Pssst Want a Free Pair of Eyeglasses?


A few weeks ago, Firmoo contacted me to ask if I would like to review their service and receive a free pair of glasses.  Since I've been wanting a pair of prescription sunglasses (can't wear my contacts anymore - BOO!), I jumped at the chance!  Firmoo is an online optical store that offers prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses as well as non-prescription sunglasses AND the first pair you order from them is FREE*!

I went searching through their website for sunglasses, downloaded my picture so I could see what the frames looked like on me and picked out a pair.  I created an account, filled in  my prescription information and sent off my order.  Two weeks later, I have a lovely pair of sunglasses.

The glasses arrived with a hard plastic case, a soft case, cleaning cloth, a tiny little eyeglass screwdriver and two extra screws.


I didn't experience any difficulty with navigating the website and filling in the information needed, but I have ordered glasses online before with another company.  I highly recommend ordering online, you can save so much on frames!  I was really impressed with the quality of the frames as well.

Check out Firmoo.com, they offer frames for prescription eyewear as well as regular sunglasses and your first pair is FREE*! (*for 1.50 single vision lenses)  Click on the icon below to go to the site:




Disclaimer:  I received a free pair of sunglasses from Firmoo.com in exchange for my review; however, the opinions stated are 100% my own.

Ta ta now, I'm off for a spin!




Cheers!

Bathroom Sneak Peek

The project that never ends... welcome to my bathroom gut-and-build-again impossibilities challenge!

My challenge was to do as much of the work myself as I could and to keep the budget to $3000.  Well, so much for the $3 grand - I'm at the $4000 mark already but almost everything has been bought and paid for.  I am still quite far away from finishing the beadboard walls and the trim as I wait patiently - ok, NOT patiently, for my plumber to work on the plumbing so I can finish.

What I did to appease my frustration was to go shopping for accessories.  I'm so excited by all the things I found and today I'm going to show you the one part of the bathroom that IS finished.




This is how the vanity looked when I bought it:

I painted it a pale blue-green that is so light it only hints at colour and I love the way it turned out:



Then I picked up a glass shelf and a pretty green glass bathroom set from Ikea.  I got the mirror from Home Sense and painted it white with the details in pale blue.



I found the tin tarts at a yard sale this summer. One is a tealight holder and one will hold rings  or other jewelry.  The lavender is from my garden and the glass vase is a bottle I've been carrying around forever.


Isn't this gorgeous??  I toured a lavender farm on my summer vacation and bought quite a few lavender items from their boutique.  It was heavenly.

Oh and one more little peek at the opposite side of the bathroom:

Not sure if I like this styling or not yet, it may change!!

Do you remember what this room looked like this time last fall??  This photo is the bathroom after the drywall and panelling came down.  Shudder!!!!  That's plywood on the walls.  Smelly, damp, beginning to mould plywood.  Attached to the walls with 3" spiral nails placed every 6 inches.  Sigh.  This is one reno I am very glad to see the (near) end of.


So I'm still plugging away at it, but the room looks pretty even though the tub surround isn't done and the walls and trim aren't finished.  I can live with it now :)  To see all three posts on my Impossibilities Challenge, click HERE

Have a happy and creative week!

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Upcycle a Cube to a Classy Console


When I first moved into my new house, I bought a Martha Stewart cube storage unit for my front entry.  You know the one I mean?  It's not the most attractive piece of furniture by a long shot, but it does the job for a reasonable price.

Now that I have my beadboard feature wall in the front entry, I don't really need that storage unit anymore.  It wound up in my den alongside all the other mismatched and unused pieces that I don't really know what to do with.   The poor thing sat there, unused and ignored, until I decided this past weekend to give it a makeover.

Here is the before shot:


Basic and kind of ugly with those drawer thingys...

Here's the full-on view Ya, well, it needs work...


I turned it on its side, added 36" 1x2 legs and 1x2 cross-piece centered on the bottom for bracing (not shown). The legs are attached with brad finish nails and glue.  I topped it with a piece of maple plywood as well.


I used primed, fingerjointed pine for the legs and support pieces because I planned to paint the whole thing, but then I decided to use maple veneer on the sides of the piece:

So I used a Minwax Dark Oak stain instead and top coated with a water based poly.

Remember the ugly drawer thingys?? I have a sheet of 1/4" maple veneer.  I used the drawer as a template and cut two squares out with my circular saw.  I sanded the edges with a sanding sponge to make them nice and smooth and glued them to the fronts of the two largest bins.  I had two cute handles in my stash, so I drilled holes right through the veneer and the bin (helps to secure the panel to the front as well) and now those bins look like real drawers.

In fact, that process went so well that I measured the sides and cut two more pieces of veneer that I glued and nailed into place.  Then I stained all the veneer to match the top piece.  I added some felt "feet" to the bottom of the legs to avoid scratches on my wood floor.


Voila!  Now this sad little MS cast off is a thing of beauty! The perfect console table with storage and it's now counter height as well -  I love it!!





Cheers!


Sailboats

I was so inspired by another artist a few weeks ago that I painted a series of sailboats.  I love these paintings!  I am totally drawn to water, don't know why I'm living in the mountains!!!  I should be by the ocean...

Enjoy!


Sailboats 1 
Acrylic on 12 x 12 x 1 1/4 wrapped canvas


Sailboats 2
Acrylic on 8 x 10 x 3/4 wrapped canvas



Sailboats 3
Acrylic on 8 x 10 x 3/4 wrapped canvas

The first painting is my favourite.  Don't you just love it when you find an inspiration that fits your vision so perfectly?  Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

ps if you love sailboats, here's a link to a few more   Sailboats & Sunflowers

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New Shelves for my Eclectic Kitchen

A year ago I added a rough-sawn maple shelf above my kitchen sideboard.  The wood is a piece of reclaimed lumber that I found.
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Change of Mood

Have you ever buried your emotions so deep that you aren't in touch with how you feel at all?  That was me for a very long period of my life.  Learning to paint pictures has helped to release me from that trend.  I can always tell my mood from whatever I have just painted.  Sometimes I can't identify my feelings until a few months pass and I can't look at a piece without feeling uncomfortable...  Like this painting, for example. I loved it when I painted it.

Now I look at it and it's dark and bleak and makes me feel uncomfortable.  It was painted at the time my mood was actually changing and becoming more positive and happy - can you see how the sun is trying to break through the clouds in the painting?


Dark, bleak, dreary - ugh!  The best part about being an artist is the ability to change your work at will.  That is precisely what I did today.  I adore the fall and the brilliant colours of nature.  Here is my new painting, now of a soft, autumn morning and I'm so in love with this piece now!!!!





BEFORE

AFTER

My heart is happy. Painting pictures helps me to release emotions and move on.  To create a work of art requires absolute focus and that focus takes your mind off everything.  When I have finished a piece, I feel amazing.  It happens time after time and it is a much better option than writing in a journal.  Writing down whatever happened just makes you focus more on the situation and keep reliving it.  Finding something to distract you from what happened breaks the hold it has on you.  I highly recommend painting pictures as a mood boosting technique.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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