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Thursday, 8 March 2012

A-crafting we will go!!

You have often heard me mentioning "The Queen's Cupboard", a place where I have purchased many interesting items and refinished them either for my apartment or to sell in my craft shows, well, she (Pat) has moved her business to a new location and now is in the midst of painting and re-organizing everything.  This, of course is a very, very large undertaking.  She hopes to re-open for occasional shopping days by May.  Her new location is now in the building behind the Bush Plane Museum, where the Potters Guild is housed.  This is artwork done by my son of the Bush Plane Museum many years ago before he left town to seek his fortune, which he never found by the way, unless you count a beautiful wife and darling son, which certainly is more precious than silver or gold......................



Going back to Pat.... I went to visit her to see how she was coming along and was delighted to see that she had almost finished painting the whole area, with the help of another delightful lady, Carol.  Well, I ended up coming away with a few more birds, which she so graciously gave me, insisting she didn't want anything for them, so I paid for her lunch at Tim Horton's.  Aren't the little birdies adorable?


They have been squeezed into the little white cream china cabinet which you see at the top of this blog, which is quickly becoming a haven for lost birds.

So, what else have I been working on?  Do you want to see the small horses that I have just refinished?  I picked these three up at a local Church rummage sale a couple of weeks ago and immensely enjoyed  working on them...............

BEFORE




DURING






AFTER








Here are two more fabulous paintings by my dear friend Laurie of.....   http://laurie-whentheboughbreaks.blogspot.com/   If you are ever interested, she does sell her work, she just doesn't "flaunt" her talent, a very lovely, humble lady...................




I did pop into Michaels for a few minutes the other day to see what it was like.  My eldest son and his lady took me.  My gosh, it was overwhelming, but what I saw I thought it was also quite expensive.  If you are making anything with the intention of selling it, then I think it will be hard to get your money back, at least in this town.  Remember the larger horse that I refinished a few weeks ago?  Well, an unfinished wooden one was $40 and when you add the cost of all the other products you need to complete the project before you know it you will have spent at least $60.  Perhaps as time goes by they will reduce their prices.  We used to have a store called White Rose here and that closed and it wasn't anywhere near as expensive as Michaels.

A little while ago I bought a couple of pillows from a new quilt store in our Mall - they were only $5 each, so how could I refuse them?  I thought they would add a smidgen of colour to my living room, considering I have more "cream" in there than does a barnful of cats!!





Well, to finish off for this evening, how about another picture of the most handsome grandson in the whole world, or at least in my world, LOL..........


His dad, my son, "photoshopped" him onto one of his pieces of art.

'Til we meet again.

71 comments:

Shasta @ intheoldroad said...

Chris, I love the new header to your blog...I'm so smitten with that china cabinet:) Cute birds. I have one like the redbird. It was my grandmothers and I cherish it. Have a good weekend!

Shasta

Marie said...

Grandchildren are just wonderful Chris, and I think we have all got beautiful ones! I love your eye for decor! You have quite a talent there. I think it is very difficult in today's economy to make any real money selling crafts. You do well just to recoup your expenditure!! I agree with you, Laurie is a very talented and humble lady. I adore her! xxoo

The Vintage Gardener said...

Hi Chris
Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog and your kind words. I am loving looking at your transformations and I love the china cabinet on your header too. I think you are possibly my first Canadian follower, although my sister and her family live in Regina, Saskatchewan, so possibly my second!
Gill

Kimberly said...

I am going to check out your friends artwork!
Your grandson is a cutie!!

Have a good weekend!

Coleen's Corner said...

LOVE what you did with the little horses! I'll be spending my weekend with all the grandkids (7). It just doesn't get any better than that :)

Melissa said...

Wow!! Your son is very talented. I am envious of people with the talent to draw.

Your friend Laurie is very talented too - I really like the first painting with the birches.

You scored with the lovely blue pillows (and the free birds).

laurie said...

everything looks great Chris, i love the work Dave did with your sweetie.

NanaDiana said...

