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Our Wood Home: November 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

christmas wreath inspiration

Christmas is only 30 days away!  It will be our second holiday season in our home and I'm looking forward to decorating again.  For the past few years I've made a natural materials wreath for the front door of whatever home I lived in.  I made the framed from wire and attached boughs of cedar and pine that I cut from trees in the yard.  It was nice but not amazing.

In the last year we painted the front door and removed the gross screen door, so a wreath will be a lot more noticeable now.  I wanted one that looked better than last years, so I took to Pinterest for some inspiration.  I found so many great ideas; now I have to pick my favourites!






What do you think of those?  I saw the pearly and initial wreaths last year and they were my favourites. But I'm also LOVING the vintage jar collars!!!  My husbands grandma gave us a box full of vintage canning jars and they all have metal collars like that but they can't really be used in canning anymore so this is a great use.  Although, I wouldn't put this wreath outside where it could get damaged by the elements.  

Do you have a favourite here?  I'm hoping to do a few wreaths because we have 4 exterior doors.  Happy Holiday Season!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

flashback fashion

I thought I'd write a different kind of outfit post showing some of my fashion choices from several years ago.  I didn't really have much of a style when I was in middle school, but what twelve year old does (actually, I think now there are a lot more choices for kids then there were 10 years ago!!)?
When I was 15 I started to get compliments on my outfits...unfortunately I was not dressing all that well!  Do you remember the emo trend from several years ago?  That's how I dressed...skinny jeans, band tee shirts and floppy hair that I usually cut myself (and later died purple then pink).  But that was pretty popular where I went to school. I'd like to clarify one thing: I dressed in the emo styles but I NEVER self harmed or considered suicide.  I may have been a dramatic teenager, but my life was very good.  I won't be posting pictures of the phase because it's actually pretty embarrassing. One day I changed my style very drastically and adopted more of a hippy style.  This phase lasted for a few years until I started working a real job after college.

Now I think my style is more classic than anything.  I love anything feminine and wear a lot of dresses and skirts.  I don't ever follow trends on purpose and I always buy pieces that I LOVE.

Age: 16
Event: exploring an abandoned house and lot with friends
Top and Shorts: Thrifted
Necklace: Aldo
Bracelets: Black-vintage, rope-handmade

Age: 16
Event: afternoon with friends
Top: Bluenotes
Shorts: Gap
Shoes: Keds

Age: 16
Event: Church and shopping afterwards
Dress: Old Navy
Sweater: Old Navy
Shoes: Payless
Bag: Stitches

Age: 17
Event: school
Headband: craft store
Top: Zellers

Age: 17
Event: school
Top: Zellers
Jeans: Walmart
Shoes: Payless
Bracelet: Claire's
Hat: made as a gift

Ooooh boy, that sure was a trip down memory lane.  I actually really liked the way I used to dress. I think it was young and fun.  And can I mention my hair?  I dyed it blonde and hot pink when I was 16 and then dyed it almost black to cover up the other colours.  The dye faded pretty fast and my hair became super curly and gained a reddish tint that I never had before.  A patch of blonde appeared too! My hair was so pretty and long, but then I cut it off after I graduated high school and the curl/colours never came back.  But I love my current hair style and colours, so it's okay:)


Age 17 VS Age 23


cranberry sauce pound cake

Check out my cranberry sauce pound cake recipe over at So Fawned.   It's easy, delicious and festive for the holiday season.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

one year ago

It's been a little over 1 year since I got married and moved into our matrimonial home.  I wasted no time making this house a true reflection of us and started my first DIY project during out 2 week honeymoon (half the time was just spent at home).
Here is the vintage-y makeover I gave to a brand new dresser.  While you're peeking at that post, I invite you to browse through some other topics and posts of interest.


Monday, November 11, 2013

my closet

Ta-Daaaaaa!  What you're looking at is my 6ft by 11ft closet.  In fact, I have my very own closet room:)  Our bedroom closet is way to small for David and I to share so that's just for his clothes.  I have so much that I got this giant closet that is in one of the 3 upstairs bedrooms.  What you're seeing here is just my fall/winter clothing; the summer is packed away but gets rotated in as the seasons change. I store my pajamas in our room and coats and mitts in the hall closet, but everything else is kept in this closet room.

On the left side you will see my blouses and cardigans.  The shelves in the middle hold sweaters, jeans and casual clothes.  On the right I keep dresses, skirts and dress pants.  I store my purses, shoes scarves and belts across the very top shelf, and my socks and tights are in boxes on the floor.

I do have running shoes and flats, but they are currently at the front door instead of in my closet. 

Sometimes it's difficult to have a closet without doors because that means I need to keep it tidy all the time.  But that's why I love it...I'm forced to be neat!  My closet room is the first room you pass going down our hallway so people would see my filthy mess of a closet.  Which is also what motivated me to keep it organized and clean.  I spent a whole morning going through each piece of clothing and sorting it into piles:
  • keep and pack away for summer
  • keep and store in closet
  • give away
  • throw away
I can be very emotional with clothes, so sometimes it's hard to get rid of them.  But I know if I am keeping it but not wearing it, there is probably someone out there who would love to wear it.  That being said, I do have a box of old t-shirts I used to wear in high school.  They are special to me because I got each of them at  concert and seeing them brings back memories.  I will never wear them again, but I decided it's important for me to keep them anyway. 

Going though so much stuff was quite tiring and stressful at times, but the end result is worth it.  I have more room for the clothing I have, I can see what pieces I still need to get and I can make sure everything gets worn.  If you're feeling brave and want to go through your closet here are some tips I'd like to share.

