Treasures Found and Memories Kept

This has been an awesome weekend so far.

Yesterday I went hunting for new treasures at a local thrift store.  These 2 small candle holders caught my eye because of the colour (I love green) and texture.  Just something small to sit amongst other items.  I picked them up and when I looked at the bottom it brought tears to my eyes.  They were made by my grandmother (Nanny) in 1976.  I was just a teenager… She is no longer with us so I can’t tell you the feeling I had to be holding a part of her creativity.  She had a small shop in her home where she taught ceramics and sold pieces she created.  Some of my fondest memories were going to Parry Sound on summer holidays and her letting us “create” with her.  I will cherish these…



I also found on Kijjiji…(much like Craigs List for you Americans) an awesome find of old glass top Crown jars.  Not only were they a great price, there were 9 of the green glass ones in the box!  I’ve already given 2 away to someone who appreciates them like me! (I can see them on your shelf now Dayna).  I have so many ideas for my collection of jars….



Last but not least, I went to St George, ON this morning for their annual community yard sale.  I got the most amazing deals on some wonderful furniture pieces that I can’t wait to start.  First of all though I need to empty what is in my garage now.  My sister Kim and I had to make 3 trips back to her house with my treasures!  Thanks Kim for letting me know what a great day that is and for storing it all in your garage until we get Mark’s truck to pick it up.

It’s really the small things that can make us happy, and I think that if we keep that perspective in our lives we will be content and happy!

Have a great long weekend everyone!

Miss Mustard Seed Boxwood Green


So I am loving the Miss Mustard Seed line of paints.  Although it’s a lot different from your average paint, (you have to mix the powder & water) the end result is wonderful!  I finished my new coffee station for my kitchen.  This is one of the only pieces I have kept for myself in all of the refinishing I do.  It filled an empty spot in my kitchen and it has great storage for all my coffee’s and tea’s.   Continue reading “Miss Mustard Seed Boxwood Green”

Loving this new hobby!!

I’ve always loved painting furniture.  In our previous home I was constantly changing things up with paint.  I have to say, my love of painting hasn’t stopped.  I have been busier than I ever thought I would be with this venture I started.  Who would have thought.  I just thought I would show you some before and afters of what I have been working on, which is why I’ve been so absent from blog world…

I love making these chalkboards…what a wonderful welcome!!

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Blog Absence…

If you peruse my blog at all, you will have noticed I haven’t posted in a while.  I have been so busy !  I can’t complain though because I love what I’m doing and feel so fortunate to be doing it!  I tell everyone that I have always liked to paint.  The instant gratification of painting something and seeing it transform is wonderful.  I even like painting walls…I know people call me crazy.  But to see the change in either a wall, a piece of furniture, anything, in such a short amount of time is so refreshing!
So I have to show you what I’ve been up to with my Pleasant Pickin’s refinished furniture.  These are just a few things I’ve been working on…make sure to visit my Pleasant Pickin’s Facebook Page to see more!
And how true is this message…

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From Grandma’s House to Our Home

My husband Mark amazes me.  We have wanted a harvest table for a while now, so he found some old pine and built one!  We just got it in the house today.  The pine is 3 inches thick, and what makes this table special is that the legs are made from pillars off of the front of his late grandmothers house.  We had used the pillars at our previous house in our landscaping, but when we sold the house that was one of the things that we were taking with us!  We love the table and the special meaning it has for us.

Pillars in the garden at our other house.

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The Turquoise Door

The house we moved to is on 2 acres and it came with a shed.  Now it wasn’t “oh good there is a shed”, we didn’t know whether to tear it down or burn it.  But Mark saw the potential in it and just had to fix it up right away.  His words were, “I can’t look at that thing all winter long”.  So we moved in March and by July, even though we still had renovating to do in the house, we were renovating the shed as well.  See for yourself the before and afters….

We have beautiful sunsets in the backyard, but that shed!!

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Filling the house

When we moved last year, we didn’t downsize like we had planned.
The house had been up for sale for a day, we walked through it that night and bought it.  Love at first sight and we could see the potential it had.  Mark and I built the last house together when we merged our two families together (7 of us all together).  It was a new house and a totally different style.
The house we bought was built in 1959 and I just felt it needed some “not so new” pieces in it. Continue reading “Filling the house”