Happiness & Heartbreak

It has been a whirlwind of a month of good times and sad times.  I had a great getaway week with some of my best friends down south and got to lay back in the hot sun relaxing and having fun. There was 13 of us that went on a trip and we had a great time from beginning to end.  I was faced with a couple challenges along the way but made sure I didn’t let them get me down!

So we land in Dominican and as soon sis I walk off the plane, a gust of wind hits me and I get a rock in my eye! I have the most sensitive eyes, they tear up just from light. So I’m standing in line waiting to go through customs and both my eyes are watering so bad! I litterally look like I’m bawling my eyes out. Thankfully they didn’t stop me at customs.

So I head to the washroom once I make it through and try to wash my eye out… No success. So the bawling continues all the way to the resort. It is so painful I don’t want to blink or look in any direction as I can just feel it scratching my eyeball. Get to the resort and it’s the afternoon so we’re getting ready for an early dinner, still can’t cry this thing out of my eye. I also can’t see anything in my eye

So we head to dinner and I have to carry Kleenex around with me to continue dabbing the tears that won’t stop falling. I’m now exhausted and my eyes are burning from crying all afternoon. Make it through dinner and were all sitting in the lobby drinking afterwards. All of a sudden I blink and I don’t feel any pain! I blink and blink again and I feel nothing! Excitement overtakes me and I start waving my hands and tell everyone I have an announcement to make! I yell “my eyeball is free, it’s gone!” Sooo happy, even though I couldn’t wear makeup the next couple days as my eyelid is swollen, red and sore.

Rest of the trip was a great time, hit up the disco every night, did get a cold mid trip and also came home sick and lost my voice. Walked into the casino with $0 and walked out with $30, a hat and shirt. Had some great luck at the black jack table!

Then it was time for it all to end. Had to head home back to reality. So I come home, only to find out my baby girl (cat) was not doing to good. She slowly stopped eating over 3 days and I didn’t think she was going to make it through the night. I spent half the night laying on the floor with her, saying my goodbyes, crying and hoping she would peacefully go through the night. She finally left me to go elsewhere in the house so I went to bed.

I woke up in the morning and ransacked the house to find her and see if she was okay. She was hiding in a cold dark space in the basement. I brought her upstairs and tucked her in a blanket on the couch and had to leave for the day. I came straight home from work and found her laying in the cold dark basement again.

I spent the evening laying in bed with her and my other cat. We snuggled the whole evening until she moved to the floor and I moved down with her. I was praying she would go peacefully but it didn’t seem to be in the plan. She was very docile the whole time, until something went wrong. We then had to rush her to the emergency vet and they gave her a pain killer and relaxant. They thought she would relax and go naturally, but she was holding on. I think she was scared and wanted to fight.

Finally the vet came in and said we should probably euthanize her. My heart just broke harder because it was now real… She was officially going to leave me for good. 11 wonderful years, I rescued her from being putdown back then, saved her from whatever abusive place she was left behind from and helped her to love and trust humans again.

I am heartbroken she’s now gone. It’s always one of the hardest things in life to face. I cried so much for the next couple days, felt like I was in a big slump. Didn’t want to get out of bed… But now we have to keep moving on.


Bottle opener plaques

I inherited a bunch of old bottle openers that used to be installed in out hotel rooms where I work.  They’re the little metal ones you screw into the wall.  I wanted to make some gifts for Christmas for my finances brothers for when they have their own man caves.  So I headed out to Michele’s and found some small wooden plaques for $5 each.  

So I will admit that the wood I chose wasn’t strong enough.  I wasn’t sure how I was going to reinforce the plaques but I wanted to proceed with the project and figure the rest out later.  As I was making these for specific people I thought I would keep it simple and just put their initials on each of their plaques.  So I picked my colours and traced each of their initials out and got to painting.

I had some old wood left over in my garage so I had my fiancé cut me a couple and I used them to reinforce the plaques.  I painted the backs black as well but I didn’t bother with the wood finish.  I only put wood finish on the front of the plaques.  I used wood glue to stick the pieces of wood together as I knew once I screwed the bottle openers on it would also help with the reinforcement.

