In the dog house?

On a car ride through the city, I spotted what I believed to be a diamond in the rough… the very rough. At the sight of what looked like carved wood, sitting at the side of the road, next to garbage bags I was compelled to stop. Inspecting away I went. It was a carved…

School is in :)

These days homeschooling has become more popular, changing many families’ daily schedules and organizational needs. But whether you’re homeschooling or not, a dedicated space for work, storing books and materials is very helpful. For myself, the time to set up such a space came this fall. I’d found a table by the curb side a…

Flexing them creative muscles!

This little cupboard came into my hands, like most of my projects, without a plan or an idea to go with it. Isn’t that how so much of life goes…. Not knowing what I had bought it for, or how I’d revamp it, it lived in our garage until one day recently. A new client…

Organization, organization….

One day as I was perusing the aisles of my favourite second hand shop, I came across the two beauties below. The price was great and so even though I wasn’t quite sure how I’d use them (Play items? Storage and organization?) I purchased them. After debating a while, I decided I’d use them to…

Chalkboard numéro deux

One day, on my way home (as many of my stories go), I drove by a painting that had been put on the side of the road, along with several trash bags. Of course I stopped to take a closer look. Although the frame was not of the best quality (the fancy bits were moulded…

Variations on a theme

If you don’t have many flowers, if you want to spend less on plants (even if they are inexpensive, they do add up), a smaller arrangement in a simple basket (second hand wicker basket here) looks just as pretty as a big one. Used as a centre piece on a table or as shown in…

Has spring really sprung?

So we’ve had a nice day or two….. and the days are getting longer. Everyone I know is feeling the excitement and wanting more light and good weather 🙂 Since I love spring, and Easter (a nice time to mark the end of winter), I decided to make an arrangement for the entrance table. I…

Comme sur des roulettes :)

“Just like on rollers” is the expression 🙂 which is the equivalent of saying that something “goes swimmingly” or “without a hitch”… Kinda like I’d like my tidying and house cleaning to go 🙂 always. Like many I think, I’ve been “Konmari” ing my house lately. I’d heard about Mari Kondo from various friends a…

All within the framework :)

Driving toward home (yes, again), I found this empty frame by the roadside. It was painted in a glossy white paint that had yellowed and was looking quite sad… Although it was already the colour I wanted, I didn’t like the gloss or the drab “white”…. the paint would have to come off (it looked…

Think inside the box :)

Another roadside garbage find I couldn’t resist…. this box sat for a few months in my garage before I found out what I wanted to do with it 🙂 Rather grotty, it was still pretty cool and…. free! So, I picked up a spray can of chalk pain in a nice dark blue and after…

Keep saving that furniture!

As a sequel to a post I made earlier this spring, here, now, is my refinished patio table. As you can see above, the table (only a few years old), was looking quite unattractive, dry and ratty. With the same product (same colour, same amount of transparency) I used on my little stools this spring,…

Loving hand me downs :)

A friend of mine offered me a little stool for my daughter. I was happy as I LOVE reusing things but I didn’t quite like the finish on the stool…. The things with hand-me downs is that your home starts looking cluttered if they are not tied in to the rest of your colour scheme…