Desktop Calendar Roundup: September 2012

Ah, September is here! I love Autumn and lucky for me it is now just around the corner! Whether you are holding on to the last few moments of summer or eagerly anticipating the crispness of Fall with me, I hope you love these picks for my September calendar roundup.

To download, simply click on the link below and follow the prompts.

Jennifer Squires


Red Stamp

Pepper and Buttons

Basic Grey

The Look


Every child is an artist


I came across this today and loved it so much that I had to share.

So true. So true.

Being in a creative profession (I'm a Graphic Designer) I believe this to my core. I work hard to foster Chace's (my three year old) creativity and keep him inspired. There is nothing better then seeing the uninhibited creations of a toddler.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Friday Feature!

I've started a little feature that will be only on my Facebook page where I, well, feature one great blog every Friday!

The blogs I will be showcasing are just some of my personal faves that I feel have a lot to offer. I thought it was a fun way to introduce blogs that have amazing content to new readers. Kind of like a virtual blind date set-up if you will.

But don't worry, you don't have to pick up the tab for dinner.

If this little exclusive to my Facebook Fans interests you, please click on over and like me (and see who I'm featuring today).

Who knows, you could find your blog soul mate.


Bringing the Forest Inside

Similarly to how I added new art to our living room (in the form of the painting I did of Chace), I decided to update the art that hung over our leather chair in the family room off the kitchen - and was able to do it for free!

Here is what it looked like before. This is an old picture - I've since redone that tray table - which has since moved to a different location. And Chace's high chair (in the background) is now in storage (sniff) but you get the idea...

Now this same corner looks like this...

Nothing drastic - but still nice.

As mentioned, it was a free makeover as I already owned the frames (but had nothing in them) and took the photos myself. I actually took them the day after I got my current camera as I was eager to test it out (so that would make it Boxing Day 2009). The photos were taken in the forest behind our home. Can't beat that for location and price!

Here is a closer image of them both.

I simply printed each photo out on our home colour printer and trimmed off the white margin.Then I mounted each on a piece of black paper to creat a matt. I then mounted that on the matt that came with the frame.

And since it's really hard to take a clear photo of a photo, here are the two shots that I have in the frames.

One of the speedest art upgrades in history!

What about you - ever made a new display with what you had on hand? Taken photos and used them as art? Gotten sentimental about seeing a snippet of your son's high chair in an old photo? No. Just me then I guess ;).


A Little Deck Refresher

We had some people over for a BBQ recently and decided to take the opportunity to liven up the deck a bit. Make it a bit more cosy and pretty (Yipeeeee!).

After a particularly rainy westcoast Spring and start to Summer our deck wasn't really in it's finest form. A bit too grungy, a bit too dirty and way too drab.

It was like wood invited wood over and threw a wood party. And then mildew and moss showed up and crashed that party...

So after some fantastic deck scrubbing by Chef Kev and some decorating by yours truly we were ready to have some friends over to our 'new' cleaner, brighter deck.

The biggest impact was made from our new outdoor rug. (We got it at Canadian Tire for those interested).

Hanging right above that is the chandelier I refinished last summer. It ties in nicely.

Chef Kev and Mini Chef Kev have their own BBQ areas.

Here is the view as you step out onto the deck. You can see the planters I redid last summer along the right hand side. As well as the herb gardens I refinished last year hanging above them.

You can see how much cleaner the deck is above. And the storage bins below now shine. Ahhhh....

On the table are a few candles and hanging from the umbrella is my favourite funky orb tealight holder.

And what is a BBQ without tiki torches!? I got these from Candian Tire as well, and love the dark espresso finish and chevron inspired weave.

So that is it! A refreshed deck that is oh-so-refreshing to relax in. I love it out here so much that I might actually be sitting here right now writing this blog post. Yup. I am. :)

Have a great long weekend everyone! I hope the time off finds you on a deck with a nice cold beverage in hand.

Weekend Bloggy Reading

Liz Marie Blog


How do you make a black mantel look summery?

Back last Fall when I painted our fireplace mantel black I was not thinking about how I would decorate it come Summer. Not that I regret for one second making the switch but sometimes solving one problem creates a new challenge.

Decorating for Autumn and Winter (Christmas) was easy but come Spring I realized I would have a harder time making it look festive then I did back when it was white.

I didn't blog about how I decorated it for Spring (Easter) but basically it was a woodsey egg theme. Here are a few shots I took before I dismanteled the 'ol mantel.

But what to do with a BLACK MANTEL in summer?

After some reflection (ha, get it? See that big mirror above the mantel) I decided I needed to keep it simple, graphic, punchy and bright. I needed some large vibrant elements that could compete with the heaviness of the black paint colour.

Well hello pink hydrangeas. Thank you for stopping by.

Here it is from a greater distance so that you can see the full effect.

Chef Kev bought a new (to us) beer to try a month or so ago and I loved the simplicity of the bottles so much that I washed and kept them. I thought they'd come in handy for something and this was their first task.

I simply filled five of my new 'vases' with water and added a single hydrangea bloom to each.

Hydrangea stems are very stalky (think tree branch) so to prolong the life of this type of bloom, cut a slit up the stem to allow for better water absorbtion.

Isn't the refection from the mirror neat? It makes it look like there are twice as many bottles and blooms.

And a few close-ups for you...

And one last shot of the room from a distance. You can see the painting I did of Chace. Aren't the bright colours in his painting fun with the pink hydrangeas?

What do you think? Ever changed something in your house for the better only to find yourself with a new dilema? Anyone else decorated their mantel for the summer? Turned any beer bottles into impromptu vases recently?

Weekend Bloggy Reading


Liz Marie Blog
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