Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

Good Morning!

This past Tuesday evening I attended the #BrotherBizSmart event, which was a collaboration between Brother Canada and the Yummy Mummy Club and was hosted by my friend Sarah Gunn – DIY guru on Cityline and blogger on Sarah Gunn Wall Candy and Sara Gunn Style! The event was held at the BoConcept furniture store on Adelaide St. East, and was a really great location for this event.

The evening started with an introduction to the new Brother Business Smart Series printer by one of the lovely Brother representatives.

Here is the deal with this fabulous machine: It prints, it copies, it scans.  IT’S WIRELESS.  It prints 11×17 sized paper. It’s SMALL.  Oh, and it’s freakin’ pretty.

Then Sarah showed us how she used this printer to do some great photo DIY projects.

She show us how to easily mount your printed pictures onto canvas to make fabulous (and personal) wall art. In this one, she printed some Instagram shots from her time in Nova Scotia last summer. A very professional looking art piece of her family vacation! I the next photo, and to the right of this busy DIYer, you see a logo she printed and framed, which you could do using your own company logo.  A great idea for small businesses who want some signage for their home office but don’t want to pay for professional printing. Seriously, the creativity of this chiquita is CRAZY. And as I went through my photos of Sarah presenting, I couldn’t help but link these two photos together….

Full disclosure, the above MAY IS NOT a direct quote from Sarah’s presentation, but if is was, I’m sure she would have be talking about enlarging PHOTOS.

Sorry Sarah, I couldn’t resist…

And to top the night off, she announced at the end of her presentation that Brother was giving ALL OF US ONE OF THE PRINTERS!  ALL OF US!  How insane is that??? We were all shocked and very excited. Again, THANKS so much to Brother, YMC and Sarah for this fabulous gift.

Sarah and I taken by Brittany Stager (p.s. I look like a running back in that photo, what is up with my shoulder?)

Overall a fabulous night!

And if my week couldn’t get any better, I’m flying to NYC tonight for a girls weekend. I’ve been to New York many times but have never experienced Christmastime in Manhattan.  Soooo excited.


Amaze-“Balls” DIY Holiday Wreath!

Good Morning love muffins!

Happy Wednesday! Remember last week when I posted the Amaze-balls Holiday Wreath Ideas?  Well, it inspired a little holiday DIY project.  Check out below for my fun little how-to….

Pretty decent for a first try, huh?  It was relatively easy and only took about an hour.  And the best thing?  I got all the supplies at the dollar store and the whole thing cost under $10 (including the glue gun which I also got at the dollar store a long time ago).  The only hiccup I encountered was that at the end, I was short a few balls! Which, if you follow me on twitter, you already know from my online dating tweets…. bahahaha…sorry, couldn’t help it. I meant Christmas balls, obviously.  My advice, always have more balls than you think you need (wink, wink). Seriously, it’s like I’m a thirteen year old boy.

Anyway, it was easy, cheap and turned out totally pretty in the end, so you should try it out! And it gives you a good excuse to make balls jokes….which is clearly why I did it.

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a pair of One of a Kind Show tickets….contest end on Thursday at 10 pm!


The Story of Seats 2 & 3 – The Ultimate Upcycle Challenge

Good Morning!

As you may recall, I am participating in the Fall Home Show’s Ultimate Upcycle Challenge to support Habitat for Humanity. I’m so humbled to be included in this fabulous group. Today I’ll share with you my project. I call it

“The Story of Seats 2 & 3”

Be warned, this is a tale of tears, some frustration, and in the end, something beautiful.  But here is where I started…sort of.

Chapter 1 –  The piece

I was asked to do this challenge while I was away on vacation, and I immediately said YES!  I was so excited.  When I got back (on a Monday night) I got an email that said I had to buy my piece at the Habitat for Humanity Restore (with the $100 we had to spend) and send a before picture….by Friday.

And I work until 5 or 6 pm and they close at 7 pm….



So…I checked out some pieces on the Restore’s online store and  I saw this great pair of old theater seats at the Etobicoke location. The were still attached but looking a little sad and bruised. Oh, but I was sure these were for me.

But the were listed online at $120…I only had $100. I was still sure I could work something out so I left work early, battled traffic, and arrive at 6:55 pm…found them….but in the store they were listed at $160!!!!! So….I haggled. 

