Nova Scotia is known worldwide for it's yardsales. Okay, I totally made that up, but it should be true. I woke up extra early to head to my absolute fav yardsale. It happens every year. It is a fundraiser for the local animal shelter and man I freaking cleaned up this year. This was my Instagram pic I took the minute I got home.
So yes, in this picture I spent a total of $32 dollars, what you didn't see was the garbage bag I filled the next day for $5.00. The garbage bag was full of vintage brass pictures frames, a clay serving bowl, the top part of a vintage valet chair, a handful of small baskets. What am I going to do with it all? Lord knows. The picture frames will fill my massive gallery wall, the small rug in now housed in my kitchen, the unicorns are with Olive's two ther brass unicorns and the two clay pots are spilling over with plants. My favorite find has to be this copper bread box.
The inside was pretty disgusting. I grabbed some shelf liner and lined the inside with some fab faux wood. Now this shiny piece of loveliness houses all our bread, which otherwise was crammed in a small drawer.
I also scored some amazing wood bowls for $6.00, one large bowl and 8 small bowls. I decided the small bowls would be great for the kids. I was recently visiting a friend in PIttsburgh (Hey Amy!), and she had a great station set up for the kids and I am 100%, completely copying her. I transfered all the kids cutlery into an old Muji desk/pen storage thing, and added some faux wood triangles. Next I moved all the kids glasses and new wooden bowls down. I started keeping a small jug of milk and another of water in the fridge and the kids help themselves to drinks and bowls of cheerios. Three cheers for independent children.
So what did I do with the rest of my finds? Here are a few pictures. The gallery wall is going to be a major undertaking and will happen at some point in the future. Gallery walls stress me out. I feel like a great gallery wall should maybe be done on a weekend alone, 25 cans of spray paint and a bottle of wine.
Not too shabby for the first real yardsale of the year. A whole summer of thrifting to come! There is a 30 mile yard sale happening at some point this summer. The last time I went to the thirty mile yard sale Dave had just had knee surgery and I was actually running from sale to sale leaving him in the dust. He loves me.
So this was pretty exciting for little ol' me, a post on Steven and Chris, no big deal. Okay it is totally a big deal for me! They featured the $50 fix up I did in my small bathroom and I am hoping to do more of these $50 fix ups. I have a million ideas and it totally fuels my yard sale and roadside finds addiction. So stay tuned over at Steven and Chris' website and who knows, maybe someday I'll just casually and coolly slide into the show for a guest appearance.... "Oh hey Steven and Chris, what's up?...you kind of know me right?"
Check out the post here and give them a "Like" on Facebook.
Holy sweet mother of god, it's done. Taking on a project this size was a little crazy, but man it feels so good to be done. I'm going to do this post in two parts, it's going to be a biggie. My super talented sister, Callen Singer, came and shot these amazing photos for me. She totally captured the space. She always does.
So much of this project went as planned and so much did not, like, at all. My dear 'ol Dad designed the original Hub space, and did such a great job, it was a little scary taking on The Hub 2.0. I could see it all in my head, but couldn't get it out on paper. I could picture the desks, but couldn't figure the finer details like putting them all together. I had a small budget, but needed a giant budget. Here we are, five months later with a great space, full of amazing people, all working away, and I must say, I'm pretty pleased.
The list of must-haves included a 12 foot table, 8-10 permanent desks, movable desks, desks chairs, a meeting room, 2 phone rooms, a smallish kitchen and a social area with sofas. The 12 foot table I couldn't quite figure out until the very end of the project. I had build a long table before with spruce dimensional boards, but the warping was insane. We already have crazy 200 year old floorboards that go up and down and all over the place. I wanted the table to at least stay in one spot. I found these great bases at Ikea, yes, thank god, Ikea finally sells table bases. Now I just needed the wood. Kiln dried pine maybe? 2x10 was too thick and 1x10 too thin. While I was out in the lumber yard I saw these great kiln dried lengths of pine, they were stair treads. Um, awesome. A 1x10 is really only 3/4 inch thick, but a stair tread is a genuine inch. The other great thing about a stair tread is the bullnose finish on one edge. My brother in-law cut two boards on the table saw to remove the bullnose finish so they would all line up and make a table. So now, I just needed to figure out how to put this giant table together. There are lots of professional, tidy ways to do this. I am neither professional, nor tidy. So I glued the boards together and used ratchet strapping to pull them super duper tight. The ratchet strapping was kind of an awesome discovery, thank you Pinterest. Once the glue was dry we flipped the table and added some 1x4's underneath to secure it all even more. We screwed on the two Ikea bases and boom we have a freaking 12 foot table.
