Friday, 23 September 2011

A fabulous coffee sack

I’ve been under the weather the last couple of days. My bestie, despite going through some really tough times, always finds a way to make me feel better. She asked if she could bring me some chicken soup :)

Instead of chicken soup she brought me some lime green gladiolus and the most fabulous coffee sack ever! I stapled it into a frame and now it is on my kitchen chalkboard wall.


I’ve had a lot of coffee sacks, but never one as pretty as this one. I love it!


When I get more, I will host a giveaway so that you too can have one of these fantastic sacks.

Sunday, 18 September 2011


My favourite time of year. Beautiful colour, crisp air, lovely scents….aahhhh.

I picked up a few things at the dollar store today to bring some fall, indoors. I brought out my faux fur plum throw, which I’ve been dying to use. It’s stating to get cozy.


Saturday, 17 September 2011

Monogrammed wedding gift

There is a really sweet girl at my work that will be getting married next month.I wanted to make something for her that is meaningful and pretty.

I found instructions for splitting a letter in Scal 2 from Denise at Paper Pastime. It was tedious and a little frustrating to weed the teeny tiny pieces of vinyl out.  But it’s done and it’s beautiful.

I bought the frame at Ikea. The mat opening was the perfect size for a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock.


Here is a close up


If you are interested in purchasing the svg files for each letter of the alphabet, Denise has done all of the work for you and the price is phenomenal. Visit Paper Pastime for the details.


The monster in the bathroom

I saw this on Pinterest and knew that I wanted one.

Easy enough to make with SCAL and cut it out on my cricut.

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oh what fun!
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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Cutlery chest becomes handy storage

I don’t know about you, but I get tired of picking up remotes and finding a place for them. I wanted some functional storage for them that also looked good.
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I found this cutlery chest and knew that it would be ideal. At $3.99, if it didn’t work out, it was no great loss.


I sprayed it white after giving it a good sanding, but the stain bled through. Back to HD for some kilz primer and it did the trick.

I wasn’t sure what to put on it, but I for sure did not want it to be plain white. I pulled out my stencil that I created for my storage cube ottoman and cushion cover, and used that.

I then applied some stain and quickly wiped it off as I only wanted a hint of stain.

Now I have a place for remotes, candle lighter, coasters and what ever else I want to be put away when not in use.

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I am having trouble lining the interior. I hate fussing with fiddly bits :)

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

fun with paint chips

Because they are free and because the frames were only a dollar, I played around tonight and made a Halloween craft.

Just because.


Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Are you a noreply comment blogger?

When someone is kind enough to leave a comment on a posting, I like to thank them. Or perhaps a question has been asked, to which I would like to reply.

Problem is, there are so many that are These are the people that have not attached an email address to their blogger account.

I’m here to help :)  In a few easy steps, you can add your email address to your blogger account (sorry, I have no experience with wordpress to help you out).

Go to your dashboard and click on Edit Profile


Click the box where it says “show my email address”, then under Identity, enter your email address (see mine?


Save your changes.  That’s it :)  Now I can respond to you.

I hope this has helped.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

It only took 9 years – closet make over

Despite how hideous my bedroom closet was, I never felt compelled to make it over. More than likely it’s because I don’t put a lot of time and effort into how I dress. I am not a clothes horse and when something doesn’t fit or I don’t wear it, out it goes.

For my birthday last month, a friend had given me, amongst other things, a pretty storage box. Maybe it was a hint? LOL

Here it is mostly completed. I still have to get a better/bigger mirror, but I’ll probably concoct one myself.


It’s better than it was, let me show you

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It had falling down wire shelving, a lovely barney the dinosaur wall and a bare light bulb.

I painted the walls a taupe colour that I picked up at the recycle center. I went to my back yard and took the brackets off of the fence and sprayed them in glossy black. I purchased a melamine shelf from Rona so that I didn’t have to paint a piece of wood, and placed it on the brackets.

I went back to Home Sense to see if I could find two more baskets like the one my girlfriend had given me, but there were none, so I bought two of these animal print ones.


My Ikea malm dresser was boring, so with my SCAL software I created the oval pattern. Being the thrifty gal that I am, I used shelf paper that I bought at the dollar store.


The mirrored jewellery box and the little white tray were both bought at the thrift store some time ago.


I had to come up with a way to cover the bald light bulb.  I already had a drum shade but had to figure out a way to suspend it. I used 4 cup hooks in the ceiling.


I attached wire to each of the arms of the drum shade and looped them around the hooks. Worked like a charm.
I did manage to whittle my wardrobe down a little more and I now have lots of room for more clothes.


Here is a glimpse of my split personality; my work clothes are plain and colourless, my clown clothes (in case you missed it, I am a professional clown) are so bright and cheerful. :0)

It’s not a very large closet so it was difficult to take photos. The only things I purchased were a roll of shelf liner for a dollar, two baskets for $25 and a shelf for $9. A $35 makeover.

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Monday, 5 September 2011

Peacock feather lampshades

Because I moved my brown lampshades to my bedroom, I brought the white drumshades down to the living room.

Plain and boring, I wanted to give them a little zing :)

I found a simple image of a peacock feather and traced is using SCAL then cut them with my cricut I created a stencil at first, but nixed that idea because then the peacock feathers would be permanent. I like to change things up quickly and without too much fuss, so I cut them out of black vinyl. Perfect for me.

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Saturday, 3 September 2011

Easy pleats

Last year some time I read about a fabulous pleating tool made by Angie Knowles called the Quick Pleater.

Several of you have asked what it is I used to quickly and easily make the pleats on my ottoman slipcover

You can purchase yours from Angie, or you can make them yourself (or have someone else do it, as I have). Mine are a little crude, but do the job well.

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I used the 4” one to make the pleats on my ottoman


While at Wally World the other day I came across this tool to make pom poms for $1.97

DSCN2548Same shape!  Works the exact same way. The best part is that it will make 2 different sizes of pleats, 2” and 1 1/4”.  I love a great and thrifty find!

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