Graduation Milestone

This Spring I have both jr. and senior proms and graduations. I love a good party, more so I enjoy planning a good party.  I like exploring neat ideas and mostly I get pleasure when my guests have a great experience.  This party was an outdoor picnic theme. We served pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw and kettle chips.  I kept everything very simple and the feedback from guest the next day was very positive.

Enjoy the photo party and easy ideas!



The last few parties I have planned or hosted it has been all about the helium balloons.They are a quick, fun and easy way to decorate. For this outdoor party these large number balloons added to the graduation theme.



This simple balloon bouquet was just the right touch.


Very simple self serve popcorn station.


Another easy self serve idea.



For special events I like to go one step further with the cake. This is a work of art.


You can use mason jars for so many things, such a simple and easy idea.



A great way to end a wonderful evening.


As seen on Pinterest: Teacup Bird Feeder

I had to clean out some dead branches from an area in my yard. The tops of the trees are beautiful and provide lots of privacy but the bottoms of the trees had lots of dead branches. I often noticed little birds hanging out in the trees. I thought these teacup bird feeders would be a great way to add to the empty space and bring more of those lovely little birds to the trees.  I have a few more plans for this space as it leads to a pathway of wild blackberry bushes.


I purchased all the cups and saucers from a thrift shop. I also found beads and ribbons to use for hangers. The glue I picked up at a hardware store. I selected glue that was waterproof.  A glue gun would work as well.





Fall Around Our Home

Fall is in its peek here in Eastern Canada.

I decorate the fireplace mantel with the seasons. Pumpkins from the farmers market, owls and flowers from dollar store and sign from Marshals.IMG_0080 copyPumpkins from the grocery store, wood collected off the beach and lights from Winners.IMG_0081 copyIMG_0082 copyMaple trees in the back yard.

Burning scented candles always takes me to a warm place. Received as a gift from a friend.

IMG_0093 copyDried Hydrangeas from the front garden. Flowers from the garden, wood collected off the beach and glass holder from Winners.

IMG_0092 copyCabin Fever in the bedroom. Pillows from target ( when they were in Canada), bedding from LL Bean. IMG_6477

As seen on Pinterest

Our friends announced they are getting married the week we will be away camping at a beautiful beach. They are having a beach wedding followed by a big party in the campground. I have to say it is a first for me but I am looking forward to it. We are all helping with the planning and preparations and I took on the place settings. Now, your not going to take silver and crystal to an outdoor camping event but how about plastic and paper.

As seen on PINTEREST

Now here is what I did…

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The first before and after shots

The contractors moved out a few weeks ago and the new sofa has arrived and I am shopping the clearance weekly to try and find the best deals to decorate all this new living space I have.

Since my son was away on a school trip for a few days I decided to get his room finished as a little surprise for him on his return. He is a 15 year old teen boy and from my experiences thus far his room smells like a guys locker room before game seven of the Stanley Cup. No amount of air freshening can remove that smell.  Finding the floor is often challenging AND no matter how often we tell him not to eat in his room we find dishes in there, weeks later. Although, I read lots about the horrors of a teen boys bedroom it wasn’t until I was actually living with one that it all became a scary reality. Saying that I decided this would be the cheapest room I would ever decorate. I even went to Walmart to get his bedding. I know, its true. I actually did. It was a last resort but one that proved to be successful in colors and price.

Before photos

The existing playroom/games room was gutted and walls were put up to make the bedroom for my oldest son. This new room is much larger then his old room and has a closet. As there was no window in this space ( the window you see is not on an outside wall but the old outside of a wall before we put an addition on our home) we also had to put in a window to make it legally a bedroom and make an exit should there ever be a need and I am referring to a fire not a midnight joy ride with his buddies. He has so many ways to sneak out in the basement.IMG_5467

Walls going up!


After Same view as above

we added a closet


Behind these walls is the new bedroom

You can see the new window and where the medals are is where there was a window.  The bedding from walmart which included a sheet set was $40.00. We reused his dark black curtains because on the weekends and holidays he needs to sleep in until 1:00 in the afternoon and all other times he is in his room he lives as a vampire and the sun burns his eyes out and how else would he contribute to our “whole shit” this power bill is high.


On this photo you can see on the wall where he has created an outline for a skyline that he is going to draw on his wall. He is a very good artist. This will be his Summer project.


A large double closet (his old room in the basement did not have a closet) DSC_0038

A few weeks ago while he was shopping with me at Winners’s he found some pictures he really liked so a few days later I  went back to purchase these for him. These were probably the most expensive purchase in the room. The two pictures were total cost of $51.00.



My son is also very involved in hockey and is quite a skilled goalie. We retired one of his sticks and hung all his metals for him. Personally, I wanted to display them chronically as to the age he was when he won them but my husband said that was being overly organized. What do you think? Cost: Free



Finally, I purchased some bins and labels from the dollar store and created a storage system for his socks and boxers and anything else he wants to “store”. Cost: $6.00


And true to 15 year old behaviour he came home from his trip and his suitcase threw up all over his room and I will look fondly back on these pictures .

Take a look back at my youngest son’s room makeover. 

There ya have it! The first before and after photos.

Furniture Shopping

We are on the home stretch of the basement renos! Yeah, I am looking forward to there not being a layer of dust on everything.

I think we are going to have just enough money left to purchase a sectional couch. There are lots of options for sectionals; size, material, color, and of course price. As with any major purchase you want to get the most bang for your buck, especially when that buck will be starting at $2000.00.

What are some features to consider when purchasing a new couch?

The first thing you consider is how does the piece look and feel. Does it fit with the vision you have for the space? 

For my space I am looking for a couch that calls out rest, relaxation, comfort, conversation and don’t be afraid to put your feet up on the couch. I want to the fabric to be soft and comfortable. Falling a sleep on this couch is a must as well it has to be large enough to have lots of people share a movie or a laugh.

The next element to consider is color and fabric.

Going with my inspiration photo I am looking for a grey couch. Brown would be too dark and beige too light. The durability of the fabric is very important. It needs to stand the test of lots of company and lots of “double rubs” more than 15,000 double rubs is considered heavy duty,  9000-15,000 medium. Not only does it need to be durable but it needs to be easily cleaned. Efficient spot cleaning is a must.


Construction, frame, cushions.

Once style, color and fabric is selected you do have to consider what is under all that fabric and cushion. It could be the perfect style, color, fabric, but if the frame and construction of the couch is poorly constructed all those other elements will be a waste of time and effort because it won’t be long before you are lugging it to the curb

Coach Size and Space

When shopping don’t forget to bring a measuring tape. The piece has to fit into the space and be well proportioned. Our room is quite large and the couch and TV are going to be the main focus.

So many decisions! Kids they are so easy to please.