Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Card Challenge

 Its been a little while since I did a blog post - over a year to be honest.  Life has a way of getting busy and other things take priorities.  The past year has been a year of change in our family. We have 3 grandchildren now.  Liam, 3 and Stella, 1, live in Ottawa with my oldest daughter and her husband.  They are so special to me and I try to see them as much as possible.  I also have a beautiful new granddaughter who is just over 3 months old.  Elle Skye - isn't that a great name?  She lives closer to me here in Mississauga so I can see her and squeeze her as often as I like.  My oldest son and his wife are also celebrating not only the birth of their first child but their new home and the arrival of her mother from Zimbabwe after 13 years of separation.

This year I have done a lot more cards and crafty things for my grandkids.  Its nice to have little ones again!

With Easter coming up I thought it would be fun to make Liam and Stella a little Easter basket and of course a card.  I found a very cute and unique digistamp to download free from Dianes Digital Designs.  The pail on the side with the bunny peeking out is a different perspective.  I used paper I had on hand from a kit I purchased a few years ago at Winners.  The colours were perfect and to make it more noticable I cut the paper diagonally. I coloured the digistamp with copic markers (dont you love those? I sure do) and made one "girly" and one in boy colours.  I then used plain cardstock from Micheals to make the card base.  For their names I used an older sticker set from Frances Meyer in Flowerpot Purple.  Not sure where I picked that up - could have been at a Scrapcancer crop or at my local scrapbook shop Scrapalicious which unfortunately closed a couple years ago.  I try really hard to shop my stash when making cards. I also added some rhinestone bling to the rim of Stella's pail and coloured in stripes on Liam's.  This was a fun little project and fairly quick to do.  I have also added 3 blue buttons to the bottom of Liam's card but didnt take a picture of that.  Inside are sentiments suitable for each of them.

Well I hope you enjoy my little cards, I'm linking this up to the challenge at Simply Create Too


Following Up on Bedroom Reno

Yes I know I said I would repost with new pics as soon as the rug was down.  However, I've been a tad busy with work.  I make dance costumes and this has been a particularly busy spring season. I haven't spent much time doing anything on the computer.  

And somehow I have reached over 5100 views!!  And I have a new follower - welcome Penny from Penny's Vintage Home.  She has an amazing blog.  Such a talented lady. I just discovered her blog recently and am flattered that she has decided to follow my little blog.  

There is so much going on in my life right now.  I have so many ideas for DIY projects that I may or may not get to this summer.  I am planning on visiting my 2 grandchildren in Ottawa next week for a few days.  Then a friend and I are off to Nova Scotia to visit family there (her aunt, my parents).  Should be an interesting road trip - ala Thelma and Louise - but without the cliff dive ending!!  And when I return July and August will be still ahead of us.  I LOVE the summer.

I've been playing around with crafts for awhile.  As you know I had a hideaway craft room in the basement.  http://flyngeorgiabelle-tutumuch.blogspot.ca/2011/03/my-hideaway-craft-space.html  I have moved everything upstairs into the front bedroom that was my daughters.  Wow what a difference that has made.  I love sitting in there (I'm there right now).  It's large and bright with south facing windows.  I have everything pretty much organized and didn't spend hardly any money on additional furniture or storage items.  Either I re-purposed, craigslist or bought components at Micheals at 40% off.  I will spend some time taking some pictures and do an updated craft room post soon. I'd also like to share some of the projects I've done.  Maybe I should figure this all out.  It seems to me I could be blogging quite a bit in the near future.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Better Late than Never - Master Bedroom Edition

Gosh - I think back in November I stated that I was remodeling our master bedroom and may have casually mentioned that I would post soon.  Lol... who was I kidding.  Between a stabbing, (more on that later) Christmas and my busy season I cannot squeeze another minute into my day.  However life is getting perhaps a tad slower so it's about time I catch up on my planned blogs.

First off, our bedroom underwent a minor remodeling about 10 years ago.  We painted and I put up a border but we didnt replace carpeting or even paint into the closets.  It was more about a change from the deep purple we had painted when we moved in.

That was colonial or american red from Benjamin Moore.  I did love it and it went well with the bedding I had selected but I was so over it.  Love that picture of the Jack Russel??  That was from Ikea and looks so much like our JR GeorgiaBelle that I had to get it.

Isn't she adorable?  12 yrs old and all attitude.
Slowing down now but still a little ball of fire now and then.

