Category Archives: DIY

DIY: Homemade Bathroom Scrub

I keep a fairly clean home and I actually don’t mind cleaning because as I clean I get to organize, there is a sense of accomplishment and when it is all done it feels wonderful.  The part of the house that I completely dislike cleaning though, the bathroom!  No matter what cleaning products I have bought in the past and no matter how much I scrub, scrub, scrub, I never feel like the tubs are actually totally clean.

 

My dear friend and I were talking about cleaning products and comparing how easy it is to make them, as long as you find a recipe that actually works well.  She told me about her bathroom scrub that she started using and shared that it made a HUGE difference, even after the bathroom had been cleaned, this scrub took off even more soap scum!

 

Yesterday after we had breakfast we headed up to Edible Island to buy the necessary ingredients for me to make my own bathroom scrub. Its so simple and let me tell you, it works amazingly!  I scrubbed out the tub and with ease the soap scum came right off and the bathroom sparkled!!! YAY!

 

If you want to try it here’s the recipe:

1/4cup baking soda

1/4cup washing soda

3/4-1cup castile soap

20 drops of whichever essential oils you wish

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Lego Organization!

It finally happened.

After 7 years.

Phil allowed me to organize his Lego!

This makes me incredibly happy.  When we got married, Phil’s mom shipped out all of his childhood stuff – the most important boxes were filled with the complete series of Hardy Boys in hardcover and Lego, lots and lots of Lego.  When we first got this all it overwhelmed me, we were just settling into our house didn’t have much extra space and it wasn’t high on the list to deal with.  But soon I started getting the itch to organize his Lego.  In my opinion if its at least organized in the boxes, should we need it, it’s easily accessible, if its just chaos and we don’t know what’s what, then it seems like a bit of wasted space.  About 5 years ago I needed some Lego for a class project while finishing my degree, knowing we had a lot at home, I knew I could supply it.  The boxes came out of storage and I sorted out what I needed.  Once I was done, I suggested we could get some storage containers that would better suit Lego and then we could leave it in the house and actually use it from time to time, Phil wasn’t on board, so back to storage it went.

Fast forward to now.  Many of our nieces and nephews and young kids in our life are getting to the age where they love playing with Lego.  A few months ago, I mentioned that Phil has SOOO much Lego <insert big eyes here>, little people were so excited at the mention of that.  So, it was time to start talking about getting the Lego organized that we would be able to let the kids play with it when they were over, but keeping it organized that pieces aren’t lost or chaotic.  (Not only is this Phil’s Lego collection, but some of the pieces belonged to his dad when he was little, so its quite neat!)

I stumbled across a Lego organization blog post on my favorite blog iheart organizing and I knew I found what we were going to do! I showed it to Phil and he was on board, so the sorting began.

Let me tell you, when I was a kid I didn’t have much Lego, loved Duplo, but then moved to PlayMobile, never was into Lego so really have no concept of the quantity that Phil had and how long it really would take.   Phil with a smirky grin on his face brought up all the boxes. I was naive and excited at this point!

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Like I said, I was naive, I had no idea how long this would actually take for me to sort it.  10hrs later I was done, sorted by color, technic, accessories, 1×1 (apparently they are hard to find otherwise), and our peeps.

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Next, I needed to order our shelves from Ikea.  I went with the Trofast system that Jen over at iheart organizing used.  I read quite a few reviews and everyone who used this system for Lego seemed really happy.  So, I added everything to my cart $100 for 2 shelving units & 10 bins…. wait…. shipping was going to be $70, ugh! Now to rethink this.  I put a shout out on Facebook and was grateful when a friend of mine told me about the Ferry Godmother who travels to and from Ikea and will deliver, I contacted her and it was meant to be.  She was shopping on the 17th and would have it here on the 18th – and it cost me $25! YAHOO!

Yesterday my shelves arrived and everything came together!!  Phil made a joke about “Lego rules”, and I decided it was actually kind of funny, so I made a sign that is displayed on the shelves.  Rules are: 1. Phil’s the Boss, 2. Don’t lose the Lego, 3. Refer to rules 1 & 2, & 4. HAVE FUN!

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I was tossed up on whether or not I would label the boxes, but decided to go with Martha Stewart chalkboards and used my chalkmarkers to label them.  I think it turned out great!

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Now it’s time to play with all the Lego – I think kids (big & little) will love this! Let the creativity begin!

 

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Baby Shower :: For a “Little Deer”

My bestie recently had her 4th baby, a little girl!! Baby L arrived February 5 and of course we had to celebrate!! I wanted to make sure that Kathy’s mom could be here so we waited 3 weeks to celebrate this little blessing.  When deciding on a theme, deers kept coming to mind, L’s daddy is a hunter and the family loves outdoorsy fun, so that theme seemed to fit perfect.

I was thrilled when I found “Little Deer” printables on Etsy that would 100% compliment what I was going for!  I ordered online, downloaded the file and off to Staples I went to print my decorations!

