The dream lives on

First of all, how gorgeous did Becki look last week at the ball?!  Her dress, hair, make-up…absolutely stunning!  I miss that chick so much and the countdown to her and Jordan’s homecoming is underway!  Judah cannot wait to meet his Aussie auntie and uncle…it will be love at first sight.

This week I am excited to announce a little project that I have been working on.  It is a looong story, but a few years back I started a little business called Tray’s Anatomy.  I was excited to sell my creations at the Kelowna Farmers Market, but was shut down last minute by Farmer Bob because I wasn’t a local.  I guess living in Kelowna for 25 years didn’t count??  Since then, because of a lack of storage at my apartment in Vancouver, they have been boxed up in my parents garage.  Just a few months ago the dream was revived when my incredibly crafty and sweet Auntie Maxine called me up and asked if I wanted to have a table at the craft fair she was putting on this fall.  How amazing to have my very own aunt throw a whole craft fair!!  She is so talented and I am beyond excited to be apart of it.  I dusted off my tray’s, assembled some new ones and cannot wait to sell them in a few short weeks!

Here is a sneak preview of some of my favourite tray’s that will be for sale:

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They are perfect for jewellery storage, to spruce up your dessert bar or hold some finger foods for your next appy party.  I would LOVE to have you visit me at my little booth and check them out! If you live in the lower mainland, we will be at St. George Anglican Church Hall in Maple Ridge on November 16.  Come say hi, support some creative local crafters and check out my vintage creations!

See all the details below:

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xo
Jillian Marie
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A few summers ago I thought I had stumbled upon the small business that would make me a millionaire.   I was passionate.  I was excited.  Sadly, my dream got sabotaged by a man named farmer Bob.  Let me tell you the tale of my little secret business…Tray’s Anatomy.   

I was par-oozing through some of my favourite blogs, and came across a DIY for three tiered trays.  The lady used  plastic dollar-store trays and candle sticks and made the creations for a birthday party.  I fell in love.  What a clever idea to use plastic trays and stack them up to display cupcakes, chocolates, finger food – sheer brilliance!  Then I got thinking, what if I tried this DIY but used thrifted vintage plates rather than plastic ones, mixed the patterns (which is so in right meow) and sold them to use for dessert bars, appetizer parties, jewellery displays?  I wanted to make a more permanent piece that could be used over and over again.  So my mom and I started thrifting.  We searched high and low and gathered as many plates and candlestick holders as we could.  I brought the treasures back to Vancouver and started assembling my creations and arranged with Farmer Bob at the Kelowna Farmers Market that I would have my own booth. I loved how my random finds would come together and create something beautiful.  

I thought of what I would name my business.  My husband and I have been die hard Gray’s Anatomy fans ever since we lived in Australia.  Still, when I hear the theme song I am transported back to our little apartment in Sydney, eating a Magnum and drinking from our box of wine.  Such good memories.  Anyways, you all know how I like a good play on words, so as I was thinking tray’s…tray’s…tray’s…tray’s rhymes with gray’s…gray’s…gray’s… – TRAY’S ANATOMY!  It was perfect.  The medical link is that this little business would put my husband through medical school.

Then Farmer Bob called me back.  Because I didn’t live in Kelowna, I was not able to sell my tray’s at the Kelowna market.  I guess it didn’t count that I had lived there for 25 years and my business partner mom did.  I was crushed.  

Fast forward 2 years later.  My super crafty and amazing Auntie Maxine invited me to be apart of her Christmas Craft market. It is her first year putting on a craft fair and I am SO excited to be apart of it.  I dusted off my tray’s, assembled a few more and now I can say I am ready to rock!  

Here is a preview of some of my favourite creations that will be for sale at the fair!

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I would love for you to come and visit me at the fair!  If you live in the lower mainland, we will be at St. George Anglican Church Hall in Maple Ridge.  Come say hi, support some creative local crafters and check out my vintage creations!  See all the details below:

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Shine Bright like a Chandelier

Last week when I collaborated with my sister-in-law Rachel I said it was my favourite DIY to date.  I would have to say that was my favourite DIY for kids, and this week, I am featuring my favourite DIY for grown ups.

I can’t take credit for this DIY.  Pinterest can’t take credit for this DIY.  I owe this one all to my little brother Ty, and my incredibly creative Majah.  My mom had an old school light fixture, and wanted to spruce it up for her playroom.  My brother realized that if you take the arms of the old-school fixture and turn them around, you have a CHANDELIER!

One simple step… one beautifully spruced up old-school light fixture.

Here is how it goes…

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My mom found this light fixture at a thrift shop in Kelowna.  She paid $20.00 for it, which I felt was a little high, but it was going to a good cause.  I have seen fixtures like this all over different thrift stores, but the key is you must make sure the arms turn before you buy.

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 You can see above that the arms are facing down with the lights pointing down…one simple turn, and the arms are pointing up.  No screws to un-tighten and tighten, no mess, no hassle just turn baby turn.  And voila…

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 It made it easy to work with while hanging in the tree, so I brought out my spray paint and jewels and got to work in the yard. (We have been living in Kelowna for the last 3 weeks which made this spray paint job so easy to do, rather than find a place around my apartment.)

I chose white.  But when I have a daughter one day, and I am decorating her room, I will chose a feature colour for the chandelier and I can’t wait!  But then I can…Judah’s only 3 months.

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 Then it was time to bedazzle…

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The jewels were all collected from thrift stores around town and the long dangly ones are actually Christmas Tree decorations.  The light bulbs were changed to chandelier light bulbs, and I only did 2 coats of white spray paint.  As it was all coming together I couldn’t believe how simple and sweet it was turning out to be.  I had plans of hanging it in my dining room in my miniature apartment, but that will have to wait.  Before I know it that dining room is turning into a play room, and then it will be time to move out.  I will find a room for this beauty in my next place, and I owe a big thanks to my little/big brother, Ty.

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xo

Jillian Marie


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I am so giddy about this DIY I could just squeal!  First of all, I am finally collaborating with my amazing sister-in-law Rachel over at dailyroutineblog.com!  We have three boys between the two of us and the timing was perfect to feature a DIY for our boys on my blog, and reveal how it all came together for a segment of ‘fashion friday’s; over on hers.  Rach had been looking for the perfect patterned pants for her littles and found really cute ones online for $40.  It was her idea to make them and when I saw a few examples online I knew my little little needed to sport his own pair,  So after our boys were down for the night we got crafting.

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These plain old tights are $6 at Superstore.  Yes they are in the girls section but let me say our boys are ALL boy.

Now think back, way back to when I stamped my own hipster t-shirt with the horses.  Remember how cool I looked in my fake glasses?  Ok me neither, but click here to get a step by step on making your own stamp for cheap cheap.

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With foam, scissors and fabric paint we went to town on the leggings.
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I was so excited with the results I couldn’t wait to put them on Judah and see my adorable nephews sporting theirs.  The next day we got together for a little photo shoot.  With a little patience, and some chocolately bribes we had our boys co-operating and had so much fun photographing them!

Here is a sneak preview but head over to dailyroutineblog.com for outfit details!  I think i’ll take the $30 bucks I saved and make Jude-dude 3 more pairs!!

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