The permanent desks required a bit a problem solving. We knew we needed spaces to hide paperwork and desk clutter, but once you build a 3 inch thick desk top, suddenly all the off the shelf desk legs are out of the question. So now we knew we needed desk tops and desk legs built. Thank god I had my handy carpenter Luke around to help me figure out just what we needed for legs to make the desk top work. I spent every waking moment online until I found something that would work. It was basically a picnic table leg, configured for a desk. Handyman Luke help me with angles and taught me how to do a half lap joint with a chop saw. I pretty much want to be a carpenter now. For the desk tops we used shop grade birch plywood and had the building supply store cut two 2'x6' pieces and one 2'x4' piece. The 2x6 pieces would form the desk tops and the 2x4 pieces would be cut into 2'x2" pieces to for the internal structure creating the sections for desk clutter. We had some Hub members attach all the legs for me and then I spent the next eternity creating the desk top sandwiches. I bought a countersinking drill bit, which has pretty much changed my life. So glued and screwed the plywood sandwich together. Boom. Desk. Done. I'm not going to do a fancy tutorial, there are lots of great variations online. A Beautiful Mess does a pretty great one that I pulled some ideas from.
Over the years The Hub has collected a few desks on wheels, we have found some black and white desks in HomeSense, but in true HomeSense style, once you buy the last two they are gone forever more. Then we found orange ones from CB2 , which is great but then there is shipping, duties and general ordering from the states annoyingness. Finally, a great and truly awesome Canadian company pulled through for us. Structube has these really awesome graphite desks on wheels. Check out the whole City collection in fact. Yay Structube.
Other than then the lighting (that it is a whole post on it's own), everything else fell into place. Some of the desk chairs came from Wayfair, some came from The Hub Halifax and the rest we have just collected over the years. I love the bright green ones from Wayfair. The phone rooms are still a work in progress. They are done-ish, they are soundproof-ish, but they need some love. I have an awesome plan for wallpaper, so stay tuned. The meeting room really needs some love, some serious loving. We are planning a whiteboard wall, some awesome diffuser boards and I just picked up some great geometric light shades from Ikea.
The kitchen area is my fav area of The Hub, it is the first place I could completely picture. I could see members working there, I could picture the coffee on first thing in the morning and I could picture every member crowded around the 12 foot table eating lunch. Luke, my carpenter, built the kitchen from the ground up. We needed something super bespoke because of the insane, unlevel, old floors. For the countertop, I got my favorite chimney guy who happens to make anything and everything out of sheet metal. He freaking made us a galvanized steel countertop. I adore it. This is why I love rural Nova Scotia, where else do you have a friendly neighbourhood sheet metal guy who also makes insane countertops? I still have to add some rad shelving, some hardware and style it up
I'm not sure how any of this would have come together without having some serious DIY and scavenger skills. I was basically checking Kijiji every hour and had alerts set up for the oddest things. One alert just said "Blue" just in case there was this great piece of wickedness that matched the space and I missed it because it was listed under car parts (I was pretty open to the idea of anything blue). Next comes the artwork. This part makes me super excited. I have big ideas and just enough wall space. Stay tuned to The Hub South Shore - Part Two coming next week. I want to tell you about my lighting hilarity and start working on some of the art DIY's.
Can anyone guess what the hell this is? Oh, it is just the underside of my bathtub. No big deal. I climbed into the shower the other day and noticed my tub had a little spring in it's step. Not good. I did some poking and prodding and realised the previous owner had installed a acrylic tub over an old steel tub. Apparently this is a thing? The seal broke on the newer tub and the old tub was filling up with water and leaking to varoius random areas of the bathroom. So now I have two guys upstairs trying their damndest to rip out what can only be described as a peanut butter and glue tub sandwich. If you are thinking of going down this quick fix route of a covering up an old bath, just don't. Just step away from the 65 thousand litres of glue and be cool, just rip out your old bath. Do it right or go home.
