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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*!

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!

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.


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...


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

Hooking up with Paint Party Friday

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!!!!



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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