Saturday, 29 September 2012

Wrapping Up Round 3 at the Inspiration Cafe


 Hello Inspiration Cafe readers... Its time to wrap up round 3!

You will notice some big changes coming up very soon. We are very excited and we hope you will be joining us for more!


We have 4 fun projects to share with you in case you missed them the first time:

1 Easy Wrap Bracelet by Natalie from NorthShore Days
2. Baked Apple Tortilla Rolls by Mary from Sweet Little Bluebird
3. House Haunts by Heather from The Beating Heart
4. Four for Fall by Danni from Silo Hill Farm


Now, the 4 of us are taking a week or two off to implement our changes and get a whole new Inspiration Cafe makeover....

So this coming Monday we have a very special guest, sharing an awesome craft. You do not want to miss Mel from Mellywood's Mansion.

Please pop on over and visit her this weekend and give her some Inspiration Cafe love.


And finally - check out our fab Facebook badge - our Mary designed it! And while you're checking it out, don't forget to "like" us too

 

 Have a great weekend and we will see you all on Monday with Mel

Take care

xxx

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Thursday, 27 September 2012

More Simple Decor Updates

Hey Everyone,

Today I'm continuing my little series on the simple updates I've done to my decor. I shared painted glassware in the first post here .

I love beachy decor, but then you all already knew that right? And with Summer peeking around the corner what better time than to change my decor up to fit in with my beach theme.

The easiest way to update plain vases or ornaments is with embellishments...

I was given this vase, it was pink with bee's all over it - yikes.
So way back when - I painted it white and had a leaf charm on it. Not my style at all - what was I thinking? 

Some jute and turquoise blue shell beads fixed that soon enough -what a difference...
 


I picked up this wooden "cup" that had seen better days, for free from a thrift shop and once apon a time had painted it an off white and distressed it.
It looked okay but needed something.
I painted it white and added some jute to the "stem" and a seaglass bead - it totally works for me now.
 

I really cannot remember what state this little vase was in when I got it, but all that brown cord looked awful right? I changed out the brown with turquoise and a few river pearl beads and voila -gorgeous


So simple yet so effective , and I can change it up whenever I'm tired of it.

Do you have any simple decor tips that you like to use around your home?

My friend Mary from Sweet Little Bluebird has some great seasonal frames, check out her cute Fall frames here. Tell her I sent you and say hi from me.

Have a great day 

xxx

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

A Beautiful Day

 Today is a beautiful day


How lucky am I to be able to see this view every day....
Today is a beautiful day....



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Monday, 24 September 2012

Inspiration Cafe - 4 for Fall

Its Monday again.....which means Inspiration Cafe... Today is Danni from Silo Hill Farm's turn. Danni just had a new blog makeover - pop over and check it out - its awesome.

So get comfy with your favorite beverage and lets get started....


Welcome Inspiration Cafe Patrons!  It's Danni from Silo Hill Farm today.  Fall is upon us here in the Midwest and with the change in the season comes some changes here at the cafe.  We are considering adding an occasional guest poster to our menu, so if you think you might like to give that a try, just contact any one of our wonderful Inspiration Cafe contributors and let them know! 

Today, I have two fun and easy projects for you, plus a few quick ways to spruce up some of your old fall decor.  Let's start with this:


Last year I had this half pumpkin and although I thought it was really cool in the store....when I brought it home and hung it on my wall....


Blah!!
It just had zero pizazz and I was not lovin it.  This year I decided to cute it up a little and give it some presence.
I found these little leaves in the dollar bin at Michael's and thought they just might do the trick.

Now you don't have to have a half pumpkin to do this, it would be lovely on a regular foam pumpkin or, if you're ambitious and trust yourself with sharp instruments, you can cut a foam pumpkin in half.  Either way, just lay out your leaves the way you think they might look best.


I set my pumpkin in a colander to keep it stable while I worked.  Using white glue, adhere your leaves to the foam pumpkin and add whatever trimmings you like.  I used  some small bittersweet berries.  Easy as pumpkin pie!  Much better don't you think?

Now, because I was happy with this little makeover, I looked around and found a few other things that I thought I could spruce up a bit.
I had an oil candle that just had a ribbon tied around it.  Boring.  I added a few faux leaves from an old garland and a sparkly gem and voila....

Suddenly it has come to life with no money spent.  My favorite kind of project for sure!

Now I'm just looking for more easy, "use what I have" projects.  I'm not a huge fan of raffia, and I've had some for years that I've never used.  Cutting raffia can be a mess and it seems to go everywhere when I use it.  I just looped a bunch of it together and tied it together in the middle with some wire.


 Then I cut open each end of the loop on both sides and trimmed it down to a smaller size.  I wired a piece of bittersweet to hang down from the center and added a little ribbon bow to the center to hide the wire. 

It reminds me of mistletoe.  Autumn Mistletoe...not a bad idea!
If you are a regular follower, you might remember earlier this week I was lucky enough to receive some beautiful buckeyes from Mary at Sweet Little Bluebird.  I have been scattering them all over my fall decor because they are just so much fun!  I had a little mini-vase and I put some of the buckeyes in it and added small pieces of bittersweet.

