Saturday, 26 July 2014

Guest Bedroom: Paint

In my last post I showed you my trick for deciding on paint colours. Want to know which one I picked?

Behr's Wheadbread

I actually picked up the samples a few months ago and when I went to buy my paint was told that Behr had changed all their names. Fortunately the woman in the paint department was able to look it up for me.

While this colour will eventually go throughout the house I started with D's former bedroom, which is becoming a guest room. I learned from my stalled bedroom redo that I don't like colour on my walls, but prefer it in my fabrics and accessories, so that's the plan for this room.

I've already got the fabric to make my first quilt and supplies for a few other projects so I'm sure there'll be a lot more posts about this room. For now I'm happy just to walk by and see the pretty beige walls.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Picking Paint Colours

It has taken me a while to find my decorating style but I'm getting there. One thing I've come to realize is that as much as I love colour in my house, I don't like it on my walls. I'm a beige girl. There's just something about it that speaks to me and makes me feel comfortable in my house. 

All that to say our house is getting painted. I will do some rooms myself (I quite enjoy painting) and we will hire someone to do the main parts because I'm not tackling a two-story wall with a vaulted ceiling. I'm crazy but not that crazy. 

Because this colour will be carried throughout our house I wanted to be sure I'd like it but didn't want to paint parts of the wall in every room. I saw this idea somewhere but, despite much searching, can't find the original post I saw. I commented on it so if it was your post please let me know.

I narrowed my choices down to five beiges and bought some samples. I then painted each colour on several sheets of white paper, labeled them, and let them dry. 

Once the papers were dry I hung them around the house in different locations. As you can see, the lighting totally changes depending on the room. Once they were up we were able to eliminate several right away and then I took a few weeks to narrow down the final three to one.

Want to know which one was the winner? You'll have to come back later and see. I've spent the day painting the guest room with the one we picked and I love it! I'll post about it soon.

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Birds Nest Pendants

I know I've shown you my birds nest pendants before (here and here), along with a tutorial which was one of my first posts (here). Here are some more I recently made for a custom order for 8 pendants which left the colours and combinations up to me. 

These are definitely my best-selling item, both in my Etsy store but even more so through referrals from people who have their own. While I was in the mood, I made several extras that I'll eventually post in my shop.

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Jolly Rancher Vodka (Gluten and Dairy Free. Seriously.)

As of tomorrow I'll be in Saskatchewan visiting a dear friend and her wonderful family. I wanted to make a little something for her so I decided to try a recipe for Jolly Rancher Vodka from Mix That Drink

To make this you'll need:
Jolly Ranchers
Glass Jars

First, sort your candy. I was surprised that, even with two packs of candy, I had just enough of certain flavours and not enough of others.  

Next, measure your vodka into jars. J and I are not big drinkers but I didn't want to give it to someone without trying it, so I made 3 jars for my friend with 6 oz of vodka each and 3 jars for J and I with 1.5 oz of vodka each. After doing some research I learned not all vodka is safe for me but Smirnoff is totally fine.

Next you add your Jolly Ranchers. The ratio is 1 candy to every 1/2 oz of vodka. That meant 12 for the large jars and 3 for the small jars. I used Watermelon, Green Apple, and Grape.

Then you wait, and shake occasionally. 

It took less than 18 hours and the candy was totally dissolved. 

We tried our samples with ice and Sprite, and they were delicious. Given how easy this was, I think it'd make a great gift for a variety of occasions.

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Running! Medal Holder

You know what's strange? In the 9 runs J and I have done since we've been together, the first one to have finishers medals was the Calgary Marathon. That may or may not have been part of the reason I signed up. Anyway, since completing the 10k in Calgary our medals have hung over the corner of my mirror but I decided they needed to be showcased.

There are a lot of these on the internet but I didn't use a tutorial. Instead, in my true style, I winged it. I know. I'm a wild one. In case you'd like to make your own with directions, here's what to do.


