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

January 29, 2013

Every Day I'm Shufflin'

I haven't had a lot of time for DIYs, other than gluing things to other things (felt to tiles, pennies to rings), because I've been spending my time running around the townhouse with art, yelling "HOW ABOUT HERE?".  When the dining room painting was swapped out for another, my favorite oil painting needed a new wall.  I knew right away the office wanted to give it a home.  For those who thought, "yawn to the cream pillows," here's the dash of colour the office always wanted.

I've loved my black tree painting above Hubby's DIY desk, especially because it was a gift to Hubs from moi.  In my high school OAC art class, I decided my project would be a series of giant paintings inspired by the beauty of Thunder Bay.  Handy Hubby (then Buildy Boyfriend), created my stretchers, framed the finished pieces and didn't even flinch (or sigh!) when I sent back a few warped ones for a re-do.  I gave this painting to him because it was his favorite.  But the painting by Hubby's grandpa is even more special, so I'm happy with the switch. 

Bye Tree!

The tree is now temporarily chilling (super low) in the living room.  I already mentioned the living room needs more colour to keep up with the new dining room painting, so I took down the cat print (see below), but I couldn't stand the empty hook and bare wall.  More shuffling needs to be done (and possibly a new DIY piece of art!), but for now my arms are tired.

(The cat print only enjoyed a brief moment in the sun).

Bye Cats!


  1. You are so lucky to have so many great pieces that are not only beautiful but mean something to you! Everything looks great!

  2. I am LOVING the watercolor over your desk! It is the perfect pop of color to contrast the white desk and lamps {that I love too!!}

    1. Thanks Tiffany. I had no idea that the oil painting hung there would make the room look so much bigger and brighter than the black painting that was there!! I'm so happy with the pop of colour.

  3. You have beautiful art! I am so envious. I especially love that tree... so gorgeous! :)

    1. Thanks Erika! I wholeheartedly believe in the beauty of DIY art (like the tree) and have quite a few art tutorials filed away under my DIY Projects page because I know not everyone is lucky enough to have a family of artists.


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