6.30.2011

Canada Day and another Feature!

Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian readers out there!



Im sure we are all looking forward to an extra long weekend to enjoy the sun and relax.
As for me, I'll be working on our never-ending bathroom renovations :S

However, I am happy to report that the first bathroom we started (almost 3 months ago...sigh!) is nearing completion and Im so excited to blog about it soon!

As for now, I wanted to share another fellow bloggers amazing blog and send her a HUGE THANK YOU for featuring me!



Shannon over at Burlap and Lace was destined to be one of my first friends in the blogging world-lol! We have a lot of similarities and I LOVE her style! Even the design of our blogs is similar :)
I will actually be "guest blogger" over at her blog soon, so keep an eye out for that!

Shes done some incredible projects and even sells some of her amazing work on Etsy- you can check out her shop here.

I love these pedestal bowls she sells:





so cute and vintage!
So hop on over to check out her blog and thank you again Shannon for featuring me!

Happy long weekend everyone! :)




6.28.2011

HomeTalk

This is the best thing ever.

Thank you to Lindsey over at Better After for posting about this incredible website!

So for anyone who owns a home, you know there are a million things that come up on a daily basis that you might not always have the answers too.

Right now we are in the process of working on our backyard and we just removed this cute shed:



I know, why would we remove it?! Well from what you can't see, there is actually a pool to the left of the shed and a pool shed behind that. We dont really need 2 sheds, and to be honest, we wanted the grass space (more area for our dog to run, kids to play, etc).

So...after removing the shed we are left with a gigantic space that we need to fill with grass, a garden and a most importantly, a tree to block the neighbours view of our backyard.

Yes, I could plant a maple. Everyone tells us to plant a maple. BUT before we make a decision on that, I wanted to see what else was out there, that we could plant. I wanted more suggestions.

Here is the answer to my dillema: Hometalk. Its a great site that allows you to post questions about home improvement and get answers from professionals!

Straight from their site, "Hometalk is a community of regular folks and home improvement pros who love to talk  about home improvement. The site exists for one simple reason: to make home improvement easier and better for you.  Whether you are a homeowner, a renter or a contractor, you need a place to talk about  your home improvement projects. We’ve created a network where you can get all the information you need to do a home project right, down to the nitty gritties."
  • Get (almost) instant answers to questions about your home & garden.
  • Search photos and tips for inspiration and information.
  • Post photos and grow a fan base for your very own house.
  • Once and for all, get real & reliable reviews of local contractors.
  • See tips from local businesses.
So go and check them out! Im anxiously awaiting an answer to my tree question-lol!

6.27.2011

Blue Mason Jars- DIY!

I did it! I dyed them blue! Im so happy with how they turned out.

The only thing, is that I was so excited about them that I gave them away with flowers as a gift to a good friend yesterday before even taking any pictures of them! oops!

I'll be dying more of them (I only did 2, to start), so I'll be sure to take pics of those and post them.

So here is how I did it (thanks to Lauren at Our Hiding Place for some guidance with this!)

Here is what you need to start:

Vitrea 160 in Turquoise
Vitrea 160 Paint Thinner

(purchased both of them at Michaels)
Brush or Rag
Container or bowl to mix solution
Measuring spoon
Paper plates to put jars on to rest

Step 1: Mix the paint and thinner. It should be a ratio of about 25/75 (25% paint, 75% thinner). You can do this with a spoon (1 spoonful of paint, 2 of thinner, but I just guessed and dropped some of each in the container. The purpose for the thinner is so that the paint colour isn't as dark, so the less thinner you put in, the darker your jars will look.

Step 2: Set up your jars on the paper plates and begin the paint. You can dip your rag into the paint and start wiping the outside of the jars (dont worry about the insides). The first jar I did, I used a foam paint brush and ended up getting lots of bubbles on the jars, so I would recommend using a rag. If you have a few steaks of paint, dont worry too much, since they will disappear later.

Step 3: Leave them to dry for 24 hours, upside down.

Step 4: After 24 hours has passed, bake your jars for 30-40 minutes in an oven set to 325-350 degrees fahrenheit. The purpose for this, is that you can now put your jars in the dishwasher if you ever need to, and the paint will stay on. I was honestly a little worried about this step. I had visions of my jars exploding in the oven, but they were totally fine!

Step 5: Let your jars cool, and use them for whatever you want!

