Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Outdoor extravaganza

Hello friends! I hope you have had a great week. 
I was looking through some old photos from
 last Spring and came across these pretty Lilacs.
This particular image was published in Somerset Home magazine.
I can't wait to be able to bring some of these home again this year. 
I am not much of a gardener but I am able to keep my plants looking nice and green indoors, so I think there might be hope for me outside as well. 
I know it's  a lot more effort but I'm willing to give it a try. 

Speaking of gardening, this year, I have the honour
of joining some of my talented friends in the
Outdoor Extravaganza link parties.  
This is my first time joining them so I'm feeling some pressure.

Tiffany from Living Savvy
Angie from Echoes of Laughter
Lucy from Craftberry Bush
Shauna from Satori Design for Living (that’s me!)
Dawn from Inspired Living

At least it will give me a reason to pretty up our backyard. 
Hopefully you will help me with my gardening questions along the way.

So remember, we have about 1 month to get our planters
 pretty and ready for the first linky party. :)
I will of course remind you as the date gets closer.

In the mean time, don't forget to come back tonight and link up your current project at 
The Inspiration Gallery. 

see you in a bit...xo 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Embossed vase DIY

A couple of months ago, I purchased a can of spray
 paint in preparation for my Spring hutch (here)
I sprayed painted some jars in various shades of blue 
but as it turned out, I never ended up using them. 
Fast forward to last week when I was looking through the Chatalaine magazine cover and spotted that cute little canister on the counter. I love the embossing on it. 
And so it goes that the little DIY voice in my head pops in and says 'you can make that' 
So I gathered my supplies: 
Inexpensive canisters or glass jars
Printout of image (optional) 
Puffy paint 
Spray paint 
I purchased some inexpensive canisters from our local thrift store and gave them a good wash. 
I then drew the image I wanted onto the canister with a Sharpie. 
Note: If you are not comfortable doing it free hand, find a design on line, print it out and tape to the inside of the jar. You can now simply trace it through the glass. 
Outline image with puffy paint and allow to dry. 
Spray paint and voila! 
This photo gives you a better idea of how it looks. 
Notice how I mimicked the 'B' to look like that of a Ball jar...I'm clever like that...hehe.

I knew I would be using the canister as a vase, 
but this is how pretty it looks with its lid on. 
You can make an entire set and write an image
 to indicate the contents, such as sugar, flour etc. 
I love that this particular design gave me some freedom for imperfections. 
It almost looks like a wax stamp, doesn't it?
It says ' Akins made' 
And after our little iced tea photshoot was over, this is where these lovelies ended up. 
On our mantel, which  has changed yet again. Some of my favourite color combos together with the beautiful Ranunculus flower some real some paper...:) 
Wouldn't these make such a sweet gift? 

So happy that you were able to stop by!
 Thank you so much and see you soon! 
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Free watercolor Easter printable

Hi! Just a quick post today to share with you some 
pretty watercolor printables I worked on last week.
 I made a couple of versions and also included some gift tags for you. 
As you can see these have a border but the actual printables do not. 
I have also left one blank, so you can write what you wish on it.
You just have to import it into PowerPoint or PicMonkey and add your own font. 


Click on image to enlarge
Right click and save to print. 
For personal use only. 

Click on image to enlarge
Right click and save to print. 
For personal use only. 

Right click to save and print

Please enjoy the use of these printables, 
but remember that they are for your own personal use only.
If you wish to share your own printable from the blank provided,
 please link back to this post as the source.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and hope to see you again soon.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Watercolor eggs

Hello everyone. I hope you enjoyed your weekend.
If you followed me on Instagram,
 then you might know that I purchased 
my first professional set of watercolor paints. 
This weekend I had a little fun using them.  
Except I moved from painting on paper to painting eggs...
Don't they look so tender?
I find pansies are perfect for experimenting with 
watercolor because of the way the color of the petals bleed into each other. 
I might have been having too much fun because I ended up painting a dozen eggs...
I even painted some pretty Ranunculus.
I kinda wish I had blown the eggs because they look so pretty sitting on this bowl
and I think they would make a great display beyond Easter.

Thank you so much for visiting me.
 I hope you have a fantastic day! 

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