Dans le Lakehouse

Creating a Happy, Colorful, Handmade Home & life on the shores of lake superior

August 30, 2016

An Aqua and Wood Watch? Yes Please!

JORD Wood Watch Review - Turquoise and Wood Watch
JORD Wood Watch Review - Turquoise and Wood Watch

When JORD reached out and offered me a watch to review, I had spent the previous day alternating between obsessively sanding and gently stroking (only to check for rough spots!) our new DIY walnut waterfall desk.  My mood was: everything in my life now needs to be made from solid wood.  So I jumped at the chance to start sporting a gorgeous wood watch!

JORD suggested one of three popular styles - including the Frankie Series Plum and Purpleheart wood watch, which I really liked.  I knew exactly what "purpleheart" was because I had ogled a live edge slab of purpleheart wood at the lumber yard years ago and still pined for it (it was way to expensive to find a project for).  I would have happily sported that gorgeous plum-hued watch but a little voice in my head, that one obsessed with blues and aqua, asked if there was an aqua watch I could have instead...

I can't help it!  Aqua just makes me happier than other colors.  Really, most shades of green and blue do much to lift my mood, but aqua and turquoise just put a stupid grin on my face - and why wouldn't I want that?  The folks at JORD were amazing and happily offered up two different styles they thought I might like: a Mint and Sandalwood wood watch and a Zebrawood and Turquoise wood watch.  Both were gorgeous, but I loved the bright turquoise face of the Cora series watch because it felt so summery to me.

JORD Wood Watch Review - Turquoise and Wood Watch

When my watch arrived in the mail - such a nice treat from the endless bills and flyers - it looked even more gorgeous in person and was beautifully packaged!

It has a self-winding, automatic movement and you can see the watch working from the back and also through a small window in the front, which I find mesmerizing.  The Swarovski crystal markers are a really pretty touch and make the watch feel even more luxe.   

JORD Wood Watch Review - Turquoise and Wood Watch
JORD Wood Watch Review - Turquoise and Wood Watch

I absolutely love wearing it because it's helping me hang onto summer!

I make a concerted effort to enjoy life year round, but I will admit that I am NOT a "fall person" - I don't spend my summer pining for pumpkin spice lattes, I prefer summer dresses to boots and, while I'll admit that the fall leaves are beautiful, they just remind me that soon I'll be logging more time with my snowblower than my spouse.  Sure, I make the best of fall and winter, but I love spring and summer with a fiery passion!  Summer is my absolute favorite season.

JORD Wood Watch Review - Turquoise and Wood Watch

My new, bright turquoise watch perfectly captures summer vibes and sunny days.  I used to wear a lot of blacks, whites and greys (shocking, right?) but summertime always sees me sporting more colorful clothes.  This year, I'm adding more color to my winter wardrobe, too!

In my life, more aqua is always the answer to my woes.

JORD Wood Watch Review - Turquoise and Wood Watch

Along with sending me a watch, JORD sent along an interesting opportunity for Dans le Lakehouse readers: there's a $70 USD giveaway going on for the next week - plus, anyone who enters the giveaway gets an automatic $20 discount.  Twenty bucks is twenty bucks, right?  Check out the giveaway right here!

JORD Wood Watch Review - Turquoise and Wood Watch

This post is sponsored by JORD.  All thoughts, words, opinions, and aqua obsessions are my own.  
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August 25, 2016

Komondor Stamped Birch Slice Coasters - Make a Set With Your Own Dog's Breed!

This is one of those easy DIY projects that was just so. much. fun.  Photographing it was the best.  While other bloggers were carefully curating their craft projects with pretty washi tape rolls and cacti, I was over here doing this:

DIY Birch Slice Coaster Stamped with Dog Breed - Komondor Stamped Coaster, from @danslelakehouse

It's no secret that I've become on of those people: totally smitten with my pup.  I had a dog before Szuka and, although she was wonderful, I do not remember being as deeply committed to my Jack Russel Terrier as I am to Szuka.  That says a lot because sometimes Szuka's stubborn Komondor ways make her difficult to love (like when I'm frantically running down our road and crashing through the woods, bra-less and in my pajamas in the pitch black - because there aren't street lights in the country - trying to lure her home after she escaped during her bedtime pee break).

