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House Tour – Part 1

I have been getting plenty of requests for a house tour of our new place from family and friends so I thought I would take the opportunity over the holidays to get some pictures taken, finally!  The house is almost a 100 years old and was built in 1920.  There was an addition built in 2008 but they did a great job keeping within the aesthetic of the original farm house.  We have five acres of land, a barn which will soon house some chickens and my studio which hasn’t been winterized yet.  It was an incredible amount of work and perseverance to get this place but is was all worth it. In all of my 41 years and the many, many places I have lived, it is the first place that has truly felt like home from day one.

So, grab yourself a hot drink and come take a tour of some of our new place, before I take all of the Christmas decorations down.

Here is one side of the entrance. The other side was too messy to take a photo of, haha.

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Which looks into our dining room. Those french doors go out to our basement and back yard.

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You can just barely see the antique arrows in with the branches that I picked up in Vermont (in Mary’s shop of course).

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The dining room is open to the living room on the right.  We have tons of big windows in the house which is great.  Although there isn’t much room for art work.

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Our tree which we put up and decorated while listening to Boney M. Christmas and eating Pot of Gold chocolates.  We had to, it’s a tradition. The girls also take turns putting the star on top of the tree.

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The other part of the living room which looks out onto the mountain.  One of the best views in the house and a great place to read a book.

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A close-up of my wee deer.

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The one thing we don’t have in this house is a fireplace :( My only complaint.  So, we consequently have no easy place to hang stockings. Why not use the bookshelves?

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Through another set of french doors is the master bedroom. The doors to the left there go out onto a little patio that is all our own.

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If you go back to the entrance and hang a left, there is one of the bathrooms in the house. I thought I would show you this one since it is the original bathroom and has the most character with the wood walls and cabinetry.

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Next to it is our oldest girls bedroom.

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Then we move on to the kitchen.

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The kitchen is quite long and the lighting isn’t great but you can sort of see our coffee station to the left.

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At the end is our little coffee drinking nook.

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I had it all set up as a hot chocolate station over the holidays.

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It has been so much fun finding places for all of my vintage pieces.  Next time I will show you the younger girl’s space and a bit of the outside (if it can just warm up a bit).

Happy New Year everyone!!  Hope you have had a relaxing holiday surrounded by love!

Outdoor Halloween Decor

I got into the car yesterday and my youngest, Amelia said to me “Maman, do you know why everybody is decorating their houses?” and I was about to answer when daddy gave me the look like – don’t do it.  The look that tells me she will have a huge meltdown if I actually respond with the answer because she is the one who wants to tell me even though she asked in question form, haha.  I, of course responded with the required “why?”.  Which she then responded quite loudly “HALLOWEEN IS COMING!!”.

This huge burst of enthusiasm made me realize that I had been so busy decorating the store for the holiday that I had completely forgotten about the home front.  I am usually super excited about decorating and preparing for every holiday and I have now realized that in just two short weeks it will be trick or treat time and my girls have no costumes and I have no plans for decor.  What a horrible mother I am, haha.  So, tonight we begin the Halloween plans and I thought I would share my top 10 Outdoor Halloween Decor inspiration.

I had a hard time finding the original sources for the first few but I am totally loving the vintagey feel of this one.

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This one may be a little dark for the kids but I thought it was cool (maybe when Amelia is older).

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Using pumpkins as canvases is such a great idea.

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This is also a little creepy but brilliant.

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I like the natural look of this one which I found here.

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There were actually a couple I liked in this post, but this was my favourite.  Polka dots – my fav!

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I love this little cheap and cheerful outdoor decor idea found here.

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This cute entrance features a trapped witch that I saw here but I don’t think it is the original source.  Now to find those tights.

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I found this idea of incorporating gourds in a whole new way on the Better Homes & Gardens website.

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And last but not least, one from the Martha Stewart website where there is even a tutorial on making the hanging bats.

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There is also a section with free Halloween clip-art if you are looking for some inspiration.

I shall keep you posted on our projects and give you the final unveil of our porch shortly.  Wish me luck!!!

Big News prompting a Brockville Roadtrip

After days of running around, making phone calls, doing research and having meetings, I am beyond thrilled to tell you that I have been accepted into a provincial entrepreneurship program and I will be opening my very own brick and mortar store in our little town of Aylmer.  It will be a vintage and upcycled place for local and Canadian artists to share their wares with the world on a daily basis and not just twice a year at the Savoir Faire.  I will be open before Christmas.  WOOO!!

