What my Dad taught me

 

35089311-5934-405E-98DF-0BC9C9E0A972I’ve been meaning to do this blog post for a little while but up to now it’s been really painful. Today marks 10 days since I lost my Dad to cancer.  My Dad taught me a lot in his almost 83 years.  Was he perfect? Of course not. In fact there were many years where for various reasons we were estranged. Part of me longs for those missing years but I also know that maybe that distance was somehow in God’s plan.   I know it’s always easy to think of all the good things about someone when they pass.  It seems somewhat disrespectful to talk about what an ass someone was after they die. However that being said, yes my Dad was a jerk sometimes, aren’t we all after all? I choose to focus on the legacy he left with me. 

The things that resonate with me that my dad taught me were at the time not always lessons I wanted to learn or accept. In fact I sometimes downright resented him for it.  However I want to remember the important things he taught me and pass them on to my kids and share them with others. 

Education is important  

My Dad wasn’t an educated man. At best I think he had a high school education. Right out of high school he was lucky to secure a job at a bank and that is where he gained most of his experience in his career.  I think it taught him to deal with people. In his career he was a mayor of a small town, a real estate agent and a loans officer.  When he was a young adult, post secondary education wasn’t possible.  As a result,  I think that’s why he always wanted better for us,  he always encouraged my sisters and I to pursue an education. At the time I resented it.  I didn’t particularly enjoy my first few years of school but he gave all of us the ultimatum to work instead of going to university without his financial support.  I’ll be honest, at the time, I  thought this was unfair.  Now as a parent of young adults I totally get and agree with it.   My Dad always instilled a good work ethic. Even years after he retired he always kept himself busy with various ventures like real estate and house flipping.


Have a sense of humour and be a people person

My Dad has been described as having “larger than life” personality.  Did everyone like him? Probably not! Lol! He had pretty strong political opinions which I as a free-thinking teenager didn’t always agree with.  But,  he always spoke from his heart and what he felt was right.  He meant well and  he tried his best to be friendly and outgoing to everyone he met. This is something that I know I inherited from him and I’m grateful for it. My Dad could talk to anyone. I was truly touched by the letter that was written by a couple of nurses who cared for  him in his last few weeks before he passed away.  He was immensely proud of my sisters and I.  I was touched to see that he still had my university convocation program, newspaper  clippings from my sister’s swim meets and pictures from my eldest sister’s graduation. In the last few weeks of his life he was pretty cranky  but his true personality was still there despite the hardships he faced.  His nurses talked about his likeable personality and spirit and pride in his family.  His attitude when he was ill was downright admirable. I was in awe of his positive outlook. He knew so many people from his many business and personal relationships over the years. Everyone knows him and remembers him fondly.

Never miss an opportunity to tell someone you love them. 

My Dad was an affectionate person, he was never shy about telling someone how he felt. He was always ready to give a hug when needed. I always loved that about my Dad! ❤️

Forgiveness will set you free. 

My Dad wasn’t perfect and made mistakes like everyone. In his later years he spoke often about forgiveness. One thing that he helped me realize was that forgiveness isn’t only for the person you are forgiving but also to set yourself free.

Family is important

My Dad was raised very poor in the 1930’s and 1940’s with no running water and electricity until he was a teenager. On top of that, his father passed away when he was only 6 years old leaving behind 8 children including my Dad being the youngest son.  He loved and respected his mother and even though she passed away over 30 years ago. He spoke of my Grandma often. He shared her strong will and values. She came to Canada as an immigrant from the Ukraine as a young adult and raised her large family alone in tough economic times.  My Dad always tried to bring family together when he could. Family relationships can be complicated but it was something that he held dear to his heart. Even in the final few months of his life organized a family gathering to celebrate his life. He jokingly said he’d rather people see him alive than dead, that’s my Dad’s sense of humour for you 😉 

My Dad was a wise man whom I’ll miss very much. Thank you Dad for the things you taught me ❤️

RIP Dad! I love you now and always ❤️ XO

🌸🌿🌱Dollar Tree Spring Succulent Decor 🌿🌱🌸

79D2C815-3172-492E-A0CB-DF72EC8625FESpring is in the air!! 🌱🍃🌿 Well maybe not quite where I live but that doesn’t mean that I’m not ready to pull out pretty pastel colours and make some pretty Spring crafts 🌸🌿🌱🐰

I walked into the dollar tree and was drawn to the pretty pastel succulents I saw! I also am a big fan of the coloured speckled eggs and I couldn’t help but notice how beautifully everything coordinated!!

Heres what you’ll need:

-a galvanized container

-assorted faux succulents

-floral foam

-assorted coloured speckled eggs

-Spanish moss

-Metal die cut sign

-succulent stickers ( optional)

this is literally a no glue project.

1. place the floral foam in the container and spread the moss out and add the stickers to the front of the container

2. Stick the succulents into the floral foam and tuck in the eggs in around the succulents and place the die cut sign where you like and Voila! You have an adorable spring/Easter succulent display 🌿🌸🌱 Happy Spring ☀️🐰🌸

 

 

 

 

Fun DIY Valentine’s Coffee Bar Decor

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Happy New Year everyone! It’s been a few months since I posted something new on the blog. I was feeling inspired to make to make some cute valentine decor for my coffee bar. I by no means thought of this idea.  There are quite a few tutorials on YouTube.  I just had to try this myself and I am super happy with the results 💗🎂💗❤️
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so far I’ve made a fake cake and a cute whipped topping for my Rae Dunn cup.
Here’s what you’ll need. Almost all the supplies are from the dollar store or Walmart

The important thing to remember is to use the lightweight Spackle as it’s the most similar consistency to frosting/icing.
the other thing is that any utensils, piping bags, knives, spoons, etc. can no longer be used for food once you’ve used them for you faux cake 🎂 

I also used a combination of real candy and beads and berries to decorate my cake

so all you really do is add some acrylic paint to the Spackle to get your desired colour. I then used a flat paint scraper I got at the dollar store to “ice” the cake. While the Spackle is still wet you can pipe on trim with another colour of Spackle using your piping bag.  I then pressed on some faux berries and sprinkled on some glitter and other candies on the top. You can press these on while it’s still wet. It dries pretty quickly.
I’m not terribly talented in the piping bag decorating but I think my cake has a cute “homemade” look 😆😊❤️🎂

For the whipped topping cup topper I traced the top of my cup and cut out a piece of cardboard. I then piped on some “faux whipped cream” Spackle and then sprinkled on some candy and glitter and pressed a paper straw that I cut off on the top. It dries in no time and it looks so cute!!💗🎂❤️🥰

That’s pretty much it! You can use all kinds of containers in different shapes and sizes to make different cakes 🎂 🍰🧁 to decorate your kitchen.   I got a kitchen aid mixer for Christmas so I may actually try to make a real cake 🤔 at some point but for now these are fun!
Happy crafting ❤️🎂❤️💗

DIY fabric Pumpkins using vintage materials

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I’ve been inspired lately with the beautiful & fancy pumpkins I’ve seen all over Instagram and Pinterest and my favourite shops like Winners. One day I was at my favourite thrift store and they announced on the loud speaker that all ladies tops were 50% off!  I wasn’t looking for clothing that day but my eyes were drawn to all of the pretty sequin and sparky fabric tops! My mind immediately thought pumpkins!! I was further inspired by all the lovely vintage brooches I saw near the checkout and all the sudden I had an idea!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-vintage fabric or stretch knit sequin vintage sweaters or blouses

-vintage brooches or jewelry

-enbroidery floss

-assorted faux leaves or flowers

-glue gun & glue sticks

-gold paint

-stuffing (I used a big ball of thick yarn)

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The nice thing about making these pumpkins is they are all unique and different and completely upcycled! I loved how pretty the vintage jewelry complimented the pretty fabrics!

To make:

My method is pretty easy, no sewing needed! I simply made a ball with my stuffing to the desired size, cut out a large square piece of fabric from my top. Stretch  knit fabrics work best as they can be pulled and shaped easily.  Place the ball or stuffing in the centre, gather it up and tie it all together at the top either using an elastic or embroidery thread. I then just got glued and tucked in and gathers. I then wrapped the embroidery floss around to create sections of the 🎃 pumpkin.

Now comes the fun part, I pinned on the vintage brooches and pins creating stems and placed faux leaves and flowers around the top to cover any raw edges!

