BEFORE & AFTER - recaping projects

For the very last post of this year I'm sharing 20 of the most dramatic Before and Afters of 2012.
Sometimes it's the color that can makes these dramatic changes but my favorite by far is when I can
transform the whole shape of a piece into something new.
Some of them are your favorites and some are mine, but be sure to take your time looking through
 these photos to notice all the unique changes that have taken place and see what is possible.
A year can seem to go by so quickly and yet if you can look back, it can amaze you
with what you have accomplished.
Our Bedside Tables
French Bath Cabinet
Turquoise Kroehler Dresser

Tsawwassen Secretary

Blue Vilas
French Blu
Elinor's new bedside tables made from a dining table
Pink Secretary Build
Graphite Book Shelf
Stubby Storage Coffee Table

Apothecary Cabinet
Nouveau Brothers

British Dresser
Ornate Eastern Nightstands

Lisa's French Writing Desk
Heather's Kitchen Server
Art Deco Cupboard
Fancy Buffet
Blue Tall Boy
Hand Painted Coco Desk

Tuscan Server
I want to say thank you for all the wonderful support from this past year, some have become loyal customers, close friends, and some have even made me their go to gal for advice.
I certainly can't do it all and can't do it with out your support!
Blogging eats up more hours each day than you might think.
Whether it is preparing a tutorial, staging photos, moving furniture, editing pictures, uploading beautiful images to every social media sites, responding to the next request for information, it all becomes worth it when someone out there reaches back to give me a helping hand.
I need to say a huge THANK YOU to those who have made financial donations
through my blog so I can continue to bring inspirational, informative, and ad free posts to you as often as I can.

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CLOCK MADE FROM SALVAGED WOOD - recycling fence boards

I would love to share with
you how I build my very
first clock. I hope this
article offers some useful
tips if you want to try
making one for yourself.

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WINTER COCOA - more mason jar ideas

Here is your next holiday gift idea using mason jars.
Fill your cleaned jars with broken-up candy canes, marshmallows,
and hot chocolate mix. It took 12 medium length candy canes to half fill this jar.
Your candy canes could also be kept intact to act as a stir stick.
Get creative and hang them from a basket or tie them up with ribbon to each jar.
Any size mason jar can be used just remember the bigger the jar the more filling it will need.
Have fun creating these last minute gifts that will warm every one's heart and tummy.
Pick up thrift store wire baskets to transport your gift and display on the gifties kitchen counter.
 Embellish the baskets with ribbons and bows, or get creative a make
a fancy label with ingredient lists and instructions.
You could also stack your jars up in a tall wine bag left over from a wine gift last year.
Put those bags back into use for an alternative festive drink.

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JOY JARS - christmas tutorial

I've nicknamed this project JOY JARS for the first set I ever saw
done by Miss Niamh of Kathleen Thomas Designs
This is a simple tutorial with big impact and continued use.
It's also another use for our ever loving Mason Jars we ALL collect.

Bath Salts - $8 Walmart 4kg
Metal Spray Paint
Tealite Candles
Adhesive Letters
Canning Jars w/lids

Start with getting your lids painted in the color of your choice.
Using a metal spray paint will ensure durability.

Fill the number of jars you need for your perfect word with your Epsom Salts.
Fill to the bottom of the threads.
Next adhere the letters to your jars.
Use the opposite side to any original lettering your jars already have. 

Add your tealite.
If put at the right level to the jars threads the flickering candle light will bounce off the rings.
After the holidays,
remove the candle, screw the lids on, and add them to your bathroom decor
with the original lettering facing out.

You now have the perfect excuse to take a nice long bath.

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TIS THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS - holiday decorating

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"
*Decorating Tip*
hang bells from the bottom of your Christmas tree to alert you
when kitty cats, puppies dogs, and children get snooping too close to the tree.


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