Saturday, June 14, 2008

a happy wedding ~ serving no. 3

Here are a few more wedding pics:

Friday, June 13, 2008

a happy wedding ~ serving no. 2, the flowers

The flowers that were arranged for my mom and Lawrence's wedding were a disappointment. My sister to the rescue! She's done flowers for weddings before, so this was no trouble for her. The flowers came from the Superstore, where variety and price made her job easy.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

a happy wedding ~ serving no. 1

My mom and her fantastic man Lawrence were married this past weekend. We trekked across a province or two to be there. It was a short visit, that's my only regret. I'm also missing the hot humid weather. I'm missing my family most of all.

Here are a few random pics. I'll be posting more, especially of our 3 hour stop in Quebec City. I could have stayed all day taking pictures and walking around the beautiful historic city.

click on the photo to see the look on her face, and his obvious big smile. I love it!

my nieces!

a gang of cousins

the weather was sheer perfection

yes this was the food served, I was impressed!

isn't it lovely!

This is a quick post. We recently returned from my homeland (Ontario, Canada) where we thoroughly enjoyed my mom and her man Lawrence's wedding (I'll post pics soon). It was a very fun visit, but a very short one, sniff sniff.

Here are a few pics of my sister's magazine article worthy place where we stayed. Next time we're staying longer than 2 1/2 days!

Monday, May 19, 2008

a crown moulding virgin no more!

I'm beginning to tackle the kitchen cabinets. I can't dive right in because too many other things are on my plate, but I try to sneak in some progress here and there. Today, for the very first time, I put up crown moulding. Just me, an old swear-word inducing miter box, a saw, a drill, finishing nails, and a ladder resulted in a pretty fair job. I'll use some painter's caulking to neaten up joints etc. I'm going to paint the cabinets right up to the moulding to give the kitchen some height. You can see a previous blog entry here where I found a good before/after example.

Off to fill the holes with wood filler I go...

Monday, May 12, 2008

inspirational and eclectic walls

I love this wall!!! I wish I had the capacity to do something like this, it's so lovely and eclectic. I guess I'd better start hitting the yard sales, and thrift stores. You can click on the image to be taken to it's original source at Flickr.


This is cool too, by the same person. Love the retro furniture. I have a similar lamp.

new wall

Thursday, May 8, 2008

pillows and tables

I popped into Winners this morning "just to look". I don't really shop there much, heck I don't really shop anywhere much, but I do love Winners. I found some pillows I had admired a week or so ago and they were marked down to half price. I couldn't leave them there. I also found the cutest side table for $39.99tx and I'd have been a fool to leave that behind too!! With my fireplace makeover and these new colourful additions, this is beginning to look like a very joyful room. I need to start prepping the walls to receive their nice new green hue.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

fireplace progress pics

Before I say anything, I must give credit to my sister for helping me narrow down the colours I used. I had initially planned to use a much lighter tone with a white mantle. Here's a pic below that I sent her when I was trying to figure things out. Ah technology! I copied and pasted the colours from the photo of the paint chip below.

My sister suggested colour #3 but without a white mantle. We decide 2 shades lighter than the main colour would work better. Here's proof:


(owner's stuff, not mine!)


Big difference no?! Next up: painting the walls Glidden's "Ionic Green".

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

fireplace makeover

I posted about my ugly propane fireplace quite awhile ago, which included a great makeover plan from my genius decorator sister. Since then I decided to take the simple route and paint it. My sister could pull off something much more significant, but alas I'm not my sister!

Here's a photo of the fireplace as it was with the previous owners, as it was primed, and now with one coat of the main colour:

I'll post more progress pics as I, well, make more progress!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

finally picked some paint colours

I've finally found my living room colour. I was going to go for a grey-blue but I think it would have fenced me in decoratively speaking. I was flipping through my vast collection of paint chips and found a Glidden paint colour called "Ionic Green". Turns out it's a colour on Sarah Richardson's list of all-time favourites, her signature pallette as she calls it. I guess I have great taste, LOL!

Here's where she used it in a kitchen, though all you can really see here is the wall over the window. It's a very neutral colour:

I went around with the paint chip and no matter what piece of painted furniture I held it up against, it didn't clash. I found the opposite problem with any blue paint chip. Everything seemed to clash! See the grey/green piece below? It so goes with the Ionic Green.

I've also chosen the colour for the dining room called "Chelsea Fog". Strange thing is it's another colour that Sarah Richardson uses. Damn I'm good. :oP

Here it is being used on the cabinets. Yes, it's a very pale blue but happens to compliment my grey/green dresser in that room.