Wood Pantry Jar Lids, Food in Jars

Wood Pantry Jar Lids, Food in Jars

March 14, 2015

I am a mason jar lover and after I made the wood lids for those jars it made me think that if wood lids look so great on the mason jars, they would also be fabulous on the large pantry jars. I had just put some open shelving in my kitchen and had some large […]

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Charlottetown’s Elms, a sad lesson about lack of vision and incredible waste.

Charlottetown’s Elms, a sad lesson about lack of vision and incredible waste.

March 08, 2015

  This week the residents of Charlottetown will witness the heartbreaking removal of 320 of some of the oldest and most majestic trees in the city. Elms tagged as affected by Dutch Elm Disease [DED] are being cut, stacked and then carted to a pit for burial by two independent contractors hired by city. While […]

 

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Rolling Pins, every baker has a favorite!

Rolling Pins, every baker has a favorite!

February 14, 2015

  I couldn’t even begin to count the number of rolling pins that have been turned on my lathe…..probably scare me to know. A rolling pin was my first lathe project while I was in my  Fine Woodworking Program, it took me two whole days from the time I mounted it on the lathe to […]

 

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Turnings for An Historic Building

Turnings for An Historic Building

January 27, 2015

Every once in awhile I get phone calls from contractors who are working on historic buildings and are in need of some turnings. Such was the case when the Welsh Owens building in downtown Charlottetown was  undergoing a renovation/restoration. The pillars on the street level facade of the shopfronts had to have the bottoms replaced. 140 […]

 

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The Doorstop, sometimes simple just works!

The Doorstop, sometimes simple just works!

January 10, 2015

  I have a habit of making things that serve a purpose in a home so enter the lowly door stop or wedge. We live in a very old farmhouse and when a breeze blows in the open windows during warmer weather, the doors will slam shut without warning.  These were my solution for the […]

 

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Kitchen Boards, a staple.

Kitchen Boards, a staple.

October 11, 2014

Rustic serving board, walnut breadboard

I am loving  my new bread/serving boards that have been getting packed up and mailed to new homes. My own kitchen has many as you could well imagine and they are well used. I just do not think you can have too many, perfect for breads, fruits and cheeses just to begin a list,

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How to make a Mason Bee House and help save the native bees.

How to make a Mason Bee House and help save the native bees.

May 14, 2014

  These are not for Bumblebees Living in rural PEI, I have a great fascination with bees watch them all summer as they tirelessly work pollinating all the trees and blooms in my yard. I carefully catch any strays who enter the house or more often my shop and gently release them back outdoors. The […]

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Wood Mason Jar Lids , for beautiful Pantry and Open Shelving

Wood Mason Jar Lids , for beautiful Pantry and Open Shelving

May 08, 2014

A bit ago a lady had asked me to make her some wood lids for mason jars, years ago she had purchased some from a wood turner who has retired and no longer makes them. I thought about it for awhile, put in on my to do list but  after getting my sweet Elite Ball […]

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Biscuit Sticks for making the best biscuits ever! just in time for Strawberry Shortcake!

Biscuit Sticks for making the best biscuits ever! just in time for Strawberry Shortcake!

May 04, 2014

My husband LOVES biscuits and is thrilled whenever I make them. With the start of the warm weather we will all be enjoying Strawberry Shortcake and massive amounts of rhubarb sauce, wild blueberries AND fresh fruit jams…….These all need the perfect biscuit.  Chef Michael Smith lives close to us here on PEI and I am […]

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Personalized Wedding Gifts, custom chefs block or vintage breadboards

Personalized Wedding Gifts, custom chefs block or vintage breadboards

April 23, 2014

Last year I had the good fortune to buy a large flame birch plank about 10 inches wide and 3 inches thick. I purchased it for rolling pins but it had this wonderful live edge and I did not have the heart to chop it up. A girl had contacted me with a request for […]

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Finishing Touches for Rustic Handmade Stools or “how to fix a rocky stool or chair”

Finishing Touches for Rustic Handmade Stools or “how to fix a rocky stool or chair”

April 19, 2014

At one time or another  especially if you love vintage finds or just need a cheap chair from a kit or department store you may find that all four feet will not sit evenly on the floor or they may have not even been trimmed down so the whole footprint of the foot is on

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