Thursday, June 30, 2016

Happy Canada Day!

I had ordered a O Canada flag  kit from Connecting Threads in the USA. When it arrived I realized that it was a square flag. Our flag in Canada is a rectangular flag, so I modified the pattern. 
Ad to my surprise I was able to get two flags made & three coasters! The rest of the red & white  scraps will be used for Christmas or Valentines Day sewing.

The first flag sewn was placed on the front door.

 The 3 coasters were placed on the small round table, they can be reversed,  to show the red/white flags, same fabric as the one shown above.

 The 2nd flag hangs above the TV, & fits in just under the bible shelf that holds the ship.

I was really pleased with the fabric in the kit, it even came with the flag fabric backing!
All made for $15 USD.
I missed not having my sewing machine but the Pfaff never let me down & the zig zag around the leaf went well. I just use to using the blanket stitch as my finish. Creature of habit! lol

The livingroom in the wee cottage is just that...wee space. 
The cat towers take up space but they're used daily for climbing & for scratching.
Old Tom sleeps through everything, he curled up on his feather down blanket snoozing.

To keep with the colour theme for Canada Day, my Mustang canvas bag hangs on the wall.


Let's go into the kitchen.

 I pulled out the red & white April Cornell round  table cloth for the oval table, it worked!

 It so looks like two tablecloths , layered one on top of the other. I covered the chair pads with the coordinating napkins to pull the look together.

And purchased 1/2 dozen cupcakes to go under the glass dome. is missing. YUM!!


Let's go outside the cottage.

 The door decoration from Regal, has different items to hang each month. I was happy to see our flag was there for month of July to show our patriotic spirit!

 I placed both New Brunswick & Canada flags & maple leaf pinwheels in the front flower box, with the red geraniums.

 I just love the look of flower boxes on a house or cottage & the decorating for Canada Day!

                                        Plastic Canada Day flags hang from the side porch.

 And Canada day flags wave in the wind in the small kitchen flower box with more red geraniums.

Armon, a fellow villager, made these lobster boxes for me a few years back. I wasn't able to carry them to the flagpole. They're resting on the garage exterior wall, waiting for Bill to arrive tomorrow & place them with the flagpole. ;-)

 And the flagpole needs to be positioned upwards too! I brought it down during a windstorm & for the life of me cannot get it up again!! lol

 I think the cottage is looking' Canada Day' & ready for Bill & Donny's arrival tomorrow from Ontario. I knew they were coming so we also have chocolate Canada Day cupcakes!

 Lucy is styling her neckerchief with white maple leaves. Liz look at the daisies, when I see them I think of you! Your though of a lot these days. lol

On behalf of all of us at The Carroll Cottage, 'Happy 149th Canada Day' !!!

Thank you for stopping in & have a wonderful weekend & sport some red & white clothing to show your true colours for this wonderful strong & free nation that we live in.

For those of you travelling, stay safe.

God Bless

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Foundation Walls Are Done!

The addition foundation outline is now visible & the house is now rising from the ground!

 As I drove up the lane, I was hoping to see progress & what progress Durelle Construction has made. The house is starting to rise-up out of the big hole!

                                            These two open areas are the two garage doors.

                                              Side view of the garage doors up to the house.

 This is the third garage door at the side, it's for Bill's coming & going with the tractor.
Remember the large piece of dirt that was left? Well it is the base floor for the garage.
This part of the addition is not  having a basement under it & with the ground is already compact, it was just worked around. With the drain tiles to install, as you can see on the dirt pile. The opening inside, on the right,  is the entrance to the new basement.

                                                          A view on the north-east side.

                            All the large 6' length windows wil be installed along this wall.

 The east side of the addition has an accordion look to in as it moves in & out. It is going to be so unique inside each room!

 This is where the buck stopped!~ lol  It's where the house joins up to the exciting house.

All windows will be installed along the concrete lines.

  It sure is going to look different when the outer structure begins!

                                     In four months, everything should be done... very exciting!

                                                     Bill plans on putting a gazebo right here.

 I'm going to learn how to work a weed whacker & get rid of the weed growth , that grows quickly on top of the breaker wall.

                                      Oh,  to have a garage, no two garages!! this winter. ;-)

                                                The Anniversary Garden is doing very well.

 The Green Emeralds did not do well, only 1/2  of a tree died, I will have to investigate that.

                                                     The Bearded Iris clumps are gorgeous!

                                                    Some of the lavender even came back!
                                                Another Bearded Iris clump, so pretty. :-)

Kitty Shenanigans

   The orange cat from across the road, visits the cats & they watch for him!
                   Mr. Boots is the larger 20 pound cat & Rexton is just 1/2 that size at 10 pounds.

She is the mean girl though & I have to tell her to leave Mr. Boots alone. One os these days if that cat ever turns on her...

I've been giving the crows my left overs & they've been leaving me feathers?

          I brought in a large beautiful black crow feather & Rexton played with it all day.

                                                       It sure beats buying her toys!

 Do you not think she looks like one of those 'Angry Birds'  licking away at this crow feather?! lol

                                                                             She kicks at it too!
                                                                  And moves it under things,,,

 Just to find it again, she's so fun to watch. 

                                       She has such a delightful time with the crows feather.

She just will stay still & hold on to it. She did this for a good part of the evening. lol

Old Tom just sleeps through everything & gets up to have a drink of water. He started drinking so much that I just leave a refill carafe next to him, for my convenience.

I was painting yesterday, when I heard the glass  charger plates rattling...

                                        Rexton being Rexton, she loves getting high up on anything!

                                                    She sat up there & watched me paint.

I was in town & went to the Crackle & Teal Shop in Miramichi. What a fun inpiring shop to visit. If you have a passion for French Country style, this is the place. There's furniture painted with the chalk paint & of course... chalk paint. The owner was a lovely woman & was most helpful, I'll be back!

 No heavy lifting with a paint week of no heavy lifting Or head bending,  is almost up!

                                                               One coat of FAT Chalk Paint...
                             Two coats of FAT  Chalk Paint & it only takes 20 minutes between coats.
Then you sand the chair to give it its smooth finish & further sanding will show 'worn spots'.
I just love the look of the finished white chair. The tan coloured, oil painted chair, was covered beautifully with the FAT paint, in just 2 applications of painting.

                                                And one finished chair with two more to go!

A Little Rug Hookin'

 I'm using some wool scraps that Marg,  from rug hooking, gave me on Thursday.

 I used the Briggs & Little dark grey & added  the eyelash variegated black/grey/ white.
                            With two yarn pieces of Briggs & Little with on piece of the eyelash yarn.

                             I like the look of a textured bark on this evergreen, thank you Marg!

Well this week was a full one & one that I had to modify & not do what I wanted to do with this eye situation but by behaving, the lighting strikes in the eyeball is quieting down,
I picked up three more Annabelle Hydrangea bushes & one Forsythia aka For-Cynthia bush. lol
I'll get those in later this week after my eye check up & I get the go ahead to lift & move in the garden. Fingers crossed! lol

 Enjoy your weekend! Thank you for stopping by. :-)

And remember ~~~  If you haven't any wrinkles, you haven't laughed enough!