Wednesday, June 24, 2015

3 More Sleeps

Hello. 3 more sleeps till we move. Unfortunately I have no new projects to post, and I've been packing like a mad woman. :( I hope to be back soon. Hope your summer is off to a great start!! Next time I post, I will be a Saskatchewan girl.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Move is in Full Swing

Hello. Hope everyone is having a fabulous week. Sorry I haven't been posting....we're right in the middle of the move. It has been so hectic, packing and and loading. Hubby took most of our stuff last weekend, with him to Saskatoon. We were left with mattresses, clothes and kitchen stuff. We're heading down to Saskatoon today after school (Yay! 5 hour drive!). Going to check out our new house, register in the new school and A has cheer try-outs in the evening. Then off to the lake. I can't wait for this to be over. It has been a long 6 months, without hubby. I never thought in a million years we would live like this. He is such a vital part of our family, from helping the girls get ready for school in the morning, to just watching the kids shows with them. We've had our ups and downs in those months, mostly with the kids. But I see the light at the end of the tunnel right now. I'm so close to having us all back together, I can make it 2 more weeks. Our house won't be ready until end of July, so we'll be at the lake till then. At least we are only 1.5 hrs away from Saskatoon. Anyways, I'll post a few pics of the new house when we get back on Monday. Wish me luck!!!

Here's our vision for the dining room. What do you think?

They have the same light at Ikea, for like $80. I found the chairs at a store in Edmonton, for $100 a chair. Not bad, considering the real ones are like $750. They're not real Eames, but almost identical. Check them out here. And hubby is building me a table....eventually. Lol. He says in 6 months, I say by September.

They were featured on nordicdesign. I am loving the Nordic and Scandinavian decor!! Simple, yet rustic. 

There you have it. Hope to get back to posting soon. Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Chic By You Wednesday Linky Party #10

Hello. Happy Hump Day! It's all down hill from here. I have some great features from last week.

My favorite is from orphans with makeup. Mary did such a great job turning this dresser into a change table. Wish I had this furniture when my girls were babies.

Crowd favorite was this table from a junk chick life. Paige received this piece for free and turned it into a gem. Looks perfect.

And who isn't hunting for the perfect teacher gift always. This Abundant Life Blog has inspired me to make a nice plant for my girls teachers. Love it!!

Jute wrapped pots

Thanks for sharing your fabulous projects with me, and don't forget to grab a button on the side. Ok, lets get this party started!

A few things before we start.
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Most importantly, have fun sharing with each other.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Gold Mirror Gallery Update

Hello. Hope your week is off to a good start. I'm still waiting for the conditions to be released on the sale of our home. Should be all good for Friday. Last weekend, I hooped E {my youngest daughter}, to come run some errands with me. On our way back we passed a few garage sale signs. Usually she is not game for going, but I must have caught her on a good day. We hit like 8!!! We didn't find much, but what we did score was amazing. I have this small thing for gold mirrors. It started as a collection, then convincing hubby to hang them. He surprised me one weekend while I was gone and hung them all. now I would never complain to him, but I would have squished them closer together. That way I would have room for growth. Here's an over view of the room. That's our sleepy puppy, Cali. I didn't have the heart to move her. She really is such a sweetie. The new mirror is the center one. I did have to do a bit of moving around and remove another. There's no point putting another hole in the wall, with us moving out. Your welcome new owners :)


Such beautiful detail in each mirror.

The bottom was broken, therefore she gave me a deal. I paid $10. Sold. Most of my mirrors were bought for over $25 a piece at antique malls. So in my books, that was a steal. What do antique mirrors sell for in your neck of the woods? Just curious.

This is our front sitting room. No Tv. Just for relaxing. Hubby and I spent most of our time sitting here, watching the kids play in our cul-de-sac. {tear} I'm going to miss my neighbourhood.