Sand paper
Sponges and paintbrushes
Letter template 
Acrylic sealant
Hanging hardware


Step 1: Prepare the wood. I used a 14 inch piece of kiln-dried pine because I didn't want it to warp. I used the sander to smooth the edges and then cleaned it with damp cloth.

Step 2: Paint the wood. I did two coats of beige followed by three coats of navy, with a light sanding between each coat.

Step 3: Distress the edges using sandpaper. I went back and forth about this (I'm not a fan of antiqued pieces) but liked the look while I was sanding between coats so I decided to go outside my comfort zone.

Step 4: Paint the letters. Dear goodness, this was a mess. I started by making a template using a Cricut and then taped it into place. I had read somewhere that if you paint the colour of the base first, it'll hide a lot of the bleeds. It turns out that doesn't work when your stencil is paper.

Step 4.5: Spend a very long time with fine-tipped paintbrushes fixing up the giant mess you made with the letters.

Step 5: Seal the whole thing. This might have been unnecessary but I did it anyway. I used a spray acrylic sealant and did two coats.

Step 6: Measure out the spacing of your hooks and screw them into place.

Step 7: Attach hardware to hang the medal holder. If I were doing this again, I would use a secure one in the middle, as this one has a tendency to move. Live and learn.

This was a finicky project that took a lot longer than I expected but, given the months of training that went into those medals, I'd say it's worth it. The sad thing is that I'm currently off running due to an injury but as soon as I'm allowed I'll be working to fill up the rest of those hooks.

Life on Lakeshore Drive

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

New Entrance Art

One of the spaces that first won my heart when buying my first house was the entrance. I loved (and still love) the brightness of the space, along with the practicality of the storage. Recently I decided it needed a little refreshing.

I first made an exciting trip to ikea (it's two hours each way so it's a big deal) and picked up, among other things, a couple white Ribba frames for the space. Next I made my own home sweet home printable, which I had printed at Costco. There's a tutorial here in case you want to make your own.

Please ignore the "yolo" on the whiteboard.
The step kids wrote it and I can't bring myself to erase it.

Then I waited for my custom city map from JennaSueDesigns to arrive. As a side note, I really dislike ordering things from the U.S.; the duty gets me every time. Anyway, Isn't it beautiful? I love it! Just so you know, this isn't a sponsored post and I didn't receive any compensation for this. I just really love my map and want to share. Given that J and I met and began our life together in this town but plan on moving (hopefully in another 3 years), I think this is a great piece to have to remember where we started.

I'm a little embarrassed to admit that these pieces sat in D's room for several weeks until I finally hung them up. Just a quick trick, in case you haven't seen it before - if you're struggling with placement, play around with paper the size of the frame. It'll help you find the placement you want without making holes in the wall.

I love how bold these pieces are. They add a nice pop to the entrance and make me happy to be home sweet home.

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Friday, 4 July 2014

(Not So) Easy Penny Art

This project has been a long time in the making - almost a year and a half to be specific. In February 2013 the Canadian government started phasing out the penny. Shortly before that I began saving my pennies with the plan to make a simple piece of penny art.

Unfortunately what should have been a quick and easy project has been neither of those things because glue and I were not getting along. First I tried regular white glue, only to find that my pennies fell off. It  annoyed me so I put it away with the intention of coming back to it.

White Glue

Several months later I decided to try again. Over the course of a couple days I unsuccessfully tried Gorilla Glue (didn't stick), hot glue gun (bumped up too much), and even crazy glue (giant mess!). Once again, I was frustrated by my lack of success so I put it away for later. 

Gorilla Glue (before it fell apart)

Another several months passed and I decided to try again. This time I used sticky dots (the kind used for scrapbooking) to attach the pennies. It has been a couple days so far and the pennies are still attached so I'm optimistic.

I plan on making a larger one but want to wait and see how this one holds up. Normally I don't want to share something I'm not sure will last but I'm looking for some advice. If the sticky dots don't hold (I'll let you know), what would you try to make the pennies stick?

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