Merry Christmas...

Hope you're stomping your boots at the place you want to be.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
                           Daryl and Nicole.

7 more sleeps...

You know how plans go. 2 months ago I would have told you that by this time the blog would be jam-packed with pictures of all things Christmas. But, thankfully, we had great shows this year, followed by orders upon orders to fill and ship, short-notice trips out west to visit family...and on top of it all, after a long and painful fight-for-life, my camera has finally been laid to rest.
So for now, a few of the pictures I was able to take.

    One of Nicole's primitive fabric angels, with feather wings and old wire halo. Sold out.

Scented and spiced cast-beeswax stocking of many styles that we make from our own handmade moulds. Sold out.

13 inch Chalkware Belsnickels, cast from my own handmade mould. Painted, distressed, flecked with mica and carrying a little handmade tree slip. Sold out.

One of our heart decorations with text,
as seen on Gap interiors, here.

Baby, it's cold outside...






It's that time of year, when I start thinking about how fortunate I was to have grown up in the time and place that I did. Maybe it sounds like a cliche, but I really don't remember a single gift that I got for Christmas when I was a kid.  I remember all the good stuff... the late night skating parties on the slough (pond), hayrides, sitting on straw bales by a huge bonfire with a mug of hot chocolate, snow-forts and snowball fights, northern lights and hoarfrost... even things like trudging out to do the chores and checking on my trapline on mornings that were sometimes minus 40 degrees... have somehow become good memories. 
Now I must be getting old, because I'm happy to stay warm and dry and content to just remember those things. 

Victorian Santas

approx.13"tall (sold out)
approx.14.25" tall (sold out)
Reproductions that I made using aged copies of old Victorian Santa images. Each holds a handmade sisal bottlebrush tree and pack of dried sweet annie. Mounted on very heavy pasteboard with folding easel-backs to make them freestanding. The print for the 2nd image was from the Dec.1867 Harper's Bazaar, which included instructions for making your own Pinecone Santa. (I did a few of my own versions of those last winter, with my results below.)

sold out


sold out

A few of Nicole's mica-covered fabric star ornaments, about 4.5" plus dark wire loop, and a large handmade doublesided pasteboard star with antique silver glass glitter, about 7" diameter.


(I know I'm going to be in trouble for this...but,)
 Happy Birthday, Sweetie!!!

Ready or not...

If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.
                                                             -Ivan Turgenev

The Last Pumpkin

Large grey fabric pumpkin

Today really felt like the end of Fall. For the past few months we've been in that transitional stage where we have one foot in Fall and the other in Christmas. But since today we sold the last of the pumpkins, I thought I'd post a picture and officially put and end to our season.  Bring on Christmas!! 

A Day in the Country

A Day in the Country 
Antiques & Vintage Sale
Saturday Nov.19th 10am-4pm
and Sunday Nov.20th 10am-4pm

903 Haldibrook Road, Caledonia, Ontario



Since tonight is the start of our Open House, I thought I'd give a sneak peek of my new Scrooge for this year. I only did a few this year, and some are already pre-sold, but there will be a couple of them for sale only at the Open House. As you can see, this year I did him in a grubby nightshirt and nightcap, on tiptoes and peering over his shoulder with a candle in hand. I'm happy with how they turned out, but I love anything to do with Scrooge, or Dickens for that matter.
Hope to see some of you this weekend!


Maybe it's an odd subject for a post, but I spent the whole day yesterday carving with a knife, and woke this morning with hands so sore I could barely make a fist. By midmorning they had begun to loosen, and ironically I spent the remainder of the day sculpting tiny hands for another project. It made me think about my hands, and all the things I put them through. I carve with them, paint, hammer, weld, sand, sculpt, stitch and draw. I never wear gloves, and Nicole claims that every day I injure them in some new way.  They are always bandaged, scabbed, greasy, dirty and stained, and every time I stab them, pinch them, hammer or slice them...I hear from behind me..."See?"
They are the best tools I own, the only ones that have never been replaced. I once sliced the tip off one of my fingers, but it grew back. I spend all day, every day, working with them right in front of my chest and have never given them much thought. Today I did.

Pantry Boxes

Sturdy round pasteboard pantry boxes in a layered paint and hand-rubbed wax finish to look like antique wooden bandboxes. "Faux" tacks. Large sizes have aged metal and wood bale handles.
see below for numbers. (prices in Canadian $$)
(1) 10"W x 6"H black  $42 (Sold)
(2) 8"W x 4"T lichen grey  $35 (Sold)
(3) 12.5"W x 7.5"T Sage green w/handle  $54 (Sold)
(4) 9"W x 4.25"H grey/blue  $36 (Sold)
(5) 9.4"W x 5"T steel grey  $36(Sold)
(6) 7.5"W x 3.75"T pale grey  $34(Sold)
(7) 7"W x 3"T grey/green  $32 (lid in foreground)(Sold)
(8) 9.4"W x 5"T lichen grey  $36 (Sold)
(9) 8"W x 4"T soldier blue $35 (Sold)

Hanging in there...

I can't believe how much time has passed since my last post!
First off...Nicole and I really want to thank all of you that came to the show, and made it our best show to date! I apologise to those of you that we weren't able to visit with when the booth was so busy, but it was great meeting so many of you in the time we had.
Also, thanks to those of you who stuck with my blog when I haven't had time to keep it moving. We're slowly getting back on track, and I promise that regular posts will resume shortly.
Hard to believe that it is now only 4 weeks until our Christmas Open House!
So for now, please hang in there...I'll have something up this weekend.
Thanks again!

Printers Sign


 My reproduction of a late 1800's printer's sign. Double sided, about 36.3" x 19" plus hooks.

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