DIY Lighting Round-up and Giveaway Results

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Before I get to the DIY lighting round-up, I would like to apologize for not announcing the giveaway results yesterday as planned. Sadly,  my computer was on the fritz which I hope doesn’t mean I have to replace it!  It seems to running alright now so here are the results!  There was only one entry so there was no need to use Random.org…..and that lucky entry is Stephanie!  Congrats!  I’ll be sending you an email to let you know how to get your tickets!

And while we are on the topic of the home show, I urge you take a minute to check out the amazing lineup of Fall Home Show Upcycle Challenge entries (including my lighting project ) here and of course I would love it if you could cast vote for lamp (blog post about it here) .  And if you are at the show you can actually take one of these amazing pieces home, as they are going to be up for auction with ALL proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity GTA.  Love that organization, and equally love that I can be a part of helping them do their good work!

Now, back to today’s topic.  Ever since I completed my upcycle challenge project, I have been kind of obsessed with DIY lighting.  I am definitely going to tackle another point at some point, and wow, there is a ton of inspiration about there.  Today I’ve rounded up some great DIY lighting projects from around the web to share with you.

Love this golden light bulb number from Brit & Co!

For a more industrial look you can go with this rustic chandelier DIY from Black Oak Studios.

Although perhaps not ideal for a room where you need bright clear lighting, this gorgeous pendant DIY from Emmmy Lizzzy made from doilies is beautiful and gives off a lovely glow.

I love this DIY pendant lamp from The Hunted Interior made from a thrifted brass bowl.

Although this DIY beaded chandelier from Gus and Lulu would be time-consuming, similar lamps can cost $500 or more in a store!  And this one looks pretty damn close to the real thing.

And how about this super cool Copper Pipe Wall Sconce created by Claire Zinnecker which she shared on Camille Styles!

Pretty damn cool, right?  People are just so creative!  Another DIY lighting project is definitely in my future.  Have you ever tackled a lighting project?

XO,

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Fall Home Show 2014 – Tickets Giveaway!

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In case you didn’t catch it, yesterday on the blog I revealed my Fall Home Show Upcycle Challenge project (Vote for me here!).  But today, I wanted to give you the low-down on some of the other great things in store at this year’s Toronto Fall Home Show which runs September 17th to the 21st, 2014 at the Better Living Center.

First up, if you follow design shows, you will know one of the show’s headliner’s VERY well.  It’s TOMMY! Yes, I’m talking about HGTV star, Sarah Richardson’s right hand man, designer extraordinaire and the most insane #hashtager ever (follow him on instagram and you’ll see), Mr. Tommy Smythe!  He will be presenting on the main stage on Saturday, September 19th.

And as a blogger, I certainly know the name Marion Parsons as I have read her DIY/Decor blog Miss Mustard Seed a lot over the years.  Along with her blog, Marion has created her own brand of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint which has been very successful.  She is also a freelance writer, stylist and photographer, an antiques dealer, and the author of the book Inspired You.  She is going to be appearing daily on the main stage talking about the Flipping Furniture!

There are many other presentations from design celebrities like Emmanuel Belliveau and Leigh-Anne Allaire-Perrault, not to mention cheesy goodness presentations from Keven Durkee from Cheesewerks! (you can see the full stage schedule here).  And these presentations are over and above the more than 100 exhibitor booths you can peruse for all your home reno and decor needs.

Also be sure to visit the Habitat for Humanity Restore booth and bid to take home one of the fabulous Upcycle Challenge pieces, with all proceeds going to Habitat!  (And while you are clicked over on that page if you could throw a vote my way for the competition I would be most appreciative!).

And the BEST news is I have 8 pairs of tickets to give away for the Fall Home Show!!!  (1 pair per winner)

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

1. Leave a comment below telling me how much you would like to attend the show!

For additional entries:

1. “Like” Recreated on Facebook

2. Follow me Instagram

3. Copy and tweet this:   Want to win 1 of 8 pairs of tix to the Toronto Fall Home Show?  will hook you up right here! 

Please provide a separate comment for each entry.  Contest ends Sunday, September 14th, 2104 at 11:59 pm. Winners will be selected randomly using Random.org and will be announced on Monday, September 15th, 2014.   Good Luck!

