Do you have people in your circle who inspire your creativity? They foster your ideas, regardless of how wonky they may initially seem, granted they will let you know if you are totally off base. I am so lucky to have that with several friends, I was reminded yesterday that I am indeed blessed.
I spent the morning with my friend Hope at Milk & Honey Home. We laughed, brain stormed, ranted, and painted. We were planning Christmas projects in 30+ degree weather, because that is what normal people do. Lol.
It was a blast. My jaw hurt when I returned home; I had laughed so much. An action packed morning with a crazy creative is good medicine in this crazy, busy world.
Everyone has a junk drawer. A catch all. We actually have a dresser that acts much like a BIG junk drawer. It is a real workhorse. The top drawer holds gift wrap and batteries, the middle houses candles, pillow covers and such. The bottom drawer corrals spare school supplies for the kids. A piece of furniture that works this hard deserved better than it’s beat up original varnish job. So I decided to paint it. To be honest my original plan was to paint it off white. I was so wrong.
That was Plan A. White does not work in my home I quickly learned. Hand prints, smudges and non stop wiping were driving me nuts. So Plan B was hatched. Enter Miss Mustard Seeds milk paint in Luckett’s Green.
So I Frog taped off the stripe areas, after giving the piece a good cleaning. Then I mixed up my milk paint and went to it. I love to milk paint. It is always an adventure. two coats later, I sealed it with clear wax and I love the end result.
Our work horse dresser is now as pretty as it is useful.
What is it about a monogram or personalized decor item that just cannot be passed up?
I swoon at the sight of anything that says our last name, or our initial N. Perhaps it is because it is that special personalized touch that just screams custom. I just know I love the look and others compliment me on those touches all the time. Check out the gorgeous sign below made by Karen at Sweet Serendipity. You can link to here site HERE.
Sometimes it is the little touches that really make a vignette look polished or unique. A personalized pillow or mug can help achieve that. I often try to get monogrammed items for gifts, or I will order a wreathe with a family name on it for a wedding or housewarming gift. The name rings like the one seen below are custom laser cuts I order through Milk & Honey Home and they make lovely, thoughtful gifts. Milk & Honey Home can be reached here.
A couple of years ago we instituted date nights. This was his idea. He had noticed that a lot of couples we knew were separating, and ha ving issues after their little ones left the nest. The problem, a lot them told us, was that they had been parenting together, but had not been working at their marriage. Marriages require maintenance, and it is hard to balance priorities in this crazy, hectic world.
Our goal is to have a date night each week. Do we always reach our goal? No. just keeping it real. 😉. If we get off track with it, we readjust our priorities, and go again.
So we have our date nights. These are not extravagant, over the top events. Sometimes it is a walk while the kids are at an evening activity, a quiet drive, or a coffee date. Sometimes it is supper out. The point that we make a point of being a couple, not just two people co-parenting.
I can only speak for us, but this has been a blessing to us. It Is worth the extra juggling that is sometimes required, because we are worth it.
My window chalk board is one of the most versatile decor items I have in my kitchen. It can instantly infuse my kitchen with seasonal touches, in a matter of 5 minutes.
I repurposed this old window glass and all. This is not always the preferred method. I would suggest replacing the glass with thin plywood or even use the back of an old piece of panelling. It is lighter to hang and less fragile. 😉
Chalk paint the surface according to package directions. Allow to dry and presto, chalk board. This particular board has been white, red, green, and now yellow. It is an easy to change up piece that I get tonnes of impact from.
So grab the old windows you see at yard sales and flea markets and get sketching up with some colourful chalk.
By now you’ve heard me say that several times, but I really do! These crisp September mornings have me thinking Fall and I love to decoarate for it. I am sharing a couple of my favourite little DIY projects, pretty gourd bowl fillers and gourd garland.
I go to the local farm stands every fall and buy up gourds of every shape and description. I enjoy them au natural for the season and then I set them behind my wood stove to dry out over the winter months. If they are not at all bruised, they will dry beautifully. I usually have about an 80% success rate. I can then use the dried gourds the next year.
In the bowl above, I have some dried gourds I painted with FAT chalk paint in pumpkin, sea glass, and buttermilk. You can achieve the same look with store bought faux gourds and paint them to match your decor. I find that many of the Dollarama gourds have a great shape, but the paint job leaves a lot to be desired. That is an easy and inexpensive fix. I just finish them off with clear wax, but a clear poly would also work, and they look lovely.
You can use the same gourds for a second project, a garland.
To make my gourd and acorn garland I did a little foraging in the yard to gather up acorn caps. Then I took out some of last year’s dried gourds and carefully drilled holes in them so I could fish the wire through then. This can be tricky, and I did ruin one by breaking it when I attempted to drill the second hole. They can be a little finicky. Thread gourds and acorn caps on to make an eye pleasing pattern. Loop ends of wire for easy hanging. A quick spray of poly to seal it, and there you have it.
I hope you like this simple, fun touch of autumn.
I have just finished making 5 pounds of ground beef into meatballs for a potluck we are going to on Friday night. I thought I would share the recipe as they are a hit at every potluck we go to.
two pounds lean ground beef
1 box Stove Top chicken dressing mix
1/2 c smokey BBQ sauce
1 1/2 tbsp Montreal Steak Spice
Start with eggs. Add dressing mix and set aside for a moment. Add remaining ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overwork meat. I use my Pampered Chef medium sized scoop to make the meatballs so they are all the same size.
Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.
These freeze beautifully IF you hide enough to save some for leftovers. (Remember I have 3 teens who are major carnivores.🐄🐖🐓🦃 are not safe! Lol)
They are nice to have in the freezer for quick spaghetti and meatballs or meat ball subs on busy nights.
My family loves them heated with Diana’s Maple BBQ sauce over rice.
Showing horses is very much like getting ready for a wedding. This week marks our first foray into showing our Twin Terrors, Asher and Tony, at the NBEx. For those who are unfamiliar with our critters, they are my hubby’s Clydesdale twins. They are large toddlers, aged three years.
So showing horses is a lot like getting married. You work your butt off getting ready FOR MONTHS. Paint this, decorate that, practice, get your hair done, and then it is all over in 20 minutes. CRAZY amount of work prepping for a 20 minute show.
We shall see tomorrow how the boys place. Either way, it has been a blast so far. I have also included a clip of the boys practising this morning.