My projects

New season, new decor

The sun is shining and I don’t want to jinx it but I think it’s here to stay.  With that in mind, I was in the mood to freshen up our indoor space with a little flowers and lace.  The before picture is rather dark and the room has an awkward flow.  With the beautiful lake view, I’ve been wanting to open this space up and allow the view to me the main focus.  A great collection of “Garbage room diaries” has allowed me to do just that.  The lace curtains were a great find from Ikea for $7 at panel.  By simply moving around existing furniture I was able to affordably transform the space.

Have a look at the before and after pictures:

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Good times- Custom clocks

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 First prototype

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24 inches by 30 inches - Matte white- Kitchen

 

A couple of years ago I came up with the idea to create a custom clock using items from my childhood that reminded me of special people and times.  I ran the idea by my dad and he was on board and excited to execute my plan.  I gathered 12 items that I wanted to use in place of the numbers on the clock and planned out the placement.  I decided to go with a white backboard and spray the items white to give it a modern and contemporary style.  Once the clock was complete, I was shocked at the amount of interest and positive feedback.  That is when ‘Good times’ was created.  A father, daughter custom clock business-  a great way to incorporate different interest and ideas into custom time pieces.   We have been hard at work, creating a few different pieces with various themes.  Check back for updates as the business unfolds.

 

DIY- $5 cake stand in 5 minutes

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I have a wedding shower to attend this weekend and I’m in charge of bringing the cake.  The colours for the shower are burgundy and gold so I decided to create a decorative cake stand using those colours.  This stand can also be made with second hand items you have laying around the house, making this project even more affordable.  For example, mason jars, ceramic plates, vintage bowls and candle holders.  It’s amazing how you can transform two totally different pieces by gluing them together or even spray painting them one solid colour.  Have a look below at the cake stand that I created.

Note:  You can also use this stand as a centrepiece with a candle and stones, as well as a platter for fruit or baked goods.

Try it out at home!
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Materials-

Silk flowers- $1.00

Glass plate- $1.00

Glass Vase- $1.00

Wrapping bows- $1.00

Clear silicone- On hand

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CUSTOM COFFEE TABLES

Brother & Sister bonding.
I was having difficulty finding the perfect size coffee table. I knew exactly what I was looking for, but I was having very little luck on my search. I mentioned the idea of building my own to my brother and he was on board to help out. We picked up all the materials that we needed and started to draw some rough plans out on paper. We worked away for a few hours and ended up with exactly what I was looking for. I added a few coats of stain afterwards to protect the wood. Over time, the table has developed a distressed look that will only get better over the years. I decided that the best way to get exactly what you want, is to build it yourself!
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Custom clocks

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I came across this idea to build a custom clock and have each number associated with a sentimental object that means something to me and is part of my past.

The pipe at 5 o’clock once belonged to my grandfather.  The cassette tape at 6 o’clock was my first Backstreet boys cassette.  The key chain at 7 o’clock belonged to my father and I always remember him having it as a kid.   These are just a few examples of the items that I chose to put on my clock.

I am very fortunate to have a dad that can literally do anything.  He has a large wood shop, which makes it really easy when I come to him with all my crazy ideas.  I love to be a part of the process and he is always really patient with all of my idea changes until we come up with the final product.

My latest project

I’ve always loved the look of a old copper fire extinguisher.

I thought of this idea to use them for the base of a floor lamp.  I approached my dad with this idea and we started to draw up some plans to bring this idea to life.  We found the fire extinguisher at a garage sale and spotted the vintage lamp in an antique market.  I love the way the lamp turned out and it looks fabulous in our space.

We drilled a hole through the center of the fire extinguisher and placed it over the lamp post. My dad spotted the beautiful silk lamp shade at a flea market for $5.00 to finish it off.