Friday, June 23, 2017

Ficus Benjamina Adventures Part 2

Has anyone been curious how my weeping fig cuttings made out?! I thought it was time for an update.... they rooted!!!!! Yay!

So this is the set up I ended up using. I used this plant cover from the dollarama as a terranium. The cover is meant to sheid your plants in your garden from wind, etc. But it has a couple openings on top for vents and worked perfectly to keep the humidity up.

The humidity generally was always between the 80-90%. A couple times I started to notice mold starting to form so I gently wiped it off with a paper towel. After a little more research I discovered I should have been removing the cover for about an hour a day. I only had it off for the time it took to change the water in the cups. Good to know for next time but I don't think it destroyed my efforts this round.

Here are the roots.

Now that there are a few roots more than half an inch long, they are ready to plant.

I decided to only plant 2 because the third only had 2 roots formed. Though they are half an inch long I want to hold off a bit longer and see if any more will sprout.

Apparently roots grown in water are very delicate so I'm nervous to see if they will continue to grow now that they are in dirt. I will see how they do and let you know if this next step is a success. 

We started building a shed last weekend. The past few days have been rainy and windy but today is nice again. I'm hoping we will be able to get more done this weekend. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

HomeSense Love.

If you follow me on Instagram you already know I "won" another gift card from HomeSense. I didn't actually win it. They contacted me about a photo of my entrance way that Marketing was interested in using in an email. As well as crediting me ( for the photo, they offered a $25 gift card! Of course I said YES! 

This is the photo they wanted to use. It is show casing the rug I purchased from their store.

We went looking for wall art and ended up finding this. I had just been looking for blue and white patterned rugs online the week before at 3 times the price as I found this one. It was a major score!

I'm already planning on making a HomeSense trip next week to see if I can put my gift card to good use. Good thing we have a lot of rooms to finish decorating in our house. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Finishing Touches

I finished another project today. The need for this project came about as one of my decor ideas did not work out. So this was plan B.

A little back story first... I had tracked down a large half windmill in hopes of hanging it up on a wall above the "hallway" area of our main floor. But it was a tad too big and completely filled the space. I was super sad because I loved the industrial look and the shape of the half moon. Well, I was able to keep the industrial look with a smaller round windmill blade but the circle looked odd in the space. So I had to come up with an idea to fill the space on the sides. Something to frame the windmill. I thought it would be a good idea to make some arrows to keep in theme with the arrows on my gallery wall but I also wanted something a little more "feminine" to balance out the industrial windmill blades.

So I created these "feminine" arrows.

First I drew out the design.
Then I cut out my design and stenciled it on some wood. I used my new saw I got for Mother's Day and cut out 2 arrows.
I sanded the edges smooth and stained them so that when I distressed them it would look like old wood underneath.

 I slapped on some white paint. 

Then I sanded them to get some of that dark stain to show through. I wanted them to look old and "antique-y". 

Then I attached some hardware on the back so I could hang them up.

Here they are in their new space.

I tried explaining what I was making to a friend. It was hard to describe what a "feminie" arrow is. Maybe I should just call them accent pieces or wood art. Whatever they are, they are a little bit different and unique and I am happy with how they turned out.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Coffee Bar

I made a little coffee station on one of our counter tops. I saw a quote that I fell in love with and knew I wanted to make a sign to hang in this area. Yesterday was an awful day of wind and rain and eventually a power outage. It gave me a chance to stay inside and finally make the sign. Luckily I got it done before we lost power too!

I had a lot of fun making the sign and want to make more now. I am not a fan of my hand writing though so the next ones I make probably won't be free handed like this one. I'm thinking of doing a small one to add to my gallery wall. Maybe I'll make a bunch! Haha

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Gallery Wall

A couple months ago I joined the world of Instagram. If you have an account you can find me as !
I have been following homesense as it's become my favorite place to shop for decorating our new house. I was posting for a contest they were putting on and commented on one of their posts and I won a gift card for $150!! What what!! I was so excited!

