Yard Sale for the Cure Auction Piece

Good Afternoon!

It has been awhile since I’ve been a regular blogger.  I have been busy with many projects, including the one I’m sharing today.  This weekend is the Yard Sale for the Cure to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.  People all across the country will be holding yard sales with all the proceeds going toward breast cancer research. 1-800-Got-Junk is a big supporter of this charity and the have asked a bunch of creative people in the Toronto area to choose a piece of their inventory of  salvaged “junk” and recreate/upcycle it into something better. The pieces will be auctioned off tomorrow at the Massive Yard Sale for the Cure taking place in Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto!  I was very happy to asked to create a piece for this great cause.

There was a relatively tight schedule to get the piece done, so I knew I had to pick something that I could update in a reasonable amount of time.  The piece I ended up choosing was this small kid-sized vintage desk.

  Yard Sale for the Cure Before Shot

I decided to update it into a bright and fresh kids reading and creating station!

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I painted the whole thing white and I upholstered the bench seat in a fun fabric (Willow from Tonic Living) so that there was more comfortable place for reading.  On the desk side I added side pockets for art supplies,  a small chalkboard area on the desk using chalkboard paint and a lamp for both reading or creating!  And in case you need space, the seat folds up!


It was a fun project to do.  If you like it and want to get this piece for your little artist or reader, come on out to the sale and bid on it tomorrow!  Don’t have a little person in your life for this piece?  Well, there will be a whole bunch of other fabulous pieces being auctioned off, not to mention a ginormous yard sale! The Trinity Bellwoods Park sale is from 10 am to 7 pm!  I hope to see you there supporting a great cause!


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My November Essentials

Good Morning!

Holy mother of all that is good and pure, it’s November already. How did that happen? Despite it creeping up on me, I actually really LOVE this month. There are 2 big reasons for this. Firstly, with that pesky Halloween out of the way I can officially start my crazy holiday planning. Yep, Christmas music, Christmas crafts, a regular Christmas love fest. It’s never too early for holiday cheer for this girl. Secondly, the air is crisp, which I love. But more importantly, CONSISTENTLY crisp, which means no more seasonal wardrobe issues. I can wear tights and be warm in the morning yet not sweat through them in the afternoon. I can wear wool and not feel like I’m having a hot flash on the streetcar on the way home from work.  It’s officially early winter cold, no more ambiguity. And this kind of cold, while not bitter and frigid (yet), certainly gives you permission to get cozy and nest a little more. Today I’m sharing some of my November essentials, filled with things that help me (or will soon help me) get through this lovely late fall month.

November Essentials


Starting from top left:

1) Candles: I’ve only recently really started to enjoy candles and having a lovely scented candle burning definitely provides a cozy atmosphere for this time of year.

2) Wooly goodness: I recently purchased a wool Reiss coat almost exactly the same as this style except in a light mauve shade and I love it.  And I got it for an absolute steal at TJMaxx at the outlets in the US.  It’s warm, yet stylish.

3) A fall hat:  It’s not quite time for my fur-lined hat to come out but it’s nice to have a hat to keep the heat in.  I really love hats but strangely I have very few.  I am liking the wide-brimmed hats, like this one, that I’ve been seeing this fall.

4) A snuggle-worthy throw:  When coming home after a walk in the cold, wrapping up in a pretty warm throw is a lovely way to warm up. I have many of these on hand.

5) Black heeled boots:  Another great thing about fall is that it’s boot season. Woohoo!  I’m searching for a pair of heeled black ones with a heel that are comfortable, yet stylish.   I’m not sure if these ones are comfy, but I do like how they look.

6) Tights:  Tights are a MAJOR essential for me.  I’m a dress person, and I own very few pairs of pants compared to dresses.  So in the winter I have to keep warm with tights. Also, pantyhose are the anti-Christ. I wear them with certain outfits when I haaaaaave to, but I don’t like it.  Tights on the other hand are awesome. And a great way to jazz up a basic dress, is with coloured tights like these fun wine-coloured ones.

7) Cashmere sweater:  I’ve always been terrified of cashmere.  The cost and the extra care required has always seemed too much for me, so I’ve never invested in it. But in the recent years it has gotten much easier to find inexpensive cashmere basics. So, let me tell you….this girl will be getting on the cashmere train because, it is the softest, coziest thing you could ever own. Perfect for November.

Click on the links above to find the items on Polyvore.  Have a great day!


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Weekend: Etsy, Imaginary Boyfriends, my Bro & the Blue Jays

Good Morning!

Although I had hoped to get this posted yesterday, this morning I’ve got a little summary of my weekend which was unexpectedly busy, but in a good way. My brother Blake ended up being here for the weekend as he is attending a course in the GTA this week, so we got a little impromptu sibling time which was great! Although he has been to Toronto many times, he hasn’t been since he was a kid, and this is actually his first visit to Toronto since I’ve lived here, so kind of a big deal.

