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March 4, 2013

February is Done. Did We Have Fun?

Some blog news for the month: you might have noticed that I am approving blog comments now.  I was hit by a rash of almost comically inappropriate spam, so it became necessary.  There is no word verification or registration needed to comment, because I love hearing from you folks and want to keep it easy for you to chime in.  I try to go through and publish them whenever I have the chance, so don't worry if your comment doesn't pop up right away.  Speaking of blog business, thanks again to whoever nominated me for the Apartment Therapy Homies!!  It's always so thrilling to get votes, so a HUGE thanks to everyone who voted (and anyone who thought about voting).  You don't even have to scroll too far from the top to see little old me! 

In other news this month, my Mom and I re-launched our Etsy shop!  We added my Grandma to the shop so now our selection is even more eclectic and new inventory is added more frequently.


Speaking of family, Hubby's family visited in February so we did some local sight seeing and I couldn't help but get distracted, thinking about home decor instead of history, first at the Canadian Space and Aviation Museum . . .


. . . and even at the Diefenbunker!


I gleefully showed off my finished embroidery project (even though I finished it in Hungary).  I can't wait for it to magically become a pillow!


In terms of projects, we spent big this month.  Ouch.  We replaced our ceiling fans when we spotted a good deal.  Did I tell you there were only three left of the brushed silver?  Lucky us, because that's exactly how many we needed!


Of course we spent our Family Day hanging up those fans!  Did anyone else do any home improvement projects on Family Day?


On the high end of the cost scale, we also sprung for custom framing to preserve three 1960s posters from communist-era Hungary, that I bought while I was there.  These are real gems - a piece of history - and I'm happy Hubby likes them too.  I got the one about guys and hats just for him. 


If you're looking for sweet kitchen art, I rounded up some fun Pyrex prints.


Because we spent big on fans and frames, other projects had to be seriously thrifty last month.  I gussied up a 25 cent teak tray with a little teak oil, and still can't believe how it came back to life (can't get thriftier than that)!


For another thrifty endeavor, I dyed a beige dress, that I just wouldn't wear again, a rich navy hue that is guaranteed to get it a heavier rotation.  The dress wasn't cheap (well, for me), ringing in at $50 at Winner's, so I'm happy that spending a few more bucks on dye prevented this from being a wasteful purchase.


On the subject of money, we shared our tips for getting rid of student debt faster


Folks have been asking for more cleaning tips!  Other than revealing that I stress clean, and sharing my tip (and rounding up 11 others) for cleaning those teeny tiny bud vases, I have yet to deliver.  I promise March will have a couple more ideas for keeping things "townhouse-tidy".


I was happy to let a reader shine last month, and shared a super sweet, paired down version of my Expedit hack.  I love how uncluttered it is:


I also revealed an upcoming DIY: a stylish dollhouse.  I'm still in the planning stages, so I shared a bevy of gorgeous, wallpapered rooms and dollhouses that will serve as my inspiration.  This will be GOOD.

Making it Lovely

In March, I'll be showing off the insanely affordable laundry room lighting I found (after it gets a little tweak), plotting a large scale DIY art project, sharing a wintry jewellery project, painting the laundry room, picking a bold colour for the floor, adding more goods to the shop, talking budgets, and lots more.  Did you notice in my list of things to do that I plan to brave the basement?  I'm not going to lie, there are hundred-legged deterrents lurking . . .


What are your plans for March?
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  1. we get those bugs sometimes, too, and they totally freak me out!!!!! they sometimes come crawling out of drains.... EEEEEW.

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    1. They come out of the drains?!?!?! Officially. Freaked. Out. I typically only see them lurking in the basement, only a few have braved the main level, only two have made their way upstairs in an effort to give me a heart attack.

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  2. just a sidenote... I was skipping through the internet today and noticed you're #18 on this list of 100 greatest DIY blogs, thought I'd send you the link in case you haven't seen it :) http://www.constructionmanagementdegree.com/top-100/

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    1. I did see it, but thanks so much for letting me know!! :D

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  3. That dress dye job looks fantastic. It looks like a completely different dress! I also agree that the blue is more flattering than the beige. Now I'm going to have to bust out some dye and refresh my wardrobe!

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    1. Thanks!! I'm so happy with the change and I've since washed it and it's still looking awesome, which was a relief. I'd love to see what you dye in the your closet!

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  4. You gave me a heebie jeebie showing that monster!! We bought a new home and I've found two spiders... GAH!!! One time, our area is AWFUL for crickets... there was a cricket DOWNSTAIRS so I went to investigate (he was LOUD) and we have a bi-level meaning we have like a ledge all around our basement.. so I picked something up and he SPRANG OUT! I hate crickets! They are NOT predictible with their jumping. What a jerk. I eventually found him and gave him what was coming. Blech! BUGS. By the way, I loved the dyed dress! I don't think I'd be brave enough to do that!

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    1. Where I grew up, we didn't have these centipedes. The worst was green army worms or ear wigs. After tackling these monstrosities, ear wigs (my former nemesis) seem so little and much less gross, lol. Sorry about the heebie-jeebies ;) I just really need to stress how brave I am for actually doing any DIY projects in the basement, haha. I actually squished one during the dress dyeing!! The dyeing was much less scary than I thought.

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    2. I think the squishing is bad too! The sound... *shudder*... ew bugs! I am glad to be building soon again.. with new there's less surprises usually with bugs after you move in!

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    3. The worst is when the squishing isn't entirely successful and they hobble off (or run toward you) and you have to repeatedly squish them. Shudder. I have always been stressed out about the option of building our own place (Hubby REALLY wants to) but you might have sold me on it with one simple argument: fewer bugs.

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  5. That dress looks amazing Tanya! About the spammers - it's been happening to me too...weird..

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    1. Thanks Dora! Do your spammers leave really inappropriate comments, too? Mine have been really seedy . . . especially the ones blogger catches!

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  6. we called those eyelash bugs in St Louis.
    Every old place is filled with them.
    I don't miss them at all, lol
    Amy

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    1. That's too cute a name for them! Places to avoid: St. Louise, lol.

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