To compliment the printed decor, I used chalkboards and tulips around the house for added touches.  My friend Britt baked and decorated the most perfect cupcakes in pink & green to match and we were ready to party!

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Vintage Themed Baby Shower!

I love planning parties!

I so enjoy the planning of the details, putting together decorations, envisioning how it will all go together and then seeing it all come to completion as we set-up! It truly is a passion of mine.  If I had unlimited money and space I would definitely have the sweetest decoration collection and throw parties all the time, but for now, this makes me happy!

My bestfriend had her 2nd baby girl in April, I guessed it was going to be a girl.  So much so, I bought yarn for the baby blanket before she was born – pink yarn! I started planning in my head some ideas, and thanks to Pinterest it all came together.  Together with her sister, we came up with a perfect themed and decoration ideas for the shower.  Vintage!! I love everything vintage, and it was the perfect theme to celebrate baby M.

Now for the fun parts :: Decorations & Food!

First, the food.  We decided to keep it simple, lemonade & water to drink, and then veggies, fruit and some dainties (scones and muffins) to eat. It was perfect, not too heavy, easy to plan, and yummy to eat.  We served most things on glass or white dishes set on a beautiful table that had a simple pink table runner and doilies (the real ones, made by my grandma).

Now, for the decorations.  Bunting banners, chalkboards, doilies, birdcages and mason jars adorned the house transforming it into a lovely looking vintage scene.  We set up a pink and white polka-dot pinwheel at the door to welcome guest in, had fresh flowers all over, and even served our drinks in mason jars.  It was perfect.  Instead of doing games, we had a craft for everyone to participate in: Maisie’s ABC Book.  We asked each guest to fill out a page which contained a letter and then it will be put together as a book for her as a keepsake.

Mom and babe were well loved and celebrated and it was the perfect sunshiney day for a babyshower!

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A Beautiful Life!

I have a beautiful life.

 

I am healthy. I am loved. I am happy.

 

Often, through the mundane routines that become ‘life’ we forget about the life we are living, we get lost in schedules, plans, e-mails and being everything to everyone, that we forget that our life is beautiful. My life is beautiful.

Recently, I had many moments of clarity to make me cherish the life I have, and to remind of the desire I have to live each moment, be present each day, and make the most of it, whatever ‘it’ is.

 

I am blessed.

 

5 years ago, Phil and I, for our 1st anniversary, decided to have a photo session with Karen McKinnon of McKinnon Photography.  Our hope was that she would capture us just the way we were.  We chose the location of a park that we spent a lot of time at while we were dating, and it was perfect.  We were in our element, it was playful, joyous, and fun.  It was us.  Who we were at 22, celebrating that we had started our life together and were celebrating our 1st anniversary, celebrating that we had been together for nearly 4 years, celebrating love! (If you want to see the blog post from that session click here)

Since then, many things have change, much has not, but one thing remained, my love of Phil, my love of our life.  Some things have gone better than planned, others haven’t gone as planned at all, but we are wandering through this journey of life together and growing as we do.

On May 12, Phil and I celebrate our 6th anniversary, to many its not much time at all, to some its such an accomplishment already, to us, its perfect.  It marks the day that we started our life together, it marks a time in our life where we made a commitment to each other to grow together, and be with each other through the good time and bad, it marks when we became a family.  It marks the best day of my life, marrying my best friend.

Last Sunday, we had Karen photograph us again.  It was different this time.  This time, Karen is more than just a photographer I admire, but she is a friend.  Over the past 5 years, she has become a wonderful friend.  Someone who I have shared many wonderful conversations, laughter and time with, even more, someone who I know will be in my life for many years to come.  When we were discussing our session, I didn’t know really what I wanted, but gave her creative choice and wanted any suggestions, and I am grateful I did.  After photographing my sisters wedding last fall including my family getting ready in my home, she thought that our home was a perfect place to start.  Our home is where we live our beautiful life, where we do nothing together and enjoy the simplicity of it.  Our home is where I have worked to include precious pieces that are representative of our families; photos of our grandparents, my Baba’s china, books from Phil’s childhood all adorn our shelves.  When we were done shooting at our house, we thought it would be neat to revisit the park we were photographed at 5 years ago, but this time was different. This time, it wasn’t just about being playful, but it was about celebrating our beautiful life.  We have changed.  We have grown.  We are different. But, one thing remains, we have a beautiful life.

 

Tonight, Karen posted our sneak peak…. its perfect.

 

Click here to see the video she made, its a combination of still and moving pictures, and tells a little of our story.

 

I love the song she chose to accompany it ~ A Beautiful Life by Justin James, a perfect choice.

 

This is my beautiful life….

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DIY: CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint

I’ve fallen in love with the new Chalk Paint that you see all over Pinterest, on vintage looking refinished furniture and at 2 of my favorite stores.  I’ve been reading all about it for months, waiting for the perfect project to use it for.  I studied how to make my own (which seemed like the cheaper option), but on my last trip to Langley, I was in one of my favorite stores Spruced Collective, and decided to take the plunge and buy a litre of CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint!

