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What I’ve been up to lately & a sneak peek

I’m back! Back to blogging that is…I missed you guys so much!

I decided to take a little break from blogging these past couple of weeks so I could work on decluttering my house as I mentioned previously HERE and to try to re-group mentally. My husband was also out of town so I was a single Mom for a good chunk of that time. It was interesting being on my own to say the least! Kudos to all of the single Mom’s out there for managing to keep on top of everything on your own!

So what else have I been up to for the past couple of weeks? Well, last weekend my kids and I decided to take a trip down south to Calgary to go to the Stampede. You can read about what the Stampede is all about here. The main reason we went there was to visit my husband who was working there. Also, this would be our first time attending this event and we were curious to see how the Stampede Midway compared to our local Midway in Edmonton.

The Midway at the Stampede is basically a gigantic carnival with rides, games, exhibits and loads of fattening foods. We were excited to attend because it’s not like we get to do this sort of thing every day as it only happens during the summer. That’s a good thing because you can spend over $200 in an hour with the cost of the entrance fee, the ride tickets, the games etc. Nevertheless, my kids and I found a few Stampede favorites which were the cinnamon mini donuts, the handglider ride, the horse exhibit and the water shooter game. So much fun!

I had planned to take my camera so I could take some photos to show you all but I forgot my camera back at the hotel which was a 45 minute drive away. Doh! Then I thought I could just use my cell phone to take some photos but its battery was almost dead! In the end I was only able to snap a couple of photos of these Tee-pee’s to share with you from the Native Indian exhibit.

 

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Oh how I wished I was prepared and remembered to charge my electronics before we left the hotel! I can be so scatter-brained sometimes. Haha!

 

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Anyway, I am now back into the swing of things blogging-wise (a word I just made up) and I have a couple of completed projects to show you and many more projects in various stages of completion.

Here is a sneak peek of a little project I worked on yesterday; this super easy DIY lace flower vase. Stay tuned for the tutorial coming up early this evening.

 

 

It feels great to be back! What have you all been up to? I would love to hear from you.

 

Until next time…

 

 

 

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A little country road trip & my newest furniture find

This past weekend I drove out to my Mom’s house for a visit. She lives out in the country, about an hour away from the city I live in. I mainly went to her house to finish up the makeover on her buffet turned TV cabinet. Once I got there, we ended up needing to make a run to the nearest town to pick up some clear coat because I totally forgot to bring mine when I left my house. Doh! I just had to have some though because I needed to add a few more coats of topcoat to her cabinet that day.

While we were out and about we thought it might be fun to go on a little road trip to some of the local towns in my Mom’s area.  First we headed over to Willingdon, Alberta to check out their town garage sale. It is a tiny little town with a population of only about 250 people. The goods they were selling at their garage sales were also slim pickins. Too bad!  I did manage though to find a vintage sewing cabinet for next to nothing. I will be sharing its before photo further down in my post.

 

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Willingdon, Alberta

 

We also came across this little antique store in Willingdon. In addition to the goods being sold in the garage sale out front, the place was packed from floor to ceiling with every vintage/antique collectible imaginable. I was excited to go inside just in case they were some amazing treasures to be found. Unfortunately,  I was a little disappointed to see that everything was way overpriced, so I left empty handed.

 

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Next we headed over to Andrew, Alberta (about 30 minutes away from Willingdon). During the drive from town to town, all that can be seen are farmer’s fields for miles and miles. Every once and a while you will come across a large house or some farm buildings spotted here and there along the road. That’s about it!

To my surprise, we happened upon this gorgeous Ukrainian Orthodox church and I told my Mom that I just had to stop and take some photos. Isn’t the roof-line on this building amazing?

 

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Andrew, Alberta

 

Here is a photo of the back side of the church. Still stunning!

 

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Andrew, Alberta

 

I also thought it was a little funny that almost every small town in Alberta has its own town mascot/monument. Andrew, Alberta is famous for having the world’s largest Mallard Duck monument.

 

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Mundare, Alberta

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Mundare, Alberta (about 30 minutes away from Andrew) is famous for the world’s largest sausage monument. Yes, my Mom and I made sure to pick-up some Stawnichy’s sausage while we were there to take back home. Yum!

 

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Vegreville, Alberta

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Lastly, the final town that we ventured out to was Vegreville, Alberta. As you can see it is famous for its gigantic Easter egg.

 

Does these photos remind you of some of the small towns in your area? Don’t you agree that is fun sometimes to head out to the country once and while to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of the big city?

So when was the last time you went on a little road trip in your province or state? I think another road trip may be in order this summer so I can check out some of the other small towns in Alberta.  I found this trip interesting to say the least.

Anyway, if you have some time on your hands and you are interested in viewing some more photos of the country-side in Alberta, Canada, this site has some beautiful photos.

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/canadagood/sets/72157621675870417/  

 

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Here is the before photo of the little 1950′s sewing cabinet I ended up finding at one of the garage sales in Willingdon for only $1.00. Although I think it is very outdated and a little bit on the ugly side, I am convinced that it has some great potential.

My plan is to give this cabinet a full makeover. So it will be getting a paint-job and I plan to immediately remove the really ugly handle on the front and possibly the outdated feet at the bottom. I would also like to create some custom storage for the inside of the cabinet. This cabinet doesn’t have a sewing machine inside anymore but it still has some of the workings that will need to be eventually removed.