So now I am forced to do over my bathroom. My budget? Next to nothing. I dreamed of putting a big walk in shower in the space where the bath is and adding a freestanding bath somewhere else in the room. Walk in showers are expensive, so I am super torn, do I take a step forward or two steps back and add a cheap second hand bath back in until I am ready for dream bathroom 2.0? I found a second hand bath the same size for $75. Maybe if I tile the tiles I want for my shower some day it would somehow save some time and money for later down the road? In the mean time I will be picking off glue around the clock for the whole weekend. Check out that wall stencil. Everything is always awesome at the time right?
I haven't totally dropped off the face of the earth. I have been deeply immersed in designing the new Hub South Shore space. I have been leisurely been wading through design magazines, Pinterest and every DIY tutorial on desks ever written. I am deadly serious when I say I check Kijiji every three hours. It is an enormous project, and probably far too large for my first real project, but what the hell, right?! So what is the Hub South Shore?
The Hub is an amazing and inspiring place for the self employed, the entrepreneurs, and the startups of the world, okay, the South Shore. The Hub started off in The Mahone Bay Centre, an old school, it was a great place to start. My Dad actually designed that space. It was beautiful and inspiring, but it quickly became too small. The Hub is now moving to a 200 year old warehouse in on Main Street in Mahone Bay, the place is to die for. I might add, there is a pub on the next level. Check out the floors, the ship knees, the beams...dying.
If you don't follow me on Instagram, you may have missed this insane sofa I picked up on Kijiji for $500. Yes, $500. I wanted something unexpected when you walk into the space. The colour is so amazing and it is unbelievably comfortable.
The sofa was the first piece of furniture on my list. Now, I have to start sourcing/DIYing desks, finding chairs and lighting, oh god, lighting. Lighting is something I am learning as I go. I mean, one pendant light hanging in my dining room is so different than the endless sea of track lighting I just ordered from Ikea. The ceilings are low, so I am limited with hanging lights. I have gone with the Ikea +365 Sanda track lighting, everything clicks in and out and I especially love being able to click in a pendant light if I need to add an extra glow to a seating area and spotlights for the work areas. I have been looking for some flushmount lighting above the small kitchenette. Flushmount lighting in Nova Scotia is so bleak, so incredibly bleak. I wanted something a little industrial looking, something that wouldn't get in the way of the wall shelves I am dreaming of. I started looking on Barn Light Electric and Schoolhouse Electric. These are two undeniably incredible lighting sources, but so expensive. The light I found was a pretty simple cage light, just a cool $125 per light. I need three. I could never in a million years spend that kind of money on lighting, some people can, I cannot. This is an industrial light, so I started searching local hardware stores. Kent had the same light for $15.99. Come on.
This is pretty much how I source most of my goods. Start at the top and work down. I find Nova Scotia is not easy finding exactly what you are searching for, but that is what makes it exciting and challenging. It is so rewarding finding a great score in an unexpected place. My next challenge is finding or making a 12 foot table to go with our donated antique benches from the old Masonic Lodge.
Each day we get closer and closer to seeing this space finished. The floors have been stripped and revarnished, we took down an old ceiling covering the beautiful beams and built two phone rooms and a meeting space.
We are planning a painting party next weekend and that is when we are really going to see big changes. A blank canvas. I could scream I am so excited to get to this stage. I want to move in and live there and be creative brain in residence. This is a thing right?
Stay tuned to see the upcoming work. I haven't forgot about my sweet little house, I am still picking away at some great projects for you all to see. In the next few weeks I want to show off my pretty awesome under-the-stairs playhouse for Jack and Olive.
Well hey, I'm back. back to my little blog, my home.
Have you ever lived in a super small apartment or maybe a teeny wee house? I have lived in both. Our last house was 750 sq ft, the whole house. I loved that house, every square inch. The house was small and all I wanted was more space. We moved to Nova Scotia and bought a 2500 sq ft house with a huge backyard. We obviously love our new house, but look at this little wee house.
I guess I am trying to make an adorable metaphor summing up my decision to leave Halifax Bloggers and return to herenorthere,ca. I left with love, but, I missed this space, I missed the feel, I missed my little blog. There are times when we have to move on and move up, like moving from our little house, we needed more space. We went big, but we miss the feel of that house, we miss how everything was right there, when you walked through the front door, that was it, pretty simple. No where to hide junk and if you painted one room you were 1/3 finished painting the whole house.
