Well, yesterday was the last day of school for my two littles.  I’m not really sure where the school year went.  It seems like I just took these pictures:

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And now I’m taking these:

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These two are growing up and maturing before my very eyes.  Teeth are falling out and growing back in, Hannah is hilarious without her two front teeth!  They are stretching up and leaning down.  Their personalities are so wonderful and unique, I enjoy them so much!

They both had great school years, fabulous teachers who they are both going to miss next year.  But thankfully the school is small enough that they’ll still be able to chat with them next year.  Hannah settled into Primary very well and loved it.  Her stories of her friends are quite something!  Lena loved Grade 3 and does so well with her reading and writing, I love hearing her read!  We are so proud of all they have learned and achieved this year and the obstacles they’ve overcome!

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They are excited for this summer because my niece is babysitting for us here at the house.  They have big plans of bike rides, picnics and fun craft projects.   I should unleash the other camera on them so they can photograph all the fun they have and let them blog about it here….that could be pretty entertaining!

I’m easing up my studio schedule so when I’m off, I have more time to hang out with these two and work on my own projects.  I’d like to hit the beach on Wednesdays, as much as possible.  Plus throw in some other random visits on weekends or other evenings, if the weather is good for it.  Summer’s in Nova Scotia are short and the beaches are incredible so we’ve got to make the most of it!

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So, YAY, it’s Summer!!!!!  Jump for joy!

To be continued,

Lori

 

It’s suppose to rain today, and I hope that it does, things are pretty dry here and there are currently 3 forest fires burning in Nova Scotia.  After the devastation of Fort McMurray, it just seems scarier to me.

But….this post is not about the need for rain, it’s just to share some pictures I had taken after a night of rain a week or so ago.  I wandered through the yard with my camera, capturing the promises that the blossoms and buds speak of.  Of future fruits and beauty.  Of growth and coming seasons.

I love that I left a trail through the yard of my meandering footsteps.  I came in with wet feet and hope.  I came in more in love with this property.  Every season has so much to offer here and I am so thankful I get the privilege of coming this place ‘Home’.

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If the amount of blossoms in the blackberry patch are any indication of what this year’s crop might be like, it promises to be amazing!  I’m blown away with them!  It’s crazy – just a sea of white blossoms and the hum of busy bees!

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And my hydrangeas! Covered in tight buds!  This bush under our living room window is so enjoyable!  There are actually three bushes but my guess is that the other two bushes are a different variety.  I may move them out of there as they get taken over by the one in the middle, you’d never even guess there were two other bushes along that wall.

PromisesI’m a sucker for poppies.  I love their wild form and flowing blossoms.  I have seeds from our babysitter’s poppy patch but I haven’t planted them yet.  I think I even spied some poppies in my flower bed in the middle of dad’s poor sheep pasture!  I do need to get those out of there!  I would have poppies every where of I had the space for them!  Imagine a big patch of billowy poppies blowing in the wind – divine!

As you can see, there’s exciting things showing themselves here around the yard.  I love it!  And now, the roses are starting the bloom!  So, back out I’ll go to capture their beauty, too!

To be continued,

Lori

When we moved into our new house, we painted most every room….except Lena’s.  It had been painted not long before we moved in, so all we did was freshen up the trim and move her into her own room.  And for the last two years, it was fine.  But….it was time.  Can you tell she’s horse crazy??

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We talked and debated and looked at colours and hatched plans and went back and forth.  And this is why I love doing certain things with Lena….she’s a thinker, has great taste and fabulous style.  And she knows what she wants.  She decided on Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore for the walls, a pale gray shade that works well with everything and is in keeping with the rest of the wall colours throughout the house.

One day, while out hitting the local yard sales, we stopped at a little local shop { I’m hoping to photograph it to share it with you soon! } and we were both drawn to a sweet painting and thus the colour scheme was born!  Reds, corals, bright green, orangey-yellow….all swirled together in sunshiney wonder!  I’m so in love with this painting, it’s done by Mary Maureen Designs.

