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Simple Jewelry Organizer

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You know how much I love shutters, right? This past weekend I accidentally came up with a great idea for a shutter repurpose - this shutter makes a really cute jewelry organizer!

This idea happened in a similar way to how Hillary Swank's character in "PS I Love You" found her calling...  I dropped my earring and it fell perfectly placed on a shutter I had decoratively placed on my dresser.    Did you see that movie btw??  I loved it! especially the sister - so funny! oh and the friend who was looking for the right guy, too!  um, ok back to the shutter story.  

This is a yard sale shutter I found many years ago.  I love it to death.  I actually found 8 of these and I've dragged them with me through 6 moves.  Sometimes being a packrat pays off. Read more »

A Tourist in My Own Town

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At the end of May, a fellow blogger will be sharing posts written by bloggers across Canada who are acting as tourists in their own towns.  You'll get a tour through Canada - from sleepy towns to hot spots with  insider scoops on where to go and what to do!  For my American readers, this is a great year to travel to Canada with the exchange rate so hugely in your favour.  I'll be sharing links to the series on my Facebook page, so be sure to pop in there to catch up on all the cool places you can visit - click HERE to like my Facebook page.   Meanwhile, I'm sharing my tour with you today.
Welcome to Kimberley, British Columbia!  
I've moved many times in my life, from one end of Canada to the other and back.  These days I live in one of the most majestic areas of Canada. Kimberley is located in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, near the Alberta and Montana borders.  It is in a valley between the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the Purcell Mountain Range.  We have…

Life with Max Pt 4 - Spitting Back

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SPITTING BACK

Max was fascinated by Eloise.  She could not get away from him, he was always staring at her or climbing all over her or chasing her around the house. They wrestled frequently. Eloise would growl and howl at Max to no avail.  If she got the better of him, Max would make the oddest little sounds. Sounds that reminded me of monkeys chattering.  The sounds would go on for a very short time and then he would lunge at her and the wrestling would start again.  Max was now one pound heavier than Eloise.  I knew if he continued his bullying behaviour, he would be hurting her as he grew bigger and bigger.   He was still biting a lot.  He didn't use his claws much but his teeth were always in action.

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Cottage Style Laundry Makeover

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My laundry room got another makeover!


I have been steadily changing my house decor over to a mix of cottage-farmhouse.  This past weekend I added shutter doors to my open laundry cupboard and also to hide my stacked washer and dryer from view.  Here's the full tour!

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Cleaning Up with Shutter Doors

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I recently scored several louvered bi-fold doors at a flea market. I love the way they look like shutters (and I adore shutters!!!) I decided to take one set apart and add them to my laundry storage cupboard to hide all the junk supplies.

These doors were unpainted, unvarnished and unstained when I picked them up.  I had painted a single coat of white paint on them to brighten them up.  I used one set to hide the stacked washer and dryer.  I stuck a pipe insulator (pipe wrap) onto the back of them to keep them from banging when the laundry was running (makes it MUCH QUIETER).  I hung one of my paintings on them with an S hook to dress them up a bit.

My two Ikea kitchen trolleys got moved here when I renovated the kitchen last year.  Put together, they make a nice little work station and storage space.  The smaller set of bifolds were dismantled.

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Life with Max Pt 3 - Chatterbox Max

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By the time Max reached the age of 5 months, he had a very large vocabulary of sounds to share with us.  He chirruped to say hello, he trilled when he wanted something, he had a tiny, quiet meow and  a whole range of other sounds that he used as he bounced around the house. He was having conversations, I don’t know with whom, but he was definitely chatting with someone.



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Organizing and Beautifying the Broom Closet

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My broom closet is stolen space. There was no broom closet in this house. No broom closet, no linen closet, no entry closet, no mudroom closet - not much storage space to speak of at all!

My house is a 1930s build with a 2009 addition that houses 3 bedrooms and a bathroom.  The old part of the house was basically a 1 bedroom apartment in size.  The original bedroom is now my formal dining room and the original bedroom closet has become my broom closet / storage closet.

When I moved in, that closet reeked of old.  You know that smell?  That awful, no-oxygen-smells-like-death odor that you sometimes find in really old furniture and old houses.  That's how it smelled.  Ewww.  Not putting MY clothes in there!  It looked like this after I ripped the clothes rod out.

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Landscaping and Outdoor Projects

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Last fall my front landing was torn off and replaced with a gorgeous landing and deck.  
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