 Close up of Cali <3

Monday, June 8, 2015

My Industrial Decor Planter Make-Over

Hello. Hope you had a great weekend with loved ones. We drove down to meet the hubby for a weekend at the cabin. Living apart has been tough on everyone, especially the kids. But, we seem to make the most of our 2 days with him. I am literally counting the days till the end of June, when we move. Hurry up June! One thing we have decided on for our new home, is the decor. We both are drawn to the industrial look. Rustic wood finishes mixed with metals. Throw in a few mid century pieces of furniture and call it a day. So, I've set to creating some decor. I posted earlier my 6-easy-industrial-decor-diy-ideas, which I will be starting soon. Since I went and bought some more succulents this week {btw-I am obsessed with succulents), at the best greenhouse eva! I needed a new planter. 

It actually isn't that bad of a before item. $2 at the community thrift store. Score! I used Rustoleum Mat Black spray paint. 

First coat. Key to using spray paint, a couple thin coats are better than one thick running/dripping coat.

Turned out perfect, and I had the paint left over from another project. So, cheap to make too!

Blue Echeveria

I did some quick research when I was at the greenhouse for pet friendly succulents. Selection was small, but I really like this gem. Thanks for stopping by.

Party Time!!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Just a Fish in the Sea

Hello. TGIF, right? It has been an emotional roller coaster week for my family and I. We finally received and accepted an offer on our house. I have been kicked out of my home more times than I can count in the last 3 months, sometimes till 9 pm. We had reduced once, and were considering again. If you have sold before, you know the anxiety that comes with listing and selling your home. But the good news is we have a conditional sale, conditions released next week, and possession June 29. Yup, less than a month away. It's not so bad, half of our belongings are in a storage unit in Saskatoon already. And I think we have one large load left. I am beyond excited to move and live with hubby again, and work on starting our lives in a new city. Here's to new adventures. Last night we looked at 53 houses online together. 53!!!! And narrowed it down to 6. Unfortunately our top 3 went sale pending the day before. Hubby did go look at the other 3, but the pictures were deceiving. lol. So, back to the drawing board. Bright side is, we're moving to the lake for the summer until we find a home. That gives me almost 3 months, and our realtor seems optimistic. I guess fingers crossed for now. To sum it up, I'm feeling like a fish in the sea

Hi Stella {our black cat}

A{my oldest daughter} and I came across these 2 fishies in our community thrift store. Prices were marked $4 each. Yikes! I think I could of bought these things new for that price. L insisted we get them for the cabin, and we could make them pretty. Upon paying, the kind lady looked at the price tag and my daughter, and told us $4 for both. L's eyes lit up, and a big smile creeped across her face. She knows, nothing is better than getting a deal. 

I took them in the back yard and gave them a coat of Rustoleum Spray Paint in Mat White. Easy make-over by this gal. Perfect. 

 My summer goal is to relax with the kids and make our cabin a home. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend.

Party Time!!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Dark Ash and Dark Walnut Dresser

 Hello. Hope your having a wonderful day. I have a great piece to share today. I haven't done much work with mixing paint and wood tones. I love how it looks when others do them, but I'm a little more hesitant to do them myself. When I first brought this piece home, I thought is was going to be a nice navy blue.

Fortunately for me, I had second thoughts. I feel a masculine yet classic grey would do it more justice. Then looking at the line features, I thought " why not leave them dark stained? ". Worse case it doesn't look as I envisioned, and I paint them afterwards.

I was right!! I love the look. I used Behr paint in Ash Grey, also using my home-made chalk paint recipe. Cheap alternative, when I want custom colors. I used a sample pot from Home Depot {$5} and some Plaster of Paris {$5-and it makes appr. 30 batches}, you really can't go wrong with that price.

I did touch up the wood finish with a little of my favorite stain, Minwax Dark Walnut. The handles didn't take as well to the traditional stain, so I went with the gel stain instead. Worked like a charm. I finished it off with Varathane Water based polyurethane finish in clear satin. Durability at its best.

See my lil succulent terrarium. Check out my post on how to create your own here. I am obsessed with succulents right now. I just picked up some more today at the green house. I'm sure you'll see them in the near future.

What do you think, hit or miss on the paint and wood tone together? I think a big fat hit. Thanks for stopping by.

Party Time!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Chic By You Wednesday Linky Party #9

Hello. Happy Hump Day. 

I'm so excited to share with you my features from last week. 

D.D. from ddscottage does some amazing work. I'm always amazed at the fabulous pieces she finds and paints, even posting during renovations. Great work!