So here is that same corner after we first finished.  First we took everything out and moved into the front bedroom that was my daughter's before she moved out last May.  This was convenient because we could take our time and still sleep in our bed every night.  This allowed my husband to first do the floor.  We tore up what was left of that gross builder carpet. Yes we have been in this house for over 25 years.  4 children, 1 dog, 1 cat and still had that original carpet.  Ours was the last room to have that removed.  We did the spare room after younger son moved out.  Just taking that out was a challenge - there was hardly anything left of it and I will not even begin to tell you how much dirt was under there - gross.  My job was to take up all the staples...oh that was fun.  But I did it as I knew I wouldn't be much help with the actual flooring.  

Doing the floor took the longest.  First we went to the outlet and paid for 10 more boxes of the laminate.  Yes it is laminate.  But a very high grade and thick one - very hardwood like.  We had lucked upon 17 boxes that had been abandoned in the industrial unit next to our shop.  We used it in what is now the spare room after #2 son had moved out and we really liked it.  We were left with 9 boxes which was not enough.  I went back to the place that it had been purchased from - also in our industrial plaza - and they still had it.  However, when I had ordered and paid for the 10 boxes he then told me it was out of stock til January.  Well hello that was NOT going to work. You know what it is like, you finally get settled on doing something, you have your husband on board and ready to go and you have to hit while the iron is hot.  Then he said that he had the same board but in seconds.  So?  What makes it a second?  A minor flaw in the colour here and there.  And it was 1.00/sq ft. cheaper.  SOLD.  I added 2 extra boxes to help work around the flaws.  Who doesn't love a bargain!

We loaded up the truck and hubby got to work.  Over the next week or so he worked on a couple of rows a night and when I got home I would help clean up and dispose of garbage etc.  This made it bearable for him and kept him from having too many complaints about his back and knees. Ok he still complained somewhat...

However, when he was about 2/3 of the way through, 2 weeks before Christmas, with deadline looming (Christmas visit from my daughter in Ottawa, her husband and my two grand-babies , something scary happened that set us back almost 10 days.  I will blog on that on my next post.  Suffice it to say everyone is fine but a stabbing was involved.

So the week before Christmas he buckled down and finally got the floor finished and painted the whole room including inside the closets.  Wow what a change.  The room seemed larger and obviously brighter.

We quickly moved back into the room just a day or so before everyone arrived from Ottawa. Also the paint we used was low VOC so I was relieved for that since we had little to no time before my 2 month old granddaughter and 18 month old grandson stayed with us.

I kept the dry brushed border as I still liked it and crown molding is not in this budget.  The paint was custom mixed for me by my older daughter who lives in Ottawa and she works at a Paint and Wallpaper store there.  It is similar to a Sherwin Williams colour that I fixated on and she colour matched it for me in their professional formulation and on her recommendation we used coloured primer that she tinted as well.  This made for basically one coat coverage.  Going over red we were concerned but the paint performed perfectly. That red took 5 coats and he was dreading a repeat of that chore.  However, it did take only one gallon of primer and one gallon of top coat.  We were missing one small teeny bit in my husband's closet - I can live with that but we do not have any for touch-ups.   I am hoping to get at least a 1 liter can.   My daughter is currently on maternity leave so that will have to wait til she returns to work.

The mirror over the dresser is one I found at Home Depot last winter.  It was an in-store clearance that was announced one day while I was shopping for something else.  I wasn't even looking for a mirror!  But I know that you know that if someone loudly announces over a PA that they are selling something off you just gotta look.  Low and behold they had these large mahogany framed, bevel edge mirrors marked down to 25.00!!  I hemmed and hawed.  I walked around, I went back. I had a vague notion that maybe it would look nice in my bedroom but I wasn't really sure if a) I needed it or b) wanted it.  Guess what?  I did want it.  So with great difficulty I loaded into a cart, then loaded it into the back seat of my convertible mustang - with the top down - and drove carefully home blinding people I am sure and garnering many strange looks but really, it was 25.00!! It sat leaning against the wall in the spare room for over a year til I decided what I was going to do.  That mirror was the last thing we did after the renovation and it made the room.  Our nightstands, antiques from another story I'll tell you some day, are also mahogany as well as the small round table and slipper chair.  Perfect!

