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My goodness… Lily is a patient little one.  She has waited for 2 years to have her mamma sew her a new blanky and I finally surprised her with one 2 weeks ago!  And let me tell you, she has not put it down since the moment she laid eyes on it. 

You see, she is always watching me and often helping me sew blankets and rag quilts for lots of other people, envious she pleads for me to make one for herself.  Soon, soon I would always tell her.  So patient, so sweet, never complaining and always understanding.  So when she came home after a weekend away at her Grandparents house I surprised her with a beautiful bright pink one… finally!  She beamed.  Apparently it was worth the wait.    

That same weekend I surprised the kids with a room makeover which you will soon see all the exciting details in the weeks to come.  I promise! 

Quick tutorial: The quilt was very simple to make, even with basic sewing skills.  From all my scrap fabrics I cut 30 – 9×9″ squares.  Placed the squares into 6 rows of 5, sewed them all together with a half-inch seam.  Placing the wrong sides together I cut a white piece of  plush minky the same size, pinned and then turned the blanket right side out and finished off the edges with a zig zag seam.   Easy shmeezy.  All together it took about 2 hours.  Oh and I forgot to mention that all the fabrics were prewashed.     


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Here’s a quick little post for you about a great find:  If you haven’t already heard of the Made by Joel blog then you must head over there right now… well maybe after you read this post.  This uber-creative man comes up with the most incredible and simple ideas for entertaining your children.  Amazing!  I have made a bunch of his items before but this one in particular was super super easy and the kids love it.  So I thought I would share it with you. 

All you need is an empty cereal box, tape, a few marbles and a free 10 minutes.  Enjoy!   Read the full post here


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So finally, I am getting around to posting the photos of my 2-year-old (almost 3) niece, Rachel’s, bedroom.  Originally I was not happy with the photos I took, so I went back recently and – the room but was then still not happy with the photos.  Gosh, its definitely a challenge trying to photograph a space especially when I have no experience doing so.  Hence, the “take a photography course” on the goal list.  Anyhow, the photos ended up turning out just OK, I guess good enough to finally share them with you.

So onto the story of the room.  I was given the same budget as Sarah’s room of $1,000 and quickly worked away at finding the perfect fabric that we can use as the inspiration for the entire room.  Unlike Sarah’s, I did not want to go with soft and pretty, I preferred a little bit more punches of color and fun things for this energetic and happy little girl.  And after ordering many many MANY swatches of fabrics online I finally found the exact one!  Take a look at the drapes, the whole room was designed around this particular print.   After this, the room came together very easily and in a very short period of time.  You can see listed below are all the great finds I bought from Etsy (my go to shopping site) and do want to share with you that Apartment Therapy’s kids site, Ohdeedoh, played a huge part in the design inspiration.   I would love to hear your comments so please don’t be shy!

There you have it.  Many of the beautiful items seen in the room were purchased from Etsy… of course!

Pink Monster Pillow from Cranky Pants Knits

Keep Calm and Carry on Postcard from Lilly and Coco

Little Dreamer print from Trafalgar Square

Just Like Me little girl from Little Bit Funky

Owl Drawstring Bag Tutorial by Winter Peach

Perfect Pear Pillow from My Dear Darling

7 Piece Pom Pom set from Orange Kisses

Black Paper Cutout Letter from Papercutdiecut

I also have to mention that many of the items were hand-made by myself :  the doll bedding, peg family, fabric flower garland, trinket shelf, porcelain red and white mushrooms, LOVE bean bags, throw & floor pillows,  bird house, wall photo blocks, and hair clip frame.

Update – since first creating this post I have enrolled myself into a photography class which I’m still in the midst of.  So much to learn and loving every minute of it!  And happy to be out of auto and into manual mode now.  2 fist pumps for me!  So I make this serious promise to you all that from this point on my photos will be nothing less than perfect (hopefully).


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I am giving you a little sneak peek at some paintings I did a couple of years ago.  They have been hanging around my house being moved from room to room and decided that I should list them on Etsy.  I love this style of painting, its refreshing to just work outside of the lines and add layer upon layer until you get that certain feel of being just right.  So I would like to share you and once I sell these ones then that will make room for more of these to create.  Oh, and if I am listing them on Etsy does this count as 1 of the 3 new products I wanted to create for Etsy from my Goal List before the end of the year?  Hmmm, or is that being lazy?

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YAY!  It’s finally done!  After a few months (seems longer!) of rainy dreary weather I was finally able to finish the backyard patio.  I actually finished it a few weeks ago but just got around to photographing it.  When dreaming up the design, I wanted to make sure that it had a bright and cheerful mood, with lots of greenery and pops of color.  Of course it had to be child friendly, be easy for entertaining and wanted to make sure this rather small space was maximized to its full potential.  I am pretty happy with the results and loved that the entire makeover came in under $500.  So have a peek and let me know what you think. 

Now we can sit back and relax and the enjoy the sun.  The kids are loving it and it’s where we now spend most of our days.  See below for the breakdown of my costs. 

 Click here for more before pictures. 

And here’s the breakdown of what we spent:

  1. soil – $25
  2. shrubs – $60 (We bought the 3 white planter boxes a few years ago at the Vancouver Caban closing out sale for a REALLY good deal)
  3. herb garden – $24 (I already had the green planter.  We decided on rosemary, basil, chives, thyme and italian parsley… yum!)
  4. power washer rental – $45 (it definitely needed a good scrub down first)
  5. 3 piece bistro set – $169
  6. fabric & notions – $10 (I used a lot of scrap fabric that I had from previous projects)
  7. pillow inserts – $36 (6 @ $6 each at Ikea)
  8. green garden side table – $39 (at Homesense)
  9. lounger cushion – free! (had this stuffed away in my closet)
  10. bistro cushions – $6 ($3 each at Jysk)
  11. woven table runners – $12 (from Jysk)

grand total: $427.  Not too bad.  See more after photos here

I was hoping to purchase an outdoor area carpet and some artwork for the blue wall but have yet to stumble upon something that’s just right.  So for now, this is as complete as it will get, but still a million times better.  And now onto my next room redo… quick and easy Laundry room makeover here we come!   

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Well, here it is!  My little 1 hour turned 2 day project.  But well worth the wait.  Heres the before again:


So much cuter now!  See more before pictures here.

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Last weekend my Mom, Lily and I went for a girls morning out to our local flea market on the search for some good finds.  I stumbled upon this little stool that would be perfect for the kids room re-do.  It needs a complete overhaul but it was in great shape and liked that the top actually opens up and thought it would be a perfect place for the kids to store those little hidden treasures.  And not to mention, I could probably have it looking brand new in under 2 hours.  Gotta love those easy projects.  So I picked it up for the full asking price of $5 and off I went.  Here’s the before pics.

And today I started ripping it apart and probably would have gotten it all done while my little jungle boy (Ethan) was napping but first ran out of staples and then my white spray paint can got clogged.  So that was it for today.  Off I go to the Home Depot tomorrow for more supplies!  I will keep you posted!

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