Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Top 3 Projects of 2010!

First of all, I have only been blogging since June of this year! So, I may not have as many top projects as most, but of the ones I've done, here are my top 3 favourites!! I hope you like them.

Above is my Chic Shed project my hubby and I created together...still in progress and as it's freezing outside I haven't paint/stained it yet, so in the spring I will finish and post! I have lots of plans for it, so stay in touch!

And Next is my Armoire that I painted,distressed and then glazed.

I was so frightened to tackle this baby, but with lots of encouragement from all my friends out there in blogland, I did it!!! Thank you for your advice for me. I am so happy to have finally done it.

And #3 is My Tree Bench...

I love it so much...The kids play on it, and jump on the swing, it is so charming, and adds alot to my yard. This tree is truely beautiful....
So, there you have it, my top 3 design projects of 2010! I am linking up to Rhoda's linky party of others top projects so be sure to go check them out!!!
I can't wait to share more with you as they happen in 2011. Thank you all for visiting me and leaving nice comments, they don't go unnoticed and mean so much!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Family Time!

I'm enjoying Christmas now that my big long stretch at work is over.... I get a few days off for New Years!
I hope you all are having a great holiday with your family and friends! We had a nice time visiting and having family over between my shifts. The girls are happy and got spoiled as usual!We baked, watched some favourite Christmas movies together (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation....this pic, above is just as the squirrel jumps from the tree...classic!) and will do some fun stuff this week!
So, I will be checking in and out , but it will be slow on my part until the holidays are over.
I look forward to the New Year getting to know all my Blogland friends more!


Friday, December 17, 2010

Seeing Stars!

These are my urns outside! They are very simple, no greens...Just silver and grapevine! They aren't my favourite urns I've done, but they look pretty from the road! LOL ...They do look nice at night though.........
I think this may still be a work in progress....... any suggestions?

This is pretty on my ledge in the kitchen, and the vintage jar is adorable with the christmas scene on it....Can you see the deer? So cute!

And here is an outdoor vignette. I got this chair at an auction for 5 dollars, it's seen a few colors, but now is Red for Christmas! The stool I had the hubby make for me and painted it the same shade. The cost was 0 dollars...made from left-over wood!!!
Don't you just love the holidays?!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

How To Wrap A Cat For Christmas

A friend of mine sent me this video....I thought it was cute! Obviously, this cat is very laid back, not for all cats, I'm sure!!! My cat, ( rest her soul) would have turned me into a cheese string figure of some sort!

Enjoy! (Thanks Jen!)

Happy Holidays


Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Tour of Homes!

I am excited to participate in The Nester's Christmas 2010 Tour of Homes Party! If she has a party YOU GO!!!!

So, without further adu, here is my Tour De Cindy....

My vignette on my coffee table with beautiful vintage glass ornaments!

My cute Mya....beside my holiday urns! They looks so sparkly and festive at night!

My mantle displaying colors of black, creams,silver and whites....LOVE those cute birds!

Some glitter....

And my burlap banner with the word BELIEVE hand stamped on it and beads

A cozy view of my living room by the tree at night....

Some vintage garland, with top hats, wooden skates, glass stars,burlap and rock candy-like icicles....adorable!!

And my beautiful finial tree topper in silvery sparkles!
Happy Holidays everyone!!! Go Take a peak at all the other homes and be inspired.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I Won Whiskers!

I won the Movember giveaway from Aubrey and Lindsays Blog! (Here) I loved these fun props and thought they were hilarious when I seen them . I would pull them out for photo shoots with the girls or any party for a laugh! This is the gonna be so hilarious to get these in the mail!!!

So, thanks again guys, I am so excited!!! Go see the mix of mustache props on stix here!

Also, if you havent checked out their blog, I say go do it ....your in for such a treat! They are a great team redoing their home in the Beaches of Toronto. They have great style and an adorable little boy too!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Distressing Stress!

Here is my armoire that I have finished. You may remember it from here. I finally took it by the horn and sanded the hell out of it.I have to say, I was so scared to do this in fear I would ruin it! But everyone told me, you can just re-paint it. So, with that in my mind I went crazy....

I sanded where I thought made the most sense with aging furniture from hands etc....
Then I went and bought an Antique Staining Medium and some Raw Umber Acrylic Paint both Americana brand.
I used a rag and rubbed them on after mixing the two together. It seemed to deepen the color of the paint and adds alot of depth.

I then went to Lee Valley in Toronto and picked some new hardware and like the look it adds!

I would have to say I'm happy with the results. Even my hubby is impressed!
Anyways, I would say to anyone wanting to paint a piece of furniture, to GO FOR IT!!! You'll probably love it.

What do you think? Would you consider painting wood and distressing it? Thanks to my friends who had lots of advice for me. I first started considering painting this piece when I seen it done on The Nesters blog! Loved what she did with hers. Maybe I'll inspire you!!!

Below, are some other shots of the armoire

The color changes throughout the,blue-greyish

Glad it's onto the walls, can't wait to get that color changed. Thinking of China Moon by Lowes, Seaside Retreat color line. If you have any great colors that look sweet with White trim, let me know....


Sunday, December 5, 2010

O Christmas Tree!

The Santa Clause parade was tonight in our town! But I had to work..... the life of a nurse! Grrr But my hubby took my little one with some friends and then went back to an after party and had Chili, pizza, and loads of fun! Thats what kids remember, running around the house, staying up late! They had a blast. As you can tell, I'm a little bitter, but a girl has to do what she has to do.

So, anyhow, I'm home now sitting by the tree all cozy! It's sooooo cold outside, WoW!! Winter is here to stay I think.

Here is the top of my tree...It was very inexpensive and I love it! I have a Santa, star and now this lovely finial. My favourite ornaments on the tree are these glass stars. They are from the Alfred Sung collection. Gorgeous!! I also used burlap garland, silver beads, a bit of black and some wooden little skates.

I have some vintage garland as well, see the little top hats and round christmas signs. So, cool! So, there you have it. My tree for, I can't believe how fast the time goes by.
I'll be linking to some tree parties next week so, check back for lots of beautiful Tree ideas. I'll put the link up then.
Enjoy your holiday Season

Linking to: Tuesday's Treasures

Friday, December 3, 2010


Shannon , from What's Up Whimsy blog, is doing a Bloggers wishlist for the 12 days of Christmas!

Let me just say that their is an incredible amount of fabulous ideas on it! She has a list of 76 amazing bloggers ( including myself ) participating. Shown below is what I'm crushing for this year.....Do you hear me Santa?

These are From Anthropologie, (Love this store) Tea House Doorknobs....$38.00 a set!!!
So, what are you wishing for this year under your tree? If you need gift ideas go check out Shannons list... We are on day #3, so it's not too late! And thanks again Shannon for hosting this!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Holiday Vignette!

Here is a little vignette I put together with some more of my vintage ornaments! I have an addiction....
I have this lovely white platter, look at the beautiful edging, and let me tell you these ornaments are heavy! So they could never be hung on a tree, the branches would not hold them. I placed a nice cinnamon candle in the mix and the pinecone Angels were made by a friend of mine. She found pinecones, acorns and milkweeds, glued them together and sprayed them bronzie/gold! They were used as plate decorations at our work party. So pretty, and you can hang them on your tree too.Very talented girl she is!

Anywho....I am linking to Rhoda's Christmas Vignette Party
Come and join in the fun and see all the other beautiful vignettes for the holidays!

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