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The big thing with this re-do is the bed.  She has an sloped ceiling that creates an alcove that ALMOST fits her bed.  We toyed with the idea of doing a built-in bed but I think we have come up with a solution…which I’ll save for a future post.  But, I think…..I need to measure twice…..you know the saying….we can cut down the top bunk a bit in length and slide that sucker into that alcove!!  I will miss the red bed, though….

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We have been shopping around for a bedspread or something but once we found that painting, I think the quilt that she’s had since before she was born will work.  Well, actually, it was a quilt that we received as a wedding present, so it’s been around for quite awhile.  It was made by a special lady named Willow, who Hannah’s lamb is named after.  It’s the perfect combination of pink, yellow and red.  And the under side is the perfect pink that’s in the painting, so we have options.

The curtains were on sale at Wicker Emporium for $14.99 a panel.  Grey/coral ombre which adds such a warmth to the space.  They make her room glow the most delicious pink when the sun is shining through them.  They may be one of my favourite elements to room!

 

We’ve been trying to figure out a way to get a small desk in there for her, she loves to sit and write or draw.  But space is an issue, the room is tiny.  But I think we may have found a solution…if we work the pricing out.   I spotted this little telephone stand at Forbes New To You, and Lena does like it.  Of course, we’d paint it….what don’t I want to paint?

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Doesn’t she look thrilled? What a kid!  :)

Anyway, we’ve been working away at it, painting walls and furniture and planning what will go back into this little space.  I’m hoping to share the results with you soon!

To be continued,

Lori

It’s no secret that I love shopping at Onslow Historic Lumber!  Rosemary and Steve are wonderful and have become dear friends and all because of the store.  They are my kind of people!  Their interesting store is located at 6 Havelock Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, but you should ‘Like’ their FACEBOOK PAGE and ‘Follow’ them on INSTAGRAM – you won’t regret it!

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They carry salvaged pieces from homes around the province; everything from doors, windows, trim and hinges and beautiful old barn board, shutters, door knobs…man, the list goes on!  I have gotten many treasures there and helped clients find what they are looking for, too.

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They also sell a stunning line of hardwood floors called Logs End.  Now, I may not be 100% correct on this, but I believe it is all salvaged wood that is used.  You can check it out HERE and see how beautiful it is for yourself.  In.cred.ible.

But they also carry so much more than just the architectural salvage, they carry PAINT!  And I’m a huge paint nerd, I love paint.  But you probably knew that already.  I’ve bought lots of paint there, but more importantly, I’ve gotten so much help and advice on various projects!! I couldn’t have taken on the projects I have accomplished without them!

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They carry two lines of paint, Fusion Mineral Paint and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.  I’ve used both.  I do have a personal favourite and you probably know what it is.  I’m in love with the milk paint.  But, because some projects have different requirements, there is sometimes when the Fusion just makes more sense to use.

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Plus, each line of paint has different products that you can seal your painted piece with.  Again, different projects just seem more suited to different finishes.  But they can help you figure all that out, too!  They carry a few different lines of brushes, too, so you can get everything from start to finish!

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Rosemary also offers workshops in the shop, too, so you can learn from the trained expert. She’ll show you everything from mixing the milk paint, to adding the right finish and every step in between.  We recently paired up and offered an afternoon workshop called ‘Creating Home’ in the shop.

Here are a few pictures from that afternoon.  We talked about selecting paint colours for your home, how to style home decor items in different ways, and how you could use the drawer that we painted that afternoon.  We had tons of fun, lots of laughs and learned some new techniques, too.

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Onslow Historic Lumber

Onslow Historic Lumber

Onslow Historic Lumber

I would definitely say you’ve got to drop by and have a chat, see the shop and maybe book a visit to the barn, where they keep more treasures. { I went to the barn, you can read about it HERE and HERE! } And be sure to tell them Lori sent you!

To be continued,

Lori

PS – This is not a sponsored post, I just really love this store and want to see the wonderful Clark family excel in their business because they love what they do and know their stuff!