I'll post pics of the process later today, and work on doing up some more jars so you can see how they actually turn out!

Hope that helps a bit, but I definitely loved how they look and this is a super easy and simple project to do!

Total cost: $7.50 (for approx 15-20 jars)

Jars- $1.50 for 8 jars
Paint- $6.00 for both bottles at Michaels (use a 40% off coupon from flyerland.ca)

Thats it! I could probably dye about 15-20 jars with the amount of paint in the bottles, so it will last you a while!

Goodluck with your jars!

Source: image via Google Images

New Fan Page

Hello my lovely readers!
I hope you all had wonderful weekends!

Im starting off the week, with a new addition to the blog...my Facebook Fan Page! You can check the page out here, or on the right hand side of the menu on the main page.

Ive been working on getting it up and running for a while now and its finally ready for you all to see!

Please head over to it, if you get a chance and become a fan.

I will be updating the Facebook page with all of my blog posts, questions, photos, comments, etc, and there will be many opportunities for readers to share photos of their designs as well :)

Hope you enjoy the page and if you have any questions or comments, Id love to hear them!



Thanks again for all your support! :)

6.23.2011

Featured and Thank You ;)

This is a VERY exciting day :)

Some of my transformation have been featured on one of my favorite blogs "Better After". This is my first feature and I couldn't be more thrilled and thankful!

Reading others comments and seeing that people actually like what we have been working on/pouring our hearts into for the past few months, means so much. When I first started this blog, it was just intended to document our home reno's and changes. I never thought people would actually be interested in what we were doing.

To those of you who have been following the blog, commenting or even just viewing the blog, THANK YOU. Thank you so much, all the support has been incredible and its amazing to be able to do something you love, and have others enjoy it too!

Lindsey blogs about all of the awesome transformation that millions of bloggers post about, and showcases them on her site.

I love looking at her site and seeing what other people have created and upcycled! Its truly an amazing inspiration source.

If you haven't seen her blog yet, go check it out here, and take a look at my little feature (soooo exciting!!!)

Thanks so much Lindsey and to all of YOU (my readers)! :) :) :)




6.22.2011

Blue Mason Jars

Ive seen Mason Jars being used everywhere.

I think the most vivid memories I have of them, come from when I was young looking in our pantry. My Oma used to preserve fruit all the time, and she would always give us the best peaches and pears in Mason Jars.

So I went to find some.....for cheap.
I bought 5 vintage jars for $1.00 at a local thrift shop. The dates on the bottom were 1939, 1948 and 1956. Pretty cool I thought!

I also bought 2 newer jars that I wanted to use to play around with. Im going to attempt to dye them blue. I absolutely LOVE the colour that they turn when you dye them (my fav!!).

There were actually a lot of mason jars dyed blue in the past. The reason jars were coloured, was because colored jars were considered better for canning use. It was thought that the colour would block some light from reaching the food, which helped to retain flavor and nutritional value longer.

I'll post about my dyed blue jars, once I figure out how to do it :)
My plan for the 3 jars Im not going to dye, is to use them in our kitchen eventually...maybe to house sugar, flour, etc.

For now, here are some cool ideas of what you can do with them. P.S .If I was getting married soon, I would have DEFINTELY used these as a cool centerpiece for an outdoor vintage inspired or rustic wedding...gorgeous!









Source: all images via Google Images

What else would you use these for in decor?!

6.20.2011

Office Reveal

I recently realised I had never posted about the office, once it was completed!

This is the first room in this house we've basically almost finished, so its what we look to when we need motivation to keep going :)

Here is the before (actually, this was taken before we even moved in- this was the previous owners decor choices):




and once we moved in, here is the after:



I need to get a picture in the daylight, since this room gets flooded with light during the day, and makes it so much prettier!

We are still debating on curtains for the window...I actually bought a pair, but we can't decide if the room needs it or not.

Basically everything in the room was changed. Ceiling, walls and trim were all painted. Carpet was ripped out and replaced with new bamboo flooring, lighting was changed and all decor (obviously). It was the easiest room to do since we didn't need to be in there a lot.

Some of you have been asking me where I got the furniture. Well, the desk and tall cabinet were actually purchased off of Kijiji and redone. If you want to see the "before's" you can them here, and here.

I love the colour on the walls (its 'Fine Silver' by ICI) and all our trim in the house is 'Simply White' by Benjamin Moore Aura. Its just a bit less warm that the popular "Cloud White" which works well with the colours we are choosing for the walls.

