Friday, April 18, 2014

Blessed Beaded Easter

I found this porcelain egg cup in an antique store near Ottawa. It has no markings, but I think those two bunnies are adorable. Imagine, they have to work in tandem to support the weight and keep the cup balanced, all while being back to back. The lovely beaded egg was made by Astrid when she was seven or eight years old. She made the ones below as well. Rare are the crafts I ended up keeping (parents will know what I mean), but these were all keepers.

Instructions: Empty the egg by piercing the shell at both ends. Blow the content out. Brush some glue on the egg in small sections, then dip it in a bowl of beads. Leave section to dry, then proceeded to do another section until the egg is covered. There is less waiting having several eggs going at the same time. Very easy to make and the results are lovely, which is kind of rare for kids crafts.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fire Station Conversion - Do not judge a book by its cover

1890 Fire Station Conversion, Austin TX
 Browsing through Old House Dream I cam across this listing. You can see that I could have easily skipped it, but the price tag of $4,400,000 made me curious. I'll let the images speak for themselves.


Can you see yourself in that mirror?

Sunday, March 9, 2014

St. Marys Heritage Fair

On February 21st, the St Marys Museum and the St Marys Historical Society hosted the 18th Annual Heritage Fair. This year's theme was 'Celebrations' featuring artifacts, memorabilia and historic photographs relating to celebrations and special events that have taken place in St Marys' history. Brian and I, along with two other property owners had good reason to celebrate as well, for we were given a special award for the work on the preservation and beautification of our heritage property. The Dusty Victorian is a work in progress, but it was so nice for our efforts to be recognized.

Top left; Mayor Steve Grose, Fay Telfer, Ken Telfer (Chair of Friends of St Marys Museum), Larry Pfaff (Chair of  St Marys Historical Society), moi. Bottom left; Nancy Baird, Richard Rosenthall, Ray Doerksen, Mike Ebert, and Brian.

This year's Heritage St. Marys Award recipients:

Photo by Richard Rosenthall

Nancy Baird and Richard Rosenthall, owners of this beautiful 1857 classical revival style home.
One of the first brick houses built in St Marys.

Central School Manor
Mike Ebert and Ray Doerksen owners of Central School Manor, a 1914 classic revival limestone building that was once a school, now converted into luxury condominiums.
Click on the link to know more about it.

The Dusty Victorian
And our 1889 Victorian villa.

The evening also recognized the valuable work of volunteers in our community. This year, Ken Telfer, Chair of Friends of St Marys Museum (seen here with his lovely wife Fay) was the Volunteer of the Year. Congratulations!

A heartfelt thank you to St Marys Museum, the Historical Society and to the Heritage Committee for the honour and for a lovely evening.