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No Soliciting Sign

Do you feel guilty when people come to your door selling things?  Whether it be fundraisers, window cleaning, Artists trying to fund their work or some walk/run/jog/fart-athon, I always feel guilty saying "no". Everyone has a cause, and every cause has some value, and going door-to-door is a shitty way to spend a day - I mean, I couldn't handle that much rejection - so I feel badly being another one of the thousand others that says "No thank you" and then closes the door. But you'd go broke if you gave to every single thing that came around, and [...]

Strawberry Sangria

I wrote the other day about our Ladies Night yoga and the post-workout binge-fest which included a new concoction I created. Mainly for lack of ingredients for the "real" version, but since it turned out to be a GIANT hit, I thought I'd share my recipe here: Strawberry Sangria 1 bottle Strawberry Zinfandel (the largest you can find) 2 cups non-alcoholic Strawberry Daiquiri mix 1 bottle Sprite 1 lemon, thinly sliced 1 orange, thinly sliced 2 cups sliced strawberries Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving so the fruit has a chance to flavour the mixture. I made a giant [...]

Book Review: All The Light We Cannot See ~Doerr

I bought this book as a teacher gift for the end of school next week, but it was sitting on my table beckoning me to open it... So I did (sorry teachers). Beautifully written by an author, Anthony Doerr, with an eloquence second-to-none.  Every sentence, every moment, is painstakingly articulated to create voluptuous imagery and rotund characters.  It is easy to see why All The Light We Cannot See won a Pulitzer Prize. But, and this is my shallow opinion,  the story didn't flesh out as I'd hoped it would.  The heroine and hero meet for only the briefest of moments [...]

What’s happening around here…

I spend a LOT of my time blogging - or prepping content by planning, building, painting, photographing, and editing content ready to blog - but I've come into a bit of a rut lately. Writer's block so to speak. I'm missing the mojo that had me devouring Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and inspiration.  I still surf and post there, but I haven't been feeling the drive and inspiration to tackle every item I come across - which is unusual for me. I decided to take a little DIY break and share a bit of behind-the-scenes moments - after all, [...]

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100 Things 2 Do This Summer

If you've followed the blog over the past few years, you will have seen this "100 Things 2 Do This Summer" list - but for those of you that are new, it's worth repeating... Three years ago I was faced with the challenge of staying home with my kids all summer long.  My employer had retired and there was no benefit to seeking other employment at the beginning of summer when I'd just have to pay out daycare expenses. But staying home with the kids!? THAT was more intimidating than any management meeting, corporate deadline or presentation.  I decided to [...]

Make Your Own Outdoor Clock

Summer means backyard playdates, lazy afternoons and late-sunset evenings. If you have to keep track of time, make your outdoor clock a piece of garden art. Bring in the colours of your patio furniture, or paint a rainbow and make counting the minutes bright and cheerful. Supplies: One, 1” x 6” x 6’ (2.5cm x 15cm x 1.8m) cedar board Scrap wood to be used as nailing strips Clock mechanism with arms Paint or stain – suitable for outdoor use and elements Painter’s tape Six, 1” (2.5cm) deck screws Tools: Saw Drill Paintbrush Tape measure Pencil Sandpaper (180-220 grit) Steps: [...]

Mid-Century Makeover – Bookshelf

I'm nearing the mid-century mark. Well, in 7 years, but still - that's closer than I was yesterday. So I'm wondering, when furniture is labelled as "mid-century" - is it really from the 1950's - or is it from anytime prior to 2000, because if I had to guess, I'd say that Janice's bookshelf has more of a 1970's vibe going. The entire unit was done in the yellow pine you see in the top cube and on the legs, but Janice took a stab at refinishing it herself.... and then dropped it at my place to finish up. She [...]

Just Ducking Around

*This is a sponsored post - I was provided the Sonicrafter F50 free of charge from Rockwell Tools.  All opinions are my own. Have you ever tried refinishing metal garden art? My Mom asked me if I could do anything with these ducks; While trashing them seemed like the best option, I decided to 'duck' around a bit and see what I could do.  Trust me the rust, peeling paint and mildew made me hesitate, but when you've got nothing to lose, why not try right? The wing on this metal garden art duck/goose had actually rusted completely through in [...]