I love how pretty and unique they are!  I hope you like them and see inspired to make some too!

happy crafting 🥰💜🍂🍁

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Anyone who knows me well understands or tries to understand my need to change up my surroundings. This not only includes seasonal decor but I also enjoy different themes. My latest obsession is the coastal 🌊🐚 farmhouse style. Some of you might not be familiar with this style. Think driftwood, soft muted greys, soft sea glass greens and muted and chippy white and cream.  Since I change up my decor often I have to do it inexpensively. I look for pieces at the thrift stores and dollar store.

Here are a few elements of coastal style to look for

1. Driftwood or rustic wood. Look for barnwood or aged  pieces

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2. Sea glass green accents. Could be pillows or accessories

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3. Coastal accessories so this may include seashells, wicker and other textures that add to the space

4. Muted greys-this can be in area rugs or your furniture. Soft grey chalk painted furniture or a muted grey area rug

5. Natural florals and succulents. Any coastal destination I’ve travelled often has lovely hydrangeas as they love rainy weather and sandy soil. I love incorporating them into my decor.

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Those are my tips for incorporating this casual easy style even if you live far away from the sea like I do! Thanks for reading ❤️

 

 

 

DIY Dollar Tree Cotton Tassel Rug

3ACD2A73-6D14-4A13-9DFE-4ECFE2E9A70BC498B2EA-D0A4-451E-9D51-2CF0957A7094So I jumped on the Dollar Tree DIY bandwagon this weekend and made this adorable cotton tassel rug with 8 cotton bath mats and a couple of cotton mop heads and a glue gun!! I am beyond happy with how it turned out! These types of rugs can be expensive, this is a really inexpensive DIY   🙌🏻

In Canada where I live, everything at Dollar Tree is $1.25 each. Even with that this rug only cost $12.50 to make plus a pack of glue sticks!

Here’s what you’ll need

-8 cotton bath rugs(more or less depending how big you want your rug to be), this rug is approximately 4X6, give or take . The rugs I found had a pattern on the front and I preferred the plain rustic cotton side so I flipped them over.

-2 cotton mop heads

I only needed 2 mop heads and I had left overs to make 22 tassels

-glue gun and glue sticks

 

Making this rug is a snap. Basically all you do is hot glue the smaller rugs together with hot glue. The key is gluing the seams and pushing them together rather than overlapping them. You could sew these pieces together with a sewing machine  as well with a simple zig zag stitch.

I made the tassels from the cotton mop by trimming off 5 strands, folding them over, tie a loop at the top and then wrap a few times around. The tassels don’t have  to be perfect, they add to the rustic look. I flipped over the edge and glued part of the top to the back of the rug and voila!! I made 22 tassels and used 1 1/2 mop heads

I am so happy with how this rug looks in my space!! It’s farmhouse and a bit boho which I love!❤️

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Thanks for reading and happy crafting ❤️

 

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Well spring has officially sprung in Alberta.  Well, that means that the snow is melted and the weather is pleasantly warm. However, the grass is still brown, leaves aren’t out yet and the bulbs in the partially frozen ground are barely peeping their heads out of the earth.

I’ve always wanted to try forcing spring bulbs and 3 weeks I gave it a try and I’m thrilled with the results and how easy it was to do!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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-a large glass container- any size will do but one with a wider base and a bit of height works well to support your bulbs as they grow. These containers can be found at thrift stores or even the dollar store very inexpensively

-a bunch of pebbles, gravel, rocks or even decorative marbles will work. I got a big jar at my local dollar store. Contrary to what you may think, bulbs don’t require soil to grow. How cool is that?

-spring bulbs-I used Dutch irises but anything will work, paper whites, gladiolus, amaryllis, etc. Again I just picked mine up at the dollar store.

Directions: all you have have to do is fill your glass container with your gravel or rocks about an inch or two.

Remove any loose onion like skin off your bulbs.  Gently nest your bulb a little into the rocks. They don’t have to be deep. Then pour  enough water in the container to cover a small portion of the bottom of the bulb. Do not immerse your bulbs, a little water works great. You can top up the water if you need to every few days when needed .

Next, place your container in a sunny location and watch the magic happen in a few weeks! The bulbs will root and grow! It’s so exciting to see how fast they grow in only a few weeks! I can’t wait until they bloom! It should be soon! Happy planting 🌱🌿🌷