 This is just a tiny little vase, sitting on an old ceramic insulator that I wrapped in a piece of garden twine.  I can think of several places in my home that have room for something tiny and fall-ish.  Sometimes when something is so simple and beautiful, it doesn't need to make a big statement. 
Pretty much the only money I spent on these four little makeovers was the leaves I got in the dollar bin at Michael's.  Not bad, huh?
The moral of this post is shop local....real local...like your own home!  Sometimes a "fresh coat of paint on the old barn door" looks pretty cute!

xxx

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Friday, 21 September 2012

Simple Spring Art

 
 

 I have a seriously simple Spring project for you today....

I bought the scrapbook paper ages ago and its so pretty I knew I was going to frame it!

I bought a white frame on special and gave it a light sanding to distress it. Glued a wooden flower accessory to the frame, that I painted white, then hung it up near the front door...


Its such a happy picture....

 My flowers are blooming.....just beautiful...

 Hanging out with my painted fish...



 Here is what my neighbourhood looked like this week...I'm loving having the leaves back on the trees!


Happy Friday everyone..

xxx


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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Guest Post - Chocolate Coconut Squares


Hey guys,

I have a treat for you today.... My lovely new bloggy friend Al from Polka Dots and Paisley is here to share her awesome Chocolate Coconut Squares...yum!

Hi everyone! I'm so happy to be posting here on NorthShore Days and this is my first guest post so please be kind.  I'm Al from Polka Dots and Paisley
My blog is a mixture of all kinds of crafting, cooking, baking,organizing, and decorating. I'd love for you to stop over and check it out! 



Lately I've been invited to a lot of functions and have brought these cookies with me to several of them. They're a variation on a recipe my mom used to make. They're easy to make,  full of chewy, chocolatey goodness, and are always a hit.






Ingredients:
½ cup butter
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups chocolate chips (divided in half)
½ cup walnuts
½ cup Skor bits
1 ½ cups coconut (divided in half)
1 tin sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 325.

Spray a 9x13 cooking dish with no-stick baking spray.

Melt ½ cup butter. Stir in 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs. Once mixed, pressed into the bottom of the cooking dish.


Sprinkle 1 cup chocolate chips, ½ cup walnuts, ½ cup Skor bits, and 2/3 cup coconut.

Cover evenly with sweetened condensed milk.


Sprinkle with 1 cup chocolate chips and 2/3 cup coconut. Use a fork to gently push the layers together.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool before cutting.


The ingredients I sprinkled below and above the sweetened condensed milk were ones I found in my pantry. You could change it up based on what you have and like.  As you can tell I really like chocolate and coconut although, in my opinion, anything with sweetened condensed milk tastes great!



Thanks Al, they look amazing and super easy to make. I think my family would love for me to make these, I will definitely be giving them a try.

xxx 

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Monday, 17 September 2012

Inspiration Cafe - House Haunts

Yay - its Monday so that means.....its time for Inspiration Cafe....


Welcome to the Inspiration Cafe. It's Heather this week, and I am so excited to get you inspired to do something....sewing.   Yeah.
Halloween is almost here. I know,  don't blink or anything. That is why I am taking the time today, in September, to help you get some Halloween decor ready before Halloween...because that's how I typically make decorations for holidays.  Once they are over I get things done and then can't use them until the following year.  So, we're getting started early.


I felt my house needed some haunts.  Kinda like Halloween groupies.  They hang around giving my house some ambiance, make us feel a little spooky...make my kids need to have the hall light on all night while they sleep...you know, things like that.  I also wanted to give you two options.  One you can make with a sewing machine and one to make by hand with a needle and thread.  Both are easy and cute....and they take very little time. Which for me, counts for a lot when it comes to make decorations.  I love to get inspired and be able to make something in an hour flat.


So, to make some House Haunts of your own...
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Sunday, 16 September 2012

My Judo Star


It's taken my Gabe years to decide what sport he would like to participate in, so when he came home from school one day and said he would like to try Judo - we were really excited! 
Finally...

He has been for about 6 sessions which are held after school during the week....He has just thrown himself, literally into his sport and can take down his sister like a pro already!

So when I picked him up after training on Thursday he surprised me with this star of the day medal...Wow, wow, wow... to say I am a proud mum is an understatement..

 
He gets to keep it for a whole week...
Check out the grin on his face - he couldn't wait to show his daddy who has a First Dan Black in Karate.

 

So, so proud and excited for my gorgeous boy.

Happy Sunday everyone

xxx

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Turquoise Tile Pendant

Hey Everyone, 

For those that missed it - I shared this Tile Pendant over at DK's Craft Cafe last week.

 This is such a simple tutorial and I'm hoping you are inspired to make your own. I found this gorgeous tile pendant in the jewellery section of Spotlight and I just love turquoise so had to buy it.

What you will need:
A tile or decorative bead, 3 charms or smaller beads, a headpin, jump rings and long nose pliers.

What you need to do: (following the pics)

Gather all the components.

Snip the end off the head pin as you will be looping both ends of it.

Form a loop by first bending the end of the pin at a 90 degree angle then looping the pin back onto itself - this forms a really neat loop.

Pass the pin through the tile and repeat the loop at the other end.

Using jump rings, secure the smaller beads or charms to one end of the looped head pin.

Attach the pendant to a chain using another jump ring.

 Seriously how easy is that?

 
 I love how this necklace turned out, and as I used a copper chain and accents along with the turquoise, it has a real beachy vibe to it

 
Cute right?

Take care

xxx
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