Then I drilled screw holes into the plaques and ensured they didn’t go through the letters in the front of the plaques.  As the bottle openers were extremely rusty, I did buy spray paint to paint them chrome and hide the rustiness.  The bottle openers look like new!


Tada! My gifts are complete! New I just need to come up with the perfect idea for my own bottle opener design!

Rustic old window frames And engagements

Another little project underway!  Picked up some old window frames online and left them sitting in my garage all summer waiting for me to do something with them.  Finally the last heat wave we had in the fall and our first signs of winter, I finally picked them up and stripped them down.

i had the perfect two weeks off and I went to town on projects around the house.  Thought for sure I would become stir crazy but that never happened, and I was enjoying myself and my projects so much, I didn’t want to go back to work.  (Unfortunately I did still)

It took me two days and to many hours to strip all th layers of paint off these bad boys.  It was so tedious, I was happy I only stripped paint on the one side.  I did get a bit of a sore throat from not using the right face mask.  So I continually lathered and scrapped the paint off these window frames.  I had to recall the back of these windows, and I cracked two of them when scraping the old caulking off.  I was a little upset about this as I did pay extra to have all windows in tact still, but I guess I’ve now added that extra rustic feel to them.


Once I stripped them, I repainted them with a rustic white I had.  I didn’t want to take the old paint off but it was chipping too much and I thought it might be lead.  Since I got my engagement photos back, I’ve nicely printed off a couple of my favs and put them in the frames.

 I bought these bad boys today and now I just need the fiancé to fix them to the frames and hang them on the wall.  With these taking up prime realty on my stairwell wall, I’m not sur where I will out my wedding photos one day!

I think I’m also going to hang the bat I carved our wedding date and initials into as well.  Not sure how or where to fit it in.  Can’t wait for my Save the Dates to get here any day!

Asking a bridesmaid

One of the most stressful things of getting married is asking your bridesmaids.  At least for me it seems to be.  While I’ve been stressing over, who to ask, when to ask and how to ask, I’ve been doing some creative crafting.  I’ve been working on these boxes for a couple months now, bit by bit.

First, I started with the hangers.  I got inspire at a wedding show when I saw someone making these and selling them.  I thought, I can do that!  So off to the Dollarstore and Michaels I went. I got the wooden hangers from the dollar store and the wire from michaels.

When I started I didn’t use any tools to help my shaping of the letters.  I think the gage of wire I used was either 18 or 20.  The hangers had a wooden piece across the middle, so I just broke that off and the holes were already there for the wire to go into.

I’m by no means a pro at this (yet), but I had fun doing it! As I got to the last couple ones I wanted to use, I started using a nail polish bottle to wrap the metal around for better loops. Then I just ensued my edges were long enough so I could centre the metal before gluing it into the holes. I’m thinking of writing my wedding date at the top of the hangers.  Thought?

I also picked up these photo boxes and ribbon from Michaels, along with the monogram letters.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, I just thought everything I found randomly went together.


So I got to work with my little helper! He thought I bought 3 boxes for him and was determined to fit into one.  He also thought the ribbon was for him as well.  So I cut th thick ribbon into 3 equal parts and only had enough to do the lids of each box.

 Then I took the lace ribbon and made 3 bows to go on top.  I played with the monograms for awhile, trying to figure out where on the boxes I wanted to place them.  I knew I had to be very careful as they were sticky and I needed to place them straight the first time.

Got out my hot glue gun and here’s the finished box!  Then I just had to fill it up.  I’m not sure if I’m done yet, but this is what I have so far.

Each of them gets a piece of our Christmas tree trunk that I saved and cut into coaster sizes. I’ve inherited a wood burned which I’m still practicing with and carved each of their initials in it. These were orobi ally going to say ‘bridesmaid?’ But I couldn’t get it to look good. So I kept it simple and put their initial in it.  There’s Chapstick and bubbly, along with the painted champagne glasses I painted.

