Decorating slump

I’ve been off work since the 22nd and I’ve done very little, in fact I’m in a bit of a decor slump :) 

I want to do something to this humongo frame but since I have no artistic capability, it sits blank.

DSC07850 I did manage to get a couple of things done though

I removed the toilet roll holder from my bathroom. Who designs houses anyway? You practically had to do an about face to get paper while sitting on the throne :) Of course removing it meant that I had to repaint the wall.

DSCN1159-1_thumb[2]  no toilet roll holder

While I had the paint out, I repainted the powder room off of my bedroom.

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It’s now a much more soothing shade of blue. I got rid of the stand behind the toilet in favour of these two shelves that I got while junkin’ in the summer.

I have distressed one of them to see which I like better and I still can’t decide. Which do you prefer?


And I got some new bedside lamps. I love the lamps that I had, but they take up valuable space on my side tables. I bought the lamps for $6 each and the shades for $1.50 each. I have to come up with a way to cover the cords as the thrift store were fresh out of covers :)


Today is my big bubba’s 18th birthday!  I know, I know, hard to believe that a woman this young looking can have an 18 year old. Ha ha. We are going out for dinner tonight and his choice is Korean bbq, of which none of us have ever tried, it should be interesting.

Here he is with my daughter. They really do adore one another and get along so well.


I’ll see you all in 2012! 


2011 in review

When I thought about writing a post about 2011, I had completely forgotten about some of the projects that I completed this year; it was nice to be reminded of all that I had accomplished.
Take a look through all of the projects that you have completed this year, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Here are few of my favourites. Click on any picture to be taken to the post.
I transformed my entry into a soft and welcoming space.
Created a knock off Pottery Barn plate
And used freezer paper to create a Union Jack cushion – had to get in on the Royal Wedding craze early :)
Union Jack cushion
I created a silhouette gallery wall of my family and included this vintage, linen tea towel for fun.
Painted a 70’s drum table in silver and created a bird sanctuary LOL
March was a month of vinyl and stencilling projects
Spring was beckoning, so I gave my bedroom a fresh new look
In April we celebrated my daughters birthday and celebrated my bathroom reno. This is the project that I am most proud of as I did most of it myself; tiling, flooring, moulding, painting and created a really nifty shelf, perfect for small spaces.

I had fun creating this sunburst mirror from paint sticks and skewers
I redecorated my daughters bedroom, repurposing a king size headboard to create a daybed, stencilling a floor cloth and a damask pattern for the wall.
With the warm weather around the corner, I finished my patio makeover, you really must see the before!
June was a month of crafts, upcycling several items.
A side table from a candlestick and old table top
A tote bag from an old skirt
Recovered chairs with modern fabric
Since I had updated my daughters room, my son could not be left out
I made my own rustic herb crates
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Updated an old trunk that was being stored in the garage
created a savings bank from an old shadow box
I updated an ugly $10 coffee table to something more modern
Created my own version of the Ballard Designs moulin cube
Made a rustic looking monogram with an old clock frame
And redecorated my bedroom. This is the easiest headboard ever; two large canvases, some batting and fabric stretched over them. Because it’s so lightweight, it’s easy to hang and change.
I made peacock feathers out of vinyl to update my lampshades; easily replaced when I grow tired of them
After 9 years, I finally made over my walk in closet
An old cutlery chest became the perfect place for remote controls and drink coasters
I learned how to split a letter and created several of these to sell
Last year I created horizontal stripes in the dining room; I hated them instantly but lived with them until I couldn’t live with them any longer. A fresh coat of paint and I kissed those mind blowing stripes away.
With the purchase of my new to me DSLR, I had to have a camera bag, so I made one
Discovering that brass is back, I found this fantastic partridge for $3.

I got an early start on Christmas decorating
A simple Christmas craft
I incorporated purple into my existing Christmas decorations for an update
Once again, I reorganized my craft room to try to make some order of the chaos
Always a very busy month for me, it was a little quiet in the home decor front. I did manage a couple of projects like this Trina Turk cushion knock off
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And a giant Christmas kissing ball
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So what’s in store for 2012?  I have a few projects in mind, like creating a cutting table for my craft room and updating a dining room table. I also would like to continue to sell my custom signs and lettering to earn some extra money for my decorating projects. I look forward to the new year and thank all of you that take time to visit, leave encouraging comments and provide me with such inspiration.
Happy new year!

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