Sunday, November 23, 2014

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas cloche

Hello friends! I hope you had a great week. 
I sit here on a Thursday evening, after a long day of painting walls, driving kids back and forth to and from school, parent teacher interviews, dog walks, cooked meals and everything in between. 
It's late, I'm exhausted and I once again find myself 
wondering why I procrastinated writing this post. 
I  think to myself, 'I should have done it this afternoon, while my mind was still fresh and I was less prone to making spelling errors'. (did you already spot some?)
 But the truth is,  I enjoy writing in the serenity of the evening. 
When I can look back and see all that I accomplished during the day. 
It's during these quiet times that I feel a sense of gratitude, for our home, 
the food on our table our health and this little space. 

I'm fortunate to participate in several blog hops, and I truly enjoy joining my friends in the creative process, but this particular one I was very excited about. You see, I believe in handmade, I believe in seeing beauty in things that someone discards and might even consider 'trash'. 
But I specially believe that filling your home with
 beauty does not have to cost you a lot of money. 
So when my very talented friend Alice, asked me if I wanted to participate in the Holiday Thrift Store Challenge. I immediately said 'yes'. 
Remember my fall mantel? Well, I decided that these little
 cloches would look pretty cute updated for the holidays. 

So I took this + this and made ....
1. Remove glass dome from clock
2. Spray pain terracotta saucer white and allow to dry.
3. Apply a generous amount of glue on saucer 
4. While glue is wet, cover with glitter. Allow to dry.
5. Fill saucer with fake snow and place desired item to display. 
NOTE: You can also spray paint the actual base of the clock if you wish. 

So simple to do and as you can see, you can put pretty much anything in it. 
I plan on making a few more to display in our living room.
A little village would look adorable no? 

But wait till you see all these other beautiful ideas ... wow right? 
Glam Christmas Throw Pillows by Thoughts from Alice

A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette by Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

Christmas Cloche by Craftberry Bush

A Vintage Mantel for Winter by Finding Silver Pennies

Thrifty DIY Part One: Faux Fur Throw Rug by Creating Vintage Charm

DIY Holiday Walling Hanging by House of Hipsters

Christmas Decor from Thrifty Find by Town and Country Living

The Trellis Tree by Cozy Little House

DIY Centerpiece Tray by Cherished Bliss

Rustic Christmas Tree by Delineate Your Dwelling

DIY Shabby Chic Picture Frame by 365 Days of Crafts

DIY Crocks by So Much Better With Age

Thank you so much for stopping by...have a great weekend! xo 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Birch Bark Pine Cone Ornament

The snow is falling as I type this and it slowly fills the landscape,
covering it with its white blanket. It's cozy and warm inside
our home and I'm feeling grateful for the roof over our heads.

This week I made this sweet little pine cone ornament out of birch bark.
It was super easy to make and adds just the perfect touch to your woodland
decor. You can see how easy it was to make over at my eHow blog.

Thank you so much for supporting me there as well...xo

I'll be back tomorrow with some more inexpensive
Christmas decor. 'Till then, have a beautiful day.

Much love,

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Watercolor Flamingo Wallpaper

Hello friends. Today is the last week
of the One Item Project Challenge,
hosted by my friend Shauna.

Let me bring you up to date in case you missed it.

On week one, we were challenged to use twigs
and I used driftwood to make this handsome fella.

On week two, we used fabric as hubby
and I built this X-leg upholstered bench.

And this week, we used wallpaper.

I am particularly excited about this project as the
wallpaper has one of my watercolor designs on it. :)

Spoonflower makes it so easy to download
and pick the pattern that you want.

Here's an extreme close up of it. 

It's hard to capture the detail with the camera but
I was impressed with the quality and the color of the
wallpaper, as it remained true to the actual art work.

If you recall a few weeks ago, I shared our daughter's room,
which has a little en-suite bathroom, and I thought this
would be the perfect opportunity to give it a little makeover.

 Here is the dreaded before photo.
Pretty sad looking, but a blank canvas.

 We started by removing the horrible builder's light fixture and mirror.

 Only to discover the builders had made an additional
HUGE hole beside the actual electrical hole (?).

I was really worried about the removal of the mirror and was
getting all of the safety gear necessary for hubby, but by the time
I got back upstairs, he had already removed it. I would recommend
taping your mirror in a criss-cross pattern and using safety
gloves and glasses prior to removing a mirror from a wall.

Often times, these builder mirrors are glued generously to the
wall and they can shatter. Lucky for us, it only had one line of
adhesive running through the centre. It left a bit of a mark,
but it did not rip the drywall. We filled in the holes, sanded the
wall down and wiped it very well prior to adhering the wallpaper.

I decided to order the peel and stick wallpaper from Spoonflower
Peel and stick is less of a commitment should we want to remove it
later on and putting the wallpaper up was actually fairly simple.

I do recommend a friend to help you though...:) 

And after a couple of hours...

Ta-da....a pretty, feminine and chic little girl's washroom :)
I wish I had my own bathroom growing up, but
we had to share a tiny little bathroom between 7 of us.

The best part of a project is bringing the accessories in, don't you think?

And the worse part of doing a bathroom makeover is trying
to get decent photos. It's such a small space with no windows
and the poor lighting gives it a yellowish glow :(

Our daughter often speaks of visiting Paris and loves
anything Eiffel tower. So of course, I painted this quick
little sketch for her using gold paint and some glitter.

We will eventually replace the faucet and vanity, but
we wanted something that was cost effective for now. :)

I'm so happy we decided to wallpaper this space,
but what makes me happier is seeing our little
girl's face and hearing her say...'I love it'  

Thank you once again for sharing a little bit of your day with me.

Have a beautiful day.

Much love,
Here are the other amazing wallpaper projects:

 Wallpaper Canvas Art by So Much Better With Age
Powder Room Wallpaper by Satori Design for Living
Wallpaper Backed Bookcase by The Happy Housie
Bathroom Makeover by Craftberry Bush
Faux Birchbark Centerpiece by Fynes Designs

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