 

 

 

As promised, here is the second half of our day at Ross Farm Museum.  You can read Part 1 HERE if you missed it!

Ross Farm MuseumThe barn is a very interesting stop along the way.  The main level is filled with animals – cows, sheep, pigs, oxen and the occasional chicken….AND the barn cats!  But the upper level is filled with all sorts of old pieces of equipment.  I’ve seen lots of old equipment in to course of my life { both Dad and the handsome Mr. Byrne LOVE old farm machinery so picture every drive in the country in my life, scoping out old tractors and equipment! } but there are pieces here that I have no idea what they are used for.  Plus, the structure of the barn itself is pretty spectacular!
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I recall from our first visit how struck I was by this chicken fencing.  There’s something so simple and yet brilliant about this fence.  I had great plans of recreating this fence at home when I got chickens but that never happened…so I’ll just enjoy the fencing everytime we visit the museum. { We’d like to go back, we heard about a few special weekends planned throughout the upcoming year. }

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This lock caught Michael’s eye when we went into the general store.  He asked me to snap a picture.  So I did, aren’t I a good wife?!?!?  { I really liked it, too…I didn’t mind the request at all, really, but shhhh, don’t tell him!! }

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I love this style of fencing.  I grew up on a farm with stone fences all over the place, so to see how they would’ve looked back in the day was interesting.  Even our new place {I use the term loosely…as it will be 2 full years next month… } we have stone fences in amongst the apple trees.  The girls wondered why they would’ve piled the stone like that and angled the wood.  So, we explained that the stones would’ve been collected off the land as they plowed and prepared the land for planting.  And this fence wouldn’t stand if it was straight.  It takes more supplies and time but it is a solid fence, meant to stand the test of time, weather and animals.

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There is a working Blacksmith shop on site.  I have since learned that the blacksmith is Matthew, a cousin to a local gal { Hi, Sarah!!! } who was happy to share some stories and facts with me.

Matthew puts shoes on oxen teams here, not just the ones here at the museum, but other teams, as well.  The shoes he makes at the blacksmith shop.  I’m completely blown away with the skill and what blacksmiths can create with something as hard as steel.   He makes things like hinges or whatever they need around the museum, too, I love how they can supply so many of their own needs on site!  And then there are the items he makes to sell at the museum Gift Store….busy guy!!

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Matthew also was filling in at the cooper shop so we chatted with him here for a long time, too, about building apple barrels and the history surrounding New Ross and the barrel industry.  Michael finds this shop most fascinating, I think this is probably his favourite stop along the way.  All the wood is cut and milled on site and the barrels that are built here are sold in the Gift Store.  It smelled good in there, all that fresh wood, and the stories were very interesting….but as you can see, Hannah was bored…she was waiting on the wagon ride!

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We did take the wagon ride back up to the main area, at this point the rain had started.  But just that short ride wasn’t enough for the girls, so we waited for our next turn, back in the barn, making friends with the pigs { who, as Hannah loves to say, ‘Had a nose as big as her head!!!!’ }  We did the full round, with a front seat view and the attention of the teamster who was so willing to chit chat with us.

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The rain and cool temperatures made us decide it was probably time to call it a day.  We enjoyed the time and made some great memories as a family here.  I would highly recommend taking your family to Ross Farm Museum any time of year, the staff are sure to make it an enjoyable experience!!  In fact, I think the staff are what makes this museum so much better than a ‘regular’ museum.  These people are connected to New Ross and the land here and thus, it is easy for them to speak with knowledge and passion about the history and life on a farm.

Our drive home was spent talking about the things we saw and learned and we each got to talk about our favourite thing.  I’ll admit I was surprised with just how taken the girls were with the pigs!!  We did, however, break up our journey home with a stop for pie and sundaes!!  { Forget the pig with a nose as big as Hannah’s head, Lena ate a piece of pie as big as her head!!! }

To be continued,

Lori