Who the f&%k haggles at a store where the proceeds go to CHARITY, you ask?  Apparently, this girl. I explained the situation, and guaranteed they would make back the $160 and more once I was finished. After a call to their manager, they were mine for $100. Phew.

Chapter 2 – The Tears

After I got them home I slowly started to take them apart on my desk outside.  And left some of the pieces out there because I have a tiny apartment. I left the pieces under a covered portion.  Some of you may remember the night we had the TORRENTIAL downpour in the downtown core. So, it didn’t matter that they were under the covered part of my deck, the seats got drenched.  I got home, brought them inside. Picture this…10 pm, I’m drenched, they are drenched, I’m sitting on my kitchen floor in a pool of water trying to get them apart so the insides don’t get completely ruined….and I can’t……



Luckily, I eventually did get them apart.  I replaced what I needed to be replaced and back at it again…

Chapter 3 – The Transformation

So, first I stripped them down and I repainted all the metal bits in a glossy black….

Covered over the ugly wooden arms…

Reupholstered the back and the seats.

Sewed and added some piping

And painted some 2 x 4’s and assembled a base….since they no longer would be screwed into a movie theater floor…

Chapter 4:  The Conclusion

And here they are….

This would make great entryway seating or even could be used for a bench on the long side of a table!


And now it’s time to vote!  Click HERE to be transferred to the voting page and to see all of the other entries. Obviously, I would really appreciate your votes but the important thing is to vote for someone! There are some phenomenal pieces there. And be sure to use the share button to send to all your Facebook/Twitter friends too! The pieces will also be up for auction with all proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity, so if you like something a lot you should bid.  I’ll have more details on how to bid soon!

Have a great day!



Giveaway Time!

Good Morning!

It’s an exciting day here at Recreated, for you AND for me…I am hosting my first giveaway!  YEA! And it’s coming to you thanks to the talents of Beatrice over at

Her blog is a fantastic read and it features some excellent DIY projects she has completed…like this fab headboard

(yes, I know, soooo predictable for me to choose to feature her upholstery DIY…)

But back to the giveaway – you see, Miss Crafty Bee is not just a talented blogger, she also has a lovely Etsy shop called

where she sells her own art prints. If you haven’t already checked out this gem of a shop, you should!  Here are some of my personal favourites….

Awesome, right? I especially love the last one….that Dr. Seuss really has a way with words.

And Chocolat & Cherries is giving away TWO 12 x 16 prints to Recreated readers! And yes, my friends, that means TWO winners!  Let’s start big on this giveaway thing, right?

To enter:

1. Leave a comment below about the giveaway

For extra entries:

(In order for your additional entries to count, PLEASE leave a separate comment for each of the things you do below)

1. Go to Chocolat & Cherries and then leave a comment saying which print is your favourite

2. Make Chocolat & Cherries one of your Etsy favourites

3. Follow The Crafty Bee on Twitter

4. Become a follower of The Crafty Bee

5. Tweet the giveaway  “{Enter to win a Chocolat & Cherries art print from @becadoblogspot and @lgrecreated http://recreated.ca/2012/02/13/giveaway-time/ }”

That means you could have up to 6 chances to win!

Giveaway will close at 9 pm on February 19th, 2012 and winners will be announced on Monday February 20th! Giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents.


All photos via The Crafty Bee or Chocolat & Cherries except “Good Luck” found here

Tale of Two Roundback Chairs – Part 2

So I spent most of the weekend trying to finish up these lovely round back chairs I am re-upholstering for friends of mine.  I’m on a deadline because I’m going on vacation next weekend for a week AND my friends are expecting a new baby any day now, and I would really like to get at least one, if not both, back to them before the little he or she arrives!  Here are some pics of what they are looking like now, compared to the photo from Part I of this series.  I think there may only be 3 parts to this series as I getting close to the final before and after post!  The shape of this chair proved to be a challenge but the result will be sooo worth it.

Arm roll

tipped on it’s side for easy access

Oh the layers of fabric…fun to see the history of the chair….and speaking of history….

I also found these in the chair when I took them apart….obviously the card is the upholsterer who worked on this chair at some point.  But the lady is a mystery.  But it’s not a mystery she was not happy about getting her picture taken…

isn’t the contrasting piping so pretty?

Have a great Monday!

XO, Linds