I love the Farragoz Clock Face from Lucy @ patinaparadise. I'm a new follower to her blog and new fan of her work.

Lastly, but not least. I want to share this Drum Table by Paige @ ajunkchicklife. I know this piece has been featured a bunch this week. It deserves all the attention it gets!

Thanks for sharing your fabulous projects with me, and don't forget to grab a button on the side. Ok, lets get this party started!

A few things before we start.
1. Please link up only your original posts.
2. Please back link to this page or use my button in the post. I will only feature posts that link back.
3. Visit other links and leave a comment. Lets pay it forward. Karma people!
4. Follow me, to catch the party every week.

Most importantly, have fun sharing with each other.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Succulent Terrarium How To

Hello. Hope your having a good start to your week. Today I'm scratching off another Pin from my Pinterest board (only 3,015 more to go). I love the look and aura these lovely mini gardens give off. I don't typically have much luck with traditional plants. Somewhere along the way, they always die. Always! I've done some research into these magical gardens, and the most common way to kill them is over watering. Yay! Shouldn't be a problem here.

Now, I'm not sure where you can buy succulents in your neck of the woods? But apparently in mine, You can only purchase them at greenhouses. I learnt this the long way, after stopping at a handful of box stores I thought would carry them. I guess they're more popular in the winter months. It ended up working in my best interest. I got to go to a very nice greenhouse just outside the city. They had a tropical area/room/building??? not sure what to call it? The lady in there was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions. She even went in the back and pulled out a few more plants for E and I to pick through. She did recommend tropical soil and charcoal. I didn't care much for their charcoal, as it was quite coarse. And since my terrarium was small I went with the fish aquarium activated carbon/charcoal. I heard they work the same. I also stopped at the dollar store and grabbed 2 bags of stones. I scored my terrariums at the thrift store for $2 each. I thought that was a steal as Michaels was $40 for one. On our way home, we stopped at the school playground and stole borrowed some sand too.

Here's everything I used, except my activated carbon/charcoal pack. I just grabbed a pouch from the pet store and cut it open.

Love the mix that E picked. Nice and bright.

My youngest E, is so eager to help in all projects. Such a big help.

First, we placed our stones on the bowls. I did about 2 inches and sprinkled my activated carbon/charcoal on top. This is supposed to help with the smell and keeping the water from turning rank.

Next we layered our top soil, about an inch and a half. I read to use 2 inches, but I was topping mine with sand, so included it in the total top layer. I made a small hole with a spoon, and placed each plant in. Once the plant was placed, I carefully patted down the soil around the base. Because I had a wide mouth bowl, I was able to use just my fingers. After all the plants were in place safely, I spooned the sand around the plants. You can give a gentle shake to even out the sand in the bottom.

Lastly, E strategically placed some larger stones for decoration. She wanted to top it off with sparkles, but I told her not today. We may have to find a few figurines to place inside, to keep the plants company instead.

That's it. It took maybe 25 minutes to prepare. More time was put into collecting supplies. My advice to you, call ahead to the store to confirm they have a selection of succulents there, before you go.

Thanks for stopping in!

Party Time!!

Monday, June 1, 2015

DIY Bathtub Shelf Made Easy

Hello. I love Mondays. I always feel invigorated from the weekend and ready to tackle new projects. I started my week off with this super simple DIY Bathtub Shelf. This is a quick project, as in less than 20 minutes to make. That easy.

I had a couple 1x6's in my garage from my sign projects here and here. What better way to use up some left over lumber, than a simple shelf. I started by cutting one of the 1x6's in half, so each piece was 36 inches. When I measured across my tub, it was 35". Rather than make 2 cuts, I just added an inch. Next I cut my support pieces at 10"each. 

under side

I pre drilled by holes, so the wood wouldn't split. Seems to make sense to me. 

top side

Next I set to work staining. I like the tone of Minwax Dark Walnut. Such a nice deep and rich brown. I love how it brings warmth to any room.

That's it. I let it dry for 2 hours, and it was ready to use.

All ready for a soak tonight.

Lights are ready to be lit.

Where's the glass of wine?

Hope you loved my DIY Bathtub Shelf as much as I do. Enjoy the rest of your day.