Luckily, with my blog, I don't really need the space, so I have moved back home and made myself a nice cup of tea. Come visit me here are Here nor There and let's hangout more.
I am in the deepest, darkest, laziest creative rut right now. January gets me every time. I have been cozied up, pretty much every night, with Game of Thrones and cups of tea. It isn't the worst way to spend January. Thankfully The Lunenburg Makery has slowly pulled me back to my former buzzing self. I suggested to Rita that we try an exploratory class in weaving. A class where everyone knows a little bit about something and we all pitch in and help each other learn more. Rita, of course, went above and beyond and provided looms (she just happened to have downstairs), piles of wool, bits of fabric, and hot cups of tea - amazing, right?
Weaving is definitely a trend that has hit hard and fast, it's not for everyone, but I have always had a soft spot for textile artwork. I have been swooning over Maryanne Moodie's weavings forever and just can't seem to justify the cost of one right now. After making my own, very small, weaving I can totally see why I cannot afford one of these weavings. Weaving is kind of hard and super time consuming. AfterI found my rhythm it was fairly relaxing and really quite enjoyable.
I decided to choose which room I was planning on hanging my weaving before starting. My bedroom is seriously lacking any artwork, so this would be perfect. I have a few projects lined up for my bedroom, and this little weaving might kick me into action. I chose pale pinks, mustards yellows and various shades of grey. I love the weavings I see with various weights of wool, especially wool roving, I think it adds such warmth and depth.
It is a pretty wonky weaving, there is no denying this, but I am pretty happy for my first go. I will try a few more times and maybe even spend the money on a great loom, who knows, maybe this will be my "thing"....you've totally heard me say this before. Here is just one of the many great tutorials online.
Every year I make the same resolution, be more organised. I feel I am not alone with this high hope. I am, by nature, a pretty disorganised person. I have hired personal organisers, I have followed every "get organised" guide book, and I have learned one thing. I will never be a super organised person. This year I am relieving some of the pressure and my resolution is pretty simple. Be a slightly better grown up. I spent yesterday morning wiping down my chalkboard wall and getting up two months worth of calendars. I spent last night going through Pinterest and old cookbooks looking for healthy recipes. I bought a daytimer, a real grownup Moleskin daytimer. I feel like this is happening.
My biggest problem getting organised is the same problem every day, month, and year. I like researching on how to get organised, I like buying the best pencils, binders, totes, mops, boxes with little drawers, and anything with tabs, tabs are good. I basically spend all my time consumed with getting the perfect conditions to be organised, but never actually moving past that. One day last year Dave asked me to help out a bit more with the business, I was excited to help. I literally spent the next week researching building desks, looking for chairs on Kijiji, buying pretty washi tape and highlighters. I spent a god awful amount of time looking for a custom paid stamp on Etsy, I was losing sleep over this freaking paid stamp. In the end, I had lots of beautiful stationery, a new desk, every time management app one could possibly download and a perfectly curated Pinterest board called "Hailey's Office Moodboard". Actual work done at this point, none.
My chalkboard is one of the few things that keeps my family fairly organised. It was one of the first things we did when we bought the house. I have always wanted a chalkboard wall. My only problem was the cost of chalkboard paint. It is a tiny little quart can for $23.00. It's a big wall, that was a lot of $23s. I didn't want to waste any of my chalkboard paint on base coats, so I hunted and tracked down the cheapest flat black paint I could find. It smelled like wet dog, but it totally did the job. We only needed one can of the chalkboard paint. I have also seen some great tutorials online for DIY chalkboard paint. I haven't tried any of them, maybe next time. Here is the one I have looked into.
Along with my very tame New Year's resolution I have some great projects to work on this year. This built-in china cabinet is on my list. It is so dull and full of junk. I want to completely redo Jack and Olive's rooms. I want to revamp my laundry room and fix up my studio space. I also have big plans for a reading nook in the upstairs hallway. No wonder I have no time for actual New Year resolutions. How is everyone else doing? What are your resolutions? What are your big projects for 2015?
The date was set. It was in chalk on my chalkboard. All family members were healthy and I even lined up a babysitter. I was headed to Halifax Crafters Winter Market with a wad of cash. I love the feeling of walking into a craft market, but this was pretty special. This was Halifax Crafters 10th Birthday celebration! 10 years of amazingness. It was the first weekend of December, so it was starting to feel Christmassy. There were so many ridiculous treats to snack on, all of the vendors were super excited to get going, and I got to whiz around and shop before the crowds! My actual dream night.