A few more shots of the room:






Finally a full room reveal!

Linking up to:

The Shabby Nest


Transformation Thursday

beneath my heart

6.17.2011

Vintage Windows

Recently I brought home a new treasure- 2 vintage windows that I found from a older woman who salvaged them. I love that the paint is chipping, the frames are thick old wood, and that the hardware is steel.

This is sort of what they look like:




I have a few ideas of what I want to do with them, but would love some other ideas. I dont want a look thats too "country", but think they could add a great deal of character to a room.

I already have an idea for the small one, but am not too sure about the big one.
I thought about putting it on the wall above a console table, but im not too sure, or even in a bathroom.....what are your thoughts?

Here are some ideas I've found:






What would you do with a vintage window!?!

6.15.2011

Sunburst Mirror

So earlier this week I gave you all a preview on what I was working on.

I am so excited to show you the final product :)

There was so much inspiration out there, to help me with this project. I was originally inspired by the design world and the abundance of sunburst mirrors out there, that I knew I wanted to make one. I was also inspired by fellow bloggers and even a photo I had of a gorgeous sunset.

Here were some of my blogger inspirations:

Layla from The Lettered Cottage and her outdoor suburst:



JandJ Home and their version:



Addicted to Decorating and their creation:



and Kate (aka) Centsational Girl and her gorgeous mirror:




So that is what I started with. I took suggestions from all of these fabulous bloggers and created my own version.

Here is how is started:

I got my supplies together:
1. Round mirror (7 inches)
2. Wood craft embroidery ring (7 inches)
3. 2 floral arrangement rings (12 inch and 8 inch)
4. Hot glue gun
5. Wood filler
6. Gorilla Glue
7. Paint (to be used on my future sunburst mirror....)
8. Fast drying polyurethane (not pictured)



AND

9. 3 Packs of wooden shims (purchased from Lowes):


Step 1:
Took my Wood craft embroidery ring and pulled the metal attachement piece off of it, glued the ends together and filled the small holes that left, with wood filler. Challenge with this, I was anticipating painting my shims, until I decided to do that for another project, so now I have wood filler that I cannot cover up, on my ring. So basically I just have to make sure that part is facing down and no one will notice:


Step 2: Lay out your Floral rings and begin playing around with how you want the shims to be placed:



I used the small holes in the rings as a guideline, and placed 4 shims down first, and then went from there.

Then you can start to lay down more shims and glue as you go. A few people suggested gorilla glue, but I didn't have the patience for it, and used the glue gun instead. Just make sure you have your pieces in the right spots, since the glue gun glue dries very quickly.




Once I had the first row done, I started to work on adding layers to hide the floral rings:





Once I had everything layed down and glued, I let it dry overnight:



The next day I bought some polyurethane, (the fast drying kind that dries clear), and went over each piece with it.




In the second picture you can start to see that some pieces are much darker in colour (the wood has been brought to life) and it really helps to highlight the colour of the wood.

In some of the other mirrors I posted, some bloggers painted the wood, some left it as it...I think its really a personal preference. For my next mirror, I think Im going to paint it to get a different look, but I love how this one turned out.

Then I glued the mirror to the base, and glued my wood craft embroidery ring, around the mirror (wood filler side at the bottom)so when I hang the mirror, you wont be able to see the wood filler.

And here it is!

I love it! Its going to go in our guest room, so I'll post a pic when that room is finished and the mirror is hung.



6.14.2011

Show and Tell!

Many of you have been emailing or contacting me to let me know that you have begun some projects of your own! Awesome!

Im so curious to see what some of you have been up to, so I have decided to open up the blog for a feature post about YOU and YOUR projects!

So, if any of you have a project you would like to feature on the blog, please send me an email with a description of your project, and photos (before and after are great!). I will then feature them on a blog as a guest post! Email to: livingbeautifully1@gmail.com

Dont be shy, sharing is what inspires!

Can't wait to see what some of you have been up to ;)

6.13.2011

Bursting with Ideas...

Ive been inspired. Again.

I have about 5 different projects Im in the midst of starting right now, but here is a sneak peak at my current one:


You're probably wondering what Im going to do with these (18 packs of them to be exact), and this as well:


and can't forget these:



and most importantly:


I was looking back at our honeymoon/wedding photos the other day, and this one inspired me:



Stay tuned ;) 

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