So much to do and things to buy.  First thing, Brockville roadtrip to find some gorgeous furniture and fixtures for the store.  After everyone was dropped off at their respective places for the day I cranked some tunes and hit the road.  It was a beautiful sunny day, I was rocking out to Modest Mouse and was so excited about the prospect of finding some really cool things.  I then had this huge wave of gratitude wash over me and I couldn’t stop crying, haha.  Anyone driving by must of thought I was a tad crazy.  I just had this immense gratitude in my heart for this opportunity, my man for consistently and unwaveringly supporting my dreams and my friends for helping out in any way they can.  I am truly a lucky gal.

Anyway, when I got to Brockville I ended up parking right under this sign.  Thrift store? Don’t mind if I do.  Unfortunately, no goodies were found.

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Then I walked down to the first reason for my visit, The Collector’s Cove just off of King Street on St. Andrew.  As soon as I pulled up I knew the drive had been worth it.

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Check out all of the antique goodness and the owners were super great and helpful.

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So many great pieces of furniture and lighting.

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They even had these cool painted antlers.

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This is what the back of the van looked like when I left and there was another old record cabinet to the right, JACKPOT!!  I will definitely be heading back there again soon as they were planning a buying trip around Ontario in the near future.

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Next a little stroll by the water because that is a must when you are there.

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Then a stop at the Tait’s Bakery for a soup and sandwich to recharge the batteries.  I also couldn’t resist a loaf of the potato bread to take home (which is to die for, btw).  Isn’t their old cash register amazing?

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Another pit stop at Seaway Treasures on my way to the other main reason for my visit…

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Connie Stage Right.  Her facebook page doesn’t come close to doing the shop justice.

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So many adorable vignettes everywhere.

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The sweet side of Halloween.

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Then the darker and stylish side of Halloween.

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So many things to look at and I wanted to take it all home.

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Connie has awesome taste and was so great helping me decide my priorities since I obviously couldn’t take everything, but I really wanted to.

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These are a few of the things I brought home.

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Brockville certainly has a lot of that small town charm, I really need to go there more often.

Stay tuned for more deets on the store!!

Visit to Almonte – Part Deux

 To continue my post from yesterday, here is Almonte’s historic town hall.  The tulips were starting to come out.

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 I have been dying to visit the Tin Barn Market so that was on my must see list.

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 I was super excited and I hadn’t even stepped foot in the store yet, haha.  Can you blame me, look at the stash.

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We were greeted with this adorable message on the biggest chalk board ever.

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A well aged first aid kit.

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They had a great collection of old cameras and bottles and… so many things.

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So much awesome stuff everywhere.  They have done such a great job with the displays and choices of items.  I certainly was not disappointed and hope to be back soon.

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Before we headed out of town we took a little walk behind city hall across the foot bridge.

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Such beautiful sights, this town truly is very picturesque and shall add it to my list of places I wouldn’t mind living in.

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I leave you with my Friend Jen’s daughter, striking a pose for the camera, too cute.

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Upstairs Antiques, a must stop

Hello all, happy hump day!!!  The sun was shining today, made me want to head to a patio and have a couple drinks.  I remembered I hadn’t shared my little visit to Upstairs Antiques while I was in Vermont.  I make it a point to always stop as there are always some good deals to be had.  It is also two seconds away from my other favourite antique place.

This was a little school desk that greeted us upon our arrival.

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The welcoming flag flying in the wind.  Check out the chair hanging from it.

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I really wanted to take this garden bench home for our front porch so I could load it up with pillows and sit on it in the mornings to have my first cup of coffee (and second, third…).

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Quirky collection of framed photos.

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This to-die for map cabinet is worth going back for I think.  Hopefully it is still there in May and I can convince Chris that we need to take it home.  It looks a little lonely don’t you think?  Needs a good home :)

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I was thinking this cool anchor could be turned into some industrial looking chandelier.  I wish I could weld or something, haha.

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This elegant looking Queen Anne style couch was totally adorable.

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Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.  A lot of stuff you might not have any idea what it is, but there is always something you have to take home.  I left with an old axe, steel iron and some vintage photos.  I will likely share my goodies once everything is entirely unpacked.

My Own Studio Space

I finally get to have a studio space all on my own, YEY!!!!  You have no idea how amazing that is.  I had an area in our unfinished basement that I never went to as it was away from the family and the lighting wasn’t great.  After having a chat with my man about possibley having a room upstairs with better lighting and closer to the kids, he totally agreed.  I love him, SO supportive.  We are building Milah (our oldest) a room in the basement and shifting the girls around upstairs so I can take over one of the rooms.  Super excited.  I have a few things I have been collecting in hopes that my studio would soon come to fruition.  I bought these old paint brushes at an antique place out in Wakefield thinking I would one day turn them into a chandelier.