But still, look at that face!   

Dog in a Canoe

Sometimes she's just the coolest dog around.  We took her for her first canoe ride this summer and she was so chill!  Now when we paddle around the bay, she rests her head and watches the shore, stopping to bark at that bitch Gracie (a miniature Schnauzer she loathes), but otherwise just enjoying the ride.  I can't help but be smitten with this dog!

Komondor in a canoe

When I came across a shop on Amazon that makes rubber stamps of various dog breeds, I immediately looked for a Komondor.  Sold!

I bought it to hand stamp some fabric, but I thought I would do a little experimenting first.  I used my stamp to make a set of DIY Komondor coasters and I love how they turned out:

DIY Birch Slice Coaster Stamped with Dog Breed - Komondor Stamped Coaster, from @danslelakehouse
DIY Birch Slice Coaster Stamped with Dog Breed - Komondor Stamped Coaster, from @danslelakehouse

Obsessed with your dog too?  Here's how I made my Komondor emblazoned coasters (they're SUPER simple):

DIY Birch Slice Coaster Stamped with Dog Breed - Komondor Stamped Coaster, from @danslelakehouse

Supplies:

How to Make Personalized Birch Slice Coasters:

Just like with my painted birch slice coasters, I cut birch slices with a chop saw and then sanded them smooth - peeling off any really loose layers of birch bark.  Next I applied a thin coat of white stain, to lighten the wood a bit so the stamped Komondor outline would stand out more clearly more.  The stain is totally optional, though!

DIY Birch Slice Coaster Stamped with Dog Breed - Komondor Stamped Coaster, from @danslelakehouse

When the stain dried, I brushed some paint onto the stencil, evenly spreading it out.  I tried a few stamps on a scrap piece of paper to get a feel for it.  I was never much of a scrapbooker or card-maker so this stamping thing was new to me!  I found that trying to apply even pressure took some practice.  With the stencil evenly covered in paint, I eyeballed the center of the birch slice, pressed down and lifted straight up - no wiggling or it smears the design.

DIY Birch Slice Coaster Stamped with Dog Breed - Komondor Stamped Coaster, from @danslelakehouse

I let the paint dry overnight, then applied a few coat of spray lacquer.

DIY Birch Slice Coaster Stamped with Dog Breed - Komondor Stamped Coaster, from @danslelakehouse

You can glue on a felt bottom or flip it over and spray the other side as well.  You could even paint the other side the same color as the stamp for a reversible coaster.  So many options!

I am really pleased with my Komondor stamp, which is from a company called Rubber Hedgehog.  They have a cute paw print stamp, if your pup's a lovable mixed breed.  There's also a dachshund rubber stamp that's too cute for words.   I can't even look at its face...  Next up, I want to stamp a white blouse with an all over Komondor print.  Then a tea towel.  Then everything Hubby owns while he's at work. 

P.S.  Have extra birch slices?  Check out my painted birch slice coasters and these DIY wood burned birch slice ornaments!
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August 22, 2016

Easy Chocolate Protein Bar Recipe

Bake Your Own Protein Bars! Easy Recipe from @danslalekehouse

The grocery store ran a special deal last week: if we spent more than $250, we got a bonus box of goodies.  Hubby and I definitely didn't think our bill would be that high so we ignored the flyer but, lo and behold, at check out we got a prize pack!  Yikes, groceries are getting expensive.  The bonus box was a nice surprise though, because it had a lot of pantry staples - just not the brand I usually buy.  One day I looked at the ingredients on the deeelicious bonus box granola bar I was munching on and I realized it had a crazy amount of sugar!  No wonder they were so tasty...  Since quitting (but ultimately just cutting back on) sugar I've been reading labels carefully but because the granola bars we got were free, I didn't look.  The packaging was all about "nourishing" bodies, but the label revealed the truth: packed with sugar - fake sugar, real sugar, corn syrup, you name it!  Sure, there were some healthier ingredients, like nuts, but that wasn't the whole truth.  I felt duped.  If I'm going to eat a whole whack of sugar, it better be in a chocolate bar or a sundae - not when I think I'm eating something "healthy"!  

