Happy Memories Lemonade Stand

It’s hot out. You’re thinking nothing could possibly quench your thirst and give you some sort of respite from the never-ending heat. Oh look! Your friendly neighbour has set up the perfect spot to gather and get to know one another. They’re serving pink lemonade (your favourite!), have umbrellas set-up to protect you from the sun’s rays, and there’s good music playing.

Jolly good! Does it get any better than this? Happy memories are being created, right here! As an introvert, I like to have something in my hands, like a drink or something to snack on, when I’m getting to know someone. It’s too hot out for coffee (my favourite beverage), but lemonade? Oh, yes please! My favourite colour combination is mint and salmon, which I used in the image below, in several variations. I can just picture huge trees with lots of green leaves on them, dogs and kids running around in the backyard. . .lots of laughter, and a cool breeze.

 Sigh. I often dream of that kind of a weekend, as I sit here in my apartment in Vancouver. I so crave a lively home surrounded by people I love.  I hope to have my family living close to me soon. 

Happy Memories Lemonade Stand

DIY Painted Easel Project

This easel was found at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for only $10. I love that it was donated by someone who didn’t need it anymore, found a new home in my apartment, plus the money I spent went to Habitat for Humanity.

This easel came to me unfinished and a bit rough looking. . .perfect for a DIY makeover! The first thing I did was lightly sand the easel. I then used Minwax’s Wood Finishing Cloths to add a bit of stain to the easel. You can read about my process and see the post stain before image on my Being Tazim blog.

I wanted to add a bit of colour to the easel to make it look more interesting, so I used Frog Tape’s new Scallop Shape Tape to mask out some sections on the leg and front part.

Diy Painted Easel…continue reading

DIY Motivational Poster

Do more of what you love. Seems simple, so why do I find it difficult to “get my creative on”? I mostly work from home on my computer—and not everything I do is very exciting or soul-stirring. So, after the end of a ho-hum week, I decided to break-free and get out my paints and paint brushes.

I used to paint all the time, before all these voices started popping in my head about only doing things that are “worth it” (my mom’s voice in my head), so started to question every little thing I did that was creative.

SO—enough of that. How much does it matter what the end result is? The most important thing is the process, when it comes to creating. Just doing it is so much more freeing than worrying about perfection. With this little DIY project, I enjoyed creating something, the message really resonates with me, and it looks pretty sweet on my mantelpiece (a bonus):

DIY Motivational Poster

First, I roughly penciled out the sections on a sheet of watercolour paper to make sure the spacing would be okay. Then, I hand-lettered the text. I used Golden acrylic paint mixed with a bit of white paint and water. When I was finished colouring in the letters, I used a grey Sharpie to outline them. Done. Easy.

The painted mason jars was another project of mine, and I also painted the plant pot, so it all went together well.

What do you think of my Spring-time mantelpiece?

DIY Paint Marker Project

diy paint marker project  - Thrifty Decor

I like to change out my décor seasonally; celebrate each season. Replacing all my décor can be costly, though. One thing I’ve found to help me be creative, while keeping my décor fresh is. . .markers! Fun, right? I picked up a few paint markers from Daiso and went to town painting geometric shapes on a few things in my apartment. I spray painted an aluminum can neon pink, and thought the mint green worked well with it. What do you think?

diy paint marker project  - Thrifty Decor


October Inspiration DIY Mood Board Challenge

It’s another month—which means: Mood Board Link Party Time!! I’ve been having fun these past months creating mood boards related to themes that Claudia of DesignClaud has picked. Check out the previous mood boards. This month, Claudia couldn’t have picked a better theme: a person that inspires you. I’ve been able to connect with my family on my mom and dad’s sides in the last few months due to a wedding and a funeral. Those events really drove home the idea of how important my family is to me. Despite the miles between us, and how many years have passed, we were able to connect—and that’s what’s more important.

Who inspires you? Start thinking now and get your post up next Monday so that you can link up!

Mom inspiration board

I’m going to be attending and having a small part in the Vancouver Home and Design Show this month with my Ultimate Upcycle Project—so expect to see lots of pictures of home décor ideas! I also want to take pictures of my city in all its fall glory, too. What will you be taking pictures of this month?

Here is one my favourites inclusions in last month’s mood board challenge, from India Pied-a-Terre:

india pied a terre


Check back here next Monday for my linky to join Claudia and I. I can’t wait to see your mood boards!