I googled paint brush chandelier to see if I could find something to give you an idea of what I was thinking and the only thing that came up that had any relevance was a picture on Instagram of Kelly Rae Roberts’ studio.  I found that a little funny as I recently took her online class Flying Lessons and have become part of this amazing group of women who have become part of my every day (on-line) life.  I was hoping to do something similar with mine.

I found this antique egg thing-a-ma-bobber at a cute shop out in Lakefield (near Peterborough).  I honestly have no idea what it was used for.  Many have speculated but no one is quite sure.  Almost looks like something you might use at Easter.  If any of you know, could you please fill me in?  I am hoping to put some little dishes into it and use for storage of some kind.  Maybe buttons.

My “Create” painting will finally have a home.  I am still deciding if I want to paint a couple walls teal or orange.  Both of which are in the painting.

I loved the print on this duvet cover I found at Ikea.  I am going to turn it into curtains.

I think I might move my teak chair into the studio as well.  It has been with me for almost two decades and has been across the country and in every apartment/home I have ever had on my own.  My first real investment in furniture.  It came from Indonesia and I just had to have it.  I gave up a shopping trip to Edmonton when I lived in Yellowknife in order to buy it.  Now that is dedication to the finer things, hahaha.  Especially for an 18 year old.  No one ever sits in it where it is anyway so I am sure it won’t be missed.  It is made for the vertically challenged as it is lower to the floor then most chairs.  It was meant for me :)

My cousin and her daughters are coming in from out of town to have a craft day and make Christmas ornaments tomorrow.  I shall share the fruits of our labour when we are done.

 

Indoor Christmas Decor

We are back from Peterborough and I have decided to finish the decorating before heading back to work tomorrow.  Thought I would share our indoor Christmas Decor.  Here is our mantel with all our stockings (which haven’t been labelled yet).

An old school bugel that belonged to Chris’ grandfather.  I love mixing new and vintage items together.

Our Tree which is in the front room (or living room I guess) next to the mantel.  We decorate it as a family every year.  Some of the must have before we get started, eggnog, chocolates and freshly baked cookies.  We did it last weekend, Milah and I made homemade shortbread.  One of my favourites.

Mostly in blues, silver and neutrals.  A few green pieces as well, just to add a little something else.

The banister going upstairs.  Isn’t that cracked glass bulb amazing?

The Nutcracker in the hallway on my grandmothers old sewing table.

Aren’t the glittery acorns adorable?  They are hanging off of branches I collected from the backyard.

Our mini tree in the dining room.   With my new deer pillow in my old teak chair :)

Above the window in the dining room.  Love the felt ball garland I found at Winners.

Except for the front room, the rest of the decor accents are red.  A traditional Christmas colour.  Here is another mini tree which is in the kitchen.

I haven’t gone overboard with the decorations this year as I have left lots of stuff in their boxes.  Chris came home and said “Feels Christmasy in here”.  Mission accomplished.  Now I just have to finish the outside decoration and lights!!

Burlap Coffee Bean Bags

I made an awesome discovery the other day.  Chris was heading to Princess Auto and I of course wanted to go along.  Why? you ask.  I know I am generalizing here but I am sure most women enjoy a trip to Princess Auto about as much as our men love shoe shopping.  I use to think that way, but no longer.  I am a huge snooper and discovered this strange corner of the store that has a few aisles of all kinds of different odds and ends.  Which have nothing to do with autos, or princesses for that matter.  Every time I snoop through that area I always come home with some kind of treasure.  This last time was the ultimate score as I found Guatemalan burlap coffee bean bags.  How random hey?  There were only 4 on the shelf which I snatched up immediately and proceeded to scour the store looking for an employee to find me more.  No such luck, that is all they had.  She even said I was lucky to get 4 as there were only 2 listed in the computer.

I love the earthy look of burlap and couldn’t wait to get some projects started with it.  The first thing I did was to recover this chair…

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I also made some burlap canvases, which I used to make this small flowery mixed media piece.

I am also experimenting with making flowers out of it, which are turning out pretty cool.  I am sure those will be turning up very soon.  So what is the lesson of the day?  Don’t pass up the opportunity to explore a new store, you just never know what you will find.

Garden Friend

I finished the piece, a garden friend, I was working on for the back yard.  I took this (plastic coated wire)…

and this (thanks Angelo & Brittany for your old window)…

and made this for the kids area in the back yard…

 Our new garden friend.  I know it seems a little inappropriate with the snow and temperatures and all but I am just trying to bring back the nice weather and think happy thoughts.  Just a heads up if you are thinking of making something similiar yourself.  The wire was a tad difficult to bend so you will have to be patient.  I also had to cover both sides of my pliers with scraps of fabric as it was ripping the plastic coating from the wire.