Cute finds...the birds AND the redone little horses. Your son is a very talented artist but it is hard to get a break into the big world of art and make a living at it.

If you get a chance pop by my blog today. I am featuring a wonderful little piece of art that Laurie sent me. Hope you have a good day- xo Diana

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Oh yeah, Michael's is insanely expensive. You are much smarter to buy thrift store/rummage sale items and refinish them. Love the big googly eyes on your horses!

Christine said...

a beautiful wife and darling son IS more precious than gold, lucky guy!! Nice to see all your recent work!

Gina said...

Those little ponies are just adorable!! the trick to shopping in a place like Michaels is to find the clearance corner :D and your grandson is just gorgeous :D XXX

KraftyKoolKat said...

Gorgeous ponies and cushions sweetie. Very talented son you have as well, he gets it from his Mum.

Hugs
Cathy
xxxxx

Vintage Sandy said...

Chris
Thanks for your sweet comment so happy you found me & now a follower I too am now a follower of yours have a great day!!
Hugz

Twiggy said...

Hi there
Thank you so much for dropping by my blog - yours is lovely too !!
My cousin moved out from Yorkshire to Ontario 5 years ago - small world indeed !!
Twiggy

Rae Ann said...

Watch out for Michael's ads in the paper or on-line. They usually have a coupon for 40% off one regular item. I've gotten quite a few of my more expensive items using those coupons. Unfortunately, you can only use one per visit. (A friend of mine goes out to her car and comes back in if she's been able to get a second coupon from someone. Don't tell.)
Rae Ann O.
http://joyinart.blogspot.com

Rayanne said...

Thanks for stopping by and following...I too am following back.
Looking forward to our friendship!

CEDAR JUNCTION said...

My favorite thrift shop closed last year. I am sure that I was one of their best customers ;P. I, too, enjoy finding something and putting my own touches to it.

Happy hunting,
Teresa

craftyles said...

Hi Chris,
It's nice to meet you. You are one crafty lady! Thanks for visiting Brookhollow Lane. I'll be back here to see what you're up to.
Leslie

debianne said...

Howdy!
Thanks for visiting Cowgurls Blessing. I look forward to getting to know you! Canada? I lived in Edmonton, Alberta 3 years and Burlington, Ont for 7 years before returning to Texas!
debianne

donna said...

Chris it is so nice to meet. Thank you so much for following me. I am you newest follower. Love what you did to the rocking horses. Super cute.
Hugs
donna

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Thanks so much for stopping by A Tale of Two Cities and leaving such a nice comment. It's always great to make new friends in the blogging world! Having two grandchildren myself, I understand your pride--he is sure a cutie!!

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Happy to follow you back, Chris. I look forward to getting to know you and exploring your blog.

Ira Huberts said...

Your little rocking horses are way too cute Chris, love them!!

Finding Pam said...

Chris, your grandson is adorable. Your son is very talented. I see he gets his talent from you. I love birds, but don't have as many as you do.

Michael's will run adds and you can also go online to get 40% off coupon for one purchase. I prefer Hobby Lobby if you have one. Always shop the sales. Can you find a crafter that would cut you out some wood pieces? Many years ago, I was into cutting out my own wooden projects.

It is so nice to meet you. I appreciate your following my blog. I look forward to reading more post.

Kuki... said...

Chris...
So glad you stopped by and are now following "Along the Way"...I'm now one of your followers and look forward to seeing what's happening in your little piece of the world.

momto8 said...

your grandson and those horses....what more can a person want?!! lucky you!

Janice@GypsyFarmGirl said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and becoming a new follower! I love the horse with the butterfly!
I don't get to Michaels very often, but they always have coupons and regular sales. They even accept coupons on your smart phone, so you never have to print a coupon or buy a paper just to get coupons!

Mama Hen said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love the little horses, I see that your blog will have a ton of neat ideas! Looking forward to getting to "know" you.

craftattack said...

