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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bedroom Before and Afters

Thank you for all of your very kind comments regarding my bedroom makeover.
Some of you wondered about what it looked like "before".
So here goes.

A reminder of what it looks like now:

Headboard before:

This is how our room looked, it was nice enough, but the pink was not working for us.
And the ten year old knotty pine headboard left me "pining" for a change.


Our curb-side find chest of drawers, minus the drawer pulls, in brass.


I painted the drawer pulls white.

The whole room.

I've kept the vintage chenille bedspread, and I made the white pillow slips as well as the checked slips and the monogrammed pillow. It was all made from fabric that I already had.

The only purchases made were with an Ikea gift card from my son and daughter-in-law.
The checked comforter at the end of the bed was $13.99, the single linen curtain panel was $2.00 and the shears were $15.99.
The paint was a quart of mis-tint grey that cost $7.50.
Not bad!
And I'm really happy with it.

I'm joining Dawn for her Budget Decorating Party.

Have a wonderful week!

In black and white!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Grey and Yellow Master Bedroom

Hello my friends.
Last week I mentioned that I had been to our brand spanking new IKEA store... it's fabulous, btw.
And while there I decided upon what I would do with our master bedroom.
It needs a lot of help, but with the help of a Gift Card that our dear son, the brick layer, and his family gave me for Christmas, we were able to purchase a few things that have improved it tremendously.

First of all, though, I had to get my paint brush and paint clothes on.
I used a good primer and I painted over both headboard and chest with the grey mis-tint that I purchased for $7.50 a quart at a lumber store. I left lots of white showing, and distressed it, in order to get the look that I wanted.

I already had the headboard, we purchased it about ten years ago, it was a (lovely?) knotty pine
The chest was a curbside find. So it was free!

The walls were already yellow and the yellow pillow covers were my picnic tablecloth.
I happened to see it sticking out of my picnic basket and the rest is history.
My daughter suggested today that I make a monogrammed pillow for the middle of the pillows. A project for tomorrow. 

The black and white pencil sketches are perfect in here. I hung them low because new, smaller lamps are on the "wish list".

I picked up the grey and white checked comforter for $13.99, at IKEA and I found the single grey, linen drapery panel for $2.00, both of those came from the AS IS room. The panel was originally in a package of 2 for $50.00 or so. Not bad, eh?
The sheers are lovely with scalloped edges and were only $15.99 for two panels.

This little chair fits nicely into the corner.

I put a vintage dresser scarf on the chest of drawers with a little old lamp that doesn't have a shade. It reminds me of when I was a kid, when naked bulbs were common. It makes me smile to see it. I will change it out when we purchase the lamps that we want at Ikea.
The old frame that has an old mirror behind it, originally had a picture of my great-grandfather in it.
The glass broke and the picture is falling apart, but I love the look of the old frame.
And the grapevine wreath was inspired by my friend/blogger Robin. She has several in her home and they look great.
I'm pretty happy with my room now.
Next up, will be the closets that we've picked out at Ikea.
What you can't see is that right behind the little white chair are all of our clothes.
I do not like the open closet system that former owners of our little bungalow installed.
They are U-G-L-Y!
I have confidence that it will be fixed in time, though.

I woke up this morning to temperatures of -35 Celsius and with the windchill it was -44 C.
But, the sun is shining and the sky is blue!
That's the beauty of living in Manitoba.

I do hope it's warmer at your house, though.

I'm joining Mod Mix Monday, check the lovelies over there!

A black and white look at an old-fashioned bedroom.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

New Year, New Goal, New Word

Last January I told you what my goals were for 2012.

I accomplished most, but not all of them. 
But, I did the most important things, I think, like consistent morning prayer and reading my Bible from front to back.
And of course, those are the two things that I will continue with this year.

I see many people are picking a word for this year. 
I thought about that and decided that "GRATITUDE" would be my word. Like you, I have had my share of disappointments this last year.
I find that disappointment naturally leads me to ingratitude. And I don't like that.

I have found something that will help me in this process.
Many of you have likely read the book "One Thousand Gifts" written by Ann Voskamp.
I will tell you that I purchased the book at the beginning of last year, meaning to read it and talk about it on my blog.
But, I haven't read the book yet.
I have read Ann's blog A Holy Experience, off and on and today while reading it I saw her Joy Dare Collection and that's when I knew. 
I knew that was what I need to do this year. 
I am going to write down three things a day that are gifts in my life.
And thus count out just over 1000 gifts by the end of the year.
My guess is that I will need to do this for nearly ten years before I come up with 10,000.
But I'm on my way, how about you?

Practicing this should remind me to be grateful every day, for something, don't you think?
Ann is a wonderful writer, reading today's post brought tears to my eyes... as her writing often does.

Have you picked a word, if so I'd love to hear what it is.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.


