Month: March 2012

See You at the Next #BlogPodium!

Hey, fellow Canadian design blogger peeps — did ya hear? The next BlogPodium event date has been set for Saturday, May 26, 2012, in Toronto! I am personally very excited for the Business of Blogging panel session — it’s a topic that I definitely want to learn more about!

Tickets went on sale a couple of days ago and I bought mine yesterday.

Don’t delay — the early bird pricing is only available until the end of March and tickets will likely sell out.

My first BlogPodium experience in January was such a positive experience (more on that here). It really cemented my direction — in my blog and in myself — and confirmed that I am on the right path. Where will this path take me? Who knows. What I do know is that it feels good to be inspired and to follow my passion for writing about DIY and design.

So, without further ado, go check out what’s in store for the next BlogPodium event and get your ticket! And, to those of you not within the Greater Toronto Area (looking at you Martina from Adventures in Building Beauty), be sure to check out the Aya “BlogPodium Bound” Contest. More details below.

Use What You Have: Bathroom Wall Decor

In an effort to finish up work in the bathroom and finally share the reveal, I’ve been considering what type of wall decor to include in the bathroom and where to hang it.

There was some empty wall space behind the bathroom door — it looked like it “needed something.” I’ll admit, it’s not the best place to hang decor because it will only be seen about 50% of the time. Knowing that, I didn’t want to shell out a chunk of change on a new piece, so I shopped my house first.

What did I come up with? A set of four raised botanical wall tiles that I bought at Kitchen Stuff Plus about three years ago. Originally, they were supposed to hang in our basement living space, but I didn’t love them down there. While the colour is all wrong, they are the perfect size for the wall behind the door.

To make these worthy of being displayed in the new bathroom, I took them outside (on a unseasonably warm February afternoon) and sprayed two light coats of Kylon Indoor/Outdoor Primer in white.

Once the primer was dried, I sprayed a few light coats of Kylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint in satin white until a nice, smooth application was achieved.

Before hanging, I let the wall tiles sit and cure for a few days. An important and often overlooked step to ensure the durability of the spray paint (who likes scratches and fingerprints on a newly painted piece?)

Installation was easy. Just four simple nails and voila!

Essentially, this project was free since I used what I had — including the spray paint, which I found in my ever-growing stash.

And, one last side-by-side before and after comparison for good measure…

Do you every shop your house before you purchase something new for your space? Is spray paint also your BFF?

Linking up with…
Thrifty Decor Chick
Liz Marie Blog

Behind the Lens: An Instagram Weekend

Another fabulous weekend has come to an end. Sigh. What a great weekend it was!

First, it started with a trip to Ikea for some bathroom accessories. Ted spotted a tissue box cover — I think we both did a happy dance when he found it. Do you realize how impossible it has been to find a rectangular tissue box cover? Apparently, the rest of the world either: a) doesn’t use tissue box covers, or b) uses tissue in square boxes. I know. Totally sad. This is our idea of a fun Friday night…

But, it didn’t end there. My iPhone 3GS has been dying a slow death for the past few months. I was hoping that it would live long enough until the launch of the iPhone 5, but no such luck. It was time to upgrade.

I’m loving the iPhone 4S…all 32-delicious-GB of it. Ted has caught me more than once having an in-depth convo with Siri. I put my iPhone 3GS to rest on Saturday. It served me well for almost 4 years.


We also shuffled off to Buffalo on Saturday to tackle a long list of errands, like returning some bathroom items to Home Depot, and visiting our favourite stores, like Target, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, etc. Ahh, and of course, mail — I had some glorious prezzies (to me, from me) waiting at our U.S. mail box.

If you live in Southern Ontario, you know about the crazy wind storm that started Saturday morning. Almost 100 km/h winds! Driving to Buffalo was interesting — especially the drive over the Skyway bridges. The clouds above us were moving fast and our little Mini was shaking with every gust of wind.

By the time we arrived to the Rainbow Bridge, the clouds over The Falls were intense! Here a snap without using any filters — insane!

All-in-all, our trip to Buffalo was a success. No big purchases to report, besides many, many, many boxes of cereal (why is cereal so expensive at home?!)

Sunday was supposed to be my day of productivity — you know, the day where I finish all of the finishing touches on the bathroom, like hem the extra long shower curtain, purchase and hang some shelving, install that dreaded soap dispenser (once and for all!), hang some wall decor and photograph the bathroom in daylight.

Did any of that get done? Sorta. I’ll be sure to share a proper update with you this week.

But, rather than opting for productivity, we opted for a morning walk with Mason.

We live near the 14 km mark of the Burlington Chilly Half Marathon. Ted, Mason and I bundled up to watch the runners and cheer them on. When we arrived, there were no runners to be seen — the course was empty.

However, after a few minutes, the runners started trickling in. These two men were like machines!

Then, a herd of runners started coming. And, it didn’t end. Hundred and hundred of runners pounding the pavement in our lil ol’ neighbourhood.

One guy (known as “The Joggler”) was even running the half marathon while juggling and wearing a video camera on his hat!

Another guy was dressed up as a chili pepper!

It was a great way to spend a Sunday morning. I can’t lie — I was kind of inspired by the runners. I think it’s time I lace up my running shoes again.

How did you enjoy your weekend? Were you productive? Or, did you opt for fun like us? I’ll need to scrounge up some time one or two evenings this week so I can finally finish the bathroom project. I’m ready for it to be done.