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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Having a quiet month!!

The month of March was very quiet as regards "thrifting" and "creating", so this is going to be a very short post.  I need to find a few small wooden items (e.g. tables) to paint and re-purpose.  Donations are always welcome, LOL  It's hard to find items like this as I don't drive.

I found this gorgeous frame and found that it matched a few others I have in my apartment which contain lovely crow pictures painted by my dear friend Laurie, so rather than recycle it, I mentioned to Laurie how great it would look with another of her crows in it.  Of course, she was kind enough to whip one up for me and here they are, one without a painting and the other with.




 Aren't they gorgeous???  Thanks so much Laurie.

This is a piece I did myself of a crow on burlap in a shabby chic frame - it's in my Boutique, for sale.


I picked up this shelf and painted it black, an easy fix....




It's now in my Boutique for sale. 

I decided to turn all my jewelry into grab bags in the hope that I could finally sell it all.  It has been a few years since I did all the craft shows where things like this sold very well, but now not so much.  In each bag I have a minimum of seven items which I am selling for $5 a bag.  They are now in my Boutique for sale and also in my local grocery store, City Meat Market and they have been doing very well there.  They are so good to me.  They also are a great little family grocery store which sells locally grown produce as well as organic meat, etc.



I worked on this delightful mailbox. It needed a new coat of paint, another easy fix.



I bought this old wagon, I think it was one of the original 'Little Red Wagons'.  It certainly has taken a beating over the years but it is still in very good condition and strong....



And that's about it.  At the moment I am working on a little table/plant stand, whatever, it can be used for either and am filling holes in the top and sanding it.  When that is done, I will decide what colour I will paint it and whether I will shabby chic it.....


As usual, I am leaving you with a couple of photos of my darling grandkids whom I hope to go and visit in a few weeks, now that the snow is beginning to go away, although someone told me today that it is supposed to snow again either tomorrow or Saturday, enough already!!!! LOL

Katherine, the birthday girl, just turned two....


 Big brother Rhys, mischievous as usual...


 Birthday girl opening presents from Grandma (me)....




 And, darling Rhys again - can't wait to see these darlings......


Well folks, I hope that wherever you are, you are well and happy.  Until the next time, take care of yourselves.

Hugs, 

73 comments:

syros2js said...

WOW!
EVERYTHING IS SIMPLY AMAZING!
I enjoyed reading your post!
==Happy birthday to Katherine!==
Good night, sweetheart!

Raggedy Creations said...

I really like that wagon, how neat to find it.

Felicia

Helena (Gvendalen) said...

Happy birthday to Katherine!
Helena x

Marie-Louise said...

They are all gorgeous Chris. I just love the pictures and that superb shelf and oh gosh the mailbox is brilliant - I just want all of these things including the crow on burlap. Maybe it is a good thing that I live so far away.

Birgit said...

I love that you painted the country box in black. It looks great as do the other items. Can't wait to see what you do with the red wagon:) A happy Birthday to your little grand daughter.

Beth said...

Your grandchildren are so precious!!

doodles n daydreams said...

Lovely photo's of the grandkids, Rhys looks like a real little boy, mischievous and fun. And Katherine is just gorgeous.
What a great idea to do the jewellery in grab bags - I hope it all sold for you. You are a talented lady with all that you do.

Diana

Sweet Tea said...

Sweet, lovely grandkids. Great that you'll get to visit them soon...Fun to see all your "finds", before & after.

Wanda said...

Chris ~ Thanks for stopping by my blog this evening. I was just getting ready to turn off the computer when I saw your comment. We have that common friend Laurie. Love her and her paintings.

I can see we both enjoy retirement. I do love watercolors and the work Laurie does. I do some watercolor myself.

Also have grandchildren and great grandchildren I adore.

I'll be back to see all your creative make overs.

Sending Hugs and smiles.

NanaDiana said...

Nice to see you here, Chris. It looks like you have nice things going in the shop there. Your grands are very cut, too...and happy birthday to your sweet girl.

I bet you are going to sorely miss Laurie! xxo Diana

Chookyblue...... said...

loving the wagon..............

Slamdunk said...

I like that frame as well.

Happy belated birthday to your birthday girl! Always a joy to see those smiling kid faces.

