Pine Framed Potato Sack

Yesterday I wrote about a burlap potato sack that I framed with barn board.  This is the second sack that I framed, and it is done in a different way.

I cut the sack smaller than the first which eliminated the weight and country.

First sack:                                                                 Second sack:

For this sack I used five pine boards which I stained after lightly distressing.  I used the same stained pine to make a mitred frame and then that sits on top of the pine boards.

This wall décor is smaller at 18 1/2″ wide x 21″ tall:

This gives a slightly different look from the first one.  Here are the two together: 
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Barn Board Framed Potato Sack

I live in O’Leary which is the potato capital of Prince Edward Island.  It is home to the Canadian Potato Museum which has many displays and information about potato farming, a potato restaurant, and also has a giant potato outside.

Last fall at the potato museum, I bought two burlap potato sacks and used them this week to make two different framed pieces.

The first one uses some of the barn board that I used for a couple signs and blogged about here. I cut some boards to about 4″ wide and made a rabbet in the back to hold the mdf board which the burlap is wrapped around. The corners are mitred and the board really has a lot of texture to it as you can see in the close-up photo.

This wall décor is quite large at 23″ wide x 32″ tall.

You can see the second framed sack at my next blog post here

Everything I make is available for sale in my shop, or online through my blog, website, facebook pages or email:

Island Shaped Reverse Cut-Out

I’ve been very busy in my shop and haven’t had time for blogging.  It’s hard to believe it’s the end of May already. The tourists have not arrived yet, but I am still making things I hope they will like.

This is a very large reverse cut-out (is that a term?) of our island.  If you’ve been to Prince Edward Island you will probably know that it is a crescent shape which is used on many products and advertising.

I used 1″ x 4″ boards from the lumber store, glued together, cut out with a jigsaw and stained and distressed.

 This PEI wall hanging is 36″ wide x 16″ high. Here’s a close-up:

Hope you like it!

Coat Racks Inspired by Fishing Huts

I have been working hard at getting a few extra things ready for my shop, I have some new signs and wall décor and also some coat hangers made.

 As I’ve said before, I live in a beautiful island province where there are many small fishing villages. Things are just gearing up for the new season.  We, here on Prince Edward Island are known for lobsters, oysters, snow crabs, many types of fish and even eels!

This is a photo I took  last year of nearby Miminegash, where there are colourful fishing huts:

Here’s a hut with a message for tourists!

The colourful huts across the island inspired this coat rack made from pallet wood:


and this one, basically the same but a little less distressed:


These coat racks are about 18″ wide and about 7″ tall.

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PEI Weather

I am sounding like a broken record (do those of you under 40 even know what that means?) in that I have not kept up with my blogging.  I hope to do that now that we are back from vacation.  We just had to escape the snow here on Prince Edward Island.

This is our first winter here and at Christmas time there was very little snow.  We were a little bit smug and maybe even laughed once or twice at Ontario, where we moved from, because they had much more snow than us.

Here’s our house on Dec. 23, 2014

and here it is today, Mar. 25, 2015

It has been a record year for snow on the island. The light post we have beside the driveway is under the top of the snow.  I saw a blue jay standing on the snow eating out of the bird feeder that hangs from a tree branch in the front yard.  It’s a lot of snow, believe me.

The back roads look like this in most places:


So, even though we still love it here, we did get away to a warmer climate.  I’ll post about that next time.

Getting the Bed Upstairs

I am late on posting this, but really should tell the story of getting our bed into our bedroom.

The first night we got here (November 1st, only 3 1/2 months ago), we slept on our queen size mattress in the dining room.  Maybe we slept a couple days there, I don’t remember, but the problem was how to get the bed upstairs?

We have a nice old staircase, but it’s very narrow and very compact and the ceiling is quite low around it.

We could not fit the mattress and box springs up the stairs. Our second floor windows are all too small to fit the bed through them, so that wouldn’t do as an alternate route.

