CRATE TUTORIAL April 29 2015, 17 Comments

I am hooked on finishing crates lately. I love the rustic look and using stain and other paint techniques to give the crate an aged appearance. Of course the images over at the Graphics Fairy website are always a hit in making crafting so much more fun!

First a picture of the crate BEFORE along with some finished crates.First step is getting yourself organized. I had 6 crates and wanted a different look on each. I chose my images over at the graphics fairy then photo copied each on my laser printer.  Of course you want to be sure any images with script be mirror imaged or you will land up with a bunch of backwards mumbo jumbo!! Trust me I have forgotten and made that mistake before.

STEP #2   For this project I chose a dark stain. I used a paint brush and rag to brush and rub the stain into the entire crate. I like to leave more stain in certain areas and less in others until I get the aged look I am happy with.

STEP #3  Choosing my images. This crate is my favorite. I loved the 2 images and thought they worked well together on my crate

.STEP #4 The first image was taped down onto the crate where I used my blender pen and old library card to transfer and burnish the image onto the crate. The Lord Calvert Coffee can image I mod podged onto some cardboard then attached to the side of the crate with raffia.  See EASY PEASY you now have some fun rustic storage.


I also decided to paint  the sides of some of the crates with some useful ideas. MORE PICS

THE END! Thanks for viewing.

Rustic Signs & Decor April 23 2015, 0 Comments

With cottage season quickly upon us I have been keeping myself busy creating signs and décor for the cottage. Some of the signs have been created using reclaimed barn wood, while some of the others I repurposed some cabinet doors. Here is a sneak peek of what I will be listing for sale in a few days. Please check in often as other projects will be also available soon.

Newest Project January 21 2015, 0 Comments

I had picked up this little wooden jug/recipe book holder awhile ago but had no idea what I was going to do with it. While on my daily visit to the Graphics Fairy website I came across the perfect image. The image was of an ironstone pitcher which looked exactly like my thrift store find. I absolutely loved the vintage antique crockery shop advertisement and new it would be perfect!  I painted the pitcher in an apple green and the bottom black chalkboard paint. I then printed the image, traced it, then painted it on and voila here is the finished product.

Rustic Signs December 10 2014, 2 Comments

Loving the Christmas season which is keeping me very busy here in Sudbury, Ontario. I have been very busy working on a variety of rustic signs. We are however getting very close with only 14 days left until Christmas Eve, so unfortunately I am unable to fill anymore custom orders. Please browse through my catalogue section on my website to see what is still available. I am located in Greater Sudbury, Ontario. You may even find a Christmas gift from my re purposed home décor items. Hoping everyone is taking time to enjoy the holiday season. Best wishes and Merry Christmas to all! Please view my online shop often as I will have more new items in the New Year. Find me online at  or contact me with any questions via email