Sunday, 29 April 2012

Painted bamboo étagère's

I finally had some nice weather today to finish spraying the two étagère's that I bought a couple of weeks ago.
I love how they turned out and I will now have some fun playing around with the display.  I gathered some things from my old bookcase and weeded out others.

vintage painted bamboo etageres at

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Here is a before

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Sarah Richardson used a very similar one to mine, in season 4 of Sarah's house. Her price $225 for one, my price $70 for two!  And we live in the same shopping market.

After I took the photos, I realized that the hippo looks like he is taking a bite out of the bamboo :)

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Friday, 27 April 2012

Suzani embroidered cushions–a splurge

I don’t often shop retail; what I don’t find at thrift stores, I will come up with a way to make it myself. But, every once in a while I find something so fabulous that I must have it. Today I decided to treat myself to two new cushion covers (pillow covers, tomato – tomato, potato – potato, you know what I mean).

They were on sale though and well worth the $44 I spent for both.


I have used green as an accent colour in my home for a long time. I’m always drawn to it’s vibrancy, varying shades and earthy feel.


I found this artificial cat grass planter last week. A pop of green is always fresh.


It’s still a little chilly around here, and there was snow earlier this week. My plants are coming up very slowly, but it won’t be long before I can see my hostas again, my favourite plant.  This chocolate something or other is so pretty and only blooms in the spring. I’m not a gardener so I have no idea what the names of plants are, but I do remember that this had the word “chocolate” in it’s name, ha ha.


Have a wonderful weekend friends.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Baby shower gift

I am going to a baby shower this coming Sunday for a cousin, twice removed, that I’ve never met. She is registered but I’m not a registry kind of gal. Instead I made her something, that I think will be more meaningful.

She knows she is having a girl, hence the pink :)  The wood is 16” x 16” and the white frame is 5” x 7”.
I have never made one of these before and I learned some lessons along the way.

1st lesson, don’t buy laminated wood.  When I drilled the holes to cut out the hole for the frame, the veneer splintered to bits. Next time I will buy solid wood.


2nd lesson, buy solid wood, then I won’t have to iron on banding, saving me a whole lot of sanding.

And the 3rd and final lesson is to pay attention to the directions on the bottle of gorilla glue. It really does expand 3 to 4 times it’s size.

The opening of the frame is 4” x 5” where she will be able to put a picture of her baby. After the baby is born, I will personalize it with her name and date of birth at the bottom.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Pagoda style bamboo etagere–score!

Recently a new Habitat for Humanity store opened in my city. I popped in after work yesterday and found these beauts!
I didn’t buy them. Then I worried all night that I should have bought them and they would be gone for sure the next day, because that’s the kind of luck I have.  Uh, uh, they were there when I went in after work today.  Of course I called earlier in the day and asked them to hold them for me.
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yep, two of them.
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They have their glass shelves intact (not shown) and are sturdy.  One of the legs has a slight blemish, but I’m ok with imperfection.
When I first saw them, I was a little put off by all of the detail on the sides, but once I took a closer look, I love it.
and the pagoda top is just gorgeous.
So, now to the price.  They reduced the damaged one by $10, so it was $29.99 and the other one was $39.99, and NO TAXES :)
They are going to get a good cleaning and will be sprayed in a glossy white.  I can’t wait to get started. Woo Hoo!

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Recent Junkin’ finds and an amazing present

Most Fridays, my local Goodwill has a 50% off sale. I don’t often go because the people are cah ray Z!!!  For a week now, I have had my eye on a ceramic planter that I really, really wanted, but it was $6.06 and I’m much too cheap to pay that much. I waited until Friday to go to the GW after work; I’m telling you, I was on pins and needles all day. I walked in, and there it was!

A big ol’ fat hippo planter. Love it!  Well worth the wait and the $3.03 I paid. I think you will agree

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Just look at that cute butt :)
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I have no patience for plants. Even succulents die under my care.  I found this rubber succulent in a bamboo planter for $2.02, so I scooped it up.


I received the most amazing gift this past week. 
This is my friend Sue.
She is a great gal and learned to knit as a child in England. She made me this cable knit throw!  I am envious of her amazing talent, a true lost art form.  How beautiful.

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I hope you are all having a great weekend.

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Friday, 6 April 2012

Home made gifts and other ramblings

There are so many birthdays amongst my family and friends in April; my mum, my daughter, two of my sisters, my sister-in-law, two friends.

Buying gifts for everyone is out of the question, but when I have time, I like to make home made gifts.

A friend mentioned to me that she would love to have one of the coffee sack pillows I make, so I made her two, and a monogrammed burlap tote bag.


This friend is a potato fiend. She loves them prepared every way you can imagine, especially french fries.  Recently my daughter has created a new series of drawings that she named “Potato Problems”. I had to beg her to make me a couple of cards, since they are so cute.


Another friend is hosting Good Friday dinner tonight. She ordered some signs for Mothers Day, so as a thank you for the invite I made her signs early, as a gift.


And every once in a while, I am blessed enough to get something for free.  I will be picking up this entertainment unit tonight from Kijiji (a Canadian version of Craigslist)


I have some thoughts on what I will do with it, which will definitely involve paint and adding two bookcases, one on each side.