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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Travertine Tile Coasters


With summer over and the fall routine in full swing I've been finding my way back to the craft room, and it feels great! I've started some Christmas projects already. One gift I plan to give is homemade coasters. I tried my hand at these once before with paper, but this time I tried stamping directly on the tile and really like the results.

A google image search had led me here and I love the ones she created. In fact I plan to borrow that stamp from Char so I can case those. I drew my inspiration from them.

I didn't use embossing powder as it's too messy for me, but I did "bake" in my oven to heat seat. I then applied 3 coats of acrylic sealer, which gave it a nice smooth finish. I also cut out some cork circles with the smallest circle nestie and glued to the under side. The stamps are Hero Arts Old Letter Writing and the butterfly is from Three Artistic Butterflies.

I only made one coaster, as a test, but also as a gift for a co-worker. I had a coffee at her desk the other day and she gave me a Kleenex as a "coaster" so I will take this in for her.

I can't wait to make some sets for Christmas gifts. This is a very easy craft to do, just my type!

Thanks for peeking!

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Hello there 

Popping in to share a little 6x6 canvas I made my niece for her 16th birthday a few weeks ago. Just used some supplies I had on hand and the cut the butterfly with my Cricut.

Not much to it but worked for a quick and easy gift.

Thanks for peeking.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Recent Thrifty Finds & Lamp Revamp


I went out garage saling Saturday morning and must have hit 8 or 10 houses without finding anything good. All I bought were these three books from one seller for $3. Believe me, the last thing I need are any more books. I must have 50 stacked up beside the bed. For real.

I decided to call it a day but on my way home I stopped at another sale where I found some good stuff! This canner was only 50 cents!

These turquoise glasses were also 50 cents (for 8 of them!) And are my favourite find of the day.

Some vintage linens, also 50 cents each. I will use the table cloth and brown and white pillow cases. I think I will make linen napkins with the other set of pillow cases.

I also grabbed this watering container for 25 cents. These always come in handy.


Here's another favourite from the week. A vintage waste paper basket I found at Value Village for $4. Our son had a lacrosse practice nearby and I *introduced* my husband to VV on Friday night ;).

Oh, and a couple of frames picked up last weekend. $2 for a large frame still in it's package and $3 for a shadow box.

And finally, my lamps. I saw these guys for $5 each and looked them over. As I was driving away I thought they might work for our bedside tables, if painted. I've been looking for lamps for a while. However, I want something silver or glass, and definitely not want wicker shades, but I haven't been able to find anything I really *love*. Remembering that I have metallic spray paint I turned around and went back to get them.

Here they are after meeting a can of Krylon Brushed Metallic in Aluminum, and with a couple of new shades to top them off before heading to our bedroom. (And here's one more peek of my blue cabinet I recently finished tee hee).

Here's the before again:

And in their new home:

(check out my 50 cent pillow cases!)

I'm pleased with how they turned out, a big improvement over what we had before and these will work great until I can find the perfect lamps. Or, maybe I will just keep them! (Oh, and I told you I had a few books stacked up!) Anyone else have that problem...buying them faster than you can read them?

Thanks for visiting. I'm linking up to Rhoda and Linda's parties!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Little Blue Cabinet

eta: also linking up to Debbie Doos Summer Colour Paint Party


I picked up this little cabinet off Kijiji in February. It was my first Kijiji purchase ever and the guy was creepy and a bit of a hoarder. I was happy to have my hubby with meI seriously could have disappeared forever in that place.

Anyways, 4 months later and I finally painted it and changed out the hardware. It took me THAT long to build up the energy to paint again after this experience. I don't know how the furniture bloggers do it so frequently and so well.

I also spray painted the hinges. I intended to distress it (and still might) but for now am happy with it as is. It fits perfectly on a little staircase wall and we will use it to store our platters and serving ware, stuff we don't use every day. It will also be nice to have a little display space on the top, although I am not sure what to put there yet. I'll have to be on the lookout at the garage sales!!

Thanks for peeking! I'm linking up to Primitive and Proper's Piece of Work Wednesday party. Such amazing inspiration over there.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tim Holts Word Keys Project

Hey there,

I bought a pack of Tim Holtz Word Keys ages ago...not because I loved the words so much, more the shape of some of the keys. I actually spray painted these last month but only now got around to finishing this project.

The shadow box frame is from Ikea and I have photo'd without the glass in order to avoid the glare. Hope you likey!

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Krylon Watermelon!

A recent trip around the blog world lead me to this post where I was introduced to Krylon Watermelon. **SWOON**. I was worried I might not be able to find it in Canada but I found some at Canadian Tire yesterday. I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do with it.

The tags are from Papertrey Inks Button Boutique set. Last month I went away for a girls weekend with two dear friends and one of them (the Amazing Char) had prepped these tags and brought out ink, buttons, and embellishments for us to put them together. It was such a fun evening, sitting around crafting, chatting, eating (oh, and drinking wine too). I knew I wanted to do something special with my tags to remember such a great time.

I had bought this frame a couple of weekends ago at a garage sale (posted here). I covered the insert with some burlap and used scor tape to adhere the tags. Easy peasy. And doesn't it look great in all it's watermelon glory? I ADORE it.

