birch pond retreat

Retreat to Nature

Birch Pond Retreat is what I call my place.

My retreat to nature. I've wanted to live up north for over 40  years and I made it. 

Thirty five acres of stunningly beautiful forest, pond , waterfall and abundant wildlife.  


If you want to know more shoot me an email .....       Birchpondretreat@gmail.com


Respectfully, 

Lynn Houston 

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What I have done

Custom sewing

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My first business was custom sewing and teaching industrial sewing.

Interior Design

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Renovations, interior design.

Build models

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This is a condo loft in down town Toronto. Scale model loft, work/live studio.

Custom sewing by Dot

Dot (Dorothy my first name) Custom Sewing

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Back in the 80's I had my own custom dressmaking business. From going to George Brown for a 9 month paid program for  industrial sewing and pattern drafting I taught myself the rest and started working for myself.

Industrial sewing training course

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From 1986 to 1989 I taught immigrant women how to use industrial sewing machines and get work as piece work sewing operators.  

Some of my students

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It was the best "Job" I ever had.  

First wedding dress for a client

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What a dress, hand beaded , layers of fabric , reinstones, she designed it , I made it happen.

Up close

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The bodice was a work of art.

A friends daughter

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She looks adorable in her christening dress.

Interior Design School at 40 years old

Design 3 story Work /Live /Retail

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Houston Design would design and sew in the lower level, retail main floor , living space third floor.

Exterior

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Red brick building 

Basement level and First floor

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The basement is a workroom, the main floor retail 

Section of all floors

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I love doing sections!!! How great to see through it all.

The living space

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Top floor Living space with views of the city .

Main floor retail space

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Houston Designs main floor retail space for furniture and decor.