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Tea Party Wedding Shower Inspiration

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in DIY & Crafts, Holidays & Events | 2 comments

In September I’m going to be maid of honour for my friend’s wedding. It’s my first time as a bride’s maid and we’re going up north for it, so I’m super excited!

I am officially in charge of the shower and she’s decided to go with a tea party theme. The party planning monster within me has been unleashed and I’m brimming with ideas (why wasn’t I aware of Pinterest before my wedding?!). So I thought I’d share some cute things I’ve found that are inspiring me, and see if anyone has any fun ideas. I’ve never been in charge of a shower before (well, I guess I ended up doing a lot of the planning for mine), so any suggestions are welcome!

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And of course I’ll have to find a cute outfit to wear (which could be a whole inspiration post on its own):

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I just love all the pinks and golds and the doilies. I have to start trying to hunt down a bunch of tea cups and saucers. I’m going to start at Salvation Army. Any other suggestions?

I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of deserts at this shower…

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I Tiled A Floor

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in DIY & Crafts, Home Improvement | 7 comments

It’s amazing how much work goes into tiling such a small space. I think I underestimate how much work a project will be every time. This was no different.

A couple of weeks ago I left you with the saga of the old thinset on the floor.

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Saturday morning we opened up the window, the door to the garage and the garage door, put up some plastic, and taped over the bottom crack of the door to the bathroom, and sanded. There was way too much to just sand it all off, so I just sanded it down to a relatively flat surface. In the end there was dust EVERYWHERE. Just everywhere.

Anyway, that afternoon I began the process of tiling. I didn’t take many pictures cause I was too busy dying tiling. I laid down, measured and cut some tiles before I actually started, then started cutting tiles as I went (with the help of Zack, love him!). I ended up picking out the MS International Metro Gris tiles from Home Depot. They’re pretty big measuring at 12×24 which has its pros and cons. The bigger the tile, the less tiles I had to lay down, but my biggest downfall was their weight. When you’re lifting, measuring, cutting them all evening it gets exhausting. I don’t think my body has ever hurt so much in my life. I didn’t even get it finished that first night.

When it came to cutting the tiles I used two things. First, a tile cutter:

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You can get a small one for about $20. It scores the tile, then snaps it. It worked 99% of the time, only screwed up once. I borrowed one, but it only fit tiles up to 12 inches, so I could only cut the width of the tile. I didn’t want to spend $70 on a 24in cutter. The other downside is it will only cut the full length/width of the tile, no partial cuts. So to make any funky cuts we had to use a wet saw. I was lucky enough to borrow this from someone too. We used it to cut the length of the tiles, and to cut around the corners and pipes.

On Sunday Morning I finally finished the tiles. I did a victory dance which consisted of slowly easing my sore body onto the couch. But I was so happy with how it was looking:

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Despite me trying to clean as I went, it was still a big mess.

Tuesday night I was finally able to grout which is one of the easiest parts… but still really messy. Friday night I was able to caulk around the edges of the room. A great shout out to Polyblend because they sell grout and caulk in the same colours at home depot. I’m sure there are other brands that do that, but I’ve used Polyblend stuff a few tiems now. I went with the dark grey “Pewter” colour. Then on Saturday I put some sealer on the grout.

And I’m so thrilled with how it turned out:

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I actually thought the grout would come out darker, but I’m still pretty happy with it. Ignore the horrible mess I did around the edges with the caulk. It was my first time caulking and the trim is going to get painted again when I install the beadboard anyway.

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For now everything has been shoved back into the room to save our poor kitchen from the dusty, messy disaster it was for two weeks.

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What’s left to do in this room?

  • Install beadboard
  • Cut/hem curtains
  • Install shoe cabinet
  • Install Coat Rack
  • Install bench
  • Build extra shelving
  • Build/Install cabinet to hide litter tray
  • Replace light

     
    What did I learn on my tiling adventure?

