It’s The Little Things

We are lucky to have a guest room in our little house.
We are also lucky to have two (perfect!) cats.
Sometimes, we are lucky enough to have guests.
Sometimes those guests are allergic to our furry babies.
To help mitigate this problem, I keep a few supplies on-hand for those guests who find themselves feeling a bit sneezy.

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BMad gave me this funky old silverware box and, with a coat or two of Annie Sloan‘s Emperor’s Silk, mixed with a dab of Old White, it is the perfect little spot to stash a few little essentials for our guests.

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I thought it might be nice to unify the packaging of the not-so-pretty allergy pills, so I made little envelopes from wrapping paper.

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I wrote the dosage on the outside of the package so that no one is in danger of overdosing on decongestants. 🙂

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I also included some tissues (we can’t have boxes of them because we have cats who enjoy EATING tissues…)
and the wi-fi password on a little card so that guests can log in and use their phones, laptops or tablets.

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Blackboard Jungle

I have been meaning for months to do this post, but until Annie came along, I felt a bit daunted at the prospect of dragging out my regular chalk paint (which is highly smelly/toxic) and so I just kept putting it off. But now that I can whip up chalk painted ANYTHING in mere minutes, there’s no stopping me! 🙂

You have probably seen similar on Pinterest,
but here is my version of how to make an erasable “chalkboard” notebook:

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I got my notebook at the dollar store.

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Ta-da! Quick, easy, inexpensive and fun to make. This would be a cute gift, don’t you think?
I think I’ll use some glitter tape on the next one I make.

A Sweet Tea Party

One of the current bridal shower trends I love is the old-fashioned tea party. It combines a whole passel of lovely things: sweets, antique dishes, flowers, fancy silver….cake bunting!

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Today’s post is about just such a shower, organized and styled by my talented colleague, JG. The woman puts Martha Stewart to shame and her talents in the kitchen are legendary among those who know her.
Who better, then, to create the vision for the dessert table at her pal’s bridal shower?

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The wedding’s colour scheme is purples and lavenders and, thus, so were the sweets & the dessert buffet decor. Add some pretty washi tape mini-bunting
–(we had a joint brainstorm to add the pompoms to the bunting– isn’t it darling?!)–
a vintage silver tea service, some hydrangeas and some vintage tea cups & saucers and you have a beautiful, old-fashioned, feminine bridal shower.

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Yes, those are TRIPLE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES with purple sugar sparkles.

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Teapot-shaped, lavender-tinted shortbread? Yes, please!

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All photos by J. Goldberg, who was kind enough to let me share all this prettiness here.

A Little Jewel (Box)

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Here is the finished product!

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I started with a coat of Provence, but it looked a bit drab. To spice it up, I mixed a bit of Provence into some Florence and added a smidgen of Old White. It ended up being less pastel than I had hoped, but I still think it looks cute.

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The refreshed jewelry chest now sits next to my sewing machine, providing a home for bits & bobs such as ink pads, letter stamps, bobbins, mini-clothespins, gift tags and paper punches.

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We’ve Got Annie!

Annie Sloan, that is.
I told you this stuff was addictive and I was not kidding. Suddenly, I spend far too much time these days thinking,
“What can I paint next?!”

So when BMad found this little gem this past week (he is my Official Source of Old Stuff),
I was over the moon at the prospect of whipping out the chalk paint and giving it a make-over.

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It’s a jewellery box, lined in an unexpected blue faux-velvet.
Super useful for storing bits and bobs in my sewing room, no?

I started out by giving it a coat of Provence.
(What is up with the weird cedilla on the “c” in the name?)
Stay tuned to see how the finished product looks!

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Old Stuff

I love old stuff. I really do. My mother once said to me, “Thank god for you, or we’d all just pitch the family history in the garbage!” Which is why I have all my great-grandmother’s Sunday-school attendance cards from the turn of the LAST century…. (see: “hoarder”)

My fella still thinks it’s hilarious that, when his mum offered me one of her mother’s two engagement rings, I chose the one with the smaller diamond. It was older, y’see. It is truly stunning and is one of my most treasured possessions.  I don’t care about the diamond, I care about the history.

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At IDS2013, a very groovy local store, Metropolis, had a booth filled with their gorgeous reclaimed & repurposed industrial bits and bobs. Here is a vignette that caught my eye. I’d love one of those vintage Vegas-style letters with the light bulbs, wouldn’t you?

Have a great weekend!

Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On

I have long lusted after Annie Sloan’s chalk paint and recently discovered that there are all of half a dozen Canadian retailers who carry it. None of them is within 2 hours of where I live, but one of those, Kathie Jordan, is happy to ship it by mail! Naturally, I ordered some up right quick and then waited in anticipation for my parcel to arrive.

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Next, I had to wait until I had some time to try it out.
This past weekend, I finally got the chance!
(And I have not stopped painting since I started– this is ADDICTIVE, I tell you!)

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I started out with a simple little project: painting up a sweet little table I am “babysitting” for my BFF. (Don’t worry– she agreed to let me paint it!) It is a dear little thing, with great curves, but it was looking a little tired and the colour was a bit dated.

The great thing about chalk paint is it’s very chalkiness— soooo lovely! It is also wonderful stuff in that it requires NO priming and NO sanding!!! Instant gratification, Gentle Reader!

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Here is how I took LHR‘s adorable little table from 80s to au courant with a combination of Graphite and Florence. Most people who use the paint do so to get an antiqued, French-ified feel– after applying the paint, you must apply a coating of wax to seal it. But I wanted the chalky colours to have a contemporary look, so I did not distress the finish and I used clear wax, so as not to alter the clarity of the colours.

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 To get the dip-dye effect, I just marked the legs with a ruler and drew a line. I used an artist’s brush to apply the Florence to the feet of the table. I waxed the top of the table and the feet, to protect them, but left the lovely, curvy pedestal unwaxed so that it has a gorgeous chalky texture.

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To celebrate, I baked cookies!

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Patio Weather

Okay, maybe it’s not exactly patio weather where I live (we just got walloped with enough snow that we got a snow day!), but it is patio weather in some parts of the world, so I thought I’d share an inspiring space with you to get you dreaming of warm days and evenings.

I was thrilled to see a display by a local company I love, Earth Inc., at IDS 2013 a couple of weeks back.  They always create the most inspiring and idyllic spaces, and though their aesthetic is more modern than mine, I was quite taken with this patio.

What I love about this space is that it really is an outdoor room. I like the hard surfaces– all those bricks! And I love the cage lights and reclaimed wooden table-top and bench, mixed with the metal stools and industrial elements.

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I am not a big gardener, so this little, low-maintenance space with its worn bricks and enormous, suspended “fire-pit” made from some kind of reclaimed, gigantic industrial basket really appeals to me. I love the rusty chain and the oversized metal basket that looks like it came from a smelting facility, even though I know that those plants and wooden slats surrounding it wouldn’t stand a chance if anyone were to ever actually light the fire!

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The space is small– maybe 10 x 15 feet– and represents a pretty typical city yard here in Toronto. It would be easy to borrow a few good ideas from this installation. For example, want a garden and a fire pit? Why not suspend the latter above the former? Rather than going for the full-on kettle of wood, why not hang an oversized antique bird cage and fill it with candles? Same pretty effect, less likely to char the surroundings…

A Sweet Idea

One of the best things about IDS 2013 was seeing all the clever styling ideas. Here is one you could use for a party or to style your kitchen counter or shelves.
(You could use this idea in your kitchen, but I’d just end up snarfing all the treats, leaving sad, empty, reproachful jars as evidence — er, on display…. This is strictly a party decor idea in my world, I’m afraid.)

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It’s quick, it’s easy and it would cost pennies– you could get the containers at the dollar store or use mason jars. The little scraps of fabric (to match your party theme/kitchen decor) could be tied on with ribbon or twine if you are not up for crafting up the custom fasteners. I think raw-edged strips of coordinating fabric pinned on with pretty, oversized gold safety pins would look darling. Send ’em home with your guests as a party favour!

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Tiny, Perfect Cake

Here is how I packaged up the wee little cake I put together for a friend last week.

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First, I cut out a cardboard circle to go under the cake and then wrapped the whole thing in waxed paper, to keep the jam and the icing from bleeding through the wrapping. Next, I cut a strip of parchment paper to size and wrapped it around the cake, leaving the top open.

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Some washi tape and some glitter tape, plus a bit of grosgrain ribbon added a bit of pizzazz. Then, I wrapped the stem of a canvas flag in the same washi tape, for a sort of circus-y, birthday party-ish vibe. I hand-stamped the message onto the flag in blue ink (I’m a fan of vintage slang) and then popped the flag into the centre of the cake.

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A plastic gift bag and a string of sequins were the final touches. I used the glitter tape on the ends of the sequin string to keep it from unravelling– it would be sad to give someone a cake wrapped in the bedraggled, de-sequined remains of something so pretty! 😉

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