Come on the Garden Tour with me!

Today I went on the local garden tour.  I love going through other peoples' gardens and when they let me take all the photos I want, I get to take you all along with me!  I live in a Zone 3, borderline Zone 4 area.

This is not a wordy post, but very photo heavy - and I didn't even include every garden.

Enjoy the 2012 Kimberley Tour de Fleurs Garden Tour!

Garden fence designed and built by the owner - isn't it awesome??

I had to include this - it's the elementary school's greenhouse, isn't it adorable?

Hope you all enjoyed the tour!  Have a happy week!

I'm a Rule Breaker!!!

I've been messing around yet again with a painting from my early days.  I painted it from a photograph that I loved but never could get it to look quite right.  It's super campy and fun, but the flowers just didn't turn out and I keep working at it and working at it with no success.

Until today...

I'm pretty sure there's some rule out there that says no real artist uses sharpies...  but I love 'em!  I love the cool look I get whenever I use them to add some definition or just a dash or two of sharpness.  Oh well, I never really thought of myself as a professional artist anyway, so I'll do as I please!!!  The more years I get under my belt, the less rules matter to me at all.

So here are the before, during and after photos of my field of sunflowers painting.

YIKES!  What a mess!!

Hmmm, better but still no cigar...


I lightened the sky, softened the trees and used a black Sharpie to add more definition to the flowers.  I wish I could take a better photo because it looks awesome in person, but you get the idea.  Here's to breaking all the rules!

"There is no key to happiness, the door is always open."


Linking to:  Paint Party Friday

black and white

I'm in love... no, not with a person, with a paint treatment :).

I've begun painting over my black furniture with bone white, distressing it and LOVING the results!!  I'm ready to repaint everything black and then white again just to get that look.  No, I'm not that crazy.  I might add a few black highlights here and there to my other pieces, but I'm too tired of painting furniture to start all over again.

The whole thing began when I repainted my kitchen in bone white two weekends ago.  I have a maple slab plank that I made into a shelf last year and spray painted with Rustoleum Painter's Touch Canyon Black.  I decided it would be nicer if it matched the walls, so I painted it a semi-gloss version of the wall colour.  Then I sanded the top and the edges and fell in love.  I painted over the corbels as well - more love fest and when I hung everything up again, the love fest grew and grew:

pot racks aren't just for ceilings!!!

I was so excited last summer when I found a brand new Ikea wrought iron pot rack at a garage sale for $3.  I got it home and then was stumped about where I was going to hang it.  Finally I hung it over the sink and was thrilled with it.

I began trying to find the perfect things to hang from it and I didn't like anything.  Sigh...

Where Bloggers Create 2012

It's officially time for the biggest linky party of the year!!

Wow, is it really a year since my last Where Bloggers Create post?? 

I still don't have a designated space for creating, I continue to use pretty much every room in my house.  My big plan of fixing up my huge shed and turning it into a studio/workshop flopped when my never-ending bathroom reno commandeered the entire space as storage for the bathtub, beadboard panels, plumbing parts, fixtures, etc., etc.  Oh well, my new studio will be my next Where Bloggers Create post!

Vintage Oak In-Box

I can't believe my luck in finding two vintage wooden in-boxes at the local dump last weekend.  The first one I didn't think twice about and slathered it over with off-white chalk paint to use in my new baker's rack:

It was a pretty standard looking box - no special features to speak of, it looked like regular plywood had been used and it was stained with an orangey stain - ick!

The second one was oak and had some old labels stuck to the sides which is why I didn't slap the paint over it instantly.  I took it outside to sand off the labels and when I was sanding in the bright daylight, I began noticing a few details.  Like the dovetailed corners:

and the vintage label:

and the vintage engraved inspection label, catalogue number and manufacturer on the bottom:

So I decided to leave it in its natural state and I got out the Murphy's Oil Soap to clean it.  And clean it.   And clean it...  omg, it took me over half an hour of cleaning before my cloth came away only faintly grey instead of black.  Guess nobody cleans office in-boxes!  EVER!

After it had dried, I wiped a generous amount of baby oil (100% mineral oil) all over it and added little rubber feet.  Now it's a tray for my dining room table.

And somebody just threw this box away without thinking twice.  Wow.  Lucky me!

Keep looking for those treasures, girls!  They're everywhere around us when we take the time to look for them.

My all-time favourite peony.  No idea what the variety is, got it for a song at an end of season sale.

Have a happy and creative week!
and another shot of my gorgeous peony :)  just because...