Sunday, March 20, 2016

Gallery Wall

One of my March Break projects was to turn these...

...into something a little prettier.

These photo ledges were a garage sale find.  I think we paid $12 for all 5 of them.  They looked like unfinished wood, but when I tried to spray paint them last fall, this happened:

Where the paint didn't bubble and lift, it peeled. Major disappointment.  We chucked them into the garage and forgot about them for the winter.

I was still really stuck on the idea of photo ledges for a repositionsable photo gallery, though.  So on Saturday, Dan hauled the ledges out of exile. I bought a few bottles of acrylic paint and some inexpensive brushes from Michaels and tried some sparse dry brushing.

I liked the wood-grainy, weathered look I got, so I kept going....

...and 15 minutes later they looked like this!

Then I used painter's tape to plot out their approximate placements on the family room wall...

...and Dan helped to mount them.

It was pretty dark by this point, but we collected all of our black photo frames from various places in the house (and some empty ones from the basement) and got a pretty good feel for how the easily-changeable gallery wall is going to work!

I'm very pleased with how this turned out. :). And the price tag is nice, too:

Shelves - $12
Spray paint - $6
Acrylic Paint - $1.19
Paint brushes -$4.19

Monday, March 14, 2016

March Break Goals

March Break is here!  Here are my plans and ambitions in photo form.

1.  Finish reading/re-read these:

2.  Work on this:

3.  Finish this:

4.  Turn this catch-all back into the crafting/yoga haven I had originally envisioned:

5. Deal with this:
Once upon a time it was an office.  Don't let the panoramic photo deceive you.  It's about 70 square feel and I'm planning to remove about 70% of its contents.

Also 6: finish the gallery wall in our family room that I started in the fall.  No photo, but just imagine a big grey wall and you've got the before shot.

Time to begin!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Bacon Mac 'n Cheese

Good thing it's the holidays: I needed a nap after this delicious lunch.

Cook 3 cups dry macaroni according to package directions.  (Al dente.)

Melt 1/3 cup butter in sauce pan.  Whisk in 1/3 cup flour.

Add 2 cups of milk and seasonings (I used basil and black pepper) to the flour and butter mix.  Whisk continuously.  Once that has thickened, fold in 2-3 cups of grated cheddar and stir til smooth.

Pour sauce over drained noodles and mix.  Scoop into casserole dish.

Top with crumbled bacon, 1/2 cup grated cheese and breadcrumbs (or crunched up rice cereal, as I did here when I realized we didn't have breadcrumbs in the pantry).

Place in oven 5 350 until cheese is melted and bubbly (8-ish min).

Gifted: Play Doughnuts

This year my four-year-old niece got the handmade Christmas gift: doughnuts for dramatic play.  I used the pattern from Lion Brand's site and a variety of yarns from my stash.

They fit perfectly into this dollar-store baking box.

We added some paper coffee cups and empty coffee cans to make the play set complete.

Almost sweet enough to eat?

Simpsons homage. ;)

We paired the doughnuts with the picture book, Please, Mr. Panda.  (Synopsis: Mr. Panda offers all the animals doughnuts, but then keeps changing his mind.  Is there something the animals are forgetting to say?  The illustrations are awesome.)

(Photocred to my brother-in-law.  I forgot to take photos before I wrapped these up, but he was kind enough to send some shots.)

P.S: These are super fun to make.  I had a lot of fun playing with them as I went...

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Great Week of Thrift Shopping!

My thrift shopping obsession comes and goes in waves.  This week on Sunday, we had time to waste while waiting for our photo order to be ready at Costco.  Costco was super busy.  There just happens to be a Value Village right across the street.  Perfecto!  I picked up two fall jackets and a blazer for myself, a grab bag of some random lego pieces, and a few other craft items that I'll share later.  But I had time to carefully scour the baby section and found these onesies at $1.49 each.

Carter's is my go-to brand for second-hand onesies.  They always fit and they don't lose their shape in the wash.

I also found this amazing piece of fabric.  Pig race fabric!  It's a Joe Boxer print, so it would have been quite pricey at the fabric store, I'm sure.  I picked it up for $3.99.  I'm not sure what I'm going to make with it yet.  A throw pillow? Some bibs?  Holding on to it for now.

One day at work this week was particularly draining.  I had a huge bag of thrift store donations in my car, so instead of just dropping it off and heading home to be productive, I spent some time unwinding in Goodwill.  Prices have gone up from $1.25 per baby item to $1.75, but that's still an amazing deal (and a great cause).  Check out my finds:

That fair-isle sweater is brand new from H&M and it's going to make for some very cute Christmas photos!  And the vest?  I can hardly take it.  So absolutely darling.  Maybe Orson can wear it for his 1st birthday party tomorrow. :)

Orson has been going through 2-3 changes of clothes per day at daycare, so I'm happy to have cute and comfy clothes that he can wear, play and get messy in without me stressing about "how much I spent on that!?!?"

More thrifties to come.  But for now, back to laundry....

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sweet Find!

We bought these at a thrift store in Leamington last week, all for $6.00. I knew they were good quality, but more importantly, they just looked so sweet! The brand is Arzberg--a German porcelain company.  Just looked them up and these pieces retail for 85 Euros total. That's about $120 Canadian! 

More importantly, who's coming over for coffee?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Rust? What Rust?

Spring is here.  Our backyard and garden went from sweet, green and golden to overgrown and nightmarish in a matter of days.  Getting much done out there on weekdays has proven difficult, so I was grateful for a Saturday at home to get down to business.

After I weeded the garden, and relocated some rogue raspberry plants into the bare spots in our raspberry rows, along came Farmer Dan with the rototiller to tidy up the spaces between the raspberry bushes that we intend to devote to veggies, yet to be determined.

Having Dan at home made it a great opportunity to paint.  There would always be one pair of non-painty hands to tend to the baby.  (No blue finger prints on diapers or bottles, no half-painted projects, abandoned when teething became to troublesome to bear alone.)

A coat of thick, blue Tremclad and it was now you see me, now you don't in reverse.

A good start to a summer of beautification.
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