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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Easter Wreath of Feathers and Eggs

This wreath was really easy to make. I used my feather wreath that I already had, and some brown paper eggs I bought last year. I got the smaller speckled foam eggs at the $2 store.

My supplies, including my trusty glue gun. :)

I snipped off the ribbon hangers from the foam eggs and positioned them alternatively around the wreath.

Then I glued them all on and it was finished. 

I would have loved to have wrapped some sort of twine around the entire wreath but I haven't seen any in the shop so for now, I'm leaving it as is.

It's found a home on the back of the dining room connecting door, next to my DIY Easter Sign

Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dulux Chalk USA Maybe

I recently painted the entryway walls Taubman's Crumb Cookie, but it was looking a bit too brown, and even a bit green in dull light.  Not at all the look I wanted. 

So I ventured to the hardware (again!) and picked up every brochure and colour swatch I could. And while I was there I couldn't leave empty handed, so I grabbed a sample pot of Dulux Chalk USA, which I had read is a popular warm white colour.

Contrary, it is actually a very warm lovely shade of cream. 

 And it might just be the colour I have been looking for. :)

We had so much wet dreary weather this week but it still appeared to be a warm and cosy colour on the wall which made me very happy.

And then when the sun peaked through this morning I grabbed a few photos for my blog post and saw how lovely it looks in sunlight as well.

I might just have a winner. I'll keep you updated. :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

More Painting and Deciding on the Right Paint Colour

So last week I continued painting the trims and doors to the toilet and bathroom in British Paints H2O Enamel Semi Gloss White. There was a lot of sanding off old paint.  Yes, it was blizzarding in our house last week. But the results were worth it. 

I also repainted the linen cupboard door and trim.  And I replaced the linen cupboard door handle with a vintage backplate and handle I got a while back. I love old door handles. 

This week I have been redoing the board and batten in the entryway. I've sanded and spackled all the nail holes and caulked all the boards (something I neglected in my rush the first time round). Then I sanded again and applied 2 coats of British Paints H2O Enamel Semi Gloss White to match the trim I have been doing throughout the hall. 

And I must say it looks perfect! So much better than my original attempt. I'm taking my time, sanding all the little bumps, and rollering with precision so I don't get patching areas.

I've also been testing out a few new wall colours. I had my heart set on Dulux Raw Cotton Quarter for a while now, but after buying a sample pot and applying it to the wall, it was warmer than the Hogs Bristle Quarter, but still too dark on the wall. I really wanted a lighter creamier shade.

This morning I've picked up a sample pot of Taubmans Crumb Cookie, which is a lot lighter. It is hard to tell from the photo, but on the left wall is the Crumb Cookie colour, in the middle hall is the Hogs Bristle Quarter, and on the right wall is what I thought was Hogs Bristle Quarter but it is a totally different colour to the rest of the walls.

You really have to see the walls during the day on a sunny day, and a dreary day, and at night, and in the morning, and at every angle to determine if you like the colour. But I am liking the Crumb Cookie so far. Decisions, decisions. :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Pink Hydrangea

Lately I have been thinking a lot about what sort of flowers I love the most and decided they are the ones I want to try to grow. It's bulb season and I've never grown anything from a bulb before, but this year I'm hoping to try two of my favourite flowers - freesias and tulips. Another one of my favourite flowers are Hydrangeas. I've never owned one, before today.

I saw some potted Hydrangeas at our grocery store a while back but they sold out before I could grab one.  After comparing prices at our local nursery, I could see why.  They were like a third of the price. I often see plants a lot cheaper at the grocery store so I always keep an eye out now.

So today when I passed the man putting out a fresh batch of Hydrangeas, I grabbed me one. :) 

I wasn't sure about pink or purple and could have stood there all day trying to pick so I decided to be spontaneous and grab the pink. It sure does stand out against all my neutrals. Maybe I'll go back for a purple one too. ;)