XO,

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My 2014 Upcycle Challenge Project: I LOVE LAMP

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It’s a beautiful day around here at Recreated because it’s finally the day I get to reveal by 2014 Upcycle Challenge: Stylize project!  WOOHOO!  The Upcycle Challenge is a charity competition put on by the Fall Home Show benefiting Habitat for Humanity.  Each contestant wad given $100 to spend at the Habitat for Humanity Restore to find something to upcycle, and with the help of Rustoleum products (the contest sponsor) were tasked with creating something new and better.  Participants chose from a the following style categories for their project:  Modern, Country Rustic, Industrial , Vintage Glam, and Eco Chic. The voting takes place between now and September 20th, 2014. Then all the items will be displayed at the Fall home Show for public Auction.  All proceeds of the auctioning of the products goes to the Habitat for Humanity GTA for their great work building affordable housing in our area!

This year I went out of my comfort zone and instead of going with an upholstery project, I decided to tackle something new….lighting.  Why lighting?  I still have not figured out the answer to that question myself so I’ll have to get back to you.  But the style I chose was industrial.  Having made these decisions, I went to the Restore and picked out this ugly 1980’s chandelier….

before

…and then walked it the 4 kms back to my house with the chandelier thrown over my shoulder like a continental soldier.  There are times I miss my car.  This was one of them.

I then decided to take it apart and figure out what I would use need to make this super fugly chandy into an awesome industrial floor lamp.  (Consequently, the theme I choose was industrial….)

  Taking apart 2

The part that was once the top (on the left) would now act as the base of the lamp.  And I needed to keep all the lights, so the bottom of the chandelier would now become the top of the lamp, but flipped over and added on to.

tools 1

I then went to Home Depot to get some extra materials.  The guys working the plumbing aisle were quite intrigued/alarmed as I lay out dozens of copper fittings on the ground.

HD guy –  “You aren’t trying to use those for actual plumbing, are you?”

Me –  “No”

HD guy – “Good”.

After my many trips back to that part of the store I become known as the women doing something “artsy” with plumbing parts, and they became curious about what exactly I was doing.  Despite my explanations they just didn’t see my vision.   Ahhhh, the plight of an artist.  Never fully understood.

Next up was the tough part, the electrical.  I read a lot about before I tackled it and looked carefully about how it was originally wired.  For the most part I did pretty well…..except when I was testing out the plug that I added for the lamp.  I plugged it in followed by…..mild shock….followed by all the lights going out in my apartment…..and then I quickly pulled out the plug and the lights went back on.  Phew.

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I managed to sort out my error.  Each larger wire had 2 smaller wires inside, meaning that I put 4 wires together.  What I needed was 1 marette for each set of wires for a total of 2.   Once I got that figured out, I got all the lights working!  Booya. And in doing the electrical I got to use new tools like this one….

second best new tool

…..a wire stripper!  So fun to use. And when I have a fancy dancy tools like this, how can I not be an electrical genius??  I also got another new kick-ass tool as part of this challenge…..a metal pipe cutter (the blue BrassCraft tool in the picture below). I love this thing, and it came in very handy when cutting all the copper piping for this project. You just slide the pipe inside, tighten it and circle it around and around, tightening it every so often and in a few short minutes, a perfect cut!

best tool ever

Given my unreasonable excitement over new tools, it won’t will surprise you that I’m the granddaughter of a hardware store owner.  Despite having not spent much time in his store, the love of tools certainly runs in my family. My father is similarly afflicted.  But I digress….

Next I took my time figuring out the piping for my lighting arms, gluing all the fittings together and inserting the existing light sockets/wiring into them.  I did have to extend the wiring to make it long enough to reach with the new extended arm lengths.  This was done using….I can’t even say it……a butt splice.  Perhaps this shows my immaturity, but could they NOT have come up with a better term for that?  Really?

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Once it was all glued together, I put it upright.   What I hadn’t taken into account was the added weight of the metal on the top which made the base wobbly resulting in what I called “The Leaning Tower of Lamp”.  #FAIL.   I had to come up with a solution. So I went back to my fave Restore and got a large solid floor tile and brought it home.  I decided I would drill a hole in the tile, glue the base to that and then attach the lamp post to it.  Have any of you ever tried to drill a hole in tile?  IT IS PAINFUL.  I did everything I was supposed to.  Got the proper drill bit, used water to temper the dust and tape to keep from getting fractures and cracks.  But it still took FOREVER.  Eventually I drilled through, and it totally worked to keep the lamp upright. #NAILEDIT

Next up was painting, which, despite lots of protective cover, wreaked havoc on my newly painted exterior doors.  Note to self for next time: spray paint migrates VERY far from the actual spray area.  I used Rustoleum Universal Paint in Gloss Canary Yellow, and it worked really well.  A big shout-out to Kamila at Rustoleum for being so helpful!

painting

And all of this work was worth it for the final product!  A new super-fun, totally unique industrial style lamp!