Jackie said...

Oh wow, you are such a busy lady. You do a fantastic job of recycling old stuff, they are all great.
Lovely phtographs of your grandchildren :o)
Jackie xx

Hazel said...

Chris, you have found some more supper pieces and up cycled them beautifully. You are one clever lady being able to turn these unwanted pieces into wanted pieces!!! Hers hoping you don't get that snow. Hazel x

Carole Z said...

HI Chris, I really enjoyed your blog post: as always some lovely goodies here, I love the way you alter these pieces. I have on my list to totally re-kit my little art room, which is a summerhouse in the garden, so I am also on the look out for old bits of furniture/storage to alter..good fun! I really love crows in art, so I was immediately drawn to both those pieces..fabulous! Super photos of your grandchildren too! Hugs Carole Z X

Wendy L said...

Gorgeous pics of the kids, dont ya just love em,
Great creations too. Love the idea of your grab bags, may have to use that one,
Thanks
xxx

Tinkertaylor said...

Wish I lived nearer that wagon is adorable

Elizabethd said...

Thank you for visiting me in UK! I was interested to see that you are originally from Wales. My daughter lives in BC with my grandson, and we used to visit so often. Canada is such a beautiful country.

Crafts-by-Alison.blogspot.com said...

Love coming over to your blog to see your wonderful recycled goodies they are beautiful, love that wagon. Love Alison xx

cottonreel said...

Just read your blog . Thank you for passing my way
I love your painted furniture . My son painted my kitchen dresser French grey using chalk paint and then wax. It loos green to me but !!!!
Happy times with the grand children . I have 6 great grandchildren , shhhh ,
I'm off now , looking where to follow you , I look forward to you visiting again

Hanny said...

Wow, you have been a busy lady! What fun to see these transformations, you did well. I just love the mailbox, never seen one before like this. As always, the pictures of your grandchildren are cute, lovely children and I can imagen you're looking forward to see them.
Have a nice weekend, hugs from the Netherlands,liefs Hanny♥
http://tierelantijntjes.blogspot.nl

Wendy said...

Lovely things on your post Chris and great photo's! You're so creative!
Hugs, Wendy

Mereknits said...

My goodness both you and your friend are so talented. I love the wagon!! I would have bought it in a second. Your grandchildren are growing up, I can see the difference in them, maturing.
Hugs to you,
Meredith

Linda said...

What great finds! The crow picture is gorgeous and I love the wagon - just as it is!!
The grandkids are ADORABLE!!

Montanagirl said...

A great post! I really like seeing what you're up to. And your grandkids are adorable!

Jez said...

It's a while since I've visited, Chris, don't know how that happened. Everything you have created is so desirable, and so sympathetically done.
I think the apple shelving is my favourite, but your idea of merging your crow painting over the existing picture works so well.

oldpunca said...

Wonderful post, dear Chris :-) I'm waiting each month to hear from you. You did great work during the month. Lovely photos from your darlings :-)
I'm sending warm spring greatings from the other part of the world :-)
Sonja

Roselle said...

Hello Chris: Saw your are a new follower on my blog. I am now following you back.
Just gorgeous creations! Inspriring! Have a great weekend!
Roselle

lynn said...

oh, the wagon is just fabulous, chris:) and i love your crow creation, too! darling g-kids--you are blessed:)

Laurie M said...

beautiful as always and that grandson of yours is a little monkey!! Beautiful Katherine,

Leslie Harris said...

You've got the cutest grandkids. And I loved your wagon, what a find. I don't see those much around here. Maybe they get picked up quickly.

Chris H said...

Thank you for visiting my blog... you certainly keep yourself busy!
I love all your projects.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

My goodness you are a busy woman! Thank you for stopping by. I must be a little difficult not being able to drive. Sweet grandbabies!! :)
Mona

Jans Funny Farm said...

Good morning, Chris. It was sweet of you to stop by our blog and introduce yourself. We love making new friends.

You are evidently handy to have around, full of ideas and crafty. Jan is a bit on the klutzy side to do crafts and projects, but we all enjoy seeing what others can do.

Have a great weekend.

Piece by Piece said...

