Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Life To An Old Nightstand

One passion of mine that is coming back is thrifting and up cycling pieces to use in our home.  It feels good to have that passion back again.  Looking forward to more of it in 2016!

I purchased this piece last spring with an idea to one day redo it.  It had good solid bones… but well it needed something :)

Yesterday I decided to tackle it.  I gave it a couple of coats of chalk paint, distressed it and then waxed it.  I love the new look and love how a bit of distressing just gives it a lived in, homey feel.

Now, my head is spinning with the many ideas I have for those other pieces that have been collecting dust that I have just waiting for the right project and idea!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I love Christmas.  I love Santa and what he portrays.  I have been collecting my Christmas items slowly, year by year, adding a piece or two.  Today I am going to share some of my favourite pieces… I don't have everything out since we have a 15 month old grand daughter who gets into everything.

A new piece this year is the sweater pillow… I took a thrift store sweater and pillow form and created it.  Cost less than $10 and I got some leg warmers too :)  The Santa pillow I found last year.

More new things… the vintage santa mugs.  Love them!  Great addition to my tea bar.

Next up some of my favourite hand made items.  I created this with my oldest daughter when she was 2.  She now has a baby of her own :)

I always crafted with my kids and snowmen were easy for them to paint so we have a lot of snowman items that they created over the years.

I also like to paint and I painted some of the items as well.

My favourite of my painted pieces… love this chair.

I have 2 of these little guys, both of which have seen better days :)  About 15 years old… I treasure them.

Scraps of wood are never safe, I created the joy piece from just that.

I created the believe sign from a scrap of wood.  That 'typewriter' a find last year.  

This little guy was my husband's grandmother's.  Makes me think of her when I see it.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Planner Addict... Yep!

Please tell me I'm not the only one...

I am a planner addict and there is just something about starting a new one... simple pleasures I guess but I love beginning a new year, new planner - fresh and clean, ready to be scribbled on and put to use.  I also have a very hard time getting rid of the past years planner... it is another document of 'a day in the life' or in this case 'a year in the life'.  What about you?  What do you do with old planners?

This year I am going to have fun with is going to be another venue for my crafting and I can't wait :)  I have started this one with some SRM Stickers... to come up with some resolutions :)

Products Used:
Planner: Jamberry
Stickers: SRM Stickers

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Mani in a Tube stocking stuffer

I love gift giving.   How about you?  I feel it is not the price but the thought.

I wanted to give my Student Teacher a little something as she is doing such a great job.  Well what young girl wouldn't love to have some pretty nails over the holidays?

I packaged up some Jamberry wraps in a plastic tube (on sale right now from SRM Stickers), along with a file, orange stick and a wipe.

 Everything she needs for a quick and easy salon style manicure.  I was a student once, there is not usually extra money for little things for yourself so I hope that she likes it.

Products Used:
Pattern Paper: Cozy Christmas by My Mind's Eye
Tube and Sticker: SRM Stickers
Die: Papertrey Ink
Twine: Divine Twine

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Friday, October 9, 2015

And we have rain

Friday Fashion

We have had a pretty amazing fall so far but going into Thanksgiving weekend we are getting the rain.  I don't mind... it is a good excuse to cozy up in the house and just relax or for me perhaps do a bit of crafting.

Of course if I must head out... will do so in style and have my nails all set as well.

Nail Wraps and Lacquers:  Jamberry Nails

Earrings: Stella & Dot

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Fashion

Friday Fashion

Heading out with some friends for coffee? Here is a fun fall look for such an occasion.

Rather fitting as I am heading out to Seattle for a Jamberry Summit with a few of my Jamberry team members.  It is going to be so much fun!!!

Jewelry by Stella & Dot (click on photos to be taken to website)

Lacquer, Gel Enamel and Nail Wraps:  Jamberry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Autumn Home Decor from an Old Pallet

I love to decorate my house for the seasons and holidays.  It makes me happy.  What also makes me happy is when I create my own decorations for next to nothing!  Here I have upcycled an old pallet.
My husband cut the pallet apart for me and then all the pieces just sat for a long time.  He was going to take them to the dump one day but I wouldn't let him.

So glad that I didn't :)

Up cycling items is a passion of mine and it is so satisfying to see the end product.  And now it sits on my fireplace mantle, nestled in some of my other decor.  I love to look at it, the worn, shabbiness of it - makes my heart happy.

I have a full tutorial up on the Scrapbook Adhesive Blog and you know what?  There is a great prize up for grabs so be sure to hop on over!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Is it possible to have too many pumpkin recipes?  I don't think so!  I love pumpkin and I especially love when I can create something using pumpkin and it is healthy!

Today I am sharing my Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal recipe.  It is so easy to prepare (has to be... I like things to be quick and easy) and will make enough for a few days worth of breakfast for one person!  The addition of the yogurt, chia and hemp really ups the protein factor.  Of course I try to add matcha whenever I can :)

Click on photo for the recipe

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pumpkin Matcha Smoothie

The season for pumpkin everything is here and for a limited time there are some pretty great specials at Steeped Tea. One of the items is Pumpkin Matcha - yum!  I love everything pumpkin.... what about you?!

I decided to try my hand at making a pumpkin smoothie and boy it is so delicious!  Believe me, you are going to love it so I do suggest getting your hands on some of our Pumpkin Matcha while you can!

Next time I am going to try some vanilla greek yogurt instead of the protein powder but I didn't have any this time - which is unheard of... I always have some in my fridge!

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Makes a great gift for you or someone else.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Fashion Friday - Bring on Fall

Fall is here, are you ready?  With the long hot summer that we have had I am definitely ready to pull out my sweaters, boots and scarves!

Purse and jewelry by Stella & Dot

Lacquer and Nail Wraps by Jamberry