Thanks for joining me on my walk yesterday! Love the things you have been making over, I think I might look better if you did a make-over on me, too! Lovely birds, I too have a cupboard full of pretty birds, but mine are all made of murano glass. I love how they sparkle - well they would sparkle, if I got around to dusting them!! Keep well and keep up the good work! Hugs, Valerie

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Good Morning Chris...Nice to meet you. I'm very happy you stopped by and left me a message so I could find your blog!! As I will begin to follow you after I click to publish this comment!! I loved what you've done with the wooden horses. And the china 'lost' birds....sweet....I collect only cardinals of the same. There is something about cardinals. LOL Anyway, enjoyed my visit...loved getting to know you a bit and will return soon. By the way, your grandson IS handsome...but I can see there is no need to convince you. My youngest grandson is now 16 and I still can't get over how quickly time passes me by.

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Chris, your grandson is too cute! I'm not a grandma yet but I am looking forward to it. I love what you did with the rocking horses, especially how you added a real mane.. and scarf! You are very talented! Thanks for visiting me the other day and I too have become a follower... take care, Maryann

Lisa said...

Hi Chris,
Thanks so much for stopping by! It is always fun to find new blog friends, isn't it? The Queen's cupboard sounds like so much fun! I love antique malls and small shops. You are so right about Michael's. I try to use the coupon if I have to get something there. That seems to help some.
PS I am a new follower.:)

THISNTHAT said...

Hi, thanks for becoming a follower of my blog. have enjoyed my first visit to yours ... I'm just getting used to the ides of (semi) retirement so it's good to see how much you enjoy yours!
Love Lesley X

Shelly said...

You have an absolutely adorable grandson and I've thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to your blog. I look forward to many more!

Lanetta said...

Again thank you for visiting my blog & becoming a follower! It was delightful to meet you and discover your blog! You do amazing work! I look forward to dropping by and seeing what else you are transforming into masterpieces!

Lanetta

Karen said...

Thanks for following me, Chris. I'm following you too! I love your "craftiness" and creations. I don't do crafts but I do enjoy ceating cloches, which I see that you do too. I'll be back often.
Have a great day.
Karen
Ladybug Creek

RosesRadishesandRubbish said...

Hi Chris, Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I was delighted to come visit your as well.:) Your grandson is adorable and you have some really great craftiness!!!!:) I will be back to visit. Hugs, Amy

Wendy said...

Wow Chris you are very talented and I love it. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I can see I will be enjoying your blog too! Michael's is a very expensive craft store. I would watch for coupons and sales. Love the porcelian hummingbirds you picked up from your friend. Your Grandson is adorable and it looks like your son is very talented when it comes to art also. Hope you have a wonderful week. ~Wendy

Cindi @ Rustique Art said...

Hey Chris!
Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I love to hear from my readers. Looking forward to browsing your blog and reading about your adventures in retirement. (((jealous))) Tried to reply to your comment via email but couldn't link back :(

Cindi
Rustique Art
Handmade In TX

m.lisa said...

Hi Chris
Thank you for finding my blog recently. I stopped by to check out yours. I love your ideas. You can feel the creative enthusiasm in your words! Enjoy!!! Will check in again..
m.lisa
Pink French Bride

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GingerLouise Clothing said...

Ho Chris--returning the visit=--great blog!

Jansen Family said...

I love what you did with those rocking horses! So cute! Thanks for stopping by Jansen Family Adventures! I'm now happily following you!

Carla

Nekkid Chicken said...

That little man is so dang adorable. Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment. Happy to be following you. :O) Mal

MelissaQ said...

HI! Thank you so much for following. I am now up to 11 followers YAY!
haha, I do appreciate you stopping by. The pictures of the birds and ponies are adorable and I would have to agree that a child or grandchild is worth more than any amount of silver or gold. If you are on facebook, you can also find my small business page on there as well. I have a food truck and we are having a blast so far. We need lots of followers on facebook so if you or any of your readers want to like us on fb, just look up LaRositaTacos and click LIKE. Thanks in advance, and keep up the great blog! (now following you)

Twiglet said...

