Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sweet smell of roses

I love flowers and love to have them in my house all the time. Besides adding beautiful color to my house, it gives a sweet fragrance throughout the home. I also would love to look oustside my bedroom window and see this beautiful path covered with wisteria.
It would be really nice if this was my bedroom window I was gazing out from!
And to be overwhelmed by the stunning views
or to see the ground covered in these beautiful petals.

Unfortunately, I don't have a garden full of blooming flowers to pick from, so I have to go to the local market to buy my flowers.

And here they are! Okay, I don't have a secret garden in my backyard, maybe if I have enough flowers around my house, maybe…

Monday, April 11, 2011

Warm welcome

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! As always, we are so very busy on the weekends with baseball, birthday parties, visiting friends and just connecting with the family. It is all good! However, I very rarely get to do any projects during the weekend. So I am going to show you this seashell wreath I did a little while ago and had added to my Etsy Shop. I love wreaths and I think a wreath on the front door gives a nice warm welcome into your home.

This is what you will need to make this project

Large grapevine wreath
Wide ribbon for bow
Glue gun
Variety of shells
A few hours
Ice cubes for when you burn your finger countless times!

1. Gather all your project needs

2. This is the back of the grapevine wreath, I forgot to take step-by-step pictures

3. I purchase these shells in craft stores, online and also pick them on our beach.

4. Tie the ribbon on the wreath first and later you can make the bow. I glued the shells right over the ribbon.

5. Glue layers of shells to give it a clustered effect. I glued flatter shells like scallops first to give more even base for the more shapely shell.

I hope you like this project, this is a great wreath to put on a front door, over a mantle, in a bathroom, etc…

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My livingroom/diningroom progress-Part 1

Here are some photos of my livingroom and diningroom progress, after two and a half years. Didn't get too far yet! There is still so much to be done. I still need an area rug, an ottoman (which I will attempt to make), accessories, etc… Now, more than ever I am enjoying the process of creating and decorating our home that will be comfortable for my family, also pleasing to the eye.



Saturday, April 2, 2011

My house - Part 1

Hi everyone, let me tell you a little bit about my house that I moved to two and a half years ago. It was the house that any normal, level-headed person would take a look inside from the front door and say they'd seen enough and walk away. Then comes my husband and me, we walk in and say, wow what a great house! Some say we could envision what it can be and some say we were down right crazy! I say we're little bit of both. The house had 30 year old carpet (never been vacuumed!), mold on the walls, skylights broken, holes in walls, list can on and on. The truth is, the reason for our eccentric move was location, location, location and affordability! Affordable because of the condition the house was in, it had a reasonable price tag and we also had the best realtor in the neighborhood, as the go to realtor. The house is located steps away from the beach and our street is always filled with children playing. Most importantly, there is great schools for my children to attend. What more can you ask for! My husband and his crew went to work right away taking down walls with mold, ripping up carpets, sanding floors, taking out 70's kitchen and installing beautiful new kitchen. Did I mention that my husband is a contractor, so as soon as the house was in a liveable condition, the work on the house came to a halt. Apparently, because he has to work on other people's house so that we can eat and live! I guess that is a reasonable excuse! Now here we are still in need of two new bathrooms, mouldings around the house, new staircase, backsplash in the kitchen and an endless list of things to do! So what's a girl to do but go into a rut for almost two years. Well, now that I started blogging and see all these wonderful, creative women accomplishing so much, I am inspired to jazz up my home again!

Here are some pictures of the beginning stages of our home renovation. (Warning! View these pictures at your own risk!)

In the process of livingroom and kitchen redo

Livingroom and diningroom floors sanded and stained, I chose a very dark stain for the floors.

Old dingy kitchen out and new kitchen in!

These pictures were taken two and a half years ago, I'll show you updated pictures later, hopefully today. (If I can get to fisnish the long list of things I have to do today)
Then I'll show you the pictures from the rest of my house.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Happy Friday!

TGIF! My daughter and I have been invited to a Mother/daughter facial and makeover party at a Spa tonight by my friend, along with another ten friends and their daughters. It should be great fun, my daughter (9 years old) is so excited, she is going to have a manicure, 15 minute facial and a shirley temple. I opted for a 45 minute facial, I need it, I haven't had a facial in 15 years! Well overdue, it looks it too!

I hope everyone have a wonderful weekend and enjoy what you do!

When I get back, I am going to show you my house and reno that never ends! Please come back and check it out.

All the best! - Widget 1


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