Tuesday, February 21, 2012

FESTIVUS (Feats of Strength)

Thank you friends for all the birthday wishes on my last post!
I went and picked up my corner cabinet on the weekend.

I sighed when I first laid eyes on it.  It was big ... really BIG and probably wouldn't fit in its intended place.  I loved it though and couldn't leave without it.  Eventually I would find a space for it.

The cabinet barely fit in the back of my van.  We tied the backdoor shut as best as we could and made the long journey from Toronto back home.  We couldn't risk driving on the highway so we took, what I like to call, the scenic route.

Once we arrived home it was a struggle to move the cabinet into the garage.  I was told I was not strong enough to get it back into the house and we would have to wait until my son returned home from a snowboarding trip in Banff.
What ... wait FOUR MORE DAYS before I could have my cabinet in the house!  Was he kidding?  I instantly thought of Festivus from an episode of Seinfeld.
Festivus was a holiday that George and his family celebrated and part of the festivities was performing 'Feats of Strength' and that was exactly what I was going to do to get that cabinet up a flight of stairs and through a narrow door into my dining room.  And I did!
It didn't fit properly under the bulkhead so the top scroll had to be removed.

I'll come up with something to add some detail back to the top.
And my white little curio cabinet that previously occupied this corner ...
~ SOLD ~

Cheers - Lisa

Friday, February 17, 2012


This week was my Birthday!
Yes folks, I turned 29 yet again.  I've celebrated almost twenty 29th Birthdays!
Guess next Birthday I should be turning 30.
This was for sale on Kijiji and hopefully will be coming home
with me as my Birthday present.

Sorry about the wonky pics but that's the way
it is on the ad and I don't know how to rotate them.

You get the idea

In order to fit the 'New" corner cabinet into my home
my 'Old' corner cabinet must go!
So I've listed it for sale on Kijiji because I've used the site so
often to purchase items. 
But NEVER to sell something
And now I understand why some sellers are so
particular when you make contact with them about an item.
You come across the most 'bizarre' people when selling something.
There seems to be interest and then they just disappear.  Or they make
an appointment to come and view the piece but then
they just don't show up!
Hmph ... like I don't have anything better to do with my time!
Wish me luck with my sale and I hope you all have
a great weekend!

Cheers ~ Lisa

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Congratulations to Tracie of Fishtail Cottage!  She was selected as the Winner
of my Blog Makeover.

Thank you to all who entered and many thanks to
Sharon of Plumrose Lane
for working with me to put this Giveaway together!

Cheers - Lisa

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Here is my mantle for 2012!
My new banner purchased from the ubber-talented
crafter, Diane from Saturday Finds.

Lovingly hand-crafted

My vintage chalkware cherub is wearing a new
Santos Crown this year
This pair of cherubs only appear once during the year
to take their place of honour for
Valentine's Day
A little sparkle for some evening ambiance
when the candles are lit

Some faux flowers perched upon a
shabby wooden box

I'm hoping Cupid will stop by
today and replace them with some real blooms!
**hint ** hint**

Hope you all enjoy a Romantic Filled Day
with many Surprises!
It's still not to late to enter my
C'mon folks, who couldn't use a makeover
in 2012?
I'll be selecting my winner at the end of the day today.

Cheers - Lisa

Friday, February 10, 2012


Okay, I know so many of you have done it before; spotted something appealing sitting in a pile of garbage and you've stopped, snatched up the item and taken it home with you.  I read your stories all the time but personally, I have never dove into a dumpster until the day I spotted this headboard.

I was a very nervous Newbie!  I didn't want to be caught stealing someone else's garbage!

In defence of my actions let me just tell you that it was VERY dark out.  It wasn't until the light of day that I noticed this headboard was NOT wood but in fact some kind of gross plastic material.

Can you say U-G-L-Y?  Undaunted I decided to go ahead with my 'vision' and gathered my materials.

This was my inspiration ...

Source Unknown
I used homemade chalk paint.  There are many versions with various reviews but I used the plaster of paris method.  I haven't used the real ASCP so I can't do a fair comparison but I can tell you this paint did what the reviews promise - dried quickly with great adhesion to that plastic material, with no priming.
I used it for the outer frame.  The thickness of the paint prevents dripping, which I really like.

Then I had to figure out where to place all those buttons.  I played and played until I thought it looked okay.
After careful measuring, the button holes were drilled.

1.5 inch foam was adhered with spray adhesive.

Then I covered the foam with batting.

Once the burlap was attached I was very pleased with how it looked. 
Now I'm not sure if I should take it to the final step and add those buttons.

What do you think?

If you haven't already done so, don't forget to enter my
I'll be selecting a winner on February 14th.
Cheers - Lisa