I Like My Version Better

I was exploring Kijiji earlier today as I do from time to time, when I saw something that caught my eye. I wish I could say that it caught my eye because it had fabulous lines and was just itching to be made over. I can’t. This piece caught my eye because the lines on it were quite familiar to me.

Remember the TV console I refinished last year?In all it's gloryClose up of the brass hardwareWell, someone is selling the exact same piece only they had a slightly different take on how to make it over.

Kijiji Hutch - front

sellers picture

Kijiji Hutch - handles

Sellers picture

Kijiji Hutch - tile

Sellers picture

I realise that everyone’s taste is different, but I like my version so much better. What do you think?

BTW -  Here’s the ad if you’d like to see more.

Scenes From My Weekend

I got up to a couple of adventures over the weekend so I thought I’d share.

On Saturday morning D and I got up a earlier than normal for a weekend and drove to north Oshawa to pick up this little number (this is the sellers picture). Vintage Hutch - sellers pictureI’m crazy I know, buying yet another project before finishing (ahem – starting) so many other projects, but it’s an almost perfect match to my living room console, so I couldn’t not get it. Right? Plus it was only $40 (if you don’t count the gas I needed to drive an hour each way to get it). It does need quite a bit of work, and while I’m normally a ‘wood should look like wood’ purist, this is a piece that may need to be painted given the many chips in the veneer, and the damaged foot. I also need to source some more chopsticks as this piece has got damaged trim – just like the console did. The hutch will go in my dining room so I’m trying to figure out if I do have to paint it what colour might work with the kitchen’s dark blue floor, and the piece’s brass hardware. Once it’s finished will help add some needed storage to my dining room (and will replace my old dresser which is the next item to go into my January Cure outbox).

On Sunday I went to the Junction flea with a friend.  It’s normally a little outdoor flea market in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto, but yesterday it was indoors at a space on Queen street. It was probably scheduled indoors because well, it’s January in Toronto, and it’s normally it’s well below zero at this time of year. Yesterday it was almost 15 degrees above zero. #crazyJunction Flea

Anyways, the Junction flea was pretty neat with a wide variety of vendors and items for sale. I did bring home two things that I thought were pretty.New Kaiser Porcelain vase and Janaury flowersNew glass bowl and clementine oranges

I bought both the vase and the bowl from the same vendor (wish I had remembered to get her name) for $40. I think the glass bowl looks a bit like an overturned iceberg. The white porcelain vase says ‘Kaiser – Germany’ on the bottom, but I couldn’t find a similar vase online to see if I got a good deal or not. It doesn’t really matter though as I’m happy with my purchases.

This weekends task for the January cure was to organise my kitchen, make myself a new recipe and buy myself flowers. I did buy myself flowers as you can see from the picture of my new vase above, but I completely failed at the other tasks. On a positive note I did continue with the outbox task and sold two furniture items on Kijiji, and made myself $80 which covered the cost of the hutch and the pretty flea market purchases. Kijiji Sales

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun? Buy any furniture or something pretty? What do you think I should do with my new hutch – I need some ideas.

Some Favorites from 2012

After my last post where I whined about not accomplishing too many of the things on my to-do list for 2012, my mom emailed to say she didn’t like the post. Since we should all try to keep our moms happy I thought I’d do a quick recap of some of the things I DID accomplish last year.

My first big project of 2012 was my Craigslist dresser rehabilitation, and I’m still in love with it. I still sometimes (ahem – yesterday) look at it and can’t believe that I did it all myself. Refinished Dresser1For Valentine’s day I came up with some rather tasty looking heart-shaped cookies. It’s not so much my baking skills I’m proud of for this post, but it was my first attempt at food styling, and it’s not so bad. Raspberry Window CookieSt. Patrick’s Day had me sharing with you a recipe for Irish brown bread. This was my second attempt at food styling, and yes, I did buy the smoked salmon and cream cheese specifically to take pictures. Don’t worry – I made sure to eat all the props once the pictures were taken – no point in wasting it. Brown bread, cream cheese and smoked salmonIn April I shared the little Ikea table and chairs I customized for my boyfriend’s nephew. Table and Chairs4In June I made a little change in my kitchen by replacing the cabinet door handles. This is a favorite as I think it took a bit of mettle and moxie to attack my cabinet doors with a drill, and the new handles look SO much better.Spann kitchen handles on Abstrakt cabinetsMy refinished media console was my next big project, and I’m happy to report it does a wonderful job at storing all my crafting supplies and other random things I can’t seem to find a place for.In all it's gloryMy blog underwent a couple of makeovers in 2012 starting with this post, but I have to say I’m quite pleased with it’s current look which I revealed in November.

The old and new header images - the new one is simpler

The old and new header images – the new one is simpler

And last but not least was my Almond Cream puffs. This post is a favorite not just for it’s a gastronomic delight, but the pictures make me drool, so I think my photography skills are improving.Easy and Delicious Almond Cream PuffsSo there you have it – my favorite posts from 2012, and no, it hasn’t escaped me that almost half of them are relating to food. I wonder what I’ll say were my favorites from 2013?