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Turkey Tracks: Canvas Etc.

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Turkey Tracks:  March 21, 2012

Canvas Etc.

Russell and Joanne Spear recently returned to Maine.  They used to work for Moss tents up in Belfast.  They came back just in time to fill a need for folks like me who needed to have furniture refurbished.  Our local upholsterer retired some years back.

The Spears don’t upholster, but they do fabulous slipcovers.   And, Russell and Joanne are really, really nice.  Joanne is a hugger, like me.

I saw their work when they put a slipcovered chair into Quilt Divas in Rockland.  I could see right away what quality work they do.  I hadn’t even been thinking slipcovering until I saw their chair.  Thanks Debbie and Doris for supporting them.

The Spears work out of a small building on Route 90, just south of the intersection with 17.  Call first, 207-596-3285.  They have a good selection of fabric books, and we’re really happy with our choices.

They slipcovered a chair, a hassock, and a big sleep sofa for us–from our tv/craft room/den/spare bedroom room.  These pieces get a lot of wear over the course of a year.  The Spears’ price was fair, and they did all this work pretty fast, too.  Plus, they took the chair first, so we’d have a place to sit and watch tv, returned it, and then took the sofa and hassock.  And now we’re so enjoying having what feels like new pieces of furniture.

Look at this pretty chair!

This chair is Reynold’s favorite.  She lies across the back, so she’s up high, feels safe, and doesn’t miss anything.  Of course I’ve thrown a protective blanket over it.  BUT, if someone comes, we can disrobe this pretty chair in a flash.

Here comes the old sleep sofa back home, with its newly covered pillows piled in its belly.  That’s Russell in the back.

Russell and Joanne put the slipcover on the couch.  You can see that Penny has brought them a toy.

And here’s a pic (blurry as it is) of the Spears, the sofa, and the hassock:

Pretty nice, huh?

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March 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Turkey Tracks: My Absolute Favorite Tree

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Turkey Tracks:  March 21, 2012

My Absolute Favorite Tree

For the past eight years, I’ve driven by this tree and wanted to stop and take a picture of it.

This week, on the way home from weekly Tuesday shopping in Belfast at the Coop, I pulled off the road and snapped away.  It’s just south of Lincolnville Beach center, on the right.

I think I love this tree–an old oak–best in the winter because you can really see the tree’s skeleton.  I’ll stop next summer and take a picture of this tree when it is all leafed out.  It’s spectacular then, too.

Here’s a view of the trunk:

The rock wall is typical up here in Maine.  This one is a beauty.


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March 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm