8.7.14

I 'art' this art gallery wall

See what I did there? 'art' instead of 'heart'. Ahh... never mind.

But speaking of art, that's the topic of today's post!

Not long ago, I shared Chace's new bedroom dresser that I scored for cheap on Craigslst and refinished with chalk paint. It replaced two dressers that were along that wall. Originally we used the dressers as a diaper change station as well (see that here). A few years ago I created some cute robot art that hung above one of the dressers.

Well, now that Chace is WAY past the diaper stage (ThankYou.ThankYou.ThankYou) and we have a new sheriff dresser in town, the babyish robot art wasn't quite working anymore.


Hi little guy. Bye little guy.

Hello new gallery wall for my budding five-year-old artist!


I was originally thinking I might put some quirky animal prints up on this wall but when I came across these picture frames last week I quickly changed my focus. Chace comes home with new art daily (which I love) and I had been thinking it would be nice to find a way to feature it. So when I spotted these frames that were made for interchanging art I quickly scooped four of them up.


They open easily at the top and have an affixed bulldog clip to make switching out art really easy (which I will detail below). The frames are from Real Canadian Superstore.

But first I needed to hang them. I knew I wanted to centre them above the dresser so I started by measuring the dresser length: 64". Then I measured the width of each frame: 11.75". I had four frames so had a combined frame width of 47". Subtracting 47" from 64" I was left with 17". I divided that by 5 (I wanted equal spacing between each frame and also on the left and right) and was left with 3.4".

I grabbed my laser level and aimed it across the wall at a height of 68". As a general rule the middle of artwork should be about 5' from the ground. Since my frames are 15" tall I added half of that height - 7.5" - to five feet (60") and then just rounded up half an inch to 68".


Then I marked the wall based on my math.


To hang them, I used my trusty Command picture hanging strips from 3M which I have blogged my love for in the past (no, this post is not sponsored I am just obsessed with this product). I seriously wish I had invented these. I also removed the screws on the back of the frames so that they would sit flush to the wall.


To easily place the art inside, the frame opens in the front by lifting the top edge which slides out the sheet of plexiglass.


Genius!

Then I had Chace choose four pieces of art and clipped each one in.


The bulldog clip is attached to the back of the frame which makes switching art a really easy process - I don't even have to take the frame off the wall!


And then I simply hung them all up.


As for what art Chace chose? I'm glad you asked.

First up we have a daycare project which asked Chace what he wanted to be when he grew up. The answer, "a chef'! I guess he was inspired to be like daddy - ChefKev.


Next we have a picture that Chace drew for me. Inspired by his love of the show Cake Boss, Chace drew me a dog cake with a candle in it and a heart. Picture Perfect! That's how we roll BAYBEE! (that was Buddy talking incase you weren't sure).


Following that we have a colourful Octopus and some 8's - a workbook page that Chace brought home from daycare.


And last but not least we have a cute clover. May the luck of the Irish be with us.


As Chace creates new art that he wants to feature, we simply swap one out!



And Chace is pretty proud of his new gallery wall. I'd even go so far to say he 'arts' it. See what I did there again?

Any new art creations in your home? Do you have a gallery wall or special spot for displaying children's art? I think this has seriously given the fridge a run for its money.

Stay in touch!

    

25.6.14

Behind Closed Doors

You may recall my recent main floor powder room refresher where I took her from chocolate to vanilla...


But what you didn't see was what was lurking behind those cabinet doors. I sincerely hope no guest has ever creeped a peek in there...


for obvious reasons.


Oh. Man.

Now, in my defence I'm not a slob. I'm actually a bit of a neat freak. The biggest problem here was the lack of any kind of system. It was just a big space with inadequate containers to hold everything we store in here - mainly my nail stuff, medical supplies, batteries and soaps etc.

But have no fear. It's all under control and now looks like this.


Yes. My retinas can now stop burning.

I'll break it all down for you so you can relive it with me (excited?). After I cleared everything out I gave the cabinet a good clean and accessed what I needed. Most of the storage bins are from the Samla line at Ikea with the exception of the one I used for my nail supplies which is from the Antonia line. 

Basically I just went through each mess one by one and contained them. First up was our medical supplies. How would you like to dig through this for a bandaid?


I used the deep Samla box and added a top tray to help separate everything.



Goody. Now we can all go out and scrape our knees.

Seeing as we have a five year old, we go through our share of batteries. So we keep a box of 'new batteries' under here as well as a box for them to go into when they are ready for recycling.

The old system left a lot to be desired (bonus points if you can guess what kind of yogurt I like).



But the new system is much better. Here is the box for the new ones. The new "to be recycled" one is empty as I'm going to take the yogurt ones to the depot. Everyone loves a good recycled yogurt battery.


My manicure supplies were this breathtaking display of form and function...


But now they too are yogurt free and MUCH better organized (this is my favourite one!)


As for the other miscellaneous stuff we had in the cabinet (soap, wipes, candles etc)...


they all have a new home as well.


But JUST bins just won't do. Oh no. I had to label these suckers! 

I made simple labels and printed them on adhesive laser printer paper. To notch the corners I used a standard single hole punch.



Once everything was put away we had a nice orderly cabinet.




It feels good to get this one checked off my list as it's been bugging me for quite awhile!

And now if my guests do creep a peek in my cabinet they won't be horrified by what they find. Unless of course they are offended by nail polish and batteries. 


What about you? Done any long overdue organizing lately? Have any go-to solutions or favourite tricks? An organized space makes me ridiculously happy - tell me I"m not alone!

Stay in touch!

    

23.6.14

Drink UP!

Happy Monday! This is an oldie but a goodie! With Canada Day just around the bend I thought I'd repost this July 2012 post (say that five times fast) as I have seen a lot of traffic (via Pinterest) to it over the last week. It's a fun Canada Day inspired drink - enjoy!

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This Sunday is Canada Day - which is quite appropriate given that I'm Canadian ;). ... So here's a little idea that you may enjoy tipping back as you tip your hat to this great country.
















































Now I don't think I need to point out the obvious, but you probably notice that this drink is layered in red and white - just like our amazing Canadian flag. How patriotic! And gorgeous. And tasty!

I can't take full credit for this idea though. This morning as I was feeding my little guy breakfast I had the 'Today Show' on in the background. Given that July 4th is coming up, they were doing a segment on entertaining ideas for the holiday. They featured an amazing layered red, white and blue drink. I thought, "hey, I want to try that" so I went to their site looking for some direction.

What I found was a section linking to favourite pinterest inspired July 4th ideas and I found the inspiration for the drink I saw - which led me to this site.

So, I got started.

What you will need for this is:
Ice
Sprite Zero
Cranberry Juice
Strawberries

First I filled my glasses about 1/3 full of ice.























Then I filled each cup about 1/3 full of cranberry juice.






















Then I added a bit more ice and begain to layer. I poured in another third of Sprite Zero. The key to layering is to pour your second beverage DIRECTLY on to an ice cube so that it does not mix into the cranberry juice.






















You can see the Sprite Zero hitting the ice cube above.

Here they all are with their second 'white' layers.






















So then I went to add another layer of red cranberry juice.






















FAIL! flopzilla. mixville.

I think what happened here is that the layers mixed because the sugar in my cranberry juice, was denser/heavier than the sugars in my pop. There is a note about drink sugars here. I thought I had covered my bases, but apparently not.

Oh well, on to plan B.

I cut up some strawberries and created a new red layer! They didn't sink down as I was careful when placing them and made sure they sat on top of the ice.






















And when that was all said and done we had this!














































































































































































































HAPPY CANADA DAY!

I must admit, I drank the one that I messed up as I typed this post. Delicous!

I'll save the two pretty ones for Chef Kev and Chace :)

Have a wonderful and safe long weekend everyone. We're off to do some fun things around town and celebrate a good friends' birthday.

And probably drink a few more of these no doubt.


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