How I mentally file inspiration

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Today I had it made in the shade. I had just rolled up my sleeves and was going to kick up some real DIY Christmas dust… when the phone rang. My son’s retainer (braces thing) snapped, so it was time to head to town to get it fixed immediately. After mentally switching gears and leaving the house, I honestly didn’t […]

Happy New Life… with a Christmas decor recap

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Old windows Christmas fireplace mantel With every Christmas season approaching, I always have this vision. The Christmas spirit will one day just explode! Our days will be filled with Christmas music, fluffy hot beverages, and our houses will get decked out into magical wonderlands without a hitch. We’ll have plenty of cookies in the freezer, our […]

PJ 265 – 130+ salvaged garlands, Christmas and all season

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  Welcome to Party Junk 265 – 130+ salvaged garlands, Christmas and all season Every Friday, 7 PM through Sunday 11 PM Pacific Happy weekend everyone! I don’t know about you, but my Christmas boxes are all pulled out, and the big explosion has begun! But I’m still actively looking for new ideas as I fire […]

Zonked out from all that cat popularity

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These two are getting more attention than my own ramblings and projects lately. So much so, they needed a nap from all the virtual autographs today.  Fame will do that to you… I love that you love them! So while I raced around making more mess than projects today, they were busy sunning themselves. And […]

How I shop outdoors for Christmas decor

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‘Tis the season to bust outdoors to find all Christmas decor’s finest! It was a really chilly day. With temps near or on zero, I bundled up good, grabbed my gloves, and head out to a strip of road known for the best fallen tree finds. We’d had a recent wind storm so I knew […]

Shutter priority where cats are concerned


Every so often, my furry friends stay still long enough to capture on film. But that isn’t generally the case. They still love to happily dart from one side of the house to the other. So I was practising with shutter priority on the camera on this day. I’ll admit I’m not very good at […]

Shutters – a cheater photography background

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Did you notice I used some old shutters in this toolbox post? If you remember, I picked up the motherload of shutters from my neighbours. I put some shutters to work in my workshop by hiding some drywall holes. (great excuse for a cool wall treatment I say) As for the rest… They make a most excellent […]

PJ 264 – an upcycled link party


  Welcome to Party Junk 264 – an upcycled link party Every Friday, 7 PM through Sunday 11 PM Pacific So… I was attempting to come up with a theme this weekend, until I looked through last weekend’s linkups. I just couldn’t bypass featuring these projects, so upcycled it is for this weekend! Just check […]

When bloggers and biz hook up

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Since I’ve been blogging full time, one thing has been missing.  And that’s girl (aka blogger) time. But that all got fixed over the last couple days. And it was Tara’s (Suburble) doing. We’ve been looking for an excuse to hook up and do something. So when she asked about good junk haunts, I was glad […]

A fall home tour with hydrangeas and junk

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While fall may be the shutting down of many things, it’s also the start of something pretty spectacular. For me, fall is a season to gather what’s been growing all along, catching it while it rests. Then making it into something that could never have been, while growing madly mid summer.   I’m thankful… for hydrangeas when they are past […]

PJ 263 – upcycled funky wall treatments


  Welcome to Party Junk 263 – an upcycled link party Every Friday, 7 PM through Sunday 11 PM Pacific Hello all! Lately my own DIY focus has been on wall treatments, so I felt that was a great theme to run. Wall treatments can really bring plain’ ol drywall to life. And while planked […]

How to distress a new shelf into a dumpster find… with a video


Today was deemed a family day, so I didn’t have time to work on anything home bound. And that doesn’t make for very interesting blog material… Something I’ve learned in the past 31 days of writing so much is to ensure there are pictures stored up, so a new story can emerge any time. I’m […]

And so this is Christmas… flops and all

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Today I worked on my first 2014 Christmas project. It was rather cute! And sorry for the mere peek… I need to make 11 more before December 1st, so I promise if I come up with a surplus, I will start sharing early. Anyway, the one project inspired me to do more. So I started […]