Sunday, 17 May 2015

Daffodils in the St. Martins Garden and Spring Work on the out-of-town Old Homestead Project

 I have been waiting for those cheery faces

 Feels like the world is coming back to life.

Looking out to the ocean
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 It has been a while since I had any pics on the ongoing work at the out of town Old Homestead Project.. and it is still a "Project" ...
 But progress has been happening.  The living room/kitchen has been insulated on its outside walls.

We came across a "prize", a long stainless steel counter with a molded in double sink at a yardsale.  It used to belong in a lab.  This pic is just before John cut the side backsplash off....   always nerve wracking altering a piece.



  Finally got the woodstove and chimney installed in December .. the stove location will be altered a bit in the final layout.  Remember this is still a construction zone.

 ...working on the wall where the sink will be... all the wires have to be run through the wall before the drywall can go on.

 All the roof rafters have been beefed up and deepened to allow for a larger amount of insulation.



 All new studs on the second floor

Meanwhile, the homestead crows sat in the tall cottonwood for the longest time, preening and drying off after taking a bath in the next door neighbors pond.

 Cleaning up the rubble that remains from the old storage room we had to tear off.



Still working on Jewelry too.   A pair of New Birds. They have little silver beaks.

and the New Cat and Kitten


 We had to tear off an old storage room that had rotted.  Then dug holes for the concrete supports, filled them in and have the floor joists and plywood down on it. ready for the walls and roof.

After: walls and roof on.  The small window at the right edge of the add-on with be removed and  the front door will be installed there..

 Johnnie set up the manifolds to the hot water tank and the cold water tank. ...only one hot and cold line attached so far that lead to the kitchen sink... now the stubs are ready for hooking onto lines to the tub, washer etc. when we get them arranged.
 yes indeed, actual water lines and drain all installed.. This is a big deal. to me..  the place is far from done but to have the water set up inside the house is going to be so great.
Next time we are there,  we will be able to test the hot water tank.. Yay!

 New window in the new addition.

The new front door was installed in January.  it was a second hand front door but it was in near perfect shape.. 
Feels so good when we are able to reach each little goal.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

The End of March Update

Just a little post of what we have been doing these past few months.
The Kitchen Jotul provided lots of comfort this year... always feels so good to feel that heat and see that cheery flame. 

Ok now, this was a fun find! ...  the Schwinn Air-Dyne exercise bike.. non electric... Manual.. totally works by just pedaling... you never have to plug it in! ...even gives you a cooling breeze as you pedal... 

It was given to us when we went to a yard sale.. the fellow just wanted it "gone" as he had sold his house and had to move that very weekend...  so we loaded it on the trailer and took it home..  Perfect condition and was it Heavy!!!   So solid... found out after some research that it is quite a Collectors item and I can see why... they don't make things like this anymore ... you know, things that don't wear out!  From the 1970's...  It is practically indestructible and you can do lots of different exercises with it other than just basic pedaling.. Love this !

This beauty was also being given away.  It is one of the coolest looking sewing machines in my collection.  It needed cleaned and oiled as most all old machines do, but I like to see if I can get them back in working order. It even came in its own table. It has a very masculine appearance don't you think?... brown and cream with lots of dials... also very heavy.
This machine was very dirty and dusty mostly just from sitting someplace where dust and grime accumulated...  most parts of it were seized and needed quite some time for the oil to soak in. 

The original  Kenmore ad was still with it, torn from the pages of a mid 1960's Simpson's Sears catalog.  I believe it is one of the early fancy stitch machines... Made in Japan.  The sewing machine industry was something that grew huge in Japan after the second world war as they were trying to get their economy built back up... shifting from war machines to domestic machines... and Japan made excellent quality machines.. 

Here "He" is with his top metal lid removed... a bit of a look at the many working gears and moving parts.  I oiled everything that moved and even the parts that never. It eventually loosened up and everything started working in unison.... but it took a few days.  He had not been used for a long time but was almost like new.  I don't think it ever saw much use.

 Thought I'd test it out.  I had an old pair of oven mitts that were worn out, dreary and darn ugly... made from an old pair of recycled jeans years ago... they had done their service and were ready to retire.

  I took a pattern off them and sewed a new pair up using that groovy sewing machine above... worked great. I reused the inner padded insulating lining.  

The fabric was left over from the drapes in the living room.  I preshrunk it and it was fine for the job... besides it's pretty and heavy and so much nicer to look at.

We are still in the studio making jewelry too. Here are some new "Fiddleheads"... can't wait for the real fresh ones to pop their heads up...  and a pair of "Ship and Whale" that are always popular with visitors to the Maritimes.  
The sand dollars in the background were found on the St. Martins beach at one of the times of year when the tide is very, very low and goes out the farthest.  They were on the sand at exactly the point where the tide turned... you had to be quick to gather them.

 An in-progress shot of the  Fiddleheads after fusing, being set up to have the hole drilled for the earwire... at this in-between unfinished stage they have not yet been hammered, buffed or polished. 

Also doing some forging and shaping on the big steel textured block, my dad found for us years ago.  

And every once in a while I unload some art supplies and spend some time making art.  I particularly like the new Sakura "Koi" water brush.  That's it lying across the small white sectioned dish... the main body of the brush is a water reservoir... no problems with leaking and the bristles hold their shape well...  A pleasure to paint with.
And last but not least, we haven't forgotten the "new" old homestead project, soon to be started up in full force again... We Can't Wait!!!.... We have gathered 10 old wooden panel doors to use there... the first 2 are originals from the old place... the others we scrounged up and had stored in our barn for a few years waiting for a use.  We have mostly figured out where they will go in the new layout.  Of course they will need to be cleaned up and repainted...  all in good time.

Till next time. All the Best!


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Celebrating the Green for St. Paddy's Day



This time of year we are all waiting for the GREEN .... from the glittering moss on the bluff rockface  to the entire wondrous awakening landscape...   
My blog followers may have seen some of these photographs before but this post is about GREEN and St. Paddy's Day seems as good a day as any to remember what it looks like.

 















 Yes, I know, mung beans aren't landscape but at least they're Green.





Last but certainly not least... can't forget this lovely Green lady that means a lot to me.. a vintage green 1968 Kenmore sewing machine.. and does she purr... Heavy as lead.. works like a charm... have to keep her busy till the other Green shows up.

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Photos by Gwen Buchanan in St. Martins, New Brunswick Canada