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We went for a little road trip and stumbled upon an estate sale.
2 little old ladies (sisters) had outlived their husbands and were  happily crafting their days away in this house.

oh god, what a collection of stuff.

Each room upstairs was filled with a different theme….ladies loved the dolls so much they filled 2 rooms!

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my first customer!

I had my first commission last month.  A custom scarf requested in the softest inky Shi Bui Silk Mohair you could ever imagine. Continue reading

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crazy bout subway tile

I am obsessed with subway tile.
LOOOOVE IT and can’t get enough!

Look how good the tub surround turned out!  Don’t you just love it?
The hand glazed bricks are slightly varied in their shades of white and the resulting random pattern is quite lovely. Dale picked up the tiles from the Stone Tile clearance outlet for $1.14 a square foot. AMAZING!  We picked a matte finish 3×6 field tile style based on info we learned about historically authentic subway tiles from this site.

There was hardly any waste once I got the hang of the tile saw and realized tiny chips from the edge weren’t the end of the world, the grout covers them lickity split.
We got a little ahead of ourselves and mixed up the mortar before researching what we needed to use for spacers…whoops. Thank God for the I-phone, google and this handy tile setter FAQ.  These fellas seemed to think that no spacers are actually needed for 90% of modern subway tiles, so we dove in spacer free.  And it worked! We got all the tiles up on the wall in 4 hours…cleaning up all the hardened mortar took another hour…sigh. Note to self, wipe and clean as you go!
mid grout
I did the grout in the powder room floor so I guess that makes me the official grouter.  Dale put me in charge of this job while he finished installing the kitchen floor.  Second note to self, don’t mix the WHOLE box of grout, a little goes a long way….whoops.

Confession time, I really enjoy grouting. Yup…fave reno job so far….maybe taking a weekend off to go the the cottage between setting the tiles and filling the tiles helped a bit as well, grin.

The bathroom has come a long way, a couple more passes at sanding and mudding and we will be ready to paint!



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we heart the re-store

We are so lucky to have access to 4 Re-Stores in Toronto, and another 4 more on route to Peterborough. I can’t recommend shopping the Re-Store enough, especially if you are doing whole home renos.  How do you feel about paying less than 50% for new stuff that you had to buy anyhow?  I LOVE IT!!!  You won’t believe all the amazing stuff we find!

Our last trip to Ottawa netted us some pretty amazing flooring options for the house, and they were having a 20% off sale. 20% stuff marked down more than 50% anyhow!  AMAZINGGGGGGG and means we can install some pretty lux finishes instead of having to go with the cheapest (in more ways than one) options all the time.

Okay super deal #1

In the upper bathroom we are going with a heavy duty Armstrong commercial floor. It’s a really fresh mix of soft grey and white that is going to look great next to all the white fixtures and chunky woodwork.  This picture isn’t doing the thing justice, it is fresh and modern looking, this ain’t your grannies vinyl flooring.    Added bonus, the solid surface is going to be super easy to clean and durable.  Super bonus, the whole roll only cost $10. Yup, ten bucks. Crazy, I know…even Dale couldn’t argue with that number. SOLD!
bathroom floor
Super deal #2

We were able to pick up lots of adhesive for the sub-floor as well at a bargoon price of $3 bucks a tube rather than the $6.99 Home Depot price tag. Did I mention that everything at the Re-Store is also tax free? There  is a whole whack of new stuff there left over from building projects and housing developments besides all the salvaged goodies.  Plus all of their stock has been donated so every dollar you spend in there goes back to the Habitat for Humanity organization to build houses for families in need.  You can feel pretty smug with yourself  while you are scoring some pretty awesome deals for your own build project. Win win!

Super deal #3

Dale found us a gorgeous Soaker Tub at the Re-Store in Oshawa, normally $500 plus, this one was brand new and marked $50. They had a whole bunch and wanted them out the door! The Oshawa location is also pretty great for gardening supplies, closet organizers, staircases (yes new staircases) and entry doors. Things move really fast at this one.

Super deal #4

While we were there we picked up a whole bunch of paint rollers, trays, rubber gloves and low tack painter’s tape for a fraction of what it normally costs and a few cans of this special paint formulated to remove traces of fire and smoke. We figured it would do the trick with some of our smelly shmoker’s rooms, but the paint ended up being hard as a rock when we opened the cans. Not a problem, the Re-store has a good return policy. As for that person who donated useless paint to a charity rather than disposing of it, shame on you…never donate anything that doesn’t work or is damaged and or broken, the place for that kind of junk is in the garbage.

Super Deal #5 Especially for you!

The 4 Toronto locations are all featuring a 20% off sale this weekend, great chance to go check it out for yourself.

Happy 20th birthday Habitat for Humanity!

Some info about Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. They will train you to do anything you are interested in learning. No skills required, just a big heart, your time and an interest in making someone’s life a little better.

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