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And it totally functions, which was my main concern at the beginning.  Sure, I can come up with an idea, do some gluing and painting but I’m so happy that I was able to figure out the electrical and make a functioning light out of it!   So just as a recap here is the before and after shot.

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In the simple words of Brick Tamland from Anchorman…..

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And I hope you do too!  The next part,  I need your help for is VOTES!!  Starting now, please CLICK HERE to vote for my upcycle challenge piece! (you have to have a Facebook account to vote).  You can vote once per day so vote often.  Share with your family, friends and co-workers on social media!  I would be most appreciative.  

XO,

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Last Week’s Loves: August 18th to 24th, 2014

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Hoping you all had great weekends. It was a nice weekend here in Toronto, and actually warm enough on Sunday to believe that summer maybe isn’t QUITE over yet.  And I’m crossing  my fingers for a warm September too.  And as it is Monday, here are some of my loves from bloggerland last week.

This recipe that Jacquelyn featured on Lark & Linen looks delicious.  A must try for me.

For those of you considering installing radiant heating in your homes, the Dreamhouse Project featured a great summary of things you might not know about it in this post.

Summer fires, either for camping or on the beach, will be winding down soon, so why not make the most of it and cook on one.  And you could do so much more easily with this DIY cooking station found on Poppytalk.

Don’t know you love it when good people have exciting news?  Well, I love it when good blogger peeps do too…..

Victoria, formerly of VMac & Cheese has rebranded her blogging and styling prowess into one new site called Victoria McGinley Studio and Blog which launched last week.  You can now find all the things you loved about VMac & Cheese and Vivaleur in one easy to navigate and beautifully designed place.

 

And in other awesome news, my friend Lindsay Stephenson Little House Blog and Penny Paper Co. recently announced that her adorable Penny Paper Co. prints are now available at Indigo!  You can find them here!

Good news all around!   Have a great week!

XO,

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Fashion Friday: Fall-Winter 2014 Trends I Can Pull Off

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For the last week its felt A LOT like fall here in Toronto.  I’m not happy or ready for it to be fall but since it feels like fall, why not plan for fall?  And today I’m talking fall fashion.  I’m not particularly fashion forward and I don’t buy into every trend that comes around but there are a few every season that fit with my style and I feel like I can get on side with.  Over the last few months the fall fashion trends have been circulating and I’ve discovered a few fall/winter trends that I’m liking and that I could pull off.  Despite not feeling ready to wear them quite yet…..

 

STRAP HAPPY SHOES

Shoe trends are the most common for me to latch onto because they are an accessory. Easy way to add a little sumpin’ sumpin’  to any outfit without worrying about whether it suits my body type.  Plus my shoes size doesn’t change and my body size often does.  And I love a little extra interest on a shoe, like the ankle strapped ones that are trending for fall.

 

Strap Happy Shoes

THE MIDI DRESS

This trend can be a tricky one.  This isn’t a dress length you can pull off with short legs. Even if you are above average in height like me (5’8′ ish) you still need to rock heels with this kind of dress to not have it make you look shorter.  But with the right cut it is a very chic way to pull of a sexy yet conservative look.

 

Midi, Vidi, Vici

SHEARLING

OK fine, this may be pushing it for early fall but in late November this is one trend I’m liking.  Warm, cozy and cute.  Am I ready to wear it now?  Hells no. But when the time comes, it’s hard to go wrong with this trend.

 

Sweet Shearling
I’m sure a few more trends will come around that I might want to try out as well get closer to fall….but this is a good start.  You can see some of my other outfit ideas on my Polyvore.
XO,

Tasty Tuesday: Simple Lemonade Syrup

Good Morning!

This may sound odd but one of the things my Mom makes that I LOVE is lemonade.  I know what you are thinking…”Did she say lemonade? Like the stuff that you get from a can that take about 5 mins to make?”  Yes, lemonade, but definitely NOT the kind from a can.  Today I’m sharing a recipe for lemonade syrup which, in my opinion, makes much better lemonade than the cans.  It takes a bit longer to make but it yields a lot more lemonade.  And it is no more expensive than the canned kind (trust me, I’ve done the math).

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This is what you will need:

  • juice of 6 Lemons + zest of 4 lemons
  • 10 cups of sugar
  • 6 cups of boiling water
  • 2 tbsp tartaric acid
  • 3 tbsp citric acid
  • 1 tbsp epsom salt

Makes 2+ liters of syrup.