So pleased you stopped by my blog, please visit often.
Yes, out backgrounds are quite similar aren't they.
Love your crafty pieces and projects. There are so many talented people out there.
As you have noticed from my blog, I do mostly quilting, projects ranging from bed quilts to small wall hangings. I like making quilts from the traditional patterns, however, find the need to use my creative streak to design wall hangings.
Yesterday, we had rain, which melted most of the remaining patches of snow...it can't go too soon for me, tired of all the white stuff.
Looking forward to your visits.
Patricia

Jackie said...

I can see why you're loving retirement! Busy busy busy. I love the little red wagon.

Jeanie said...

I admire your talent for bringing new life to the interesting things you find....and you can make jewelry too. You are a very talented lady.
Your grandchildren are so cute. I know you will enjoy a visit with them.

Aunt Pitty Pat's Fun said...

Thank you so much for dropping by Pins and Needles. I look forward to knowing you and to seeing all your fantastic things here on your blog. Have a fantastic day :O)

Mary Pernula said...

Hello my new blog friend, stopped by to say hi and to say yes I will follow you, happy hunting for treasures. Mary

Rachel Green said...

What a supr blog. Thanks for the friendship :)

Is There Anybody Out There? said...

HI CHRIS......YOU READ MY LATEST POST BACK IN DECEMBER 2013, AND RIGHT AFTER THAT, MY COMPUTER CRASHED. I REPLACED IT, BUT ONLY LAST NIGHT DID I GET HELP FROM MY SON ON GETTING ACCESS TO THE VARIOUS BLOGS, AND, THE ABILITY TO DO NEW POSTS. I AM DUMB WHEN IT COMES TO INTERNET/COMPUTERS/TWEETS AND ALL THAT STUFF. I WILL WATCH YOUR POSTS. TAKE CARE! TOM

Elephant's Child said...

You are talented. Love those crows too - I am bird obsessed. Thanks for visiting me today.

River said...

Thanks for dropping in on my blog. I like the frame and picture behind the crow although I also like the crow. I LOVE that apple shelf painted black, it's quite stunning.

Haddock said...

That shelf in black is really pretty.

Maggie May said...

Oh, you are very talented with your arts and crafts. I did enjoy looking at those things and seeing the artwork.
Thanks for coming over to my blog. I shall be coming back!
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Lovely to 'meet' you Chris and I see that we share an interest in pre-loved items, finding new uses and life for them! I look forward to seeing more of your creativity and welcome your visits to see my TAKES on life. YAM xx

Joanne Noragon said...

Hello, Chris, and thanks for stopping by. I join with my friends above admiring your work and your creativity. I am out of very young grands for the time beings; it's nice to see their little faces.

Cloudia said...

What lovely work you do.

Happy Birthday, little K ♥

Aloha

Ina R. said...

You are such a crafty lady, love the black shelf and your new pictures!

Have a good start into the new week! :)

My Garden Diaries said...

Your grandkids are adorable!!! And all of your pieces that you found are fantastic!!! Let me just tell you that I would love that wagon for my garden!!! It is so very cool!! I am so thrilled you found my blog so that I can journey along with you!!! A wonderful week to you!!! Nicole xoxo

diane b said...

You have an interesting hobby there. I wish you well with your business too.

Anni said...

Hi Chris....I'm so happy to meet you. You left me a very kind comment on my bird photo blog and I'd like to invite you to visit my personal blog someday.

I'm getting ready to head out the door for a short trip to the Rio Grande Valley and do a little bit of birding for a few days. So, I won't be able to visit for a while.

Your handiwork and craft work shows a lot of beauty and love of the artful in you. Well done!!

And your grandkids are adorable. My grandsons are grown up...one in his 20s and the other just turned 18.

Have a terrific week ahead, and I'll see you when I get back.

Here's my personal blog addy:

http://hootin--anni.blogspot.com

Linda O'Connell said...

Hi Chris, thank you for stopping by my blog. I am pleased to now be one of your followers. I am amazed at the beautiful pieces in this post, especially those grand babies. You are quite a talented upcycler. My friend repurposes, and does shabby chic. I am amazed at the trash at the curb she finds and turns into treasure.

Jane and Chris said...