It's been awhile since I made my sugar-free zucchini brownie or my avocado protein brownie but since I was now craving granola bars thanks to the bonus box, I decided I better bake some of my own homemade bars!  I wanted something a little less dessert-like and I'd had a lot of success experimenting with protein bite balls so I decided to try something similar.  It's seriously EASY to make homemade protein bars and homemade granola bars - just whirl a bunch of ingredients in a food process until it's a sticky "dough," press into a parchment lined pan and bake.  It's a great way to use up dribs and drabs of ingredients in the pantry.
 
Here's my latest batch of homemade chocolate protein bars:   

Bake Your Own Protein Bars! Easy Recipe from @danslalekehouse
Bake Your Own Protein Bars! Easy Recipe from @danslalekehouse
Bake Your Own Protein Bars! Easy Recipe from @danslalekehouse

I photographed these chocolate protein bars right out of the oven - they were still steaming and warm - so they're especially moist.  I store them in the fridge and they do harden up a bit, but remain very chewy. 

Bake Your Own Protein Bars! Easy Recipe from @danslalekehouse
Bake Your Own Protein Bars! Easy Recipe from @danslalekehouse

Ingredients:
Optional Topping:
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp stevia
  • 3 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp stevia-sweetened chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp unsalted sunflower seeds 
  • 2 tbsp unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries (look for no added sugar)

Bake Your Own Protein Bars! Easy Recipe from @danslalekehouse

How to Make Your Own Chocolate Protein Bars:

The steps for making your own protein bars or granola bars are so simple!

Grab your food process and shred the carrots first.  Then add the mixed nuts, nut butter, shredded coconut, coconut oil, bananas, brown rice syrup, flaxseed, protein powder, cocoa powder and oats.  Mix until it's all really finely chopped and blended completely, but not quite a paste - you want some texture to remain, not smooth like baby food!  It should only take a few minutes of pulsing.  If the mixture becomes too thick or your food processor struggles, add a splash of almond milk.

Press the mixture into a parchment lined pan (I used 8 x 8 for a thicker bar) and bake at 350 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes.  Before the bars are done, melt the coconut oil and stevia in a pan on medium heat.  When the bars have been in the oven for 15 minutes, take them out and pour on the oil.  Cover with toppings: shredded coconut, stevia-sweetened chocolate chips, nuts and seeds or dried fruit (but watch for extra sugar in dried cranberries).  Pop back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes.

You can skip the topping completely, or just boycott the stevia if you prefer but I find that the tiny bit of stevia in the coconut oil and the chocolate chips adds a hint of sweetness I crave.  The brown rice syrup in the bars (also optional) is not very sweet so, overall, these bars are not sugary in the least.  The beauty of this recipe is that you can adjust to your own taste preferences - and easily make these 100% sugar-free (brown rice syrup is approved by the I Quit Sugar program I followed).

Remove and let cool an hour before cutting up.  Store in the refrigerator in a covered container. 

Bake Your Own Protein Bars! Easy Recipe from @danslalekehouse

Each time I make these protein bars I alter the ingredients a little but they always turn out so delicious - and filling!  
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August 19, 2016

Ahoy! Tour Our Updated Ticon 30 Sailboat Interior

Decorating a sailboat can be a little tricky because there are not a lot of opportunities for accessorizing - much to my disappointment.  For one, there's no room - this is kind of like tiny house living, so minimalism seems key.  More importantly, things can go flying when Lake Superior pummels us, so pottery, potpourri, and anything else we can't shove in a latched drawer is a firm "no," it turns out. 