On Saturday, we did lots of walking around and, although it’s not exactly his thing, my bro was nice enough to go with me to the Etsy Made in Canada pop-up Market at the Mars building.  It was packed, so it was a little hard to see everything but I did get to see my friend (and hair colourist!) Lauren at her booth with her stunning jewelry line called Her Pretty Bird.  Her Etsy shop is undergoing a revamp at the moment but if you want to check out some of her work head to this giveaway post I did last year. I’m loving all the brass and pyrite pieces she has right now…..

Her Pretty Bird Etsy Pop-up

I also purchased this little cloth container from Kempton Jones.  Sure, it’s a cute container with a cool graphic but the amazing part is that this is a digital print of an ACTUAL sound wave! This one is the sound of someone drinking (slurping) coffee, but she had tons of others, like the sound waves of purring cats, cooking bacon and popping popcorn.  I so love innovative ideas. She has various fabric items to choose from like small makeup pouches, tea towels as well as containers like mine below.  You should check our her shop Kempton Jones, here.

Kempton Jones Etsy Market

Then my (imaginary) boyfriend, Seth Meyers (former of SNL and most recently his late night gig), was in town for Just for Laughs, so I obviously had to go see his show. So. Freakin’. Funny. I mean I knew he’d be funny but I was literally laughing for the entire time he was on.  The only weird part of the night was that my so-called boyfriend didn’t get me complimentary front row tickets.  I think he might be seeing (marrying) other people.  Le Sigh.

3517876246_31406a3bf0_b Photo by: Jeremiah Wong via Flickr Creative Common,   Licence here

Then on Sunday my brother and I hit up the last Blue Jays game of the season.  Sadly they lost, but it was a gorgeous day at the Rogers Centre.  A perfect day to take in a ballgame.

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All in all a pretty great time.  How did you enjoy the lovely weekend we had?


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2013 Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged – Before & After + Giveaway!

Good Morning!

I’m still reeling from the fun I had at Blogpodium on the weekend.  I’ll be posting about it soon but today I’m excited to share with you my before and after of my Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged project.  As part of the Toronto Fall Home Show, I’m was asked to take part in the 2nd annual Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged along with 13 other emerging style, décor, DIY bloggers and celebrity experts.  We were asked to source and repurpose a door from Habitat for Humanity Toronto ReStore into functional upcycled items or hand painted pieces of art.  The pieces are voted on to decide the winner and then auctioned off with all the proceeds from the auction going to Habitat for Humanity.

I had so much fun participating in this challenge last year and I managed come out a winner with my movie theatre chairs. So needless to say I was pretty excited for this event again this year.  However this year there was a twist –  we had to use doors.  So, I headed over to the Habitat Restore in Etobicoke and found these 2 doors.


And I turned them into an upholstered tri-fold room screen.

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I used fabric that I already had, bought some two-way hinges (which are hard to find as it turns out, thank goodness for Lee Valley) and some foam and this is what I got.


And on the back I added some hooks for hanging things.

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Much better than how they started, that is for sure!  I’m a big fan of the fabric.  I might just bid on my own project so I can keep it. Or would that be weird.  OK, maybe a bit weird.

But if you wouldn’t mind taking the time to vote for my piece, it would be much appreciated!  How, you ask?  Just go to this page and vote! You can vote once every 24 hours.  So if you love some o the other fabulous upcycled items (and they are FABULOUS) you can vote for those too! The prize is a $500 VISA gift card, but I will donate $250 back to Habitat for Humanity if I am the winner.

And as a thank-you for your vote, I’m also giving away 4 pairs of tickets to the Fall Home Show taking place in Toronto at the Better Living Centre October 3rd to 6th.  The Property Brothers and Annie Sloan (of the chalk paint!) will be there as well as many great exhibitors. To enter just leave a comment below that says you would like to win tickets!  Entry deadline is Saturday, September 28th, 2013 at 11:59 pm and I will announce the winners on Monday September 30th, 2013.   Best of luck!



Welcome to the NEW Recreated!

Good Morning Lovelies!

Today I’m finally announcing that my site re-design is complete!


It’s actually been up for a few days as we tested things out, so some of you may have gotten a peek of one of various interations of it while browsing around, but now it is totally in place.  The talented Brittany of Gallery No.8 did all the hard work and I just provided ideas and inspiration.  I changed my mind multiple times throughout the process, and she has been very patient in going back and forth with me on it.  In the last couple of days some coding issues resulted in a last-minute alteration to the original design, but overall, I’m very happy with the results! The best thing about it is that everything  now matches…the fonts, buttons, and header; it’s all consistent.  And I have a decent menu now!  Thanks Brittany!

And to top it all off, my new business cards from Moo (p.s. they have the BEST customer service ever) will be arriving on Monday!  Just in time for Blogpodium!

Would love to hear your thoughts on the new design!

Have a great Friday!



Weekend Musings

Good Morning!