The furniture is the Hemnes line from Ikea - It is amazing stuff.  Very heavy and well put together (if I must say so - by myself).  We had a bit of a hard time deciding on what pieces to get as we had that awkward space between the 2 closets.  This tall lingerie chest piece fits perfectly and my husband uses that for his unmentionables.  He also has the 3 drawer piece under the flat screen for his tshirts.  Man does he have a lot of tshirts!  I purged a large garbage bag and that dresser is still full.   
 The Hemnes tall 5 drawer chest is a new piece in the collection and as I mentioned fits in this space perfectly.  The picture on top is in similar feel to the Ikea picture but I found it in a pile of 5.00 prints at Micheals on clearance.  It depicts 2 ladies peering out to sea with a Jack Russel at their feet.  Same paint style as well.  I had to get it - still don't know as yet where I am going to hang it in the room but that will come when I finally get the headboard made and mounted.
Here you can see the 3 drawer chest which we placed under the flat screen.  It has his tshirt collection in the drawers and all the electronic components are on top.  It also effectively hides most of the cables.  It is kinda in the way of that far corner of my closet but I can live with it.

The 2 mirror doors are actually the ones from my daughter's room.  Home Depot didn't have any white ones left when we went so we purchased the less expensive beige frame ones and switched them out.  I love having the mirror doors in our room - it helps to bounce more light around.  Since we are on the back of the house facing north we don't get morning sun.  It makes for a difficult time dressing in the morning - at least for my colour blind husband.  They also help to make the room feel much larger and airier.  It is a beachy feel?  I'm not 100% sure what style you would say this is.  Spa Like?  Hotel?  Whatever it is I find it very fresh and relaxing.

 This is still a work in progress. Right now the bed is kinda boring.   I changed the lamp shades from the antique tobacco coloured ones but I am not happy with the size.  Target just opened in our neighbourhood (welcome to Canada Tarjay!!) and I have been checking out the shades.  I think that will be the next thing I will change again.  These white ones won't go to waste.  I have lamps at the cottage that are in dire need of new shades!

Here is a picture I took today - a bit of a better shot but still a bit boring.  The duvet cover, pillows etc are all from Ikea.

  Now I have to decide on the headboard.  I purchased fabric last summer.  It is a nubby subtle silk looking stripe in brown and a very slight blue.

 However, with the rug I just purchased today that may not be the best option now.  I am thinking more along this line.

Bedroom Photos Bedroom Rug Design, Pictures, Remodel, Decor and Ideas - page 24

Below is one of my inspiration pictures for my space.  While my room is not nearly as large it is a good size.  I am wanting a bigger padded headboard. Perhaps tufted.

Bedroom Photos Bedroom Rug Design, Pictures, Remodel, Decor and Ideas - page 23


I have also seen the duvet cover I want at Target.  However, they only seem to have the comforter in stock in king size and I really prefer duvet covers for the fact you can change them and wash them much easier than a super large heavy comforter.

Like this
 Threshold™ Pinched Pleat Duvet Cover Set Quick Information
Maybe Canada isn't going to have these in a duvet.  Is this still a style I should aspire too?  I have a beautiful blue and white one that I purchased online before Christmas but I'm not sure how that will look with the new rug.

The rug is a turkish rug.  Purchased from a local flea market (today).  I got an unbelievable deal on it.  Similar quality rugs online were at least 200.00 more.  However, when we got it home I found that the 7x10 size looked more than a little undersized for what we wanted.  I want to be able to put my feet on it in the morning.  A larger one is on the way here and we will exchange it.  How's that for personal service!!  As soon as it arrives and we set it up I will take another picture.

Here is an interior shot of my closet.  We purchased closet organizers from the Home Depot to further expand our storage capabilities.  These units are relatively inexpensive and not difficult to put together.  On the left side I have a smaller area for hanging longer pieces of clothing such as my pants and tunic tops and dresses.
On the right side we put 2 rods to hang shorter tops and sweaters.  This expanded my usable space considerably.  Not to mention how much tidier it looks.  The paint and the floor go all the way into the closets.  Ideally I wanted to take out that stupid piece of wall between the closets, tear out the closets completely and install built in's or the PAX system from Ikea.  However once we started on the floor my hubby didn't want to stop plus again the budget wasn't there to include another 2500 in closeting.