I really need some kind of anti-anxiety meds when I do my first loop of a market. There were so many amazing vendors this year I could barely breathe. I bought one of their amazing totes this year and was ready to fill it up with pretty things. I grabbed some cookies and off I went.
I do have some favourites this year, I would never be able to narrow it down to a list. I loved lots of random things from most of the vendors. I did buy a huge chunk of my Christmas presents from the market, so I have to be a little vague and mysterious. I also am super spoiled and have Dots and Loops eight minutes from my front door. Dots and Loops carry some, if not most, of the really amazing goods, so I was looking for some new finds. Here are a few gems that struck my eye.
Better Beard Company kind of stole my heart. The guys were charming and helpful. The products smelled manly and subtle and I also really dig the packaging. All of the ceramics at the market were so incredible, like just breathtaking, just putting that out there, but I kept looping back to Morton Ceramics. I loved the details carved into the slip. I love the skull and the antlers, she was also so sweet when I was frantically digging through my bag when I thought I lost a hundred dollar bill. I found it in the car. Next up, this tool belt by Steady Brook Saddlery, I can't even. I am a total dork, but I want this more than life. I want one slightly smaller, but I seriously want one.
Minimalistos makes the most incredible and delicate terrariums, I can think of at least 27 places in my house that need at least one of these. Each one handmade using hand cut, upcycled window glass and soldered together to form a thing of beauty. Must own one. Jason Desnoyers Ceramics was another ceramic vendor I kept wandering back to. I loved the patterns, I liked the size of the mugs and I really loved the handles. As a super fussy tea drinker, mug size and handle are important to me and esthetics are obviously important all the time. Keephouse has been a fav of mine for a long time, so they weren't really a new find as such. I do just adore them and bought an adorable recipe box from them. I love the patterns and I always appreciate the simplicity of their designs. I probably need five more Keephouse things for my new kitchen and I will be good. Old Birch Workshop, oh man, I was kind of running on empty at this point, my cookie sugar rush had worn off and I had already been there for two hours. Just as I was throwing in the towel I met Marc Comeau. My one and only picture doesn't capture all the greatness. I was obsessed with his great leather/ceramic collaboration with Melody Hillman Ceramics. Old Birch Workshop has these incredible belts and so much more, but there is just something about a great belt. Soft leather, perfect colour and a subtle yet sturdy buckle. Need one.
So my non-list could go on for days; I can honestly say that every vendor had something I have added to my wish list. Each Crafters Market, I get a little less anxious and little more focused. More coffee, more sugar and an extra tote bag. Roll on the Spring Market.
Check out Halifax Crafters Winter Line-Up page for a full list and links to all the vendors, most vendors sell on Etsy or through their own website , in case you missed out! Also check out Katie Tower's blog post about the market. Beautifully written and beautifully captured. Katie's whole blog is worth a cup of tea and a sit down. East Coast Living's editor, Janice Hudson, also did a two part blog post on her favs.
This will be my last post before Christmas, I am off to overindulge on chocolate, drink gallons of tea and read blogs. Oh and spend time with family, that too. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! xo
I have joined up with some lovely bloggers from all over to create and share 12 Posts of Christmas for under $24. Since I seem to always be on a budget these days, this worked great for me. 12 awesome ideas to get you feeling Christmasy and crafty.
I knew I wanted to update and spray paint some kind of ugly Christmas find. I headed to Value Village months ago, luckily Value Village always has ugly Christmas goodies. Right off the bat I found seven Christmas village houses, all for $1.99 each. Score. It took me ages to pick a colour spray paint. My first thought is always white, but during Christmas, the brighter and gaudier the better. I chose Valspar Premium Enamel Spray Paint in a Teal and I used Kyrlon ColourMaster Metallic in Brilliant Gold. Both spray paints did a great job covering all that tiny victorian splendor. I used some leftover faux fur for the "snow" and added lots of spruce cuttings in the background. I fed some lights through the faux fur and cut little holes and stuck some of the light in the houses.