So I headed into the store hoping to find some items to put together a gallery wall and my shopping was a total success! Here is everything I found.

Everything else on the wall I made! A couple of these items have special meaning to me. The long board on the far side is a very old piece of wood that came off of our last house  (and first home we bought). We had to remove it for repairs while we were renovating. The house was built in 1912. I wrapped some twine around it and have mini clothes pins to hang pictures on it.

The other two items of importance are the 2 white picture frames. They were old floor boards from when we renovated the baby's room during our first pregnancy. I guess I didn't make those. I saved some of the wood and had my dad make the frames and then I white washed them. 

I made the herringbone pattern on one with paint sticks. And the other I painted a cute saying that I've seen floating around on Pinterest.

These are some simple chevron arrows I made and stained to match our trim in our house.

This heart wreath is made from burlap garland and some paper roses made from book pages.

The long board I mentioned earlier.

And I already showed you the star I made in my last post.

It's amazing how doing this project made it feel so much more like home. I think I might add to it later on but I'm pretty happy with it for now.

Now I'm headed back outside to enjoy the rest of the beautiful weather on this May long weekend!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Belated Mother's Day!

Hello again! I hope all you moms out there had a good Mother's day. I had asked my husband for a saw for Mother's Day. I wanted a jig saw to do some wood projects. He suggested a Rockwell Table Top saw because it is multi purpose. I like practical things and we could use it for some of our basement renos so I agreed. He made it sound like he wasn't getting it for me for Mother's Day but when that morning rolled around, he had bought it for me. Yay! Is it strange I wanted a saw?! Haha

Well today I tested it out finally to make a small star on some old chippy wood.

Tracing out the pattern.

Here is the saw!

All 5 pieces cut out.

I stapled the back together. I was too impatient to use wood glue! Lol

And here it is hung on the wall!

My cuts weren't perfect but I'll get better with more practise!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Ficus Benjamina Adventures

Hello Lovely readers! It's Monday and I'm in a great mood! Those two things don't seem to belong in the same sentence. Lol!
Our family had a great day yesterday. Our friends from back home were on vacation and just over an hour away so we drove up and got to hang out all afternoon. It was very refreshing to be able to hang out again and chat and let the kids play. It was a little hard getting the kids up this morning, they were so played out! But our hearts are full and the sun is shining. 

I've decided to do an experiment and try propagating my Ficus Benjamina. (Better known as a weeping fig.) There were a few branches starting to grow out pretty long on the sides. I do want her to get fuller, but these random branches looked silly on the sides. I am letting the top branches get longer so she can look bigger.

I have never tried propagating anything before so I am half expecting my experiment to fail. But if I never try then I'll never get it right. I wanted to trim the branches anyway, so it's not a real loss if the trimmings don't root.
I cut off 3 branches of new growth approximately 5 inches long. I removed all the leaves except the top 2 and have placed them in cups of water. They will sit on my counter beside my South facing window so they can get bright indirect light. 

I read some instructions that said they should take a few weeks to start growing roots. I will have to change the water every 5 days or so.
I might also experiment further and make a terrarium type of setup to put 1 in to see if it will root faster. The warmth and humidity is supposed to accelerate the process. But I will have to be careful and keep watch that it doesn't get moldy.

I'm excited to see if this works! Wish me luck! 😀

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Happy Tuesday everyone! 

I'm just checking in quick with an update on the house work. I've been slowly getting some painting done. The color the contractor put on the walls did not work at all with the dark maple trim. It was called ghost grey but against the brown it pulled out too much of a beige color instead of grey. 
Sorry for my poor photography skills, taking a picture of a wall with a huge window letting in a bunch of light just makes the wall look really dark. I hope you can get an idea of what the color looked like. (In hindsight, I should have closed the blinds)

I've picked the color Rainwashed from Sherwin Williams to replace that boring color! I started with one wall. Waited a couple days and then decided to finish all the walls in the kitchen area. It's been a few weeks since then but I just finished the rest of this back wall leading into the living room. 

