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flower frogs – the kind that don’t go ‘ribbit’

flower frogs – the kind that don’t go ‘ribbit’

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015

My mom called me awhile ago and mentioned that I should do a post on all the different things you can do with flower frogs.  If you visit my site for design inspiration, then hopefully you know these aren’t the kind that go “ribbit” but instead are used in floral displays. Flower frogs are used at the bottom of vases or bowls to keep floral arrangements in place.  They come in different sizes, shapes, materials and price points. You can pick them up new or like the above box, can often find an assortment at vintage markets and antique stores. I spotted these ceramic frogs at a boutique in St. Albert that are designed to sit on top of glass bottles or vases.  I love the patterns and colours they used.  This lovely little collection can be seen at Cozy Cottage Interiors here in Calgary. My own desk actually contains two vintage flower frogs. I use one to hold current business cards and I love its colour and unusual shape. I picked up this industrial looking one in Seattle this summer and it keeps my pens organized (yes, I love using bright ink colours!). I keep a classic glass flower frog on my vanity.  It holds make-up brushes and pencils which makes getting ready in the morning a lot easier since everything I need is right at my fingertips. This green glass frog has enough height to store knitting or crochet needles. I think the little frogs work perfectly when you’re planning a dinner party and assigning each guest a spot around the table. You can also pick up these metal inserts from Michaels which easily convert any jar into a vase. Flower frogs are an incredibly versatile little tool.  I’d love to hear how you use them in your...

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road trip – what i bought

road trip – what i bought

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015

After a 3,000 km trip through three states and two provinces with stops in every antique, thrift and fabric store we came upon, it wasn’t too tough to fill up the truck with some vintage goodies.  Here are a few of the fabulous things I picked up on the way: Back row – The picnic basket is so lovely and in wonderful condition.  I gave the piece a good dose of tung oil as it was a wee bit dry and I’m still deciding whether or not I’ll paint or stain the lid (or cover in fabric, etc.).  The bottle dryer is a reproduction but I can’t afford the real deal.  My coffee mugs now hang from it.  The picture with all the old bathtubs was apparently taken at Rejuvenation prior to them becoming part of the William Sonoma family. Once my bathroom is renovated, it’ll hang in there to keep my clawfoot tub company. L-R – The metal bin is probably a children’s toy dish rack and it sits on my desk holding bits of miscellaneous paper.  The glass floats are perched in a wooden bowl with the rest of my collection.  The metal bird is tucked up against some books on a shelf and looks like it has been there forever.  The teeny, tiny metal pedestal sink is on display in my letterpress drawer in my upstairs office.  It was too cute to pass up. L-R – I love the little painting with its moody blues and greys.  I’m displaying it in my guest room as part of a little vignette I’m working on (future post).  The abacus was a housewarming gift for a client of mine.  The wooden shoe mould is exquisite with its metal sole and rests on top of some books.  The sewing machine drawers have yet to find a use and I’m still debating if I’ll paint them or not. L-R – The pyrex bowl is now ready for anything that randomly fills it while I watch TV. This can include jewellery I don’t want to wear anymore or bits of thread as I work on a project. I’m guessing it’ll eventually house candy...

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my own la voliere pendant light

my own la voliere pendant light

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015

I became obsessed with the series of La Voliere lights when I visited The Conran Shop in New York several years ago. I thought it was such a fun and whimsical piece and when I bought my home, I really, really wanted to splurge on one for my bedroom.  With so many other projects though, it just wasn’t in the budget so I decided to create something similar myself. This DIY all started with a wire umbrella basket from Target.  My Mom picked it up for only $10 as there was no price tag on it so the sales associate just quoted what she thought was a fair price (hmmmm, I guess I’m part of why they’re leaving Canada?).  I then picked up a mini pendant kit from Home Depot, an Edison light bulb and some little birds from Dollar Tree. For under $40, I had a great new pendant light. These clips were already on the birds making it really easy to assemble.  It also makes it really easy to disassemble when I want to change the look. I’m really happy with how this DIY project turned out.  It’s just as fun as the light I coveted but definitely at a price that I can...

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eclectic design element – goose decoy

eclectic design element – goose decoy

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014

I can’t believe I forgot to add an update that one of these sweet little geese now lives with me.  Before flying out to NYC a few weeks ago, my Mom and I made a return visit to Blue Jar Antique Mall in Edmonton (see post here).  I had been pretty smitten with these paper images and thought that if they were still there, that I would pull the trigger and bring one home.  I was pretty happy when we turned down the last row and both were waiting for me. I admit that they are certainly an unusual item and not everyone’s cup of tea.  I just love how rustic they are and the soft grey tones of the printed feathers. One of my big summer projects is to work on my bedroom and I hope to post my design plan shortly.  I think this goose decoy will work really well with the overall theme.  I currently have a closet stuffed with items for the room and now that summer is here, I finally have time to get...

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adding a little art

adding a little art

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013

I still need to add a shelf above my desk but it was looking so bare that I finally put up a couple of pieces of art to add some colour. I put up these great “Tree Ghosts” created by Leanna Isayew that I picked up at the Calgary Art Market last November. When I picked these up, Leanna provided me with the following description of these pieces: Each tree ghost is created from dead fall found in the Calgary area.  The process takes approximately a week to produce.  The rounds are cleaned, cut and sanded both by machine and by hand.  A varnish is used to seal the wood which readies them for painting.  Each one is then hand painted using a unique process to warp the paint into colourful patterns.  When the paint is fully dry the face is then coated with a resin to exquisitely encapsulate the ghost and create a shiny almost jewelled effect.  Each ghost is completely unique in shape, size and colour.   I love how the resin makes these pieces sparkle and the colours are so bright and cheerful.  A hole is drilled into the back to make them easy to hang or you could lay them...

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paper blinds – i never thought i’d use them

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013

Ok, so I put up paper blinds and now I understand why people put them up and then never take them down again. How did this happen to me? After getting my windows replaced, I was left with a lot of beautiful windows but zero privacy.  This was a bit of a bigger issue in my kitchen, where I have floor to ceiling windows that face my neighbour’s house with a shared walkway and in the principal bedroom which also has a huge window with an unobstructed view of the alley and the east side of my neighbourhood. I decided to not re-install the previous blinds as I didn’t want to drill holes in the new vinyl windows (there goes the warranty) and I knew that in the future, I would be trading them in for a different style anyways.  So what do you do when you don’t want the entire neighbourhood seeing you in your pig-patterned pyjama pants?  The answer to that came as I strolled the aisles of Home Depot frantically looking for something that would allow me to turn on the lights in my bedroom without creating a mini red light district in Bridgeland. Redi Shade available at Home Depot Redi Shade is designed as a temporary solution when you need something on your windows to filter the light and add privacy.  The key word is “temporary” as these are made of paper and aren’t a long-term solution.  I was really surprised though by the quality of the paper and how nice they actually look and now I definitely understand why people may keep them up for longer than intended. Installation was easy-peasy.  All you do is measure the window, cut the shade to size, peel the backing and stick. So quick! All you need is a measuring tape, pen, utility knife, cutting edge and a cutting board. You want to make sure you have a fresh blade when cutting so that you don’t tear the paper. Once that’s done, all you do is peel the backing off and stick the blind along the inside of the window.  No holes to drill! I went from this....

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