  • Buy premixed thinset. It’s more expensive, but SO worth it
  • Don’t use too much thinset. If you do, it squishes up between your tiles and makes a big huge mess when you try to get rid of it.
     
    And because before and afters are the best:

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    I almost hate walking on it…

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  • DIY Throw Pillows

    Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in DIY & Crafts, Holidays & Events, Home Decor | 1 comment

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    I know that it’s now past Christmas, but it’s something to keep in mind for next year, plus you can actually do it for any holiday season, or just to have some cute throw pillows lying around.

    For today’s tutorial I’m going to show you how to make your own Christmas decor cushions out of placemats. I saw this on somebody’s blog a year ago (I can’t remember who/where) and kept it in mind ever since. And when I spotted some placemats on sale for 50% off I couldn’t resist.

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    How to Throw an Awesome Halloween Party

    Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in DIY & Crafts, Holidays & Events | 3 comments

    Our party this weekend was a huge success! I had many people complementing me on my decorations and all the work I put into everything. So here some fun tips and tricks for an awesome Halloween party.

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    Of course pinterest is your best friend. One of my favourite things that I found on there and was a big hit was the Jello “Shots”. The cheapest I could find the syringes was on Amazon. They were a bit pricey so I only got one pack and then some regular little plastic cups. I didn’t follow a specific recipe, just the recipe on the Jello box and replaced the cold water with Vodka.

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    They were awesome and worked perfectly. I put some ice in a bowl and sat them inside and refilled as the night went on. I put an empty bowl next to them for the discarded syringes so no one would throw them away.

    The other pin I absolutely loved was the Mummy Jars. I already had the mason jars, and I found the guaze at the dollar store and a pack of googly eyes at Michaels for a few dollars. I just used tape to stick the guaze down, wrapped it and used tape to stick the eyes on. It would be really cute to put little LED votives in them for decoration, but I used mine to hold the cute Halloween straws I found at the dollar Store.

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    Side note: The dollar store was my best friend. I couldn’t believe how much fun little things they had, and how quickly it all sold out. I got most stuff a month before the party, and it was almost all gone the day of the party, a whole week before Halloween.

    I’ve wanted to do a photo booth forever! I found the Halloween pendant paper at Michaels and spent a few dollars on the pack with a 40% off coupon. Then I bought the twine and strung it up. The stand and backdrop I already owned.

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    For the props I just googled around and found various sites with free printables (here, here & here). One suggested putting them on foam core board, but it was hard to cut and not have jagged edges. So I ended up just using spray adhesive and some black card stock. Then it was easy to cut it out with regular scissors. I bought some dowels at Michaels and glued and taped them to the props. I made another little mummy jar to hold the props in.

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    For some decorations I found a simple bat template online and used that on the card stock paper and cut out a bunch! I think they turned out great!

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    I also strung up a bunch of black and orange streamers and we did a big web on the stairs to the basement… kinda forgot to take pics of those.

    For food/snacks I baked some cupcakes and used some graphic liners and little plastic ghost & bat things that I got from the dollar store. I found a cardboard cupcake stand at Michaels to display them.

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    Most of the serving bowls/plates I actually found at the dollar store.

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    Throw in some music, ping pong, darts and some Cards Against Humanity and it was a fun night!

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    DIY Framed Chalkboard

    Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in DIY & Crafts, Home Decor | 4 comments

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    The other day Zack asked me if I had a chalkboard that we could use to hang up in the basement as a scoreboard for the dart board (yea, throw more “boards” in that sentence). My over-enthusiastic response: “No, but I’ll make you one!” *claps with glee*

    So over the weekend I wondered off to the local Salvation Army store in search of a cheap frame. I found one for $3 that I quite liked (and after cleaing it I liked it even more I almost didn’t want to spray paint it). Then I went to Lowes and bought a can of coloured spray paint and some spray chalkboard paint.

