Beautiful Handmade Flowers

I am getting married next spring and I'm determined to do most of the decorations for the wedding myself.  I came across this tutorial compliments of EmmaLee Elizabeth Designs.  It didn't look too complicated and I was so impressed by how beautiful and real they looked, so I decided I was going to give it a try. You can get all the instructions on her website.  The template for the petals you can get here compliments of Martha Stewart.

I proceed to cut out loads of petals and started putting them together.  They are a little hard to put together at the beginning but once you get the hang of it, you can make quite a few in a short period of time. Once you have put them together, painted them and let them dry, they are gorgeous and the nice thing is they last forever. Below are samples of how mine turned out.  I love them and have plans to make a whole lot more....



My New Coffee Table

It's been a while since I've posted here.  It was a busy summer this year, we did some Reno's around the house, had a wedding in the family, did some travelling and I retired!!!  Yes that's true, I'm retired and have lots of time on my hands yet busier than I've ever been....

But summer is over and fall is here and that means less time outdoors and more time indoors.  I recently brought up to my hubby that we need a new coffee table.  Every time I mention purchasing a new piece of furniture, i.e. a table, end tables, shelving unit etc, he says "oh I could make that".  So I challenged him to this and asked if he would make me a coffee table as we were using an ottoman as our coffee table.  So down to the workshop he went and I am happy to say he constructed a beautiful coffee table for us.  It was a joint effort project however as he did the construction but the painting and staining was left to me.

He started off by measuring and cutting all the boards all the boards.  He used ceramic tile spacers in between each board to ensure that each board was spaced the same.

Once the table was constructed it was my turn to start the painting and staining.

I wanted the table to have that industrial look where the base looked like steel and the top rustic.  So I started off with painting the base in flat black.  I also wanted the tope to have that worn and weather wood look so I hammered and banged the wood up to give it that beaten and worn look.  The I then proceeded to stained the boards first with a stain I made with steel wool and apple cider vinegar. 

Once the boards were stained and dry, I applied another stain that I had mixed at the hardware store called "Driftwood" which was very grey in colour.  I wasn't sure if it was going to turn out the way I had envisioned but what the heck give it a try.  Well I was happy to see that once the driftwood stain dried the darker stain was peaking through.

I was so happy and pleased at how it all turned out.  Here it is in all it's glory in our family room.  Next on to the end tables.....stay tuned!

16 Ways to Bring Summer into your Kitchen

1. Decorate with market finds. Place juicy tomatoes or ripe peaches in a big bowl, plunk an armful of sunflowers in a pitcher and keep fresh citrus on hand in a glass apothecary jar.
2. Roll out an indoor-outdoor rug. Bring in a dose of fresh color without worrying about spills and stains with a tough indoor-outdoor rug in the kitchen.


Patio Furniture Revamp

Summer is here and we spend a whole lot of time outside on our back patio.  I had decided this summer I was going to replace my tired and worn out old patio cushions with some new colourful cushions to brighten up the back yard.  The patio furniture itself was still in excellent shape but the cushions had lost their ummph!! 

I started searching for new cushions at various locations and online, but just couldn't find the right sizes or colours that I wanted and they were sooo darn expensive!!  So I decided I would just redo the old cushions instead.  I ordered some colourful fabric from a great site for a large selection of fabric.  I ordered 11 yards to be on the safe side and the whole order with shipping and handling came to approximately $130.  I wouldn't have been able to purchase even 3 cushions for that price.

Shut The Front Door.......

Curb appeal, yup that's what can make your home stand out from all the others. 

Since we've moved into our home a year ago, I've been wanting to paint the front door.  I felt like something was missing and I knew a couple of coats of paint on the front door would do the trick. 

So I've been cruising Pinterest and Houzz for some colour ideas and wow some doors just pop once painted...

Kitchen Progress

I haven't posted for a while as we have been busy, now that spring is finally here.  We've been more focused on the outside of the house now.  but I do want to show you what kept us busy during the winter months.  It's been a process but we are slowly getting our kitchen the way we would like.  I posted earlier when we first moved in pictures of the kitchen the way it was.  It was the one room in the house that I really didn't like.  I knew that in order for me to be happy in this house I needed something more up to date, so we had some work ahead of us. 

At first we were going to rip everything out and start from scratch but then decided (to save money and headaches) work with what we had.  The first thing I did was paint the countertops and cabinets, it made the kitchen feel a bit better and brighter.  Then we replaced the old outdated appliances with new stainless steel appliances, love my new gas range!   You can view the old post and pictures here.  Once the counters and cabinets were painted we had new flooring installed and decided to extend the existing Island. 

Little Boys Room

The other day I posted that I was working on a decorating project for a little boy's room.  The parents felt it was time to re-do his room as their son was now leaving the baby stage and moving into the toddler stage and needed a more age appropriate room and space.  Well the work has been completed and it turned out quite nice.

Never "rule" things out!

I recently landed another decorating job, this one was a little different from what I was used to.  My clients wanted to redo their 2 1/2 year-old son's room.  He was now leaving the baby crib stage and moving on to big boy's bed, so mom and dad thought it was time to change it up.