For the last 3 ingredients you may have to get those at a health food store or pharmacy, although some grocery stores may carry them.

Also, the amount of sugar MAY alarm you (it did me….) but keep in mind you are just making the syrup (and A LOT of it) which you will then add water to to get the lemonade.  And you will only use about 30-40 mls of the syrup per glass so it’s actually not as much sugar per glass as it sounds.

lemons

Take your lemon and grate the zest off of 4 of them.  If you are lucky you have a master zester like my dad to do this part.

Zesting

You will get this….

rinds

Then juice all six of those lemons.  My mom has a electric juicer which speeds it up,  but with only 6 lemons it won’t take long to do it by hand.

juicing

Then in a LARGE pot or bowl (at least 2.5 L) add the acids, epsom salt and sugar.

Chemical incredients

Sugar

Add in your lemon juice and zest and then pour in 6 cups of BOILING water.

Sitr it Up

Stir thoroughly until the sugar is dissolved and let it sit until cooled.  Then transfer to a container or containers.  I like the zest in it but if don’t you could strain it out.  But if you plan to do that I would let it sit overnight to make sure you get all the flavour before taking it out.

To make the lemonade just add about 30-40 mls of syrup (can vary depending on how sweet you like it) per cup of water (250 mls approx).  Or by using a the same measurement but scaled up you can make a whole jug of it!

Finished Lemonade Syrup

This is a sweet, delicious lemonade.  It does have a few more grams of  sugar in it than a regular lemonade (per glass), but it doesn’t have the high fructose corn syrup that most canned and bottled lemonades have and has fewer weird unpronounceable ingredients, so I would argue that it is more natural than the processed canned kind.

And once you have made it, it lasts for a long time.  You get almost 60 glasses of lemonade per batch where you might only get 5-6 per can.  And it’s almost the exact same cost per glass cost (about 20-25 cents) as the canned kind.  Better tasting, more natural lemonade for the same price as the can?  #nailedit  Totally worth a little extra prep time.

It also could make a great hostess gift for summertime gatherings.  Put some syrup in a mason jar with a pretty bow and a tag, and voila!  Instagift.

So, I obviously think this recipe is the bees knees,  but now it’s time for you to try it!   Let me know how you like it!

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Last Week’s Loves – August 11th to 17th, 2014

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As the first weekend back after my vacation, it was full of projects and errands.  I finally finished the two client chairs I’ve been working on for the last few months.  Yes, months.  The project was wrought with frustrations that I will get into when I post the before and after.  But needless to say I’m happy that they are finally complete!  I also worked on my 2014 Upcycle Challenge Project for the Toronto Home Show coming up in the Fall.  Stepping out of my comfort zone on this one and I’m crossing my fingers that it works out.  I did so some other non-work fun things like visiting the Evergreen Brickworks Farmers Market, brunch and dinner with friends and of course, catching up on my blog reading.  There were a few blog posts that made my Loves list this week.  I hope you enjoy!

This stunning photography collection by Australian photographer Tom Blachford, called “Aerial Summer” on This is Glamorous.  You can see a slide show of all the lovely works here.

These opal circle earrings by WWAKE on Design Sponge.  I always loved opals as a child, perhaps because of the lovely iridescent quality.  You can read how WWAKE came up with the design of this simple pair of prettiness here in the post.

This closet by Rach Parcell of Pink Peonies found on Marcus Design.  If only I had the space and the shoes (and $$) to have this closet.  See more pics here.

This crazy cool DIY on Little Green Notebook.   If you can believe it, this is a container of colourful Sharpies!  Yes, this would be a time consuming project, but you can’t tell me these won’t look 100% better than a regular bin of markers on your desk.

That is it for today!

XO,

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Making Progress: #oakpointporch

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As you may recall from my post a couple of weeks ago, while I was at my cottage last week I was to be doing some work on the #oakpointporch project, which is the porch in my family’s cottage.  And there was some great progress. As soon as my Mom picked me up at the airport we headed to Fabricland in Moncton and picked some fabrics.  We came up with this lovely light and airy palette of blue, gray and light creamy yellow.

FABRIC

Then we drove to the cottage and I was very excited to see the new flooring that my Dad recently installed in the porch.  A huge improvement over the yucky carpet and flooring that was there before.

