Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A warm welcome and

I want to start off with a warm welcome to a new follower.  She is the writer of the blog My Reality.  Like many of us she has a love of dollhouses and shares pictures and stories of her many dollhouses.  I like her saying of " I never met a dollhouse I didn't like!".

I would like to welcome Dee.  I couldn't make the link to her site work so Dee if you could update me I would be happy to let my readers learn more about you.

I also wanted to share a picture I found on the site The Fashion Doll.  It is a site for Barbie sized dolls and all the extras that go along with them but todays feature was a modern bedroom that I thought would be so cool for a dollhouse that had a modern theme.  There are so many details that caught my eye including the closet doors, the tea set on the bed and the over all black and white theme of the room.  The whole thing would make for a very fun dollhouse bedroom!

Last but not least I found a home for my wee home.  I have put it on top of a bookself in our bedroom.  This way I can see it all the time!  It is not nearly done but I have been playing around with it lately, so here are some pictures of it so far.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Another cool giveaway, the start of a spring display, and some minis

Good evening everyone,

My son is having a sleep over tonight so I thought I would blog while I had the chance, and the energy!  I found another great giveaway for you.  Shaunna at Perfectly Imperfect is having a 100 + follower giveaway celabration.  She has put together a very nice package of things for the lucky winner including vintage napkins and handmade soaps.  She has a really sweet blog to so pop over sometime. 

I made a great find the other day when I was bumbling around some thrift shops.  For two dollars I got a bag of miniature settings.  I'm not sure how I will use them all yet, but I consider them a sweet find.  I especially like the round table with the tea service. 

Lastly I wanted to show you all the start of my spring display that is over my kitchen sink.  It is hard to tell from the pictures but there are some eggs that I painted cream in the large vase at the back.  I want to get some nesting type stuff to help fill it.  The bird I found at Michaels for just $2.95.  It has a crackled finish that is also hard to see in the pictures.  The wee nest beside that is from the dollar store.  There were a couple in a pack but they were bright yellow so of course I painted that as well. The brown speckled eggs were a part of the original package too.  I am not sure what else to do with this so if any of you have suggestions I would love to hear them. 


Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Book Giveaway Time!
Three lucky CRAFT readers will each receive a copy of the book, Sherri Haab Jewelry Inspirations. Enter by march 29th. Here is the link for that contest.  Good luck to everyone.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Door plus poster = great art!

I am so impressed with myself!  I not only finished several projects that had been waiting patienty for me, I finally got some pictures on to the computer so that I can show them off.  I have had all these ideas knocking around in my head so it is nice to clear some of them out.  Trust me, I can use the room.  :)  So, without further ado, here they are.
This is a long cabinet door I got at Ikea in the seconds section. There was nothing wrong with it but it was all alone and without any of the hardware.  I found it years ago but I saved it knowing I would find a way to use it.  The poster I got at Michaels a while back and I love the shabby chic feel of it.  I have been seeing all these modge podge projects in blogland and some thing clicked.  I am planning on having my husband 'help me' put it up over the bed.

This is another modge podge attempt.  The plaque I bought at our local ReStore for 25 cents and the picture I printed out from the computer.  The plaque was originally a plain basic pine so I painted it and applied the picture.  This is going in the kitchen of course.

I decided to save a cardboard tea canister thinking I would get creative with it and this is what I came up with.  I wrapped it in wallpaper, then glued on a ribbon and topped that with a flower I cut out of another wallpaper scrap.  The top which isn't in the picture I just painted cream. 

I also cut tags out of various wallpaper bits.  I can tell you I will never run out of tags now!

Last but not least I painted some dollar store jewlery pendants an antique cream and used them to frame some miniature flower pictures.  These too have a shabby chic feel to them which I relly like. I made a few different sets.

Thanks for checking out my latest creations everyone.



Saturday, March 20, 2010

march break

Good morning everyone,

It has been so warm and beautiful around here that sitting at the computer for too long seems wrong  so I have been getting done what I need to and running outside to join the kids who are off school for march break.  The temperature yesterday said 21 degrees at one point.  Awsome!  I took advantage of the nicer weather to drag some larger things, like a bookshelf, outside to paint.  I have been on a bit of a painting spree lately but sadly I am no where near done.  Most rooms in our house need a good coat of paint but that will come bit by bit.  One of the hardest parts of painting is the decision making!  What colour for the wall?  What colour for the trim?  What about the accessories?  See I am a frequent mind changer I have learned to stick with fairly basic colours when it comes to the big stuff so that I can change everything else when the need strikes.