I've left the ladder out because I'm hoping to get the rest tackled in a few days. Our house is open concept so I'm trying to decide where to stop this color. The outside corners are also rounded and I am not convinced I want to change colors on an edge. I think that might look weird. But I also know I don't want this color leading down to the entryway. 

Also, can you tell how much shorter the ladder is then my vaulted ceiling?! That was a bit sketchy painting the peak of that wall. Haha. I had to ignore the warning on the step where it says "do not stand on this step or above".

Some days it feels like it's taking forever to make this house a home. But life is busy with little kids, so we'll just keep working away at it slowly when we can find the time.

Hope you all have a great week! 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Entry Way

Hello everyone. I wanted to share with you all the first project my husband and I have finished for our new house. Our entry way bench. I love love Love how this turned out. My original plan was to upholster an old coffee table to use as a bench but our entrance is quite big and we were worried a small bench would get swallowed up in the space. So we decided on a built-in. 

I wanted a clean looking bench with no leg braces so my husband built a frame for it to sit on and securely mounted it to the wall. He built the bench and added the sides and back to give it the built-in look. The shelf was made with different pieces of baseboard and crown molding and regular pine wood. 

We removed a piece of our maple trim and took it to a paint store to have it matched. This took a few days  but we wanted it to flow seamlessly with the rest of the trim throughout the house. I sanded it all down and stained it!

Next was the chevron accent wall between the bench and shelf. I calculated the width I wanted the stripes to be and drew the pattern on the wall. Once I calculated the length of wood I needed I headed to our local lumber store to see what would work for the space. I found screen moulding to be the perfect width. 

My husband set up the saw at the right angle and I went to work cutting and nailing the molding to the wall on my drawn out pattern. Once it was all up I filled in the nail holes and every place the molding met. The edges on screen molding are curved so it left gaps where they joined up. Once the wood filler dried up I painted it all white. 

I marked out where I wanted the hooks and my husband drilled the holes for me. 

Here are some pictures of the entrance way. I'm not done the other half of the room so these pictures only show one area.
The wreath and baskets are from Canadian Tire

Rug from HomeSence

Planter from Canadian Tire. Jade plant from Home Depot

I picked up these wire cages from a local green house.

I made the pillow from an old shirt I had. The color matched the rug perfectly.

These hooks are from IKEA.

The Mass Cane plant is from Home Depot. 

The entrance is the first thing you see when you enter a house so I think it sets the feel for the home. I think ours is shaping up to be warm and inviting. I can't wait to finish the rest of the room!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


I've been making my own bread for awhile now. We have a 12 grain bread recipe that my husband makes every so often, but this bread is my every day go to recipe. It's super simple and you can adjust it to your own preference for white/brown ratio. I make it 50% whole wheat. This way my kids still eat it and I feel a bit better that it's healthier. 

We really like bread in this house. We go through a loaf per week at least! This recipe makes 2 loaves so I freeze the 2nd one until we need it.

- 6 cups flour (3 whole wheat, 3 white)
- 2 1/2 cups hot water (from the tap)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp instant yeast
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup oil (I like Olive oil)
- 2 1/2 tsp salt

Combine water, yeast & 2 cups flour.
 Let sit 15 minutes to sponge.
 Add honey, oil, salt & 4 cups flour. Mix until dough starts to clean the sides of the bowl. Knead 6 to 7 minutes.
 Form into 2 loaves and place into greased 9x5" pans.

 Allow to rise in a warm place for 60 minutes. Dough should be 1/2 to  1" above pans. (I preheat my oven to 175F then shut it off and let dough rise in the oven)
 Bake for 30 minutes in 350F oven.
 Immediately remove from pans to cool on a rack.

This bread smells amazing and tastes great! If you don't have a mixer, go ahead and make it by hand. You will just need to increase your kneading time by a few minutes.