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F O L L O W by E M A I L

Monday, January 21, 2019

Hi again!

Oh my gosh, I don't know where to start!  Years ago, I started this blog!  I had some good success with it reaching tons of people and serving as a true creative outlet for me at the time!  I truly loved doing it.  But, at the time, I was also running an almost full time wedding photography business, renovating a home, and had three busy kids.  I just couldn't keep up with everything.  I decided to let it go and focus on the more concrete - necessary - avenues of life.  It was the right decision at the time.

Years later, we were moving into a new house and I got the creative itch to document and share our renovation process.  Thought of blogging again.  Started and only lasted a few months :(  My head just wasn't in the right space anymore.  So left it yet again.

Cut to last spring.  I was feeling inspired with some home projects and felt it might be fun to start an instagram account - so as not to bore my friends and family on my personal feed.  I didn't advertise to anyone I was doing so.  Just quietly posted here and there.  Then I started tossing around the idea of blogging - AGAIN.  I logged in to this site again and started poking around it.  Checking out my stats and re-reading old posts.  I was worried no one would bother looking at this old site, as everyone is on to new and beautiful website platforms.  So, I thought, what the heck?  Make a switch.  So I started up a blog, with a new name, thinking I had to freshen my online vibe and I started blogging again!  But guess what - no one wanted to read it, haha!  I put a lot of work into what I thought was decent content, great photos, and tons of step by step tutorials, etc.  After about 7 or 8 months, I decided to delete the new blog.  I felt it was weird pressure to have to gain a huge amount of traffic soon in order to justify the monthly fees it incurred.

SO.....here I am again at the good ol blogger blog!  It's free for me to use and I've never spent a single penny on it.  Because it's old, I have a lot of photos and links deep in Pinterest that have kept a shockingly steady flow of visitors to this little blog for years.  Even, without any new content.  I love that whether I'm posting tons or not at all, it doesn't cost me.  If I didn't post for a month, I don't feel guilty that I'm throwing money out the window.

Blogging for me has to be driven by the need to be create and share.  Simple as that.  If opportunities arise to have sponsors, or advertisers, or some cool partnerships - that's awesome.  But that can't be my goal.  I've decided there was a good reason I never deleted this blog over the years!  I've just put it on the back burner countless times.  However, I'm here to say, that I still find the need to make and create, and I love this little space in the universe to share it!

Here's a few looks at what's been happening in my world, as of the last couple years!

Kitchen:

Before:



After:  




Living Room:



Ensuite:


Before:


After:




There's just a taste of 3 rooms in our new house!  I'd like to think my style has evolved a bit over the years, so things are a little more subdued and serene.  I'm sure that's also a reflection of design trends as well.  Either way, I'm happy to continue to create, renovate, and share if I still have anyone who wants to listen!  I've got lots more to share, so stay tuned friends :)

I don't have an immediate blogging schedule that I'm ready to commit to, so best to follow me on instagram to keep up with what's going on in my lil world!  

I'd appreciate the follow more than I can express :)

Over the past few months, I've had a few instagram followers reach out to me and express how they're happy they found me again and glad to see I haven't left "sharing!"  Seriously, it's so sweet to hear!  

I'm hoping that the reason I found an audience way back when is because I'm just like everyone who reads my blog.  Just trying to make a home out of a house.  Trying to diy and reno my way to a beautiful end result - that didn't break the bank.  So if that sounds like you, then follow me again!








Tuesday, February 02, 2016

FRONT ENTRANCE PROGRESS!

We moved into our place about 8 mths ago and accomplished a ton....however our front entrance got a paint job, the tile ripped out, ugly door changed out and ugly closet doors removed - that was it.  Just ran out of time and steam to do the tile!  So for 8 mths we've been walking on subfloor.  In a weird way, I've gotten used to it!  But this past week, we finally got around to tiling the floor and hanging the closet doors!  I can't tell you the difference it's made!

I still have to do the divider countertop and paint the front door, but other than that, this little entrance is finally done-zo!

Here's a peek for now....will share more shots and details soon!


Once again, the power of paint - right???!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

HEALTHY PANCAKES!


I've been trying to eat clean and healthy for the past 3 wks and I've gotten myself into a nice routine.  Seriously dropped my sugar cravings by an astronomical rate and feeling better.  Every once in a while I still get a craving for something a little more indulgent tasting though!  I follow lots of healthy eaters on IG, that are constantly helping me to rethink old recipes and create new ones.  One breakfast I was seeing pop up a ton was banana pancakes.  So this morning I gave it a go and they were surprisingly delicious!  You should try em!

R E C I P E :

- mash 1 banana and 1 egg
- add 1/2 tsp vanilla and a good sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice
- create 4 pancake puddles in a non stick skillet, that has been lightly sprayed with PAM
- flip once bubbles start popping
- serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon and blueberries and 1 T of "no sugar added syrup"

Delicious!

- I've seen some recipes add pumpkin puree or 2 bananas, or a few chocolate chips...etc.... so be creative!  For me, these were exactly what I was looking for!


Sunday, January 24, 2016

COOKIE TIN DIY

Ok seriously how cute is this cookie tin?!  I just love it! The best part is it cost me minutes and pennies to create!


Who hasn't had one of these kinds of tins around?  Especially around the holidays, cookies are always sold in these kinds of tins.  Obviously they're practical, simply by pulling the stickers off them!  But, of course, I knew I could make them even a little cuter with a coat of spray paint!






So pick your spray paint color of choice.  I love a matte or satin finish as it looks less cheap IMO!  I found this pretty pink at Michael's.  As well as these little wooden letters.  You get a bag with a ton of letters for appox $3 or $4.

--Spray the tin.  I chose to keep the lid on because I knew this tin would be used frequently and I didn't want to worry about the paint chipping off and looking ugly.  When the lid is removed there is a black rim - which I'm fine with!  It adds a 50's vibe to it for sure!

--Spray the letters your color of choice.

--Glue them on your tin using white glue.

--Once set, spray the whole thing with a clear matte coat of spray paint for a little protection.
(Optional, but I recommend it)


These cheap little wood letters vary ever so slightly in size, so you have to be ok with the imperfection.  Obviously I just eye-balled what looked good here.  You could take your time, measure/map out the perfect placement if the imperfections will bug ya!



Before placing cookies in, I let it sit out for a couple of days with the lid off to let any spray paint "smell" disappear.  The inside isn't sprayed, but a little of that strong smell gets in there.  A day makes it magically disappear!

How cute right?!  I had the spray paint and letters in my craft box, so this literally cost me nothing to make!  I just love it.  Cute sitting out.  Cute as a little housewarming or hostess gift.  




I'm kinda addicted to this idea of spraying and lettering stuff!  A couple of weeks ago I did a RECIPE BOX, so if you missed that, here's a shot below and the link to that post!


Hope to have inspired you :)
Have a great week!

Friday, January 22, 2016

FIREWOOD BOOKENDS DIY

I was in my garage the other day and glanced at our wood pile.  I noticed one piece that had been roughly chopped, looked like if I simply cut it, bookends could be created!  So I....meaning I got my husband to whip out his saw and make a few cuts.  Just 2 chunks of the log.  Then shave off the roughness from the axe chop, making it a bit more "refined!"

Voila, easy!  I'm not putting anything on them either.  I love birch, so I think they're perfectly beautiful in their natural state!

Took a couple of mins, and no money at all!  That's the best kind of diy, right?!