Flower Power

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To all my hippy/peace & love people out there, this post is for you! How fun is a flower crown? I swear every girl needs one in her life for those free-spirited kind of days. I love how it makes me feel like I’m living in a fairytale.

 I have seen so many different flower crowns being posted all over the blog world, and I have been wanting to make one for myself for a while. Jill and I had the pleasure of making this crown together when we were together in Vancouver last. She will tell you how we made it in her next post, but the memories of our time crafting this are so special to me. Her friendship is a gift and I just love her to bits! Hope the look makes you feel as “totally radical” as it did me.

Rebecca Janelle

xo

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Knob you didn’t

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life has been crazy.  Like craaaaayzay crazy.  I am in the middle of my teaching practicum that keeps me busy all day and all night and these days, all weekend long.  My hubby is in the middle of his busiest rotation for Medical School, and we just plop our heads on our pillows at night and dream of the good ‘ol carefree days…and anticipate the next break we get.  Which isn’t until Easter.  If he gets the time off.  

I didn’t want to miss a week on ze blog, and found this DIY that I did last summer, but didn’t have a chance to share.  It’s easy, fun, and affordable!  My sister-in-law made one that she uses at her front door to hang their coats, I use it for jewellery storage…but just think, store your scarves, purses, belts – the options are endless!

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So here is what you will need:

  • piece of wood (I found mine in the garbage pile of a construction site = free.99)
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint of your choice
  • Dresser knobs (I found 4 of mine at thrift stores, approx $0.25 each!!!) 
  • Screws

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 First I sanded down the wood, then painted it with two coats of white paint.  After the paint was dry I used my sandpaper again to give it a distressed look.  Image

 

I then measured out my knob placement and screwed the screws in from the back of the wood, making sure they stuck up just enough to screw the knob on.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I really wanted a crystal knob as the final one, and looked high and low at every thrift store I entered, with no luck.  I was thrilled with the four that I had found, and excited that they tallied up to only just over a dollar.  I spruced two of them up with some nail polish and loved the result.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And then I bit the bullet and went to RONA where I found the perfect crystal add.  It was worth the splurge of $4.99, and I feel really completed the look.Image

 

And there ya have it folks, I know what you are thinking – knob you didn’t Jillian…a rack of knobs for under $10.00.  And yes I did.  Image

 

Amongst the craziness of life, I am thankful for the opportunity that both my hubby and I have to pursue our dreams.  And when I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed I get a little kick from the tiny prince or princess that is growing inside of me, and all my worries fade away.  

xo

Jillian Marie

Oh Deer It’s Valentine’s!

I know it’s practically the day of love and I’m wearing a deer sweater in these pictures, but life’s been flying by these past weeks, so it’s all I got! I thought I’d bust out the last set of photos I took while I was in Vancouver. This was my favorite knit sweater that I ordered from Romwe (here). I wore it for much of the holidays. Romwe has so many wonderful things, I wanted to order everything!

Well, top of the mornin’ to my fellow Canadians, and sweet dreams to my Aussie people! Time for me to get my beauty sleep for tomorrow. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Sweater – Romwe / Red Dress – Kensie / Pink Jewel Necklace – H&M / Purse – Urban Outfitters / Lipstick – Cyber from MAC / Leopard Pumps – Kensie

Rebecca Janelle

xo

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This week I decided to venture into the world of gold leafing.  I’ll be honest, it was time consuming and not the most affordable craft I have embarked on, but the end result was just too cute to be true.  

Here is what you will need:

Step one:  Mod Podge strips of newspaper onto a blown up balloon.  Depending  on the size you want your bowls is the size you should make your balloon.  Let this dry over night.

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In the morning, when the Mod Podge is good and dry, pop the balloons and peel the bowl away from it.  You will end up with some rough edges, so cut your bowl down to size like you see in the picture below:

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Next I painted the whole bowl white, which is not pictured, but you can picture it.

Then came the tricky part.  With a small paint brush spread metal leaf adhesive onto the inside of your bowl.  Take a piece of Gold Leaf and place it inside.  Your Gold Leaf with overlap, perhaps rip, but it is ok!  Just work with it and stick it in the bald places as you go.  Each bowl took about 4 pieces of Gold Leaf.

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After your bowl is leafed to your liking, let it dry and finally add the Metal Leaf sealer to secure it in place.  And ta da !

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I absolutely love these little gold gems, and am dreaming of other things I can stick this beautiful Gold Leaf to!  The next time you walk into my home and you think you have stepped into Donald Trumps penthouse suite you will know why.  Gold everywhere.  Pretty everywhere.  Just how the Donald and I like it. 

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xo 

Jillian Marie