Floors Before and After copy

My main task for the week was to paint and recover the 2 ugly office chairs.  We decided to use the blue and cream fabric and to paint the arms the cream colour.  My Mom did most of the painting while I focused on the re-upholstering.  I think they turned out pretty well in the end.

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Then I tackled the cushions on the sofa and the rocker which previously were that outdated red, yellow and orange ikat pattern that totally darkened the space.  I made the cushions out of the yellow and gray and the striped fabrics to lighten things up.

Sofa before and After copy

rocker before and after copy

Since my parents had a severe flood in the basement of our house back in April (1.5 ft of water in the basement) and are spending most of their time and resources renovating and replacing a huge amount of things there, a new couch for the cottage isn’t in the cards right now.  But, we did find a large quilted bedcover to cover it instead of the light brown one we had before. We didn’t get to the painting of the faux-wallboard but my parents are going to tackle that in the fall.

Here is the room before and after up to this point…..

ROOM BEFORE AND AFTER

The room looks so much lighter and brighter now.  A real seaside cottage feel.  There is still more to do, like replacing the ugly yellow blinds, but this was a really good start!

XO,

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Anchor’s Away

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I just got back from a week with my family at our cottage in New Brunswick.  My cottage is pretty much my favourite place on the planet, and I always hate to leave. While I did get lots done for my #oakpointporchproject while I was there (post coming soon!), I’m now back to real life and already miss the smell of the ocean air . Sigh.

Now, when I think of the ocean I often think of nautical. And what is the classic symbol of nautical?  Most certainly the anchor. Today I’m sharing a little anchor themed round-up.  From home décor to jewelry, there is no shortage of adorable anchor-donned products. I hope you enjoy!

anchors away!

While I love all of these items my favourites have to be the bottle opener and the adorable earrings.  So great.  You can find this round-up and more fashion ensembles here on my Polyvore.

Anchor’s Away!

XO,

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Family and #Oakpointporch Project

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It is official, I am turning into my Mom. It gets more apparent everyday. Not that I’m complaining, my Mom is a pretty amazing person,  it’s just that it is happening quicker than I anticipated.

How does this relate to the #oakpointporch project?  (you can see the before pictures here and the initial scheme here)   Well, I happen to working on the project with my mom, as this is the porch in our family cottage .  To demonstrate the Lindsey turning into Carolyn phenomenon, I will use one of our recent exchanges related to said project. I sent her a bunch of fabric swatches in the colour scheme we had discussed, which was light/pastel blues, greens, with maybe some greys and yellows for good measure.  Only one really jumped out at her from that bunch of samples I sent her.  No big deal, she said she would go to some fabric stores on her own.  She went but felt overwhelmed by all the choices and gave up.

Hmmm, feeling overwhelmed with too much choice, finds it hard to make a decision:

Mom……√ 

Lindsey…..√

So then I suggested that she should let me decide so she doesn’t have to, and she could just know that I will make it look nice.  A brief pause, some nervous laughter followed by ….”well, I don’t know about thaaaat…..”

Despite feelings of being overwhelmed, not really willing to relinquish too much control:

Mom ……√ 

Lindsey…..√

This is just ONE conversation, with TWO instances where I realized we have similar reactions.  The good thing is that because I am so much like her, I understand this so I really wasn’t expecting her to just give me free reign, or agree with my choices the first time around.  Ahhhh, family, what would we do without them?

But back to the update on the project…..one of the biggest jobs for the porch revamp was new floors, which my Dad installed a few weeks ago.  Out with bad carpet and linoleum, in with some laminant flooring.

My focus while I am home will be to paint and reupholster the 2 chairs like this one.

Also, I’ll be doing some painting.  On one wall there is gorgeous cedar, but on the 3 outside walls we have ugly faux wood paneling that you can kinda see below the windows in the picture below.  Long-term we will be replacing the windows and putting up cedar in the rest of the walls, but in the interim I have suggested we paint out the paneling, likely in white or off-white.

My mother and I are going to attempt to get some fabric in Moncton when I fly in on Saturday.  We will be limited in terms of number of fabric stores, but I think with our heads together we can find some fabrics that work well.  I do know that we are on the same page in terms of a general palette that I mentioned above. Light blues, greens with some yellow, and maybe some greys. Here is a little mood board to help demonstrate.

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Photos from top left:  1 (unknown), 2, 3, 4, 5,

It’s a pretty palette to be sure, and these are some of my mother’s favorite colours.  Light and airy.  Sort of how I feel everytime I step inside my cottage. Wish us luck on our fabric journey on Saturday!

XO,

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