Word up, blog friends!  I thought I’d share another blog that I recently discovered, and fell in love with.  Chantelle Ellem is the author of Fat Mum Slim, where she blogs about her life and experiences. I normally just read a lot of design blogs, but something about Chantelle’s writing style is really captivating!  Her newly designed blog is just full of her own beautiful, unique photography, and everything is well organized into an easy to read format. Besides being… Read more »

Well, today is a busy day for me, because when the kids are finished school this afternoon, they’re done for two long months!  I both look forward to, and dread their summer holiday!  I enjoy having the kids home more, but the fighting and mess-making…. not so much. In bigger news, my (almost 14 year old) son, Liam, graduated from elementary school last night, and now I officially feel old!  I can’t believe I’m going to be the mother of… Read more »

Hey there Internet friends!  It’s been a busy week of renovation madness around here, and I figured I’d better get around to showing you some progress pictures of our veranda! Let’s take a look back at what the veranda looked like when we bought our house in December: Ugh, terrible and dangerous.  The roof was beginning to pull away from the brick.  No wonder, since it was being held to the bricks by nothing but 100 year old rusted nails!… Read more »

Last week I got to go to Homesense for one full blissful hour without children.  I can’t tell you how peaceful it was to just take my time and browse, rather than having to referee the kid’s fights, continually remind them not to touch everything, and chase after Isabella. Anyways, Homesense had lots of great new products on the shelves since the last time I was there, and I thought I’d share a few of my favourties. I loved these… Read more »

OH YEAH, BABY, IT’S THE WEEKEND!! I sure would like to go for a spin on my bike this weekend, but unfortunately, it needs a few repairs.  Oh well, I guess it’s just as well, since all week I planned to strip the stairs and the new front door, and I didn’t even spend five minutes doing either. Check out these great posts that I enjoyed this week: This dresser would look amazing in my house! Try this DIY Schoolhouse… Read more »

What do you think of my new logo?  I scrapped and re-made it like, 900 times yesterday, and finally settled on this version…..mainly because my head was pounding, and Isabella had torn the house apart while I obsessed over coming up with my design, lol.  Ok, so it’s not perfect, but not bad for someone who taught themselves (ok, Mike kind of taught me) how to do Photoshop.  Mike cleaned it up a bit for me in Adobe Illustrator today,… Read more »

Hey internet friends!  Today I’d like to introduce you to a blog that I stumbled upon yesterday.  How I did not know about this blog before now is beyond me, but I feel truly ashamed of myself. ModHomeEc is written by Shelly Leer, who holds a B.S. in Textiles and Design Education, and now teaches DIY-ers to “create, restyle and design” their own home furnishings at her studio in Indianapolis. Shelly also writes a weekly DIY column for The Indianapolis… Read more »

I thought I’d take a moment to show you all a dresser that I worked my DIY magic on.  About a year ago I was given a really ugly dresser.  I didn’t take a picture of it, but here’s a dresser with similar wood apliques.  I found it by googling “ugly 1970’s dresser.” My first impression was, “Ew.  No thanks.”  Sometimes it’s difficult to look at something and see that it could ever be anything other than an ugly piece… Read more »

Check out some of these cute prints, available at  www.etsy.com: Click corresponding number to go to the artist’s Etsy page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31