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

Friday, September 30, 2011

"best of blogland" fridays!

sep 30th '11 - welcome to another edition of:

retro lovebird cabinet, cute!  stacey embracing change

vintage inspired circus party!  love!  blog 529

sweet closet!  cinsarah

those were a few highlights i found this week!

happy weekend to you all!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

my real job!

for those of you who may be new to my blog.....my blog is something i do for fun 'on the side' of my real life!  i'm a mom to 3, so that in itself, creates a busy schedule!  as many of you know!
but, i'm also a wedding photographer.  recently my sister in law/business partner, teila, and i had a promotional video created for our website.....
click below:



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

a delicious gift! homemade oreos - yes please!

last week i was complaining to you all about being sick with a yucky cold!  a friend of mine, shirrine, read my post and dropped off a lovely treat to say "feel better!"

how thoughtful!

thank you!

i had to grab a quick pic, b/c they looked so delicious and tasted even better!  can't go wrong with homemade oreo's, right?!

they were so good, i got the recipe from her and thought i'd share!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

pet update...

as i mentioned a few weeks back, we got a pet hedgehog, b/c it's about the only pet that i'm not allergic to! to our surprise, after 6 days of having her, we peek in her cage and see a baby!  a couple hours, later, another one!  and then another, and finally a fourth!

one didn't make it, sadly, but 3 survived and are now a whopping 6 wks old.  they're fairly adorable.  we've got homes lined up for them this week, as they're solitary animals and will continue to reproduce if kept together!  so we have to part with them.  but they're so darn cute, i thought i'd share a couple pics of the babies!


 adorable right?!


Monday, September 26, 2011

vintage mason jars diy

years and years ago when i first got married, i was going to school, and on my lunch break i'd watch the old martha stewart living tv show.  i never loved antiques or collectibles at the time, but she did introduce me to all the beautiful old mason jars.....in every shade of blue and green.  i loved them at first sight!  over the years, the odd time i went out hunting for old finds, i'd always look for these lovely vessels....but was always disappointed when i couldn't find them.  it's almost as if, people know they're pretty, so they hold on to them!!

anywho, a few years back i saw a great diy in a martha stewart magazine and then in the last year i've seen similar tutorials pop up over blogland! (another tutorial - click here)

so, after collecting a couple of jars - i was ready to create my own today!!

like every good diy - a great tutorial is just a start - you quickly learn, you have to adjust and tweak...
however to get something similar to this, follow my instructions!

collect some jars as you use them up....i used spaghetti, ketchup and jam/jelly jars....

you'll also need some white glue, some foam brushes, some food coloring and a little water

recipes are slightly different for the different colors.  basically equal parts glue and water, then a couple of drops of green and a drop of blue.  mix well.  experiment with different combinations of blue and green drops of food coloring to come up with the color you desire.  the lighter the color the more forgiving the application

some tutorials would have you swish it around the inside....making beautiful jars, but you wouldn't be able to put water in them, b/c it would ruin the finish.  so, i painted the outside.

it'll look quite streaky at first.  apply a second coat.  then allow it to dry.  have a little faith.  you'll be convinced, it'll look horrible and runny, but then the glue dries and creates a frosted look....

see..... the streaks disappear!  worst case scenario, you hate what you did....just wash it off and start again!

i had some roses in the house, so i stuck them in here and i love the romatic, pretty feel they create in the jars!


so easy.  you'll probably have all the supplies in your house already!
try it!  so lovely!

spaghetti jars never looked so good!

Friday, September 23, 2011

"best of blogland" fridays!

welcome to another edition of:

awesome headboard tutorial!  making it homey

of course, i love this - love the lines and the color!  classy clutter

chalk paint - armoire - love!  1060 bliss

Thursday, September 22, 2011

down and out....

i promise i had every intention of doing a couple fun little diy's this week and blogging about them.....
however, i'm down with a horrible cold!  sniff, sniff....
i did want to touch base though, b/c i did promise to blog 3 times per week!

so nothing exciting except, me, a box of kleenex and a whole lotta vegging!
of course, not as much as i'd like....that's kind of the problem that comes with working from home!
however, i have tried to make a conscious effort to do a little 'nothing' this week.....so i can recover as quickly as possible!! :)

thank goodness for all the new fall shows returning to tv!
it's probably kind of sad how excited i am to be watching so much tv again!  oh boy!


sniff, sniff, cough, cough....


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

style at home - trends report!

hey everyone!  exciting news for me:  i'm going to be one of "style at home's" guest bloggers!  woo hoo!  style at home is a canadian based decor magazine, that' i've been reading for years!  it's great for us canadians b/c it uses products, furniture, and accessories that are actually available here!

they also have a great website, as well, as having a fabulous daily blog, from various bloggers!
thought i'd share a few trends according to style at home!

paint colors:

Go for taupe
Grey's friendlier cousin, taupe works well with warmer woods and is a great choice for open-concept spaces, where you need a single wall colour that works with everything. From left to right: 1 Beauti-Tone Angora SD021, Home Hardware. 2 Sarah Richardson Shoreline SR43, Para Paints. 3 Burnished Clay UL260-12, Behr. 4 Fog Mist OC-31, Benjamin Moore. 5 Elephant’s Breath 229,Farrow & Ball. 6 Valspar Oatlands Subtle Taupe 6005-1B, Lowe’s


(i have to say i do love the trend of wood.....so natural and organic and warm....can be used in so many different interiors/styles.....and how cool is the watch???!!)

modern global:

you certainly don't have to go switch out your entire house to keep up with things....but i do love seeing what's trending out there!  that's why i like to keep my home fairly neutral with the big items....furniture, majority of wall colors...etc...then just insert a little punchiness of a trend in a decorative item to keep your room looking up to date and fresh!

Friday, September 16, 2011

"best of blogland" fridays!

welcome to another edition of:

gorgeous antique redo!  lovely etc.

charming nursery reveal  life with the ellwoods

love this beachy grouping (of course!) - and grainsack pillows too!  lisa roy

awesome and interesting room makeover  fun.kyti.me

those were a few highlights!  c ya next week! 
happy weekend!