I most likely will be selling this cabinet when I am finished because I don’t have any room for it in my house. I need your opinion on something. What else can you see this cabinet being used for besides a sewing cabinet? I would be love to hear all of your great ideas.

 

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As you see, I just couldn’t pass it up for that price!

 

This little sewing cabinet is next on my list of makeovers, right after my drum table gets finished. Make sure you stop back to see what this cabinet looks like after I have had my way with it. I figure that it can’t get any worse than it is. It can only get better from here!

 

Until next time,

 

 

 

 

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Just back from a little road trip with some inspiration

Hello there! How was your weekend?

Mine? It was a lot of fun but I’m ready to call it a night.

This weekend we decided to take a little road trip to Calgary, Alberta (about 3 hours away from where we live) to attend the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (my hubby and my two kids are huge Star Trek and superhero fans). Although, I am more into decorating and shopping than I’m into Superman, Green Lantern and the like, I decided to tag along for the ride anyway as I thought it would be a lot of fun for my kids (two smaller ones and one big one). I could also do what I love to do best; get some shopping in while we were there.

Unfortunately, the Comic Con Expo was over capacity so we were unable to attend the show, but we did get to do a bit of shopping and check out some of Calgary’s attractions, which was fun just the same.

I was so happy that we were able to get over to Calgary’s Chinook Mall today so I could stop by a couple of my favorite stores. The first store is Pottery Barn. We don’t have one of these stores where we live so I usually only get to visit once a year at most. I love to go through the store and snap photos of things that give me some inspiration so I can refer back to them later.

I took quite a few photos today and I thought I would share them with you as you might find them inspirational as well.

 

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Pottery Barn this Spring is all about sea shells, sea fans, coral, sand…basically anything to do with the sea. In addition to the beach themed items there seemed to be a lot of glass and neutral colors such as white and cream.

This is one of my favorite decorating schemes. Because it is neutral, it is so easy to add some brightly colored items into the mix such as throw pillows or a decorative vase to kick things up a notch. Then when you decide that you want a change, it is so easy to take away the colorful items and go back to a neutral palette. I love the versatility of this arrangement.

 

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These cute little bottles that I saw were really neat. They would be so easy to make, don’t you think? All you would need is some artificial plastic sedum plants and/or some plastic sea fans, some small little bottles and a glue gun, and in a couple of minutes you would have your very own little Pottery Barn inspired bottles. They would look wonderful massed together on a mantle, lined up on a windowsill or on a coffee table in a woven basket as they are displayed in the photo above.

 

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This sea shell bowl arrangement would be really easy to reproduce at home as well. All that would be needed is a large glass bowl, some beach sand (or Epsom Salts if you don’t have sand), a few sea shells and/or some coral and a glass ball or finial. It would make a perfect centerpiece on a coffee table or placed on your patio table in the garden. What a wonderful way to bring a little bit of sand and sea into your home!

 

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I really like how they have grouped coral and mercury glass/ galvanized metal together. It works so well together because the coral provides some texture and the mercury glass gives contrast to the creams and whites and also adds a bit of sparkle.

 

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I also saw a lot of textured/woven shades and rugs. The glass lamp with sand and shells inside is a very cool idea. Again, we are back to the beach theme.

 

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Doesn’t this sea inspired bed look super comfy? After shopping for a few hours I was ready to get up on in this bed if the sales associates would have let me. I can only dream…

 

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I decided to snap a photo of this clock wall gallery layout for some future inspiration. I would love to try this in my office one day.

The wood stained clock on the far right would be very easy to make. You would only need a piece of plywood, some lattice strips, a spare clock, some wood stain, some silicon, a miter box and saw, a jig saw, and some other small tools to finish it off.

I would think that this project would only cost $10-20 at most and it could be made in a couple of hours.  You could cut the costs considerably if you found a clock at a thrift store or used one that you already owned and also used some scrap pieces of wood from around your house. I am all about using what you already have if you are able to. Re-use and recycle and at the same time get a lot of bang for your buck!

Another great thing about making your own framed clock is that you can make it any size that you want to fit on your mantle, in your hallway or anywhere else you would like to display it.

 

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I thought these large jars were really cool too. I don’t know that I would actually use them to store cereal but I think that they would be great as a display piece on top of a pantry cupboard or on the kitchen counter.

 

 

As you can see my other favorite store is Anthropologie. We have one of these where I live but since I was out shopping anyway, I always can make time for some Anthropologie inspiration.

 

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These little ceramic strawberry baskets have been at Anthropologie for a while. I still love them though and one of these days I am going to break down and buy myself one.

 

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I thought this ringed bowl was neat. Maybe it is meant to be a punch bowl of sorts and the glasses are to be hung from the rings on the bottom or maybe it is just meant to be decorative. I will need to research this one some more to figure out what its intended use is.

 

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I love the shabby weathered looking storage cabinet, below. If I could only afford to have it in my house, it would be there in a second. It would look perfect in my “future” bathroom someday storing white towels, soaps and lotions.

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These chippy plant pots were beautiful as well. I love how they look all massed together.

 

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Have you been to Pottery Barn or Anthropologie lately? What items that I have shown you are your favorites?  Do you enjoy decorating your home in beach themed items such as sea shells, coral, etc.?

Well I am off to LaLa land. Stay tuned for the reveal of my antique sewing cabinet. I am so excited to share it with you!

 

Until next time,

 

 

 

 

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