Saturday, November 22, 2014

Moving Day 2

The first day of our move just happened to be our 10th anniversary ( I had to edit the date in my previous post because somehow I mixed up the days).
Anyway, who would have thought we would have been on our way to Prince Edward Island to live?  Certainly not either of us!

On Oct. 31st, which was also my daughter's 21st birthday, we woke up in Drummondville, Quebec, where we had taken a hotel room the night before. The three of us and three dogs set out after breakfast at a restaurant across the street from the hotel.

Our rides await in the hotel parking lot...


We made it to Fredricton, New Brunswick the second night and ordered Chinese food to our room.
The next day would be the day we reached Prince Edward Island.

We took the blue route shown here, just over 1000 miles!




To be continued...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Moving Day 1

We are already settled in our new home, but here are some photos from our move.

I sold my van in order to make the trip without having to return for it.  We rented a large UHaul truck as well as two trailers.  I pulled one trailer with our pickup truck and my husband pulled the other with the UHaul truck. We left on Wed. Oct. 29th  Thurs. Oct. 30th (I had to edit this)





The trailers and trucks were packed full.  We also had two Chihuahuas, who rode with Eric in the big truck, and my collie who rode with myself and my daughter, Laura, in the pickup.

I did not have room for all my wood supply and had to leave behind some, including most of my pallet wood and my pallet wood triangle which was the top of a treehouse I made many years ago.


Here's a before and after of my shop...


This photo was taken just as we were about to leave our driveway:

It was really tough to load and pack everything ourselves.  I must say it took a lot out of us and we were happy to be finally driving away.

To be continued...


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Packing up the truck

We got our truck and trailer yesterday, my husband will drive it and I will follow with our pickup truck.

We packed some yesterday, and today we try and squeeze all my shop tools inside!




Thursday, October 23, 2014

The final creation to come out of my shop before I move

I started a special piece before our house sold.  I had wanted to do something that would be representative of where we were moving to. Prince Edward Island has at least 50 lighthouses, so I thought I would paint one on pallet wood.

I used a photo that I took when we went there last year, and also looked online for more photos of West Point Lighthouse.  The black and white stripes are what make it stand out and recognizable.

Being the precise, mathematical fool that I am, I measured the photos I had and figured out the ratio between the width of the black stripes compared to the white stripes.  I cut my pallet wood with that ratio, so the white striped pieces are wider than the black ones (except at the bottom).


I used a dry brush technique after drawing out the design on the wood.


I also used pallet wood for the frame. This piece is 13 1/2" wide x 27 1/2" tall.



Here's a photo I took in 2013, of my daughter Laura, husband Eric and dog Cisco at the West Point lighthouse:




Although we were not initially looking in the area, it turned out that we bought a house in a town only 20 min. drive from the West Point lighthouse!  Coincidence?


Linking up at the following parties:
My Repurposed Life
too much time on my hands
Funky Junk Interiors

Monday, October 20, 2014

Things I'll miss about my home

I am in the middle of major packing.  I just have TOO much stuff.  For some reason I have found it hard to give away or sell most of my children's games and toys.  Too much sentimental attachment!

Actually there is not much in the house, we live without a lot of extra decor and "things," but my workshop is just so packed with pieces of wood and things I just might use someday.
Sorting through all that has been... fun.

Anyway, just a quick post to show some of the things I will miss about living here.

We live on a lake, about 1000' feet from the shore.  To get there we take either the forest path or the field path.  Both are beautiful:



This photo below shows only about 100' of the width of our property, it is 300' wide total and the forest trail is on the right side of the field trail.
Once we get down to the water, it's very peaceful...




And in the evening, often beautiful sunsets...



I will try and post more soon before I go. I am sorry that I haven't been posting much, but I will show photos of my new house and the things I am up to there.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

SOLD and moving!

Our house has sold, it had been listed since March and we were worried that it would never happen!

We got a new agent at the end of Sept. on a Friday and an offer was signed on Sunday.  On Tuesday we left for beautiful Prince Edward Island to find a home.

This is our new home, it's a farmhouse style, in a small town and all completely finished inside and with a new kitchen. It will be a change for us, since we now live on 7.9 acres in the country on a lake.



There is no garage nor workshop, so we hope to start building in the spring.  I won't have any place at all to do woodworking (there is not even a basement) so maybe I'll have to get out the watercolours and do some painting instead.  I also desperately need to redo my website, so that is the plan for the winter.

I do hope to keep posting on some of the things I've made but haven't had time to get here on the blog.


Friday, October 3, 2014

Remembering My Father



Missing my father, a quiet, loving man who was so proud of his children and grandchildren. Born in Poona, India in 1921, he passed away 10 years ago today in Waterdown, ON.