Friday, December 19, 2014

Decorated Farmhouse Staircase

Our new-to-us farmhouse has a lovely staircase, with a huge newel post.  I love the old woodwork, even though it's been painted in a cream colour by a previous owner.

We decided to put a garland on the staircase, but along the bottom, not the top as is usually done.  We felt it looked better running along the bottom portion because the top rail runs right up against the ceiling, and also because the garland we had wasn't long enough to go along the top rail.


As you can see, the stairs don't go up from the door, they go up in reverse (there must be a technical term for that).  This did not leave us much room to get furniture upstairs.  You can read our exploits in that respect, in a future post!

Isn't the post marvellous?  The bottom square is 6 1/4" x 6 1/4"




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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Tree that's not a Tree

Having just recently moved to Prince Edward Island and still trying to get things unpacked, we decided to forego a real tree this year.

And since there was a large hook in the ceiling just above our lovely bay window, I took a strand of fake garland that already had white lights on it and just hooked the middle of it to the ceiling.  Then I took another strand of garland and zigzagged it between the sides of the first piece.  Add a few coloured lights to the middle garland, and a few small ornaments and one big red bow and ta da...



That's it for this year.  Next year I hope to get a real tree and put out all our ornaments that I've saved over the years.

I hope you will all stick with me in the new year as I show more of our lovely PEI farmhouse and what we are doing to make it our own.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sign for our Real Estate Agent

We had a wonderful real estate agent.  He showed us houses all over Prince Edward Island, without hesitation.  We had no idea where to buy, so we looked at a lot of different communities before we chose O'Leary.

Our agent, Omid Talebi, is of the Baha'i faith and sends out his emails with a quote at the bottom, after his name.  Since he uses this regularly in correspondence, I felt the words must be significant to him, so as a thank you I made him a sign with this quote painted on it. It's made on old barn board, the edges are painted white along with the lettering. I made it before I left Ontario.


Unity Sign: 11 1/2" high x 19" long
Thanks again, Omid!

I enjoy making personal gifts like this, they always seem to be appreciated.


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Visiting the Lighthouse

One of our first short drives on the island was a trip to the West Point Lighthouse.  This is the one I painted on pallet wood, before I left Ontario for Prince Edward Island. I blogged about it HERE

It was a cool day, only a 20 minute drive from our place and not open right now, so the parking lot was empty and the doors closed up and no one else around.


Here again is the piece I made:

West Point sits in the Northumberland Strait, across from New Brunswick. I've put a red arrow to point it out, on the left (west) side.  We are in O'Leary, in a north east direction from West Point.
NOTE: the scale of the map, PEI is very small!



The view from the boardwalk that runs along beside the light house is fabulous.



So, when are YOU going to visit Prince Edward Island?




Monday, December 1, 2014

Moving Day 3 - Arriving on Prince Edward Island

This has taken me so long to post, I am still unpacking and deciding what goes where and what to paint, but here is the arrival day post.

On the third day, Nov.1, we left New Brunswick and headed for Prince Edward Island, excited to get to our new home.
Being an island, obviously, it's not connected to the mainland, but there is a long, long bridge that takes you from New Brunswick to PEI. It's called the Confederation Bridge and spans the 8 miles across the Northumberland Strait.



It takes about 20 minutes to travel across. Here's a photo taken by my daughter as we followed my husband pulling the trailer and just getting to the island.



Finally on Prince Edward Island soil!  (I was cheering at this point)



I think it took about 45 minutes of driving to get to the town we bought our house in, O'Leary.

As you can see by the sign, O'Leary is famous for it's potatoes.  The town is surrounded by huge fields, and the whole island is known for the potatoes it produces.


We pulled in our driveway and took a quick look inside because we had to go out to a storage unit that we rented to hold all the things that came out of my woodworking shop, as well as quite a few garage type items that my husband has. 

I wish now that I had taken photos of all the empty rooms, but we just didn't have time.  Here I am inside the moving truck and standing on my table saw (!) to get some things out and into the storage unit.

Did I mention that by this time it was cold and raining?  When we finished doing that it was dark and we were soaked and tired and stopped at a small restaurant for supper in our new town.

We slept the first night on our mattress on the floor in the dining room.  Laura slept in a sleeping bag in her new room.  

At the point of writing this, we've been in PEI for a whole month and have enjoyed every day!






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...