Month: June 2012

Cool Dog

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This summer has started out to be a hot one and it’s only going to get hotter.

 With the temperatures reaching as high as they have been lately , it’s really difficult to keep Mosely outside for extended periods of time.  I always make sure to have plenty of water with me at all times and I try to do the majority of her daily exercise in the evenings once the temperature has dropped a little and the sun is down.  I came across this great idea to help keep your dog cool on these unbearably hot days.

Introducing … the ‘cooling bandana’

You simply soak the bandana and it is filled with little beads that absorb the water and become soft and mushy.  These miraculous water beads can stay cool for up to three hours and really help to cool down our fury friends on those hot days.  It has been said that keeping a dogs neck cool can help contribute to controlling the entire body temperature.  The convenient thing about the bandana is that it can be re-soaked through out the walk at any water station for sudden relief of potential overheating.  Pick up one of these cooling bandanas on your next trip to the pet store and help cool down your pup.  Available in a variety of colors and patterns.

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Trash is treasure

TV stand.
This was found a few years ago in the garbage room at our loft.  It has been the perfect addition to our living room and happens to match nicely with our decor. The nice feature is that the remote control picks up the sensor from the cable box through the frosted glass doors.

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Second hand electronics.
I found this DVD player in the garbage room so I took it home and plugged it in to see if it was still working. Unfortunatly there was a DVD jammed into it so I unscrewed the back and pulled out the jammed DVD.  I plugged it back in and it was as good as new,  I also kept the ‘Office Space’ DVD.
What a score!

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Too good to be true.

Believe it or not.
This beige suede chaise lounge was in the garbage room of our condo. After a good vacuuming and deep cleaning, this chair fits perfectly in our living room. It could not be in better condition and it happens to be extremely comfortable. I added my own touch by draping it with a soft knitted blanket and finishing it off with a decorative pillow.

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I’m a huge FAN.
I spotted this vintage metal Elecrohome fan in a garbage room about a two years ago. This fan is a great addition to our space and is still in working condition. These fans are timeless pieces and usually sell online for $100.00 and up.

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I was lucky to find these Starbucks Christmas tree ornaments a few weeks ago in a friends garbage room. I spotted these at Starbucks last season for $10.00 each. What a great addition to a Christmas tree for the holiday season.

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Elmocombo street art.
I found this framed photograph after a show that Andrew was playing at the Elmocombo in Toronto about 6 years ago. We have managed to find a great place for it in all of our spaces over the years. I love the simplicity of the black and white print and the silver frame.

photo-38Street find.
I spotted this great wooden knife block at the end of someones driveway in Riverdale a few years back. I was very interested in the marking on the front of the block. This vintage piece fits in perfectly with the decor of our kitchen and our knives happen to fit into it as well. This is a timeless piece that will never go out of style.

Perfect for the patio.
I found this great little table in the garbage room at our old loft about a year ago. It’s made from pine and is sturdy and perfect for our outdoor space.

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Lamp shades.

I picked up these great lamp shades from the garbage room of our loft.  I decided to fasten them to the track lighting in our kitchen to add some shade to the bright light that they give off.  I love the way that they finish off the kitchen.

 

 

 

P1010939Late night find.

Late night find.
This is a vintage dress form that I found on a late night trip to the garbage room in my condo. I was taking down some recycling and I came across this fabulous piece. These typically sell for close to $200.00 online. I love the vintage look that this piece brings to the space and it has become very useful.

P1010935Picture Perfect.
We came across these vintage prints and frames in the garbage room at our old loft. After a coat of fresh white paint they were good as new. They have fit in really well with our decor in the different spaces we have had over the years. We always put them up on a feature wall so they can become the focal point and quite often the topic of discussion.

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Treat your pup

 1/2 cup peanut butter

4 TBSP. blackstrap molasses

1 cup water
6 TBSP vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 cups whole wheat flour
Mix the molasses, peanut butter, water and oil until blended.

Combine the oats and flour in a separate bowl, then slowly add to the wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly (I use my blender and pulse until it forms a ball around the side of the bowl.), but this can easily be done with a hand mixer, or even by hand.

Drop approximately 36 teaspoon sized portions onto a baking sheet. I flatten them with the bottom of a glass, and bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes (until firm)

These are sturdy and will keep in an airtight container for about 2 weeks.

 

 

Raw meat diet for dogs

Raw meat diet for dogs

I’ve been hearing about this diet for dogs where you feed them nothing but raw meat.  I’ve talked to a few dog owners at the park that swear by this diet to avoid any future disease or medial problems of any kind.  It makes sense because of the carnivore nature of dogs and considering that if they were in the wild, that’s what they would be living off of.  However, the thought of giving Mosely a big hunk of raw meat two times a day makes me a little hesitant… not to mention completely grossed out.  I read this article about the diet and the benefits to your pet and I was very intrigued by the information.  Have a look at the link above!