Making Beauty Anywhere

Making Beauty Anywhere
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Monday, July 25, 2011

A Crown

It started with a crown. 

I have been looking for a crown stamp for years.  Since 2007 to be exact.  I looked on ebay - $15.00 plus shipping to Canada = wayyyy to much $$ for a little stamp.  I have looked for years,.... yes years.   Every time I went into Michaels I checked the stamp department I could never find one.  Dissapointment every time. 

Yesterday....... A Crown!!!

Near the ground in a bin, low to the ground (think bottom bin) and it was recognizable to me.

Do you recognize it yet??

More "Treasures by Shabby Chic"at Michael's, this time feature a crown motif and a flowers.

 Cutest of all,

Facial Tissues!!  I have yet to open one but I probably will soon.

Note Cards:

with beautiful aqua envelopes and a bow. 

It was a delightful find.  I have one complaint though, I wish there was some some sort of notice when new product arrives.  I was just lucky to look down and find my crown.  I guess part of the fun is the find.

Oh yes, the crown was$1.50 and it was 20% off day(!)  It turns out after all these years it was worth waiting for.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Better Late Than Never

It has been cold this year and rainy and as a result my peony's were late.  Better late than never when it's a peony.

They were extraordinary this year. 

I love the heartshaped petals. 

I purchased a double white peony and when it bloomed it was a single petal pink.  I hate false peony advertising!

I love the scent of a peony but no one seems to be able to replicate it in a perfume without it smelling fake.  If you know of a great one let me know. 


Sunday, July 10, 2011


I moved into a new room for my bedroom about 2 months ago and I finally finished it today.

Sometimes a large space is harder to decorate and this is large and awkward in places.

There is an area in the room which I treated as an office area.

This was my first ever foray into garage sales.  I traded an ugly pair of curtains for this, it's a fish tank holder.  I painted it, added a mirror to the top and glass to the bottom.  I have had it for about 15 years and it always works itself into a room (and looks good despite it's pedigree!).

My favourite Sid Dickens tiles, on top of a shelf that looks better on a table than on a wall.

I wasn't sure what to put above my bed, but the yard long Paul deLongpre won out.

I needed some Anthro pizazz to shake the room up a bit.  I found an amazing lampshade at winners that looked like Anthro without the high cost.

It's not crewel work, just the pattern so it wasn't so expensive.

I added a shelf with some treasures.

I added a few blue crystals to the chandelier which was in the room before me.

It's large which stumped me, but it's finally coming together. I know
 curtains would soften the space, I'm planning a trip to the states this summer and I think the Simply Shabby Chic drapes at Target will work. This room is soft, light and not cluttered which is what I always need in my bedroom.

I will keep working on it, but at least now it makes me smile.

Until next time,

I will be sharing this with:

Thursday, July 7, 2011


I went to the mountains of British Columbia on the weekend and accomplished nothing, sorry I haven't posted in a while.

I forgot to show what I did  with the other Treasures by Shabby Chic wrapping paper (the first one can be found at )  The one I didn't use on the dresser.

I adore this pattern.

I know it is not for everyone, but for me it's wonderful.  On the way home from purchasing I realized the beige in the pattern was exactly the same colour as my cabinet.

I taped it on the back, which added some texture to the cabinet, which it needed.

There are only two patterns (that I could find) of this paper but I feel like I put both to great use. 

Dear Rachel Ashwell:  These patterns should be made into wallpaper so I can add them everywhere else!