I could hardly wait to get home and start my project…. our bedroom furniture!  I have my childhood dresser, which my mom painted white about 15 years ago (with a marine paint I’m pretty sure), a cheap dresser that was given to me in highschool, which I had painted brown when we got married, and my favorite piece, my vanity, which actually belonged to my mom, it was the 1st piece of furniture she purchased.  I used it in my room from the time I was 15 until I got married and moved out at 21 and last year my mom gave it to me. Oh how I missed it.  So, I had the perfect pieces to finish.

The great thing about chalk paint is …. NO PREP WORK!!!!! What?! I know, its amazing.  I was truly skeptical painting over marine paint (which is oil based) and not prepping it.  But I figured I should try… and Voila!

I did 2 coats on the long dresser because it was brown, but only did 1 coat of Vintage White on the vanity and little dresser.  I decided to add a little grey accents to those 2 pieces and am thrilled with how it turned out.

First is the vanity after I put on a coat of Vintage White.

 

The Drawers were painted Pittsburg Grey.  This is after 2 coats, I distressed, and then was sealing them.  I used the Satin Finish instead of wax because these pieces get a lot of use.

 

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The Finished Vanity.

 

 

 

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The finished Dresser. I wanted to co-ordinate, but not too matchy-matchy, so decided to paint the top grey. I’m very happy with the outcome.

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Merry Christmas!!

Keltie Say’s… sorry! I have had posts lined up, but have not sat down and done it.  In the new year I’ll be better!  Mr & I have had quite the fall, and have just been busy beyond belief trying to get through.  We are looking forward to the Christmas break, spending time with family and friends and having time to just ‘be’.

But, I did have one thing to share! In September (I know its early, but effective!) we had our Christmas photos taken.  I dug out all our Christmas lights, made some banners (THANK-YOU Cricut!) and made some instant snow (who knew those random packages would eventually come in handy).  One of my friends has a wood shed, that I thought would be a perfect back drop, and ta-da we were ready!

These photos were on our Christmas card, up on Facebook and I even printed them for our entry way photo collage.  Its very festive and we love it!

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So, wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Photo Frame Collage Wall

When we moved into this house 2 years ago, I found a great set of 10 frames that were intended for a photo collage wall.  When I bought them, my intention was that Phil would take some photos that we would develop for them, but it never happened.  The set came with standard style photos (flowers) which I did really like, but was getting increasingly bored with them.  I didn’t have time to go to the store and get photos developed, but was ready for a change.  So I found some great scrapbook paper and cut out the proper sizes for the frames and filled them with that instead.  It looks amazing! I’m very happy with it.

Over the last few months I’ve become very inspired to create a subway sign type photo for our house – but of what, I had no idea.  Last night I was clicking around Pinterest and came across some great ones of different scriptures.  Joshua 1:9 stuck out to me, and is very fitting right now.  So, for the 1st time I created my own printable!  I am thrilled with how it turned out.

If you are looking to update some frames or change the look – consider using, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or wall paper.  It gives different colors, textures and a great look!

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My Sisters Wedding :: DIY Chalkboards

As many of you know, my sister recently got married.  There were a few projects for the wedding I did that I’ll share over the next little while.

One was chalkboards! I love chalkboards (as I’ve said before).  They can be used in so many different ways and are effective, sweet and fit the theme of the wedding perfectly.  Here are 2 of the 4 chalkboards that I had made for the wedding.

This one was displayed at the entrance of the park where they got married to direct guests down to the ceremony site.

This was at the back of the seating to encourage people to sit together and not worry about choosing a side but rather to choose a seat.

To make the chalkboards, my husband bought 1/2″ plywood which he cut into 2’x3′ pieces.  I primed the board and then painted them with 2 coats of chalkboard paint.  He cut baseboard for me, which I glued around the edges for the boarder.  It took about a day to do so that the paint was dry, but it was a very simple project and had a big impact!

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Hot Air Balloon Themed Baby Shower

 

In May one of my best friends had a sweet baby girl, so to celebrate we had a ‘Hot Air Balloon’ themed shower!!  It was a lot of fun and had some sweet details.

This is the banner that was hung over the entrance, so guests knew where to go! I found all the printables on Etsy, so it was easy to make the decor!

I had 3 of the decorative balls, so I added plastic cups with string to create hot air ballons.

The food table.

I found these mini-water bottles at SuperStore and then used packing tape to label them with cute labels.

I made the banners for the straws and served drinks in mason jars!

We had to have a candy buffet, the little cones were used to ‘make your own candy cup’ it was a huge hit! I used miscellaneous jars that I had at home and jars from my friends house so that there were different heights and shapes.

It was a lovely day for an outdoor shower and everything turned our beautifully.  A lot of what we used was things found around the house + a little TLC and you can come up with some fantastic decor items!

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