  1. set aside a block of several hours to tackle your clothes
  2. make piles for keeping, donating and throwing away
  3. try to think practically about each piece (for example, I donated a dress I loved the look of, but hadn't worn in years because it looked silly on me).  If you haven't worn it for several months you probably won't do it any time soon
  4. get rid of duplicate items...do you really need 6 pairs of identical black pants?!  I have 3 pair, but each have a different leg length
  5. once you have decided what to keep, organize it in your closet so that  each item is easier to find. I folded the clothes I wear most often at eye level and kept the lesser used pieces closer to the ground
Good luck with your overhaul!


DIY end table

How awesome is this?!  It's a stump turned end table for our living room.  I've seen tables like this in magazines for hundreds or thousands of dollars and really wanted one (but couldn't stomach that price!).  Coincidentally, last spring David obtained this stump while getting wood for our wood stove.  It was sitting in our garage for a while when we agreed it would be neat to strip it's bark and make it into an end table.  David spent a day removing all the bark, sanded the ends then applied a few coats of clear sealer. 
The colours are completely natural and only covered with a water proofing coat or clear gloss.  It was quite the project for David and took a long time to get it  looking the way he wanted, but the end result is awesome. Even Venelope likes it! 

If you're looking to make a similar table be prepared for a lot of work.  This stump was also reeeeeally heavy because it's solid wood.  When looking for a stump to use, make sure the ends are flat or can be made flat.  The bark on ours was removed with a chisel and hammer.  The ends were smoothed with regular sandpaper and we used an exterior water proofing stain over the whole surface.  Before you begin, make sure the stump is totally dry and mildew free.  Working outside is best, but if you must work indoors be sure to protect your floors from the stain.  Good luck! 

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Friday, November 8, 2013

new artwork

This morning I spent some time rearranging my closet room/"office" space.  We are hoping to get a new computer soon so I'm trying to clear out all the unnecessary clutter and things that are not clothing or computer related.  As I was going through some boxes I came across a housewarming card David's grandma gave us.  It's so pretty I decided to frame it and hang it by the front door.

The homeowners before us hung a lot of stuff on the wall in very odd places...we're trying to hang pictures to cover the existing holes.  There just so happened to be a nail hole here and it's the perfect place for a "Home Sweet Home" picture.  

The next neat picture I found was actually a painting I did as a kid.  I'm not sure what my inspiration was or why I painted this but I like it.  The house actually reminds me a bit of our house now:)

This is hung near our coat closet which is actually not right by our front door.  It's just up a half flight of stairs so it's not too bad.  We used to have a driftwood mask that looks like a scary face hanging here but we think the train rumble knocked it down.  Sadly it broke in a few places and is hard to repair.  This space has been empty for a few months so I knew it was perfect for this piece.  

The living areas are all open so there isn't a lot of wall space to hang things.  Thankfully there is a fair bit of hallway and bedroom wall space. 
I love covering the walls with pictures and art!  It makes a house feel like a home. 


Thursday, November 7, 2013

fashion: job interview

Sweater: RW&Co
Skirt: Smart Set
Tights: Joe Fresh
Shoes: Payless

Earlier this week I had a job interview at a jewellery store's Pandora counter.  And I got the job!  It's only seasonal, but that's fine by me.  I consider myself kind of an expert at Pandora because I've been receiving their beads from my husband for almost 5 years now:)  Plus I have 3 pairs of earrings that I love.
This is the outfit I wore for my interview.  I chose it because it looks professional, but still youthful (after all, I'm only 23!).  The sweater is new (on sale at RW&Co for $15 regular $55!!!!!) but I've had the rest of the outfit since last year.  The skirt is stretchy so it fits both my narrow waist and fuller hips, plus the asymmetrical hemline is adorable.  The tights have a subtle diamond pattern that adds some fun to anything they're worn with and the shoes are just so darn classy.  My makeup here is a bit of concealer and liquid liner.  I ended up doing a red lip after I took the pictures, but it looked really nice.

I'm super obsessed with tucking my sweaters into my skirt or dress pants. You'd never know this sweater is bum length!

swingy skirt :)

I love this Old Navy coat paired with an RW&Co scarf.  My kitty is super curious about what I'm doing...

she is not fat, I swear...she just looks big from this angle.

When I shop I buy pieces that I love.  I don't care if it's trendy or not.  If I know I will wear it for more than 1 season, I buy it.  Case in point: that coat is about 3 years old!


Monday, November 4, 2013

guest post on So Fawned

I'm so excited to be a contributor on sofawned.com!  My first post is up, so click the picture below to view it.



Sunday, November 3, 2013

fall fashion, kawartha style

Sweater: Joe Fresh
Pants: RW&Co
Booties: Spring

I'm really loving stripes this fall!  I've never really been a fan of orange but when I saw this sweater, I changed my mind.  I really wanted to wear this sweater and my dark purple pants, but I wasn't sure how it would look together.  I think it turned out pretty well!

Now that the weather is chillier I wear a scarf every time I go out.  This one is from RW&Co.

I usually keep my makeup super simple: concealer and mascara.  Sometimes I do a liquid liner but I find it looks too fancy with such a casual outfit.

I felt pretty daring wearing orange and purple AND a striped shirt with a striped scarf...but I think this outfit looks pretty darn good.  I'm certainly no fashionista!  I usually choose comfort over style but this outfit has both.