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Month: September 2012

Bar star and Pretty little things

 

I just love walking into a Salvation Army and finding little gems like these sitting around.  I was on the hunt for the perfect corner chairs to add that special touch to the room and I instantly saw potential in these beauties. Coming in at the wonderful price of $15.00 I couldn’t go wrong. My total ending cost for the finished chairs with paint and fabric was $30.00.

 

 Before

 

I decided, after much debating, that it was time to invest in a paint sprayer. With so many new projects in the works, this handy little tool has cut my hours of work down to 10 minutes! Before making this decision I watched many YouTube tutorials on paint sprayers and read countless blog reviews  (exciting life, right??). If you are in the market for a paint sprayer, I’ve listed some of my learning pros and cons for you below.

Pros:

Huge time saver

Leaves furniture looking professional with a glass like finish

No brush marks

Cost efficient. $130

I decided on the Wagner paint sprayer because you can spray upside down which lots of other brands cannot

 

Cons:

Risk of over spray which will cause thick paint and dripping

Takes more time to clean up then your traditional paint brush

Painting space is a must to complete your job, other wise you will be spray painting your surroundings as well

 

New purchase/Wagner

Finished product

 

Material was purchased from Chintz

 

With all these projects on the go, I find it hard to make sure I’m fueling my body throughout the day. This week I made some delicious Quinoa power bars to keep me focused and on track with my eating.

Enjoy~~*

 


2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa. You can also do half quick oats half quinoa 

4 eggs, beaten

1/3 cup Almond milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1/3 cup Maple Syrup (Note: you can leave this out, they just won’t be as sweet)

Optional add nuts and some dried fruit! I added some figs to mine.

 

Preheat oven to 375

grease your baking dish with coconut oil

Once all ingredients are mixed thoroughly together, pour into baking dish. 

Place in oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow to cool and Enjoy~~*


2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa. You can also do half quick oats half quinoa 

4 eggs, beaten

1/3 cup Almond milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1/3 cup Maple Syrup (Note: you can leave this out, they just won’t be as sweet)

Optional add nuts and some dried fruit! I added some figs to mine.

 

Preheat oven to 375

grease your baking dish with coconut oil

Once all ingredients are mixed thoroughly together, pour into baking dish. 

Place in oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow to cool and Enjoy~~*

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…

  

 

To say I’m blessed with some of the most amazing women in my life is by far a huge understatement. I think whenever you enter into a family like my husband’s, you are not only overwhelmed with how close they are you are also very nervous that you may never be able to catch up with all their inside jokes or stories and memories. What I’ve learned! Make your own memories and watch your own inside jokes and stories start to blossom.  Every chance I get to hang out with my Mother In-law and Sister In-law I savour.  We recently planned a trip to visit Jillian in Vancouver with the sole purpose of thrifting and coming up with some new DIY crafts together. Thrifting is something all three of us absolutely love! Put us in a room filled with old furniture, smelly clothing, random dishes and watch our wheels start to turn. This particular trip was beyond successful, as you can see from my overly filled car. Not only did I find every single piece I was searching for, I also fell in love with a wonderful store called Chintz. If you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing this gold mine of furniture, textiles and every beautiful item you could ever decorate your house with, I encourage you to check them out. There were a couple times, as I was selecting material for re-covering chairs, I had to actually step away from the textiles section to catch my breath because it was so overwhelming!. It was one of the best moments of my weekend. Not only is this store amazing, their staff are also some of the most friendly and helpful people you will come across in retail.  Over the next week I will be posting my DIY projects. I’ve been a very busy pregnant girl to say the least. I’m forcing myself to spread out this blog post and not show you everything at once! Tonight I will be sharing with you the new editions to my dining room. ENJOY~~*

Just one of the many beautiful walls of textiles at Chintz

Before

I have one of the most supportive and helpful husband’s in the world! 

 

 After

Choosing material for re-covering my chairs was such a huge task! There were isles and isles of beautiful materials to chose from at Chintz. I decided to go with this beautiful gray pattern to help                                                pull from the color of the birds in my wallpaper.

I found this beautiful gem at a salvation army in Vancouver for $35.00 

 Money well spent

New Sideboard to hide McCarthy’s toys

 With these pieces I decided to try out Vintage edging in the wood and I love it!

 

 Looking for a exciting new read? Check out Jillians Blog here !