“If gratitude is an antidote for anxiety, and giving thanks is a real cure for stress,
we don’t have to relegate thanksgiving to a holiday,
for giving thanks to God revolutionizes all of our days.” 
-Ann Voskamp

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Vintage Radio and the "Blizzard of 2013"

Hello my friends!
I can now say that I survived the "Blizzard of 2013"!
We had high winds and several inches of snow fall on Friday and early Saturday. The roads were closed and my truck driver husband was stuck out on Hwy 1 all day Saturday.

No worries, though, we were on the phone together and email. Thank God for the smart phones. Most of all, thank God for His watchful eye and protective power.

His truck was warm and snug, but I had not sent enough food with him.

He was very hungry when he arrived home 15 hours late. He sent me the photo above halfway through the day. "The view from where I sit", his e-mail read. He was sitting in a row of trucks...waiting.

Our oldest daughter and her husband gave us the vintage radio for Christmas.
I love it and enjoy listening to CBC radio as I eat my breakfast.

It has a very nice sound and the dial lights up.
I think it's from the 1940's, but I haven't seen one like it on-line, despite searching for it.
It's an RCA Victor in a dark jade colour.

I've been tweaking the kitchen and painting the bathroom.
And I took a couple of trips to our new IKEA store! I'm so excited that it's open. My son and his wife had given me an IKEA gift card for Christmas and it's just a 30 minute drive away.
I will soon be able to show you what I purchased while at IKEA. 
What have you been up to?

The sun is shining today and it's a chilly -14 degrees Celsius here. 

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Tweaking the Fireplace Vignettes

How are you?
I'm so glad you stopped in today.
You know that feeling after you've created a vignette, that feeling of not having captured what you were after?
That was my feeling after I had finished my mantel.
I wasn't feeling it at all.
Back to the drawing board and now I'm happy.



Much better.
I love the statues on either side of the books, they were given to us by a dear friend in BC.
They are of a woman and man praying.
They serve as a wonderful reminder for each day.

Yes, I'm happy now.
Come on over for a cup of Starbuck's Christmas Blend. 
My husband brought me a package of their regular and decaf whole beans this morning.
I'm baking bread here shortly so you can have it with a piece of fresh bread, with homemade crab-apple butter on it.
It's stormy and cold outside today and this will be a cozy place to curl up.

Have a good weekend, my friends.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Most Viewed Posts of 2012 (Before and Afters)

Hello all, so glad you have popped by for a minute.
Today I am excited to show you my most viewed posts of 2012. I was in for a big surprise when I went to see how views each post has received.
Now, I do not keep an eye on what is viewed how many times. So when I saw that this first one had received over 1000 views I was shocked!



And my second most viewed, at over 700 views was the "I Made The Impossible Possible" challenge reveal.



(note the yellow wall colour)

And the third most viewed post was...

a discussion on colour, due to the fact that I was looking for a nice creamy off white paint for my living room. And that happened to be the fourth most viewed post.

In February I painted my living room.


It was a nice butter yellow, but after three years, it was time for a change.

My all-time favourite project from last year was one that my dear son did for me. 
He's a brick-layer with his own business and I begged and pleaded with him to do something with my fireplace.
It was a dark hole in my living room, literally sucking all of the life out of it. (Okay, that may be a bit exaggerated.)

Bless his heart, he came up with the perfect answer, he refaced it with vintage brick. He cut the face off of each side of a brick and for less than $100 worth of brick it was  completed.



My husband built a new mantel for it.

Thank you, Greg, I love it so much now!

If you are still with me, then you deserve a prize!
I wish I had one to send to each of you.
I am so grateful for all of you dear ladies that I have met through my blog and the friendships that I have made. 
Thank you to each and every one of you, I now have a group of friends, (many of you round about my own age) with like interests. You have greatly enriched my life.

Sending love and hugs to all of you,


And last but not least, my favourite photo from last winter.

Our Mountain Ash, after a snowfall. 

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year, New Vignettes

Happy New Year to all of you!
This is my first post for 2013.
It seems like it was only yesterday that I said that about 2012.
Did you have a nice Christmas and vacation time?
We did.

I have removed all of the Christmas decor and have gone back to neutral with red as the accent.

When a room is as small as this one, it's easy for it to look cluttered.
I decorated yesterday, took a photo of it and realized that it looked far too cluttered.
A calm feeling in my home is important.

That's a little better, for a while anyway.
Do you see the cute little pegs in the glass pitcher?
Those came from Pat's etsy shop over at Corn in my Coffee Pot . She has some very nice vintage items for sale. And she threw in a cute little dish mop that she had crocheted. Thanks Pat, you're a sweetie.

I want to put together a post featuring all of last year's projects, and there are a lot. 
I will work on that for next week.

Until then, have a wonderful weekend, my friends.
Thank you so much for your visit and the sweet comments that you leave.

 I will talk to you next week.

Hugs, Cindy

I have recently met a couple of my neighbours who walk for an hour every day in our neighbourhood.
This is what it looked like this morning, beautiful, don't you think?