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    I took the glass out and spray painted the frame. The back of the frame didn’t come out, it was a fold out one, so the back got painted too. I just followed the directions on the can for coats and dry time.

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    (Such a pretty colour! *pets it* It’s Valspar “Nautical” in case you’re wondering)

    And did the same to the glass with the chalkboard spray paint.

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    I basically went back and forth doing coats between them. I did two coats on the frame as directed. The chalkboard I did 4 coats, just because I wasn’t sure how well it would go on the glass.

    To prep the surface of the chalkboard, it’s suggested that you first rub the chalkboard with chalk. I don’t know why, it’s just what I see everyone do, so I did it too. I guess so whatever you write first isn’t forever etched on it.

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    I used some twine to tie a piece of chalk to the back of the frame.

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    Put the chalkboard glass in the frame.

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    And then hung it in the basement.

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    I think it looks great!

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    Zack has been teasing me that the colour is too girly for his “man cave” but he can suck it up, I wanted to buy a colour that I would use again. And I do adore the colour.

    But the chalkboard seems to work well. I haven’t tried scratching it off or anything, but it didn’t come off when I used it, that’s always a plus.

    So the whole project took me about an hour for all the spray painting, then it was just letting it dry over night. It cost me about $13. Yes, it would be cheaper to go to the store and buy a cheap, little chalkboard, but that’s including the cans of spray paint which can now be used for anything and everything. I’ve been looking around rooms in the house pondering what would look good in “Nautical” (hint: everything! … here kitty, kitty! I joke… maybe).

    But it’s a fun, easy afternoon project. And it looks so much prettier than a plain chalkboard. What do you think?

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    Gallery Wall

    Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in DIY & Crafts, Home Decor | 5 comments

    We have been in our house 17 months and I haven’t hung anything on the walls (except this mirror in the front hall, and this board that is actually no longer on the wall since I’ve been rearranging the room). I know, it’s pathetic. Our house looks so abandoned.

    But all that changed the other weekend. I was shopping at Michael’s. Not for anything specific, really just because I was bored and was trying to find something to do. I stumbled across these Gallery Art pads. I’d spotted them before and really liked the idea of them.

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    They were 50% off, so what was holding me back? I also found a bunch of frames on clearance, so it was meant to be.

    I’ve always envied the pretty gallery walls you see all over Pinterest, and was sure I’d never be able to create one that looks half as good. But you never know unless you try.

    They have a few different pads. I went with this one because I liked the LOVE letters. I think I may go back and get another pack to vary things up, cause there’s only so much ‘love’ on my wall I can handle.

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    It actually had multiple pages inside with layout suggestions. For the $7 I ended up paying for it, I’m pretty happy.

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    I basically just started picking the ones that I liked the most with the size frames I had and the photos that I already had in frames (from when I last put pictures on the wall…. the apartment before our last apartment. I’m so bad). And I just started laying them out on the floor.

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    There were several variations after this. I just kept moving things around until I was happy.

    Then I took paper and traced each frame and cut them out.

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    Side note, this room is a total disaster zone at the moment. The coffee table was pilfered for the basement, there’s an extra couch shoved randomly behind the recliners that was in the basement, and it’s just in general not show-able. So all my photos are me trying to avoid showing this room.

    Once I had them all done, I started sticking them up on the wall.

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    To hang the actual frames, I took down the piece of paper, lined it up on the back of the frame, and poked a hole in the paper where the hook needed to go. Then I just put the paper back up on the wall and scribbled a circle through the hole so I knew where to nail.

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    And continued to do one frame at a time…

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    Until done!

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    And now it looks like people actually live in our house! Ok, I exaggerate, it’s easy to tell someone lives here if you just step into the giant mess that is my computer/craft room.

    Anyways, I’m quite happy with the finished product. It’ll be more fun when I get more of a variety of frames, and it’s easy to add/change out photos. I’m also contemplating painting the F.

    What do you think?

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