DIY Jewelry Box Makeover

Hi blog friends!

I don’t do much DIY…or makeovers for that matter! But one of my favourite things to do is wander through thrift stores…trust me, I spend hours doing this. That’s where I found this jewelry box. I only have 2 necklaces BUT I thought one day I might have more and I wanted to start a project!

Please keep in mind this is no Pinterest special DIY project. This is literally me finding  an old $3 jewelry box, dollar store acrylic paint & brushes, and me going wild with paint.

This was a very quick project – I did it over the course of 2 mornings, however you could easily finish this in a couple hours. Like I said I found this (somewhat hideous) shade of blue(green?) at the dollar store, picked up a few paint brushes and just started to paint. I didn’t sand the wood, and as you can see I didn’t even take the handles off the drawers. This might’ve been my biggest mistake…I would’ve liked to keep the handles unpainted, but I made a mistake and couldn’t rub the paint off, so I just painted them all. WOOPS! I suppose another change I would’ve liked to make is a less dreadful colour – but live and learn, right? 

Now I move onto painting the walls in our house – in a lovely grey colour. Will have to show you pictures once it’s finished. 🙂

What sort of DIY do you do? What should my next project be? 

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Harvest Time!

Mid July has turned out to be quite exciting in the garden. We’ve had some interesting developments including a skunk and a ton of small mushrooms that are sprouting up everywhere below the veggies. Have you had mushrooms grow in your soil? Any harm in leaving them there? I don’t dare eat them, so far I’ve just picked them and let them lay on top of the soil.

My carrots actually grew, unbelievable since I didn’t thin them like I was told and certainly didn’t have high hopes. Boy, do carrots take patience! I planted the seeds 80 days ago and finally THEY’RE HERE! Small…a little funny looking…but nevertheless. Carrots! I’ve only harvested half of them since I really want to eat a purple one on my birthday which is next Friday.

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My babies!

Next exiting news is that tomatoes have appeared on 6 out of 7 plants. My “money makers” are growing well, they should turn out to be the size of roma tomatoes. The “sweet million” is also doing well. All are green still but I’m sure thrilled to see them turn red soon. I may have made a fatal mistake with the 1 plant that’s not growing any fruit. I decided to pick off any suckers(they are supposed to suck energy from the plant) and I bloody took off HALF the plant by mistake. Soooo that was a learning moment; go easy when plucking…

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The peas are still producing, although they seem to be slowing down 😦 The beet seedlings are doing well, they are a beautiful colour already. The bokchoy seeds I planted about 2 weeks ago seem a bit sad – likely due to the tomatoes that are stealing their sun.

How is your garden? Any recent harvests? Are your tomatoes still green? Any evil skunks or interesting finds in your garden? I’m really looking forward to hearing all about your experiences. And anyone with mushrooms…let’s chat! Happy growing, blog friends 🙂

Professional Reader

Wow! Do you love reading? The smell of a book? Well so do I! There’s nothing better than a good book with a cup of coffee. Today I have been accepted to be professional book reader. This means I will be sent books by publishers in order for me to review them, and share the reviews with you! I will also be reviewing them on my Goodreads account 

I’ve always loved reading and adored books, being raised by a librarian helped with this, and this opportunity thrills me. I hope you are able to participate in my discussions on books and connect with me through Goodreads. Please add me as a friend if we have books in common!

pro_reader_120I am VERY excited and know we are bound to have a great time talking books. My last post “Summer Reading Goals” discussed some of the books I plan to read this summer…check it out and let me know what you’re reading. In the near future I will be posting about the titles I’ve been sent by publishers.

Happy reading, friends!

Writing a book

A lot of work I’m sure, but one of my deepest dreams is to write a book. I haven’t told anyone this, just to protect myself from failure I think. But I’m telling you now!

I tried when I was a teenager, that went as expected, I got too busy and stopped. I’ve read all my life, when I’m not doing anything, you can find me reading a book. Reading will hopefully always be part of my life.

I’m currently reading a book that’s been inspiring me, it’s called The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair: about an author, a mystery and another author who writes all about it. Seriously, read it if you get a chanceIt makes me want to write. Write a story. But how? I have a laptop but how does somebody actually write a book? By hand? On a computer? Then how does it get edited? What is the process/steps to doing this? I don’t even have a clear idea of a story. But I’m interested to learn what you know! Looking forward to hearing from you all. Thanks for reading!