November 29, 2011


It's open! Miracle-Round is now on Etsy! Friends and family have been encouraging me to sell the things I make on Etsy, and I finally did it. The shop is open. I donated items to an Etsy shop called  Water for Christmas, and to my delight, my items sold right away. You can check out the previous post for more info. Anyway, that was just the boost I needed to open my shop.

Right now, I think these are my favourite.

November 28, 2011

Africa and Etsy

One of my favourite blogs is Whatever. It was through that blog that I learned about Water for Christmas.

They were looking for crafters to donate items to their Etsy shop. I thought, "Hmmm, that's cool", but it pretty much ended there as I closed the computer and got on with all the things that children bring in life. A few days later I came across it again. This time I decided to act. I made these.

They sold. They're gone. I should have made more. But you can still shop for something else. It's awesome to give. Buy a gift for Christmas and at the same time you are giving the gift of clean water. How great is that?

November 24, 2011


This is the armoire in our mud room. The other week it got an update, a lovely coat of paint.

Please ignore the messy paint job. It will be all tidied up once the wall is painted.

I'm loving the new grey, but I still have to address the top of the cabinet and I'd like to add a few special details.

I've been scouring the web for ideas and I have been having oh so much fun pinning ideas on Pinterest.
Here's my Mud Room board on Pinterest (click on the picture).

I can't wait until it's all done!

November 16, 2011


You know what it's like. You start painting one thing and the next thing you know, what looked -ish before, is all of sudden looking totally beat up, screaming to be loved. So that's just what I did - I gave my doors some love. Goodbye chipping paint, scuff marks and just plain boring.
                             Front door                                                                     Side door


I'm enjoying the dark grey doors, but now the walls need to be painted. I love the grey, but was wondering about painting the side door red? Hmmmm. Something to think about. What do you think?

November 15, 2011

Making It Work

I pulled out my good dishes for dinner on Saturday night. I love my good dishes, but hardly use them. This needs to change and what a better time to start than when friends are coming to dinner?

Only one slight problem. Everything else I own is casual, very casual, not-china-worthy-casual. What to do? With next to no time left to make things look nice and no fresh flowers in the garden to pick, I had to come up with something quick and easy.

So outcomes a vintage green and white cloth that once belonged to my grandmother, blue cloth napkins that we use everyday and some vintage green and blue binding.

A gold marker, some vintage binding and a little bit of paper ribbon later...and voila! Easy napkin rings that tie the napkins, table cloth and napkins together while serving double duty as place cards.

Sticking to my theme, simple and vintage, buttons were added to base of the candle holders and a vintage ribbon (seam binding actually) was tied around the candle.

 At that I called it quits. Pretty. Simple. Vintage. Not magazine pretty, but pretty just the same.

November 4, 2011

Front Door

Yesterday was gorgeous. 17 degrees, warm, sunny. It felt more like September than November. It reminded me of our last good stretch of weather when I spent a week painting the deck and the outside of the house. Of course, I ran out of time and sunshine and warmness, leaving me the awnings to paint come spring. For a moment when the sun was brightly shining, I did contemplate painting the awnings, but only for a moment. A freshly painted deck and doors with have to do for now.

In this picture the deck is painted. Finally. That took forever. Days. The wood around the door is almost painted. The door - not so much.

So much better! I love the dark grey. I have been wanting to paint the doors since we bought this house. I painted the old brass house numbers the same grey. I was going to spray paint them black, but several of the screws were stripped making it impossible to remove the numbers. On to plan B, paint all the numbers beige (the same colour aroung the door) and then paint the face of the numbers grey. I like how it looks.

The side door. No before picture, but it was the same burgandy as the front door. But, thankfully not anymore. I can't wait to paint the awning and railing in the spring!

November 1, 2011


One Sunday after church, we headed out to pick pumpkins. Nothing fancy: a local farm, a field of pumpkins, a wheelbarrow, two kids and a puppy. Sunshine. Joy. Happiness.

Costumes were designed and made, worn on Friday to school and again on Halloween.
In case you weren't sure, it's Medusa and an Angry Bird. Oh! And a hot dog, too. The kids were adament that Sneakers have a costume. I think they spent more time talking about Sneakers' costume then theirs.

Friends on Halloween night, ready to go out the door with dad and a hot dog.
Part way through, the hot dog came home, too tired to walk anymore. The boys went back out for more.

Pumpkins glowed and shone in the night.

Mr. Man's X-eyes.

Little Miss' screamin' pumpkin.

In all, it was a fun, fun night.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...