Friday, January 23, 2015

Home & Reno Show Ticket Giveaway

I know its January, but I feel it… spring is coming… and soon~!

Days are already longer here in the Great White North and there’s a glimmer of better weather on the horizon.

All you DIY’s know that means….. RENO’S!

Why not get some fresh ideas from the GTA Home and Reno Show?

I have 2 FREE TICKETS up for grabs.

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My apologies to all my American friends, but feel free to enter the draw if you can be up near Toronto February 13 – 16.

The show is at the International Centre in Mississauga.

If you plan it just right you’ll get to see the infamous and strikingly handsome Property Brothers there on February 14th. 

I mean really, do you need a better reason to go?


So what hoops do you need to jump through to get the tickets?   How about leave a comment here.. it’s that simple!

An entry will be picked by a random generator on January 30th.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Crafters Coffee Filter Heaven

If you like coffee filter projects, you’ll love this Hometalk board I created.

I happen to love coffee filter crafts.  They’re super inexpensive and always end up looking great…. well worth the effort!

Take a look at this board on Hometalk.  I bet you  never knew there were so many different things to do with a coffee filter.

Clicking the picture below will take you to the full project.   Detailed tutorials are available by clicking the link provided in each project.

The good news is there are projects here for every skill level.  The bad news is you’ll wanna run out and buy coffee filters right now!

Twenty three unique and amazing crafts await you….. go take a peek!



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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Coffee Filter Snowman

Coffee filter wreaths are all over, especially at this time of year and I love them.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed making them also.
This year I decided to make something a little different with white, basket coffee filters.
All materials for this entire project came from the dollar store, which is always an added bonus!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Simple Wood Finishing

One step Stain and Finish.

I have had the privilege of trying something new recently. Something that you might find very interesting if you refinish furniture.

Staining just doesn’t get any easier than this.

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This is what I started with…

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Getting Back to Work… with Good Hair

I’ve started in on some inexpensive home improvements which I’ll share in a few days… but today, somewhat out of the ordinary, I will share some other valuable information with you.
Before we start back to work in the garage for the season, painting and sanding, I thought I’d pass on a little info that every girl needs.
Even though I am right at home in jeans (and usually a paint covered shirt), a girl still requires the beauty essentials.

Friday, April 11, 2014

5 Ways to Transform a Dark Attic into a Cozy Hangout

By Jennifer Riner of Zillow

Source: Zillow Digs

A finished attic adds habitable and unique square footage to a home. Typical homeowners only face the uncomfortable climate conditions and lackluster structure of their attics when reaching for holiday decorations, stowed pastime equipment and home movies. Renovators, however, are wise to refurbish attics and convert them to additional bedrooms, bathrooms or family rooms. The trick to a loveable, cozy attic is going beyond basic construction; even with drywall and new flooring installed, an unornamented space still emits a gloomy and unwelcoming ambiance.

Implement these five tips to create well-designed, comfortable and functional attic spaces.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Guillaume Faux Fur Throw

I was offered a couple of these fabulous throws to review…. and you betcha I took them up on it!
Guillaume Faux Fur Throws are incredibly plush.   Lined with super soft faux sheared mink they are warm, comfortable and terrific as gifts.
Tonight and tomorrow night (December 4th  & 5th,) these will be the Show Stopper on The Shopping Channel.  See Guillaume on The Shopping Channel and see how awesome all his designs are.
Right now I want to share with you a few pictures I took of my new Guillaume throws.
I don’t even think pictures do them justice, but my daughter was more than happy to sit under them for a while!
Faux Fur Throw in Snow Lynx.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Burlap & Twine Snowmen

I’m in full Christmas mode lately. 
There’s something about making snowmen that really makes me happy.  Last year I made some sock snowmen and as I put each one together they began to seem just like little people.
These Stately Snowgents are quite majestic themselves.
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Made up mostly from styrofoam, burlap and twine, they come together in no time at all.

Nightstand Makeovers

At this time of year, I usually turn my hand to holiday crafts.  I adore making anything Christmas related so my furniture refinishing takes a bit of a back seat.
For those of you who tune in specifically to see furniture makeovers, there is a wealth of them all in one place.
Starting with my own Silver Metallic Nightstand.
But wait…. there’s more !
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Finger Knitted Christmas Wreath

I’ve come to the end of my finger knitting for this year.  I wanted to wrap it up with something Christmassy. 
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For the finger knitting tutorial please CLICK HERE.
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I love this Lion Brand yarn in Grass color. It knits up beautifully. I might even take up real knitting sometime soon.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Need a Good Night’s Sleep ?

The good people over at Dormeo Octaspring offered to send me one of their awesome pillows.  I of course, took them up on it right away.  I’m one of those people who never really seems to get a great night sleep.  I have degenerative disc’s in my neck and no matter what type of pillow I buy I just can’t seem to get it right.  Ultimately I wake up with headaches.

Not with this baby. 

I’ve had it for 3 nights now and I really have to say, this truly is the pillow I need.  It offers a kind of support you just can’t get with an ordinary pillow, no matter how firm it is.



Thursday, November 7, 2013

Finger Knitting Tutorial

I’ve been finger knitting up a storm!
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In case you missed my last post, I’ve taken up something I think is very interesting.  So interesting in fact, that I made my last wreath with finger knitted yarn.  You can see that HERE.

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After I had knitted 1 and 3/4 skeins of yarn and wrapped it around a wreath, it looked something like this.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Finger Knitted Succulents Wreath

I think of all the projects I undertake, making wreaths is among my most favorite.  With a little imagination, wreaths can be made with just about anything. 
For this wreath I tried something I hadn’t before, finger knitting.
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Finger knitting can be learned in about 5 minutes and after about 20 minutes, you can finger knit watching TV without even looking.  I intend to do a couple more projects with finger knitting, one for Christmas, coming soon. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Autumn Coffee Filter Wreath

My mother has been trying to score the Fall Coffee Filter Wreath I made a couple of years ago.  So this fall I decided to make one just for her.
I have to admit gluing the filters on is not my favorite job, but decorating it is!  I just love the way these coffee filter wreaths come together.
You can see my previous Fall Coffee Filter Wreath here and the Christmas version here.
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I used a 12” foam wreath for this one… and a 14” wreath for the previous fall wreath.  I wouldn’t go any smaller than 12” or there won’t be much space in the center to work with.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Quick and Easy Sofa Shelf

Why is it, no matter where the builder puts floor vents they’re inevitably in the way?  This upstairs family room has two vents.  One is behind the loveseat in front of the large window, and one is right below the large sofa.   Our previous sofa had a little room underneath, enough to slip an extended vent deflector to direct the heat out the front.   This sofa is much lower to the ground and has to be moved away from the vent to allow for heat and a/c to get through.  A simple shelf was created to remedy this problem since it made no sense to spend money for a sofa table you wouldn’t see anyway.
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This will be the quickest tutorial you’ll ever read.
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