1 Sep 2016

September Printable Calendar

It's September and back to school time.  My oldest is starting Grade 1 next week.  He's still just 5 years-old and it's mandatory for him to attend school full-time here in Canada.  I kept him part-time for the past couple of years (for Junior and Senior Kindergarten) although most families send their children full-time.  We're going to have a bit of an adjustment period this month I'm sure!  I personally didn't start school until I was 7 years-old which was when we moved to Canada from Finland.  I had previously attended child care in Finland, but did not go to a formal school so I tend to feel for my little boys that get these expectations piled on them at an early age.  I tend to wonder what the long term implications of all this pressure might be and whether I'm the only one concerned?  Anyway, back to the topic of this post!

Here is your printable calendar for September.  The nights are starting to get a little longer, but still warm enough to spend some time outdoors and gaze at the stars (if your lucky enough to live far enough from the city lights! ).  

To download this calendar (*for personal use only) click on the image below.

I hope you have a great start to the new school year!

1 Aug 2016

August Printable Calendar

August!  The last full month of summer and usually quite lovely here in Toronto since the nights start to  cool just a little.  We had such a busy July with most of it being spent in Finland that I am looking forward to being home this month.  Hopefully, I'll be able to leisurely work on our house and finish off the dollhouse too.  Maybe I'm being ambitious here!  It is summer after all and I'm sure the majority of my time will be taken up just enjoying summer days with my boys.   I hope your summer is going well and that you enjoy this month's calendar.

To download the calendar click on the image below. **for personal use only**

Happy August friends!

1 Jul 2016

July 2016 Calendar

Happy Canada Day from middle Finland!  We're spending the day visiting family and enjoying the countryside.  You can see some pictures of our vacation over on Instagram and/or Facebook if you're interested in what we've been up to during our vacation.  

We've had a lot of ice cream here in Finland and since July is National Ice Cream month, this month's calendar features ice cream, of course!

To download the calendar click on the image below (for personal use only):

I hope you enjoy this month's calendar!  Also, don't forget to enter the $100 giveaway to Miniatures.com on my previous post.  

28 Jun 2016

Little Modern Farmhouse Master Bedroom & Giveaway

It's the final Dollhouse Therapy reveal day with my friends Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Alice from Thoughts from Alice and Emy from Semigloss Design.  We also have a great giveaway from Miniatures.com that you can enter at the bottom of this post.  

I didn't quite finish my dollhouse in time, but I do have the the bedroom to share with you today as well as a sneak peek at the living room.  I ran out of time a little since we headed off to Finland for 3 1/2 weeks in the middle of this month.  I'll be sure to share updates as I finish off the last couple of rooms in the dollhouse.  
For the bedroom the main piece that I made was this bed.  I decided that a low modern bed would work well for this modern farmhouse.  I cut the pieces from basswood and used small dowels for the legs.  I sewed the bed linens using a few different prints including a Marimekko Luovi blue and a white throw pillow.  My mom crocheted the round cushion.  The artwork you may recognize from the kitchen, but I tried it in the bedroom and really liked how the colours worked with the bedding and decided to leave it there.
The bedside sconces were made from wooden beads, dowels and small squares of craft wood.  I started by sanding one end of the bead down to make a flatter end so it would look more like a real lamp shade.  Hubby then drilled some holes near the top of the bead to accommodate the "arm" (dowel).  He also drilled small holes into the square "mounting plates" (craft wood) for the other end of the dowel to go into.  The whole assembly was then mounted to the wall.  I added small pieces of baker's twine to mimic electrical cords.
This room has a full light door that I'd still like to add a balcony too, but you do get to see another angle of the bed and sconces from this side. :)

The dresser in the room was a little furniture makeover project.  I had a small Queen Anne style dresser that I took the legs and hardware off of.  I painted it white and then added dowel legs and "bar pulls" (black wire) with beads for a much more modern look.  I gave the flower pot a little two-tone paint job to add another hint of blue.
A little shot of the three finished upstairs rooms.
Here's a sneak peek at the living room.  I managed to give the fireplace a new "marble" surround.  I also made a sofa.  I tried to make it look like our own Muuto Rest sofa.  I think it resembles it a little.  I even used the same Maharam fabric that is on our real sofa.  The rug is also made from some wool fabric.  I sewed the pieces together using an overlock type stitch and my mom helped me with the tassels on the end.  She also knit that little cushion.  I still have to add some side tables, coffee table, chairs, artwork, etc. before this space will be done, but I thought I'd give you a peek inside since I had originally hoped to be able to finish this room as well this month.
One last look at the room that I actually did finish! ;)

I've had such a fun time working on this Little Modern Farmhouse and am so glad that my friend Cassie asked me to cohost this fun Dollhouse Therapy challenge.  Go check out my cohosts: Cassie, Emy and Alice's dollhouses this month for some amazing miniature decorating!

Now for the link party and giveaway!  I'm excited to see your dollhouses this month.  You can link up both your Instagram and/or blog below.  Also below the link party you'll find the Rafflecopter where you can enter to win a $100 credit towards Miniatures.com! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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