We used to have a great mantel and now we don't. Long story. I now have to improvise during Christmas and make the top shelf of the book shelf my Christmas "mantel". It actually works really well and I love planning what I will do each year. I made the red bunting from an old wool sweater that I felted. The wool pom poms have been kicking around from some other project and they quickly became another garland. I am kind of going for the more is more look.
Head on over and check out some of the other 12 Posts of Christmas. There are already some great ideas and I know there are a few more to come!
1st Day DIY Passion
2nd Day Little Red Brick House
3rd Day Fynes Designs
4th Day My Daily Randomness
5th Day Houseologie
6th Day The DIYDiary
7th Day The Bold Abode
8th Day Canary Street Crafts
9th Day Here Nor There
10th Day Making it in the Mountains
11th Day Elizabeth Joan Designs
12th Day Maddex Musings
Everybody needs something to read in the bathroom. This is common knowledge. What drives me crazy is magazines left all over the floor, or when they get wet and all puffy and wrinkly. I needed a super cheap DIY to hold just one single magazine in my downstairs bathroom. Paint sticks are free so let’s start there. I had a leftover square dowel, some leftover stain in my fave colour, special walnut, and grabbed an old belt from the kids dress up box. I found these great little caps that cover those unsightly screws. I sprayed them gold and they pretty much looked super expensive and amazing.
I cut off the little handle bit of the paint stick, and stained the paint sticks and the square dowels Minwax Special Walnut. I glued the two paint sticks together; this was tricky. When the glue set enough, I put in two thumb tacks to hold it all together until I could get those teensy tiny little finishing nails in. I pretty much did the same for the square dowel, but I used a super high tech solution for clamps, clothespins. Next, cut the belt big enough to allow some wiggle room for the magazines to get in and out and to hold the giant Christmas mags when they come out.
My biggest tip is PRE DRILLED HOLES IN THE PAINT STICKS. The paint sticks are obviously super flimsy, but they are fine once they are up on the wall. So far. How nice do the screw caps look? I think they really make the whole project look pretty awesome indeed. If you want to up your game here, use some 1x3s instead of the paint sticks and the same square dowel. We made one of these for the living room and it's crazy sturdy. If you are looking for super cheap, paint sticks people, paint sticks.
Monday I had a dentist appointment in Chester. I had a chipped filling and a fracture in a fairly new root canal, other than my lovely sweet dentist, it was not a great morning. I did finally stop by this amazing garden centre in Highway #3. The Oceanview Garden Centre. I seriously cleaned up. Let's talk about the plants first. I cannot believe how cheap these were. The jade plant was $10.99 and the cactus was $8.99, now take of 60% off! I could not believe it! There were so many incredible houseplants, I will be going back to get a million more.
The garden centre is packed full of billions of little gifty type things, amazing hammocks, outdoor rugs and cushions, and all the other goodies you would expect in a garden centre. It did seem every corner I turned something would jump out and surprise me. My favorite corner was filled to the rafters with amazing stones and minerals. Like tons. I picked up this fairly big desert rose stone for $10.99. This would have been the ultimate score when I was nine. I had a pretty bad ass rock collection back then.
So my wire writing skills need some fine tuning, but how awesome is this gold aluminum wire? This "make" sign was a pretty quick attempt, but I am picturing something super crazy for Christmas.
I have been living in this area for four years and I still find these little gems off the beaten path all the time. If you take the time to shop locally, you will be amazed at the great treasures. So this Christmas, remember, shopping locally helps everyone. Check out The Local Travellers local wishlist, there is just a sneak peak up there now, but expect the full list in the next few days. I am waiting to do any further Christmas shopping until I see the final cut! I can only imagine Gillian and Drew have put together the most amazing list in all of Nova Scotia! I would love to see what people are buying locally for this Christmas! Send me a tweet or stick it on my Facebook page!
As you may know, I am updating my kitchen. This is quite possibly the longest update in history. I am impatient and I started tearing up floors and ripping down microwave range hoods long before we were ready to paint or tile. I got excited, what can I say. I have a plan, I have tiles, I have paint, I have countertops, what I do not have is time. So let me show you where I am now. It is not pretty.