But there are still many ways to update a 1980s boat interior because upholstery and other textiles can go a long way.  When I shared the first tour of our Ticon 30 sailboat, you got a glimpse of the all-beige interior: beige headliner, beige fiberglass, accented with beige upholstery!  I really find myself warming up to beige, cream, and off-white these days though, so I decided to embrace the beige and find inspiration in a moodier palette, with lots of rich blues.  The cushions were shot - in such terrible shape, that the seller actually knocked a bunch of money off the asking price so we could get them replaced.  I had a lot of fun choosing upholstery fabric and, after much deliberation, Hubby and I decided on a deep blue upholstery (Sunbrella Loft Indigo) which you saw a sneak peek of on Instagram.  Most colors made the beige headliner look dirty, but this rich blue made it look lighter and we figured it would hide dirt and muck well too.  I turned down teal - TEAL - but I like the classic, nautical feel of this blue.  It's such a gorgeous, rich shade and it really changes color when you look at it from different angles, which I love!

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

Here's quick trip down memory lane - for more photos of the "before," check out this post.  The "before" photos were snapped with Hubby's phone when the boat was still tarped, so the quality is different but it's also shinier and gleamier now because I went through a bottle and a half of teak oil and removed about 16 garbage bags of stuff. 

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
BEFORE
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
BEFORE
When you first clamber down the companionway into our boat, this is the view now:

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

We were both surprised by how much stuff was left behind by the former owner - some of it useful, some of it not.  We spent weeks just sorting, emptying, cleaning; I vacuumed the headliner, scrubbed surfaces, sorted through drawers, oiled teak.  Meanwhile, Hubby worked on the engine and tackled various repairs.  The unexpected de-cluttering set us back a little and it's part of the reason we launched so late in the season, but it was necessary - and oddly satisfying!

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

On the port side (I've gotta learn this!), is a settee with fold down table and also a neat bed extender - plus the galley (kitchen).  I changed the design of the settees a little, asking the upholsterers to remove the tufting and square off the corners for a cleaner, more modern look.

I didn't show you the teak table when it's open in the first tour - it folds down and another section slides out to reach the other settee.  Such a clever design!  I like that it can fold completely out of the way. 

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

The little galley is adorably tiny and I absolutely cannot picture whipping up anything more than a sandwich in there right now, but I'm sure I'll get used to it.  I'd love to find a cute vintage stove and maybe replace the sink and faucet at some point.  But for now, a good clean and some irresistible (clearance) melamine bowls from HomeSense do the trick!

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

On the starboard side, there's another longer settee, the navigation station, and quarter berth:

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

Beyond the little door is a bank of tiny drawers, hanging storage, a teeny tiny bathroom (the "head") and the v-berth with more drawers.  Fun fact: if I need to, I can scramble up the hatch in the v-berth onto the deck surprisingly nimbly.   

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

This is the view looking toward the stern (back):

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

I love the new upholstery fabric and fresh new mattress-grade foam (so comfy!).  My DIY ice dyed pillows look perfect in here and really brighten up the space!  Now that it's clean and we're using the boat, I'm assessing what else we can do to spruce it up.  I have a secret Pinterest board just brimming with nautical crafts and projects...

Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse
Tour the Before and After of This Updated Ticon 20 Sailboat @danslelakehouse

There is some terrible wall covering in the head and little storage area that I'd love to cover up, but I need to figure out what can withstand the moisture.  We're eyeing a cute nautical wall sconce for more light - plus we'd like to upgrade the existing interior lights.  I'd love to make some DIY fitted sheets and some sturdy, washable, cozy blankets - maybe a quilt?  That would be fun - and daunting.  I have pinned some cute macrame projects too because a woven hanging fruit basket would be adorable.

Any ideas?

A huge thanks to Sunbrella for providing the Loft Indigo fabric.  I am absolutely thrilled with the quality of the fabric and the gorgeous, deep shade of blue.  I'm already eyeing up some other nautical fabrics to have our forest green bimini re-done...   
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