Creating craft storage

My craft room is gone, so I had to do some creative re-arranging to find space for my supplies.

I removed the shelving from the basement and installed it in my bedroom closet.


There is plenty of room for all of my supplies as well as cushion forms and fabric. A few of the containers are still empty, so room for more :)

My clothes are still here; I removed my dresser from the closet and put it in my bedroom.



I had this bench made many years ago, intended for my kitchen, but I never used it. It fits into the nook in my dining room pretty good.


Some rearranging occurred between my kitchen and dining room, swapping the table and McGyvering a smaller table for the kitchen.


The bench and table will be redone to match my coffee table.


The two things that I use the most, had to be close at hand; my cricut and my sewing machine. Perfect storage for them in the bench.


And a new chandelier, waiting to be hung.


All of this has to wait while I get the basement ready for my sister. Almost done. It has been a lot of work, purging, cleaning, carpeting, painting. I think the purging part is my favourite :)


Giveaway winners

Thanks to all that entered and left such touching and sometimes funny comments.

Comment #17 is Sally who said…


I would love to just sit down with my husband two daughters - no cell phones, no appointments - just us!
Love the stencils!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!


Comment # 10 is Shelly who said…

Random 2

Mel, think this is a great giveaway..a person to talk to..family (mom or sister) or you (that way I could maybe go thrifting with you..you have a way better selection than I do where I live)!
Anyway, good luck to everyone who enters!

I will send each of you a message to get your mailing address.


Giveaway reminder – rustic herb crate stencils

Only 26 entries so far. I am giving away two sets of stencils, so your odds of winning are pretty good :)

Visit this post to enter.


It's give away time - rustic herb crates stencils


It's been a long time since I hosted my own giveaway. Remember my rustic herb crates?

I have two sets of vinyl stencils to give away. Although I did not make the Rosemary crate, I have recently created the stencil. You get all four stencils.

These are pre-weeded vinyl, ready to lay down on your surface, then you just paint them in. I recommend using a few very light coats of paint to reduce the risk of bleeding. They can only be used one time, they are not stencils made of acetate or mylar, but of vinyl.

So, in order to win, there has to be a hoop to jump through. Just kidding. I'd like to do something a little different this time.

Leave me a comment telling me one person that you would like to sit down and talk with, and why. That's it.
If you want to follow my blog, great, but you don't have to.

Two random winners will be chosen on Friday February 24th. Good luck, my friends.

P.S. be sure to leave your email address if you don't have one associated with your account.

Cha Cha Cha Changes

The new year didn’t start out too well for me and it seems that my life is soooo busy. Hopefully it will get back to some semblance of normal soon :)

I’m working on emptying my craft room so that my sister can stay with us while she goes to school.  I finally had it organized, and now I am rearranging my entire house to empty the room. LOL

The dining room is getting yet another update as it will become my craft room. My closet will store my craft supplies; that’s the only space I have left.

So, I better get back to work.

before I go, I wanted to share with you my daughters most recent sketch. Sigh, I wish I were artistic like her.



It’s a long weekend here in Ontario, so I’m taking advantage of it.  Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.


A new tool to determine colours


Look at this!  A tool provided by Sherwin Williams that will allow you to find colours used in any online photo. This is a photo of my lamp makeover and it picked the colours out perfectly!  I am already addicted :)


I am soooooooo excited!  Kelly from Jax does design posted about a new tool that she has been turned on to.

You guys are going to be amazed.

Head on over to Sherwin Williams ChipIt for the details


Ooh La La – Frenchie claw foot coffee table

It took a long time, but I’m done. And I love how it turned out.
Claw foot coffee table make over at JunkinJunky.blogspot.com

This is what I started with
Claw foot coffee table make over at JunkinJunky.blogspot.com 
The wording was from the Ballard Designs ottoman knock off that I created.
PB knock off at JunkinJunky.blogspot.com
I’m not a fan of heavily distressed furniture, and since this will be for sale, I wanted to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. I distressed and glazed and kept it pretty conservative.
Claw foot coffee table make over at JunkinJunky.blogspot.com
Claw foot coffee table make over at JunkinJunky.blogspot.com
A post on how I created such a big stencil is forthcoming, for now I’ll sit down and relax.
Claw foot coffee table make over at JunkinJunky.blogspot.com

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Chic on a Shoestring Decorating



I have been really busy with stencil orders this past week, so didn’t have time to work on my coffee table. Tonight I finally had a few hours, so I got to work.

This is the final look I’m going for

cutlery chest

I created the stencil with my cricut and SCAL software. Because the table is 33” wide, I had to break the stencil into three pieces to get it to cover such a large area.

Now it’s drying and tomorrow I will spend some time sanding it down so it looks like it’s always been on there.

can you see my oops? Obviously I’m not going for perfection :)coffee table stencilled .



With the announcement that Google Friend Connect will no longer be available to platforms other than Blogger, I became a little worried. How am I going to let people know that use other platforms, that I still follow them and value what they post? 

Needless worry, but that’s just how I am :)  Brett of McLinky fame, has created a new tool that will allow you to follow blogs, no matter the platform. Linky Followers is his newest tool to help us out.

I’m not sure if I need it on my Blogger blog, but I don’t think it hurts to have it along with GFC, do you?  And what if GFC all of a sudden is no longer available to anyone?!!! Just to have all of my bases covered (‘cause I’m paranoid like that LOL), I also have a Word Press blog.

I’m still figuring it out, so I don’t post there yet, but maybe someday.

I’ve been blogging for a while now, and I am so appreciative of those that follow along with me. To think that people actually want to read the things that I post about, is thrilling!

I am hoping to finish off my coffee table this weekend. I consulted with the best out there, Susan of Maple and Magnolia and she inspired me to create something that is unique.