Tuesday, November 30, 2010
If you follow me on twitter you may have seen a late night post a while ago confessing to some late night Etsy Shopping and the impulse buy of some Brass Deer from Haven Vintage. So, it was $40 for the two deer + $30 shipping to Canada (they are brass, therefore expensive to ship) I thought it was actually quite well priced, and sucked up the shipping cost. A few days later (yes, it was that quick) I got a knock at the door and a HUGE box was on my porch. It couldn't be the deer. But it was. They were about 3 times bigger than I had anticipated. (Late night shopping = not reading the product description fully) And I was in loooove. I think some red bows around their necks will be next!
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Monday, November 29, 2010
Today is Oscar's 1/2 Birthday. Yup. We recognize half birthdays. As kids, we always got cake and a banner. You see, my Grandmother + Grandfather started the tradition with my Dad, who in turn did the same for us kids. And, Oscar will continue the tradition! Before you roll your eyes - consider this - isn't it great fun to have special days as a child? Any reason to celebrate happy moments is my philosophy.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Here they are now.
Notice something missing? How about the cushions. This genius over here washed the silk cushion covers. Oh, yeah, that was an awesome day when I discovered I had shrunken the covers. Why did I do it? Not sure, likely lack of sleep. I tend to go on mad cleaning dashes around the house and for some reason I decided I needed to clean the covers. So now we have no cushions on the chairs as I try to find new fabric.
I'm mad that I have to spend money on reupholsering them, but we need to in order to have chairs in the living room. You see, I'd rather have these are the style of chairs in our Living Room........
(Image of a Beregere Chair- Source unknown)
....but buying 2 chairs are way out of our budget seeing as we need to still buy a carpet for the Living Room. I can't seem to find resonably priced ones that don't need reupholstering anywhere. (Note - those aren't the exact colours of the chair, but the style - Beregere, I find so comfortable)
So, there is my story of the shrunken chair covers. ;)
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Above is the booth of Felt Factory, one of the new booths in the Rising Stars section. I was absolutely mesmerized by the craftmanship of these sweet felt animal heads. Aren't they hilarious. But also, quite a piece of artwork. And the most reasonably priced piece at the show considering their quality. (Around $60) I so wanted to get one for Oscar's room, but the Holidays are coming up so we're watching our pennies
Clockwise from Top Left: (1) Becca Wallace Photography (has an etsy shop here, but is closed while she is at the show) had he neatest robot prints, perfect for a playroom or nursery. (2) Charlene Serdan Photography so sweet & perfect for a nursery (3)The little red riding hood sculptures, and there were some bookends by the vedor Gosia (website here) So delicate and perfect. (4) Avril Loreti moustache handkerchiefs - Etsy Shop here
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
If you've been reading our blog for awhile you may have picked up that I love gadgets. Steamers, Vacuums, and now, I heart my leaf blower. Prior to owning a house, I'm not totally sure I'd ever say I would say that. Owning a house kind of does something to you.
Since we've planted a lot in our backyard, getting the leaves out from behind the branchy plants was awful, and I was breaking the poor plants branches. And I got it in my head that I needed a leaf blower. After seeing a neighbour look so happy with his (cue the angel music shining down on him as he was playing with his leaf blower) I decided, I too, should have one. I told Aubrey that we could use it at the cottage, so it had longevity. (Sales pitch!) We settled on the Black & Decker model - The Leaf Hog. (love the name, and it even has a mean looking animal on the side to make you feel even more powerful)
Not only is it a Blower - it's a vacuum. AS IF. So blow them all into a pile, and vacuum them up into the bag they give you. And, as you vacuum up the leaves, it mulches it as it goes into the bag. The box says that what you can normally get into 1 brown leaf bag - you can get up to 18 traditional bags of leaves into (because it mulches it). So, was it worth it? For $100 yes. Love it. Is it a necessity? No. I freely admit this is a toy, but a fun one.
Read more about the Black & Decker - LeafHog 12 Amp High Performance 240 mph Blower/Vacuum here.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Today marked the official start to the Holiday Season in our house. Why today you ask? Well today was the The Santa Claus parade here in Toronto! In our Family it is the demarcation of when the Holiday Season officially begins. We celebrate in style in our family - we watch the parade (indoors) but with Egg Nog and Christmas Cake. And it wouldn't be complete without a roaring fire. (We almost got Oscar to sit in front of it!) Oscar was so very excited with all the cheering at the floats, but was out cold right after Santa made is way onto the screen.
To you, we wish you a fabulous start to the Holiday Season - I declare that it is now fine to start playing those Christmas jingles & those Christmas ornaments can be unpacked....! (When does everyone else get their Christmas Trees??)
*Update* For those asking, this is my Family's house...not mine. (Really people ... *wink*) How I wish we had a fireplace!! (House #2 will have that)
Update #2 - The artists above my Parents fireplace is a Canadian Artist, David Grieve. I did a blog posy about him which you can read about here.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
She took a cardboard cone from the craft store, painted it brown on the outside and glue gunned the acorns to the outside. So simple, yet so gorgeous. My favourite part is the little acorn on the top - isn't that hilarious!?
If you follow my tweets on twitter you will have read that shortly after my original post on the wreath project I was going to do with acorns, animals attacked my stash on the front porch. So, I was left with a small percentage of what I collected at the cottage. With the remaining nuts my Mom came up with this awesome craft.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Something has happened since our bookshelves were installed. We actually *sit* in the room. I danced with Oscar in the room, we sat and watched Oscar bounce in his Jolly Jumper in the doorway. The house all of the sudden became warmer, lived in, and felt like home. If you love bookcases as much as we do, here is a link to the set of Photos that I loved as we awaited the construction of our own. But also visit I Suwannee as she was the best source for bookcase photos, as she has a series called Bookcase of the Day!
You see, it started here.
Obviously too big. So it went here...
But since getting the Bookshelves in, it no longer worked, so I lugged it upstairs and now..
I think it will stay. (For now). I feels slightly Parisian in the room, with all of the white and grays, and hints of gold in the room.
Monday, November 8, 2010
And here they are...
Here are some details that went into them
(1) How high? We measured many times to decide how high they should be. We couldn't have them built straight to the ceiling as since they aren't "built ins" we needed some relief to actually get them in. However, I do quite like the air between the top, and the ceiling. Moulding was designed to reflect the style of the moulding in our house.
(2) Knobs - The knobs are brushed brass, that match the base of our Pottery Barn Lights as blogged about here
(3) Hidden away ... The base units provide awesome storage for things like our DVD collection that previously had no home.
(4) A place for extras... Instead of your typical straight bookcases, I designed them to have a little hutch for extra detail, and a place for photographs, and little pieces.
A bit more about them....
I designed the bookshelves based on bookshelves that my parents have in their house but with some modifications to account for the fact that our living room is MUCH smaller, and we didn't want to take up too much floor space. We worked with the builder to make sure that everything was quite specific, from the header, to how deep the hutch part would come out.
These bookcases are going to be just that - A place for all of Aubrey's books. With the compromise that I get some room for some picture frames of photos of family. The photo shows you as we fill the shelves up with a small percentage of his collection.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
For today, here is a roundup of our favourite DIY Projects!
Click on the images to bring up the specific post. Happy Reading!