some ribbon macrame

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My newest obsession is with macrame. I’ve been cutting and copying images for months now. Never have i ever attempted it before, but i thought what the hell:)  I needed a little something for Reids bedroom that would add a touch more colour that wasn’t a painted piece of art.  So i googled macrame and found the easiest knot you could find.  I really hate following any pattern for what ever project i may be into……..so i just started randomly tying ribbons together.  Then, through on a few beads (that i’ve had in a box for years) and presto, macrame art for a little ladies bedroom:)

p.s this is a bit of a time consuming project for those of you who wish to try it at home…lol

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A little girls bathroom

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Reid’s bathroom is slowly coming together:)  Here are some pics of some of the items collected and created in the last few weeks.  As always obsessed with homemade art and photographs people i know.  (New lighting, paint to come) If i could have it my way, i would decorate for little girls and little girls only……:)

I made this piece of art a few years back, looks amazing in Reids new bathroom:

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Bathmat from home sense, shower curtain pom-pom sewn on by grandma:

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Sister (auntie kelly) riding a mini-pony….please pay attention to the smile on her face in all 3 pics!!!:

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Ry and i at 8.5 months pregnant:

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Home made art

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I always loved art.  Always wanted art. …..but could really never afford to buy the pieces that i loved.  So, about 6 years ago i marched down to the art shop and purchased the largest canvas they had:)  I stared at it for almost a year before i had the guts to paint it.  Now it’s become an obsession.  I love the instant gratification that you get from seeing the colour become something a little more:)  Below are just a few painting and other random “home-made art” that i hung on the walls today (trust me, i have waaayyy more paintings….ry laughs that we don’t really need to paint the walls anymore…)

This was made from left over grass cloth for the background and tiles from our old bathroom in Etobicoke….i loved those tiles…so granny.  Please excuse the nasty counter tops in the left hand corner…one day they will be changed:

 

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Paintings i whipped up at the old house on wooden canvas:

photo 4Ry’s old license from when he lived in Yellowknife.  Why is Ontario’s so boring??:

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Welcome home to our coffee table

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This plane prop table is not a new piece for ry and i.  Once our little lady was learning to walk, we put it away in storage for fear of her knocking her teeth out on it:)  Now that she is older IT’S BACK….yyyaaaa!

Ry acquired this prop when he was working as a pilot/plane mechanic up in Yellowknife.  Everyone thinks that ry bent the prop to make it “curl” like it is, but it was actually in a plane crash on the ice runway (no injuries) and this is the result.  Yup, pretty darn cool i must say.  I can’t take any credit for it though, this is all ry.  He got a piece of glass cut for it (tempered and bevelled) and used a wing bolt to hold it all together.  This table weighs a ton….maybe two:)

plane prop $free + glass 800= coolest coffee table out there.

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A nod to my granny:)

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Now that we are living on the water, i decided that the house needed a few beach elements (p.s still loving for a surfboard).
As a kid i remember my grandma List having many mirrors, frames, furniture ect all covered in seashells ……i was obsessed with them back then and apparently still now:) Since meeting Ry we have been on a few vacations together, all along the way collecting shells from different beaches.  Lets just say that i had a “small” collection that i have been carting around for a few years now.  When we moved into the new house i found them….then also found a mirror that again i’ve had for years (it was collecting dust in the garage) never loved it, it was just really cheap at a garage sale so i bought it.  This project is a collaboration of the 2 combined……….might be my favourite piece yet!!!

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Miss Reid’s room…80% done:)

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When it comes to most things in life, it takes a team to get things done.  This project was no exception.  I would first like to thank Grandma List (greatest mom ever) for being my assistant, helped wallpaper (tons of experience…..remember the 80’s??!!), taking care of Reid, sewing flowers, pillows(pictured is only half the amount), trim for curtains, lunch, snacks, u name it, she helped.  Also sista Kelly for coming and taking care of Reid for many, many hours and teaching Reid how to do ring around the rosie with chuckles (the dog).   Also….Lisa Masotti (one of my besties) for giving Reid the most beautiful antique bed!!!!!!  She absolutely loves it, even plays in it.  Hubby Ry modified it with some bed rails so she doesn’t roll right out:)

Here are a few shots of what we were all up to this past week (professional shots to come):

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Kitchen hardware=i love lee valley

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Well the kitchen cabinets are 95% done.  Still waiting for the rest of the hardware to be shipped to the house from Lee Valley.  For now here is a sneak peak at the hardware i choose.  Kind-of-in-love with them:)  For those that know me…i don’t do silver or stainless…not sure why, but i’ve always had a love for the gold.  So, when choosing the new handles i picked out an antique brass, $5.10 each from Lee Valley, a little more than the average home depo, but in my opinion, totally worth it:).

Now all we need is to get a new counter top….Ry says we have to wait till spring…..I’m not so sure about that:)!!!!

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Dark cherry-wood cabinets with boring stainless hardware:

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Stainless deco-inspired lighting from home depo, around $70

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AFTER: a lite coat of gold (of course) spray paint:

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New ceiling, crown moulding and my fave….oh the grass cloth wallpaper!!!

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Painting my ass off…:)

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We are officially home:)  yyyaaa!  I couldn’t be more excited.  When i look from any window on the main floor i can see the water…… we really do own a little piece of heaven.  Heaven however needed a heck of a lot of painting.  The previous owners had very different taste than myself.  All the cabinets were dark, walls different (not so complimentary colours), and the whole house was lacking in some serious character.  Ry and i have already thrown ourselves into reno mode.  I painted the walls, trim and the dark cherry wood cabinets-all white.  Ry then lined the ceiling with wood planks and added some much needed character with some crown moulding though out the dinning, kitchen and living room. ……i then did some more painting it all white:)  NO WORRIES, there will be TONS of colour in the decor items!!!  Here are just a few pics amongst the reno:

Before: nasty cherry wood

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After:  painted cottage white:)

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House for sale….SOLD!!!

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Our house in Etobicoke that has been in some-sort of reno stage since the minute that we bought it 4 years ago.  The house was officially reno-free on wednesday, went on the market for sale on thursday, and sold by friday!!!!!  Less than a day on the market and before it even hit mls.ca it sold in a bidding war……..every sellers dream…….we still can’t believe it!  Thanks to our amazing agent Robyn Ennis and Chestnut Reality, photography by Tyrone Newhook.

Here are the pictures of the hardwork that Ry and I did together.  I get to dream everything up, and then my main man makes it a reality!  Only a few spats along the way and several bottles of wine consumed and this is what happens…..:)

Here is the kitchen before and after (more rooms to come)!

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