If you ask my husband what I assure him before every project we tackle, he will tell you... "It will be so super easy, it will probably take us a weekend." This has never been true, not once, not ever. Nothing takes a weekend, ever. Months ago I ripped up the floors, then a few days later I took a sledgehammer to an old window ledge, after that I couldn't stop. I have been scraping old paint and ripping off quarter round. My shining moment was when I heaved the microwave/range hood monstrosity off the wall. I was like a mother whose children were trapped under a car. I had superhuman powers, until it came off the wall and my whole body buckled under the weight of this thing. It was hilarious and super painful all wrapped into one. I did not really think this through, now I have a hole in the wall and no extractor fan. Just a weekend job right?
Like I said, I have a plan. I have a vision. The paint stick has the black paint sample I am using for the lower units and white for the upper units. I have butcherblock countertops and subway tiles with charcoal grout. I picture lots of plants, and woodiness and two comfy chairs around a sweet little tulip table, Occasionally I like to lay it all out on my gross kitchen floors and dream of the day I can actually get it done. Christmas is a good goal date right?
Can you see it? It is a pretty loose concept right now. This update is on a super budget and a bit of a holdover until we can get our real grown-up kitchen. We will knock through to the playroom and have a giant kitchen with amazing new appliances. Until then, paint and new countertops will have to do the trick. Hopefully in the next few weeks I can post a beautiful kitchen ready to cook up my Christmas turkey.
Let's talk about Oh Dina! Please everyone, tell me you are at least following Oh Dina! on Instagram. Her feed is amazing, with dreamy images of flower crowns, perfectly made wool hats and other wonderful millinery goodness. If you do not know of Oh Dina!, let me tell you a little bit about this amazing and wonderful Halifax based business. Nicole McInnis is the owner, designer and big brains behind the operation. Nicole is a milliner who graduated from Ryerson and launched Oh Dina! in 2008. This makes me so happy. I feel millinery is a lost art in Canada. After spending six years in Scotland and purchasing and wearing so many amazing hats and fascinators I was so sad that it was not really a thing here. Until now. I feel like millinery has arrived once again, from exquisite hats to elaborate fascinators to sweet and adorable flower crowns.
I finally met Nicole at the Made in Canada: Etsy Market last month. She and I were pretty excited to do something together on the blog. Nicole puts together the most AMAZING flower crown kits. A flower crown is such an awesome way to start your undying love for wearing amazing pieces in your hair. I whipped mine up on our last beautiful fall day of the year.
The flowers and the colours are so amazing. I had way too much fun making this. I will be ordering many more of these for gifts. The packaging is so lovely, and I am not convinced that just anyone could market flower crown kits. Nicole does a fantastic job making silk flowers look like a trend you would not want to miss. I am all over it. I also had a sneaky little helper come for some silk flower love. Hey, who wants one? Keep reading to find out how you can win your very own flower crown kit!
Olive says more purple flowers and more rainbows okay Oh Dina! So these flower crowns are actually great for adults and kids. I really didn't want to share mine, but the kid is cute, so what do you say? After I finished, I had to get some great shots of me and my flower crown. I popped on my new dress from Make New and headed over to my sister Callen's. Nobody can take my picture like Cal.
Can we all agree that Callen should just follow me around taking my photo in every situation? Imagine how amazing I would look if Cal took my picture cleaning the house or covered in paint and glue while redoing my kitchen. I would feel pretty good about this. Check her out here.
Last weekend my dad and I left the house at 7:00 am to hit up Halifax Curbside Give Away Weekend. That is some serious dedication right? It was such a great day. There wasn't a ton of stuff out, but digging was done. I really love how Halifax has come up with this idea of making one socially acceptable weekend where you can pick through other people's garbage/treasures. Halifax Recycles has a Facebook Page where you can find out more details. This year there was a map with pins telling you where everything was located. Garbage owners could upload pictures and pin them to the map. Pretty awesome. Next year I would like to see a mobile version and I would like to see way more curbside finds! I know you have your aunt's old mid century credenza sitting in the basement or your grandmother's macrame plant hangers in the garage. Let someone else enjoy them next year! Please phone me first of course.
Okay so you obviously want to see what we got right?!
Although we did not take this chair, something kept calling me back to it. Did anyone else see this chair?
The sink and the bench were our first big finds. Oh, a gorgeous porcelain double kitchen sink, don't mind if I do. I am picturing the bench painted and housing some great potted plants on the deck next summer.
So in total we scrounged;
Check out Halifax Recycles' Facebook Page and give them like and hashtag any Halifax curbside finds #hfxcurbside