Right now, as I try to motivate myself to get ready for a family gathering I see flurries start to fall.  Ahh Ontario weather!  I suppose it makes me even more thankfull for the past couple of days worth of sunshine.  Since I don't have any of my projects to show you yet I will leave you all with a picture from one of the boys recent basketball games.  It is a terrible picture but I love it because it shows what great team spirit they all have.  The raised arms are their way of silently cheering for a team mate when they are making a foul shot.  Each of the kids on this team are truely supportive of eachother, in the good games and the bad.  It makes me thankfull for each and every one of them.  Wouldn't it be amazing if we all treated each other that way?  No tearing down, just lifting up. 

Have a great weekend,


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Ideas that make you say hmmmm

Well, the rain is back but I am thankful the snow is melting away. It is also giving me a chance to play catch up with a few projects. I have painted some more. A few minis, two candle sticks and a tray that I am planing on using for a craft project I saw on one of my blog wanders. Once they are all finished up I will take some pictures to share with all of you.

In the meantime I came across some great ideas for re using and re purposing different things around the house. Most of these ideas came from various magazines. Hopefully some inspire you as they did me.

1. Use a coat rack to hang cookware in the kitchen.

2. Use an old medicine cabinet in your front hall as a place for mail, keys and what not. You

could also replace the mirror with a chalkboard or cork board for a message centre.

3. Rinse out and re label a clean wipe container to use as a coin bank.

4. Make place mats and napkins using fabric remnants.

5. Old cupboard doors can be converted into plaque like photo frames.

6. Convert a flat bed sheet into a decorative shower curtain.

Have a happy weekend everyone!


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Busy day and Secret Garden Swap

Well, today was a busy one. I am not sure what possessed me to do it but I decided to paint my kitchen today! It was a gross terracotta brown and I had planned on painting it someday but I looked at the paint I had purchased for my bathroom and thought, what the heck. The way my kitchen is set up there isn't a whole lot of paint able surface anyway so I just went for it. Now the walls in the kitchen are an antique white and I am quite happy with it. Next is the back splash and counter tops but that is definitely for another day.

Another thing I did today was join Sarah's My Secret Garden swap. Sarah's blog is My So Called Junky Life.

I discovered it today through a link party and was extra happy to discover she is hosting a swap involving vintage-y, garden inspired things. I am looking forward to putting my package together as much as seeing what comes in the mail for me.

Have a great night everyone,


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Danone DanActive Review

The sun is starting to fade now and since we have the night free of activities to rush out to I am going to snuggle in with my boy soon so we can practice our couch potato impressions! Before I do I thought I would share a quick bit about a Bzz campaign I signed up for. My husband actually found this site and steered me toward it. When you sign up to be a Bzz Agent you try and review products. The idea is to create word of mouth advertising but they do encourage honest assessments. My first campaign has been with Danone DanActive. I was sent a 'kit' with a free product coupon, $1 off coupons to share and contest cards. My family and I have tried the drinks and our overall impression was positive. They taste great and are a good thing to have on hand when we are constantly on the go. One thing I was disappointed about was the portion size. The bottles are pretty small. Still, with a coupon or if they are on sale I will probably get them again. If you are interested in checking out the Bzz Agent site head here and see what it is all about. If anyone decides to join let me know. There is no bonus for me I am just curious to hear what you all think.

Until next post...


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family

This is an old calender print I had just waiting for a home. I painted a boring old brown one a nice shinny black an it looks pretty great if I don't say so myself.

Finally, it is 6 degrees and sunny in my neck of the woods today! What a relief it is to actually see blue skies and melting snow. You may remember me mentioning awhile back that I am not exactly a big fan of winter so having this for the day is a big blessing. Soon, so soon, I will be sitting on my back deck, sipping an iced coffee, reading a good book, listening to the sounds of our pond and watching the birds fluttering around the feeder. Ahhh, heaven.

The past week however I have been re purposing my kitchen table in to a craft station. I have finally started some of the painting jobs that I have been meaning to get working on for weeks. OK, months but please... don't judge me. Well, anyway, once I got started I went all out and got most of the small stuff done. I painted our two kitchen chairs that were a very basic Ikea pine a very stylish black. All the appliances are black so they fit in nicely now. I also painted several picture frames, a cork board, an old spice rack, a small cabinet, several miniatures, and two peg boards! Whew. I still have a few big things to paint but I think I will wait for the warmer weather for those. In the meantime here are some of the projects I did. The others I will have to show you in a couple of days when I get the finishing touches done. I am once again linking up to Heather's Talented Tuesday linky party at My Frugal Family. She has been getting lots of great contributions so definitely wander over.
This isn't the best picture but remember that spice rack I decided to use as a holder for perfume and nail polish, well here it is with a couple of fresh coats of paint. The little cabinet used to be blue but this looks much better I think.
This is a signed numbered print I got at Value Village a week or two ago for $3. I painted a frame I already had and voila.
This is the cork board I had. It was just the basic brown you get anywhere which is boring so I painted it black and used an old calender print as a background.

There is more to come but for now I hope you all have a great night!