I hung it in my craft room near my button and ribbon storage.

Thanks for peeking!

I'm linking up to Sarah's spray painting party. I know it's just a simple frame but I LOVE it (have I mentioned that yet??) and want to share it :).

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Shamrock Brooch Pin

I got up to some rare Monday night crafting last night. I made my friend at work this little felt shamrock brooch to wear on Thursday. She's coordinating some St. Patrick's Day festivities for us. Our boss is Irish and it's always a fun day, complete with a visit from a leprechaun. And like a kid with a theme day at school, I am really looking forward to it.

When you work in an office like me you have to get your kicks where you can. (Although, I must admit that often involves thinking up crafty projects like this).

I cut the hearts out of cheapy loonie store felt with my Cuttlebug. I sewed each one (inspiration found here) and reinforced them with card stock. I used my hot glue gun to attach the hearts together with card stock and also to add a clasping pin at the back.

To give you a better idea of the size

And here it is on my (decoration) dress form. I realize most people would take a picture of themselves wearing it, but I was in my PJ's about 10 minutes after I got home from work. Trust me, this is much better.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you get up to some St. Paddy's fun!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Canvas Heart

Just popping in to share a little project I made this weekend. I had bought the AC Dear Lizzy ribbon a while ago intending to use for Valentines Day and forgot all about it. I used tea to dye the canvas.

Thanks for peekin.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Subway Art Sign

ETA: I decided to share this with Sarah's Before and After party on the Thrifty Decor Chick site.

I was feeling a little ambitious on Sunday and decided to try my hand at a Subway Art sign. I've long since admired them all over blog land and had been meaning to make one some day. Well, that some day was Sunday...and Monday...and Tuesday...AND Wednesday! I am generally more of an instant gratification kind of girl and don't usually have the patience for a four day project.

For the most part I followed this tutorial, except I used a canvas instead of wood and cut the letters out on my Cricut.


I used this old printed canvas rescued from the garage sale pile in the basement. (So glad now I didn't actually have that garage sale this summer!)

I had to prime it MANY times due to the bright colours underneath.

Lining up the letters (Monday night). This process took a long time as once measured I had to place them back on a cutting mat to apply transfer tape over top, then back to the canvas to adhere. Despite careful measuring and planning I do have some uneven spacing and slightly crooked words (cherish in particular drives me batty).

I spray painted the entire thing black on Tuesday evening and carefully removed the letters once it dried.

Despite using a brayer some of the spray paint leaked beneath the vinyl. I used a Sharpie paint pen to clean the letters up (Wednesday evening).


And finally hung it tonight! Here it is in our nook off the kitchen.

I absolutely love it, crooked words and all :)

Thanks so much for peeking!

Monday, September 27, 2010


Today is the perfect fall day in Calgary...warm, sunny, and bursting with beautiful colours. Only fitting that I share my Autumn banner with you!

I made this last night. I was feeling crafty but a card just wasn't coming to me. I had been meaning to try making a banner for some time. I hung it in front of the window in my craft room in hopes I will change it out with the seasons.

Papers are from the Basic Grey Mellow line. The oranges, greens, and brown were perfect. The ribbon is PTI Orange Zest and the letters were cut from the Cricut Storybook cart.

Thanks for peeking!

Monday, July 5, 2010


Hello there!

I was catching up on some blogs the other night and came across this AMAZING project by Eve Johnson (Evalicious). Oh my, was I inspired! I love the simplicity of it and couldn't wait to make one of my own.

Off to Michaels I went on my lunch break today to buy canvases. I probably didn't need 14 of them, but this is just what I do.

And then tonight I played.

Orange and green are my favourite colours and there is plenty of both in the Basic Grey "Mellow" paper I used. The butterfly is from the Cricut Indie Art cartridge. And the sentiment is Stampin' Up in Distress Broken China ink.

So simple and I just love it. Isn't it wonderful when talented people share and inspire us? Here's another butterfly project I have been meaning to CASE for sometime. I'll have to keep my eyes open for some frames next time I'm garage sale-n.

Thanks for peeking!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Hockey Thanks

We had the wind up party for my son's hockey team today. Although they fell short in the final and ended up coming in second for the city championships, the boys had a great season. Overall, I enjoyed managing the team even though it kept me away from the craft room a little too often. I thought I would share the items I made for the party today.

Here are the photo book souvieners I put together for each player using my Yourstory machine. I am happy with how they turned out. I have made scrapbook style books in the past for Jake's teams, but my husband and son told me the boys are getting a bit too old for that now, so I did these instead. I am really happy with how polished looking they turned out. One of the parents asked if I had ordered them!

These are the cards I made for the two head coaches. One of the coaches wife has a Cricut and is a scrapbooker so I'm sure she'll like it even if he doesn't. ha ha. I used the sportsmania cart.

We had three assistant coaches who I made these quick cards for in our team colours.

These are the thank you cards made for key volunteers on the team such as treasurer, score keepers, jersey managers, etc. All PTI products excepts for the sentiment.

And this last one was for fun for a friend on the team who is just as crazy a hockey mom as me. She also did a lot for the team this season.

How fun for me to combine two things I love...crafting and hockey. Although I'm happy to say there will be more crafting and less hockey coming up!!