So very happy


Seriously, I can’t get enough of it. 

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New signs

I have made a couple of new signs this past week.

The first is for my friend to commemorate her recent trip to Portugal. This is the town that she stayed in.


This next sign is for a friend and his wife to put up at their cottage. Don’t you just love the name? I do.  The name is a body of water in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. It had been used by the Vikings more than 1000 years ago to dock their vessels. Most recently it was used as the site of the United Kingdom's chief naval base during World War I and World War II. Had they not ordered this sign, I never would have known that. huh.



An unlikely pairing – a new side table

I created this side table today with a couple of pieces from around the house. I was inspired by Richmond Thrifter, who did such a fantastic job on her own table.



I used the top of this old table and a thrifted candle stick.

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Caribbean Blue spray paint and gave it a couple of coats

I then dry brushed all of it with some white paint
I could have made a stencil of the Paris flower market, but didn’t want it to be permanent, so I cut it out of vinyl.
I then used a light grey paint mixed with glaze and gave the whole thing a once over. Best of all, I had everything in the house, so I didn't have to put out any money.

Update, Pam at DIY Design Fanatic asked for the cut file for the Paris flower market image; apparently you can use it with a Silhouette (although I don't know how) by importing the svg file. If you would like the svg, email me and I'll send it to you :)

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Vintage rattan bar cart

I spied this beauty a few weeks ago at the GW for $15.00 and knew that it had to come home with me. Even the glass was intact! I also knew immediately that it was perfect for my girlfriend, who is celebrating a birthday today. She’s in Atlanta today but will be home this weekend so that I can help celebrate her 39th birthday, again :)

She has an oasis for a backyard and this piece will fit in wonderfully. Not to mention, that she loves to entertain, me, not so much.

I gave it a few coats of oil rubbed bronze spray paint, buffed up the castors until they shone brightly and finished it off with a couple of coats of poly.

It went from this


I had to dig deep to find any booze in this house, I don’t usually have much

To this


  And it looks pretty good next to this one for $995.00!

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Happy BD, CL!


Patriotic flag

On July 1st, Canada will be 144 years old!  I’ve never decorated for our celebration before, so I wanted to start with something small. (ok, so probably the only thing I will make :)

I started with this sign from the thrift store for $3.00, which I thought was highway robbery, but I knew it would work for what I wanted it for.


With some spray paint, vinyl and lots of sanding I came up with this sign.


It looks like it’s been dragged down a dirt road from the back of a pick up truck, I’m still learning how to distress :)  It’s not real wood, so it wasn’t easy to get it to look like it is.

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Upcycled: skirt to tote bag

I picked up this skirt at the GW for $3.50 because I really like the fabric. I am in need of a new tote for back and forth to work, and this fabric is so pretty with it’s beads and sequins.
I cut off the bottom to use as handles. The top of the skirt became inside pockets.
I didn’t have any coordinating fabric for the inside, so I used some left over drop cloth.
Now I have a stylin’ tote for $3.50 and a little bit of time.
DSCN1672-1 It reminds me a little of my Nine West purse, that I picked up last summer at the GW.
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Sunny Sunday and a truth

It’s such a lovely and bright day today, I was inspired to add some sunny yellow here and there. I raided my fabric stash and found some yellow that I had previously used to sew one of my costumes.

I made fabric flowers and added a few to my stencilled lampshade. Since I don’t want them there permanently, I used glue dots to adhere them. Another piece of fabric was added to the bottom of the tray, again, just temporarily.

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I added some to a cushion too, and they can easily be removed.


And yet another sign, but this time I tried a different method. I used my cricut to cut out the letters. The sign was base painted white, the letters put on and then I painted over top with some black and grey.  I then removed the vinyl lettering and distressed the entire thing.

Most people know that I don’t enjoy cooking, so I thought this sign was totally appropriate for me :)


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Right out of an L. L. Bean catalogue – knock off art


I fell in love with these latitude and longitude signs from the L. L. Bean catalogue and knew that I could make my own version. I couldn’t figure out how to get the text to curve in Toronto, but that’s a minor detail.
If you would like to make your own, I found a website that allows you to type in your city and state and it will give you the coordinates.  Go to Satellite Signals to get them. How cool is that!

I used vinyl and cut out the lettering with my cricut. The font is Garamond. I really wish I had a better camera because some weird colours are showing up that are NOT on my sign LOL

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Useful chart for the kitchen


Katie at Welcome to Newcomb Home shared this useful weight and measurement chart, and I knew immediately I needed one instead of running to the computer to look things up as I (rarely) cook.

Since I have no idea how to use photo shop to dress it up as Katie did, I used some butterflies on the frame :)



fabric crush: bella porte by dwell studio

Bella Porte, Charcoal

A couple of months back, Barbara of Hodge:Podge introduced me to Tonic Living, a fabulous resource for fresh and modern fabrics that are available to us Canadians, at a decent price. I paid $18.95/metre and the exact fabric is available at InVu Drapery for a little over $35/metre!  That’s not to say that InVu does not have some great choices at good prices, but this particular one was pricier there.

I was immediately taken with this fabric and promptly ordered two metres. Well, it sat, for a while. Tonight I finally decided to recover my old chairs. 



And now:


I hope you can help me; Is there something I can use to cover the staples on the curvy backs, other than gimp?  Gimp is readily available, but I want something less obvious.

This is what I mean by gimp, for those that don’t know what it is :)


Chippy junk

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my thrifty finds, so today is the day :)

I found this pedestal stand for $2.00. I liked the old, chippy worn look of it. The cloche was found last year some time, for cheap, but I can’t remember how much now.


So that led to me painting an old metal tray that I had stashed away forever. I am no expert on creating a chippy look, but I think it turned out pretty good.  And just look at that lovely little scalloped milk glass dish…scrumptious.


Then I headed down to my craft room and guess what I came up with after 2 hours of flitting about? Nothing, nada, zip, zilch.  I think my creativity has taken a holiday and forgot to tell me :)

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