Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Big Closet Makeover

I've been wanting to tackle 'my closet project' for a while now but kept putting it off. It seemed like such an overwhelmingly big, scary job! Three weeks ago, for some reason(?), I decided to take it on. After tearing up the carpet and removing the trim there was no turning back.
"I can do this" was my mantra.

Putting down the hardware (my first time) was the most intimating part of the project.
I used a mitre saw (which I had) to cut the hardwood and took my time - measuring 4 times! and cutting once:). The last couple of pieces needed to be ripped with a table saw (which I didn't have). The borrowed table saw that I used did the trick and it came with a bonus perk - I discovered that with a mitre saw + a table saw the 'building stuff' possibilities were endless. It was a game changer!
"I can really do this"... 
I put up a mirror that was removed from a bathroom years ago and trimmed it up, built two built-ins and trimmed them up, took the old trim and glued them to mdf boards (1x5x8) making for much nicer (bulkier) trim. It was all about the trim.

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I learned a lot but also realized that I have a lot to learn. "I did this"... 

There are two closets in this bedroom so I'm now on to the next one which will mirror this one.
The Blue Bedroom (yikes!) will need to be brought up to speed with it's white, trimmed up, hardwood floor clad closets. 
The good news is that it doesn't seem like such an overwhelmingly big, scary job anymore:)
My new mantra (which I use when mosaicking) - "It will get finished - one piece at a time"...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

New work - finished!

Mosaics take a long time. So everytime I finish one I do a little happy dance. This Portrait of Kate was made with stained glass. My first time using stained glass. I love it! More stained glass work to come:)
In progress.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Road Trip, Eastern Canada♡

10 days of driving through Quebec (Old Quebec City), New Brunswick (St.Andrews) and Nova Scotia (Sidney, Cape Breton Highlands, Halifax, Mahone Bay and Lunenburg).
Feeling some Canadian pride - Eastern Canada is incredibly beautiful, especially Cape Breton!
16 years later. When we lived in Halifax I used to take Emma to this beach:)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Stained Glass🎉

Excited to get started on cutting these stunning sheets of glass!
A before and after to follow:)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Author Visits♡

In February I had a table at The Reading for the Love of It Conference. After which I contacted (emailed) many of the Teachers and Librarians that I met with the hope of setting up Author Visits showcasing my Magic of Mosaics presentation, at their schools. I really had no idea if any of them would be interested in what I had to offer...
Since then I've visited 13 schools in the GTA and the feedback from the teachers and kids has been wonderful! Apparently I have something to offer:)
At the end of the summer I'll be sending out a new wave of emails which will hopefully lead to more invites and more visits, which means more sharing of the Magic of Mosaics.

This very big thank you card came to me thru snail mail. It made my day.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Big Audiences in Brampton!

Today my Author Visit took me to Terry Fox Public School in Brampton. I shared Six Owls and A Party with 5 grade one classes and 4 kindergarten classes!

Starting my presentation with The Kindergartens -
Reading to The Grade Ones -

Friday, June 17, 2016

Mosaika! Made in Canada:)

Mosaika. Wow!
Made in Montreal, Canada.