Hi *waves*!
Another ex Brit here!
I'm looking forward to learning all about you.Do you still have an accent? We've been here for 24 yrs and I still sound very English!
Jane x

Victoria said...

Wow, such a super beautiful post full of your creative talent and treasures..gorgeous works..love your crow, so dazzling and magical..love everything! The children are so sweet and adorable too.
Thanks for shining your creative magic..wonderful work and creations!
Victoria
PS" thanks for your kind visit, and I too am already a follower of your wonderful blog!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

HI Chris,
Thank you for stopping in and visiting! I teach and almost retired after 26 years in the classroom this past Christmas. But I found an Itinerant position and now travel around to 11 different schools working with my special ed. students and am loving it. Will try to go 2 more years.
You're doing though what I'd love to do --- refinish furniture and play with your grandkids!! They are cuties!! Love that wagon!!! WOW!! Are you going to paint it red?? Thanks again for stopping in!! hope to see you around. Suzan

Cher' Shots said...

Thank you so much for stopping by and becoming a follower. I am excited to do the same for you. I also love crows and antiques. That original "red wagon" is gorgeous. Please don't do a thing to it other than maybe load it down with other antiques. What a great display piece.
'love & hugs from afar'

Diane AZ said...

Hi Chris, Looks like you've been busy with those creative projects, the crows are wonderful. Nice pictures of your grandkids! :)

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

Hi Chris! Thanks tons for stopping by my blog - I am following you now also. Loving all your great finds - especially that wagon. And what adorable grands you have!!! Have a great week and again, thanks for finding my blog and taking time to comment. :) Jane

Marias Hörna - Njut av livet ♥ said...

Hello my friend. Thank's for your comment on by blogg. Nice words :)
Have now a wonderful day. Hugs from Maria

Sharkbytes said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. You will like another of my friend's blogs - she does a lot of things like you do. http://restyledjunk.com/

Mimsie said...

Hi Chris...I finally made it to visit your blog and am so glad I did as I found it so interesting.
You are one very talented lady and I envy people like you who 'do things' that I've never done.
Unfortunately at my age (82) with very bad hands my days of even sewing and knitting are well over. I do just manage to crochet rugs to give to Vinnys and then only a square or two each night or larger pieces in winter.
If I've made the correct move I will now be following you. Fingers crossed.

Brian Miller said...

haha i love that look on rhys face....reminds me of my own boys...that wagon is really cool...love old stuff like that...that picture frame with the decorated mat is pretty cool...ravens have such symbolism...thanks for popping in today...smiles.

Jeanette said...

Looks like you are thoroughly enjoying your retirement! Crafting and repurposing things is how I plan to occupy my time when I retire in about 5 years! I have a feeling I am going to enjoy your blog. Thanks for visiting me and following and I will do the same!

Out on the prairie said...

Fun treasures, you would love all the garage sales around here. I am always looking for someone to join me.Great to enjoy those grandchildren, I always look forward to seeing mine.

Sharon Wagner said...

You've been busy. No wonder you love retirement. Thanks for following and for your lovely comment. I will certainly follow you back. I wish I had over 4,000 followers!

CrazyCris said...

Wow! What amazing work you do! It must be fun to find an item, imagine how you could rework it, and then see a fabulous finished product when you're done! :o)

Thank you for stopping by my place. It's always such a lovely surprise to meet a new visitor! :o)

camp and cottage living said...

I do like the crow Laurie's done for you!
You sure have a lot of projects going. Chris. It's good to keep busy since we are stuck inside this winter.

Tracy said...

Great projects :)
As much as I don't like crows, as they are in abundance here and scare the little birds away, I do love the artwork of them.
Your grand children are adorable.
I hear snow here on Friday, not much though. Thankfully as I can finally see the driveway, lol.

Cheryl said...

Looks like you've been crafting up a storm to me! Your "quiet month" makes mine look very unproductive! :)

Thanks for visiting me at Thinking About Home and introducing yourself...so nice to meet you!

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Your grandchildren are beautiful. I'm impressed with all your projects. Woodwork and jewelry. I love that shelving unit - so usual and fun.

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

Looks like you found some great finds! The wagon is pretty cool! Looks like the birthday girl got herself a nice present!

Judy said...

I love that wagon what a great find. I would love to visit your shop :)