Lastly, I just wrote on cardstock, ‘Bridesmaid?’ With my date on it. Do you think it’s too simple?  Now it’s just a waiting game for the right time to ask each of them! Wish me luck!

Champagne please!

I got some cute little champagne glasses from the dollar store (obvi!).  These are the final addition to my bridesmaid boxes that I’m making.  I saw something really cute that someone made them into dresses with  skirt and wanted to try it.

So to start I drew the top of a dress on them. I left the stem plain as I was planning on putting the tule skirt on them.

No champagne glass dress would be complete without some sparkles!  So I added some decor on my dresses.  I’m hoping they don’t look too Christmassy now.  I attempted a skirt on one but it was too hard and I’m not that talented yet.

Okay it looked horrible.  I couldn’t figure out how to rescue it and I didn’t have the right material. So I painted all the stems to make it look like a slim dress.

So this is if the final product!  I’m not sure if there is specific paint for glass but if there is I would recommend using that instead of acrylic.  I found I was just peeling the bottom layer of paint up each time I added a new coat, even after letting it try.  Might add a little more glitter on them and then it’s time to celebrate!

Fall Wreaths

My mom is the one who showed me the reigns of wreath making.  We did mother/daughter Christmas and spring wreaths and I decided it was time to create fall ones.  My first chore was to go out and collect pine cones.  Now, I live in a city so my options are limited… However, there just so happens to be a yard that randomly has 3 extremely tall pines trees in its miniature front yard on the next street over.  I’ve always wondered who would think to plant these trees in such a small yard and always found it an eye sore.  This past weekend however… I was thankful for them!

I figured.. Why not go help a neighbour out and clean up all the pine cones off their front yard for them!  Now I thought it be best to keep it anonymous so, I decided a midnight trip was best.  My friend and I set out around midnight with a plastic bag and collected all the pine cones we could see in the dark.  We came back with our haul, went to bed to be all rested up for our morning of crafting.

I had already purchased the wreath ring and some other small supplies to use from the amazing dollar store.

So we got to work gluing all the pine cones to our rings. I found this works best if you put the glue right on the pine cone and then press down on the ring where you want it.  We glued all the pine cones down to both rings, then I did my best attempt at making bows with the mesh ribbon I had purchased.

This was a little more difficult than I anticipated as I found it was too wide for my wreaths but I tried to make it work. I also wrapped the mesh around the wreath to try and add more character.   I ended up changing the below design a little bit as I found it too overpowering on the wreath.

Once my flowers we’re cut I glued them on in a random patern on one wreath, the realized I didn’t have enough of the same flowers it mimick the other.  I have since gone back to purchase more flowers and will be gluing them on once I have a moment, but until then… Here’s my finished product!

I think it’s too soon to hang them, I want to hold onto every last minute of this summer, but I can’t wait till they’re up on my front doors!

Nail Polish Box Upgrade

So I’ve been told I need to upgrade my nail polish box that I made when I was 12 or 13.  The original box was an old baby shoe box from when my little brother was a baby…. He’s now 19!

So I bought a photo box and decided to bring my nail polish box out of the 90’s and upgrade it to the new millennium :). I used whatever decor I had in my craft junk box, which I will also have to give an upgrade to as well one day!

I had some ribbon and stick on letters so I made the top look like a present box.  I glued the ribbons on with a glue gun but it was surprisingly difficult to make them straight.  I did try to make a line win pencil but the glue dried too fast if I didn’t get the ribbon on quick enough so I had to just put it where it landed on the box as best as possible.

I tried to keep with the glitter theme, but my fireworks look didn’t turn out that good.  I used too much white glue for the dots and they ran a little bit.

I had the deco tape whose name I can’t think of and put some of that on the box along with boarder ribbon.  I used gel pens to add some feather drawings.

Finally I made a flower out of ribbon and sewed the middle to hold it together and glued it on.  I had some stick on flowers I also added in.

So I think I’ve officially upgraded my nail box and everything fits perfectly!  While I’m not 100% happy with the outcome I think it’s good enough for another 17 years before I’ll have to do it again!