What my new little friend taught me

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source This story happened a short while ago. I wasn’t sure I was going to publish it. But I now feel if it can reach even one family struggling to maintain status quo on the home front, I’ll have done my job here. And it just seemed like the right time of year to post […]

Enjoying the after Christmas lull….

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  Hello! Please come in, but you’ll have to excuse the happy mess. We’re still in our pj’s too! Kaboom! We’re taking in some fireplace/game playing/movie action while eating a little too much. Last night was The Waterhorse in front of a roaring fire. Perfection. We’re visiting family, friends and meeting newbies to the fray. […]

Sat Nite Special link party 113 – plus Christmas 2011 home tours

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Welcome to Saturday Nite Special #113, the multi themed link party!  * Home Decor  * Crafts, / Sewing / Recipes * Theme of the week Every Fri 7pm  to Sunday 11 pm Pacific. This weekend’s theme – home tours stepladder tree I have to admit, decorating for this season has been one of my favorites. […]

Festive junk food displays for your table

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The pristine white and crystal serving dishes are staying in the cupboards this season! (easy to do since I don’t have any crystal)  It’s gonna be an all out junk brawl in this house, serving things up in divine upcycled style! My mom’s teacups will be holding cream cheese and hot pepper jelly. Hey mom! […]

A BIG Christmas junk centrepiece, more vignettes and a gift

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It’s been great being home again! My work has finally finished up until the new year, so today started off slow and easy, with computer and coffee. So I was playing on the blog (maybe for too long??) when my son asked me if it was ok to write on an old ‘shirt.  “Sure!” I […]

Creating with a self taught mentality

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Ever wonder where some DIYers pick up their seemingly natural skills? Don’t think I haven’t thought of that myself!  Is there a self help magazine I don’t know of? But something I’ve come to understand is the way one thinks. Most that accomplish tend to work with a self taught mentality. Something I’ve done forever in my […]

Sat Nite Special DIY Link Party 112 – handmade ornaments

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Welcome to Saturday Nite Special #112, the multi themed link party!  * Home Decor  * Crafts, / Sewing / Recipes * Theme of the week Every Fri 7pm  to Sunday 11 pm Pacific. This weekend’s theme – handmade ornaments This cute Christmas tree ornament is made out of coiled magazine pages. Love the tones! By […]

Christmas centrepieces out of old bakeware

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  I was called upon to help decorate for my son’s youth Christmas banquet not long ago. 9 Christmas centrepieces were needed as well as other room decor. So I hit the thrift store to see what came to mind. And brought home a bunch of old bakeware, glass dishes and galvanized whatevers. Luckily we […]

The making of a Stepladder Christmas Tree

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By now, you FJI regulars have caught a glimpse of my stepladder Christmas tree this year. You kind of have to do a double take. There’s a stepladder buried in this picture. Here, let me prove it. After the fiasco of landing two bad real trees last year and them both dying within a week, […]