We went to a local furniture store to see if we could buy a bed with a split mattress (I believe most King size beds come as two mattresses?)  After seeing the ridiculously high prices on mattresses, we weren’t sure what to do.  Upon discussion with a store employee, she suggested we buy a split box spring and try and “bend” the mattress up the stairs.  Now, if the mattress had have been old, or lower priced we may have bought a new one, but since that was not the case, we figured we would go home and see if we could force this thing up the stairs.

Using a ratchet tie down like this:

 which we tightened as much as we could, we actually did bend the mattress and squeezed it up the stairs.

Then we decided to cut apart the box spring.  First we carefully took off the thin fabric on the bottom, then we cut the wood that ran down both edges of the long length of the box, only on the bottom portion (sorry no photo).  This enabled us to fold the box spring just enough to get it up the stairs.

So, although it’s there now, the bed was sagging in the middle because our bed frame has no center support.  Here’s the fix we’ve had for over 3 months, yes, it’s a car jack. (Please ignore the dust bunnies, we’re saving them for Easter)

I will post about the guest bedroom next…

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New Year’s Day part 2 – Meeting the Premier

As I said in my previous post, we went to two levees on New Year’s Day.  The second one was at Province House which is also in Charlottetown and is the home of the provincial government. Construction on this project began in 1843.

This is the back of the building which looks identical in design to the front:

While we are not political people, we did want to attend because of the history of this building and the fact that it will soon be undergoing extensive renovations which may take up to ten years to complete.  So, the New Year’s levee was the last official use of the building before these renovations begin. We had to stand in line to get inside, this is the front:

While inside we made our way up the stairs and saw the room where our founding father’s met in Sept. 1864, the Confederation Chamber:

As well we saw the room where the provincial government meets and has been doing so since it was first used in 1847:

We were presented to the Premier of Prince Edward Island, Robert Ghiz and his wife Kate Ellis-Ghiz. (Excuse my confused look… an aide took my camera to use for the photos and had trouble getting it to work LOL)

(left to right): Julie, Mrs. Ghiz, Laura, Mr. Ghiz, Eric

We all learned a lot about the history of our country and our new chosen province.  

I’ll get back to woodworking and renovating our farmhouse in future posts!

New Year’s Day part 1 – Meeting the Lieutenant Governor

In Prince Edward Island it is a custom to hold levees on New Year’s Day, which the public attend.

Levee: (noun) a formal reception of visitors or guests (as at a royal court)

Being new to the island, we thought it would be interesting to go and see what a levee was like. In fact we went to two, the first being at the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of PEI, in Charlottetown.

There is so much history on Prince Edward Island and this beautiful estate holds an important part in the creation of our country, Canada.

The home is called Government House and was built between 1832 and 1834 as a home for the British monarch’s representative.  At that time, Canada did not exist, and Prince Edward Island was a colony of Britain. In 1864, 150 years ago, the father’s of Confederation met in Charlottetown to discuss the creation of the country, Canada.

They gathered on the steps of Government House for a photo:

Yesterday, I took a photo of my daughter, Laura standing in this very place:

The house, also known as Fanningbrook, welcomes dignitaries from around the world.  It is beautiful inside, with many portraits, antique furniture and old woodwork.

While we walked through we were entertained by a small orchestra called “The Singing Strings:”
(if you look closely you can see my reflection in the mirror behind them!)

We were presented to The Honourable H. Frank Lewis and his wife Dorothy.  You can see them here Mr. Lewis is on the left, Dorothy is third from left and fourth from the left is the premier of PEI (I’ll talk about him in part 2) We were welcomed and wished a Happy New Year by Their Honours.

Just around the corner stood a mountie…

There was hot apple cider and fruit cake served for those who wished some. It was nice to see the beautiful house and feel part of the community.  The province is small and everyone has been very kind and welcoming to us.
This is the view from Government House, which looks out into the Charlottetown Harbour:

We left here and had lunch in the city and then went to another levee.  I’ll post about that next time.