Here is the left side of his closet.  He has the chimney and vent section of the house inside his closet as well as the attic access so that was something we had to take into consideration.  He has double rods on both sides.
This is the other side.  There was just enough room for a narrow tower for his jeans, on the shelves, and drawers for his large sock collection.  The two rods are a bit difficult to get at but his dress/work pants hang on the bottom rod and his golf shirts on the top.  Now if I can only come up with a more attractive option for the laundry basket! Any and all suggestions will be considered.

I am going to try to take some better pictures of the finished room after the rug gets here.  I will add them onto this post or maybe just a separate picture post will follow.  I'd love some advice here as well on how to take pictures of a room that looks inviting!  I have a great camera and 3 lens but still learning how to do this.

I will leave you with this before and after.




What do you think??

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I am not sponsered by either Ikea or Home Depot.  These products are one's I used and I am expressing my own opinion.

Im linking to Thrifty Decor Chick.

TDC Before and After

Friday, February 15, 2013


I havent posted in a little while - but have some good stuff up my sleeve.... however i do want to say thank you to everyone who has viewed my little blog.  I just hit 4500 views WOW!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


So finally we have begun the transformation of our bedroom.  Now that my youngest has moved out and in with her boyfriend we are taking advantage of having an unoccupied bedroom and moved all of our furniture into there.  First phase was ripping up the 27 yr old carpet and underlay. Along with the 200,000 staples.  I never realized how stupidly small my hands are until I had to use a pair of side cutters (? some kind of wrench thingy) to jab under the staple and wrench it out.  I had to use two hands!  So just picture me crawling on my knees pushing a wastepaper basket and using both hands to manipulate one little ol pair of side cutters.  Sad...truly sad.  But I did it and got the 500,000 staples out.   Next step, paint.  Stay tuned.

Here you can see the colour - I loved this red for a long time but it is time.  It was a Benjamin Moore colour - American Flag Red I think.

Ok this is so old - but you can see the deplorable carpet here - yuck.

Love ya

Monday, November 19, 2012

My Mom's Special BBQ Spare Ribs or Red Lead

Ok - that is a different title - caught your eye and whet your appetite though didn't it?  So I'm going to do something extreme here and post a recipe.  I know...it's way out there.  I had said my next post - which I had promised would be within 2 weeks - would be about my shop.  But I decided to do a quick recipe post.
I had found ribs (not spare ribs but side ribs) on sale at Loblaws for so cheap.  2 huge racks in a vacuum pack was only 13.00.  And these ribs are big and meaty as you can see from that amazing photo above.  I wrongly gave my grandmother creds for this recipe and my mom quickly corrected me.  It is her recipe. I did know that - sorry mom.  It is a big family favourite, we have a few funny stories and for the life of me I have no idea how it became known as Red Lead - but that is what my dad fondly called it and so do we.

So without further ado or idle chitchat here is the recipe.  I dont usually measure everything out so I am going to try and remember actual amounts.


Pork Ribs - spare ribs or side ribs 

Cut the ribs into single pieces if possible or smaller pieces.  Sometimes you get ribs with that centre bone which makes it harder to cut up.  Amount is dependent on how many you are serving.  I usually say 1/2 rack/person (at least).

BBQ Sauce Ingredients (easily doubled)
1 cup ketchup 
1 cup water
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp worchestershire sauce
1 tsp dry mustard (i have substituted reg. mustard as well)
1 tbsp paprika
1/2 onion diced

After cutting ribs into manageable pieces, add vegetable oil to a frying pan and brown ribs on all sides. As they brown remove from the frying pan and place in a covered oven safe pan.  I have used casserole dishes but usually use a roasting pan.  You could also use a dutch oven.  After all pieces are browned, mix together the rest of the ingredients and pour over the ribs.   Make sure they are at least partially submerged in the sauce. (you can add a bit more ketchup & water)   Cover and place in a 325 degree oven.  Cook for at least 2 hours - 2.5 to 3 hours are optimum.  You can check during cooking and baste any ribs that may not be completely covered or rearrange.

Thats it.  I love a meal that slow cooks in the oven all day.  It smells so amazing.  We like to serve it with mashed potatoes and a mashed mixture of turnip and carrots.  The sauce makes a lovely gravy to drizzle over the vegies.  I have also used this recipe as a bbq sauce.  For that I boil the sauce on the stove for about 10 mins and keep in the fridge.  I then use this for basting ribs or even pork chops on the grill.

Enjoy!  I am sure it will become a family favourite at your home too. Just remember its name...Red Lead :)

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