I hope all of you had a great weekend. Here are some snippits of what I did…

Remember these that I found on the side of the road?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Well, I’m almost finished their makeover…here is a little looksy at the progress.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I finally hung my new custom drapes from Tonic Living!  This is the just a little peek – I’ll do some proper photos at a later date. But they did a fabulous job and I’m loving the Millie fabric, it works perfectly in the space.

drapes On Saturday afternoon I went to the Taste of the Danforth with a couple friends and got to hang out with these precious ladies….clearly the highlight was the flower balloons…

IMG_0510 I’ve become obsessed with TED talks. I’m finding them great for passing the time on a run. Sunday morning I listened to Dan Gilbert’s The Surprising Science of Happiness on my run.  I could probably devote an entire post to my thoughts on this (and maybe will at some point) but for now I would just recommend you all listen to it. It’s really great and thought-provoking….20 minutes of your life well spent. Seriously…go now.

Have a lovely Monday morning!



Barometer Love

Good Morning,

I’ve been thinking about the weather a lot lately.  It’s hard for anyone to argue against climate change these days with the record number of fierce and damaging storms we have been having. I wouldn’t want to be a meteorologist trying to predict weather these days.  I do like to know the temperature outside, and typically rely on the internet to tell me. I don’t have so much as a thermometer. However, today I thought I would share some great barometers that I would be happy to have in my house.

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  1. Admiral FitzRoy Barometer
  2. Barometer Weather Station Sputnik
  4. 1930 Abercrombie & Fitch Ship’s Wheel Barometer
  5. Nassau M60 Aneroid Barometer
  6. Circa 1885 Industrial Series Mechanical Clock Barometer
  7. 1920s Vintage Bakelite Taylor Stormoguide Thermometer Barometer Weather Station

Don’t they make you want to pay more attention to the weather?  However, I also found this one which is less attractive, but I would guess very effective.

Have a great day!




Good Summer-y Things…

Howdy kittens, what’s shaking this Wednesday?

First of all, today is my lovely mom’s birthday, so a happy, happy day to you Mom!  Hope you have a nice one! xo

Summer offers lots of great things…one of my faves are summer breezes. Mind you, I haven’t had many summer breeze experiences this summer in this blessedly hot city where I reside.  But these photos make me daydream about it….

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And you know what else I like?  Summer cocktails….like these ones I found over at Camille Styles…she did a great round up of tropical cocktails.  Like this blueberry limeade cocktail, yum…

Or this Paloma …

And many more!  Looking for fun summer cocktail ideas, see the whole slideshow as well as where to find the recipes, here!

Now, the real magic would be if I could get a breeze and one of those cocktails at the same time.  Wait…a hot man-slave to bring the drink would also nice.

A girl can dream, right?


Discovery: Society6 iPad Mini Cases

Good Wednesday Morning to you!

I recently purchased an iPad mini and so far its super fun. But I still need a case for it… I already purchased the standard Apple magnetic screen cover that turns into a stand….but I’m looking for a pretty hard case for the back.  Then I discovered Society6. I had heard of it through social media but I hadn’t actually been to the site.  The premise is that an artist creates a piece, and Society6 will produce and sell products made from your art. They produce various products; stretched canvas prints, iPhone cases, bags, pillows and more.  And, lucky for me, they have amazing iPad cases! Here are some of my current favourites:

Carnivale by Minagraphy

Night Lights by Elle Moss

Promenade by Cassia Beck

 Mix03 by Georgiana Paraschiv

Untitled (Cloudscape) by Tchmo

The Button Collection by Cassia Beck

Yay it Away by RichCaspian

Five in a Row by Cassia Beck

I’m sure there are hundreds more I could add to this. Now the only problem is making a decision…stay tuned.  Which ones do you like best?



Summer Vacation Recap

Good Morning!

Long time no talk!  Where have I been? Well, it’s been a whirlwind 2 weeks!  It started with a week in Toronto with my Mom and niece Katrina.  It was Katrina’s first trip to Toronto and she got to see lots of fun stuff; the Science Centre, the Zoo, Casa Loma, the CN Tower, to name a few.  I was working during the week but got to go to the Science Centre and the zoo on the weekend.  Both were very fun, even for an adult! I got lots of great photos at the zoo…here are some snippets of that day….

Katrina - Toronto Zoo copy Then we started the long trek back to New Brunswick for my annual cottage vacation.  My cottage at Oak Point is definitely one of my favourite places on earth. Located on the Miramichi Bay, on the east coast where the Miramichi River meets the north end of the Northumberland Straight, it’s pretty easy to love this little piece of paradise….

cottage views 1 cottage views 2 seaside flowers wild roses Late afternoon shadow What did I do while I was there?  I slept, ate, read, went for many swims in the bay, picked wildflowers and wild strawberries, napped, and assembled a 1000 piece puzzle in less than 24 hours.  It was 35+ degrees in the shade for 4 of the days I was there (which is abnormal for July in New Brunswick), so I literally lived in my bathing suit for most of the week. I caught up with cottage friends and met my friend’s 6 week old baby boy.  Ah-dorable.  A super relaxing week.

Now I’m back; refreshed and ready for some good blogging.

Have a lovely day!