feeder

Finally finished the mirror for the garage bathroom
Another squirrel and bird feeder, check out the recycled tin roof
A chipmunk feeder for the backyard...check

Relax... Respect... Enjoy...Life is so good, loving life with my first love....Dorri

Friday, May 8, 2015

ORANGE is My New Favourite Color

"50 shades of orange". Tangerine, pumpkin, tiger, cinnamon,melon, creamsicle, peach, pumpkin, persimmon, burnt orange, rust, bittersweet, papaya, apricot, carrot, coral, salmon, ginger, mango, titian,flame, curry, copper, auburn, autumn, butterscotch, cayenne, paprika, cheddar, chili, nutmeg, marmalade, terracotta and russet.

Orange is the color of saffron, carrots, pumpkins and apricots. It is between red and yellow on the spectrum of light and in the traditional color wheel used by painters. It's name is derived from the orange fruit. Orange is commonly associated with amusement, the unconventional, extroverts, fire, activity, danger, taste and aroma, the fall season, Protestantism, Buddhism, and Hinduism.  The word comes from the Old French orenge, from the old term for the fruit, pomme d'orenge.

The color orange is calling to me this year. Dorri Dorri Dorri. We plan on painting a couple of the walls in the condo rust moving towards a southwestern theme in there. (Sometime!!!) I have been scouring my cupboards and boxes at the Lakehouse for accessories and planning how we want it to look. Not surprisingly I am not discovering an over abundance of items. But it will be a great start.

I have a few orange Le Crueset pots, thats a start 
My Kitchen Aid appliances are white, royal blue and stainless...I would love to replace my white mixer with this bright orange one
A new orange soap dispenser Cusina Fruits & Passion smells yummy
An "orange" cutting board compliments of Momma Violet from a couple of Christmas's ago
Relax...Respect...Enjoy...and embrace a new bright color this year... Dorri

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Dining Room Buffet Nook

Last weekend at the lake we actually got a little work done. I finally chose a stain color for the nook in the dining room where the china cabinet will stand. Black... Benjamin Moore Arborcoat stain in semi-transparent. I love it. It was a little lighter than I wanted but I really like the way it looks. Some of the cabinets shelving has black beadboard backing. I thought this color might compliment that quite nicely.

I think I am avoiding the rock jobs and finding other easier ones to do. But the weather is starting to warm enough to begin installing rock again. Exterior and interior walls & fireplace.....4 scaffolds high. What can I say? I love rocks.

"Avoidance may seem like an easy way out of a dilemma at the time, but know that the issue will present itself again and again, until it is faced, dealt with and learnt from."

Painting above your head is never fun
Will anyone actually stand in here and even see the ceiling once the cabinet is in there??? No ... whaaat 
Ready for the satin finish varathane
Complete and ready for the trim boards to be nailed on 
Perry and I on the lake....lots of ice to melt before I can get out kayaking
Master bedroom bathroom coming along, the cedar smells amazing
West wall complete and waiting for trim around the shelves

Relax... Respect...Enjoy...Dorri