Thanks for following my blog - yours is a crafty corner too - I shall be back!!x Jo

Taryn said...

Thanks for following my blog. Looks like you've got some great stuff here to keep me inspired. I'm really enjoying looking around.

Carole M. said...

well you have an adorable grandson, and I also love 'birds' anything. You will have noted that on my blog already; thanks for stopping by Chris.

Tina said...

Great crafts and the birds, especially the cardinal are so sweet. Your grandson is just too cute, love the way he was incorporated into the art.

SquirrelQueen said...

Those little horses are adorable, I love what you did with them. Thanks for stopping by and following. I am looking forward to seeing more of your crafts.
Have a wonderful day,
Judy

Hilldog said...

Love horses they are too cute!! Hope the week is going well!

Hibiscus House said...

You are a very talented and busy woman! Love your blog.
Dolly

Cindy said...

Hi Chris, glad to be following you. I love your little horses they are so cute what a great idea. Yes your grandson is also very handsome. The little gifted birds will look nice in your white china cabinet, Cindy

Linda said...

Your grandson is adorable! Love the birds you've acquired! I love birds, too! And your horses are precious! I will be back!

Betsy said...

haha...that little guy at the end is so cute!

I love laurie's paintings...they are breathtaking!

I love your little birds...especially that goldfinch!

Romeo said...

Wow! You have been a very busy little bird yourself!!! We have a Michaels just down the street here and yes, you are so right in that to try and resell anything created....well it's not just your town at all. It is difficult when you add up the cost of supplies alone without the cost of your time. All your creations are beautiful, but the grandson is the best one ;)

Purrs!

Romeo and "her"

'LUSH' said...

Hi Chris! Well, you certainly do not hurt for friends! How wonderful! Thank you for stopping by my blog! I can see that you have not only a knack for crafting, but writing with a bit of humor and comfort! I, too, will stop by occasionally. All that are familiar with me, and my blog, knows that I am inconsistent due to the fact that I am a business owner, still raising sons, and everything in between. Blogging is just a very small creative outlet for me! Have a great weekend, and a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

tina said...

Hi Chris! What a beautiful blog and work. i am following you :)

Mocha with Linda said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following me! Mercy, you are talented! I so do not have the crafting gene! LOL

Connie said...

Hi, what an interesting blog you have - I'll come back for a happy hour reading lots soon!
Many thanks for your comments on my blog - sorry I have been a time getting back to you. Connie.

Talkin' Texan said...

I share your love for birds. :) I've collected a few birdhouses and display them on a shelf above my windows. My favorite birds are the kind that sing and eat from my feeders!
You have some nice creations and a sweet blog. Nice to meet you.

Fleur de Boheme said...

Hi, and thanks for stopping by and follow my wee blog :-)

I love what you did to the little horse, so fairy-girly!

Bye, Kirsten

PICCALILY & BLOSSOM said...

Hey there thanks for your lovely comment. I am now an active follower of your blog. Keep crafting I say.

Take care Floss x

Barbara said...

Chis....thanks for dropping by....hope I will be visiting more very soon
Barbara

cottonfieldfarm said...

Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment on my blog:). I have been away from it for awhile, and just checked it tonight and found your sweet comment. I have enjoyed reading your blog. Your son is so talented! I tried to follow you but I'm not sure it took. I will check to see if you have a blog buttons and I will add it to my blog:). Thank you again for visiting! Will talk to you soon. Blessings, Regina

Patti said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! I am looking forward to looking at yours!Take care and have a blessed week!

Christi said...

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! I absolutely love the horses! Horses are pretty special to us...Our son Colt passed away from cancer when he was 3 and he was such the little cowboy! Thanks again for stopping by!

Sami said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. Blessings!

Sami

Newlymeds said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Chris! Yours is wonderful too and you are quite crafty :)

Carla said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad you liked it. So I thought I repay the visit stop by yours. I'm now a follower. Loved the little horses.

The Petersons said...

Hi Chris, just found your blog today! I loved the picture at the bottom of this post! -Matt