Hello All – hope you had a good weekend. We’ve had nothing but beautiful sunshine and hot weather, and so, on Saturday, we took some time off from the huge task of cleaning up our half acre yard, and went to a little fishing village down the road from us called Steveston. Steveston is mainly a tourist attraction, but it’s also a great place to buy cheap fish and shellfish right off the boats, freshly caught the night before.
We bought some enormous prawns for our supper
And you can have lunch at one of the restaurants along the boardwalk
It’s a quaint little village full of second-hand furniture stores, a craft shop where I buy my fabric paint, coffee shops, ice-cream shops, fishing supply stores and many more. My favourite shop is the garden centre. Not only does it sell wonderful flowers and trees, but it’s also full of all kinds of unique things for your home – things you don’t really find anywhere else.
And so we bought an ice-cream and some mini dougnuts and wandered around to our hearts content.
In the evening, we cooked the prawns we’d bought at the docks and had ourselves a well-deserved glass of wine! Or two 🙂
The next day we were back in our yard. It took Mr. LoveThat two hours to cut the grass – it had grown so much since he’d last done it two weeks ago, but now it’s manageable. I have all sorts of seedlings coming up in the various garden beds. I’m ashamed to say that I have no idea what any of it is. I say ashamed, because my mother was a very keen gardener and had a beautiful garden. Unfortunately, I did not inherit her green thumb. It looks like little yellow daisies are coming up in one bed and romaine lettuce in another, but time will tell.
Lots of other flowers coming into full bloom
And it seems we have a mole in our back yard!
I didn’t do much in the way of new linen for my business. Some place mats
I was asked by an Etsy customer for a custom order. She wanted four of these tea towels without the graphics in the middle
And is going to use them to create a valance in her kitchen! I asked her send me a photo of the finished product, as it sounded quite pretty.
In the sample above, I had painted the stripes by hand, but it took about an hour, so I went on line (I LOVE the internet) and learned all about painting stripes using frog tape and a little foam roller – much quicker and way cleaner lines. I love that I am always learning new stuff and new ways of doing things.
While I was waiting for her to confirm where she wanted the stripes, I started cleaning off the paint on the kitchen drawers – here’s the before photo
I don’t think these are the original handles – they look more like 60’s or 70’s, but I quite like them. And then, to my delight, I noticed that there was a little handle on the pull-out cutting board built into the cabinets
After I’d scraped the paint off the screws, I actually managed to take it off and clean it up, and came up with this
This is definitely the original handle from 1945 and it looks like it’s made of copper as there was some patina on the back where water had got in. There are also two hinges on the cabinet doors like this, but they look like they’re not going to come off. I’ll keep trying.
So, while I was in the mood, I stripped off the ugly wallpaper boarder
It makes such a difference and brightens up the kitchen a lot. I wanted to paint some lettering in that space, but whoever painted the kitchen yellow, didn’t prime it properly and all the paint is peeling off! So, of course this means that I have to take off the paint and re-paint. A job for another day.
With all the blueberries we have, I’ve been making muffins like mad, but also made this blueberry, lemon tea loaf. This is the finished product at 6:30 pm one evening last week
And this is what was left of it an hour later – and I hadn’t even had any yet!
I did finish it off later that even with a lovely cup of tea!
That’s all I have. See you next week and leave a comment – I’d love to hear from you.
Cheers for now